18 Week Gender Reveal

Yesterday I told you that we were going to find out if we’re having a boy or a girl this morning. Well, we did. However, let me first give some back story. When I took the pregnancy test for this pregnancy, I watched as the second line immediately appeared. In disbelief I said “I’m having a boy.”

Later I found out that my husband and both of our mother’s initially thought baby numero dos was going to be a boy.

Somewhere over the last few weeks, most of us changed our minds. I was pretty certain this baby was a girl. Then a few weeks ago, I decided that I had no idea.

My husband pretty much stuck to his initial thought that it was a boy though.

I asked big sister if she was going to have a brother or a sister, and she said “siser” every single time.

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                                        Big sister helped decorate the box.

We asked our parents what they thought new baby is right before we told them.

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But…

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Our family is growing by two big feet this summer, and our girl is going to be a big sister to a little MISTER.

How to Guess Your Baby’s Gender Give Away

During my first pregnancy, I could not wait to find out if we were having a boy or girl. Our 18 weeks gender appointment seemed to be 100 years away. I remember looking over all of the old wive’s tales and trying to guess what the little bean might be, and most of them pointed to Girl.

I had a dream months before we got pregnant and just after I had been told that I would have a very slim chance of ever conceiving that there was this little blonde chunk sitting on the floor looking up at me. She had wild hair and blue eyes. I called her by a name I had never heard before. When I woke up, I looked up the meaning of the name which is Jehovah increases a profound affection. Obviously I loved the meaning so I told my husband, and he approved.

Fast forward to our 18 week appointment, while I was lying on the table, I was waiting for the ultrasound tech to find her gender region. I knew she would say girl. I knew from the time I knew I conceived. She found it. GIRL.

This was the face I saw in my dream.

Here we are again, 18 weeks pregnant, and about to find out if this baby is a boy or girl. I guess it’s because it’s the second child, but I haven’t been as anxious to find out. I definitely don’t have the confidence in knowing what it is like I did last time. I suppose I have a little hunch, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m wrong. As cliche as it sounds, I truly just want to this baby to free of any health issues.

For fun, I have done a couple of gender prediction tests.

The first is one that I didn’t hear about my first time around probably because you can only do it if you already have a child. Here’s what you do. You look at the back of your kids head. If their hairline is straight, then the new baby is going to be the same gender as that kid. If the hairline comes to a point, then it will be the opposite gender. This was easy to tell for us because big sister has so. much. hair. Her hairline is straight so according to this we’re having a GIRL.

The next thing I looked at was the Chinese gender predictor thing. I have no idea how it works, but it has a 50% chance of being right. For us it says BOY.

I also tried the baking soda test. Basically you pour your urine over some baking soda. If it has a big reaction, meaning that there are a lot of bubbles, then you’re apparently having a boy. For me there were no bubbles at all which means we’re having a GIRL. I went ahead and did you a solid by not providing a photo of this. However, if you want to look at another woman’s pee check this out.

I heard of this theory that I wasn’t as popular during my first pregnancy. It’s called Ramzi’s theory for gender prediction. You can read a medical article about it here. It supposedly 97% accurate. You can look at your 6-8 week ultrasound and determine the gender by looking to see which side the placenta is on. It says if your placenta is on the right side of the uterus then it’s a boy. However, if it’s on the left side then it will be a girl. If the ultrasound is transabdominal meaning that it’s done externally on your belly then you need to flip the image for it to be true. If you had a transvaginal ultrasound, the image is true.

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The placenta is on the right.

Here is my 1st ultrasound with my 1st baby. The placenta is on the right which means this baby is a boy. However, we already know that she was in fact a girl.

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Placenta is on the left.

Here is the new baby’s ultrasound. The placenta is on the left. So according to this we’re having a GIRL.

I did the test where you tie your wedding band to a string and hang it over your belly. Apparently if it swings back and forth it’s a boy. However, if it swings in a circle like mine did, you’re having a GIRL.

The final thing that I’ve noted is my appearance. They say that boys make you more beautiful while girls steal your beauty. This little baby has left me with dry, rosacea marked skin. I definitely feel like this booger has stolen all of my beauty so GIRL.

Obviously there is no 100% way of knowing until this little is here in our arms, but it’s fun to guess. Hopefully we’ll get a peek tomorrow at what this darling is. We have two beautiful names picked out, and we’re ready to love him or her no matter what they are.

What do you think we’re having? Vote here. If you share this post on facebook or wordpress and guess correctly you’ll be entered in for a change to win a little baby prize pack!

Pregnancy:The Sequel (15 weeks)

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How far along? 15 weeks

Maternity clothes? Not this photo. Obviously I’m wearing sweatpants though that I bought when I was pregnant last time.

Stretch marks? …

Sleep: Still popping the night time melatonin.

Best moment this week: Starting a new job.

Miss Anything?: Clear skin. Coffee.

Movement: SO MUCH.

This week I’ve felt a bit more sunny than usual. I attribute it to the stretch of warmish days we’ve had. Being able to actually go outside and play with big sister makes me feel much, much better.

My hip has been bothering me a lot this week, and it has made it very difficult for me to be active. The heavier big sister gets, and the larger my belly gets, the harder it becomes on me to lift her, and this really depresses me. She’s so active, and I want to be able to keep up with her.

Everyday this week I’ve had to slice up some potatoes and either pan fry them in olive oil or bake them and smother them in ketchup. I like ketchup OK, but this has been in excess. Also, every afternoon without fail, I have wanted a PB sandwich (yuck, no J) with a small glass of milk. These are pretty easy to manage.

I started a new job this week which is a huge blessing. The job that I’ve been doing for the last several months has been great, and I still do it, I just can’t do it as much. It requires a lot of lifting and preparation that my little body just can’t handle right now. My new job requires me sitting in front of my computer screen. I could do that on bed rest.

Even though I’ve felt a little more energetic this week, I’m still mostly exhausted. This pregnancy has been more challenging on my mind and body than the last, and at the end of the day I’m too tired to sleep. I usually have to take a melatonin to settle down. I’m getting a new all natural sleep aid in the mail this week that contains vegan melatonin, valerian root, chamomile, and a few other sleep encouraging herbs. Hopefully this will help.

My sweet husband has been so kind to rub my back and hip every single night, and I imagine this will be a routine that lasts throughout the remainder of this pregnancy.

There’s only 25 weeks left in this pregnancy and just over 2 before I get to find out if new baby is a boy or girl.

PREGNANCY:36 Weeks-9MONTHS

36 weeks 5 days

36 weeks 5 days

How far along? 36 weeks and 5 Days in this picture.

Total weight gain: +26lbs.

Maternity clothes? Not in this pic. I pretty much wear workout clothes all the time, but this day I had a lunch date with my husband so I wanted to dress up a bit.

Stretch marks? NONE! I’ve read about some women getting them at 38 weeks so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Sleep: What sleep? Well I slept really well Friday night, and that was it. All other nights I do not sleep until about 4:00 am. My mom has called me a couple of mornings this week around 10:30-11:00am and I’ve still been asleep. I hate sleeping in, but I’m trying to get it where I can.

Best moment this week: Hearing baby girl’s heartbeat, learning that she is still head down, and that I’m 50% effaced and nearly 2cm dilated! All these contractions have done a little work. I’ve also been taking about 1000mg of Evening Primrose Oil and drinking red raspberry leaf tea like a fiend.

Miss Anything?: Not really

Movement: Her movements are slowing down a bit it seems. I still feel her every hour, but she’s not quite as active.

Food cravings: Nothing really this week.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Not really.

Gender: GIRL

Labor Signs: Well I was kind of excited on Saturday because we had a supermoon, which is supposed to be the grandaddy of full moons. My husband and I had plans to hit up the farmer’s market and run some other errands, but before we left the house I started having some major pelvic pressure and contractions. I’m used to the contractions at this point, but not paired with this pressure that I’ve been having this week.

It is a pressure that I feel in my groin muscles as well as my lower back and at times it can be quite uncomfortable. Bouncing on the birth ball seems to help. I haven’t felt this before this week, so on Saturday when I started contracting and having this pressure I made the mistake of getting my hopes up.

I had contractions that were about 7 minutes apart and fairly intense ALL DAY long. They stopped at about midnight maybe? I woke up periodically throughout the night with contractions, but they were not that intense and were not consistent. So today I’ve only had a few contractions and a little pressure. Nothing to get excited about. I do not think that I will know when I’m in the early stages of labor….

Belly Button in or out? In for the most part. The bottom part of it sometime pokes out like a pouting lip.

Rings on or off? On when I’m not too hot. I’m thinking about taking them off just in case I swell like a balloon in these final days. It’s getting hotter and hotter outside, and I swell tremendously when I’m hot.

Happy or Moody: Happy. Irritable. Cranky. Energized. Restless.

Reading: Christ Centered Childbirth which is so encouraging, and I decided to pick up Childbirth Without Fear by Grantly Dick-Read. He was referenced pretty heavily in the Bradley books, so I thought I’d give it whirl. I find it very interesting the psychology behind how fear makes pain so much worse. I can recognize it in my life, and I am preparing myself to not allow fear into the birthing room.

I must exude an air of misery or discomfort because everywhere I go I seem to get asked “how long do you have?” To which I want to respond “If I could tell you I would.” I pretty much refuse to tell anyone my due date since less than 5% of babies are born on their due date, yet people still ask. So I say she can come at anytime over these next couple of weeks.

My doctor says that there’s a chance that she can come early. Maybe?! All of the babies in my family were born more than a week before their due date, and I’m probably putting too much pressure on myself, but if I go to 40 weeks I will become convinced that I am adopted. I’m trying not to pressure myself or let anyone else pressure me.

I’m kind of obsessed with my belly, probably because I think it’s about as big as it’s going to get, and it no longer feels like it’s going to rip open. It’s kind of my favorite thing right now, so here are some pics of it.

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Front shot of the belly. The linea negra seems to keep growing. I think my naval looks like an eye.

PREGNANCY: 32 Weeks – 8 MONTHS

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How far along? 32 weeks and 6 Days in this picture.

Total weight gain: +22.5lbs.

Maternity clothes? The shirt isn’t but the jean capris I’m wearing in the photo are. They’re actually pretty cute.

Stretch marks? NONE!

Sleep: Not terrible. I’m getting to the point where I’m very uncomfortable. One night this week I woke with a calf cramp from Hades. I’ve only had three of these. The first one was in my right leg and really wasn’t that bad. The last two that I’ve had are just about the worst thing I’ve ever had to deal with, one my right and this one in my left. They come on when I’m sleeping and contract and release. I can’t help but wake up my husband who is so kind to rub them until they stop. My leg is usually sore for a couple of days after I have one. With this one, I decided to practice some of my relaxation techniques that I’ve been doing in preparation for labor, and it actually helped. My sweet husband now massages my calves every night before bed. I’m hoping to avoid them indefinitely. My doctor said one in eight women get them, and there is nothing you can do. I’m going to do what I can to prevent them though.

Best moment this week: Well this week has been kind of long, but filled some great things. First of all we got to hear that sweet little heart beat. She’s still head down and is measuring right on target. My husband’s place of work was so kind to throw us a baby shower which really meant the world to us. We also had a dance lesson this week which was a blast, and today we had our maternity shoot which went super well! Now it’s Memorial Day weekend, and I get my husband all to myself until Tuesday.

Miss Anything?: Sleeping on my back.I have been bad though. I wake several times a night now, partly because of discomfort and partly because I’m terrified of the leg cramps, but when I’ve woken up I’ve found myself on my back a few times and was so, so, so comfortable, but I still roll over to my sides where I remain for most of the night.

Movement: She does move a lot, but then there are periods when she is not so active.
Food cravings: Not really craving anything this week.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Not really.

Gender: GIRL

Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks occasionally. Nothing major this week

Belly Button in or out? In, but it’s s t r e t c h i n g.

Rings on or off? On!

Happy or Moody: This week has been emotionally trying for me. I’ve had some very happy moments and I’ve also had some sad and hard moments. Over all I’m feeling pretty good though.

Reading: Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth and my hubs and I are reading Childbirth the Bradley Way which contains a lot of naked women FYI, but the material is very helpful.

PREGNANCY: 31 Weeks

31 weeks 6 days

31 weeks 6 days

How far along? 31 weeks and 6 Days in this picture.

Total weight gain: +21.5lbs.

Maternity clothes? Yep, sometimes.

Stretch marks? NONE!

Sleep: A little better than last week. I woke one night this week with some cramping in my lower abdominal region as well as major pressure. My sweet husband helped me get into a hot shower which seemed to ease some of the discomfort. I was able to get back to sleep fairly quickly, but kept waking up. I’ve also been waking up in a panic that I’m about to go into labor. I guess the closer it gets the more it’s on my mind.

Best moment this week: First of all, MY FIRST MOTHER’S DAY which my sweet husband and family made extra special. Then a spontaneous trip to the beach with my beloved which was so nice, oh and we did our intensive birth class which we really enjoyed. Great week!

Miss Anything?: Sleeping on my back. I’ve never in my life been a back sleeper, but since I can’t comfortably lay on my belly, and my sides are sore, I would just like to be able to stretch out on my back and take a long nap. I’m very thankful my husband doesn’t mind the 10 pillows I use to get comfy.

Movement: Lots, and then not so much. I was actually awoken for the first time because of her movement this week. She rattled my uterus like someone would a cage and it woke me up quickly. But there have also been times where it seems like she doesn’t move for a few hours. It’s actually starting to hurt a little when she moves sometimes, I can’t believe she’s getting so big!!
Food cravings: Not really craving anything this week.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Not really.

Gender: GIRL

Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks which I’m actually thankful for because I know they are prepping me for labor.

Belly Button in or out? In, but it’s stretching.

Rings on or off? On!

Happy or Moody: Happy 🙂

Reading: Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth and my hubs and I started Childbirth the Bradley Way.

Belly front view

Belly front view

I think I’m starting to have a little diastasis which is sad but completely unavoidable. Do any of you mamas know any exercises to do postpartum to help remedy the separation?

View from behind

View from behind

I still don’t think I look preggers from behind.

She could be here a little over a month!

PREGNANCY: 21 Weeks

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How far along? 21 weeks and 4 Days in this picture.

Total weight gain: +8lbs, I feel like it’s 20 though.
Maternity clothes? Sometimes. I have two pairs of maternity pants that I wear sometimes and a couple of maternity shirts. I can still wear my pants, I just have to hide the fact they’re unbuttoned with my belly band. Practically all of my shirts still fit. In this photo I’m wearing the only jeans that I can button and a maternity shirt.
Stretch marks? NONE!
Sleep: Not too bad, just not enough. I’ve never been so exhausted in my entire life. I keep waiting for this wonderful burst of energy you’re supposed to receive 2nd trimester. Maybe it’ll make it’s appearance in the next 6 weeks? I’m going to see if my Dr. will check my iron levels to see if they are low.
Best moment this week: We had our first legitimate snow of the season here in my MOUNTAIN community, and two weeks before spring arrives! I. love. snow. But now I’m ready for some warmth since I’m getting too big for most of my warm clothes.
Miss Anything?: Being able to workout and um, well, move like a normal person. The pinched nerves in my back are, well, getting on my nerves. Pun completely intended.
Movement: I’m pretty sure she’ll be a gymnast. She’s been doing round-off back hand-springs like a champ all week.
Food cravings: CAKE. I wish I craved veggies, then I could have as many as I want. But alas, I crave the confectionery moist goodness that is cake. I have indulged twice this week having a piece of vanilla pound cake each time. SO GOOOOD!
Anything making you queasy or sick: OK, so I haven’t been nauseous since around week 10, but out of the blue this week, I became really nauseated. It didn’t last long though. I also can’t eat loaf bread because it makes me feel like I’ve swallowed a ball of nails. Since I’ve removed it from my diet, I haven’t had heart burn as bad. I initially thought “Crap, I’ve developed a gluten intolerance.” However, I can eat other wheat products pain-free. There’s just something about loaf bread. Weird.
Gender: GIRL
Labor Signs: NO! Praise Jesus!
Belly Button in or out? In
Rings on or off? On!
Happy or Moody: GRUMPY, probably because I’m tired all the time. My husband doesn’t seem to think so. RIGHT, HONEY?! Haha.

Reading: I’m still reading through Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin, and this week I’ve started The Baby Book by the Sears family. I’ve found both to be very easy reads, as well as incredibly informative. I do not think that I’ll finish the Drs. Sears’s book before she come, because it so exhaustive and contains info into toddlerhood. I want to stay ahead of where baby is supposed to be developing, but not so far that I forget where she is supposed to be. So now I’m focusing on labor and delivery, and the first year. One thing I really liked that he said in this book, is that parenting begins before birth. I’ve felt like a parent since I found out that I was pregnant, and some people have tried to make me feel less than that.

How are my fellow preggo mommy’s feeling? Have any of you been super tired in your second trimester?