Friday, February 21, 2014

Oh Boy

It seems we are evening things up in the Gibson home. Or, if you count neutered pugs, outnumbering the girls in the house.

On Wednesday, February 12th, we had our 20 week ultrasound and we found out we are expecting a baby boy!
The technician that did our ultrasound was super sweet and thorough. Ryan says she is the same lady that did our ultrasound with Avery. I have no idea. She went over every ounce of that baby, showing us his heart and kidneys and all the important stuff they look for. From what they could see in this ultrasound, he is a healthy and very active baby that measures exactly to his week/day age. I can never remember if I even breathed during the whole thing, this time or at Avery's. It is just so amazing to see that little tiny body dancing around INSIDE you. 

After the ultrasound, Ryan headed back to work and I went home, with a quick drive by at Wendy's to grab a Frosty to bribe Avery with so she would make the gender announcement video. I have no shame in my game. While I truly enjoy gender reveal parties and the like, I did not have it in me to plan anything. So Avery and I Facetimed my mom and I let Avery tell her. My sister was already at my house. I texted my brothers and dad and Ryan took care of telling his family. Everyone is super excited and just about everyone thought it was a boy from the get go.

We do have a name picked out for him, it is actually the same name we were going to use for Avery if she was a boy. We have told our family and a few close friends but will wait until he is born to make the big announcement. I really do not want to hear anyone's opinion on the name we both like and chose to name OUR child. There was a family member, when told the baby's name, said "Ew, I do NOT like that name! How about Christopher?" How about you shut your mouth, family member? This is the same person that had some pretty hideous name suggestions when we were deciding on a name for Avery. Excuse me for a minute while I remove the bunch in my undies.

It is pretty cute to hear Avery say his name and she likes to lift up my shirt when we are laying in bed and say hi to her baby brudder. We have been talking to her a lot about him, now that we know that it is a HIM. She seems as you would expect any 2 1/2 year old to be: interested for about 30 seconds then on to the next thing.

For now, I am staying busy at work and trying to organize my To Do lists at home to get things in gear for this baby. I have at least 10 bins of girl clothes I need to go through and give away. I do plan on keeping a few of my favorites but I have plenty of people that I can give to and I am excited to be able to see Avery's clothes on their girls. As for the nursery, it is pretty gender neutral already, so we will not have to do much (I hope). It is funny, I remember thinking I was so clever for painting Avery's room gray 3+ years ago, and now, I go on Pinterest and every single baby nursery is gray! We will not be painting the room again but I do want to paint the crib and changing table and rearrange the room, deciding those color may make me crazy.

Oh, and I still have a few things to finish in Avery's big girl room. Clock's a'tickin. I have some stuff to get done in the next 4 months. Hoping I can find some time to check back in on this poor neglected blog and save all my pregnancy crazy to the internets. And there is a lot of it.

Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

10+ Weeks later..

Well, well, here I am. I really did not intend to not write for this long (is that even proper grammar?) Don't most people get silent BEFORE they announce their pregnancy, not after? Then again, it was the holidays, I was having a miserable 1st trimester and just trying to make through the day without losing my lunch or my mind.

If it counts for anything, which I know it does not, I have written many, many posts in my head. Maybe one day they will make it to the screen, but if you have been reading here for any time at all, you know not to hold me to anything like that. Some are funny, some are serious, and I am sure most are the ramblings of a crazy, hormonal pregnant woman and in that case, you have been spared. For now.

This post will contain no pictures, since I am on my work laptop and all my photos are on my Macbook at home. And really, they are just taken with my iphone and you probably have already seen most of them on instagram. But even then, I have not been taking as many pictures since I have been really trying to put my phone away and be present. I have even had Avery ask/tell me on a few occasions to "take a piture, Mom!" when she is mauling one of the pugs.
Avery is doing well and quickly on her way to the terrible Threes, of course preceded by the terrible Twos. There are many "No's" and "I NOT's", tears, screeching, flailing, and straight up not listening. I am preparing myself for this to double in July, when her sibling joins the world. Poor kid has no idea what is coming. I mean, she knows there is a baby in my belly, but she also says she has a "brudder" in her own belly so I don't believe she grasps the entire concept or what the ultimate outcome will be. That is fine. Ignorance is bliss. She is doing well in school, loves storytime at the library and gymnastics at the Y. Since our trip to Disney World at the end of January, she has slowly warmed up to princesses, her favorite being Rapunzel. I hope to have a chance to write about our trip in the near future. It is one I do not want to forget. Toy Story is still the front runner for favorites, Jessie being #1. Despicable Me 2 is on repeat and Doc McStuffins is watched daily. I even had to find a new Doc costume for her since the one she got for Christmas was just too small. Clothing is becoming a battle as my choices are not her's for the most part. And these days, just getting dressed is an accomplishment, I am choosing my battles and I cannot fight that one every day. All in all, she keeps us laughing and on our toes. She is happy and healthy and growing, I cannot ask for much more. (ok, maybe less of the tantrums but I know that is a long shot)
My pregnancy. Well, on Thursday I will be 20 weeks, half way! I had my 20 week appointment yesterday afternoon and all is good. Our ultrasound was supposed to be on Thursday morning at 8 am. But we are in for ANOTHER snow storm starting Wednesday night into Thursday evening. I almost started crying when I heard this on the news. So I did what any sane pregnant woman would do: I called the doctor's office and was prepared to cry, beg and plead for an earlier appointment but I spoke a really nice lady and she gave me an appointment for today, Wednesday, at 12:15. AHHHHH! Thank you baby Jesus!

Yes, we plan on finding out the sex of the baby. And yes, we will share it with everyone who cares. But we aren't sharing name(s) until it is born. I don't need anyone's opinions or negativity on an already tough subject. I honestly have no idea what this baby could be, even thought today I have been feeling like it's another girl. I don't know why. This pregnancy has been almost completely opposite of my last one with Avery. Most people are calling boy but there are a few that say girl. The all day sickness ended around 16 weeks, even though if I don't eat as soon as I wake up, it can be a start of a gross day. I do not crave the sweets like I did with Avery - I would drink GALLONS of Hi-C fruit punch. Just of the thought of it now makes me gag and want to brush my poor teeth. Cookies and the carrot cake I made over the weekend just sit until Ryan or my sister cave. I have been making a diligent effort to eat closely to what I ate while on weight watchers and keep my portions in check. I am still going to spin and body pump on the reg and I really believe that it makes me feel better all around. I sleep better, eat better, just feel better when I exercise regularly. Some days, when it is colder than a witch's you-know-what, it is hard to get out and get to the gym but I never, ever regret going. I plan on incorporating swimming into my regime, but right now our Y's pool is closed until further notice...but being in water is so relieving after being weighed down all day by an every growing gut.

This post has taken me 3 days to write and I am finishing it up now so I can get my work wrapped up and head to my ultrasound appointment. Yay ME!

PS. have you noticed the days are getting longer - it is light out until almost 5:30! Spring/summer where are you???