So I’m actually 26 weeks starting yesterday but you’ll be getting a 25 week pregnancy baby bump pic because that’s the picture I got. 😉 I was meaning to put a blog post yesterday but after driving 2 hours to a newborn session, being there for 2 hours, then driving back 2 hours to pick up the kids, then having another session 30 minutes after picking up the kids….this mama had to put her feet up and relax when I had the chance!
So what do I have to update you guys on? Well, can you tell from the picture that baby (or I should say me) has grown quite a bit! I never really took pregnancy baby bump pics with Dylan or Hendrix. Then of course, once Pinterest came along it’s like the cool thing to do to take progression pics like this! So if you don’t do progression pics, you’re totally not cool (JK JK!!! Totally just kidding!) It’s been a pleasure to document it this time around.
I’ve been noticing that I’ve been hungry ALL THE TIME so of course I eat all the time. The day I had my 24 week doctor’s appointment, I felt pretty darn ‘sexy’ leaving the house (as LMFAO would say…”I’m sexy and I know it!”). I had my hair wavy. I was wearing my non maternity jeans (jeggings from Target…LOVE THEM! So I guess technically I’m cheating since the waste is super stretchy). Plus I had makeup on! Typically, I’m in sweats with my hair up and no makeup on. I know…scary right? My husband is always impressed if I am out of my pajamas when he gets home from work. He typically knows if I have a photoshoot that day if I actually have jeans and makeup on. Now do you get why I’ve asked for lounge pants for both my birthday and Mother’s Day? It’s my attire when working on the computer and hanging out with the kids. So anyways, I was feeling mighty sexy (sexy probably isn’t the word I really appeared but I feel like using it) that morning like I mentioned. When I was at my appointment, I got on the scale, and I swear the nurse’s eyes popped out of her face! I had gained 9 lbs from my last appointment. You’re supposed to gain 1 lb a week, I guess. She actually asked me if I felt swollen (hmmm…ok?)…I responded with “No, I just feel bigger.” 🙂 I left the appointment feeling not so sexy. I got home and my husband made delicious chocolate chip cookies the night before. They were totally staring at me asking me to eat it. 😉 Then thought….you know what screw it, I’m feeling ‘sexy’ today so I’m having a cookie! That I did and I didn’t just have 1, I had 3. I’m such a rebel!
My emotions have been a bit crazy lately. We photographed a wedding last Saturday in Peoria. During the mother/son dance, I literally couldn’t help getting a lil choked up watching them. The song didn’t help either. The song they danced to was “A Song for Mama” by Boyz II Men.
Having 2 boys and another on the way, I’ll get to have that moment with each of them on the dance floor. I can totally just picture myself having tears rolling down my face and squeezing them tight the whole dance. Yes, I’ll be happy for them but my goodness, it’s going to be tough ‘letting go.’ Dylan and Hendrix are such mama’s lil boys, and I’m sure this baby will be too. I remember, when Dylan was little he would say “I want to marry someone just like you, Mama.” Awww! 🙂 Of all the things in life, the most important thing to me is being a great mother and female figure for my boys.
Then there was one night when everyone was in bed except me. I was looking at my framed images on my wall:
Well, I’m actually 22 weeks today, but I didn’t get a chance to blog my 21 week baby bump pic. Oh ya know..life just gets so darn busy! I looked at my 21 week comparison from the other photos and guess what the first thing I said to myself? I said, “HOLY FREAKIN MOLY!” My nurse at my 20 week appointment said I only had gained 3 pounds not 10! I mean I feel like I’ve exploded in size..well, now I have proof. Crap!…Should I be doing these baby bump comparisons? Of course, I should be! Even though, it’s hard not to just compare the belly comparison. I’m a normal woman who is at times self conscious as my body changes and will compare how big my arms are getting and how my legs are getting thicker instead of just comparing my belly size. Oh well, my body is just changing for the better for my growing baby boy! As my friend, Jenny Hamre, mentioned what she used to sing to her husband (which I need to quote because she’s just hilarious!): “I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly….and my body to bootylicious for you, babe!” Yes, I can totally see myself singing this with some amazing dance moves to go with it!
I’m lucky though that my hubby is still super sweet. Last night, I was telling Hendrix to be careful because supper was still hot. Then Blaine blurts out, “Yeah, hot like my wife!” My reaction… I literally laughed out loud but was very much thankful for the sweet comment. Who wouldn’t love a random compliment like that from your hubby?
I’ve been CRAVING chocolate like no other. I’m not sure if I bought lots of candy before Easter to put in my boys’ Easter baskets or because I knew there would be extra for me. 🙂 Gosh, I’m so sneaky!
Also, in my last baby bump blog post I had mentioned how I could feel little flutters. Starting the end of my 20 week, he has been moving a lot more, and I’ve started actually seeing him kick. LOVE it. Sometimes when he kicks, I truly think he’s trying to kick Hendrix. When I was pregnant with Hendrix, Dylan was 5. He was old enough that he was gentle and just wanted to feel and kiss my belly. Dylan just turned 7 and is still sweet and gentle to my growing belly. Well, it’s a bit different when you have an 18 month old. Hendrix is a bit rough. I feel like I’m constantly having to guard my belly in case Hendrix runs and tries to jump on me. Hendrix does kiss or should I say makes fart noises on my belly. That’s his way of saying HI to baby, I guess.
So today was the BIG day. We get to find out if we are having a baby BOY or a baby GIRL! I’ve been looking forward to this day since we found out we were pregnant. My husband and I definitely could not wait. Blaine was even shouting, “Today is the day!” this morning to get me up. Before Dylan had to go to school, we asked Dylan what he thought it was. He said, “Boy!” All of us are thinking the same thing because both Blaine and I think it’s a boy also! That morning while passing the fridge that had our baby’s ultrasound pictures from our 12 week appointment, I couldn’t help but think “Gosh, he looks like such a little boy.” Our appointment was at 1:00pm. Trust me, I tried getting an earlier time slot. 😉
I had a busy morning meeting with a wedding couple (loved chatting with them for an hour!). Then afterwards, picked up Hendrix from daycare and Blaine from work. We went out to lunch before our appointment. I could hardly eat anything I was so excited….and NERVOUS. Blaine’s older brother passed away when he was very young from a heart condition. This appointment wasn’t just about finding out the gender of our baby. This appointment was also for the specialists to look at our baby’s heart very closely.
A lot of people were waiting for the call/text/Facebook announcement that day. When I was pregnant with Hendrix and found out we were having a boy, I got some really disappointing reactions. I promised myself that if we got pregnant after Hendrix, I would NEVER tell anyone the gender of the baby before it was born. You see, people say things and don’t realize it’s hurtful. Most are definitely awesome and just happy for you and don’t really care what gender you’re having as long as you’re happy. BUT some are just well…I don’t really know? When I’d tell people that we were having another boy (when pregnant with Hendrix) and how excited we were, I would get these comments right away out of their mouths:
Oh, why another boy?
Oh, that’s too bad.
Oh, girls are just so much fun though.
Oh, maybe next time you’ll have a girl.
But you need a girl.
Oh, a house full of boys….I feel sorry for you.
Then when my husband would tell people we were having another boy when I was pregnant with Hendrix, he would get these comments (he hardly got negative comments, not as much as me):
So how does Cecilia feel about this?
Is Cecilia disappointed that it’s another boy?
Most of the time, I just play cool and say “maybe next time.” When deep down inside, I just wanted to bust out in tears but just held it in. They have no idea how many months it took us to get pregnant with Hendrix. Every month, we’d see a pregnancy test with a negative sign. It’s depressing going through something like that. Wanting something so bad. Praying, praying, praying…Hoping he can hear you. After 9 difficult months, we finally saw that positive sign. I was so relieved to finally see that plus sign!
It would be different if I got those negative reactions like once or twice during my whole pregnancy but it’s pretty sad that it was a pretty common reaction. One night at the dinner table, I remember I just broke down and cried. Blaine would tell me, it doesn’t matter what other people say or think…all that matters is that we’re having a baby. You see, it’s really defeating when people make you feel like you failed. I’m sure you’ve heard people say it or maybe even catch yourself telling other people. You know the saying “Now you have 1 of each!” Well, what if you don’t have one of each? Am I totally missing out on something? At times it made me doubt for a split second the excitement on having another boy. It’s crazy how people can effect how you feel/think but at the end of the day though, how my family and I felt overcame all the negativity. Do I really need a girl to be self fulfilled in life? No. Would it be nice to experience it, if that ever came for us in the future? Yes. Would I replace one of my boys for a girl? NEVER! Dylan is a total mama’s boy, and I knew that Hendrix would be a total sweetheart just like his big brother. Now looking at them, I couldn’t imagine it any other way. I love my boys!
When we found out we were pregnant again, some people would telling me “this one better be a girl this time” or even “we have enough boys in this family so hopefully it’s a girl.” Hmm…maybe they don’t remember how it works. We don’t make the decision and is obviously out of our control. 😉 Like I said in my previous blog post (here) we’d be happy either way!
On to our day….While we were in the waiting area, I wasn’t the only one getting antsy. Hendrix was as well. (Here are a couple pictures of Blaine having him play a game on his phone to keep him preoccupied.) I was sad Dylan wasn’t able to come with us but he had school to attend!
They called our name and all I could think was that I couldn’t believe we’re finally going to find out. I laid down and our nurse asked if we wanted to find out the gender. Right away, we both said yes. I was laying there looking at the screen. The nurse said that she wanted to get all the measurements and check its heart first before anything else. Our baby had other plans though…it kept moving and had its legs wide open for us. Then I saw it…”I was right!! It’s a boy!! YAY!! Oh wait, I wonder how people are going to react.” I thought to myself. Then a few seconds later, our nurse confirmed it. “It’s a boy!” she said. I looked at Hendrix and Blaine. Blaine and I were smiling from ear to ear at each other. Hendrix on the other hand had NO idea why we were smiling. Blaine kept telling him to look at the screen at his baby brother. Hendrix just looked at Blaine with a puzzled look. As baby kept moving, our nurse had to take longer getting all the measurements/pictures especially the up close ones of his heart. Therefore, we didn’t get the 3D pictures that I’m used to getting (shucks!) but she did get a good profile shot and said everything seemed to look good but will have the doctor check them out.
So we head out of there. Telling people should be exciting, I know….BUT since I’ve gone through the negative reactions in my previous pregnancy, I was really hesitant. Telling people you’re having ‘another boy’…I knew I had to mentally prepare myself (I know..isn’t that sad?). We decided to tell people instead of having them wait until we have the baby. Why do we have to ‘hide’ it when we’re overjoyed that it’s another baby boy?!? I’ll be honest, I’ve already had some reactions I’m not too fond of but I just brush it off like Jay-Z says ‘Get that dirt off your shoulder’….haha. Most people have been very supportive and excited for us…THANK-YOU! We know what’s truly important and that is: WE ARE HAVING A HEALTHY BABY BOY, and we’re so excited for our upcoming adventure of having 3 little boys! I even think we have a name picked out and everything…that you’re going to have to wait until he’s born! Looking forward to meeting our lil stud in August!
Here are some pictures from our announcement photoshoot!! 🙂