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23 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:
How far along:  23 weeks and 1 day today
Size of baby:  The Little One is 8 inches long, weighs a little over 1 pound, and is the size of a papaya.
Total weight gain/loss: I really have no idea how much I weigh at this point.  I'll visit the doctor this week, and then I can determine how much weight I've gained since finding out I was pregnant. 
Maternity clothes:  I've integrated several of the shirts The Best Friend gave me, but I'm still able to wear many of my shirts and dresses.  I'm hoping that I'll be able to make it through the end of May with what I have.  I'd really rather not have to purchase more dresses/shirts for work.  I feel blessed that I have been able to borrow so many things up to this point and that school will be out in just a few weeks. Then, it's shorts, tank tops, sundresses, and flip flops for this girl!
Gender:  We believe she's still a girl, and we'll find out for sure this week. :)

Beautiful weather

Last weekend was so beautiful (really the last few weeks have been so lovely, weather-wise) that The Husband moved the wooden rocking chair in our bedroom out to our balcony, so I could read out there and enjoy the weather.  I stayed out there for at least an hour before my eyes became heavy, and I realized that if I didn't get up and start moving around, I'd fall asleep out there.  Between chapters, I took a few shots of my view.

It was gorgeous outside; perfect temperature, a slight breeze, quiet neighborhood.  Well, mostly quiet.  As  I was reading, I heard a voice from around the corner downstairs say, "If you don't poop, I'm gonna squeeze it out of you!"  Haha, I had to try very hard to stifle the giggle that was threatening to pop out and let that unhappy woman know she and her disobedient dog were not alone! That's all for now.  Have a great weekend!

This guy named Hank

Hey y'all!  I have never done a post like this before, but I feel compelledCom-pelled, I tell you.

The Husband and I are friends with a guy named Hank. Well, his name is Henry, but everyone calls him Hank...except his sweet mom.   
Hank joined our church a few years ago, and then he joined the small group we were apart of last year.  Ever since that first meeting, The Husband and Hank have really gotten along well. :) Haha! Can you tell?!
He loves dogs, and he has rescued many over the years.

He's smart and has a great sense of humor.  He's pretty witty!

He sings with our worship team at church.
He works hard at his job (something to do with computers), and he's also a co-owner of a something-to-do-with-computers business.

He recently sponsored two children through Holt International, and it has changed his life.

He's an amazing friend with a very generous spirit. 
Just a few examples:
~He's volunteered to buy groceries and make dinner for us twice now.  …

22 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:
How far along:  22 weeks and 1 day today
Size of baby:  The Little One is 8 inches long, weighs about 1 pound, and is the size of a spaghetti squash.
Total weight gain/loss: I suppose I spoke too soon about not being hungry.  I've been eating and eating this week.  The meals (or snacks) are small, but I eat pretty often.  We don't own a scale, and since I haven't visited the gym (it was just a exercising) since Monday, I don't know how accurate my weight gain is.  But as of last Monday night, I have gained *about* 10 pounds so far. 
Maternity clothes:   I'm still able to wear a couple of my pre-pregnancy dresses, several shirts, and one pair of jeans.  I've been integrating in several maternity shirts and shorts into my wardrobe, as well.  The shirt I'm wearing below is one my bestie loaned me.  It's not a maternity shirt; it's just a size larger than I normally wear, but it's just as roomy.   
Gender:  It's still…

21 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:
How far along:  21 weeks and 1 day today
Size of baby:  The Little One is 7 inches long and the size of a large banana.
Total weight gain/loss: I lost a little bit of weight this week (probably due to the fact that I'm not nearly as hungry as I have been). So, taking that into account, I've gained 8 1/2 pounds so far.  
Maternity clothes:   Pre-pregnancy dresses, shirts, and one pair of jeans; maternity shirts and shorts
Gender:  We're having a girl! It's so nice to finally be able to use those feminine pronouns. :)
Movement:  We've felt sweet baby girl move lots this week.  Last night, while we were praying and The Husband had his hand on my belly, she was kicking and moving up a storm.  It was a really precious moment and one I won't forget any time soon.  
Sleep: Sleep has become tricky lately.  I am resting, but the last few days, I haven't been resting well, so I'm pretty exhausted throughout the day. 

The post in which I reveal the gender of our baby...

Today, we had our Gender Reveal Party.  The party in which the gender of our baby was revealed to all who attended.  We, after our last appointment and ultrasound, decided that praying for our baby by name was of great importance to us.  So, we opened the sealed envelope with the baby's picture inside and found out for ourselves the gender of our baby.  We began praying for the Little One by name, and to me that was a huge blessing.  It's been quite difficult, though, not referring to the baby by a certain gender-specific pronoun!

But, people, the wait is over! We are having a baby girl!
And, we couldn't be more pleased!

Take a guess!

Our Gender Reveal Party is coming up VERY soon, so I thought it would be fun to see what you think the gender of our baby is.

Please cast your vote on the poll at the end of this post, and then if you have time, I'd love if you'd leave a comment saying which one you guessed and why. :) 

Did my morning sickness clue you in?  Was it the shape/size of my belly?  Was it my cravings or my crazy mood swings or the horrible back spasms I've been experiencing?

Ok, and you're off! Cast away!
(Haha, that was one of my least favorite Tom Hanks movies...that and Sleepless in Seattle, but movie choices are a topic for a different day! But hey, if you'd also like to comment below on your least favorite Tom Hanks movie, then by all means, feel free!  *Side note*  I really do like Tom Hanks movies...just not those two.)

Which gender do you think our baby is?That basketball belly screams, "baby boy!"     Your horrid morning sickness points toward a baby girl!

20 Weeks--Halfway There

Pregnancy Highlights:
How far along:  20 weeks and 1 day today
Size of baby:  The Little One is 6.5 inches long and the size of a small cantaloupe.
Total weight gain/loss: I've gained 9 pounds so far.  
Maternity clothes:   Pre-pregnancy dresses, shirts, and one pair of jeans; maternity shirts and shorts
Gender:  Our Gender Reveal Party is next weekend, and the baby's gender will be revealed to all!
Movement:  Monday afternoon I felt a few kicks and flutters, and I felt them again on Wednesday and Thursday.  That was very exciting! 
Sleep:  I'm sleeping pretty well; the sinus congestion and frequent trips to the bathroom are preventing me from sleeping through the night, but the sleep I am getting seems to be doing the trick.
What I miss:  Sitting or standing for long periods of time without back pain.
Cravings:  Chocolate shakes.


How am I today?
Uplifted by the prayers being said on our behalf. You can never know what it means to me knowing that there are so many out there bowed before our good and gracious King on behalf of our Little One.

How am I today?
Anxious for what this new development in my pregnancy could mean for the health of our baby.  I've cried more than once today, and it's only 10:45.

How am I today?
Feeling guilty for doing too much; feeling guilty for doing too little.  Around the house.  At work.  At the gym.  What if it was something I did?  But I can't go there; because if I go there, I'll stay in that place of worry. That's not a place I long to be.

How am I today?
Filled to the brim with love for this child.  This child. And thankful.  Hopeful and thankful, yet again, that God has chosen us to raise and nurture and love and lead this blessing.   Daddy and I love you soooo much, Sweet Baby.

How am I today?
Today, readers, I am joyful.
Last night, the eve of Good Friday,…

Ultrasound Update & Prayer Request

**Updated with video of the ultrasound at the bottom.  The last shot in the video is the latest picture we have of the Little One. There is a song that plays in the background (one of my favorite Selah songs), and to enlarge the video, you can click the button on the bottom right.**
This is more for my sanity than it is for anything else.
I'm writing out the events of today's doctor's appointment and ultrasound so that I don't have to keep rehashing it for those who ask.
And, so that our friends and family can begin praying specifically.

It's been a long day.
Here goes:
The appointment started with my weigh-in (up 9 pounds so far) and blood pressure check (normal).   Then, we heard the heartbeat, which was wonderful (145 bpm).  We headed into the ultrasound room after waiting a bit.
The doctor came in, asked a few questions, (we told her there had been more bleeding this past weekend), and she began the ultrasound.

The good news:
1. The baby looks healthy!
2. The …