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Last night was our gender reveal party.  It was such a good time and we appreciate all our family and friends who came to share in this life-changing moment with us.

Supposed to be blue and pink drink...turned out purple and pink

There the box sits...

Our soon-to-be family of 4...Kinnick was wearing his blue snuggie!

Team Blue

Team Pink

Dialing a few people on Skype before the big reveal!

The Big Reveal

I'll let the pics do most of the talking...but imagine my shock when we opened our box full of BLUE balloons!  I was just certain it was a girl!  Craig is ecstatic!  He's already making plans for our SON to play basketball for KU.  He insists it's a possibility.....keep dreaming honey.

Still in shock

Looking at the sonogram pic

Checking out the goods on the sonogram photo

Proud Grandma

So, there you have it! We're having a BOY!  I am SO excited to start decorating, toss around name ideas (we already have one), and attempt some DIY projects from Pinterest.  Looks like I won't get to dress up this little baby in leggings and bows...I'll just keep dreaming for the next one. :)

19 Weeks: Big Appointment!

Yesterday was appointment #4 and it was a big one!!  We finally got to see a baby via sonogram, instead of the little blinking dot we saw at 6 1/2 weeks!  It's truly a miracle to see ten little toes, four pumping chambers of the heart, and arms, legs, and a head wiggling around in there!  At one point, Baby's leg was way above his/her head...flexible little thing!  She/he was also waving at us during most of the ultrasound. :)  The sex was determined...but will be sealed in an envelope until Saturday night's Gender Reveal Party.  People keep asking how the suspense is not killing me.  My thought: I've waited 19 weeks...what's another few days?  The envelope is out of sight and out of mind....I'll be just fine.  Nonetheless, I can NOT wait until Saturday night!!  I'm still thinking girl and will be shocked if it's actually a boy!

The sonogram technician couldn't get a good profile view of Baby's face.  Nor could she get a good view of the aorta.  So, lucky us--we get to go back for another ultrasound just to make sure things look "normal".  Does this mean insurance will pay for it since it's "doctor ordered"?  (Word is my insurance only covers one per pregnancy...?)

Baby's heartbeat was around 146, just shy of the 150 heartbeat last month.  She/he was also measuring in the 50-some percentile for size - bigger than 50-some percent of 19-week fetuses, smaller than the other 40-some percent.  I was happy to hear that!

On the negative side, I've gained seven the last 4 weeks!  8 pounds total.  Yikes!  I was so proud of myself last month, but it seems the fun has begun!  No wonder my pants literally won't button anymore!

In other news, the dresser we ordered arrived and we picked it up last weekend.  I'll take some pictures soon!

Here are a few baby pics from the ultrasound!  The face pic looks like an alien baby.  Don't judge.

How Far Along: 19 Weeks

Size of Baby:
A mango (~6 inches long and weighs ~8.5 ounces)

What's Happening:
Baby Sides is working on his/her five senses.  Nerve cells for sense of taste, hearing, sight, and smell are developing in his/her brain.

Still nothing really.

4 days until we find out!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nothing yet...maybe this week!?

Still not an issue, but I broke down a bought a Snoogle pillow to help me stay on my left side.  It came highly recommended by more than one friend.  I was too cheap to buy the pillow case though.  Is that weird?

I'm at the really awkward stage when I don't need full-on maternity clothes (pants, anyway) but I look fat in my normal clothes.

Best Moment Recently:
The sonogram, of course!

Looking Forward To...
Gender Reveal Party this weekend!!!!!!

BEWARE: definite bump alert!

18 Weeks: Bump is Emerging!

Can you believe it's nearly mid-February already?  That makes me happy because it means Spring is well on it's way!  We definitely can't complain about the winter we've had...I sort of feel like winter got cheated and I am a-okay with that...but I'm always all-for warmer weather!

It also means Baby Sides is progressing and growing!  I must say, the weeks are flying!  It seems every time I blink Monday rolls around again and I get to cross another week off the checklist/take another weekly baby bump photo.  The days moved at a snail's pace in November and December.  I like this pace much better!

It's been a few weeks since my last update, so I suppose I'm due for another.  Not much has changed in recent weeks, but we're inching closer to that all-important halfway point! :)
How Far Along: 18 Weeks

Size of Baby:
A sweet potato  (~5.6 inches long and weighs ~6.7 ounces)

What's Happening:
Baby is growing, moving, twisting, rolling, punching, kicking, and even hiccuping!

Still don't feel pregnant, at all, which I guess is a good thing! 

Nothing in particular.

10 days until we find out!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sometimes I sit or lay very still at night hoping to feel something, but nothing yet.  According to, it should happen very, very soon!

Sleep is not an issue.  I'm supposed to start sleeping on my left side soon (to maximize blood flow).  I always make a conscious effort to fall asleep that way, but typically wake up on my back or stomach.  I might have to invest in one of those $50 pregnancy pillows soon...

Still in my regular clothes, but I did buy a few maternity shirts at Old Navy over the weekend!  I've decided I really like them!  They are long, loose, comfy, and even flattering!  I've noticed that my work pants are not only tight on my stomach, but also on the {already over sized} booty...maternity pants might be a necessity soon.  Until then, I'll keep wearing the Bella Band and as many dresses/skirts as possible!

What I Miss:
Oh, you

Best Moment Recently:
Painting the nursery, ordering furniture, and seeing the crib put together! 

Looking Forward To...
Our 19-week ultrasound on Monday!!!!!!

And here are some pics of the crib-building process...

It was Gameday...he insisted on showing off his shirt.

Looking good!

Of course, we tested it with the schnauz.  He thought he was in trouble...that's why his ears are pinned back.

"What is this weird cage??"

I love it!

And...if you're still reading, for your viewing pleasure, a better picture of the emerging bump (and butt)!  I took it last night at 18 weeks 1 day!

**Countdown to Sonogram: 5 days!**
**Countdown to Gender Reveal Party: 10 days!**

Who Said Pregnant Girls Can't Look Cute?

So, I have a wedding to attend in May.  Not only that, but I'm the "Day-Of-Coordinator"!  See--even a blog post about it!  My kind of job, for sure!  And since I'm such a planner (or maybe just a die-hard shopper), I've already started looking at cute maternity dresses!  I love dressing up for weddings, and I can't wait to show off my cute (hopefully) baby bump!

Check out all the adorable dresses I found online (mostly Destination Maternity)!  Though it'll suck being 8 and 9 months pregnant in the middle of summer, at least I can wear some of these cute little numbers!  Some of them are crazy expensive...don't worry husband, I would never spend $100 on a maternity dress!  Others are only $25. :)

On the other hand, I have another wedding to attend in July...a couple weeks after Baby should arrive...and another in August.  I'm not as excited to put on a cute dress for these, as I will not longer be "with child", i.e. I will have zero excuse for looking large. :(