BaByQ Gender Reveal/Birthday Bash!!!

A couple weeks ago I had the brilliant idea to get an early ultrasound to find out the gender of the baby a few weeks before our 20 week one with the doctor... and then I could know for my birthday! I'm not sure why I hadn't thought of it sooner, but one day the idea just popped into my head and it was BRILLIANT! 

So I found a place that does elective gender scan ultrasounds and scheduled the appointment for this past Monday. It was perfect because my mom was off work that day too so she was able to come with me. (I told Josh he didn't have to come to this one if he was busy at work since we have another one in just a couple weeks, plus I thought we'd have to close our eyes for most of this one!)

Turns out we didn't... they figured out the gender right away - before we even knew they were looking! Throughout the ultrasound, the tech kept saying things that made us think it was a boy... for instance, it sounded like she slipped and called it "he" and at one point she said the baby's legs were straight up in the air and if we knew what we were looking for it would be obvious because,"those....gender parts.... are hard to hide."

So needless to say we both left the appointment thinking it was a boy! 

Either way, I think ultrasounds are my favorite part of being pregnant even though I've only had 2! It's just so amazing to see the baby!!! She was so much bigger this time than at our last one two months ago. She had her arm up by her face most of the time (like above) so I figure she's either going to be a thumb sucker or a drama queen. And I love this shot of her tiny little foot!!!!

Anyway, they put the gender in a sealed envelope and my plan was to take it directly to the cake lady so I wouldn't be tempted to look. However, my plan failed because they gave me TWO envelopes! I have to say, not opening that little envelope for 5 days was HARD... especially once I knew there were three people in the world who knew what my baby was and none of them were me or Josh!! But it was all worth it for this moment yesterday...

Sorry, for some reason I can't figure out how to make the video smaller/not blurry. It's also on Facebook if we're friends ;)

This was by far our most successful party I think! Who would have thought all I had to do to get my friends to come celebrate my birthday was disguise it as a gender reveal party and borrow a giant inflatable water slide from the neighbors?! (we got lucky there! Saturday was the only sunny day in about 2 weeks!) Seriously though, only ONE person who had RSVP'd didn't make it... I'm pretty sure that's NEVER happened before! We feel so blessed and fortunate to have such amazing people in our lives! We definitely don't expect everyone to be as excited about our baby as we are, but we sure felt loved yesterday and so thankful that our baby is so loved already, too.

I wore this dress almost a year ago to my Bachelorette party... this might be TMI but I didn't realize how much my boobs had grown! Next time I decide to wear a pre-pregnancy dress to an event, I think I'll try it on first! I just assumed it would fit because it was a maxi dress... it fit, but it was a little tight in the chest area :-/

My Wives Tales were split almost evenly, 6 for girl, 4 for boy... so they were right, but it was close!

Aidan LOVED all the little girls at the party... he went to give one of them a hug and aggressively yelled as he walked towards her. It was because he liked her, but it scared her and it was adorable!

Love these ladies!

After we ate, it was the strangest thing, everyone wanted to go right to dessert and didn't even care about letting their food settle first! 



Let's find out who's right...

So anxious!

It's PINK!!!!

I cried, of course. Tears of shock and joy. I have dreamed of having a daughter since I was a little girl. 

We are SO incredibly excited!! I can't believe we are having a little girl!!! <3

God is so, so good.

Aidan's 1st Birthday!

I'm not sure how it happened so quickly.. but my nephew is ONE!

I feel like he was just born yesterday! 

His birthday party was a blast!

Of course he had to smash the cake!!!

Happy Birthday, buddy!!! Aunt Lynn loves you so much! <3

Laundry Room Makeover (Part 2) AKA Nesting!

Ever since I found out I was pregnant I've been on overdrive trying to get a million house projects done! Suddenly everything I've been putting off seems super urgent! First up though... I painted the laundry room!

You may remember part 1 of the laundry room makeover where we took out some useless junk-collecting shelves and put in a mudroom area.

Here's a before picture of the laundry section: 

Granted, it wasn't always quite this messy... but I forgot to take a real before picture and somehow this was all I could find.

And here's after: 

I bought that rug about a year and a half ago to use in here after I painted.... nothing like getting things done in a timely manner ;)

I love it so much!! Still has some finishing touches to complete... including a built in bulletin board on the other wall (not pictured) and some things to hang on the wall, but still a huge improvement!

I obviously can't get much done for the baby until we know what we're having, so in the meantime we're working on a bunch of other stuff... stay tuned! :)

Baby A Bumpdate

Now that it's out in the open, I can post bumpdates! I've been taking a weekly "belly" photo since I found I was pregnant (AKA when the belly was mostly bloat and gas and ice cream and not actual baby... actually I think that's been most of them up until this week!)

I'm going to catch you all up on this pregnancy... mostly for myself to have to look back on (because I've been terrible at keeping a pregnancy journal) but also for some who have had questions or just want to know :)

I found out I was pregnant on April 5, which was Easter Sunday. Exactly 5 years to the day after Josh first told me he loved me... coincidence? I think not. I truly believe God cares about all the details of our lives, even the very small ones. We got married 5 years to the day after our first date, and found out we're expecting 5 years after he told me he loves me.... what better expression of love is there?! 

And then add to that that our baby is due in December. Truth be told, I wouldn't pick December if I could hand pick my baby's birthday. But God did. And the first thing my friend Kristen said when I told her? "God is so good! Now you will have something happy around Christmas time."

And she is so right. I hadn't even thought about it like that. The holidays have been tough since my dad passed away 5 days after Christmas 15 years ago this year.... but now I will look forward to the holidays with excitement rather than dread. I think it's safe to say this will be the best Christmas I've had in 15 years! 

*cue pregnant hormonal cry*

Anyway, so I found out I was pregnant on Easter Sunday. I called the doctor the next day to schedule my first OB appointment.... little did I know, you have to wait a whole MONTH for that?!?!? WHAT?! I thought everyone found out they were pregnant and then went immediately to the doctor for an ultrasound. Apparently you usually don't get an ultrasound at the first appointment either, but I got lucky there!

Anyway, they don't have you come in until you're around 10 weeks (at least at my dr), unless you're high risk. Those few weeks went by so SLOWLY. I told Stephanie that month went by slower than the entire 3 months she lived with us! It really felt like it!

Finally it was doctor appointment day! I was pretty sure I was pregnant (I'd taken like 8 pregnancy tests that all came back positive) but you just never know.  We had our first appointment and then went to schedule the ultrasound for later the following week.... but they had a cancellation for that day so I said YES PLEASE!

You guys. Seeing that ultrasound was the most amazing moment of my life so far. I was sad that Josh missed it (he went to the doctor appointment with me, but since we didn't know they were going to do an ultrasound that day he had already headed back to work! I wish I had known because I would have had him just come for that part since the rest was pretty lame!) but seeing my baby was incredible. I saw it wiggling around... and it was confirmed, there really IS a baby in there!

The baby measured small (8.5 weeks instead of 10 that day) and at my 2nd OB appt the doctor decided to go with the later measurement (which all makes total sense to me and I think is the most accurate, but that's another story) so our official due date is 12/13! (too bad it wasn't last year because how cool would 12/13/14 be for a birthday?! )

So here are my weekly updates until now....