So remember a few months ago, in the midst of all of the crazy this life has thrown our way, when I let you in on our secret? Well in case you don’t remember, we are expecting a little one to join our family in March 2017. I’ve been a little torn on deciding what things to share because I love sharing my life on this blog and social media, but this little life inside me is not entirely mine to share. There is no perfect solution and someday I could change my mind on all of this, but until then I will strive to make wise decisions in sharing but not oversharing. Today, I want to share some exciting stuff though! Grab a snack and read on, this is going to be a long one friends!
It’s a boy!
Last weekend we went home to see our families and tell them the big news. We found out at our anatomy scan ultrasound earlier in the week, but kept it a secret for a few days before telling them. It was such a fun get together with the people we love the most and we really enjoyed our time! I got these super cute scratch cards from Etsy for the reveal. I knew we wanted to do something so each person could have a little mini reveal since Husband and I already knew, it didn’t make much sense to do a cake or something like that. We were so happy with the way things turned out. The majority of everyone there thought it was a girl and when we went over some old wives tales the verdict was 3 girl – 6 boy. My momma was especially happy as she’s dreamed of a little boy for quite a while. We are thrilled and yes, Husband got quite emotional when the ultrasound tech said it was a boy.
So once the gender was revealed, the inevitable question was asked “What’s his name?”. Most of our family knew our girl name but we hadn’t really revealed the boy name yet as it had just been picked a couple weeks before. I desperately wanted a boy and girl name picked before the ultrasound so we could immediately know who this little one would be. We wanted something meaningful, timeless, masculine, yet unique. We searched lists and tried family names out from all sides. Mason had been on our list since high school, but that name has gained a lot of popularity since then, so we scratched that off the list. I would regularly look at name lists in my free time and one name kept standing out to me; it fit all the criteria and was a really special name to us, just not one we had previously considered. I was home alone and I tried it out with the middle name we liked and it just clicked. I felt a little crazy because I hadn’t even talked to Husband about this yet, so I quickly sent him a text and he agreed, it was perfect.
Hudson is the last name of a man (and his family!) that has made an incredible impact on our lives. From being our youth pastor through our sometimes difficult teen years to marrying us before man and God as we officially began our lives together. Alexander is a middle name I’ve loved since high school for no specific reasons. Although I might admit that with my recent Hamilton obsession (based on founding father, Alexander Hamilton) I knew that if we had a son, I definitely wanted his middle name to be Alexander, thankfully Husband agreed. Our little man has a name and we couldn’t be more excited. It’s such a wonderful thing being able to talk to our little man and call him by name. We are having a son! EEEEEEEK! Now, for other important updates.
Baby H (How he will affectionately be known around these parts)
Size: Guinea Pig – HA! About a foot long and around a pound (if not a little bigger per the last ultrasound)
Movement: Feeling him move multiple times each day, trying to see if there are any patterns or triggers. Movements are definitely getting stronger with each day, I love it!
Development: His ears are developing more and more so he is hearing me and will start recognizing voices in the not too distant future. Also at the anatomy scan they said he is absolutely perfect and growing like a weed (although maybe a bit too much growth…here’s hoping he’s not a 10lb+ baby!).
Craving: Not much really, I haven’t had any strong consistent cravings, although if I get it in my mind I want something, I reallyyyy want it!
Looking Forward To: Finishing our registry, although this might be causing me a bit of anxiety as well. There are so many options! Baby stuff is overwhelming but I’m trying to stick a more minimal feel and gender neutral on the big items. Hopefully we will have that done soon-ish though!
Health: I’ve been feeling pretty good overall although the second trimester has brought some pretty killer headaches that I’m ready to be done with. I also found out a couple concerning things at my recent Dr appointment that need specific prayer. 1) Placenta Previa, without going into too many details it can be dangerous at times but it also fixes itself a lot of the time. There is time for it to fix itself, so while I take things a bit more carefully for now we are diligently praying that God would allow it to be fixed and also praising Him that even if it isn’t, thanks to modern medicine Baby H and I should be just fine. 2) Gestational Diabetes is a bit of a concern. He is measuring ahead with a pretty round tummy which can sometimes be a sign of GD. We did a random screening last week and things came back PERFECTLY but they still want to go ahead and do an official early screening this coming week. While I selfishly pray I don’t have it, I really just want to know so I can adjust accordingly if needed for both of our health’s sake. Please be praying!
Well, I’ve written WAY too much in this blog post, so I’m going to sign off now. I promise to come back a little more regularly with updates on how things continue to go for both myself and Baby H! We so appreciate your prayers as we continue on this exciting, wonderful and terrifying journey of parenthood.