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It’s a Boy!!!

Once there was a boy who met a girl.
SEVERAL months later, boy asked girl out. She said “YES!”
11 months after that, boy asked girl to marry him. She said “YES!”.
9 months later, the pastor asked if they’d be together for the rest of their lives. They both said “I DO!”

After 1 year of “happily ever after”, girl told boy that they’d soon be a family of three. He said “YES!”
A few months later, they met Phinehas Jeffrey.
Boy said “This is fun, we should do this again!” And God said “YES!”
18 months later, they met Stephen David. Boy said “Life with 2 boys is fun, we should do this again!” And God said “YES!”

18 months later, come April, they’ll meet their next child – another boy!
Life will be crazy. Life will be LOUD. Hands and hearts will be full!

Alternate titles for this post include:
-What’s your favorite boy name from Bible, not including Phinehas and Stephen?
-How does 3 under the age of 3 for 5 days sound?
-Further proof that specializing in boys just makes good financial sense…


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Ultrasound tomorrow!

Our 20-week anatomy ultrasound is tomorrow and I’m excited (which is to be expected, of course). For our previous 2 pregnancies, we asked the ultrasound tech to write the sex of the baby in an envelope, then Jeff & I opened it up together, later. This time, we’ll be doing something different.

This time, because it’s only 2 days before Thanksgiving, we’re going to do a Mini Gender Reveal with family. The tech will still write the gender in an envelope, so that we don’t find out right away. But this time, I’ll get the results to a cake decorator (without me knowing) and she’ll bake a typical gender reveal cake.

Then on Thanksgiving, we’ll be celebrating with my side of the family and we’ll cut the cake to find out! I haven’t ever been to a gender reveal party, but I like the idea of a mini reveal with family.

So…what will it be? Boy or Girl?


I’d love to have another boy. They’re fun! And how fun would it be to have 3 boys close in age, growing up together? So fun!

I’d love to have a girl. This might be our last child (you never know) and I think it’d be great to have the experience of having a daughter. So fun!

Old Wives’ Tales?

How you carry says Girl since I’m carrying high. (But I’ve carried high in my last 2 pregnancies. Both times with boys. I think that’s just how I am.)

Heart rate says Girl since the heartbeats have all been above 140. (But, again, both pregnancies were with boys and they were always above 140.)

Cravings says Boy since I’m craving salty instead of sweets. (This is the way I was in the last 2 pregnancies too. I am baking sweets a lot, but I’m not eating many of them. Have the munchies at night? Give me some Chex Mix.)

Acne says Boy since I don’t really have any (girls will steal your beauty…apparently)

Cold Feet says Boy since I have do have cold feet. You know, when it’s cold outside.

Wedding Ring Swing says Girl since holding it over my belly on a string makes it swing back and forth instead of in a circle.

Chinese Birth Chart says Girl.

Mayan Birth Chart says Girl.

Husband Gaining Weight Theory says Boy since my husband isn’t really gaining weight either (in fact, he’s slowly losing weight — but that’s due to his cheapness at eating lunch out and giving up soda/pop)

Morning Sickness Theory says Boy since I haven’t had any.

Girl Indicators: 5. Boy Indicators: 5   So there’s a 50/50 shot at being right!

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16 week check up

Had my 16-week check up today!  It was kind of a wacky day as I was supposed to be there at 8:20, but was running late, so I was able to reschedule for 11:15 that morning.  Honestly, I was tempted to just skip the appointment all together.  But they offered to see me yet that day, I went for it.

Pregnancy wise, things are going well. That’s why I was tempted to miss it.

My doctor was out at a delivery, so I saw one of the midwives in her practice. She couldn’t find the heartbeat with the doppler, so she did a quick ultrasound.  Baby is moving well, but was in a weird spot.  (Or at least not in a spot that she was expecting.)  After she located baby with the ultrasound, she was able to pick up the heartbeat with the doppler.  So that’s a relief.

The midwife wasn’t super experienced doing an ultrasound, but she does think that the placenta is anterior — meaning in the front of the baby.  I had that with Phinehas too.  It’s not a health concern in any way – it’s just kind of a random thing of where it attaches.  But it does mean that I won’t feel movement as strongly or often as I might otherwise.

At least that was my experience in the past.  Since Finn was my first pregnancy, I had no idea of what was normal for movement. Then when I was pregnant with Stephen, what a game changer!  Big kicks!  Often movements!  That’s probably more what most women experience.  Not necessarily better.  Not necessarily worse.  Just different.

Pregnancy-This-Far Summary:

  • Heartbeat in the 140s, which is exactly the same as both Phinehas and Stephen were at this point.  (Does that mean it’s another boy?  50/50 shot!)
  • I’ve gained probably about 2-3 pounds.  A little more than I had with my other 2 pregnancies.
  • Starting to feel movement!  Nothing super consistent, but at least a couple of times a day, I feel movement that I know is baby.  That’s fun!

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12 week check up!

I had my 12 week check up last week. This was the first time that they weren’t able to find the heartbeat right away using the doppler. She had warned me that it might happen, but with my previous 2 pregnancies, she didn’t have any problems.

But this time, she did. No big deal, she just wheeled the ultrasound cart into the room and found Baby right away – measuring right on track at 12 weeks, 2 days and a strong heartbeat.

See ya again in 4 weeks!

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First Doctor’s Appointment

Had baby #3’s first doctor’s appointment yesterday. Pretty uneventful — the good type!

Baby measured just about as big as he/she should have, so the official due date will be April 14, 2015. Finn’s birthday is just 5 days after that, we’ll have 3 under 3 for about a week (give or take). Phew! I start sweating just thinking about that.

We could see the heartbeat on the ultrasound and confirmed that there is definitely only 1 in there. I’ve been having strange dreams where at the first appointment, my doctor would tell me that I was really like 5 months along and there were twins in there. But nope!

Boy or girl? Well, so far baby looks like his/her brothers, so it must be a boy, right? Nah, who knows? (Well, God does – but we won’t know for another 12 weeks). It’d be pretty cool to have 3 boys. It’d be pretty cool to have 2 boys and a girl.

I have been tired like I was with pregnancy #1. I’m napping about every other day and for sure on the weekends. Sometimes, I’m even going to bed right after we put the boys to bed. Like both previous pregnancies, I am hungry almost all the time. And not really for sweets – I’m into soup these days.

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Mama to 3!

I’m pregnant!  Just got a positive test today!  I’m gonna have 3 kiddos!

Due Date: My due date will be mid-April, just before Phinehas’ 3rd birthday.  18 months younger than Stephen.

Strange Timing: This is, of course, 3 days after we gave away our 2nd crib.  It was just taking up space in Finn’s room.  It didn’t seem like the next kiddo was coming very quickly and that by the time we did manage to get pregnant, spent 9 months cooking the kid, we wouldn’t need 2 cribs.  That Stephen would be ready for a big boy bed.  We’ll see if that’s true — Finn was ready at about that time.

Names: We don’t know!  With Phinehas, Jeff just really wanted that name.  When we found out he was a boy, we were done deciding.  With Stephen, I was due on my deceased father’s birthday (and delivered that day), so Stephen was an obvious choice.  I don’t think there will be an obvious choice yet.  How do people go about picking names?!?  We have plenty of time and we do like biblical names, so our list isn’t gigantic.

How I told Jeff: Not very well this time, I’m afraid.  I did great with Phinehas.  I did okay with Stephen.  I had tested yesterday and it was negative, so I thought I was out.  But, on a lark, I took another test today and got a positive right away.  I had the idea to put Stephen in the “Big Brother” shirt that we used with Finn when Stephen was born.  I waited til Jeff got home to see if he would notice.  He didn’t.

He held Stephen.  He talked to him.  He picked him up.  He walked around with him.  He sat him in his high chair.  He ate dinner across from him.  Never really noticed.  So, finally, I said “Did you notice Stephen’s shirt?”  Then his eyes got big and said “Really!?  I thought it was negative!”  He was happy as we were both disappointed by yesterday’s test.

WOO HOO!  Here we go!

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I have quite a few Facebook friends who have had big moments in the last week or so.  It’s made me take a trip down memory lane.


A gal (that I didn’t even know was dating someone!) just got engaged last week and posted pictures that were taken right after the engagement.  It reminded me of when Jeff proposed.  Here’s the story if you want to read it.  It was a great surprise to me. We had been dating for almost a year and I thought he’d propose – but a few months later than he actually did.  He didn’t do anything over-the-top or make a huge production out of it (thankfully!), but it was just a nice memory that I have.

I’m excited for this newly engaged couple and the good times that they’ll have in the coming months planning their wedding.

The night we got engaged!

Getting Married

Another facebook friend just got married.  Which, of course, brings up good memories for me of our wedding day and how fun that was.  (It was also kind of a blur — man, so many things that happened just in 1 day!)  I remember the early days of adjusting to living with a new person.  It’s kind of like having a roommate, but kind of not like it.

First Kiss!


Many, many facebook friends have announced pregnancies lately.  I have one friend in particular who hasn’t announced a pregnancy, but is pinning baby things to pinterest.  Maybe there’s a baby on the way.  Maybe there isn’t.  She might just be getting prepared.  It’s been fun to see her pin lots of advice to first time moms.  Things that 3 years ago, I would’ve DEVOURED.

I remember back to my first pregnancy and how thirsty I was for information.  I just couldn’t get enough.  I wondered about this.  I wondered about that.  I pictured how I would handle certain situations.  I tried to picture what it would be like to physically give birth.  I tried to picture what it would be like to have a newborn.

Some things came to pass.  Some things didn’t.  I don’t regret all the research that I did, even though I didn’t need 1/2 of it!  But I remember the excitement of being pregnant for the first time.  It’s was such an unique time in my life.  So special!

Phinehas Jeffrey!

Stephen David!


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