Monday, December 7, 2015

Baby Boy - 15 Weeks

15 Weeks

Well guys, if you've made it here you know the cat's out of the bag - we are having a baby boy due May 30th!  It was a total surprise but we are beyond excited, and you can read about my journey here (when I first found out) and here (my updates for the past 11 weeks).

Here is our whole announcement video, 3 minutes as opposed to the 15 seconds you saw on IG:

How am I feeling?  Great!  The magic of the 2nd trimester is awesome and I feel mostly like my old self again, except a bit winded, tired and my patience is dwindling when it comes to every day things.  I hate that I have no patience but the tired and winded part gets the better of me and then I have no tolerance for anything else - pregnant life I suppose.

Lemon loved making a "cake for her baby brother" yesterday and asked us all night when we were going to "cook" it.  Ha.  She is excited to tell everyone that her mommy "has a baby in her tummy" and that sometimes too she "has a baby in her tummy."  She is such a good girl and knows that things are changing but it handling it so well, I just hope it continues when baby boy gets here.

Here are some pictures I snapped while they were making the "boy cake":

I freaked out about not having any boy clothes last week so I ordered a ton of stuff on Old Navy during their Black Friday sale.  And, my friend Qiana, gave me some 2T things as well - phew!  Now, we have to clean out Ian's man room and start working on Lemon's big girl room so baby boy will have a room too - so much to do.

Thank goodness school is out in a week and a half because finding things to wear, putting on makeup and doing my hair are all exhausting.  We also will use that time to work on the kids' rooms - kids!  Plural!  Crazy.

I am still a bit nervous to have a boy, I just know nothing about boys, have nothing for a boy and didn't have any brothers growing up - it should be interesting.  I'm also worried about being too tired to entertain a boy but know that after I have the baby and get my energy back up, I will have enough energy for two - I hope.  I would love to hear your stories about expecting a boy, and how it changed the way you thought once he came.  I've seen lots of posts lately that say something like, "And to think, I didn't think I'd know what to do with a boy but I'm so happy he's mine."  I am equally terrified and excited.

So, all in all I am feeling good and we are getting excited.  We have tons to do and I will post our journey along the way so that you can share in this adventure with us!  Thank you all for your love and support, we adore you!  :)

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  1. Congratulations!!! �� Lemon is going to be an awesome big sister!!!
    (Smltwngrl920 on IG)

  2. Oh girl, I am so so so excited for you!!! Will read the other posts soon, but trust me when I say that baby boys are beyond perfection. The mother-son bond is truly indescribable (don't get me wrong, daughter-mother stuff is also fantastic but in a different way). Also, there isn't a lot that is different with a baby--a baby boy is just like a baby girl with newborn stuff, aside from different clothes;) You really don't have to 'do' anything for a boy that you wouldn't do for a girl, at least not at first. Then as you start to see their personalities come through, you'll see the difference but hey---every kid is different anyway, gender aside!

    I personally cannot get enough of my boys, being their mama and the 'woman' in their lives, the sweetness of little boys and yes, their energy. For me, my boys have a lot less drama and emotions and ESTROGEN than my little miss. They are total mama's boys, too, which melts me.

    Oh, Allison, this is going to be so much fun!! Having two kids is no joke, and sure you will be tired for awhile. But you can do it!! I'm so happy for your family. xoxo

  3. My daughter Plum just turned three years on Tuesday, and I had a baby boy last May. My daughter has always been the "handful" kid, so when I was pregnant with Bloom I would talk to him and asked him to please be easy going and happy; and of course it is likely coincidence, but he is just that! So easy going and happy! Granted he is only 6.5 months old, but he is already not at all what I expected a baby boy to be. He is the sweetest, gentlest, loveliest baby! I am noticing that there are inherent differences between boys and girls - Plum is into things I never introduced to her or encouraged her to like that are very girly, but she is also into gender neutral and even boy stuff too. I'm hoping to guide my boy in that direction as well - so that as a toddler and kid his personality doesn't shout BOY! But as Plum has showed me we can influence but stil have very minimal control over their interests.

    Anyhow, it looks like you're taking a good path with Lemon too, because the whole time i was pregnant with #2, I would talk with Plum about how she would have a baby sibling/brother. She was very interested in it but sometimes she would pull my shirt back over my belly in a "no more baby time" kind of way. I would tell her once the baby was born that we can't just put him away like she does my belly. And though she is still chaos in other areas of her personality, she has always been a super great, helpful, patient, and understanding big sister. Something I did not expect from her at all. She has impressed me to the max on that category.

    I understand your worry though. With my baby boy being such a dreamboat I am afraid to have more kids (even though I have always wanted a bunch) because there is no way any of them will be as easy going and awesome as he is!

  4. I'm not sure if you remember me or not but our paths crossed in 2011 when I was in a bad place after a loss. You were so supportive in encouraging me to share my story and I've always remembered that. Our stories are so similar. Gluten issues, being teachers, heartbreaking miscarriages, finding the courage to try again, delivering healthy babies, and now surprise pregnancies. I am so excited for what is to come for you! My little surprise is 7 months old now and I wouldn't change one single minute.

    You're heart will grow in ways you can never imagine. How it's possible to love another soul as much as I love Grant (the first) I can't understand. But somehow I love these two boys with every fiber of my being. The bond you'll share with each of them, in their own special ways, will forever change you.

    I understand the financial concerns, the insurance woes, the feeling of not even knowing where to start with baby rooms and clothes and plans. Somehow it will all work out. I have no experience with girls but I'll tell you that boys wI'll turn yout to mish inside. The "Momma, I want to cuddle with you" and the "Momma I just love you so much" will bring you to your knees.

    I'm going to stop before I get all sappy and start crying. ;) Just know, it's gonna be great!

    Also, fyi, apparently lots of second babies are born faster than the first. Van was born 13 minutes after we got to the hospital. Lol. Craziest day of my life.

    So excited for you!

  5. Congrats to your little family on your exciting news! As a mother of a girl first, (7 years old), when he brother came along next (2 years old) i felt the same as you. I have not brother and neither does my husband. All the grandchildren on both of our family sides are girls. But just as they say that daddy's have a special bond with their little girls, mommy's have that special bond with their sons! I felt it from the moment he was born, it was something different than my daughter. Of course i don't love him more than her or vice versa, but it's just different in just as wonderful of a way! Such a great feeling! My son is a handful to be sure (actually that's an understatement.) I definitely noticed the gender difference from the moment he was born, but it's SO fun to experience both worlds!!! Try not to worry, every ounce of those worries will melt away once he's here, so all that worrying will have been for nothing! :) Enjoy!