33 week update-Choosing to be “Team Green”

Before I even got pregnant, I always knew that I wanted to wait until delivery time to find out the sex of the baby.  I feel it’s one of the few real surprises left in life, why ruin that for yourself?  I’m notorious for ruining surprises for myself.  One Christmas when I was in 4th grade(!), I was able to peel back the wrapping paper just enough to find out what I was getting-sorry mom.  And when it comes time for hubs to give me gifts (Holidays, birthdays etc…) I’m always on him to tell me what he got me and most times he caves in to which I reply, “You’re not supposed to tell me!” And his response, “Well you keep bothering me about it!”  haha! So this was one surprise that I couldn’t ruin for myself.  Convincing my husband was a different story.  When we first found out we were pregnant, we went back and forth on this topic.  He tried negotiating everything he could and I just kept shutting him down.  Needless to say I won and neither of us know the sex of the baby.

One of the most common questions I get from people, “How do you not want to know?”  Oh believe me, I WANNA KNOW! Especially as time gets closer, the anticipation is killing me.  Not a day goes by that I don’t look down at my tummy and I ask are you a boy or girl?  As of right now, the only thing on our birth plan is for LC to be the one to announce the sex of the baby.  Not the doctors, not the nurses.  I feel because he went along with not knowing, he deserves that honor.  I’d much rather hear it from him than the blah, not so nice ultrasound tech we had at our 20 week appointment.

Second thing people ask me most, “How are you going to prepare/how do people know what to get you?”  This was another reason I didn’t want to find out.  I didn’t want to be that person that gets a ton of clothes at their shower and nothing from their registry.  I know a couple of people that this happened to.  At our baby showers, we got pretty much everything we asked for on our baby registry.  If people went off the registry, they got us stuff that we’ll actually use like diapers, bath stuff, face wipes, etc.  We did get a few outfits, but nothing that was an outrageous amount.

As far as the baby’s nursery goes, we kept it very gender neutral and are going with different shades of greens, blues, and grays.  I knew that if I were having a girl, I would not go wild with pink.  And if we were having a boy I wouldn’t want the typical sports theme that I’ve seen in so many nurseries.  I wanted to keep it as middle ground as I could and I think we did a pretty good job with it (As soon as it’s complete, I’ll be posting more pictures).

One thing I did know is that I wanted to bring the baby home in a really cute outfit and anyone who’s ever shopped gender neutral knows how tough this can be.  So, I set out to Babies R Us and picked myself up a little girl outfit and a little boy outfit.  Based on how big I was and LC was when he was born, I figure our child will be in the 8 lb range, so I settled on 0-3 month size outfits.  I will be bringing a newborn outfit with just incase  these don’t fit.  I don’t see it as a waste of money because I know so many woman having babies this year, I’ll definitely be able to give the one away that we don’t end up using. One of my BFFs is expecting a baby girl in the beginning of September, so if end up not using the dress she could definitely have it and still get use out of it.

People ask me all the time, “What do you feel that it is?” In the beginning I had a strong gut feeling we were having a girl, but as time goes on I feel like it’s a boy so I really don’t know or care for that matter.  Of course I would love to have a girl to dress up and do girly stuff with, but I would also love a have a little man in my life and to give my husband a son.  Both of our families are overtaken by women so a little boy would be lots of fun to add to the mix.  What matters most to us is that the baby’s healthy and everything comes out fine.

This week, baby’s grown into a little pineapple.  Baby weighs a little over 4 lbs and has passed the 17 in mark.  Baby’s losing its wrinkly skin (getting chubbier) and its skeleton is starting to harden.  The bones in the skull though are not fusing together just yet, so that baby can pass through the birth canal a little more easier.  The bones in the baby’s skull don’t actually fuse together until early adulthood!

How I’m feeling? Ready for this little baby!  It’s been pretty warm here in Wisconsin and all I have to say is that I’m thankful for having a pool and air conditioning.  Luckily I haven’t had any crazy swelling with the heat.  I told hubs last night, that in reality this baby really can decide to come at anytime.  The only thing we really have left to do is install the car seats.  Everything else in the nursery that needs to get done is decoration related.  I keep hoping that I go a few weeks early (38 weeks sounds good), so more than likely I will end up going over my due date (August 25th) which will make August the longest month of my life!  LC thinks he or she will come the second week in August.  Regardless of when the baby comes we are ready and over the moon excited!!!!!

Question: Expecting moms/parents, did you find out the sex of your baby or did you decide to wait?  Non-pregnant women, if you plan on having children could wait or would you find out?

 I’m off to get a workout in and run some errands.  Tonight’s girls night at the movies and guess what we’re going to see?!? You guessed it! Magic Mike 🙂 Have a great day.

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