My guest post on whether having lots of boys or lots of girls is genetic is up at What to Expect’s Word of Mom blog!

I am happy to share that I’ve written a guest post for the What to Expect Word of Mom blog. The post is about whether having lots of boys or lots of girls really does run in families – is it genetic?

Check it out here: 

I Tried a New Method to Find Out If I Was Having a Boy or Girl

Halfway Day!

Today I am 20 weeks and 0 days pregnant – halfway through the pregnancy!

I’m starting to feel more distinct movements; what started as flutters now can sometimes feel more clearly like a kick or a jab. It’s still faint enough that I usually only feel it if I am trying to.

Husband and I often lay down with his hand on my belly, and he feels our baby’s movements more regularly now too. I love that he can share in some of the sensations of growing a life! Last night he fell asleep with his hand there. It took me a bit longer to fall asleep, and I felt it so precious that he is building this bond with the baby too.

I was marveling recently that I haven’t felt depression symptoms in months. Instead, I am motivated to get things done and I feel really happy most of the time. It’s wonderful!

We are so thrilled to be bringing a baby into our family and cannot wait to meet her!

Learning baby’s gender

I’d been excitedly looking forward to the anatomy scan for so long that when my mom messaged me last week to ask if I was getting excited, my response was “Getting? I’ve been excited for a month!”

On Friday we had the experience I’d been waiting for – another glimpse into the womb, to see our growing baby, and even better for we would learn the gender!

We thought it would probably be a boy, mostly because of the large number of boys in Husband’s family. So we were amazed, and frankly disbelieving at first, when the tech said it’s a girl!

Here’s a side profile of her. Her hand is visible behind her head near her forehead:
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Finding out we’re having a girl was a wonderful surprise, and we are so happy. We know we will probably have a boy eventually, but we hadn’t felt our chances of having a girl to be as solid, so we’re thrilled to have one on the way!

She’s a very active girl, and we saw her curl over and grab her toes! Here she is shortly after that, with her head stretching towards her knees:
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Then we had the 3D scan, and we saw her suck her thumb while we watched! It was so cute!
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On Monday I’ll be 20 weeks along, so I’m almost halfway through the pregnancy. Depending on clothing, I now really look pregnant:
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PS – That post about being sidelined? I have de Quervain’s tendinitis, which is in the tendon connecting the thumb to the wrist. I really want it to heal so I’m holding off on typing as much as I can!

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