Hi friends! For those of you following along at home with my pregnancy, I have a bit of an announcement. I have referenced it a few times so the keen reader may already know this – but Rick and I (after much deliberation) decided to open up the envelope from our doctor telling us the sex of the baby. It’s a boy! I grew a penis! And balls! (Sorry. I just love saying that.)
Though you never know for sure until the baby is born, for now we are planning on a little man entering our lives in December! After debating for a long time about whether to open the envelope, Rick finally convinced me that it was the right move for us – and I’m glad we did.
We opened it up in the mountains, by ourselves, sitting in the bed of Rick’s truck. We had spent the weekend camping with friends and it was beautiful autumn weather. We felt warm and happy and good about life. As we sat in the sunshine, I opened the envelope to find a small, folded piece of paper with cursive handwriting that said “It’s a boy! :)” We both cried with excitement. It was a special moment that I wish I could relive over again.
Rick had said he wanted a girl. Though I know he is thrilled that he’ll have a son. I on the other hand, was impartial, but fairly sure that I’d seen some man parts during the 20-week ultrasound. After googling ultrasound penis images for a few days, I was not convinced of what I’d seen. But, I did have some other feelings and theories about the baby that led me to think it was going to be a boy. Rick had to laugh a little when I found out I was right. He knows he’ll never hear the end of it now! If you want to hear about my theories you’ll need to address those questions to me privately, because the answers are not exactly blog-appropriate!
We shared the news at my lovely baby shower a couple of weeks ago. My mom and mother in law had come out to join us, along with my sister. Rick and I wanted our news to be a fun surprise, so about halfway through the shower I asked my sister if she would give a toast. After the toast I stood up and presented the group with my incredible pumpkin carving skills. That morning at 5:30 am I had woken up and secretly carved three pumpkins. One said “Rick”. The other said my name, “Kat”, and the third (a small one) said “Frankie”. I cut a huge hole in the front of the “Kat” pumpkin that served as a display window. Inside, I placed the “Frankie” pumpkin. It was a cute little pregnant pumpkin display.
I don’t think anyone thought twice about it, until I stood up and they witnessed the birth of pumpkin “Frankie.” Inside Frankie I had hidden two cards that I gave to my mom and mother in law, ostensibly as a thank you, for traveling to my shower. But, when they opened them up, the saw the announcement that we are having a boy! They both were quiet for a moment, the Lisa buried her head in her hands and started crying (happy tears) and my mom got all teared up. It was enough to clue the rest of the crowd in that we had shared more than a starbucks card! It was such a fun moment because nobody expected it, and we got to catch them all off guard!
Since the “reveal” we have been reveling in knowing we have a little man on the way. More and more, I feel like I am carrying around a little Rick. The reason I think that is because I have been incredibly happy, even-keel, and content the entirety of this pregnancy. It makes me think that the influence Rick exerts on me in our daily lives is being compounded by carrying a little soul inside me that is a lot like his dad. He wakes up early and kicks me, he loves it when we talk about Rick’s truck, he has Rick’s hands and profile according to our ultrasounds, and he seems to like the Beatles. One can only conclude that there is a little Rick in there, already training for marathons in the womb.
Lately, the baby has been so active that I can literally sit and watch the movements roll across the skin of my belly – even through my clothes. It’s all beginning to feel so real. I am so excited. Yesterday we began our hypnobabies class to learn to birth naturally through hypnosis. I’m so excited to try it! Tonight I met with my doula, Julieanne. I am so thrilled to be working with her! And last week I found an ayurvedic postpartum doula to work with after the baby is born. I am so thrilled to see the pieces falling into place. I cannot wait to be a mom.