20 weeks + gender reveal

by Kim on April 8, 2014

Ok, I know you’re just going to scroll down to find out the gender if I put it off, so first thing’s first.

Here’s Baby #2 at 20 weeks…

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And it’s a…

boy

Mason’s going to be a big bro to a little bro.

Yes, a part of me was disappointed that I won’t get to spend the summer picking out cute little pink things (you know how I feel about pink…I mean, look around), but that’s a purely selfish/materialistic/short-lived interest.

The other part of me is thrilled for Mason to have a little buddy. Brotherly bonds are special (and let’s be real, this is going to save us a FORTUNE).

Plus, they’re almost guaranteed to share a room eventually (or at least, the option is more available), so I can chill out on my “must get bigger house NOW” urge a little bit. (Another fortune saved. Wow, what should I do with all this money we now have?? HA.)

As for me, I’m feeling like a million bucks at this point in the pregnancy.

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Feeling nothing pregnancy-specific at all, outside of the occasional pelvic floor twinges and lots of MOVEMENT! Finally!

I’d always heard that you feel the kicks sooner with your second pregnancy, and although I had a lot of suspect flutters (baby?? gas??), I wasn’t 100% convinced of movement until right around the magical 20 week marker.

At the ultrasound, I was 20 weeks 2 days, but the tech said I was measuring 20 weeks 5 days…fingers crossed for another slightly early delivery? (Mase was 2 days early.) I know that’s looking a little too far into things, but what do pregnant women do if not look too far into things??

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For this week’s bumpdate, I thought I’d steal some prompts from Emma @ Be Mom Strong (who’s due with #2 right around the same time!).

Weight gain: I’m guessing around 10 pounds, although I haven’t actually weighed myself since my last appointment.

Boy or Girl? Boyyyy.

Cravings: It’s not a craving, but I’ve been on a bad sugar kick lately. The Easter candy at Target, specifically, has been kiiilling me. I actually just decided last night to go on a little detox. (Just in time for Dairy Queen to come out with their confetti cake blizzard–awesome.)

Movement: Finally! Baby’s most active (or at least, I notice him the most) right before bed, so it’s fun to lay there with my hand on my stomach and feel the little jabs. I already felt either a foot or a fist, specifically, poking out last night.

It’s funny: before getting pregnant again, I couldn’t even remotely remember what being pregnant felt like, but now that I’m here again, it feels like the most normal thing in the world.

Moral of that story: I have a horrible memory.

Workouts: Going pretty well. I have plenty of energy–my problem is more related to timing, which I’m pretty sure is a problem for every working mom. I get home from work and just want to hang out with Mase until his bedtime, which is starting to push 8 PM, and then I check my email or clean a few things and suddenly it’s 9:30. Oops?

Before you say it: I refuuuuse to work out in the morning. Just plain refuse. I guess I should say “it doesn’t work for me,” but the truth is I just don’t want to. Night owl, baby!

I’ve also been writing a few of my own prenatal workouts, so that’s been motivating, since I have to actually test them. They’re not quite ready for prime time yet (I’m super picky about my workouts, but about 1000x moreso with these prenatal ones), but you can bet that as soon as they are, you’ll see them here.

Baby stuff bought: Nada. I’ve been wanting to redo Mason’s room, from a baby room to a more big-boy room, so that’s priority #1. I’m thinking about a navy nautical theme, a la this (and possibly with some green, like this), but he currently has minty green walls that might need to change (?). TBD.

As for Baby #2, I’ve decided to convert our piano room/mini office into his room, at least for the first year or so. It’s a teeny tiny room, but it’s right down the hall from the master bedroom and it’ll save us from having to give up our guest room. (Most of our family lives out of state, so that’s an important room to us. It’s also on the floor below the master.)

Since the piano will be staying in the baby’s room (for lack of anywhere else to put it), I started searching for musical/lullaby themed decor on Pinterest to tie everything together–here’s what I’ve come up with so far. The walls in there are a pale yellow, so I’ll probably keep that and do the yellow + grey chevron thing.

As for clothes and baby gear–we’re pretty much set! I’m sure I’ll grab a few new things, just…because. And there are two baby gear items we didn’t have last time that I’m considering getting:

–The Rock n’ Play. It seems so nice for newborns (Mason always hated lying flat on his back on a hard surface, and I couldn’t blame him), and it’s easily portable.

–A new K’Tan or similar baby wrap. I’m counting on lots of baby wearing to help me care for a toddler AND newborn.

I got a K’Tan in medium last time, and it always hurt my back like crazy–I’m convinced that it was too big. (It actually fit the husband better than me.) Not sure if I’ll go for a smaller K’Tan or a different wrap altogether…what’s hot these days?? I’d love to find something I could comfortably breastfeed in, if possible. Totally going hippie mama this time! :)

Well, that just turned into a big TMI about lots of boring baby details! Sorry!!

Fellow moms: favorite baby gear?

Any baby wearing suggestions?

xoxo

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Runner Girl Eats April 10, 2014 at 5:21 am

Aw Congrats!!! Mason is going to be a so excited to have a lil brother :)
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Alex @ Alex Runs For Food April 9, 2014 at 9:46 am

So exciting that you’re having a boy!!!! Mason will have so much fun growing up with a brother!
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Rachel @ Curious Runner April 9, 2014 at 3:55 am

LOVE the new look website! Awesome! And love the preggo updates too, very exciting to have a wee bud for Mason… What will their age gap be?
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Kim April 9, 2014 at 8:28 am

Thanks Rachel! They’ll be 2.5 years apart.

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Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome April 8, 2014 at 11:47 pm

Congratulations! What a great sonogram picture too! When we had that done The Love Nugget was covering his face. Acutally, we had it done twice and neither produced a great pic. He’s still not very photogenic. Go figure! I totally understand being a little disappointed. I would be too but like you said think of all the money you’ll save!
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Kim April 9, 2014 at 8:31 am

Thanks for saying that Giselle–I was nervous about even mentioning the disappointment because I didn’t want anyone to think I was ungrateful. I just “thought” it was a girl for whatever reason, so I had to go through a little grieving period to let go of my “daughter.” And I think the Love Nugget is VERY photogenic!

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Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate April 8, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Ahh congrats to you guys!! I hope I look half as cute as you do when I am prego.
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Kim April 8, 2014 at 7:16 pm

Congrats!! I have 2 boys that are almost 2.5 years apart and it has always been so great! They have pretty much always gotten along even though they are very different!!!
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Kim April 9, 2014 at 8:33 am

That’s great to hear! I’m already tired of hearing people say that it’s so crazy/wild/etc. with multiple boys–I’m nervous enough! :)

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Carrie April 8, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Congrats on another little guy! As a mom with two boys I can tell you it’s awesome. Crazy busy because they are full of so much energy but awesome. Take a look at the moby wrap. It might be what you are looking for.
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Kim April 9, 2014 at 8:34 am

Thanks Carrie! I think I will just end up getting a wrap in a smaller size–the Moby might be a good fit (in more ways that one? ha), I’ll check it out!

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char eats greens April 8, 2014 at 1:34 pm

YAY! Congrats on the second little man!! AND LOVE the new blog look (everyone is doing it and I need to hop on!!!)
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Kim April 8, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Thanks! Yeah, join the fun! Spring blog cleaning. :)

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Jade April 8, 2014 at 1:04 pm

I used to be a 100% work out in the morning kind of person – then came having the first kid who took forever to sleep through the night and now that we sort of have those kinks worked out, you cannot pay me enough to wake up before I need to now. I still go to bed ridiculously early but I just cannot wake up! For us, I have a strong feeling it is a boy too (so second boy for us), everyone else says “Girl” and then adds that don’t you want to have one to do their hair, dress them up all girly, but I’m like No way I’m really used to having a boy and feel they are much easier. We will find out in a few weeks who is right. Congrats!!

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Kim April 8, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Excited for you! I never really thought too much about which was easier since I assumed that was more personality-driven, but I am sort of concerned that TWO BOYS has its unique challenges. We’ll see I guess. Hope you’re feeling well Jade!

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Amanda April 8, 2014 at 12:55 pm

So exciting!! I’m really glad you spilled the details on your theme for the new nursery…I’ve got some crafting I want to do for the little guy and you just gave me all the info I needed. ;-)

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Kim April 8, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Really! How nice of you. And how on earth do you find time for something like that in the middle of all your house work??

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Amanda April 8, 2014 at 3:56 pm

I ask myself that sometimes! Now that we’re moved in our progress will more than likely slow down since we don’t have a deadline to meet…which means more time for crafting and baking!

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Jessica April 8, 2014 at 12:17 pm

We have a Maya wrap (ring sling) that was wonderful when my kids were little and it was nice for breastfeeding. My favorite hands-down is the Ergo though it’s not as easy for breastfeeding. If you have time, check out the free baby wearing class at Happy Bambino on the east side. They cover all the different wearing options and help you try them on.

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Kim April 8, 2014 at 3:33 pm

I’ve heard lots of love for the Ergo, from everyone. So that’s definitely something I’m considering too (although we have a Bjorn already). Somehow I never heard about ring slings? They do look pretty perfect for breastfeeding. Thanks!!

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Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries April 8, 2014 at 12:03 pm

YAY!!!! How fun to have two little boys. I’m sure that brotherly relationship will be so neat to watch! Congratulations!
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Kim April 8, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Thanks Ashley! I hope they’ll be good buds. :)

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emma @ be mom strong April 8, 2014 at 11:54 am

yay for blue! Steal away (although I never know what to include on those updates)! We found out this AM so check the blog Thursday (if I can wait until then)!
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Kim April 8, 2014 at 3:33 pm

But I can’t wait!!! Tell us now! :)

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Katie April 8, 2014 at 11:14 am

I will never force someone to workout in the morning. However, I’m not a morning group fitness person, so I will smugly say “someday you’ll realize how nice it is to be done in the morning”. Keep up the good work, and congratulations!
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Kim April 8, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Oh I definitely realize that. Trust me. If morning meant like 9 AM, I’d be in heaven. But it would have to be more like 5:30.

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Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat April 8, 2014 at 11:12 am

Aw, congrats Kim! How exciting!!!
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Kim April 8, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Thanks Holly! :)
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