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Western North Dakota , United States
My husband, Allen, and I are high school sweet hearts. We started dating Sep.99'- I kind of followed Allen home one day, and never did leave, is Allen's story. November 02' we were engaged, and on November 22,2003 - we were married. Having been married for 6 years in 2009, marked the 5th year we had been trying to start our family. With the referral of a Fertility Specialist from a friend, our IUI attempts ended up being a complete success despite my doubts. We welcomed our sweet little girl, Hayleigh into the world on June 30,2010 at 6:28am after 37wks and 1 day of gestation. She weighed 7lbs 14oz and was 20 in long. We found out that we were Baby #2 on April Fool's Day- a complete surprise! Reid Allen was born 11/13/12 3:24am 9lbs 8.2oz 21", after 38wks 5 days. Our 3rd baby, Eva Jane, was born on April 19, 2015 after suffering a pregnancy loss June of 2014. We are currently anxiously awaiting baby #4 due 2 days before Eva's birthday, so we are having Irish Twins! Our family is so blessed and happy to be growing!

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Friday, June 29, 2012

It's Official!! Hayleigh's getting a Little Brother!!

Well, as you can see, Hayleigh will be getting a baby brother- totally shocked me. But, then again, I never did have a "gut" feeling of what this baby was. I think both Allen and I are still both in shock. With Hayleigh, I just knew pink was in our future, and I really thought if we did have any more kids, we would have one more, and it would be a girl. Funny how things work out. I had done probably 10 gender predictor tests- all said I was carrying a girl, and the Chinese zodiac calendar, said boy- same as when I was pregnant with Hayleigh- so I didn't really take it too seriously.

Fun facts: When I was pregnant with Hayleigh, there was 5 of us total on my mom's side of the family pregnant at the same time- all of us due within a month of the next. All of us had girls, except one- had a boy. Last year, there were two babies born, both girls... This year, there was 3 of us- all from the same bunch. One baby has already been born- a boy, we are having a boy, and can you guess what the other baby to be born also is??? You guessed it, BOY. So, when everyone on that side of the family gets pregnant, we all 99% of the time have the same gender babies. Pretty neat!

I swore up until now that the wedding band trick was never wrong... well it is now! I hope! It said we were to have 2 girls... we clearly saw a weenie!

I have craved potatoes, and citrus stuff like crazy- LEMONS doused down with sugar and salt. I haven't got to eat that yet- my teeth just cannot handle it, but I do really want to eat that. Our kitchen sink bath and body works foaming soap is the kitchen lemon- I could just about eat that! Other than potatoes and lemons, I also love peppermint too right now. Everything I crave, with the peppermint exception, is everything Allen loves to eat. Funny- I have a mini Allen I'm growing right now.

Speaking of mini Allen- this little guy, isn't soo little. I was 19wks on the money when we went in for our ultrasound on Wednesday. "Tate" is measuring 20wks 3 days... that is a whole week and a half more than what I am now, and there is no way we can be off by that much. He is a very lazy baby soo far... he laid still the whole time, keeping his feet crossed, and crossed his arms over his face- putting his hands over his eyes. He lays sideways across my belly- smart guy! There is more room that way too. The placenta is just behind my belly button, so even if this little guy wanted to get feisty, he would have to kick my sides or my back- just like he did the other day. I got a nice kick into my lower back a couple of times. But for the most part this guy is pretty mellow, and so am I- this freaks Allen out that I'm not so wound up anymore. I laugh and tell Allen, since he is such a mellow guy, this baby must take after him quite a bit, because "Tate" has also mellowed me out- from the get go.

Now, the recap of the appointment- sorry but it is a little long...

So far, I am still at -4lbs 14oz... I gained 3.2lbs back since my last appointment. My blood pressure is staying nice and low- probably why I get dizzy spells at least once a day. The nurse that took us to the room was extra bubbly- I want to know what she is on, to be that bouncy at 8am. She took my blood pressure, and weight, then took us to the room, got me situated on the table, got the DVD set up ready to go, and gave me one of those pad protector things you usually sit on, on the doctor's table, and stuffed it down over my shorts, after I rolled them down, to "Keep the gooo off you're panties"... I told you she was something else. Hayleigh had fun pushing the stool around the room, until the doctor came in, then, it was down to business. Hayleigh ended up watching for the first few minutes, then was running around the room, and then trying to get on the table with me. The doctor was waving the wand all over my belly, found baby "Tate's" head immediately, measured it, then was scanning all around. I thought I saw a weenie for a second- (I did find it again, watching the ultrasound DVD over again). Anyway, he slipped, and started calling the baby, "He"... that then just confirmed what I thought I had seen. Anyway, after the usual measurements, and listened to our little boy's heartbeat. Still makes me cry hearing it. It was 137 bpm... I really knew we were looking at a boy then too- Hayleigh's stayed up in the 150's until I went in to have her- 2 years ago from today :) Allen even made a comment about it. Then, the doctor looked at the spinal cord, and umbilical cord, everything looked just perfect. I learned something new, the twistier the umbilical cord, the better the cord- and his was twisty!! I guess they have less problems with fetal distress, cords wrapping around the baby, or kinking...  He then started toward the bottom, but, "Tate" had his feet crossed, and was not wanting to show everything off. I just thought to myself- go figure... Anyway, we finally got to see a weenie, and got a picture of it- you can clearly see it watching the ultrasound- "Tate" just did not want to give us a show I guess. I was excited to say the least. I never dreamed that we would have a boy and a girl- one of each. Perfect! I purposly did not go through any of Hayleigh's baby clothes before the appointment, and bought girl stuff, just to see what we would get. I knew if I started getting Hayleigh's old baby stuff organized, we would have another girl for sure! It really did not matter to me- just a healthy baby, but, I really wanted Allen to get to have a little boy too. So, after scheduling our next appointment, we left, calling, texting, and posting facebook all at once. I loved hearing Allen's Grandparents squeal- they had a bet for $100 Allen's grandma said girl, his grandpa, said boy. Allen's mom was the funniest- she screamed and cried. I had her on speaker phone, on my phone, while Allen had his grandparents on his phone on speaker, so they could all hear each other's reactions. I think Allen's mom was the most emotional- it was soo sweet. Everyone else was really excited and happy- I sat there trying to take it all in, and enjoy the moment, but in the back of my mind, even though I was excited and happy that the baby was healthy, and a boy, I knew this would be the last time we would be making this phone call to everyone. I guess it is just the fact that it took soo long to get Hayleigh, I don't want to be done having these moments, but I want to be done having kids after "Tate". Two is plenty, and we will be happy with two, but the thought of being done having kids, makes me feel old. Allen still has not done a happy dance that I have seen. This baby was all him... I told him that. No doctors, or medical intervention this time.. what ever we got was all us, or him.. I'm just completely surprised that everything has worked out like it has- who would have ever guessed, we would have 2 kids by the time- actually before we both turned 30 years old, we would have one girl, and one boy, they would both be healthy, and we would be happy. I'm still in disbelief that this is really my life, and this is really all happening right now. I don't think that I could be any happier than I am right now. I feel great, look pregnant, and we are all happy, and healthy, and doing well.

As you know, I have mentioned before, Allen will be naming this baby- so he now has two names he likes picked out.. Tate- because I've craved taters, or potatoes, and Reid, or Reed. Reid/Reed popped up in the waiting room at the doctor's office just before we went back. I found it in a magazine, and mentioned it to Allen- who loves Storm Chasers on Discovery Channel- but the name Reid/Reed is different than any name in our families. Having a boy this time is nice in the sense that both of our kids will have our middle names- Hayleigh has mine, and "Tate" will have Allen's, which is Allen. Just worked out wonderful if you ask me! Anyway, this post is long enough, so I will end with a few of the pictures from the ultrasound... We are beyond blessed!!!!

This was taken a week ago of me looking down- minus the twin peaks-
 I'm already big, and no wonder- this little  guy already weighs in approx. at 1lb according to the ultrasound. 

the big round circle on the left,is the belly/chest, and the "V" shape tilted to the right are the arms, the white spot in between the "V" is the nose, and upper lip- he is hiding his eyes with his hand up on his brow line

looking at "Tate" from the front- has hands on face, trying to cover eyes- like Hayleigh did when I was carrying her

It's a BOY!!!
If you can see the two white lines straight across from each other, those are the leg bones, and the small "v" in between them is the weenie- we are looking at "Tate" with his butt on top, with legs straight out - all upside down. the other mass straight in front of the weenie, is the umbilical cord- looks big, just like Hayleigh's was, which the doctor confirmed, bigger babies have big umbilical cords,so definitely a 9lb baby is what I think is in store for me in the future! 

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