Starting To Feel Real - 22 Weeks

All the gender reveal party posts have kind of thrown off my schedule for my regular bi-weekly pregnancy updates. So by the time you read this, I'll actually be 23 weeks. Oh well.

I also kind of feel like I'm bombarding you guys with pregnancy posts this week - I apologize if it's been too much! Like I said, all the gender posts have kind of thrown my week off - I'll get back to more of a variety of topics next week!

On to the update . . .

Finding Out The Gender

Obviously the most exciting thing that has happened in the last couple weeks has been finding out our baby's gender! Derek and I found out the we're having a sweet baby BOY last Tuesday! After the ultrasound, we went to dinner and opened the envelope - here's a picture right after we opened it:



I wrote the word "Boy" on there for the picture, but when we opened it she had the two pictures clipped together, with the Post-it note on the outside - so we just read "It's A . . ." and then we opened the pictures and saw "Boy!" I'm not going to show you the "proof" pictures, but it's pretty obvious, trust me.

I kind of suspected it was going to be a boy, so I wasn't really surprised, but Derek and I were very happy! Derek was kind of hoping for a boy first so that he could protect his little sister(s), and so we're both thinking that this will be a good thing for our family.

Shortly after finding out it was a boy, I burst into tears. Not out of sadness, because I was really happy! I started crying because it just hit me that someday our sweet little boy is going to grow up, and get married, and leave me. I would no longer be the most important lady in his life - his wife would be. Which is exactly as it should be, and I wouldn't have it any other way! But the thought of that day made the waterworks start. I can't believe I'm crying about that already.

Then I was pretty much a mess the rest of the evening, because I realized how real this is. I have a little boy growing inside me, and I'm going to be his mom.

Then I started crying because I was wondering if I'd be a good mother, and I was scared I wouldn't be. And I started asking Derek silly questions, like "Do you think he'll like me?", and I started second-guessing everything I ever pictured myself doing with my child, because this is a little boy. I was a little girl myself, so I know what little girls like, but I've never been a little boy before . . .

My poor husband probably thought I was losing my mind, but he was totally supportive, and assured me that our little boy would love me, and yes, a little boy would still like to make cookies with me, or go on walks with me, or sing songs with me. Which is totally obvious to me too, now that I'm not in the middle of an emotional breakdown.

I'm so glad that we found out before the hospital, so I can get all that crying out of my system now and mentally prepare for our son!

I'm thrilled that we're having a boy. I always knew, deep down, that my first child would be a boy somehow - and it's fitting. I love little boys. For many people little boys don't hold quite the same appeal as little girls do, but they've always been equally adorable to me. And I think I have just enough tom-boy in me to understand my son(s).

Off I went to Kohls to buy this adorable little boy outfit. I saw it a few months ago, and I knew that I had to have it if we had a boy - I was just waiting for the word!




Update On Our Little Boy

As far as growth goes, our boy is one whole pound! I know this for sure, because the doctor told me his weight after the ultrasound. He's probably around 11 inches long, and his teeth are starting to form under his gums.

The ultrasound was fun, because we got take a closer look at his little face! The tech switched the machine to 3D and let us take a look:



Isn't he cute? His nose looks a little funny in this picture for some reason, but he just has the perfect little face. The tech warned us that he may look kind of skeletal at this point, because babies don't start gaining fatty tissue until later. But I don't think his face looks skeletal at all.

We've determined that he has my eyes and lips, and Derek's face shape. I think he looks alot like Derek, but the eyes are definitely all me - I was a big-eyed baby too.

The rest of the pictures turned out a little dark, and I think they're kind of hard to see, but I'll show you anyway.

This is the picture where he's sticking out his tongue at us:



And his profile. I don't feel like these are the best profile shots I've ever seen, because they're a little dark and it's hard to see his nose again - but trust me, he's a cutie.






The tech could see fluid in the stomach and the bladder, which she said is a good sign, because it means that he's practicing swallowing, and his digestive system is working properly. We also watched him practice breathing during the ultrasound which was really neat - we could see his little chest going up and down. The tech said that was also a good sign.

The little guy decided not to follow his normal schedule on the day of the ultrasound - he was sleeping instead of moving around like he normally is that time of day. So we didn't get to see him move. I know he moves around alot though, because he's still kicking me like crazy! It's really cool to see the thumps from the outside.


Update On Me

As for me, I'm feeling good. People are actually starting to make comments about my pregnancy now, so I know they can tell for sure! I've also gotten compliments on my "glow", though I'm still trying to figure out what that is exactly.

My belly button is sticking out even more, even though it's not officially all the way out yet. I can see it through some of my shirts though. My stomach itches an awful lot, so I've been making good use of the tummy butter. I'll probably need more before this baby gets here. No stretch marks yet! Keeping my fingers crossed . . .

Here's my 22 Week belly pictures:








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Kelley said...

this just made me smile so much! you are a cute momma!

LeAnna said...

I remember having a lot of those feeling about boys, too! But they are so precious, and sweet and absolutely adore their mamas. I can fully attest to that. :) You look adorable, and if you find belly butter isn't doing what you need it to do, Earth Mama Angel Baby has a massage oil that is ammaaaayzing for itchy stretched skin. It was the only thing that worked for me! A little goes a long ways with it, too.

Emily P. said...

I have the exact feeling about having a boy! I won't want them to grow up and leave me. But, for some reason if we have a girl, I guess since I'm a girl, I will understand her need for independence. If we have a boy I imagine bursting into tears the first time he tells me he doesn't want me to pick out his clothes or walk him into school! I'm pathetic!

Anne said...

Oh my gosh you look so cute! And so does your baby boy! I think little boy babies are the cutest. My husband is one of three boys and both of his brothers have sons, so I'm thinking that one day I am going to be a mommy of little boys too!

Amber Hansen said...

Love the baby pics and the belly pictures. You definitely look pregnant, not chubby! ;) Hopefully I'll get there before too long! I'm afraid I won't even look pregnant when we go to find out the gender, but I guess I should be happy because it means getting to wear my regular clothes longer. I have yet to buy a single maternity clothing item.

Only 17 more weeks until that baby boy is due to make his entrance! Isn't that crazy?! It's going to come so fast!

Rachel and John said...

YOu look great!!!
I'm also scared that if I have a boy I won't know how to deal with him since I wasn't one. So you aren't alone!

Ria Thurston said...

YOU are darling! I love reading the updates/posts. What a sweet little boy... I always have the feeling we'll have a boy first too. I think I will feel the SAME emotions you were feeling. I think it's only normal :)

Rebecca Louise. said...

Your looking more glowey as each week passes.

Are you going to announce the name when you have decided or wait until your son is here?! x

Megan said...

Callie, you look wonderful! And I love all the pregnancy posts, your reveal party was so cute!
Baby boys are such fun! Noah is only 8 months old and already we have so much fun. Last week there was some construction outside our apartment building so we sat on our deck and watched the trucks & men work & build & move dirt for almost an hour and he was just fascinated. Congratulations on the sweet baby boy, what a precious gift!

Brittany said...

yay! I can't wait to find out if this one is a boy or girl! SO exciting! Your belly is so cute :)

Jessica said...

You look amazing! Yeah for little boys! So cute :)

Ashley said...

You and the little guy look so cute!! One of my friends did the envelope thing..it is such a good idea. I could just imagine feeling all those things but you are going to be the best mom and raise up a wonderful boy/man. I am glad you are doing well!

Felicia said...

Aw how sweet! Blame the crying on your pregnancy hormones :P

Has the baby had hiccups yet? Chris' sister-in-law said her baby gets hiccups all the time, and that's a sign of the lungs developing. I even got to feel it once - so funny!

Brittney Galloway said...

You look great! And I'm glad your baby boy is healthy and strong.

Melanie said...

Awww Callie your post made me cry!! That is so sweet you were thinking about your little boys future..I think every new mom probably does that and gets a little teary eyed! Loved your pictures..he definately has your big eyes..too cute! You've got a cute baby bump going too!

April said...

2 of my sisters, my best friend, and my aunt all had boys first and every one of them said to me that there's just a special bond between a mom and her first little boy...so enjoy it! :)

Kara @ KSS said...

Yay!!! You look great, Callie. And I'm so excited your having a boy. I LOVE having a boy. I would be perfectly fine if all I had was boys. Oh, and don't worry about your emotional breakdown. I've had a few of those...both before and after his birth. They don't stop once you're not pregnant anymore, haha.

Jennifer said...

You look so cute! Aw, little boys are so much fun! I'm kinda hoping for a girl this time... But I would be just as thrilled with another boy. I always wanted boys... :)

Lyndsey said...

Ok I feel terrible that I didn't see the gender reveal! I am putting you at the top of my blog roll ASAP because I'm missing all the good stuff! So on that note - CONGRATULATIONS!!! You're having a BOY!! We're having BOYS!!! It is so surreal and yet so much MORE real now that you know what's growing inside you, right?! So crazy! And I love the little outfit y'all picked out! Take care girl, you look great!

cait said...

You look so great!! Love the pictures. I feel the same way about having a boy...i think it would be great for our little girl(s) to have a big brother. :) And I'm so sappy and sentimental about everything...I'm sure it will be gobs worse with a little one!

Elisabeth Allen said...

Beautiful! This almost made ME cry. You're going to be a lovely mama!

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