Lindsay Sledge

a blog about life with Micah, Denver, Everett, and Presley the dog

Month: March 2016

Gender Predictions

The 20 week ultrasound is on March 25th, Good Friday! I have been looking forward to seeing Baby Sledge again since our 9 week ultrasound. This ultrasound will take a close look at baby’s anatomy to confirm that baby is growing as expected. I am praying for good news and appreciate your prayers as well. Along with the anatomy scan, we will hopefully find out if baby is a girl or a boy! I hope baby cooperates as this is no time for modesty. In preparation for the appointment, here are some of the old wives’ tales regarding gender predictions. I am so curious to see which tales are accurate.

GenderGuesses

According to these tales, 3 suggest that baby is a girl, 7 suggest boy, and 1 is inconclusive. We also tried the ring test, but the ring didn’t move at all after it was dropped. I myself am on the fence and have flip-flopped over the last four months. Since it’s time for an official guess, I guess girl, and Micah guesses boy. (He really thinks baby is a girl but thinks one of us should be rooting for each.) We are both going to be thrilled either way and hope to find out soon.

Thanks for reading!

With love,

Lindsay

17 Week Survey

On Friday I had my third appointment,  so it’s time for another update!

  • How far along are you? 17 weeks
  • What size is baby? 5 inches, roughly the size of a turnip. I will have to swing by the Kroger turnip section for a comparison since this means nothing to me.
  • Gender prediction? We find out in 3 weeks, on Good Friday! We’re strongly considering asking the ultrasound tech to put the gender in an envelope that we open with close friends and family during the gender reveal party. We’ll see if we can wait! I’ll post in a few weeks about the old wives’ tales and which gender they predict for Baby Sledge.
  • Planning a natural or medicated birth? Natural
  • How much weight have you gained? 6 pounds
  • Food cravings: Starbucks hot chocolate
  • Maternity clothes? I love maternity jeans. Seriously, they are so comfortable. I also love the three maternity shirts that I fit into. They make the belly look cute somehow, which is a relief because most of the time I feel like I look awkward.
  • Exercise routine? I am back on a schedule! I’ve been waking up several mornings each week to walk and lift weights before work. I also walk 3 miles at the park on Saturdays. It helps that Micah’s training for the Nashville half marathon and is on a strict schedule.
  • Sleep Habits? Sleep is a beautiful thing. I still fall asleep on the couch at 8:30pm most nights. I’ve never been a deep sleeper, so I’m enjoying this perk of pregnancy.
  • Best moment of the week? Hearing the baby’s heartbeat. It was much louder during this appointment than at 13 weeks, and it amazes me that it’s coming from our little one.
  • Biggest discomfort of the week? Anxiety. I’ll probably write an entire post on this topic because it has played a major role in the pregnancy thus far. I’m still working on finding the right words.
  • Weekly wisdom? Many of my friends are simply a phone call away, and it’s ok to reach out to them when having a hard day. Thanks especially to Emilie, Lauren, Katie, and Kristin. Love you ladies.

Here’s the latest bump pic!

17_weeks_blog

With love,

Lindsay

Pregnancy Announcements

I always thought I’d wait until the end of the first trimester to let people know I was expecting. Then I became pregnant and overjoyed at the prospect of sharing such good news with family and friends. I’ve read the articles and understand why many people do wait, but for me waiting created unnecessary anxiety about all the things that could go wrong. It was fun sharing the news, especially since I knew it meant more people would be praying for Baby Sledge. Here are a few of the more elaborate announcements.

My husband: Micah and I always said we’d wait around 5 years after our wedding to start trying for children. Last July, after our 4 year anniversary, we decided that we were tired of waiting and would start trying soon after our trip to Europe. A month after we got back, I woke up one morning before church and felt like I should take a pregnancy test. I snuck into the bathroom before Micah woke up, took a test, and voilà, a faint positive pink line. I was so excited and also a bit unsure if it was real. Since I didn’t have any other tests at home, I didn’t tell my husband immediately. We went to church, came home for lunch, and I told him I needed to shop for Christmas. I went to the store, bought a few more tests, and took one. It came back negative. I wasn’t completely discouraged since I’d read that it’s best to take tests first thing in the morning. So I waited all afternoon and evening, and when I woke up the next day, I took two tests, and they both came back positive! I wrapped up the tests and put them under the Christmas tree. I wrote a note on the chalkboard in the kitchen, and when my husband came to the door to leave for work, I asked him to grab our lunches. He walked to the kitchen, immediately noticed the present, and looked at me with confusion. Once he picked it up and saw the note that said, “Baby Sledge due August 2016,” he smiled like crazy and asked me, “Really?” He ran to me, gave me a hug, and I told him to open the present. He saw the tests, told me how excited he was, and off we drove to work. It was a fun ride that morning. We were both shocked and happy and thankful and surprised to discover that our lives will soon change forever.

Micah baby annoucement

Micah’s dad: We waited until after the first ultrasound at 9 weeks to share the news with family. Since Micah’s dad’s birthday was a few days after the first ultrasound, we decided to wrap the announcement up as a birthday gift. His dad is a Trekkie, so Micah designed the following card, and we wrapped it up with a Star Trek onesie.

Trek front card  Trek back card Trek onesie

My dad: Last Father’s Day, my dad wanted to see the movie Jaws which was playing in theaters. I don’t personally love scary movies, but Jaws is a classic, so I obliged. While discussing announcement ideas with Micah, he decided we should use a quote from the movie. He proceeded to design this epic card.

Jaws front card  Jaws back card

Facebook: I love Micah’s design skills, but I wanted to be involved in the main baby announcement. We weren’t sure how we were going to share the news until the day of the Nashville Snow. We got 5.5 inches and decided to make the most of it. We braved the cold and built a little snow family. We tried to get Presley in the picture, but he kept eating the carrots. Here’s the final pic.

Baby announcement final

To conclude, announcing the pregnancy was so fun, and it was particularly exciting to cater the announcements to different family members. I am glad that we waited until after the first ultrasound to share the news, and I am also glad that we didn’t wait until the end of the first trimester to tell everyone because the excitement was too much to contain.

As always, thanks for reading.

With love,

Lindsay

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