Growing up I always wondered what my family would look like. Who would I be married to? How many kids would I have? What will their names be? And so on… I spent countless hours day dreaming about having a family of my own some day, and I still can’t believe that the time has finally arrived! When I found out I was pregnant I was over the moon excited. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to be a mom, and thank the Lord every day for giving me the privilege of bringing LIFE to a sweet baby. Not a day has gone by where I haven’t stopped in wonder and awe at the fact that my life is giving another human life. It’s so incredible and humbling!
And (of course) along with knowing I was pregnant came the question I’ve wanted to know for years and years: Are we having a boy or a girl?
Being the planner and Type A that I am, I wanted to know so I could start decorating. So I could start buying my wee babe clothes, toys and gifts. And so I could finally call it by name. Pray for it by name. And smile with tears in my eyes as I look down at my growing belly and know my son or daughter is in there.
I’ve always been an emotional person, and good grief this pregnancy has definitely brought it to a whole new level! ; )
And now I finally know. It’s such an amazing thing! It makes everything feel SO real. Because I still can’t believe that God has given Isaac and me the responsibility of raising a sweet Baby…
Yes, we’re expecting our firstborn, a SON in August and I am seriously SO excited. While I really wanted a girl, knowing I get to love on and raise a future gentleman, husband and father is so humbling and exciting. And I can definitely tell you that I get more and more excited to meet him with every day that passes.
Ahhh I’m officially a #boymom!
Now for some questions we’ve been getting lately:
What are you going to name him? We’re naming him James Richard after Isaac’s grandpa (James) and my grandpa (Richard)- who passed away in January.
While going through my spare bedroom/nursery closet I stumbled upon my old Eeyore stuffed animal I bought 10 years ago in London. I had forgotten that when we found out I was pregnant I put him with all the baby stuff I had started to collect. And y’all… I cried. My beloved Grandpa who passed away in January loved Eeyore. I remember always seeing a stuffed animal just like mine in his bedroom ever since I can remember. And because of that I bought my very own the first time I visited a Disney Store all those years ago. My Grandpa was an amazing man. He loved the Lord with his whole heart. He was patient, kind and oh so funny. He was genuine and a wonderful teacher with a BIG heart. I am so thankful I knew him for 24 years and that I know his legacy will continue on in my son. That’s why my son’s middle name is Richard. Because I couldn’t think of a better way to honor one of the best men I’ve ever been blessed to know. I love you 2 Daddy and I miss you so much!! I can’t wait to share MY Eeyore with James and tell him all about the special man his great grandpa was. 💙
What is his nursery theme? I’m definitely going with the woodland/mountains theme with lots of grays, sage and greens. And foxes! :D
Did you do a gender reveal? Why yes, we did! And we did it in true Hicks fashion. Neither Isaac or I knew before the reveal, and even though I hated having to wait knowing the results were hidden somewhere in our apartment (Isaac didn’t trust me with the envelope) it was still super fun finding out together with our families.
Where are you having him? We’re going to a local birthing center that I L-O-V-E. The midwives are amazing and I couldn’t think of anywhere else I’d rather do it!
And now for the bumpdate!!
Week 15 Bumpdate
How far along?
15 weeks today! I can’t believe how fast time seems to be flying by.
How big is Baby H?
The baby is 4 inches long, 2 1/2 ounces and the size of an apple!
DEFINITELY my Snoogle pillow! I don’t think I’d sleep well at all if I didn’t have it. And my pregnancy jeans. If you know me, you know how much I normally hate jeans, but pregnancy jeans have changed my life for the better. They are stretchy, comfy and I can wear them all day. I got some “jeggings” at Target and boyfriend cut jeans at Motherhood Maternity.
Honestly nothing new. There have been a few nights where all that sounds good is pizza (not that I’m complaining one bit- thanks James!!) and my love for sweets is back with a vengeance. I still want #allthecarbs but haven’t experienced any crazy cravings yet.
Well I’m officially showing! Some days I show more than others, but I’ve had quite a few kiddos at school comment on my “baby belly” and how excited they are that the baby is growing. It’s seriously SO sweet! I’ve also been experiencing lots of tightness and slight cramping, which I think is due to all the ligaments in my belly stretching to make room for the baby.
I’m also SO tired. I thought things would be better by now, but unfortunately that high energy that people told me came with the 2nd trimester hasn’t come yet. Bummer! Hopefully things will get better in the weeks to come!
I haven’t run much at ALL because it’s been so cold and rainy lately. But I’ve been going to my Barre classes three times a week and I’m loving it. They are such a challenge and I have started to see the workouts paying off in how I feel, and in the teeny upper abs I see in the morning.
Hey… I’ll take it! ; )
High moment of the week
Well it’s more of a high from last week, but we did an early gender ultrasound last Friday and oh my goodness it was so amazing getting to see the baby! My first ultrasound was at 5 weeks so James was just a blob, but on Friday we loved watching him move around. At one point he started moving his booty (yes, my baby was twerking in the womb) and I melted from the cuteness! Also the gender reveal… It’s so wonderful knowing what our baby is going to be!
Everything is getting SO real now, and sometimes I look down at my growing belly in awe- I still can’t believe that I have a little human inside of me. Nor did I realize I could love someone this much already! Y’all… I can’t wait for August to get here. <3
Now it’s your turn to talk! Answer one of these questions in the comments below:
Have you ever done a gender reveal?
Any tips from fellow boy moms?? : )