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Week 18
~ It's a . . .

BOY!!!!!! We are going to add a son to our family. We took Hannah to the ultrasound. She was an absolute dream, very well behaved and attentive. She asked a few times to get down from Sean's lap but after she was told "no" she just accepted it and watched what was going on. She patted me on the shoulder and leaned over to hug and kiss me a few times while I was laying on the table. It was a cool experience for me to have my husband and our daughter there as we learned about this new addition to our family. I had thought that we were going to have a boy but even as we saw him on the ultrasound and the technician confirmed what we saw, there still was an element of shock to it. The ultrasound technician didn't get a good view of his heart and we have another ultrasound scheduled at the end of the month. The tech did say that from what she could see that things look good and the baby is in the 50th percentile.

As the day wore on and I shared the news of a boy with my family and a few close friends, I began to get more and more excited about it. By the time Sean got home from work I was ready to leave Hannah with a sitter and go out for dinner with Sean and go shopping and buy something for our son. That's exactly what we did. I only got him an outfit and a pair of pajamas but it was fun to buy him something. In the next couple of weeks I am planning on making a list of things we'll need for this time around. That way I can slowly buy them as I see what I need, rather than doing a huge shopping spree at one time. I feel like such a novice at this. It wasn't too long ago that we had Hannah but to do it again with a boy . . . I just feel so unprepared.

In the end I am very happy that we chose to find out the gender. I like having time to get used to the idea and to start to bond with the baby specifically as our new son. I like knowing that we're having a HE when I look through the baby department to find something special for him. I love feeling him move and saying to Sean, "Your son is kicking like crazy. Maybe he'll be a soccer player." And even though Hannah doesn't have a clue what is going on, I say to her "Let's buy this for your little brother." I'm starting to feel like this new baby is a part of our family, even though he doesn't have a name and we haven't seen his face yet.

Yesterday I had an appointment with the specialist about my pinched nerve. I've been moved from water therapy to land therapy. The doctor hasn't seen any progress and I've begun having back pain and some difficulty walking in the past two weeks. I hope this does the trick. I'm ready to feel like myself again. My biggest concern is that this isn't related to the pregnancy and I have the numbness and pain in my leg for the rest of my life. If this next set of therapy doesn't work I think the doctor wants my to try a chiropractor. I guess I just have to wait and see what the future holds.

- Stacie

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