Before this entire pregnancy comes and goes, I figured I should document it so that I don't forget!! :) We are thrilled to be adding to our family!! I guess since I'm the baby of 3 kids, I always had in my head that I would have 3 kids. After 2, the thought of that seemed absolutely insane considering 2 keeps me very busy! ;) But, I could NOT get the thought of a 3rd child out of my head. John David and I committed to praying about it for months to really seek God's will for our family, and right after Thanksgiving, we talked on the way home from Dallas and decided that we wanted to go for it! As crazy as 3 kids will most definitely be, I knew my heart wouldn't feel settled until we at least tried. And I also knew I might regret not having a third, but would never regret having one! :) SO, about 2 weeks later, we found out we were pregnant! Ha! It happened very fast!! :) And we are pleasantly surprised by how extremely excited we are...especially since IT'S A BOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We did an early ultrasound around 16 weeks to see if we could tell, and right away, it was VERY obvious that it was a little boy!! That moment was quite possibly one of the most fun moments in our entire marriage. We both wanted a boy so very badly, but obviously knew that God knew what was very best for our family! But, the moment the gender was clear, John David and I both started crying, I screamed very loudly, and he ran over and gave me a kiss right there in the ultrasound room! I LOVE my girls, but am so thrilled and grateful to get to experience being a Mama to a little boy! ;) We picked Lowen and Lyla up from Mother's Day Out and I had gone to the party store to get a bunch of blue balloons. When they got home, I had them open a box and the balloons popped out. Lyla was SO excited!!! She screamed and danced and said "I knew it!!" In fact, the moment we told her we were pregnant, her first reaction was "yay! I'm going to have a baby brother!" and she had been praying since then that God would give her a brother. ;) It was SO fun to see her genuine excitement!!
Here he is waving to the world!!
We went back in for our 20 week ultrasound and found out that he has a 2 vessel umbilical cord. Basically, an umbilical cord is supposed to have 3 vessels, and his only has 2. The main concern with this is his growth. But, they wanted us to go in for a level 2 ultrasound to see if this was affecting the development of any other organs. I was super anxious about it for a couple days, but we had our community group and family praying, and I soon had an overwhelming peace. This was all right around Easter, and I felt SO comforted in knowing that the God who raised himself from the dead can very easily supply the needed nutrients to our little boy! HE Himself is knitting him together and forming him fearfully and wonderfully! So, we went in for our level 2 ultrasound and it could not have gone better!! All the organs are developing as they should and they said they are not concerned at all. Praise Jesus!! We will continue to monitor his growth, and if he stops developing inside my womb, they will take him early. But I went in today for my glucose test/check-up. I'm 24 weeks and 4 days and the baby is measuring 26 weeks!! Praise God again! He's clearly growing just fine with those 2 vessels. :)
So, that's the update! As of now, I don't have a single "belly pic". ;) But, so far, I feel like I'm growing about the same as I did with the girls. And overall, my pregnancy has felt pretty much the same as well! I feel REALLY great!! Truly, no complaints. I have a frontal placenta, which make his movements way more subtle and muffled than my ninja girls. ;) And I'm craving sweets big time. :/
And while I'm at it, I might as well announce his name!
Bear Cleveland Blagg
John David has always wanted a son named Bear, literally since like 6 years ago when we first started talking about naming our future children. So our family and friends have always just called our future son Bear. I honestly was not sure how I felt about the name...until we found out several years ago that the name Arthur means "Bear". Arthur Cleveland is the name of my Grandaddy who I LOVE and admire so much!! So we want to name him Bear Cleveland in honor of my Grandaddy.
We can't wait to meet you baby Bear!! You are so loved already!!!