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It’s A…

Okay. I’ll admit it. I’m a “peeker.” I like that I can find out baby’s gender before he or she is born. I like using pronouns other than “it” to describe my child. Plus, I like to plan.

I know that “gender reveal” parties are quite popular right now. But, just like waiting until baby is born to find out if we have a boy or a girl would make me crazy, I don’t think I could stand not knowing my baby’s gender – even for a short time – while other people know.

At the same time, I do kind of get the appeal. It has been fun to come up with creative ways to announce what baby is to the big siblings. So, we do our own version of a gender reveal party.

When we found out Titus was a boy, we went to Target and bought some blue onesies for Hannah to open up. I guess we made it a tradition by buying some pink jammies after Rebekah’s ultrasound.

So…

Today was our “big” ultrasound! Of course, our first priority was to make sure that baby was healthy and developing normally.

All Snuggled Up

All Snuggled Up

After the appointment, we headed home to tell the big brother and big sisters the news!

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We got a neutral bag so we wouldn’t give anything away.

It was so fun to watch the news sink in after they opened the bag!

Big Brother

Big Brother Titus holding the PINK Burp Cloths

It's a...

Pink???

It's a girl?!?!

It’s a girl?!?!

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Oh brother… (No. Despite how it looks, he really was excited. He has been saying that baby is a girl all along!)

Daddy & Big Sister Rebekah are Excited!

Daddy & Big Sister Rebekah are Excited!

The Happy (and Surprised!) Big Sister

The Happy (and Surprised!) Big Sister

Yes, it looks like Titus is still outnumbered. It’s a GIRL!!!

Our Baby Girl

Our Baby Girl

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Our little girl is growing, and developing right on track. But, during the ultrasound, it was discovered that I have a slight placenta previa. I am not overly concerned, as I had a “low lying” placenta with Titus, and placenta previa with Rebekah. In both cases, the placenta moved as baby grew, and my doctor seems confident that is what will happen this time as well. But, I would appreciate your prayers to that end. If things don’t change, we will be looking at a C-section, which, Lord-willing, I would prefer to avoid.

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This One is ALL Boy

I can now say that I have spent time in Urgent Care wondering if something was broken. I guess that makes me an official boy mom.

Titus and Hannah were playing, and Titus fell…and landed on his nose.

Owie!

Owie!

I’ve discovered that it is a fine line with boys. On the one hand, I don’t want to unnecessarily freak out over every little bump, scrape, and bruise. But, at the same time, I don’t want to ignore something that could be…well, something.

His nose started to turn purple almost immediately. So, I called his pediatrician, and he suggested getting it checked out…just in case. So, off we went to the local Urgent Care office. (Thankfully, one had just opened up down the street!)

Titus, what happened? I hurt my nose.

Titus, what happened?
I hurt my nose.

The doctor at the Urgent Care clinic checked him out. He pushed and pinched, and felt around his nose and eye sockets, until he was convinced that it probably wasn’t broken. (He said he didn’t like to do x-rays on kids so young if it wasn’t absolutely necessary. And, thankfully, in this case, it wasn’t.) The doctor sent us home with an ice pack, which stayed on his nose for maybe all of 30 seconds, and instructions to give him something for pain, if he needed it.

He didn’t.

The doctor was quite impressed with Titus’ high pain tolerance. He said he was pushing on his face pretty hard, and at one point, asked “Does this hurt?”
Titus just looked at him and said, “Yes.”

Oh, well, okay then.

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I love this smile.

He will probably have a bruise on his nose for a little while. And likely his first black eye(s). But, he’s still smiling.

This one is all boy.

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Rebekah’s 1st Birthday Party!

Invitation

We celebrated Rebekah’s 1st Birthday with a little party and few friends from church.

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Jessie & Alejandra

Johanna & Sophia

Johanna & Sophia

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Micah & Hannah

Grammy & Grampy came too!

Grammy & Grampy

Grammy & Grampy

Seeing as how it was October, a fallish-Pumpkin theme just seemed to fit.

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Dinner

Cupcakes!

Cupcakes!

Bethany & Hannah

Bethany & Hannah

Titus

Titus

Brookie

Brookie

Rebekah received some sweet gifts from her friends…although she was a bit overwhelmed by the unwrapping.

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Opening a Gift…with help from Hannah & TItus

Then it was time for cupcakes!

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Hannah lit the candle

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In keeping with our theme, I decorated the cupcakes with little candy pumpkins…and that is the extent of my cake-decorating ability.

Rebekah’s first taste of sugar…

What is this?

What is this?

She was a little hesitant at first…

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Licking the frosting off her fingers.

Just poked at the frosting…

Really? I'm allowed to eat this?

Really? I’m allowed to eat this?

But, then she got brave.

First Bite

First Bite

Yeah. I think she liked it.

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Happy Little Frosting Face…She even had it in her eyelashes!

Happy 1st Birthday, Rebekah!! We love you!

With my Birthday Girl

With my Birthday Girl

 

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Happy 1st Birthday, Rebekah!

Rebekah Ann ~ October 10, 2013

Rebekah Ann ~ October 10, 2013

Happy 1st Birthday, Rebekah!

1 Year Old

1 Year Old

My sweet baby girl. I can’t believe it has been a year since you were born! You have been our “sweet Rebekah” from day one. It just seemed to fit you. It still does. Over this past year, you have grown from a sweet little baby into such a sweet little girl.

Everyone has told me that the transition from 2 children to 3 is the most difficult. But, you have made it so easy!

Of course, you also have a mind of your own. Oddly, you may just be the most stubborn child we’ve had yet. But, that iron will only seems to exert itself at bedtime. Yes, in keeping with family tradition, you do not like to sleep…in your bed. But, you curl up and relax so easily when Mommy or Daddy is holding you…and you know what? I love it.

I have loved watching your little personality grow and develop this year. You have the best facial expressions! And, you smile and giggle so easily…especially at your big brother!

You still don’t say much in the way of “real” words, but you are very passionate and chatter on endlessly in your own little language. You have picked up some sign language. “More” seems to be your favorite…maybe because it seems to have the most immediate results.

You are growing so quickly. Like your brother and sister, you are long and skinny. You weigh 17 pounds, and measure 28 inches long (tall?). You are mostly wearing size 12-18 month clothes…which, on the one hand, is hard for me to believe as I have been packing away those tiny, little newborn sizes you were wearing not so long ago. But, then, most of what you are wearing these days used to belong to your big sister…and, I know you’ll be as big as she is before I know it!

I am so thankful that the Lord surprised us with another little girl! People told us that the transition from 2 children to 3 was the hardest. But, you have made it so easy. I can’t imagine our family without you (and, no, I don’t want to!). You are an incredible gift, and reminder of God’s undeserved goodness and kindness, and it is a privilege to be your mommy.

I love you so much! Happy Birthday, my sweet Rebekah Ann!

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Rebekah Ann ~ 11 Months

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This little cutie decided to “celebrate” turning 11 months old by coming down with a cold. She is a bit snotty, but still just as sweet as ever.

11 Months Old

11 Months Old

She is crawling like a pro now…and getting into everything! She is also pulling herself up…and seems to enjoy standing more than being on the floor.

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