TWENTY WEEKS.

The last several weeks have been eventful ones for our little family. Three weeks ago, the same blood test that let us know the exciting news that we’re expecting our first baby girl also gave us the difficult news that our girl’s blood type is Rh+, meaning that she will be in danger throughout the rest of her stay in my belly. Thankfully, my antibody levels have been stable the past few weeks and our first MCA scan (a special ultrasound done to determine whether the baby is becoming anemic) showed that baby is fighting off the antibodies successfully so far. At this point, we’re just loving feeling our strong little fighter kick and praying that she makes it to our 37 week induction without needing any blood transfusions. It’s absolutely crazy to us that we’ll get to meet her face to face in just 17 weeks or less (and that she’ll arrive a full FIVE weeks earlier than her big brother did!).

Aside from the emotional roller coaster of our high risk pregnancy, this baby is giving my body a run for its money! With Knox, I felt adorable and glowing – this time around, I’m feeling like an enormous blimp with perpetual acne, under eye bags and dry skin that no amount of lotion or oil can cure. Girls steal their mothers’ beauty indeed.¬†Thankfully, my morning sickness is gone and I can now tolerate a cup of coffee each day, which allows me to be semi-functional until my bedtime at 8pm sharp (and if you’re judging my small caffeine consumption, I’m totally willing to give it up if you’ll volunteer to keep up with my super-early-rising, always-on-the-go toddler while I go take a nap). We’ve cleaned out the office to turn it into a nursery and I’m literally bursting with excitement to get to work on my plan for our little lady’s room. This baby is so very loved, especially by her big brother who loves to give her kisses, “BIG HUGS”, share his toy cars with her and, after a week or two of insistence that she be a boy, finally exclaims with excitement that the baby is a GIRL.

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