So, for anyone who doesn't know, we are having another boy! Yes, I was totally convinced we were having a girl, and yes, I was totally wrong. When we found out it was a boy, I was really stressed out about two things. How would I decorate his room, and what would we name him? It took me a couple of weeks to come up with a good nursery idea that I was excited about, but it took MONTHS for us to agree on a name. In fact, we just decided for good last Saturday. We were definitely naming the baby after my Grandpa in one way or another, and I really wanted to tell him in person. So during our last hour with my grandparents, Justin and I were texting each other under the table at Acme trying to decide on a name!
Here he is at 14 weeks, when we found out he was a he!
I'm very excited that we are naming our baby boy Brooks Alton Varnum. Brooks is a name we both liked a lot (for totally separate reasons, but whatever works!), and Alton is Grandpa's first name. I love that he is named after one of the greatest men I have ever known. Now that we have our baby named, I can tell I'm getting more and more excited about having another little boy. I hope that Brant and Brooks grow up to be so close. I was so shocked when we found out we were having a boy, but my friend Kristi helped me put it in perspective. She suggested that maybe having a brother was a special blessing God had planned for Brant all along. And while this squeamish, indoorsy, clean-loving girly girl never ever ever thought she would be a boy mom, I know that if God has called me to mother these precious boys, He will also equip me to do so.
We have had a few more ultrasounds, one at 18 weeks and another at 20 weeks. Everything looks good, but one of his kidneys is slightly enlarged. We are continuing to monitor this throughout the pregnancy, and hopefully it will turn out to be a non-issue. For reasons I can't explain, I feel a total peace about his kidney. I know that God knows everything about Brooks already and that this kidney is totally known and taken care of by Him. Other than that, everything is great. I was VERY sick for the first 20 weeks but finally am feeling back to my normal self again. One thing I hate is my lack of energy. There's so much I want to do, but only so much energy and time in the day! I hate having to rest so often when I'm dying to do fun projects. Also, I take my glucose test in about three weeks. They say if you have gestational diabetes with one baby, you're more likely to have it with the next, so I'm trying to prepare myself for the worst. And speaking of the worst, being pregnant during the summer is just as horrible as I thought it would be. It is so dang hot, and I cannot stop sweating. It's gross. I eat a lot of popsicles and hang out at my friends' pools a lot. But it will all be worth it - in just a few months it will be fall, football season, and I will be holding my sweet Brooks in my arms! I can't wait!