Holly Furtick

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

We are starting to get really excited about the coming arrival of Abbey Faith.  I have 5 weeks and 2 days until my due date (but who's counting) and the pink has slowly started to invade our home.

A few weeks ago, my two closest friends, Amy and Nicole, along with the enlisted help of several other friends, threw me the baby shower of all baby showers.  A tea party!  I was so blessed to be loved on and celebrated by so many sweet friends.

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What are you going to name her?

Not long after you find out the sex of your baby do people start asking, what are you going to name him or her?

Parents take so many approaches to this.

Some don't know.  I remember sitting in the hospital with my sister after she had given birth to her 3rd child and she was no closer to naming him than she had been two months prior to his arrival.

Some don't tell.  My friend always says this is a pretty clear indicator that the parents are going with a non-conventional name, like Apple or Coco, and they don't want to hear every-body's opinion on it.

Some know right away.  We decided on Graham's name (pending he was a boy) around week 10 of my pregnancy with him.  There was never a doubt in our minds.  I really liked naming Graham so early.  I think it helped with my bonding process. 

1094578_plastic_nappy_pinThis time we don't fall into any of those categories.  After prayer, thought, and deliberation, we have finally decided on a name.

Our baby, due to arrive sometime mid-March, will be named Abigail Faith Furtick.  Faith after my godly mother-in-law.  We plan to call her Abbey or Abbey Faith.  Spelled like the famous Abbey Road as well as the place where nuns and monks reside.

Abbey Faith Furtick.

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Chinese Gender Prediction

I get a kick out of all the pregnancy wives tales.  I was told by so many people that I was having a girl because I was sicker than I had been before.  I was also told that because I craved orange juice, I was definately having a girl.  Then there is how you carry your baby: low=boy, high=girl.  Or, if you crave sweets, you are having a girl, if your crave sour/salty, you are having a boy.  And so many more…

I think my favorite wives tale is the Chinese Gender Prediction Chart.  Have you ever seen it?  I find it to be quite accurate for my kids.  There are several different versions of this chart floating around out there.  For sake of uniformity, we will use this one I swiped from the web and their directions. 

Here's how it works, find the age of the mother at the time of conception, then go across to the month the baby was conceived, if you land on a B, the baby was, or should be a boy, if you land on a G, its a girl.  For instance, Elijah was born on in July, 2005, so I was 24 when he was conceived Elijah in October, chart predicts a boy.

Screen shot 2010-10-19 at 10.43.20 AM This chart is accurate with both of my boys.  For my 3rd, it predicts a boy, but I was told with 100% certainty we are having a girl, no wives tales are perfect!  So for me, the chart is 66% accurate.

Ok, your turn to weigh in, is this chart accurate for you?  I can't wait to see these results.

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Baby’s First Photo Shoot

  
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Just in case you missed it yesterday on twitter, we are having a girl!  We are thrilled and maybe a little scared to venture into this completely different world.  I guess she wasn't in the mood for pictures when the tech captured this shot :).

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The oddities of pregnancy

I haven't talked much about being pregnant here.  Maybe because it's too personal.  Maybe it's because I don't have enough nice to things say and I don't want to complain. 

Whatever the case, I have been feeling better for about the last 2 weeks.  I actually feel like I have re-entered the land of the living.  I know longer wake up in the morning plotting when I can catch a nap.  I am past the stage of being unable to dream up something I would like to eat.  Yes, I am feeling better.

Pregnancy suits some women, they "glow."  I do not share this sentiment.  Perhaps the only things I enjoy about being pregnant is never feeling the need to suck in my stomach (come on, you know this is awesome) and long, healthy finger nails.  Feeling a human life move inside of your is pretty awesome too.

I will also say that I have been oh so lucky as to only vomit ONE time between all three of my pregnancies (knock on wood).  In fact, the first two pregnancies, I was not really that sick.  I thought I was, I would be a bit nauseous at times, like when I was hungry, or perhaps ate to much, or smelled something bad.  But let me just say, I could not even spell the word nauseous until this time around.

Another crazy thing, my first two pregnancies, I did not really have any weird cravings or aversions.  But this third time, the oddest thing happened.  I have been repulsed by tea.  Hot tea and iced tea.

Yes tea.  One of my daily (several times a day) enjoyments.  From about week 6 to week 15, I think I had maybe 4 cups of green tea or chamomile (previously my least favorites), whereas 5 months ago, began my day with hot tea, drank iced tea at meals, and I craved an Earl Grey Latte daily.  This has been a sad thing for me.  I miss the hot mug in my hand, but the thought of actually drinking it made me sick.  Now that I have been feeling better, I have been able to drink a few cups.  I even had one last night.  Maybe I am turning a corner?

So on this Friday, I would love to hear your pregnancy oddities.  I have a friend who was a coffee lover but when she was pregnant, she had to ask her husband to put the coffee pot in their garage because it made her so sick.  I have another friend who drank a 1/2 gallon of orange juice a day.  She couldn't get enough.  What about you (sorry to those of you who cannot comment, you can share the weirdest thing you have heard)?

I can't wait to read your comments!

PS.  We find out the sex of our baby on Monday!  I can hardly contain myself.  I promise to share here by Tuesday but will probably twitter it on Monday.  I think my post will either be titled, Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice or Snips, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails as Mother Goose so aptly put it.

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Signs you may be pregnant

Yep, just in case you missed the news, my husband and I are expecting our 3rd baby this March.  We are super excited.  Elijah and Graham, well I can't say they are excited, but they will be.  They don't really understand what we mean when we say I am going to have a baby in March, when is March to them?  They have no concept of time.  They are much more concerned about what we will be doing tomorrow.

I'm feeling ok, about as you would expect.  I came up with a few tell-tale signs you may be pregnant.  I thought it might be fun if anyone else could add to my list….

  • You walk into a room and plan your route of escape should you need
    to vomit
  • You are going about your normal day when you suddenly wonder if someone
    slipped and Ambien into your drink
  • Your day revolves around what you think you can eat
  • You start to notice other pregnant women everywhere you go
  • You know where all the trash cans are in the room, just in case
  • Your family begins to wonder if you will ever be the same again
  • You notice that a main stable of your daily diet is ice chips, yum

Ok, your turn, leave a comment, you know you are pregnant when…

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