Baby #3 is Another…

posted by Andrea | 02/20/2015
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boy or girl

In case you missed my first announcement (which it seems like many of you did) and the several more casual references to “baby #3” here on my blog and social media, I’m pregnant — AND the baby is over half way “cooked”! 🙂

Baby Dekker #3 is due on or around July 3, 2015 — I’ll save you all from tedious mental math: Simon and this baby will be exactly 16 months apart.

And for the record, this pregnancy was totally planned. Although I know it’s somewhat soon, we really really wanted a summer baby so Dave would be home to help out the first couple of months. We are very excited for another baby, and feel blessed that the timing seemed to work out so well.

I’ve been feeling really good — and aside from some extra tiredness those first couple months, I’ve hardly had any pregnancy symptoms this time around (yay!)

In fact, this pregnancy is VERY similar to my pregnancy with Nora — and almost completely opposite to my pregnancy with Simon.

With Nora, I was super tired, but had no sickness. With Simon, I was very nauseous for the first 4 months.

With Nora, I didn’t really have any food cravings. With Simon, I basically wanted a double cheeseburger every day.

With Nora, I had more breakouts. With Simon, my skin was crystal clear.

Here’s a comparison shot of me carrying each baby at 20 weeks.

20 weeks along

I can’t really tell anything by looking at those pictures (except that my hair keeps getting shorter)… but based on my pregnancy “symptoms” I’ve been thinking this baby is a girl from the very beginning.

In fact, I was so confident, I ALMOST purchased a newborn baby girl outfit on clearance the other day… almost!

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However; baby #3 is actually another BOY!

another boy!

When we were at the ultrasound, the technician asked if I had a “hunch” either way. I told her I would be shocked if it was NOT a girl — because I was just so confident.

About 10 minutes later, she said “OK, the baby moved it’s legs…” and I immediately exclaimed/asked, “it’s a boy?!?!”

Yup, it was pretty obvious!

This is actually the first time Dave was able to come with me for the gender reveal (he had the day off school for winter break) and it was so fun to have him there for the big surprise.

He told me the most fun part for him was seeing my reaction because I’d been telling him how I just KNEW it was a girl for the past few months. Then he had to “rub it in” about how “this is why I don’t waste time talking about baby names until after we know the gender for sure” because I’ve been begging him to pick out a girl’s name with me!

Looks like we’ll be needing a boy’s name instead 🙂

We didn’t do any sort of gender reveal — we just called and emailed our family, and then posted it on Facebook. No big party, special cake, balloons, or anything fun like that.

Of course, everyone was very excited to hear our news… everyone, except Miss Nora. 🙁

She was SO hoping for a baby sister, and literally started sobbing when I told her it was a baby brother. Since I honestly thought it was a girl, I didn’t try to correct her much when she told me she wanted a sister, so I suppose the news was a bit shocking to her as well — and since she doesn’t have any girl cousins or many girl friends, I can see why she was hoping for a sister.

However, I also think it will be fun for Simon and the new little boy to be so close in age. They will most likely only be 1 year apart in school, get to play sports together, eventually share a room with each other, etc. etc.

It’s been several days now and Nora is already warming up to the idea of having “1 big baby brother and 1 tiny baby brother”… so I think we’ll all be fine once we take this baby home in a few months.

2 girls, 2 boys

Now… to find a boy’s name that meets ALL our name requirements 🙂

Also, for the first time in my entire life, my family will have a male majority. It should be fun!

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36 comments

  1. Amy

    05/27/2015

    Wow! Congratulations!!!! Since going back to work full time (outside the home, that is!) I hardly ever get to visit your blog as much as I’d like. I was playing catch up this evening and saw a post about “baby #3” and I was so happy and surprised to hear your news! Made me smile!!!!! Congratulations again!!!!!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Amy!

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  2. Emma {Emma's Little Kitchen}

    02/22/2015

    Eeek! Congrats Andrea 🙂

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  3. Lisa

    02/20/2015

    Congrats! How about Luke or Jake 🙂

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  4. Karen

    02/20/2015

    Congratulations Andrea! I am so happy for you! Out of 6 children, I have 1 boy! 🙂

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  5. Amanda

    02/20/2015

    Congrats! So happy for you and your family!

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  6. Teresa

    02/20/2015

    Awww another sweet baby boy!! Congratulations to you and your adorable family!

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  7. Sheri

    02/20/2015

    Nora almost reminds me of a little girl at school who was in Kdg. She had a younger brother and really wanted a sister. Her mom came to school to share the news with her and video tape her reaction. They called her out of her classroom with the tape rolling mom told her she was going to have a baby brother. The little girl teared up and she yelled at her mom. I WANTED A SISTER!! She then twirled around and stomped back into the classroom. Mom was devastated and we were all so surprised that she was that set on a sister. When the baby was born, she had to show him off to everyone.

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  8. Mykka

    02/20/2015

    Congratulations! My suggestion would be Pierce or Rhys

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  9. Esther

    02/20/2015

    So excited for you and baby # 3! I have 1 girl and then 3 boys….On baby # 4 my daughter was praying for a girl and when she found out it was a boy she cried. She got over it fairly quickly and loves her brothers. To most little girls a baby is so much fun that it seems they get over if pretty quick. 🙂 Thing is…she is still praying for a sister. 😉

    Also my 2 oldest boys are only 16 months apart. I will say they make life very interesting and they are so much fun to watch! Its worth it!

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  10. British American

    02/20/2015

    Congratulations! I have a girl and then 2 boys too. My daughter is 9 and still wants a baby sister, which isn’t going to happen! 😛

    We didn’t find out our 3rd’s gender until he was born and I was extra sick with him, so I thought he was a girl, based on the old wives tale prediction and that I hadn’t been very sick at all with my first son. So that was a little surprising when he was born.

    I look forward to hearing what name you choose.

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  11. tara

    02/20/2015

    Comparing your pictures I was thinking Boy and then I scrolled down and Congrats on your BOY!! Nora can remain the lil princess!! 🙂

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  12. Ann

    02/20/2015

    Congrats Andrea, Dave and babies. Life will be more fun and demand but cherish your hobbies and look for time for yourself in between other than feeding cleanings and cooking.. I loved your farmhouse and your ideas of simple living and keep going, you are a very inspirational women 🙂

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  13. Jane

    02/20/2015

    Congrats! Naming was hard for us as we had requirements too. One of the last things we considered is what their future work e-mail could potentially be. I’ve seen a few doozies over the last few years! So happy that Dave will get to spent most of his summer break at home 🙂

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    Jane Reply:

    I meant that he will get to be home with you all the time when the baby comes home 🙂

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  14. Tracey

    02/20/2015

    Congrats to all of you! At least Nora can be queen of the kid castle!

    Loved seeing your 20-week photos side by side, so cool that you have that. 🙂

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  15. Kristen @ Joyfully Thriving

    02/20/2015

    Yay! Although it would have been a yay and congratulations either way because babies are precious. It’s fun to start planning again now that you know the gender. I pray the rest of your pregnancy continues smoothly!

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  16. Priyanka

    02/20/2015

    Congrats! I am sure Nora will be a great big sister and have fun bossing around her little brothers 🙂

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  17. Kathryn

    02/20/2015

    Congratulations! That’s so fun! I suggest staying away from Henry or Harvey. Those are making a come back where I live.

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  18. Janice

    02/20/2015

    Our daughter’s 2 oldest kids are boys (ages 12 and 13) about as close in age as yours will be. #2 is a great friend to the older brother, BUT is also a real pain in the neck to him as he wants to be better, faster, smarter, etc than his older brother. The competition is all in the mind of the younger as #1 doesn’t care that much. It makes for some interesting family dynamics. #2 actually competes with the whole world. Birth order and gender are so interesting.

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  19. Jacquie

    02/20/2015

    Congrats! As the oldest sister with two younger brothers, I was also disappointed when my younger brother was born. Upside – you are the prettiest, smartest, favorite daughter. Unless you go for #4!

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  20. JoAnn C.

    02/20/2015

    Such wonderful news! Nora will be such a great big sister. Thank you, Andrea for sharing the news, and happy weekend to you and your family.

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  21. Sandy

    02/20/2015

    So happy for you!! Seriously….after you have one of each (how my family started), it doesn’t really matter what the third one is (in my opinion), but I will say that my first thought after reading it’s a boy was that Nora, being the fashion diva and such that she is, will be MORE than enough girl for you…assuming this baby might be your last, of course!;)

    At any rate, I wish you all the best in the second half of your pregnancy and pray that little Baby Dekker arrives healthy and well come July. If this does end up being your last baby, hopefully Nora will embrace the idea of being your ONLY daughter. Having only one daughter myself with the younger two being boys, I think my daughter feels there are some definite benefits to being the only girl in the family. 🙂

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  22. Paulette

    02/20/2015

    Hooray for the Dekkers!! So happy for all of you!

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  23. Carla

    02/20/2015

    Congratulations! I just met a woman yesterday who has one girl and two boys. She told me her daughter calls her brothers, “My boys.” Isn’t that cute? I can totally see Nora doing that! 🙂

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, very cute! and YES, I could definitely see Nora doing that 🙂

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  24. Jenni

    02/20/2015

    That is so funny – when I looked at your top ultrasound pic, I thought it was a boy based on the “skull theory” test I saw on pregnancy boards last year. It was actually right in this case!

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  25. Nancy B

    02/20/2015

    Congratulations! Another boy will be perfect for your sweet family. Wishing you smooth sailing the remainder of the pregnancy.

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  26. Starla

    02/20/2015

    We have 4 boys and our last 2 are 19 months apart. The first 2 years were pretty crazy but those 2 are the best of friends! Today they are 11 & 9, and I love seeing the friendship they have. It’s worth every hour of the chaos we survived those first few years.

    Congratulations!

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  27. Lela

    02/20/2015

    Congratulations!!!
    Kisses from Greece!!!!

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  28. Kimberley

    02/20/2015

    Aw, congrats!!! So happy for you guys! Can’t wait to find out what name you pick out…;)

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  29. Lana

    02/20/2015

    Congratulations!!! Maybe he’ll be born on July 4th! That is my birthday, it is always a fun day with the Independence Day celebrations!!

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  30. Amy O

    02/20/2015

    I can just see Miss Nora bossing around those two baby brothers!

    She will have fun being “little mommy.” : )

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  31. Tammy @ SkipperClan

    02/20/2015

    I grew up as one of three siblings and told my husband that although I wanted more children, we were not stopping with three. We were either stopping with our two or going for 4+. We now have one son and one daughter, lol! Congrats!!

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    Andrea Reply:

    so…. what you’re telling me is we should have one more after this one??

    That might be open for discussion 🙂

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  32. Erin

    02/20/2015

    Congrats!!!!!

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