Harvey Dent and Our Sweetie (Potato) Pie

There are so many exciting things going on this week but to throw a kink into a great week I just happen to look like Harvey Dent from Batman. You know, the Harvey Dent after he becomes the villain...you can just call me Two-Face. I just happened to come home with an unexpected souvenir from our trip to the mountains: an allergic and unpleasant reaction to Poison Ivy (Oh, great, another Batman character! so I guess you could call me either one, but either way, I've turned into a DC (or is it marvel?) villain!) So I'm trying to keep my hopes and spirits high as my face is swollen and my rash spreads elsewhere on my body, and all the while planning a baby shower for this Sunday for my dear friend Heather and going to get an ultrasound tomorrow to find out the gender of Juice Drop and have a Gender Reveal Party this Saturday for our friends and family and an Urban Eagles game this Friday and an Urban Eagles tournament this Saturday. I came across a beautiful passage this morning that has helped me get through, at least, today:

"Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:8-10

Besides the fact that I've turned into Two-Face (or Poison Ivy) and everything else that's going on this week, the most exciting thing is that Juice Drop turns 18 weeks and we get to find out if our sweet potato pie is a girl or boy!

You might be asking "what poison ivy?"
Well lucky for me I'm showing the side of my face that doesn't have the poison ivy yet.
How far along? 18 Weeks
Total weight gain: well I didn't think I had gained any weight when I wrote the last post but then I went to the doctor last Thursday and apparently I had! haha! so total weight gain is: 7 lbs--Juice Drop is getting big!
Maternity clothes? and still a resounding no... but for reals, I need to get a bellaband and new shirts because I tried wearing my favorite pants last Friday and even with a rubber band around the button they couldn't zip up all the way! bahaha!
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep: not this week! my poison ivy has made it absolutely impossible to get some zzz's
Best moment this week: hearing my little baby's heartbeat and the doctor saying she could hear him/her moving around! 
Miss Anything? sleep
Movement: still can't tell if it's Juice Drop or just gas lol
Food cravings: I've noticed I'm not craving sweets which I always craved before pregnancy (my girl scout cookies aren't even all gone yet!!!), I think I'm liking salty stuff
Anything making you queasy or sick: looking at my blisters from my poison ivy 
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: nothing out of the ordinary this week, I think my poison ivy symptoms are on overdrive and making my pregnancy symptoms seem minuscule
Belly Button in or out? both :)
Wedding rings on or off? on
Happy or Moody most of the time: unfortunately not so happy with my poison ivy, I feel like I've kept a good spirit about me but my lack of sleep and my itchiness and my leperness has caused my happiness to falter 
Looking forward to: seeing Juice Drop in 4D and finding out his/her gender at our Gender Reveal Party on Saturday!!!!!!! 

Two-Face says:
Stay tuned to find out if Juice Drop is a girl or boy!

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