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Welcome to our blog. We're twelve girls documenting our adventures in #yxe. Hope you have a nice stay!

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Baby Hardpressed tee from my friend Carrie Catherine. Sweater knit by my grandma for Baby Me, circa 1980.

Baby Hardpressed tee from my friend Carrie Catherine. Sweater knit by my grandma for Baby Me, circa 1980.

I know, I know. It's a baby. And I should just be satisfied with that and anything else is cheating, right? ;) Well... sure, finding out the gender of the baby before due time isn't a choice everyone makes, but I didn't for a moment care if it was cheating or not. I was dying to find out!

I picked up these little moccasins at a craft fair when I was still in high school, just in case I were to ever procreate. They've moved with me five times.

I picked up these little moccasins at a craft fair when I was still in high school, just in case I were to ever procreate. They've moved with me five times.

I'd begun buying baby girl clothes five or ten minutes after I saw the "yes" appear on my pregnancy test and my husband was starting to worry. "What if it's a boy?" he would ask, as I handed my credit card over to another cashier. "What if it's not!" I'd counter. 

My mom bought this plaque just after I got married but only gave it to me nine years later when I told her I was expecting. She always told me I shouldn't feel pressured to have kids just because other people do, so this gift surprised and delighted me.

My mom bought this plaque just after I got married but only gave it to me nine years later when I told her I was expecting. She always told me I shouldn't feel pressured to have kids just because other people do, so this gift surprised and delighted me.

One day when we were perusing the ever-adorable Baby Gap section and I had a few more itsy bitsy pink things in my grasp, he asked me what I was planning to do with all of the frilly stuff I was amassing should we have a boy. So with a roll of my eyes, I decided to appease him by buying a pair of boy swim trunks (we're planning on joining my family in Mexico when babykins is 6 weeks-ish). 

But when I held those little trunks, I couldn't do it. "This feels like a waste of money," I said. 

An afghan, knit by my Grandma Kardash well over ten years ago and waiting patiently on deck ever since as a gift for a Kardash baby. Of course, I brought it out and Halo managed to make herself quite comfortable before I could get a single photo sans cat.

An afghan, knit by my Grandma Kardash well over ten years ago and waiting patiently on deck ever since as a gift for a Kardash baby. Of course, I brought it out and Halo managed to make herself quite comfortable before I could get a single photo sans cat.

"I think we should book another ultrasound," replied my husband. So when we got home, I googled it like mad (my doctor told me that anything under 10-15 minutes has been proven safe but I wanted to explore the topic a bit because there are many viewpoints on it) and then I decided to make an appointment at a private 3D ultrasound clinic. 

Crochet booties from my husband's mom and elephant onesie from his sister, Danielle. Striped knit pants bought from Baby Gap when I was trying to go gender-neutral. 

Crochet booties from my husband's mom and elephant onesie from his sister, Danielle. Striped knit pants bought from Baby Gap when I was trying to go gender-neutral. 

And now I'll tell you what the technician told me.

 My childhood ornaments. Well, 3 of like 1000.

 My childhood ornaments. Well, 3 of like 1000.

It's a... girl. Just like that. 

This is what she looks like so far. Amazing. 

This is what she looks like so far. Amazing. 

See? A mother knows.

Thanks so much to my own mom for keeping all the cute rompers trimmed with lace she'd sewn for me as well as the many beautiful cardigans, booties, and bonnets knit by my grandma. Also thanks to my wonderful friends, both at Our Collective Muse and beyond, for their awesome enthusiasm, genuine support... and super cute hand-me-downs. ;)

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