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February 4, 2014


Yesterday was one of the best days of my life. I can't imagine what it will be like when this baby is finally here! Pure joy!

Our 20 week check up and anatomy scan was yesterday (Monday, February 3, 2014). We were excited to find out our baby's gender, but more than anything, we were nervous and wanted it to be healthy.

All was great. God is so good. Baby was healthy, happy and has the most beautiful face….

Just kidding. Here is our pretty baby:

We thought we were going to have a hard time determining the gender because this was literally the first picture the technician took. But, baby Jenkins eventually decided to cooperate.

How far along? 20 weeks
Total weight gain? 11 pounds. Doc said I am right on track if not a little under. Happy about that!
Maternity clothes? I have discovered the belly band. This is the most amazing invention ever. I am able to wear all of my pre-pregnancy pants! 
Stretch marks? No
Sleep? Can't complain! I especially love waking up to snow in the mornings. It gets old after a while but it is just so pretty. 
Best moment this week? Finding out that our baby is healthy and our gender reveal party! The ultrasound technician wrote down what the gender was and sealed it in an envelope for us. We then took it to our neighbors with a boy outfit (overalls) and a girl outfit (pink onesie) and they wrapped the correct outfit for us. We had our gender reveal dinner at V's Italian Restaurant (so good) and opened the package after dinner in front of family. It was so fun and a really neat way to find out the gender of our baby. Since Tyler's family lives in Jacksonville, St. Louis and Houston, we were able to set up a group Skype and hold up the outfit for his side of the family. It was so fun and also a really cool way to tell family. 
Miss anything? Nope. I am kind of getting used to this pregnancy stuff. :)
Food cravings? Shrimp! I am obsessed…which is weird because I hated shrimp before I got pregnant. I guess it is a good thing to crave because it is really low calorie. Haha!
Anything making you queasy or sick? So weird, but I randomly got sick a couple times this past week in the morning. We went out to house hunt because we are about to buy a house and I had to have Tyler pull over!
Gender? BABY GIRL!!!! :)
Labor signs? No
Movement? Yes! I started feeling this right at 18 weeks but didn't realize this question was missing from the lineup. Even Tyler has started to feel her. She is VERY active. 
Symptoms? Headaches are pretty common these days for me. My doctor says it is completely normal and that I can take Tylenol as often as I need it. It seems to really help.
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time? "HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY" as Phil Robertson would say. 
Looking forward to? Tyler's parents come in town from Jacksonville next week. My parents, his parents and extended family are all going out for a Valentine's Day Dinner! Also excited to hopefully find a house and put an offer on our first home together.

I will leave you all with a few pictures from our gender reveal dinner. Thank you all for your continued prayers and for making us feel so loved. We are so blessed to be surrounded by such loving family and friends. Stay tuned because Wednesday I am posting something completely unrelated to pregnancy….My Valentine's Day wish list and picks! 



  1. I cannot express how overjoyed I am for you and your family Taylor. My prayers are with you throughout and will rejoice with all of you on her arrival. She picked a great family to join! :-) Love and Prayers to you all. Sharon Key

  2. Clever writing and reveal, Taylor!

  3. I appreciate your writing. Actually, natural gender selection is not that bad. I mean, at least for perfect family balancing, parents can plan their baby's gender.