Fashion,  Pregnancy

Oh Baby…

5 Well, we know what the baby is! If you’re an Instagrammer, you already know the gender since I’m terrible at keeping secrets and I’ve already revealed it there. But if you’re not, then surprise!

The tally is: 27 for a Boy, 26 for a Girl, so far as I can count via Facebook, blog, and Instagram (before I revealed it). Just within the family, the vote was 14 for a boy and 12 for a girl. I love how close it was with the guesses! Hehe, but, of course, someone always loses.


12 Surprise! Mr. Owl and I both were thinking it was a girl for the longest time, more probably out of wishing than actual facts (I mean, let’s face it: there are five boys in his family and three in mine. Statistically, we were bound to have a boy!) but as soon as we found out, we were both SO excited. He’s a very healthy little man, and is not measuring three weeks larger like the midwife had originally thought (which is a HUGE relief to me! I didn’t want a December baby; too many birthdays, holidays, and anniversaries already!). He’s maybe 4 days bigger than the 20 weeks that I am, so it’s nothing to change my due date.

I have wanted a boy first since I was probably ten; partly because the first child usually looks like the father, and also because I always thought it was best to have a boy as the eldest, who could protect his younger siblings and be the guardian and leader of the troupe. It could just be that I grew up with three big brothers and LOVED it, but yes. I’ve always, always wanted a boy first. So excited!

Cake To tell the family, I made this cake (idea found on Pinterest somewhere). It was both fun to make AND fun to eat. Oh man, you all should try baking a cake with those little York candy bites in it. Best. Cake. Ever. It was super fun having a full house of people over, coffee, cake, and just seeing what everyone was voting! My mom was the most surprised, I think, because she knew that I wanted a girl and judged from my happy reaction that it probably WAS a girl… and was totally wrong. Haha!

3 But yes. We’re happy! I’m also really excited to have a boy because it seems like the whole blogosphere of pregnant women lately have been having girls, and I just like to be different. But that’s just me!

2 I have been feeling him move SO much lately; he loves noise a ton, and Cheetos, and watermelon, peaches, and spaghetti. It’s just indescribable to feel all of the kicks and pressure as he squirms and stretches and exercises every day. Being pregnant is amazing. Totally worth it despite having to go through a few weeks of morning sickness!

10 11 13 So, since we had a party yesterday to tell everyone the gender of the baby, I went on a huge cleaning rampage which brought forth all of the critters from their extremely dirty corners– namely, spiders. I discovered that spiders cannot survive a vigorous spray from Scrubbing Bubbles, and consequently I killed three in the bathroom and about five in other parts of the house. (small ones, mostly.)

This morning, I came downstairs in the best mood ever… to find the spider from the underworld sitting darkly on the wall, no doubt waiting to exact his revenge on me for the lives of his kin that I had taken the day before.

And, like the brave expecting mother that I am, I made coffee, took a deep breath, and ran as fast as I could back up the stairs to text my mom that she’d better hurry on her way over so she could kill it for me. I usually can kill spiders, but this one. He was so big I was actually shaking and my heart was racing from the adrenaline of escaping his clutches.

9 Motherhood Shirt | Thrifted Forever 21 Skirt | Thrifted Heels and Belt |Forever 21 Earrings

I know it’s ridiculous to be that afraid of a spider, but here’s the thing: it was up on the wall above my head– which meant if I tried to kill it and missed, it could very well have dropped onto my person–, we DO have some poisonous spiders in the area, and… oh, let’s face it. It was big, hairy, and just plain monstrous. I admit: I will not be one of those mothers who kills large spiders for her children. They’re going to have to learn how to do that themselves.

I know. It’s so loving of me.

In other news: I am immensely enjoying not having to go to the office every day, although I do miss working with my co-workers. The house is going to be so clean by the end of the week! And organized. And I actually feel like cooking again! It’s the best.

How are you all doing this week? Tell me something exciting!

Have a beautiful Wednesday!


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  • tiallarising

    Aww Kristina I’m so happy for you!! Congrats! 😀 I would love a boy to be my first baby as well, so I’m super excited for you!


  • lanette pieterse

    The cake idea is just the cutest thing I’ve seen all day (well that and your skirt). I don’t know how people manage to wait till the birth of the baby to find out the gender. Yay for boys, with mother and son dates, adventure and big brother badass-ness. Wonderful news!

    • Eccentric Owl

      I found the idea on Pinterest. It was SO easy, and really fun to make and eat! Oh so delicious…
      Haha, I know! I always thought I’d like to be surprised by the gender, but I think it’s more fun to find out when it’s your first. Maybe on the second or third child, I’ll let it be a surprise!

  • Emma

    I’ve never heard that the first born usually looks like the father. Interesting.! My oldest (and only) looks just like me (apparently). Congratulations on your boy. You look stunning for a woman half way through her pregnancy.! I look forward to hearing what he is named once he comes. Good luck for the rest of your pregnancy journey., i look forward to reading about it and seeing your fabulous outfits. 🙂

    • Eccentric Owl

      You know, it’s just something I’ve noticed generally. Not always the case, but about 70% of the firstborns I know kind of look more like their dad.
      Thank you, Emma!

  • Desarae

    Congratulations on the little fella! What a fun idea with the cake! Your encounter with the spider made me giggle. I’m not terribly afraid of spiders, but I don’t like bugs and creepy things in general- I usually solicit one of the man cubs to do the killing. However, moving to Texas has made me toughen up a bit…sometimes there are just to men folk around…and it is always when the scar, black tarantula or scorpion shows up. It is either man up and kill it, or live in unrelenting fear knowing it go away and lurks somewhere out there…waiting… :/ I have faith that you can do it when/if the time comes– those protective mama instincts are sure to kick in, just your adorable, brave mama fashion styles! 🙂 Have a great day!

    • Eccentric Owl

      Hehe, thank you Desarae! I’m glad it made you laugh; after the fact, it is pretty funny how much of a chicken I am! I’m sure I’ll get more motherly instincts once I actually have the baby in my arms, but who knows!

  • Salazar

    Congrats!!! And hey, about the spider – be thankful it’s not a cobra like I just found in our garden the other day. At least you can squish a spider! You can’t simply squish a cobra and hope he’ll take it lying down 😀

  • Heather-Joan Carls

    Hey! You look great, gf! I cannot believe you are this far along. The time seems to have flown swiftly by. My bff had her little girl on 23 June but that is great news that you are having a boy. Congrats!

  • Rubee Best

    Congratulations! You’re looking so well. I was just browsing baby clothes yesterday and I was surprised by how many cute boys clothes there were, especially in h&m. I thought we were having a girl at first but lately I’ve been convincing myself its a boy. I get to find out in a week and a half. It’s so exciting! X

    • Eccentric Owl

      Thank you, Rubee! I can’t WAIT until you find out what your little one is! It’s so fun knowing! And I agree, boy clothes are darling. Well, baby clothes in general are just… way too cute.

  • Becca Lee

    Congratulations! I’m so excited for you and excited that you’re having a boy. I feel like you look more gorgeous by the day. I LOVE your hair in braids like this. Also, I’m sorry to hear about the crazy giant spider! I usually do ok with spiders, but after a certain size I kinda freeze up!

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    • Eccentric Owl

      Thanks Becca! I think pregnancy has so far been really good to me in general! I’ve noticed my skin is starting to improve, and it’s awesome. Hehe.
      Yeah, me too. I can kill littler ones, but if their leg-span is as big as my hand… I find someone to do the work for me. 😀

  • christen

    first, congrats! so excited for you guys! second, you look adorable, love the outfit. third, that cake looks amazing, wish i had been at the reveal party! 🙂 and finally I am also terrified of spiders. and all other creepy crawly things, totally normal!


  • Avra-Sha Faohla

    “He was so big I was actually shaking and my heart was racing from the adrenaline of escaping his clutches.” Ha ha! That made me smile. And probably laugh aloud, except that I held it in because I’m in a public place.

    Also, when I looked at the close-up (ish) of your face I noticed your sectoral heterochromia, which is so weird because I NEVER notice it! Do you ever look at pictures of yourself and just randomly see it?

    • Eccentric Owl

      I’m glad you smiled (and almost laughed out loud). It’s pretty funny in retrospect!

      I do! It doesn’t always show up strongly in pictures; generally my eye-color is sort of obscure in photographs, so I love it when it DOES come out!

  • Marlen

    awww you look so so SO pretty- pregnancy totally suits you 🙂 and that’s so exciting you’re having a little (or should i say big) boy!! it’s awesome you’ve always wanted one first and got it- and LOVE the cake reveal idea. As for the spider ordeal: LOLOL. We had one three days ago and Marc literally refused to kill it and we had to argue about who’s going to tame it for like five minutes. Hahaha, like wut.

    xo marlen
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