I am 19 weeks pregnant, so we waited quite a bit to do the big reveal! I am due in November. Below is our first published but most recent pregnancy vlog with the announcement itself:
The Right to Live is True Liberty
We just put up our pro-life baby or pregnancy announcement yesterday on Facebook for all our friends and family to see! Rob was a bit nervous, because he wasn’t sure how it was going to go over with some of the people we know are outspokenly pro-choice. Thankfully, many people responded positively, even ones we knew weren’t in agreement politically. We know that pregnancy, motherhood, and family life shouldn’t be politicized, but sadly, it’s gotten to the point where these arenas may be the only opportunity to open up dialogue on important matters. We made the call and decided to involve our loved one in this passion of ours. The birth of a life should always be celebrated, and we felt this was the best way to do it—to celebrate the right to live! I personally expected the majority of the responses to be jubilant, especially from people we love, so I wasn’t the least bit worried.
The Concept: Three Pro-Lifers and Counting…
The announcement was meant to evoke the spirit of protest and vigorous activism we want to catch hold in our country in defense of liberty, life, and love. We have felt very convicted most of our lives, and now more than ever, that life is precious and that we need to protect the life of innocents. As you’ll see, we’ve made a shirt that projects our image of a child, fetus, or baby as the ultimate advocate of pro-life. They want a chance to live, they have the right, and only we can give it to them as the mothers and fathers! So, you’ll see our baby holding up a protest sign and joining us in our cause. He/she’s so brave!
Almost everyone in our circle of married friends is a parent now. I can’t believe it. One of them is working for the public school system, and she used to be pro-choice until she herself got pregnant and witnessed how fast her child developed in her womb. Of course, this was due to the help of ultrasounds, which we have chosen not to use because of unnecessary (and harmful) frequencies. Rob wrote a great article about the effects of non-iodizing radiation on health, especially on infants and children, which everyone should read!
On that note, that means we are going to find out the gender of our baby the old-school way (after the baby is born)! Obviously this means no gender-reveal party, but we’ll be doing a gender-neutral baby shower—not because we want our baby to “decide” what sex he/she is! For now, he is called “Peacut.” For those of you who don’t know what a peacut is, watch this video to learn about one of our guilty pleasures (and what we talk about most of the time together as our love language):
I’ve been doing (almost) weekly video updates about my pregnancy for vlogs, but I wasn’t planning on putting them up until after we had made the official announcement! You should see them come through on our YouTube account’s Pregnancy Vlog playlist as I upload them regularly.
On another note: While I was uploading our pregnancy announcement vlog, I was appalled to see the suggested tag for our video:
Pregnancy is NOT a disease or a medical condition. Apparently, that is how many hospitals and medical practitioners treat pregnancy and pregnant women. It is as if the child is a threat to the mother and must be handled as such. I just hate the way we, especially modern Americans, deal with such a natural and beautiful event. First, we act as if all pregnancies are some kind of unexpected sickness. Then, we sell all kinds of medical treatment to all the mothers as necessary and safe. Of course, we also educate our girls about the dangers of pregnancy and how to prevent it with drugs and plastic. Awful, just awful. Here’s Rob ranting about this hashtag suggestion on YouTube:
A good documentary to watch on natural birth vs. hospital birth is The Business of Being Born. I am planning to have a midwife deliver our baby at a birthing center if all goes well! We’d prefer home births, but that’s a topic for another entry. Also, we’ll be talking more about our experience with the birthing center on the vlogs I’ll be retroactively uploading!
Below is a list of some of the books I am reading related to pregnancy: