Little Pearl is a boy!!!!

I am officially 20 weeks today! Five months pregnant that is! I can't believe I'm halfway there. Bryan and I are really excited now especially that I went through another ultrasound last week. The baby is healthy and much bigger and, and we finally know the sex of our baby. We're having a baby boy!! Little Pearl is a boy!!! 

When I had my prayer and fasting at the beginning of the year, I wrote this for my 2014 faith goals. Bryan and I are desiring a baby boy. Of course, when I blogged about it (click here), I never mentioned that we wanted a baby boy, though we continued praying for it.
Bryan and I prepared two names even before I went here in the U.S--one for a boy and another for a girl. When I found out I was pregnant, I started praying over Little Pearl and circling him with God's promises. There are actually times when I felt guilty because I kept on using "him" or "his" or any pronoun pertaining to a male. But honestly, those pronouns unconsciously slipped through my mouth. Whenever I realize I was using those male pronouns, I quickly revert back on using Little Pearl. You see, if Little Pearl was a girl and her mama kept on addressing her as "him", she may feel rejected and I just couldn't take that thought of my child feeling repulsed. 

The Dream
Then thrice I had dreams of a baby boy. In two of those dreams, I was cuddling a baby. I couldn't see the face. All I know was that I was with a baby boy whom I love so much. There was another dream where I was playing with a toddler. Again, it's a boy. I remembered that before those dreams, I was asking God if He could reveal me the baby's name. The name was never revealed in my dreams, just the sex of the baby. The next thing I knew, I went back to the names Bryan and I prepared. Although we have names for both a male and a female, my attention was drawn to the male baby's name--Elijah Gavin. It was then I started reading about the prophet Elijah once again. 

One time, I was reading a book by Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker. As I flipped through a random page, the name Elijah stumbled back at me. I smiled. It was the moment I was so sure what to name our baby.

Then for the second name, Gavin. I've always loved that name. Few years ago, I read a novel with the main character named Gavin. And from that moment, I announced, "I am going to name my future son Gavin." As parents, the names that we give to our children are our prophecy to them. Names are faith declarations. They are promises! 

 The promises
The first promise that I circled around Elijah is that he's going to be a blessing to a lot of people, even while he's still inside me. True enough, my family, my friends, they are all rejoicing with us. This baby is a testimony on how great the love of God is to us. They are blessed because of this blessing that God gave us. 

Here are also some passages that I encircled and declaring over Elijah since I conceived him.

> Direct your children onto the right path and when they are older, they will not leave it. Proverbs 22:6 (NLT)

I came across this word because I was telling God one time that I do not know how to become a parent and this was what He revealed to me. 

> Then the woman said to Elijah, now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord from your mouth is the truth. 1 Kings 17:24

> Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Mark 12:30

Just like the prophet Elijah, I am praying that my son will grow up to be a man of God, a man of faith and that he will love God more than anyone and anything in this world. 

My dearest Elijah, I couldn't wait to see you face to face and tell you about Jesus and how much he loves you. And as your name declares, Jesus is your Lord, I know you're going to live up to the promise of your name. Mommy Pearl and Daddy Pearl love you soooo much!! Thank you for giving us joy! 
And here is the proof that we're carrying a boy!
Mommy Pearl

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