Sunday, January 23, 2011


"Cletus the Fetus" DeBoer went public one week ago. Since then, we have told the same stories and answered the same questions approximately 1,493 times. Not really, but it has been A LOT. Suffice it to say we feel like the proverbial broken record. Because of this, I thought it about time to follow up on the infamous ultrasound with some concrete information - in list format no less.

Where did the name Cletus come from?
The Cornstubles. Andy and Mandi called all their spawn Cletus the Fetus while Mandi was pregnant. Therefore when they found out, Andy immediately asked if they could call it Cletus. Silly enough, we were actually honored they wanted us to carry on the tradition.

What is our due date?
It was originally July 20th but after our first doctor's appointment, we measured at 12 weeks as opposed to 13 and now have a due date of July 27th. Inside scoop: I'm still shooting for the 20th.

Are you finding out what you are having?
No. I know, shocking. I pride myself on being type A, OCD, a list maker and always a planner. For some reason though, I'm more motivated now by the surprise of it all and need that something extra to look forward to. Maybe something to help distract me from all the questions, unknowns and uncertainties. Shawn on the other hand has always prided himself on being the quintessential type B, "fly-by-the-seat-of-his pants, you know, moment to moment" kind of guy. Needless to say, he's never wanted to know and didn't take any convincing. Bottom line, there are very few, genuine surprises left in the world and we want to experience one of life's greatest. We're putting immediate gratification on the back burner and embracing gender neutrals.

How am I feeling?
Good. I know, equally shocking. As someone who can't handle a kiddy ride at the fair, I always assumed I'd be green pretty much for 10 months when the day finally came. As it turns out, I've fared amazingly well. That's not to say I haven't evaded all illnesses. I did have two, giant, gold medal colds and continue to battle a persistent cough and phlegm. Then of course there was the New Year's flu Shawn and I both experienced. As for morning sickness though, I've been flying under the radar. Don't get me wrong, there were times if I didn't eat, I got very "hangry" and it was a rough road until I got some sugar in me, but I never actually lost a lunch to any such nausea.

Do you have names picked out?
Yes. We have a good list for both genders but NO, we are not telling anyone. This has been the topic of great debate, and I would even say verbal abuse, especially at my work. I'm fascinated people are SO interested in the name of the future DeBoer. I will tell you this, it won't be Shawn, Kali, Norman or Leo. Other then that, you'll just have to hurry up and wait. No offense, but we have no interest in your opinion of the name of our future spawn.

How did you get an ultrasound so early?
That's a bittersweet story. We went in for our first appointment and my doctor couldn't find the heartbeat with the Doppler (sound-only machine). We found out after the fact that this is quite common. It was because of this we got to have an ultrasound to make sure everything was okay. Although I could have laid on that bed all day and watched our little Cletus practically do flips, I was also relieved to know all was well because it gave me permission to PEE! I had to go from the moment we walked into the door so it was (thankfully) a major distraction during the whole process.

In summary, we are well, Cletus is well and Norman and Leo are as rambunctious as ever.


  1. You make me smile as always!! I'm so happy that all of you are exceedingly content. May you sail through life and greet each moment with wonder.

  2. July 25th is a great day to be born!

  3. Dearest Team DeBoer,

    I don't care if you have a boy or girl.
    I don't care if you name your kid PERMANENTLY Cleetus DeBoer.

    All I care about is that a) YOU are healthy b) Cleetus is doing fine c) Shawn continues to fly by the seat of his pants d) Norman and Leo continue to find peanut butter stuffed in a Kong one of mankind's greatest inventions...e) that you are all happy.

    love always,

    p.s. one of my friends made up 2 names and told people those were their top choices...ready? You may want to sit down.

    By the way, their last name was Hou (pronounced who):

    Bally if it was a girl
    Cash if it was a Boy

    People bought it! I can't believe how many people never ever got the joke!



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