When Being Mommy Hurts


There’s no easy way to explain the fierce love that a woman experiences when she becomes a mom.  I was trying to explain it to Nate the other day, and he kind of just looked at me with a slightly confused (or maybe concerned) look on his face.  It just doesn’t make sense when you’re trying to explain it.  But to a mom, it’s reality.  And quite frankly, to every mom reading this, I needn’t go on.  They know what I’m talking about already.

They just get it.

I guess if I were absolutely required to express these emotions and feelings with the help of words, I would say this:  when I became a mom, it was as though a small, treasured piece of me left my body.  And that piece of my heart began to beat on its own, protected only by a beautiful, tiny person that it now lived in.

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This happened the moment I set eyes on my baby boy.  Suddenly, my own self came second.  My whole world (my whole need to protect, and nurture, and care) began to revolve around someone else.  But it didn’t feel like self-sacrifice.

Because that little someone else was a piece of me.

When Brady was in my womb, I constantly prayed over him, worrying about every little thing that could go wrong, and dreamed about the day that he was born.  Then, and only then, would I stop worrying; because then I would physically be able to hold my perfect baby boy in my arms.  Then I could physically protect him with my super-human, mommy strength  and always know that he was okay.  Because I would make sure that he was okay.

But once he was born, I quickly realized that my womb had been a safer place than this world we call home could ever be.  At least then I could carry him in perfect warmth and protection.  At least there, no hurtful words or angry bullies or harmful environments could touch him.  He was safe inside his mommy, soothed to sleep by the sound of my voice and rocking of my movements.

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But suddenly, he was living in this often hurtful, cruel world.  Suddenly, that small piece of me was detached and wasn’t always with me.  Suddenly, I was forced to sometimes leave that piece of my heart with someone else and to trust that he was being cared for the way that I would care for him.

It’s terrifying.  Absolutely terrifying.

My little guy is only two, but there have already been moments that have made me want to whisk him away to a safe place where nothing hurtful can ever touch him.  Kids have already been mean…  He has already faced challenges that made me want to swoop in and solve a problem that he needs to solve himself.  He has learned that sometimes life hurts.

But he is still so sweet and innocent.  Still such a baby.

As he grows, I will have to learn to slowly let go.  To trust that I raised him to be confident, even when the bullies taunt.  To know that God will continue to guide him, even when he isn’t snuggled in my arms for a Bible story.  I will have to be strong enough to let him take flight on his own, knowing that I taught him right from wrong.

As a mom, I look back on my own life with a new sense of respect for everything my parents faced, from letting me cry when my first job overwhelmed me to letting me travel thousands of miles away from home for college.  They knew that fire makes gold burn only brighter.  They knew that those hard moments were only molding me into a stronger, bolder, more confident woman.  They knew that quitting wasn’t an option, and so they guided me and stood with me.  But they didn’t hide me.

They held my hand and let me step out, so that I could learn to shine.

I’ve already come to realize that being mommy is going to hurt sometimes.  Because that little someone who holds a piece of me will hurt sometimes.  And every fiber of my being will scream out to protect and shelter.  But sometimes I’ll have to let go of my baby’s hand, even if it may result in cuts and bruises.  Sometimes I’ll have to trust him to someone else’s care, so that he can learn independence.  I’ll have to watch him attempt challenges that test his endurance, patience, and will.  And sometimes, I’ll have to watch him take a leap, even if he may fall.

Because he may also be ready to fly.

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He’s only two, but I already know just how hard it will be for me to ever see my little guy struggle or hurt.  But at the same time, I also know that the hard moments only strengthen us and prepare us to be strong.  To be confident.  To be leaders.

Sometimes, it’s the tough moments that propel us to greatness and to a more meaningful life than we could have imagined.

One thing I know for sure is this…  As fiercely as I love my baby boy, there is One who loves him even more.  And so I can only raise him the best I can and then trust him into the arms of the Savior who can – and will – always be with him.

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Preggo Journal – Week 30 Recap


How Far Along – I’m 31 weeks, which means 8 weeks until my C-section.  Okay, now I really need to pack my hospital bag!  😉  And pack Brady’s things… And make sure the hubby has a bag…  And finish washing / organizing the baby things…  And organize a few places in the house.

Yeah, I basically just need to get these projects started and finished, my friends!  🙂  Apparently pregnancy brings out the procrastinator in me.  (Or maybe it’s life with a toddler.  I’m pretty sure that has a lot to do with it too).

Baby Name:   Kaitlyn Marie

First and Second Pregnancy, Comparison Pics:  

THEN –  (2014)

NOW (2017) –

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I’m Craving / Disliking:   Really no specific cravings.  I feel as though I’ve just been particular…  I’m usually a foodie who loves everything, but I’ve been very picky this pregnancy.  Like if someone offers to bring icecream over, I have a long list of flavors that they shouldn’t bring.  Ha, ha.  (For the record, normally I’ll eat any flavor of icecream).  For some reason though, I’ve been very specific about flavors during this pregnancy, whether it’s dessert or an entree.

Exercise:  I didn’t get any structured exercise in this week (as the temps dropped), but honestly chasing after Brady all day does count for something.  😉  I’m always on my feet, walking, carrying him or other things, and just all-around moving.  They should make a workout video that’s called ‘Toddler Mom’.  Seriously, it’s a full body workout!

Awkward Moment:   I survived the week without any awkwardness!

A Moment I Don’t Want to Forget:  While I was in line at the grocery store yesterday afternoon, an elderly veteran behind me pointed at my belly and said, “Miss, I just want you to know that I’ll be praying for a healthy pregnancy and delivery for mama and baby.” I thanked him for his thoughtfulness, adding that I appreciate every single prayer! And he said, “I go to church a lot so don’t think I’ll forget to pray for you!” Then he showed me pictures of his one-year-old granddaughter whom he was obviously very much infatuated with. I was completely touched by his kindness and by how sweet he was that I came dangerously close to bursting into tears. Oh pregnancy hormones!!  It was just a really special moment and reminded me that this insane world is still filled with wonderful people.

Ooh, AND I received my C-section paperwork in the mail just the other day!  My surgery has been scheduled for May 4th at 7:30am (which means Nate and I have to be at the hospital for 5:30am).  It’s SO weird to have a scheduled date and to know when I’m going to meet my precious baby girl.  At the same time, it is a little bit convenient, since I can arrange child-care for Brady that much easier.  😉  But still, please keep me and my nerves in your prayers!  I’m starting to get a tiny bit nervous about it…  C-sections do come with their risks, and the recovery afterward is no joke.  I’m just praying for a safe surgery and also that my recovery won’t be too bad (especially since I have a toddler at home this time around).  Honestly, last time, my recovery was pretty great; but I don’t want to get my hopes up that it’ll happen again.  😉

Something I Miss:  Energy.  And being able to bend down.  And coffee.  (As of two weeks ago, coffee gives me heartburn, so I’ve had to give up my treasured decaf).

Sleep:  Despite having to wake up every two hours to pee, I’m actually sleeping pretty well still.

To-Do List Completions:  Other than baby shopping, I got nothing done this week.  Yeah, I know, I need to get on that.

Purchases:  I have basically everything I need now for when baby Kaitlyn arrives… except for clothes.  I’ll probably focus on buying that closer to my due date.

Symptoms:  On Friday, I was diagnosed with SPD (or something like that. HA!).  Basically it has to do with my pelvis (or something like that).  Honestly, I have no idea what it is…  The doctor used big words and had a thick accent; so once I realized that it was nothing serious (and that it would go away on its own after the pregnancy), I kind of dazed off and just nodded in agreement to whatever was being said to me.  *sheepish grin* What I do know for sure is that it’s giving me sharp pains in my upper thigh every time I move, so – yeah – it’s no fun.

I also have on-and-off nausea, backaches, heartburn, never-ending Braxton Hicks contractions, headaches, and extreme exhaustion.  This pregnancy is definitely a lot tougher than Brady’s pregnancy was (although I’m suspicious that much of that has to do with the fact that I’m running after a toddler all day).  😉  Still, I’m in good spirits, and I don’t complain… too much.  Ha, ha!!  I figured that pregnancy gives me some right to complain on occasion to my hubby.  And thankfully, he’s very understanding and hugs me after my vent sessions.  🙂

Final thought:    Nate and I really do plan for this to be our last pregnancy…  And although I’m not a huge fan of the process (despite the fact that it IS a huge blessing),  I’ve decided that I’m going to really embrace the remaining 8 weeks of the pregnancy… aches and ALL!  It really is a miraculous process, even if it involves discomfort and frustration at times, AND it is a very special time.  So I’m going to embrace it for as long as I can.  🙂

Preggo Journal – Week 29 Recap


How Far Along – I’m 30 weeks, which just boggles my mind.  I am in complete shock as to how fast this pregnancy has flown by.  Since I have a C-section scheduled for the first week of May, this means that I only have 9 weeks left before we meet baby Kaitlyn!!!  (I seriously just got SO excited as I typed that.  And maybe a little freaked out….  😉  But mostly excited)!  🙂

Baby Name:   Kaitlyn Marie

First and Second Pregnancy, Comparison Pics:  

THEN –  (2014)

NOW (2017) –

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(I feel as though that picture doesn’t do my belly justice. Ha, ha).

I’m Craving / Disliking:   Craving juice (especially fruit punch), fresh fruit, crusty bread, salads, wraps, and chocolate.  I really am loving fresh foods this time around.  And I’m disliking the usual…  Still not a huge fan of meat, spinach, or leftovers.  (If I smell a particular food for too long, I just don’t want to eat it.  So leftovers haven’t been my friend.

Exercise:  I walked pretty regularly this past week, thanks to the unseasonably warm temperatures.  Granted, the walks were quite slow; because Brady has to check out every single rock, twig, pine cone, and bug in our path.  But still, the movement and fresh air felt great.  🙂

I’ve also been doing a little better with my water intake.  I’ve been so nauseous that I’ve had a really hard time drinking water and so I’ve been dehydrated for much of this pregnancy (which obviously isn’t good).  But I bought an infuser water-bottle, so I can make my own flavored waters by adding fruit, veggies, and herbs.  I’ve found that I drink more water that way…    It tastes great AND it looks pretty!

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Awkward Moment:  Where to begin…  😉

-People are starting to comment on my ‘huge’ belly, and they literally gasp in disbelief when I tell them that I still have two months left.  What can I say, I’ve always been a pregnant woman who gets a big ol’ belly.  But still, some people seem slightly concerned that I won’t be able to walk by my due date, and their over-the-top exclamations can get awkward.  I mean, I’m not that huge… yet.

-Brady is going through a terrible two’s stage right now.  Honestly, he isn’t that terrible, but his listening skills aren’t that great either.  😉  (We’re patiently trying to work on that).  While I was shopping with him the other day, he took off running towards the door; and I had to chase him down before he exited the building.  Just picture it, a two year old running through the aisles with his very pregnant mama chasing behind him.  (For the record, I also had arms full of merchandise AND a very full bladder at the time).  I finally caught up with him, only to feel a tiny drop release ‘down there’.  I just stood there in complete panic, realizing that my water had just broke (way too early) OR I had just peed myself a little.  Well, let’s just say that my water hadn’t broke.  So yeah….

-Oh, pregnancy brain.  I congratulated a piano student, in front of her mom, for doing SO well on her piano flashcards during the lesson.  She looked really puzzled before saying, “But we didn’t do flashcards tonight.”  I suddenly realized that I was mixing her up with the student who had come before her.  This, my friends, is my new reality.

Haaa truth:

A Moment I Don’t Want to Forget:  Kaitlyn is moving SO much right now, and I am loving it!

Something I Miss:  Hot baths.  Lukewarm baths are just not cutting it for me…  😉  I am so looking forward to taking a piping hot bath in a few months.

Sleep:  I’ve had a few bouts of insomnia that kept me up, but it definitely hasn’t been as bad as it was during my first trimester.

To-Do List Completions:  I washed and dried the clothes that I do already have for Kaitlyn.  And Nate and I have been working on a playroom for Brady and Kaitlyn.  (We decided to have them share a room, so that the third bedroom could be a comfortable and safe place for them to play).  So far, we’ve redone the carpet, painted the walls, and organized toys.  Don’t worry, plenty of pink things will make an appearance soon.  🙂

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Purchases:  I made my first purchase for the nursery that will help turn it from a boy’s room into a room fit for a brother and sister.  🙂  I’m definitely working on adding more pink (and I’ll share pics when I’m done).

Symptoms:  The need to pee every five minutes has returned.  I have restless leg syndrome every night.  And I feel breathless and a little achy, in addition to nauseous.  But overall, I’m hanging in there!  🙂

Surviving the third trimester: Natural home remedies for water retention, swelling, carpal tunnel, itchy skin, restless legs, heartburn #pregnancy:

Final thought:    I’m really starting to feel ready to meet my precious baby girl!


Babymoon (Part 2)


This blog post was written super last minute, so it’s kind of all over the place.  I feel as though I wrote the way I usually talk.  HA!  Super fast-paced!  So my apologies for the word overload.

Oh, and in case you missed Part I, click here.


I slept sooooooo good in our hotel room that I woke up slightly disoriented as to where in the world I was.  Ha, ha.  I’m so used to waking up during the night and occasionally taking a peak at the baby monitor (even though Brady sleeps through the night).  But it’s as though I mentally knew that my little guy was safe at home with my parents and that I had the night off to just catch up on rest.  I slept… like…a…brick and was completely out.  I haven’t slept that great in awhile!

I slept in.  I took a hot shower.  I even did my makeup without having to sing “It’s Raining; It’s Pouring” at the top of my lungs.  (For some reason, Brady is obsessed with that song right now).  Of course, I missed the little guy so much that I insisted we call and wish him a ‘good morning’.  But still, it felt really, really nice to enjoy a quiet morning with just my hubby.

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For breakfast, we had decided to keep it affordable, simple, and quick; so we walked around the outside of the hotel until we came upon Au Bon Pain.  I’ve actually never been to one, and I have to admit that I was tempted by the large cinnamon rolls.  😉  But in the end, I decided to go with a yogurt parfait and orange juice; because I was craving something fresh.  It was actually really good!!

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After breakfast (and checking out of our hotel), we decided to kill some time before the movie we wanted to see was playing.  We decided to explore Downtown Crossing a bit and check out the stores / restaurants there.  And obviously, I had to get a Starbucks decaf latte!  (That’s one thing about Boston; there’s a Starbucks on every corner pretty much).

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We made a loop back to the movie theater and were advised that the movie we wanted to see was playing at 10:30 PM… not AM.  Oops!!  We walked out of the theater a bit dumbfounded as to what we were going to do now that our plans were upturned, so we decided to shake things up completely.  We hopped into the car and drove to Harvard Square to explore there.  (We definitely should have just taken the T, since parking for a couple of hours cost us $20).

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Harvard is a college town, which means there are plenty of quick-eat cafes, restaurants, and shops.  I love the brick buildings and the energy that comes with having so many college students around.  Nate loved that we hadn’t been there in awhile, so there was reason to pull out a map.  😉  (Seriously, what is it with guys and their love of maps)?

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I’ve eaten at Fire and Ice, which is a fun restaurant at which you fill your bowl with raw veggies, meats, and sauces before handing them to chefs cooking at a very large grill.  And they basically saute all of your food until cooked (right in front of you), and then you’re given rice and wraps to eat with your stir-fry.  It’s a fast-paced, fun meal that feels very modern.  (I actually ate at the Fire and Ice restaurant in Boston with my girlfriends during my Bachelorette party).  🙂

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And another restaurant that I really like is B. Good.  (I’ve only eaten at the one that’s near Downtown Crossing, but I’m sure the one in Harvard is equally as amazing).  It’s a ‘fast food’ restaurant that serves burgers made with fresh, local meat; hand-cut fries; kale salads; etc.  The food is SO fresh and tasty, and I love that I can eat there without feeling gross after.

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Of course, if you’re not looking to be super healthy, then Harvard can hook you up with some legendary cannoli’s.  😉  I LOVE Mike’s Pastry soooooo much!  Their original store in the North End of Boston is my favorite, so I was really excited to find out that there was one in Harvard.  I’m totally kicking myself over the fact that we didn’t stop to buy something…

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In the end, Nate and I decided to try something new (as we were both craving burgers), and we chose Flat Patties.  If definitely felt like a typical, college hang-out spot.  There was barely any seating, and those seats were absolutely full of chatting students.  So after ordering, we had to find a corner space to stand at and eat.

The hamburger rolls tasted really fresh, and the french fries were super good.  But honestly, Nate’s onion rings weren’t that great.  And Nate said that his burger wasn’t as flavorful as he had hoped it would be.  As for me, my burger was super pink in the middle, so I didn’t dare eat it (since I’m preggo).  I would have asked them to cook it longer, but the lines were intense.  So I just ended up eating my fries and 1/4 of my burger.

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In the end, our verdict was that the burgers were pretty affordable for the area and fresh.  So we wouldn’t be apposed to eating there again… but we’d definitely try the other burger places out first.  (And I’d ask to have my burger cooked longer).

There weren’t a ton of shops around Harvard, but definitely enough to give us reason to walk around outside in the beautiful weather and window-shop for awhile.  To name a few, there was a Lush, Mint Julip, Anthropologie, a few gift shops,  a Sweets Cupcake shop, AND a Curious George store.  Brady is obsessed with Curious George, so we obviously had to step inside and explore.  We bought Brady his very own Curious George T-shirt as a souvenir, and he was pretty excited about it when we gave it to him.  🙂

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After walking for awhile, we hopped back into the car and drove to a nearby movie theater to watch Hidden Figures.  It was SUCH a good movie!  I love movies that are based on true stories like that.

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Then we headed home to pick up our tater tot!

The Babymoon definitely went by really fast, but it was SO needed.  And it reminded me that a night away here or there isn’t impossible.  Besides, not being able to do it as much only makes us appreciate it that much more when we do get away.  🙂

Babymoon in Boston (Part I)


Nate and I don’t get into the city as much as we used to now that we have the little guy, so we both were really excited to spend our Babymoon there.  Although let’s be honest, we would have been just as excited had someone told us that we’d be spending our night away just one town over.  😉  We were both eager to spend quality time together, just the two of us.  (And I was REALLY excited about eating a quiet dinner, sleeping in, and walking at a normal pace.  😉  When you’re a mom, it really is about the little things!).

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Thanks to amazing off-season rates, Nate and I rented a room at the Boston Park Plaza for only $60.  If I were to give a review, I wouldn’t say that it was my favorite hotel ever, mainly because the decor felt more business than romantic.  But the lobby was beautiful, the location was great, and the rooms were quiet, modern, and very clean.  I’m glad we were able to stay there and check another Boston hotel off our to-try-one-day list.

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We didn’t arrive in Boston until late in the afternoon, but there was still plenty of sunlight left.  And oh my gracious, the weather was absolutely perfect!  The temps were in the 60’s, so we didn’t even need our jackets.  After weeks of being stuck in the house due to extreme cold, snowstorms, and ice, the spring-like weather was soooooo incredible!

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Normally we walk down Newbury St to window-shop the high end stores, but – this time – we decided to explore Charles’ St.  It had been years since I walked down that way, and I’d forgotten how quaint it is.  I definitely fell back in love with the brick sidewalks, specialty shops, restaurants, and coffee shops.  (I hadn’t realized that there’s a Sweets Cupcake Shop on the street now too…  That in itself is reason enough to explore that area).  🙂

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After walking a few side streets (and up a never-ending hill that I was sure would send me into early labor), we decided to head back towards the hotel for dinner.  The Park Plaza Hotel is conveniently located beside Maggiano’s Little Italy, so deciding on Italian was an easy choice.  After all the walking we did, we were starving!

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Nate and I both decided that next time, we really need to try an authentic Italian restaurant in the North End.  But we both love Maggiano’s, so we tend to keep going back there.  😉  Dinner was absolutely delicious, as always!

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We ordered dessert to go (cheesecake for me and Tiramisu for Nate) and ate it at the hotel while watching TV.  Dessert in bed…  Pajamas… and a quiet night to relax together.  Oh my goodness, it was absolute perfection!

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(…to be continued).


Marriage and Babies


I’ve always heard that being a parent is a full-time job…  But can we just all pause a moment and agree on the fact that this doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface?  I mean, let’s face it, even the most time-consuming of careers allow for sick days or a vacation here or there.  Parenthood, on the other hand, is more like full-time breathing.  Calm and even-paced at times; maybe a bit more ‘I’m-running-a-marathon’ type at others.  😉

But it is 24/7.

That’s probably one of the toughest adjustments for new parents.  For me, every stage has gotten easier, because Brady becomes more independent.  (And his sleeping through the night doesn’t hurt things either).  😉  But during those first few months (and even maybe through the the first year), you’re tired.  Tired ALL the time.  You’re figuring things out.

And you’re needed.  Needed ALL the time.

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You’re giving so much that sometimes you don’t feel as though there’s anything left to give.  It’s really easy to lose focus.  Because all the baby books, and the attention from family, and the never-ending articles are centered around one thing:  your beautiful baby.

It is ridiculously easy to get frustrated with each other when things go wrong.  To find excuses as to why you don’t have time to cuddle, talk, laugh, or be intimate.  To be condescending when the other does things differently than you would do.

But that is when a tough stretch for a marriage takes a turn towards the dangerous.  When you forget that your love came first.  And that your love needs to always come first.

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I firmly believe that a safe, loving home for a child begins when they see just how fiercely their parents love each other.  And respect each other.

Respect is huge.

Brady is only two, and some of these goals that Nate and I hold close have already been tested.  But it is always our main focus.  We make sure Brady sees us hug and kiss.  We never disrespect the other or talk down the other to him (this includes sarcasm).  If Daddy or Mommy says ‘no’, than the significant other backs them up.  And just as important as we view quality time with our little guy, we treasure our quality time together.  Although it doesn’t happen enough, it is a priority for us (whether it’s our monthly date night out or even just putting aside social media and playing a game / snuggling on the couch to watch a movie together).

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I have to say that as Brady gets older, especially over these past few months, I find Nate and I slipping back into some of the comfortable routines we once held.  Or maybe our  new efforts to make time for each other, despite the craziness of parenthood, are starting to feel familiar.  Whatever the reason, it’s an incredible feeling.

With another baby on the way, we fully realize that things are about to jump back into unfamiliar, and exhausting, territory.  But I have to say that – this time around –  I’m not worried about how a baby will affect our marriage.  I’m really not.  I know that things will be tougher for awhile, but I also know that we’ll get through it together.  That we’ll make time for precious moments…

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And that we’ll only grow more and more in love during the entire process.

Of course, we have to make sure that we keep our priorities straight!  🙂  And what better way to keep our focus right than to go on a one-night Babymoon?  (Babymoon post coming next…).  🙂


Preggo Journal – Week 28 Recap


How Far Along – I’m 29 weeks tomorrow.   (You guys, that means there are only 10 weeks left until my C-section.  Gasp!!  This is all flying by SO fast)!!

Baby Name:   Kaitlyn Marie

First and Second Pregnancy, Comparison Pics:  

THEN –  (2014)

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I’m Craving / Disliking:   Craving rootbeer (that seems to be pretty typical for me when ‘m pregnant), fresh fruit, chocolate, and bread.  Nothing much has changed there…  😉   Still not a fan of meat and some vegetables.

Exercise:  I did a ton of walking with Nate in Boston on our Babymoon, so I’m counting it!!

A Moment I Don’t Want to Forget:  Nate and I enjoyed a Babymoon in Boston.  (Don’t worry, I’ll be blogging about that in the next day or so).  🙂

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Something I Miss:  I do miss cute clothes…  My wardrobe is extremely limited right now, so I wear a lot of repeat outfits.  (Hey, a mom has to do what a mom has to do).  But even more than that, I miss having energy and being able to bend down.  Ha, ha.

Sleep:  Still sleeping well!  🙂

To-Do List Completions:  My parents stayed at our house to watch Brady when Nate and I went on our Babymoon, so we cleaned / organized the upstairs where they would be sleeping.  Now our goal is to keep everything neat and tidy.  (Since I’m scheduled for a repeat C-section, I’ll be out-of-commission for several weeks; so I want to get everything as clean as possible before that).  🙂   I also cleaned / organized the pantry and dropped off several bags of gently-used baby clothes to Salvation Army.

Purchases:  For me – I finally broke down and bought a pair of Sketcher’s, walking shoes.  I’ve been living in flats and boots, and my feet have been killing me because of it.  I feel like a new woman now that I can walk comfortably!  Seriously, why did I wait so long to buy new shoes??

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For the baby – I bought two ADORABLE outfits from Macy’s (because they were on sale for 60 percent off at only $7 each)!  And my parents bought us a new stroller, since our other stroller decided to bite the dust.  I actually don’t have too much left to buy now, which is great!  

Symptoms:  I was just diagnosed with anemia, so many of my symptoms are actually related to that.  (Nausea, shortness of breath, extreme exhaustion, weakness, pale lips, irritability.  Well, okay fine, maybe not the irritability…  But let’s just blame that on the anemia and call it a day, shall we?).   🙂

I need to eat more iron-rich foods in addition to taking an iron supplement, so hopefully that will help.  Honestly, ‘m realizing that the third trimester is going to be a LOT harder this time around.  I felt pretty great last time at this point, but I’m now chasing after an energetic toddler.  So I’ve been cramping, uncomfortable, achy, and experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions…  I’m just really, really tired; and my body is screaming at me to slow down already.  I don’t want to go into labor early, so I’m doing my best to listen when I can.

Final thought:  I feel  like I should start working on a hospital bag (or at least on a list of things I plan to pack in my hospital bag).  So maybe I’ll start that this week!





I’m writing a list for my mom to help with caring for Brady while Nate and I are away on our Babymoon.  This meme pretty much sums it up…

This is the STORY OF MY LIFE:

As for me?  I haven’t packed yet, and we leave for our mini-Babymoon tomorrow.  (Although by the time you read this, we’ll actually be away already).    I’m hoping that I wake up with more energy than I have right now.  😉  But I am just SO excited to enjoy alone time with my hubby that I’m ready to go, even if all I have with me is my toothbrush.  Ha, ha!

We might be going away for just one night, but it means one and a half glorious days of just US.  Just me and Nate.  Just slow-paced relaxation.

Yeah, maybe I haven’t packed yet.  But I am READY!!  🙂

Bits O’ This and That


1.   Necessity is the mother of invention…

This is how I managed to take a hot shower this morning.

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2.  Brady has a terrifying habit of hiding his Lovey (whom he refers to as Buddy) in the craziest of places.  (I’m talking inside the trashcan… Down the cat door and into the basement….  In the freezer).   Buddy is a precious, elephant blanky who is necessary for bedtime to go smoothly.  Buddy was recently missing for two days straight, and I was convinced that he was gone forever.  Then he turned up…

Then he went missing again.  But thankfully I found him stuffed into my boot.  Do they sell tracking devises for children’s toys?

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3.  I’m fairly certain that there are little elves running around our house and dirtying our dishes.

There’s no way that two adults and a toddler can fill up a sink that quickly!  I feel as though I was doing dishes all day.

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And by the way, while I was doing the dishes, those little elves definitely filled my laundry baskets with dirty clothes.  Ha!

4. Brady will be sharing a room with his baby sister by the fall (as she’ll be in me and Nate’s room for the first few months).  Any ideas as to how I can turn a boy’s room into a boy’s AND girl’s room?  I definitely need to add some pink accents…

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5.  I can never resist a cute notebook, especially when they come in packs of three!

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6.  Starbucks just knows how to make a pretty drink, which – in turn – makes a delicious beverage that much more amazing.  Their hibiscus tea is one of my favorite drinks right now.

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7.  I am SO exhausted these days, partly thanks to chasing after a toddler and partly thanks to having hit the third trimester of pregnancy.  But I have to say that this little boy makes it ALL worth it.  Nate and I didn’t fully understand love until we met him.

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8.  It’s FRIDAY!!!!!  Any fun plans for the weekend?  🙂