Pregnancy Q&A #2

Whelp…we’re 11 days or less from meeting (Lord willing) the newest member of our little family. Because little J came so quickly and his brother is looking at least as big as he was (head is in the 95th percentile!) on the ultrasound I had this week, my OB allowed me to set June 9th as my induction date. Alex is planning to be done teaching on the 6th and my parents can be here that week as well. Plus if we make it that long, it’ll give me just enough time to finish up what I need to for work.

So I thought I should write up a little pregnancy log before it’s all over just like I did for my first with little J.

Same questions as last time!


In one word this pregnancy has been: present. In the beginning I had awful allergies (apparently there is something called pregnancy rhinitis?) and nighttime nausea. Throughout, because I’ve been more active chasing little J and giving him cuddles, I’ve been conscientious of the size of my belly. I’ve been told more times than I can count that I don’t look pregnant from behind and I’ve gained less weight than with little J. Once again, in the home stretch I have heart burn (when I eat tomatoes and related products), swollen feet, and trouble sleeping but I know it’s all part of the deal and my growing belly and the kicks I feel are welcome because it’s beautiful. This time around because I know more what to expect, it’s been more fun and I’m looking forward to the reward with greater anticipation.

FAQ’s at this point in life are running the gamut, but here’s a few of the most common.

Pregnancy Related…

Cravings? Tacos and ice cream. (Not together!).

Babymoon? Maternity Pics? Again, we opted to do neither. Though we did take our Florida trip which ended up being an special family time.

Carrying the babe? About a week and half ago, he dropped and has been there ever since. My doctor said last week that we’re ready to go, he’s head down and everything else is good to go…now we just wait for the hormones to do their job or the medicine to make them do it.

Birth Plans…

Natural Birth, Scheduled, C-Section? Unless he has his own plan, we’ll be inducing on the 9th. Despite that part, I’m planning to go natural and just see what happens. Once again, not opposed to the drugs if I need them but not going in planning to rely on them. June 9th is a Thursday so I’m planning to stay in the hospital a few nights and come home Saturday.

General Baby Questions…

Do We Have a Name Picked Out? Yep, though as we’ve shared it was a little bit of a struggle. One again, we’ll reveal it at birth but here are the clues.

Nursery theme? We didn’t change anything from little J’s so it’s still Whales – lime green, navy blue and orange. You can see a picture here. Since we moved little J out of this room last October, it’s still gotten a lot of use from friends who have visited which has been really great for them and it’s given little J a lot of time to fully separate himself from that space. He knows it’s baby brother’s room and he loves his big boy room.


Breastfeeding or Formula?  Once again, planning on the former, hoping that we’re able to figure it out with the same amount of ease that little J and I did. There are so many health benefits and it’s so much cheaper! I loved the bond with little J and loved that we were able to do it right up until his first birthday. I hope I can have a similar experience with this one.

Cloth or disposable diapers? Cloth. Again, it’s a cost saving thing and it was easy and convenient with little J. Since he’s been out of them for almost a year, though I’m not totally looking forward to changing diapers again, when I open the drawer where they’re stored the colors make me happy and I’m confident it’s the right choice for us.

Thing I’m most looking forward to postpartum? Getting a real hug from Alex and from little J and wine. A nice glass of red sangria sounds amazing right now.


Favs From Florida

We spent the majority of Alex’s Spring Break week in central Florida with my family. Though we didn’t really think of it as our only-child-moon or babymoon or anything like that, it was a fun week to really focus on little J and enjoy him enjoying new things. Here are the highlights…

  1. Catching up with a childhood bestie who lives in Orlando


2. Attending a Spring Training Baseball Game. Little J “ran” the bases at the end with a complete stranger (Alex and I were both so proud of him!). He touched every base and somehow procured a special spring training ball. Alex was elated!


3. Wild Florida – Gatorland but without the crowds. We got to see real Florida, lots of Gators, and take a fan boat through the Everglades.


4. Celebrating my brother Tom’s birthday as a family. Since we’re all all over the place this is the first birthday we’ve all been together on in a long time.


5. Disney. Thanks to some super good luck and travel tips, we arrived at the Magic Kingdom just in time for the welcome show where Mickey rides in on the train. Alex and I both got a little emotional (in a good way!) about how blessed we felt to be able to bring little J here and how excited we were about our day ahead. It was an absolute blast to watch him enjoy the day. We rode the carousal twice because it was his favorite thing and used one of our 3 built in FastPasses to do a private meet-and-greet with Mickey which was the highlight of his day. Picture #4 below is his expression waiting in line for that opportunity. He “tickled Mickey’s nose” (in his words) and Mickey signed his baseball. Day made.


6. Downtown Disney/Disney Springs – we didn’t make it to any of the other parks because we thought little J was a little too young and the weather Saturday was crummy but we did spend our last few hours in Disney Springs were little J got to “meet” a StormTrooper which to him was basically akin to a day in Hollywood Studios.


Praising God for safe travel, overall pleasant weather, great memories and an adorable and relatively easy-going (despite almost a week of short naps) 2 and 1/2 year old who calls me mommy. Look forward to (Lord willing) meeting another kid who will one day do the same in two months!


First Pregnancy Q&A

IMG_1706_1This pregnancy has been in a word – easy. And I’m so thankful for that. I have many, many friends who’ve had it so much worse and have had serious complications and for whatever reason, I’ve been spared. The home stretch is probably my least favorite part so far and the most symptomatic – heart burn, swollen feet, and trouble sleeping but given how blissful life has been the last eight months, I’ll take it.

FAQ’s at this point in life are running the gamut, but here’s a few of the most common.

Pregnancy Related…

Cravings? Honestly, nothing. That’s been the case the entire time. I have a sweet tooth and always have but nothing weird or out of the ordinary.

Babymoon? Maternity Pics? We opted to do neither. Partially because we bought a house this summer and partially because we spent some good time away from home this summer in Illinois and in D.C.  And maternity pictures just weren’t appealing to me. Pretty much because I’m not sure what I’d do with them once I had them. I did have Alex take the picture above for a game a one of my showers so there is at least a little evidence of how big my bump is.

Birth Plans…

Natural Birth, Scheduled, C-Section? Planning to go natural and just see what happens. Not opposed to the drugs if I need them but not going in planning to rely on them. And not planning an induction or c-section date. We’ll just let the little guy come on his own time.

General Baby Questions…

Do We Have a Name Picked Out? Yep. We’ll reveal it at birth but if you’re really curious you we’ve let out a few clues.

Nursery theme? Whales. Colors? Lime green, navy blue and orange. You can see a picture here.


Breastfeeding or Formula?  Planning on the former, hoping that we’re able to figure it out. There are so many health benefits and it’s so much cheaper!

Cloth or disposable diapers? Cloth. Again, it’s a cost saving thing and although I’m not a green-girl, it does seem better for the environment. Plus our set-up is pretty ideal. We have a utility sink in our laundry room and modern cloth diapers are pretty amazing things. We’ll still do disposables when we’re going out and perhaps overnight later on, but for now I’m looking forward to joining the cloth diaper ranks.

Thing I’m most looking forward to postpartum? In no particular order, going on a long run, being able to lay on my stomach, and a glass of Pinot Grigio.

so many wonderful things

warning: this post may contain too many updates to digest at once. Apologies in advance.

It’s been a world-wind two weeks since the Rodeo. We put an offer on this house…


I went to Denver, CO with these lovlies…


And they threw me a surprise baby shower, where I got some amazing onesies…


and then, after arriving back home in Virginia, I celebrated my birthday. I opted for Chinese food and baklava instead of going out and spent a pleasant evening in with Alex after being gone for a few days.


And finally, yesterday we had our second ultra-sound and learned baby V’s gender…


and in case there’s any doubt – he’s really growing in there…(we learned yesterday that he’s actually in the 90th percentile measurement wise and actually may be joining us in late September, but we’ll wait on God for that.)


Feeling super blessed and super grown up. 26 is going to be a really exciting year!


I’m not good with plants. In fact, I’m like really bad with them. So this year I’m trying again and we’ll see how it goes.


I’m trying both flowers and herbs. The flowers I’ve grown from seeds that I actually picked up at Wal-Mart, they’re a wildflower mix so my expectations are low even though they’ve come up well up to this point. We do a few blooms but they’re on a miniature rose plant that my mom gave us for Easter. I’m also trying to grow basil though that’s slow going.


The rest of the herbs (mint, cilantro, oregano and lemon grass) are either from my aunt or from an Amish farm.

And of course, we’re also growing a little one so here’s the little glimpse of that too. I’m so thankful that I got through my first trimester virtually problem free. No nausea or sickness at all. Just some acne flair-ups and sensitivity to smells.