He's Here!


Luca John Rush
Arrived on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 8:26 a.m.
9 pounds 2 ounces
20.5 inches long

A true miracle, and another little man to love for the rest of our lives!

We're settling in well and adjusting to becoming a family of four. Birth story to come! :)

A Fun Fall Weekend

With this being Jonah's last weekend as an only-child, we decided to pack it full of fun things for our little sweetie to enjoy! Fall is my absolute favorite time of year, and I hope that our children grow to love it and appreciate it just as much as I do. Unfortunately, Kevin has been busy with Marching Band this weekend. Friday night he taught all day and then had a football game all evening. He didn't get home until almost 1:00 that morning. Yesterday, the Marching Band had their final competition of the year, and again, he didn't get home until almost 1:00 in the morning after leaving the house around 10:00 that morning. Talk about long days, huh?

Saturday, my mom and sister, Beth, came down for the day to help out with some Fall festivities. We had movies playing in the background, we baked and decorated pumpkin sugar cookies, and we also helped Jonah carve his first pumpkin!

He was all about the baking of cookies. In fact, I think he liked icing them even a little bit more :) Let's just not dwell on the fact that he was trying to down the icing by the spoonful. Stinker!

After the cookies were all baked and frosted, we carved Jonah's first pumpkin. He absolutely hated it. Hah! We opened it up and he thought it was the grossest thing he had ever seen. After encouraging him to reach his hand inside to scoop out some seeds, he said, "Ewww!" over and over again, and downright refused to touch any part of the pumpkin. Eventually, he did come around and starting flinging the pumpkin guts around the kitchen (with a spoon of course) and even helped make a face in his pumpkin. Here's a picture of the final result :)

Today, we spent some time with our good friends, the Normans. Their daughter, Olivia, is a month younger than Jonah. We absolutely love spending time with them and even though we don't get together as much as I wish we could (living so far away from everyone really stinks!) we definitely cherish the time we do get to spend together :)

This afternoon, we took Jonah and Olivia to a Pumpkin Patch not too far from our house. It was a lot of fun and the kids had a great time! It was especially nice to have Kevin home since Jonah hasn't really seen him since Thursday evening :)

As I'm sure you can tell from the photos, we had a wonderful time! What did you do this weekend?

38 Weeks with Baby# 2!

How far Along: 38 weeks 5 days today!

Size of Baby: I know that it varies, but according to one of my favorite websites, The Bump, our little jelly bean is the size of a pumpkin...or about 18.9 - 20.9 inches long and anywhere from 6.5 - 9.5 pounds! (At our ultrasound this morning he was measuring 9 pounds 5 ounces.)

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I’m down 1 pound from my pre-pregnancy weight!

Maternity Clothes: Absolutely :) Anything else is just downright hilarious!

Gender: It's a BOY! See our reveal photo here! We are 100% set on a first name AND his middle name! Woo hoo! Our little man finally has an identity :)

Belly Button In/Out: Flat as a pancake! (And I mean flat!) 

Stretch Marks: My stomach is a lot bigger this time around, so yes, I do have a few new stretch marks.

Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks like CRAZY! When I bend over, I feel like the baby is coming out, too. Baby is very much head down according to our ultrasound this morning. It was actually difficult for them to get a head measurement because he was so far down there! However, no labor progress. I'm closed tighter than Fort Knox ;)

Movement: I am going to miss his daily hiccups and rolls and punches :) He is still moving great and passing all of his NSTs with flying colors!

Sleep: Sleep is pretty painful these days. I have to switch positions often and it hurts all over.

Cravings/Aversions: ICE CREAM! Even though I can't have it :(

Symptoms: Definitely in pain and uncomfortable, but cherishing and thankful for each and every moment of uncomfortable-ness :)

Feeling: I feel pretty good, aside from the aches and pains! I can't believe the time to meet our little guy is almost here! :)

Best Moment this Week: Seeing him on the Ultrasound this morning was amazing, as always. My OB's office got a new ultrasound machine, which takes 3D pictures, so that was an extra special surprise! Also, I am officially on maternity leave! :)

What I Miss: Nothing. Except maybe being able to shave my legs, hah! 

What I'm Looking Forward To: This weekend is Jonah's weekend :) We are doing everything Fall related and spending as much time and snuggling him as much as possible before his little brother arrives on Tuesday :)

Milestones: Baby is full term, healthy, and a chubber!

Baby Milestones: Baby boy could have up to an inch of hair already!

Next Appointment: Monday, October 20th, for my final NST! Then, our baby boy is coming Tuesday morning, October 21st, via scheduled C-section. I am at peace with my decision, just terrified and nervous as all get-out!

And here is my 38 week post with Jonah :)

Speaking of Jonah, it's been awhile since I've posted any photos. The main reason being because this little man won't sit still long enough for me to catch anything but the back of his head! However, last night we practiced giving little brother kisses in his MamaRoo, and my heart exploded :)

Oh, and a sneak peek of Baby Rush # 2 from this morning: