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:


37 Weeks with Baby # 2!




How far Along: 37 weeks 3 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 winter melon...or about 18.9 - 20.9 inches long and anywhere from 6.5 - 9.5 pounds! 

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I’m down 2 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight. I'm hoping to keep steady at my current weight until delivery...less than two weeks to go!

Maternity Clothes: I tried to wear one of my old T-shirts to bed the other day. Needless to say it was a pretty hilarious sight! I definitely am needing maternity clothes ALL the time! :)

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! 

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. He is head down according to our ultrasound last week, so I assume it's just his position!

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: I'm SO uncomfortable, guys. SO uncomfortable. Not to be confused with me complaining...it's just the truth. (I am thankful to be this uncomfortable!) I can barely walk without being in pain, I get charlie horses in my legs and in my groin (didn't know that was possible) ALL the time, and it's an Olympic event just to get off of the couch or recliner! Haha. I can definitely tell that this baby is bigger than Jonah simply by how my body is responding.

Feeling: I feel great aside from the aches, pains, and general state of uncomfortable-ness :)

Best Moment this Week: We have a date set as to when we'll get to meet our second sweet baby boy!

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

What I'm Looking Forward To: I'm looking forward to starting Maternity Leave and having our little boy in my arms!

Milestones: We are full term this week! Yay! :)

Baby Milestones: Baby boy is practicing inhaling, exhaling, sucking, gripping, and blinking :)

Next Appointment: Thursday, October 9th, Monday October 13th, and Thursday October 16th are my next and final NSTs! :)

If you are a Facebook friend of mine, or you follow me on Instagram, then I have been alluding to us having an appointment today with our Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) doctor from Magee's in Pittsburgh. My OB is affiliated with Magee's, so anything that I do is run through them as well. It's been so nice knowing I've had extra sets of eyes on me this entire pregnancy, especially since being diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes so early on. Anyway, on September 30th, when I was 36 weeks, we had a growth ultrasound to determine how big baby is measuring. To make a long story very short, baby boy was measuring 8 pounds 12 ounces over a week ago. Yes, cue freak out mode. However, my MFM assured me today that my sugars have been STELLAR, I haven't gained any weight, and baby has been rocking his NSTs. Typically with a Gestational Diabetes baby, they gain all the weight in their stomachs. Our baby, is just big...proportionally big :) She said this is just most likely genetics and I didn't do anything "wrong" to cause him to be so large. The problem with him measuring so big is that babies pack on the pounds those last few weeks of pregnancy, typically half a pound a week. I won't insult your intelligence, I know you can do the math. Bottom line? He's going to be a chunk!

Now, yes, I know that these ultrasounds can be wrong. I know that they can be off up to two pounds either way. I also know that they are more inaccurate the further along you are, which is why growth scans typically aren't done beyond 36 weeks. However, I just have this motherly instinct that this baby is big. First of all, I can FEEL it in how I am carrying him. I can feel a difference in how much pain I am in compared to my pregnancy with Jonah.  He even LOOKS bigger on the ultrasound photos. (I cannot wait to kiss his chubby cheeks!).

I delivered Jonah at 39 weeks 4 days, and he weighed 7 pounds 13 ounces. His head was getting stuck in my birth canal, and at the last minute needed vacuum assistance to be born. It was actually really terrifying. If this baby is measuring how he is predicted to be, then he would almost without a doubt also need vacuum assistance because his head is already measuring much larger than Jonah's was. This on the back of my mind has caused a lot of worry and anxiety.

After talking with my OB at every NST for the past two weeks, and also having heart to hearts with the sweetest nurse that always takes care of me while I'm on the monitor, (and of course talking it over with Kevin) we (I) have decided to have a scheduled c-section at 39 weeks to deliver our little sweet pea. This decision has NOT been easy. It has been everything BUT easy. A c-section is the last thing I want...especially with a not-even-two-year-old at home that I won't be able to lift. There is no right or wrong answer. Yes, I know the baby could actually be smaller than what they are predicting. Yes, I know that I could try laboring and see how it progresses. The truth is, I am trying to take myself out of the equation and think of what is best for baby. If he is as big as they are predicting (and I believe he will be at least 9 pounds) I do not want him to be in any sort of distress. More importantly, I do not want to risk him breaking or dislocating a shoulder (or worse) on the way out. These are all possibilities due to his size, my build, and my past delivery with Jonah.

Pregnancy is HARD. Delivery is HARD. This choice was HARD. There is no right or wrong, like I've said. I could try laboring and delivering naturally and maybe have no problems...but I'm trusting my gut on this one. I'm not looking for reasons as to why I should or should not have a c-section. It's been a difficult choice to make and a decision that was not taken lightly. My OBs are AMAZING. They told me that I could do whatever I wanted. I know many people have had experiences with OBs pushing them into a c-section. I can 100% without a doubt in my mind say that this NEVER happened here. They have been wonderful, and have made me feel so wonderful about this whole situation. I'm so glad to be under the care that they provide, because it is nothing short of spectacular.

I apologize to have gotten so winded. I guess what I am trying to say is that baby boy # 2's Birthday will be Tuesday, October 21st! Unless of course I go into labor before that on my own. I am still coming to terms with my decision, and thankfully I have an amazing husband and family that cheer me on no matter what. I can't wait for you all to meet him, and I can't thank you all for YOUR support. It's been an amazing journey with so many of you by my side!

Thank you for being here :) Please keep us in your prayers!

Oh, I almost forgot! Here are a few 37 week photos:



And 37 weeks with Jonah :)