Baby #2 – Pregnancy Update Week 32

Due Date:  December 1st.

Gender: We are the waiting to be surprised people.

Eating/Craving: Tangelos. Part tangerine, part grapefruit. All parts delicious. 

Nonstop tangelos this week, please. We went grocery shopping and I declared in the parking lot, “I’m buying all the tangelos they have!” But I guess someone else also made a similar declaration because the store only had four left. Four! Well, those four got eaten in a day and half, so later in the week Dillon made the crazy-pregnant-wife-craving grocery trip to buy me more tangelos. And milk. Because cereal is still also a thing for this pregnant mama.

Mama Physically:
I immediately think to write, I am feeling great! Because I still remember week 26 where I felt close to death. Where I didn’t have enough strength to change Declan’s diaper or wash his highchair tray. Now, I have enough energy to do those things about 2423 times a week! I’ve been taking Mattie and Declan on a thirty minute morning walk each day and a second walk in the late afternoon as we wait for daddy to come home from work. I’m able to lift and play with a 1 year old. I can squat holding that one year old when he drops the keys or whatever item he had and I need to pick it up. I can cook and clean. I’m feeling great physically. I am feeling 8 months pregnant towards the end of the day. After dinner especially. The baby in the belly is a mover, with maybe 6 elbows, and at nighttime it feels like the baby has grown, but my belly did not grow along with it.

Also, heartburn is worse this pregnancy. Declan was born with a lot of hair and I didn’t have it much with him. I was eating cleaner with Declan though, so that may be a factor. Or maybe baby is a girl…!

Mama Emotionally:
A little anxious, but I don’t want to be. I’m getting anxious because my baby updates are now saying things like, You’re In the Home Stretch, Mama! or Baby Will Be Here So Soon! 

I am excited to meet the newest member of our family and our next big adventure, but now that we’ve crossed over to the “home stretch” I’m needing to prepare mentally. I am not emotionally ready. The house isn’t as ready as I’d like. We have 7 weeks, or less (!), left and it suddenly feels really real.

The second pregnancy is different because…
I have not done any research about how to give birth naturally. And I need to! Just because I did it before, doesn’t mean I feel ready to do it again. I’m having a lot of anxious feelings about giving birth naturally again and I know it’s because I haven’t been doing any reading on the topic. With Declan’s birth, I felt ready. I knew all about the stages of labor and the tips and tricks. I had numerous positive natural birth stories fresh in my head. I had Bible verses written out. I had Ian May quotes about birth memorized. This time— I’m having some fear and my body kind of remembers the pain. I want the fear gone because fear and birth don’t belong together.

What’s New With Baby #1?  Declan – 1 year old! 
Declan is exploring the world around him and points to everything.

He has discovered how to point and it is really adorable. He points and then will talk loudly in the direction he pointed. I just know he is saying something, but not sure what. He is also taking off with walking. He will still crawl when he needs the speed, but he can easily stand up and walk. Or stand up, point, and walk towards what he wants.

With Baby #2, something I’ll do differently is…
Apparently panic about giving birth. I did not feel nervous about giving birth the first time. These next weeks I need to find some positive natural birth stories (maybe even finish writing Declan’s birth story…!) and spend some quality time getting ready to give birth. I need to remind myself of the three thoughts that helped me give birth naturally the first time.

With Baby #2, something I’ll do the same is…
I’m not sure. The closer this baby gets to arriving, the more I think bout how things will have to be different. There’s a one year old in the mix now. Flexibility may need to be high up on my mommy list.

A tough mommyhood moment this week:
Slightly battling the loneliness of being a stay at home mama. I want to be more intentional about getting together with family, even for an hour, or making play dates with friends. It makes such a difference in how our day goes when we get visitors. I need to be better about taking us outside of the house. All week long I had plans for taking us to Hobby Lobby or the library, but we didn’t make it out of the house until Friday. Friday Fieldtrip was to Target, Chipotle, and a local drive-thru ice cream shop. The field trip broke our day up really great, but was tiring for me. One stop in the future would be best.

A sweet mommyhood moment this week:
Getting the hang of being a stay at home mama. Getting a daily rhyme that works best for Declan and me. I’m loving the new routine we are on and am so thankful to be getting this time with him.  I am also trying to stay on top of keeping the house clean and easily functioning for Dillon and myself. Keeping up with the bottles being washed immediately. Keeping up with laundry. Keeping up on vacuuming. I want to get a new cleaning reputation! Katie keeps a clean house!

#PregnancyGoals for next week:

  • Gain faith about giving birth and lose the fear.

Bump Photo at 32 Weeks

Hah, so… I know I wrote about keeping a clean house and there’s a wet paper towel in my bump photo… Declan had just played in Mattie’s water bowl. There’s normally not wet paper towels just lying around. Anymore…! New cleaning rep!

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Baby #2 Pregnancy Update: Week 31

This week was a little more hectic because Declan turned one! Happy Birthday to my sweet baby boy!

I spent most of the week doing little birthday party errands here and there. Declan and I went to The Dollar Tree Store and to Michaels. It is amazing how much less time I spend shopping when I have Declan in tow. No time for browsing with a baby who doesn’t want to sit still for very long.

I learned a lesson this week about mommy expectations. I baked my sweet baby a gluten-free cake. We bought a Costco cake for everyone else, but I wanted to make Declan a cake from scratch. It was a very long, difficult process if I’m honest. There was the grocery shopping for all the specific ingredients that go into a gluten-free cake. Then the going back to the grocery store for the few items forgotten. The dishes from baking the cake. The dishes from making the frosting. The standing a lot in the kitchen. And the only good time to bake uninterrupted was after Dillon got back from work, which is kind of when I’m running on empty. It was tiring for this 8 months pregnant woman. When I finally finished the cake and it was sitting completed in the fridge, I sank into the couch next to Dillon and confessed how exhausted baking a cake made me and that I should have just bought Declan a gluten-free individually sized bundt cake. Dillon agreed. I told him something along the lines of,  I just want to be a good mom. Good moms bake cakes from scratch. He told me something along the lines of, You are a good mom. And you don’t have to bake a cake from scratch to be a good mom. He is so wise. Baking a cake from scratch is a very sweet act of love. But I’m 8 months pregnant, I’m on disability, and I’m taking care of a one year old all day long. Now is not the season in my life to take on big tasks like baking a cake from scratch. Maybe a box mix cake would be ok.

I did get a picture that I love though. And the vanilla cake made the house smell fabulous. It wasn’t all bad.

The party went great. It was a small event and we did the traditional opening of the presents and the cake smash. Declan was adorable the whole time and did so well with being the center of attention. I was slightly worried he might get overwhelmed with so much attention, but he loved it. We had the party in our backyard which helped, I think. He loves loves loves being outside so I think that kept him content.

The next two days were spent resting and regaining strength. Honestly I think from baking that darn cake!

I love my little family so much. Hah, I used to joke with Dillon that he would only have daughters and he would just have to get used to being surrounded by beautiful women. I’m starting to think maybe it will be me who will have to get used to be surrounded by handsome men!

Also– my #boymom shirt is not a baby gender reveal. I’ve been asked quite a few times, but we still are waiting to find out what baby #2 is!

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Baby #2 – Pregnancy Update: Week 30

This week of pregnancy can be defined by two words: nesting and cereal.

I’ll talk about the cereal first because that one is quick. Dillon wanted some cereal, so I bought him a big jug of milk and a box of cereal. He made it look so yummy that I proceeded to finish the box myself and go buy two more. I’ve been loving cereal this week. I can’t get too many bowls of it. Prior to this week, I haven’t had a bowl of cereal all year. Baby must like cereal.

Now for the nesting. I have been in nesting mode all week. My closet is organized. Clothes no longer worn are being donated. Clothes no longer in good shape have been tossed. Teacher work clothes that aren’t currently necessary are folded and stacked nicely out of sight. My closet consists of only clothes that I can currently wear being 30 weeks pregnant. Getting dressed in the morning has been so much easier. I have a loose capsule wardrobe. I may go in and thin it down so more just for the fun of it.

I mopped and hand scrubbed our kitchen floor. I know this may not seem like a big deal, just a basic chore that most people do. But I can count on one hand the amount of times I have mopped the kitchen floor since we bought the house 2 years ago. That’s icky, I know. The floor was pretty bad and I finally had the excited urge to clean it and scrub it and make it shiny. I put on some Billy Currington music, or Alexa did for me, and just cleaned and scrubbed. The whole ordeal took four hours because I needed food and resting breaks.

The bathrooms, minus the showers, got deep cleaned this week. Showers are on my list for next week.

Dillon rented a shampooer last weekend and cleaned the carpet. It looked so much better after he finished, but it didn’t last long. Mattie, our miniature Australian Shepard, has mostly black hair and has been shedding a lot. You can tell where she has been in the house by spotting her hair on the carpet. Normally we let it go for a few days or a week, but not this week. I’ve been vacuuming the house everyday to keep up with Mattie’s shedding. I love looking at clean carpet.

I’ve finally hung up pictures that have been resting on the floor against the wall for quite a while.

The kitchen has been DIRTY DISH FREE every single night this week. I wash every dish by hand and place them in the dishwasher to dry. Normally the dishes stay there for a while, but I’m happy to say the dishwasher has been emptied each night and every dish has got to spend the night its happy little home.

I’ve done about eight loads of laundry this week.

I can’t look around our home and not think about what I want to do with small spaces. I am ready to make this house the perfect welcome nest for Baby #2. Last year, when I nested during Declan’s pregnancy, I went out to Michaels and bought a huge cart full of fall decorations and stuck them up around the house.

This year, I have already put all those fall decorations back out (or… some of them may have been out all year…) so I can really focus in on the cleaning portion of nesting. I want my home clean, clean, clean.

Since I got put on disability very early in this pregnancy, I have a lot more time to focus on nesting and I want to make the most of it. I am creating a weekly cleaning schedule that will hopefully allow our home to stay at a decent level of clean continuously.

This week was also Dillon’s first week at a great new job. I’m so proud of him and this job is a huge, God’s-perfect-timing blessing for our little growing family.

This week was also Declan’s last week of daycare, so I have had the house to myself which of course makes cleaning easier.

This is Declan’s last week of daycare because we decided it would be best for him to stay home with me. I started to get really unhappy thinking about him being in daycare now that I’m at home. It was important that I let my body rest and recover from getting so sick, so I took three weeks guilt free to do that. I am now ready to take on the role of being a full time pregnant, stay-at-home mommy. With maybe the occasional day of daycare. Declan really likes playing with other kids. Mommy is fun, but he loves playing with his daycare friends, mostly 2 -3 year olds. One little girl there loves him so much I know she will be heartbroken when he doesn’t come on Monday. Each time I come to pick him up, she is standing in the background with her sad big eyes looking straight at me. She must like to think of herself as his mommy.

I am really happy with how our home is starting to look. I want to maintain this level of clean and never fall into the ick level of dirty in any room. I’d love any suggestions for creating a cleaning routine!

I have also done a lot of resting still this week. Dillon is so sweet and makes sure to remind me to take it easy. I have no doubt he loves coming home to a clean house, but he’d rather me feel good than have a dishes free kitchen.  In between the chores I make sure to listen to my body. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are thankfully built in resting periods. I’ve become a really slow eater (except when baby Declan is around and wants all my food) so each mealtime gives me the opportunity to rest and enjoy some TV time.

Week 30 of pregnancy was crazy productive. And now only 9 weeks left before we become a family of five! Mattie is a family member, of course.

Bump Photo of Week 30:


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Baby #2 Pregnancy Update: Week 29

Due Date:  December 1st

Gender: Waiting to be surprised!

Eating/Craving: Dillon found these gluten-free ice cream cones the other day and he bought me some mint chocolate chip ice cream to go along with them. So I’ve been having lots of mint chip ice cream cones. My sister and I used to eat them like crazy growing up and it’s been fun reliving the past a little bit. Also, mint is supposedly harmful to mama’s milk supply, so I went without mint anything while breastfeeding Declan. I am going to soak up all the minty things before this next baby gets here.

Mama Physically:
Feeling great! Lots of resting and lots of naps. I’m back to going on daily walks, back to cleaning the house, and back to normal speed. Well, normal 7 months pregnant speed.

Mama Emotionally:
I went to pre-register at the hospital the other day, and there was a mommy getting ready to go home with her newborn baby and I lost it. Joyful tears came out of nowhere and I was flooded with happy memories of bringing Declan home and just in awe that God has blessed us again and that we’re going to get to bring home another tiny little baby.

The second pregnancy is different because…
This baby is more of a ninja. Declan moved a good amount, but this little nugget gets aggressive! At nighttime while I’m reading in bed, this baby wakes up and gets to moving! Sometimes slightly painful jabs. But I am in no way complaining, I am loving feeling the elbows and knees and feet. Keep the kicks coming sweet baby. Keep growing strong.

What’s New With Baby #1?  Declan – 11 months old
Declan has begun to make this stink face. A face he makes when he’s upset. It’s really cute and ugly. He bites his teeth down into a big underbite, kind of makes his mouth go sideways, and squints his eyes closed. Sometimes there’s sound effects as he tries to express himself. It usually happens when he is not so happy about something. I have to get this face captured on film.

With Baby #2, something I’ll do differently is…
These pregnancy updates! With Declan, I didn’t do any kind of weekly updates. I’m loving the updates because my world seems busier now and it gives me a chance to direct all my attention to this pregnancy before it flashes by me.

With Baby #2, something I’ll do the same is…
I can’t think of a same, so I’m putting another different. Last time the hospital asked if we wanted newborn photos done, and Dillon and I went to our first reaction of, are they free? How much are they? Anyway, we passed on having the hospital take photos because I didn’t want to deal with paying for them or getting ready or having another interruption. With this baby however, I was reading the paperwork for the photos when I pre-registered this week, and they say it only takes 20 minutes and that we are under no obligation to buy the photos. So I think I will take them up on it this time. I’m not sure how much time I’ll have to take photos and I want to make sure to at least get a couple good ones at the hospital.

Bump Photo at 29 Weeks

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Declan’s 1st Birthday Invitations

My baby boy is almost one year old! Definitely a reason to send out invitations in the mail. I love sending and receiving invitations in the mail. Old school. Romantic.

Since Declan is an October baby, we are having a pumpkin themed party. I found the cutest Our Little Pumpkin Is Turning One invitations on a few websites. They would have been ideal had they not been $2-something per invite. So, Costco wins again at around 69 cents an invite! They didn’t have any that specifically featured a pumpkin, but Declan made it cute enough.

So far for his party we have sent out the invites and froze some tri-tips and chicken that were on sale. I better get to prepping cute decorations and figuring out all the little details. I don’t expect a Pinterest perfect party, but I’d like to make it special for my little pumpkin.

Any tips for a first birthday party or ideas on what makes a child’s birthday party enjoyable for everyone? 


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Baby #2 Pregnancy Update – Weeks 27-28

Due Date:  December 1st

Gender: Waiting to be surprised, but mama’s instincts say boy.

Eating/Craving: Drinking Pedialyte. Eating lots of ground beef patties and potatoes and bananas and other plain jane foods. I finally got my appetite back after being consistently sick for a week, but I stuck with mostly neutral foods seasoned with only salt and pepper.

Mama Physically:
Much better. I mentioned last week how I had lost 7 pounds in less than a week from being sick so frequently, but I am thrilled to report I have gained all that weight back plus a pound!!! I’m pretty small to begin with, so losing that much weight during my 7 month of pregnancy was scary. I have sung praises to Jesus each time I step on the scale and see the numbers rise up. Hallelujah! Also, the Braxton-Hicks contractions have faded for the most part. The random cramping has faded. My body is still recovering from week 26. I’m pretty sleepy still and taking naps whenever I can.

Mama Emotionally:
Oh man, I have been so thankful to get on the other side of that sickness. I’m still not 100% but I can make Declan dinner again! And change his diaper! Doing small tasks like those made me so happy after having to need Dillon to do all the work around the house for a week. I am thankful, thankful, thankful my health is getting better.

The second pregnancy is different because…
My doctor was on vacation when I was getting really sick, but I made an appointment to see her for a follow-up as soon as she returned. She talked with me for about 3 minutes about what had been going on and then she put me on disability from work. So as of 28 weeks pregnant, I have stopped working. The plan was to work until at least 36 weeks.  I am still figuring out how to process it all. I know it is most important for me to take my health seriously and that my health is directly related to baby’s health. I know that work stress was too much for me to handle, despite my best efforts. But I had already taught for 2.5 weeks. I had already fallen in love with my students. We were 8 chapters deep into Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. We had become a family. And then the leader of the family had to leave. And I miss them. I miss being Mrs. Mowdy. I was loving 4th grade and my students. My body was not loving it though, my body couldn’t handle everything I was demanding it do. I was breaking under the stress and I know it’s best for me to be off work. It was really scary getting hooked up to IV fluids and going to the hospital with contractions at 26 weeks worrying, is the baby coming right now? 

But being taken off work is an adjustment so I am looking for my new groove.

What’s New With Baby #1?  Declan – 11 months old
Declan is doing great. Sleeping great. Eating great. Playing great. He is such a good baby. He is currently still going to the in-home daycare we found for him when I went back to work. Even though I’ve been off work, he has still been going most days. My doctor told me to couch potato it for at least 2 weeks and that is nearly impossible to accomplish with an 11 month old. This time of rest has been very healing for me.

A tough mommyhood moment this week:
Battling small amounts of guilt about dropping Declan off at daycare now that I am off work. With the new baby coming in just a few short months I want to enjoy Declan as much as I can, and admitting I need extra help just to rest is tough.

A sweet mommyhood moment this week:
Declan’s hair sticks straight up in the back. We’ve had strangers joke with us asking if he stuck his finger into an electrical socket. Another has stated jokingly how Declan has a serious case of bedhead. Dillon and I just love his hair. Most people comment on it right away and it always leaves them smiling. I love it. It makes me smile, too.

#PregnancyGoals for next week:

  • Keep gaining weight!!!
  • Stay as stress free as possible.
  • Come up with solid goals for before baby arrives — I have a lot of free time to fill now

Bump Photo at 27-28 Weeks
To escape the heat and get some beach therapy, we took off during the week to California’s central coast. It’s only a few hours away. We stayed in our little trailer for two nights. It was amazing to wear Uggs and a beanie. I got to put socks on Declan for the first in months and his little feet were so cute in socks! I’ve missed him in socks. I am so so so so so ready for summer and the heat to be over. This pregnant mama wants lots of hot chocolate, snuggling, blankets, and Ugg wearing.

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Baby #2 – Pregnancy Update Week 26

This post is over a week late because Week 26 was difficult.

My body broke. The juggling of family life and teacher life and pregnancy life and new mom life and wife life became way too much. I dropped all the life balls. I had ignored signs my body was giving me for a few weeks to slow down and I paid the consequences.

During week 26, all those warning signs my body was giving me became hugely exacerbated.  I was severely bathroom sick and getting dehydrated very quickly. I couldn’t keep or get food in me. I was up all night getting sick for about 5 nights. I was sick all throughout the day. Because I was diagnosed with celiac disease (the gluten-free thing) 8 years ago, I am no stranger to bathroom sickness. But none of my normal remedies were helping in the slightest. I just kept getting worse and worse. I’ll skip all the icky details, but it was severe and scary. I went to the doctor after being sick for two days nonstop and he insisted I take off work for the next week and got me hooked up to two bags of IV fluid, the sugar water or gateraid in a bag as the nurse called it.

Later that night, I was still really dehydrated and started to get contractions. The doctor had said if anything got worse to go to the birth center. Having contractions seemed worse, so Dillon and I went to the hospital around 3 AM to check out what was going on. I got another bag of IV fluids and the contractions lessened. Once a test for preterm labor came back negative,  I was discharged from the hospital and told to feel better soon.

But I didn’t start to feel better soon. Whatever I had stayed strong for the next three days. I had now lost seven pounds. I continued doing a lot of talking with God for wisdom and guidance through this storm. I kept reminding myself that God has already seen me through this and that He has a plan for this baby and my life and whatever comes our way, He’ll lead us through it. That gave me the energy and peace I needed to stay strong during this flareup of sickness.

The doctor also prescribed me an antibiotic incase I had a bad bacteria living in my gut. I’m normally not fond of antibiotics, but I started the dosage and saw slow but steady results. Family came by to help play with Declan and clean and run errands for me so I could just sleep and rest. All of that resting nonstop has allowed for me to now be on the uphill and for many reasons, I am starting to regain my energy, strength, and weight. Thank you, family! Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, God!

Week 26 was a long week. I learned and relearned a lot of lessons that week. Two of them being

  1. Stress is a real thing and can unleash havoc on my body. My body is already under a huge amount of pressure to create a human life (again! so soon!) and I need to respect the hard work my body is doing by taking extra care of it.
  2. Each day my body is healthy is a precious gift from God. Don’t waste healthy days being lazy. Don’t procrastinate or waste time. Being stuck in bed made me long to clean the counters or vacuum or sew or cook or travel. Being healthy is a gift and I need to use that energy for good while I have it.

Hospital Bump Photo at 26 weeks: 

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The Summer of Pancakes, Moana, and Naps

The Mowdy family had a slow, sweet summer of 2017. Slow and sweet like maple syrup being poured onto pancakes. 2017 is the summer where Dillon and I both got to stay home. It’s the summer we sleep trained our 9 month old. It’s the summer we memorized the song lyrics to Moana. It’s the summer we started to figure out a balance to being parents, being married, and being ourselves again.


My husband is the main chef in the family. We used to tag-team it really well in the kitchen. He handled the protein and I handled the sides. Then I got pregnant with Declan and couldn’t handle any smells, so Dillon stepped up and took on more tasks in the kitchen. After having Declan, I was usually stuck to the couch breastfeeding, so Dillon continued in his role as the family’s main chef. I had started to migrate my way back into the kitchen more when I got pregnant with Baby #2 but the first trimester nausea and strong sense of smell had me stepping right back out of the kitchen.

One day I know I will be more active again in the kitchen. I still am in there a lot (#dishes…) and make most of my meals, but Dillon has spoiled me this summer with pancake breakfasts. Some bacon, some potatoes and bell peppers, fried eggs, a side of fresh fruit, and a big stack of gluten-free pancakes with butter and maple syrup.

I’m now really hungry and wanting breakfast food.


We first saw Moana as a family during a vacation to the beach. A beach college town near the coast of California still has a wonderful drive-in movie theater. Declan was about 3 months old, so our family outings were limited but we knew we could handle a drive-in movie with a baby who still mostly slept all day. We stopped and got a gluten-free pizza on the way from a popular pizza place in town that thankfully does large gluten-free pizzas. Most places just do individual size for gluten-free.

The movie night was not as magical as I would have thought. Declan spit up badly for the first time and the whole truck smelled like baby vomit. The pizza had gotten a little cold by the time I was done changing Delcan, breastfeeding Declan, and trying to bounce him in the front seat to go to sleep. I was nervous the other cars were wondering who brought that fussy baby, but Dillon assured me they wouldn’t be able to hear him. Pretty soon after having mommy bounce him and pat his back Declan fell into a deep sleep right on my chest. He normally napped on me, but without the drama first. I remember feeling like a mom because I got my crying baby to fall asleep.

The movie Moana playing in the background during the baby spit-up and the baby crying and the diaper changing was so calming. Probably all the blue on the screen during most scenes.

I ended up falling asleep before the movie ended. Moana and Maui were headed to the island when I feel asleep and when I woke up the credits were rolling. Dillon knows to not wake a sleeping mommy. It was some of the best sleep I got the first few months after Declan was born. Belly full of pizza, pretty songs playing in the background, and my baby in a hard earned deep sleep on my chest.

About two months ago Netflix added Moana! I was thrilled and finally got to finish the movie. Declan is also strangely mesmerized by Moana. He ignores other TV shows or movies when the TV is on, but as soon as we play Moana, this happens…

During rough mornings where Declan wakes up at 4 AM or when one of us needs an easier time watching the baby, Moana goes on in the background and the whole room (Declan) gets calm. Thanks, Disney! It’s his favorite movie. I didn’t really want my baby to have a favorite movie, but sometimes parents need some help.


This summer is the one where Daddy and Mommy took back our nights! We were so naive about baby sleeping schedules, but after a lot of internet research and helpful baby sleep websites, we got Declan on a really great sleep schedule around 9 months old and now he sleeps from around 6 Pm to 5 AM, give or take 30 minutes either way. He also takes one two hour nap around 8 AM and a second hour long nap around 1 PM. Some days the naps vary and go longer or shorter and some days the second nap is boycotted. But overall, most days and nights are now predictable. No more keeping the baby up until 9 PM because he just doesn’t seem tired. Some nights Dillon and I have to just laugh at how lost we were in parenthood by allowing Declan to dictate his bedtime. We now know all the signs of an overtired baby. Ours gets super super super playful.

Our summer revolved around Delcan’s nap times and bedtime routine. Occasionally Declan’s naps were used as times to get quieter chores done. Mostly Declan’s nap times were used for mommy and daddy to relax. To spend time together. To take naps together. To enjoy each other again before this next baby comes and we will be faced with many new challenges, sleep deprivation being one of them.

When I was pregnant with Declan, I remember getting really annoyed that people would say things like say goodbye to sleep! But man, it is so true. Unless the parents hit the jackpot with a sleeping baby (which I’ve met a few) babies mean less sleep. Especially the first few months when babies are eating throughout the night.

Our summer naps were exactly what Dillon and I needed to prepare for this upcoming baby.

I have a feeling that pancakes, Moana, and naps will always take me back to the slow, sweet summer of 2017.


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Baby #2 – Pregnancy Update – Week 25

A short update this week. Working full time while pregnant is no joke. Each day I am taking it hour by hour. I’m trying to keep up with house chores, blogging, reading, exercising, etc. Work is important but I don’t want it to consume my life. The beginning of school is always the most hectic so I’m really hoping things slow down and become more routine soon.

Due Date:  December 1st

Gender: I think a boy. We did the ring test and it said boy. The heartbeat says boy. Brothers!

Eating/Craving: Small meals or snacks. My appetite hasn’t been very strong this week.

Mama Physically:
Praise God, I got over my cold really quickly. Normally I get a lingering cough with a cold, but this one cleared up very fast. Working all day has made me start to notice things like small amounts of swelling and also how uncomfortable my shoes are to be in all day. I got some leg cramping this week, some minor back pain, and I’m starting to feel the weight of my belly.

Mama Emotionally:
Trying to stay very grateful and focus on the positives. I had to drop Declan off at daycare in the morning (only Daddy has dropped him off before). I held back the tears as I dropped him off, but as soon as I got back in my truck I bawled for a good three minutes before driving to work. It’s strange leaving my baby but I feel really comfortable with his daycare provider. He seems totally fine when I drop him off, excited even. He is being well taken care of and it was a gift from God finding such close, reliable daycare.

The second pregnancy is different because…
I’ve started reading Pinterest lists of anything to do with a second baby. How The Second Baby Is Different. What to do before Baby #2 Arrives. How to survive with 2 under 2.  

What’s New With Baby #1?  Declan – 10 months old
Declan is teething big time right now. He is getting three top teeth at once! It has slightly affected his sleep, but nothing too terrible. Every time I see an older baby or toddler I can’t help but look at all those teeth they have! It’s strange to see Declan starting to have top teeth.

#PregnancyGoals for next week:

  • Finish up a DIY sign I’m making for over our bed before I get too big!
  • Be present with my family after work.
  • Think of middle names.

Bump Photo at 25 Weeks

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Baby #2 – Pregnancy Update – Week 24

Due Date:  December 1st – I am so excited for winter and the holidays and the cold.

Gender: It’s a surprise! But mostly likely a girl or a boy.

Eating/Craving: Homemade chicken soup and red raspberry leaf tea with honey and lemon. I caught a cold this week.

Mama Physically:
I got a sore throat Sunday night that turned into a full blown cold. I had to go back to work on Monday for teacher meetings and to set up my classroom. Tuesday was also a work day where we had teacher meetings and more time to set up our classrooms, however, I had to use one of my sick days and stay home on Tuesday. The kiddos came on Wednesday and I needed to try build up any strength and fight this cold.

Teaching requires a lot of talking, especially the first few weeks of school where routines and everything else get established. By the end of each day my voice has been gone and my body is tired.

Starting the school year 6 months pregnant and sick has been rough. I’ve been living on prayers, homemade chicken soup, and honey/lemon tea this week. A shout out to Dillon for keeping the soup and tea coming all week long! #hallelujahforhusbands 

Mama Emotionally:
Rollercoaster week of emotions. Going back to work had me in tears. I’m somewhere in between wanting to be a full time stay at home mom and being very grateful to help provide for my family and also to have a job with great medical benefits.

After work, I only get to see Declan for about 2-3 hours because he has such an early bedtime. I try to make the most of those sweet hours and get as many giggles and kisses in as I can.

The second pregnancy is different because…

People have funny reactions when they find out I’m pregnant again! Already! 

Being back at work and noticeably pregnant, I’ve gotten a lot of funny reactions from co-workers. With the first baby everyone was more, I’m not sure if gentle is the right word, but just more awwww. With the second, I’m getting a lot of friendly laughs about how close the babies will be in age. Which is totally fine, because we will need a sense of humor to get us through it all.

What’s New With Baby #1?  Declan – 10 months old
Declan can climb up the couch. He can’t climb back down and still just dives head first. Mommy and daddy are trying to teach him how to climb down correctly, but he just goes head first each time.

He is also still mostly sleeping through the night. Praise! Having a baby sleep through the night is a life game changer. I’ve been enjoying sleep again so much, it seems impossible that for nearly 8 months I got up three times a night to feed a baby. Hah, but I know I’ll soon remember… 😉

With Baby #2, something I’ll do differently is…
Buy a camera baby video monitor. With Declan, we got one of the cheapest ones possible because I didn’t think we’d really need one. And since he was in bed with us for about 8 months, we really didn’t need a monitor to hear him. But now he’s sleeping in his own room and we have the baby monitor on all night. Since it’s a super cheap monitor, it takes batteries instead of charging so we have been wasting money on batteries. We would have been better off to buy a quality one from the start.

I also want the video monitoring kind because it’s fun to see the crazy positions babies get into while sleeping or see the crazy things they start to do when they wake up.

I also imagine this baby will be taking a lot of naps in a closed room while brother is awake and playing  or we are outside with Declan, so a quality video monitor will be helpful. The cheap one we have now can’t even handle going outside the house.

With Baby #2, something I’ll do the same is…
Work until I no longer can. I started last year 8 months pregnant with Declan and this year I started 6 months pregnant. Last year I worked until 36 weeks pregnant. 36 weeks will be my goal this year as well. Pregnancy can have so many curves, it’s difficult to predict exactly when will be the right time.

A tough mommyhood moment this week:
Just being a working mommy. Being a stay-at-home mommy (for summer time) had its challenges, too.  And I’ve only been back at work for a week, but it’s tough. On the drive home from work, once I turn onto our street, I ask God to reboot my energy and give me strength to be present with my family. Work is important, especially working with kiddos, but I need to remember after a long day at work, that my family is most important. I don’t want my family to just get what’s left of me. I want to give my family the best of me.

A sweet mommyhood moment this week:
During Declan’s bedtime routine, when he’s in my lap and having his last bottle while we read bedtime stories, I can feel this other little baby kick me. I’m holding and reading to both my babies.

#PregnancyGoals for next week:

  • Take time for ME. To read, to blog, to shop. Whatever.
  • Continue eating healthy now that work has started. The first three days with kids was a blur and I know I didn’t get enough food or water to sustain me. Drinking water at work is hard, too, because I can’t just take a bathroom break when I need to. Someone has to cover my class, which usually isn’t a big deal, but still a slight hiccup.

Bump Photo at 24 Weeks

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