My Pregnancy Journey





It has come to an end…

My pregnancy journey, that is.  May of 2022 through January of 2023 were the beginning and end of this final pregnancy chapter in my life.  I will never forget how incredibly hard this last one was.  From the jump, it was different… much more difficult than my first two.  The first two were a breeze, I felt.  Not this one… not even a little bit.  Many days spent in bed, not able to physically force myself out.  Extreme fatigue.  Couldn’t eat or drink anything (even a drop of water) without the wrath of indigestion savaging my throat and chest with fire like heat.  And the pressure… down below… and labor, delivery and recovery is for the birds!  Don’t want or need to do that again!  Done.

But the funniest thing… I’m going to miss it.  I already do.  Ok, I don’t miss the bad, but I am sure going to miss the bump… and the kicks… and the sweet little hiccups… I have missed these things every time my three babies arrived.

And it will never be again.

I will cherish the twenty seven months that I was blessed with to carry my babies in my belly.  I will hold these memories dear to my heart, even though it feels as if my heart has left my body and is in the form of my beautiful children.

They are my whole world, and not a day, hour, minute, second… will go by… without me thanking God for them.  Thank you!

** As always, all credit for these photos goes to my beautiful and talented friend, Laura Gattis.**

Oh Christmas Tree, 2016


Y’all might remember pictures of Bennett and his first tree from last year.  It was a lot easier to photograph him back then when he wasn’t so wiggly and on the move ;).  But I’m glad we got at least one that shows how much he has grown, and that I actually had the energy in my 9th month of pregnancy with Baby D No. 2 to pick out and decorate another live tree.  Yes, I have already started adding presents under the tree (I think this is part of the nesting process for me). I really am trying to get everything off my “to do” list before this baby arrives!

Here’s a picture of what I look like in real life, after a long day of chasing a very active 19 month old around all day, trying to keep my 3 dogs feeling loved and included, cooking dinner for Husband, cleaning up the house the best I can (or should I say, throwing toys into miscellaneous places where I hope Bennett will never find them again), and trying really hard to not have a mental breakdown from all the stress of construction going on in and around my house…


Yep, this is real.  Swollen, tired, fat, hair hasn’t been washed since October (just kidding, not really)…

Baby #2, I’m ready when you are… this pregnancy has been a roller coaster for sure, and now that it’s almost at the end, I’m having all kinds of mixed emotions about it.  I feel like I didn’t have the time to document, the way I did with Bennett, which kinda makes me sad.  But I guess that’s to be expected.  And I know I’m going to miss the bump when it’s gone, but right now I could not be more eager to get back into my normal clothes and start feeling good about myself again.  I have gained almost the same as when I was pregnant with Bennett but for some reason, I just feel heavier and when I look in the mirror I see myself bigger than ever!

We had our final sonogram on Friday.  It’s crazy to me, seeing a baby this developed in a pregnancy.  We didn’t have that luxury with Bennett.  I only got 2 sonograms with Bennett- one at 8 weeks and the other at 20.  With this baby we got like…7 I think?  They have been monitoring this one much closer because in the beginning I had a large hematoma which was threatening the pregnancy for quite a few weeks, now they are monitoring the size since Bennett was a decently large baby (9.3lbs) when he was born.  At the final sono they did their calculations based on measurements of the head, stomach, and legs and came up with 8.2lbs for Baby #2 as of this week.  The head is measuring at the size of the average 38 week baby.  Now, I don’t know how accurate these calculations are.  Husband keeps saying, “watch this baby come out and be like 7lbs.”.  Ummm… that would be freaking awesome!  I think my recovery will be a lot easier with a smaller baby!  Men just don’t get it, and they never will.  The anxiety we as women have while carrying, laboring, and delivering a child is something I don’t think men could even handle.  That’s why God put us in charge of this important task in the circle of life.

I pray for my babies (and Husband) every night before I fall asleep.  I still feel blessed to have been able to carry these angels in my own belly for 9 months.  I have had the pleasure of feeling every turn, kick, hiccup, stretch… wow!  That’s pretty darn cool.  And I don’t take this time for granted, but as all the mom’s who know exactly how I’m feeling right now, toward the end things just get harder.  I will be bursting with love when this baby arrives, but I will miss pregnancy again and probably crave creating another human life some day in the future.

Keep my little family in your thoughts over the next few weeks.  I feel like from here on out we are on baby watch!

Pumpkin Patch Fun at Sweetfield Farm











Y’all…  Sweetfields Farm was awesome!

There have been a lot of threads on Facebook lately with all of the fun things to do around town in Tampa for Fall.  Sweetfields was highly recommended, so we got the troops (aka awesome grandparents!!) together and drove almost an hour to get there- totally worth it!  Bennett had the best time!  He spent some quality time looking at the large variety of pumpkins, he watched 3 little piggies race, fed goats, ate fresh popped kettle corn, and had a photo op with an antique tractor.

Lucky for us, mother nature had dropped the humidity for the day so it was actually an enjoyable day for these outdoor activities.  The pictures above tell the story of the day pretty well, lots fun and adventure for our little man!  I can’t wait to Baby D No.2 to be with us next year for this!