Bumpdate: 39 Weeks


Size of Baby: Mini watermelon
Total Weight Gain: 31 pounds
Maternity Clothes?: Obviously.
Stretch Marks? Still none.
Sleep: Sleep varies. Sometimes, I sleep the entire night through and other nights I’m up several times. I’ve been letting myself indulge guilt-free in naps these days too!

Best Moment of the Last Week: Celebrating Charlotte’s third birthday (and learning that she won’t be sharing even her own birthday with her little sister)!
Miss Anything?: Having energy and moving around easily like I used to. I feel like an old woman.

Movement: It’s clear that Amelia’s quarters are a bit cramped. She’s still moving often, but the movements aren’t as big. I also feel a lot of downward movement as she works to make her way into the world.
Food Cravings: No new cravings.
Any Food Aversions: No new aversions either.

Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: Just call me the Queen of False Labor. I have contractions all throughout the day (I’m having one right now!), but they’re just uncomfortable at this point. Sometimes, I’ll have a period in which they are five to eight minutes apart, but they never get painful. With Charlotte, I labored at home until I was five centimeters so I’m pretty familiar with what real labor pain feels like.

I ended up getting checked at my 39-week appointment given the holiday week that marks my 40th. I’m only 1 centimeter dilated, and I swear Amelia crawled back up higher away from the doctor as she was checking. So that’s a great sign!
Symptoms:  Pelvic pressure, lower and some mid-back pain, fatigue and occasional sciatic nerve pain.

Belly Button?: Still in.
Wedding Rings?: All rings are off.
Happy or Moody?: I would be lying if I said I wasn’t getting a little impatient. We’ve always told Amelia she should wait until December to get here, but learning that I’ve made virtually no progress toward real labor despite all of the false labor is annoying. But comparatively speaking, I am doing MUCH better mentally than I was last pregnancy. I feel way more positive and ready to wait until 41 weeks to deliver.
Looking Forward To: Meeting Amelia, family visiting for Thanksgiving and the holiday season!


Charlotte is obsessed with “her baby bump” lately.


Charlotte is Three!

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Dear Charlotte Girl,

You’re three! Though we’ve invested three years’ worth of time into helping you become the person you are today, it has gone by much too quickly! At the same time, we don’t reminisce about Baby Charlotte all that much. We LOVE the Charlotte that you are right now — fun-loving, sweet and almost always happy. How do you manage that for your age?!

Today, you are the most loving little girl I’ve ever met. You are happy to snuggle with your Dad and me at any point during the day. And no matter where we are or who we’re with, you must give a hug and kiss before you — or friends and family — are allowed to part ways. I think it catches people off guard, but I’m glad you don’t realize that yet.

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We also think you’re incredibly smart. You pick up things so quickly — like puzzles — and love to figure out how things work, which you no doubt picked up from your Dad. You also remember EVERYTHING. Your mind is like a steel trap, and I’m glad you’ve inherited that quality from me. It’s a good one to have!

While you have your moments, we haven’t really encountered a terrible-two-year-old. Maybe you’ll be a terrible-three-year-old. Or maybe you’ll maintain your easy-going, laid back attitude. This is what makes you so awesome, in our opinion. You’re up for anything — whether that’s eating out at a nice restaurant or staying up WAY past your bedtime. We know that we can just count on you to behave well.

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You love preschool and socializing with friends. It’s fun to see you interact with other kids your age as well as smaller children. When we see you with another baby, we have no doubt that you’ll make the most excellent big sister.

This upcoming year will bring lots of changes, but we hope that you master them with your usual sweet, go-with-the-flow nature. We can’t wait to see your personality continue to grow and emerge. You are our little ray of sunshine, and we love you to the moon and back!


Mom & Dad

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Charlotte’s Birthday Party

We celebrated Charlotte’s birthday with family on Ryan’s Baptism weekend but had a quiet party at home for a few of her friends on her birthday weekend. It was Minnie Mouse themed given our recent trip to Disney, and Charlotte loved hosting her friends, eating cake and opening presents. Thanks to everyone for spoiling her; we appreciate you all so much taking a vested interest in our daughter’s life!



On Charlotte’s actual birthday, she requested a sushi lunch after church. Who is this big girl?!


Celebrating FIVE Years!

Wow, time flies when you’re having fun. At the same time, I feel like Ryan and I have been married forever — and in a good way. It just feels as if we’ve always been together, like time before our relationship was another life entirely.

It has been a GOOD five years. I have no doubt that Ryan and I will experience many hardships along the way — and we’ve had a few in these five years — but in all honesty, being married to this man is easy. I know that a large part of that is due to God’s faithfulness to us, but it’s also because of who Ryan is as a person. If it were all hinging on me, this marriage would probably be really hard.

Ultimately, Ryan just wants me to be happy, and I see that in the way he tolerates my plans, like digging up every plant in our front and backyard and moving them. Or rehanging photos that he’s hung one or twice before somewhere else. He’s learned very quickly just to be quiet and humor me in the small things.

Yet, when it comes to bigger decisions, he is a great leader for me and our family. I’m happy to let him make those big decisions for me, trusting him completely. And he’s always happy to listen to my input.

So given all of that, like I said, it has been a great five years. And although we would have loved to celebrate with a trip somewhere — just the two of us — that’s clearly not in the cards for us this year. Instead, we enjoyed a simple date night in Indy — dinner, coffee and cake, followed up by a movie.

I love you so much, Ryan, and I thank God every day for you and our marriage. To many, many more years of easy wedded bliss!



Ryan really outdid himself on the bouquet this year!



The five year anniversary is wood. Although this wasn’t my present (new nightstands!), Ryan used Jenga to take a walk down memory lane. On each piece, he included a memory, trip or quality that he liked about me/us. It was the sweetest!


The sentimentality was off the charts this year! I gifted Ryan with our wedding vows that we wrote ourselves handwritten by a calligrapher and framed in wood. 


Bumpdate: 38 Weeks


Size of Baby: Leek

Total Weight Gain: 30 lbs — my weight is definitely holding steady at this point. I have actually grown since my last appointment and am only two weeks behind in measurements. Doctor said she’s not worried about lack of weight gain given that I’m growing — and neither am I!

Maternity Clothes?: Still in maternity clothes but daydreaming of my real clothes.
Stretch Marks? Still none.
Sleep: Remember how I was bragging about not waking up at night? Now, I’m waking up every two hours to go to the bathroom — it’s officially practice time for those nighttime feedings.

Best Moment of the Last Week: Celebrating Charlotte’s THIRD birthday!
Miss Anything?: Not being/feeling huge.

Movement: She’s definitely starting to make a break for it and push downward with her movements. So that feels great.
Food Cravings: Unfortunately, I’ve been wanting McDonald’s hot fudge ice creams this week.
Any Food Aversions: I feel like such a hypocrite saying this, but I’m actually tired of pizza. It’s hands down my favorite food! But we’ve been eating so much lately on those lazy nights when I don’t want to cook that I’m totally over it.

Gender: Girl — which we confirmed at our ultrasound last week. No surprises on delivery day!
Labor Signs: I’ve been having contractions since last Wednesday. They were pretty close together when they started out that day — averaging five to eight minutes apart — but they tapered off. Since then, I’ve been having them all throughout the day.
Symptoms: Nausea, cramping, lower back pain, mid-back pain, fatigue, pelvic pressure and pain as well as sciatic nerve pain. You should see the kinesiology tape all over my back holding me in place. #pregnancyisbeautiful

Belly Button? Still in.
Wedding Rings? All rings are off.
Happy or Moody? Still super tired.
Looking Forward To: Meeting Amelia and a week of plan-less days leading up to our due date.


Bumpdate: 37 Weeks


Because I’m measuring small, we had an ultrasound on Friday to be sure Amelia was growing well and that my fluid levels were normal. Everything checked out, and the doctor said our little girl looked “perfect!” We learned that she is head down, although she’s kind of laying on her side. The doctor also said that she’s buried up against my spine, which definitely explains why I’m experiencing some of the symptoms listed below. By their estimations, Amelia Rose is weighing in at 6 lbs, 13 oz. Keep in mind, I have three-ish weeks left — so maybe we won’t have a little peanut after all!

Size of Baby: Swiss chard
Total Weight Gain: 30 lbs
Maternity Clothes?: Of course. I feel like they’re all getting too tight too!
Stretch Marks? No — woohoo!
Sleep: My back has really been bothering me while I sleep, but we’ve amended that with a heating pad at night. And since I started sleeping with the heating pad, I haven’t even woken up to go to the bathroom at night. So yes, I’m sleeping great these days.


Best Moment of the Last Week: Getting a free weekend to get some much-needed stuff done around the house. Our dining room is Thanksgiving ready to host both of our families, and the nursery is almost ready to show off!
Miss Anything?: Having energy.

Movement: Despite her cramped quarters, she’s still pretty active. She’s also moving down a lot, preparing to make her way into the world!
Food Cravings: No real cravings…just putting a hurt on that Halloween candy. Sorry, Charlotte.
Any Food Aversions: Nothing new here either.

Charlotte with her baby bump.

Charlotte with her baby bump.

Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: My Braxton Hicks have gotten a lot stronger. There are definitely times when I’ll have several contractions within minutes of one another. But now that I know what real labor contractions feel like, I know that these are just practice pangs. I’ve asked that the doctor not check me for progress until I’m 39 weeks. So far, it’s TOTALLY better not knowing whether I’m dilated/effaced/etc.
Symptoms: Ugh, what am I NOT experiencing these days?! Nausea, cramping, lower back pain, mid-back pain, fatigue, pelvic pressure and pain as well as sciatic nerve pain.

Belly Button? Still in.
Wedding Rings? All rings are off.
Happy or Moody? Tired. Just tired.
Looking Forward To: I think from here on out these are just going to be meeting Amelia! There are still a few more small things to do before she gets here, but we’re a lot more ready now than we were a few days ago!



Bumpdate: 36 Weeks


Size of Baby: Head of romaine lettuce
Total Weight Gain: 30 pounds — and measuring at 33 weeks. Given that I’m now three weeks behind on my measurements, the doctor has ordered an ultrasound for this Friday. We definitely have mixed emotions about this. While it’s great that we get to see her again and find out how she’s positioned, the doctor is concerned about her size as well as my amniotic fluid levels. Her hope — as well as ours — is that Amelia is simply “hiding,” i.e. all tucked up and that’s why she feels/measures so small. So please keep us in your prayers Friday morning if you think of it!
Maternity Clothes?: Obviously.
Stretch Marks? Still none.
Sleep: Still sleeping pretty well for being 36 weeks! I do wake up with a sore back every morning and have my moments of restlessness either before bed or after I’ve gotten up to go to the bathroom, but it’s nothing to what I’m sure other women go through.


Best Moment of the Last Two Weeks: There has been lots of celebrating in the past few weeks: Ryan’s birthday, home for my Mom’s birthday, our fifth anniversary, Ryan’s baptism and Charlotte’s family birthday party. All of this partying has made the time pass quite quickly, but more importantly, it has called for sweet, sweet family time.
Miss Anything?: With all of the celebrating that’s happened in the past few weeks, I’m definitely missing wine again.

Movement: There was a two-day period during which Amelia’s movements were not as frequent as they had been. But since then, she’s picked back up. Shew!
Food Cravings: Nothing new here, really.
Any Food Aversions: Same food aversions too.


Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks contractions are growing stronger and more frequent. We went trick-or-treating the other night, and they really kicked into high gear. I was also SO SORE the day after — in my pelvis, back and legs.
Symptoms: Extreme fatigue, mild cramping, mid-back pain as well as pelvic pressure and soreness. A few weeks ago, my heartburn got EXTREMELY bad. So far this pregnancy, Tums have helped clear that up, but it was not doing the trick anymore. I was eating them morning, noon and night. Finally, I called the doctor and made the switch to Prilosec. Total life saver!

Belly Button? Still in.
Wedding Rings? All rings are off.
Happy or Moody? I would say I’m more happy than moody. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m pretty apathetic about most things. But what I’ve noticed mostly in the last few weeks is a change in my mental/emotional outlook. I was so over pregnancy a few weeks ago, and now I feel much better about having four-ish weeks left. I would say that’s a definite difference between this time and last time. Honestly, I’d rather be in physical pain than be in a funk mentally and emotionally.
Looking Forward To: Meeting Amelia! We completed our hospital tour a week ago, and now that I know where it’s all going to go down, I’ve been able to visualize the experience a lot more. I’m also able to identify parts of her body, and that’s helped to bring us closer together.

I can’t find my 36 week photo from the last pregnancy — sorry to my two or three readers!

Happy Birthday to The Man!

Two weeks ago, we celebrated our king of the castle with a three-day celebration. Ryan has the great fortune of being born near a bank holiday so we like to make his birthday a drawn out affair.

We kicked off the festivities Sunday night with Ryan’s parents at Bru Burger…


On Monday — Columbus Day — we spent the morning at Stuckey Farm picking apples and pumpkins. Spending the day at a pumpkin patch has become sort of an annual tradition for Ryan’s birthday weekend. I’m not sure it’s the highlight of his weekend, but his birthday isn’t really about him, is it? Oh wait…

She quickly became an apple picking pro.

She quickly became an apple picking pro.









I think there's a picture of two of me  from college in the exact same pose. Must be hereditary.

I think there’s a picture or two of me from college in the exact same pose. Must be hereditary.

Pumpkin hugger.

Pumpkin hugger.

The literal fruits of our labor.

The literal fruits of our labor.


Finally, Ryan and I capped off his birthday extravaganza with a dinner date for two. We already know how precious this time will be in the months ahead as we’re looking back to a simpler life!


I’m so thankful for Ryan’s life. He is evidence to me of God’s grace, a blessing that I’ve done nothing to deserve and has lavished even further fortune on me. His dedication as a husband and father is unmatched, and I don’t know what I would do without him. He’s my perfect partner, and I’m glad that I get to celebrate all of his days with him!