2nd Baby Belly

I absolutely loved the pictures from our maternity session when I was pregnant with Jacob and his newborn session that we called the same photographer to do it again this time around. There were a couple of places we were considering and we decided on Leo Carillo Ranch in Carlsbad.  They have lots of great old buildings, rustic doors and pretty scenery.

I don’t have a whole lot of story to tell here, just pictures to share…To start it off, at our first maternity session we did this same pose holding a blue elephant that we used as part of Jacob’s weekly photos.  We recreated the same scene only replacing the blue elephant with Jacob.

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And this session was a bit more challenging than last time since we were trying to work with a 2 year old.  My mom came along to stand behind the photographer to try and direct Jacob’s attention, our photographer turned around and snapped a picture of my mom and Justin jumping around behind the scenes.


Being mom and the fact that photography is my hobby, I am always behind the camera, which means I don’t have any pictures of Jacob and I together.  So we made that happen this day.

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Thank you Terri for taking such wonderful pictures of our family!

The Second Baby Project

A while ago when we announced we were pregnant, I promised to share the story of our second round in our IVF journey…First of all, as I am typing this, I can’t believe it has been this long already, this pregnancy has flown by!  I kind of had a big awakening a couple days ago on how quickly these next few weeks are going to go.  When I was pregnant with Jacob, by this time, I already had my bag packed for the hospital, a Pediatrician lined up, I had most of my checklist completed, car seat installed, etc…So in a frantic moment I called our Pediatrician to see if there was anything I needed to do to add another child to his patient base, thankfully, since we are already established with them, I just have to give them a call when we are ready to schedule his first check-up.  I told Justin we needed to get the infant car seat back out so I can wash the cover and at least have that ready to go.  I don’t even have a checklist and I can tell you right now, it’s not going to happen, we are winging it this time around.  Although, hopefully, I’ll get my hospital bag packed before my water breaks or contractions start!

I also wanted to get this blog post done before our little guy arrives.  As I have said before, the reason I chose to share our journey is because the stories of other people who have been through this gave me comfort and strength to go down that road.  Since I’ve started this blog there are at least 3 (that I am aware of) women that I have been in touch with who are navigating their own way through IVF.  And I have been able to share stories with them, laugh with them and give them as much support as I can.  That makes me feel good, that is what it is all about. I hope there are more women out there who have found comfort & strength in our story, so I have been taking the time to write about our second go at it and you can read it here or by clicking on the Second Baby Project link at the top of the page.

Thank you for all your love, support and prayers!

A day in the life (part 3)

With the upcoming arrival of little baby brother, I thought I would do another installment of a day in the life of Jacob before he has to start sharing the spotlight on this blog.  I did the first one when he was 4 months old, and then again when he was almost 15 months old.  It is so fun to go back and look at these pictures and see how much he has grown in these past two years!

After the first of the year Jacob started two new things, preschool and soccer.  He is only going to preschool two mornings a week but he loves it.  I remember leading up to his first day how I had such mixed emotions.  I was excited at the prospect of having 4 hours two days a week to myself!  Who knew I could be so excited about going grocery shopping alone!  And being able to sit at my computer and actually get work done without Jacob trying to “help” me reply to an email or order something from Amazon.  But I was also feeling very sad, as much as I love the idea of a little break, I was also worried about missing my little guy.  For two years we have spent all day, every day together and I was a little sad about dropping him off somewhere.  Not to mention the fear of will he be okay, are his teachers responsible, how will he handle not having one on one attention, etc…But I also knew it would be so good for him to have the interaction with other kids, it gives him a chance to learn things that I may not be doing with him at home, and practice listening and following direction (especially since he doesn’t seem to be doing that with me these days…).

When I drop him off in the morning he doesn’t like it when I leave, but his teachers tell me that about a minute after I am gone, he is fine.  They have playtime outside on the playground, they have circle time where they sit on the rug and read stories, sing songs, talk about the weather, the calendar and every month is focused on a color and shape.  It is a Christian school so there is a bible lesson every week and a theme for the month.  They wash their hands and pray before snack time and lunch.  He loves his teacher and she loves him and the fact that she is learning sign language from him to add to what she already knows.  So far it has been a great experience and we already have quite the collection of all his artwork!

Soccer has been so much fun!  We actually just finished our last class last week.  It is a Mommy and Me class and it is getting a little hard for me to participate physically with my big belly in the way, so after little brother arrives and gets settled in a bit we will be starting this up again.  Soccer has been another great way for Jacob to interact with other kids and listen and follow direction (he is so good at it with everyone else, how can I get him to do this at home!! I know all you seasoned moms are laughing at me…) There were a couple occasions when daddy was able to join us so I let him participate and I brought my camera to take some pictures.  These classes are not just soccer, they are full of lots of active activities.  They practice dribbling the ball down the field and into the goal posts.

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They learn how to sit on the ball and wait their turn.

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They build towers with cones and kick the ball at them to knock them over.

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They have streamers and sing songs that have moves for the kids to jump around and dance to.

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They have a variety of sporting equipment to practice with (hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks, tennis rackets, etc…)

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There are fun games with the parachute and then they practice picking up.


Each class ends with stickers and hugs for everyone from the coach.  We can’t wait to start this up again Jacob loves it!

We still frequent the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park and the Birch Aqarium.  Jacob loves his animals and making the sounds they do.  He is really into letters and numbers right now and every time we go shopping he likes to state the number of the aisle as we go up and down.  He points to letters in the alphabet and says them.  Anytime he sees an X he thinks it is the train crossing symbol and starts saying Choo-choo and signing train.

Nap time has become kind of a struggle these days…Jacob is still an amazing sleeper during the night no matter what kind of day he had or how he is feeling.  But naps have become hit and miss for the past two months.  He will go several days (weeks) without taking a nap, then all of a sudden go back to napping for a few days, then back to not napping.  It has made for some long and tiring days for this momma, and the days that he does nap is quite the cause for celebration around here!

Jacob’s days of being an only child and the in the center of attention are numbered.  I am really trying to treasure this time with him and I am so thankful that I was able to be home with him these last two years.  I know his little brother will bring a whole nother level of love, joy, exhaustion and activity into our lives and we can’t wait!

The home stretch

31 weeks pregnant!

I’ve had two checkups since my last pregnancy update and all continues to look good!  A little over a month ago I had my gestational diabetes test and according to my doctor my results came back “perfect”.  Guess I don’t have to admit to her that the night before my test I baked a double batch of cookies 🙂  She measured my belly, weighed me, took my blood pressure and listened to the baby’s heartbeat and told me to come back in 3 weeks.  I went back two days ago and they checked everything again and all continues to be good.  Now I go every 2 weeks for a month and then weekly until he comes!  We are getting close, I can’t believe that in 2 months we will be a family of 4!

In the past month I really have started to feel more pregnant.  Before I was moving along and doing things like normally would.  But now I am feeling the extra weight of my belly, it’s getting harder and harder to bend over or get up off the ground and I am finding my energy level is declining, my back hurts and I am out of breath quicker than usual.  A couple days ago I was having some Braxton Hicks which woke me up early in the morning, but haven’t had anymore since. It’s all normal stuff, but it seems to be intensified since I am chasing a 2 year old around this time.

Speaking of our two year old, Jacob was having a discussion with grandma when she was here last and during their discussion Jacob decided that mommy has a BIG belly and grandma has a little belly.  Since grandma left he loves to point to me and say mommy BIG belly and then point to himself and say little belly.  He thinks he’s so cute…who am I kidding, of course he’s cute!

A fun thing about this point in pregnancy is I am noticing how much bigger and stronger our little guy is getting.  Instead of a kick here and there I am feeling him stretch and roll to make more room.  He still kicks me and they are starting to make me jump since there is a bit more power to his kick!  He also gets the hiccups every once in a while, but not nearly as often as Jake used to.

Here’s a picture from last week of my 30 week belly.