Finding Out About Baby #2

[ Disclosure: this post has plenty of talk about periods, pregnancy and pee sticks >.< ]

Finding out we were pregnant with this little nugget did not come as much of a surprise as last time. However, where we were when we found out was one. Typically you get to pee on the stick at home and either run to your husband or plan a cute reveal for him later on.

This did not happen for us.

Instead, we were in Ohio visiting friends while Jake was traveling back and forth to Michigan because he was in a wedding. I remember waking up Friday morning, while Jake was still in Michigan, with cramps and thinking, Either my period is here or cramping is the initial indicator to  being pregnant like it had been with Emmett. As the day progressed and there was no sign of my period I called to let Jake know. I did not let our friends know what was going on though because I honestly wanted this time around to be a secret for as long as possible.

[the day after finding out we had a little picnic in the park and some playground time!]

Saturday rolled around and Jake was back but my period was still not. The wedding was that day. We got ready to go and decided to stop at the store for a pregnancy test along the way. It felt weird for it to just be the two of us since our friends were watching Emmett and to be talking about our potential second child.

After getting back in the car we had to decide where to take the test. Two hour road trip. Think. Where do you go? The welcome center rest stop in Michigan, of course! So there I was, peeing on a stick in a rest stop restroom. We had decided that we would find out together, so I was careful to not look at the results and tried to neatly pack it in my purse so it was still lying up like the directions say to!

[grainy cell picture….but just a few hours after finding out…Jake was one of the groomsmen]

Once in the car we opened the purse and saw the “pregnant” sign together. It was special because with Emmett we both found out at exactly the same time together as well (just at home!). I think I teared up a little and Jake was just super pumped. The rest of the way we drove in a little bit of shock and happiness already talking about baby names. I also may have indulged in a delicious, greasy cheeseburger from Five Guys.

It definitely took a little while for me to remember that I was pregnant. I guess it was so surreal and I didn’t really have any symptoms right away. Plus with already having a child, I am always so distracted with taking care of him!

We ended up telling our families a week later because we were going to New Jersey to see mine and there was no way I’d be able to keep a secret like that all weekend!

Seventeen Weeks [with Baby#2]

I feel like I am already failing in terms of documenting this pregnancy as much as I did with Emmett. Here I am at 17 weeks with my first update! (also I promise I am meaning to still write about finding out about this one…I keep forgetting…can I blame mom AND pregnancy brain!?)

The Scoop on the First Trimester

 This time around I was more tired than I was with Emmett. I had some slight nausea here and there but overall I have been truly blessed in my first trimesters both times with no real morning sickness or barely any. I was hungry a bunch again but not quite as bad with Emmett. I also managed to keep my weight gain UNDER the maximum of 5 pounds which made me feel so much better about the start to this pregnancy (with Emmett I gained exactly 5). I also continued to work out and attend the YMCA for spinning and the occasional yoga class. I’ve been making it a point to eat more vegetables as well and cut down more on carbs.

I woke up at 13 weeks pregnant though with a burst of energy and maintained it for a month. I will admit that as I am writing this at 17+4, I am feeling tired. We had an intense weekend that carried through a little to Monday. I crashed at 4pm for a two hour nap yesterday and am still feeling the effects of the weekend today too! I am hoping for the energy back soon.

We chose to go with The Midwife Center again and I seriously couldn’t be more excited. They are phenomenal at what they do and are just so highly trained in birth. We have had two appointments so far and the last left us with a healthy heartbeat in the 150s! Our ultrasound is scheduled just before Valentine’s Day and my birthday.

Beginning the Second Trimester:

This is my 15/16 week photo [taken at 15+5 weeks]. It was SO cold outside!

And here is my 17/18 week photo [taken at 17+5].

A fun fact: there are 5 (or 6!) other women in our church pregnant too and one gave birth yesterday!

Hello 2017.

Did you know that Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary actually defines each year? I had no clue about this until it was shared on Sunday at church. Apparently 2016’s word was “surreal.”

If I were to actually label our last year as a growing family of almost 4, a couple words come to mind: change, ordinary, + opportunity.


We started off the year with Emmett, instead of anticipating him, were able to travel a bit (something we always talk about and make a priority), attempted to make family traditions, found out we are expecting the fourth member of our family(!!!), and began a healthier lifestyle of steady-ish workouts and more organic food.


We switched churches, something we prayed about for some time, took a course together as husband and wife about missions and also decided to stay in the states longer as we raise our family.

(If you have followed our story at all, you know that Jake and I took Emmett to Asia over a year ago and felt like God was calling us to work with the Chinese. Well let me tell you, the international ministry found us here in western PA big time. I hope to write an exciting post about that at sometime in the near future here.)


Jake and I went away alone for the first time since Emmett had been born this summer and explored Italy and Switzerland. I cried at the beginning but got over it and skyped Emmett all week long. How did he do? Oh, he was fine! He had his grandmothers doting on him and playing in his pool all week.


We decided to buy a house and are currently still looking for it. Jake built me three raised garden beds so I  could further our vegetable count this summer. I joined the YMCA and learned to spin my butt off pregnant and not pregnant.

We spent time with family at the beach in New Jersey as alone as our little family in Florida. We celebrated our FIVE year anniversary on a surprise treasure hunt created by my wonderful husband.


The beginning part of the year was spent trying to figure out why Emmett was not growing or walking. We celebrated his first steps on August 23rd and some days I even begin to forget the amazing journey we went on with him this year. Praise God for his health and mobility.


If this last year was not spectacular or held lots of heartache for you, my prayer is that this year will be one step forward and better for you. I pray you become pregnant with that baby, write the book of your dreams or restore that relationship in your family. God knows.