Those Last Firsts

When J and I got married we knew we wanted to start trying for a baby right away. We wanted a family but we weren’t sure how many children we wanted yet. I was pretty set on having a large family while J was set on just two or three. I think it’s evident who won that battle!

I was excited about first seeing those red lines pop up on that first positive pregnancy test. And hear our baby’s heartbeat for the very first time. Feel the soft kicks and nudges in the second trimester, and the harder more pronounced movements in the third. Holding that sweet baby for the first time and taking in every smell, yawn and adorable face she made…. so on and so forth. What I didn’t anticipate was how I would feel experiencing our last firsts.

Baby Bear will be our last baby, with that comes a lot of last firsts. The last time I would tear up seeing those red lines pop up on the first test I took. The last time I would hear his heartbeat for the first time. The last time I would feel his first kicks and nudges. The last time I would have a pronounced bump for the first time. I didn’t realize how excited and how devastated all of those things would make me feel. Bear is going to be the last baby I hold for the first time, the last baby I smell and touch and kiss for the first time. He will be the last baby I see smile for the first time, hear giggle for the first time, crawl and walk and talk for the first time.

There will continue to be firsts, some that I have yet to experience. But in this period of my life, I’ll be saying goodbye to the pregnancy first, and soon after the new baby firsts, then the toddler firsts. I’m not sure where life is going to lead us, or what crazy adventures we’ll have as these babies grow and mature… all I know is that I will always look back and treasure all of the firsts from these stages.

Something I’ve learned after having several babies is that you become so busy with the mundane day to day, the cooking and the cleaning, the kissing boo-boos and reading board books that you don’t realize how fast the time goes by. You don’t realize how quickly those firsts will fly by and you learn to appreciate them just a bit more. So mommas, take a moment to treasure those moments, even if you have to take a trip down memory lane to reminisce those magical moments.

Baby #4 – 28 & 30 Weeks Update

I’m behind! AH! So, when I was 26 weeks (which you’ll notice that update is missing as well), I came down with a stomach bug. It was AWFUL. I’ve never been so sick in my life, pregnancy makes tummy bugs terrible. So we didn’t even get a photo that week. I am going to share my 28 week photo and my 30 week photo (from this week!) and just give an update for this week. Poor Bear just isn’t getting all the photos and updates like the other kiddos did. Sorry buddy!

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How far along? 30 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 3lbs


Maternity clothes? Yep. With some LLR thrown in as well.

Stretch marks? Same old ones I’ve had since Boogie!

Sleep: I’ve been sleeping really well lately, but now that we are in the 3rd trimester I have started feeling exhausted in the afternoon. Makes me wish all three of my kids still took naps! 

Best moment this week: Bear is REALLY kicking and moving these days. I love that the kids can actually see my belly move now, Boogie is the only one that really cares, but she loves it!

Movement: See above 😉

Food cravings: Pineapple, cheerios and pomegranate seeds

Gender: Boy

Labor signs: None.

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On, they fit perfectly as of right now. 

What I miss: Being able to roll over in bed without feeling like I have a bowling ball on my chest!

What am I looking forward too: Getting my body back.

Weekly Wisdom: Psalm 71:5-6 For you are my hope, Lord GOD, my security since I was young. I depended on you since birth, when you brought me from my mother’s womb; I praise you continuously.

Milestones: Baby Bear is approximately 3 pounds!

Baby #4 – 24 Weeks Update

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How far along? 24 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 2lbs as far as I know


Maternity clothes? Yep. With some LLR thrown in as well.

Stretch marks? Same old ones I’ve had since Boogie!

Sleep: I had been sleeping well, and while I do sleep I’ve been having some CRAZY dreams so I’m not sleeping restfully.

Best moment this week: Finally feeling Baby Bear move a lot more, and J actually got to feel him once too! This took much longer this pregnancy despite having an anterior placenta every single pregnancy.

Movement: See above 😉

Food cravings: Tacos – from a very specific authentic Mexican taco truck in town. LOL!

Gender: Boy

Labor signs: None.

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On, they fit perfectly as of right now. 

What I miss: Not being so emotional. It’s so intense once I get to the middle of the second trimester. 

What am I looking forward too: Holding this sweet boy.

Weekly Wisdom: Stay gazelle intense! (We are doing the Dave Ramsey baby steps lol)

Milestones: Baby Bear is the size of an ear of corn.

Baby #4 – 22 Weeks Update

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How far along? 22 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 2lbs as far as I know


Maternity clothes? Yep. With some LLR thrown in as well.

Stretch marks? Same old ones I’ve had since Boogie!

Sleep: I have been sleeping SO well these past few days, however I think that’s because J and I worked our tails off in the front yard the other day, then moved furniture around in the living room and kitchen…. we wore ourselves out! 

Best moment this week: I’m finally feeling very distinct movement, both inside and outside! This has been the hardest part of this pregnancy, I’ve had anterior placentas every pregnancy, but it took the longest time to feel movement with this little man!

Movement: See above 😉

Food cravings: Tacos – specifically these Asian inspired ones we tried at a local restaurant in our home town last weekend… lol.

Gender: Boy

Labor signs: None.

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On and super loose! Yikes!

What I miss: Being certain. This time there are so many unknowns with us being in a new city, a new home, with different insurance and expectations…. it’s not fun not really knowing for the most part, how everything will go.

What am I looking forward too: Seeing my three littles meet their newest little.

Weekly Wisdom: Embrace the unknown.

Milestones: Baby Bear is the size of a spaghetti squash!