A few pregnancy notes + thoughts


Well if you haven’t heard the news by now, I’m expecting my 3rd child! I’m due in early May and very very excited to meet this little baby!

Since I spent the entire first trimester in secret because I couldn’t spill the beans, I thought it would be nice to have a conversational type post with you today. I’m 16 weeks now, feeling very good overall, and already starting to feel the baby move and kick a little bit (which is my favorite part of pregnancy)!

I already had a strong suspicion by the time I discovered that I was pregnant. Justin and I had been trying so I knew it was a possibility, and I started feeling off about a week before my missed cycle. When I was within the window for taking pregnancy tests, I took one and immediately saw 2 pink lines show up on the test.

I took the test in the middle of the afternoon one day while Justin was gone on a shoot for his business, Luke was napping, and David and I were hanging out downstairs. I actually took the test, laid it on the floor, and forgot about it for about 30 minutes. When I walked past the bathroom, I saw the test and quickly thought to pick it up before Justin got home. As I picked it up, I saw the news and my heart started pounding. I went and sat in a chair in our front room and prayed + rejoiced about this news. I LOVED finding out alone so I had time to really soak it in and prepare to tell Justin!

That night, we were having friends over for dinner so I decided to tell him the following day. The next day was a Sunday and we had some fun family time that evening at a park. Justin was chasing the boys around a baseball diamond and I was sitting nearby bursting at the seams with my news and imagining another little boy or girl out there with them in a few years. After the kids were in bed that evening, I set a little gift box on the kitchen counter and told Justin I picked something up for him today at Target. I had bought little baby booties and put them inside the box. He happened to get a phone call, so he sat on the phone for about 45 minutes in the same room as the HUGE NEWS waiting for him in the box while I cleaned up in the kitchen. I was dying. That phone call seemed to last forever.

When he finally said goodbye, he walked over and looked at the box. He quickly looked up at me and said, “Are you pregnant?” before he had even opened the box!! I started to cry and said yes, and he opened it up to see the little baby booties inside. It was a sweet evening together and I’m so glad I got to surprise him with the news!

I felt pretty great until about week 6 when the nausea hit BIG TIME. And then the fatigue arrived shortly afterward. Holy moly the fatigue was the worst! I could barely get off the couch. I was physically ill and suffered all-day nausea until I got on some medication from my doctor. That helped big time but the only unfortunate side effect was that the medication caused MORE FATIGUE. It was a rough few weeks, but Justin took good care of me and basically ran our household and managed the boys for about a month. I remember taking a nap on the couch from 1:00-1:20 every day that the kids were in preschool before I had to go pick them up. It was all I could do to make it through the day until dinnertime.

Thankfully sleeping at night has been consistent, I’m just finding myself feeling deeply tired upon waking up. I think that has to do with the medication that I’m hoping to ween off of soon.

We told the boys about the news when I was about 11 weeks along. We recorded telling them and it’s the sweetest video in the whole world. I watch it roughly once a week!

All my doctor’s appointments have been normal, which is a blessing, and we have the anatomy ultrasound in a few weeks. We are NOT finding out if it’s a boy or a girl! 🙂 We found out with David, and didn’t find out with Luke. It was so much fun to be surprised in the operating room with the sex of the baby (I have c-sections, so Justin got to tell me that Luke was a boy!) and I knew I had to have that experience again. There are so few surprises like that in life, and I loved doing it that way. Justin would be open to finding out but is totally fine with waiting too!

I’ll be having another c-section with this baby since I have had 2 already. I recover quickly and pretty painlessly from c-sections in my experience, and can only hope that this third one is the same.

As far as the boys’ ages, David is turning 4 in just a few short weeks, and Luke will be 3 in February. I love that they are 14 months apart, and am equally excited to have only one little baby to care for while my boys are little bit more self-sufficient at their respective ages.

I’ll share more as time goes on, but I wanted to tell you a little bit about that first trimester and finding out the wonderful news! I’ve received a few requests for maternity outfits via Instagram DM’s so I’ll be sharing a post about my favorites soon!

p.s. To see my original pregnancy announcement, check out this post!

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Comments (54)

  1. Posted November 30, 2017

    Waiting to find out the sex sounds perfect, whatever works for your fam! I love how Justin knew before you told him! 🙂

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  2. Katie says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    Kate I am sooooooo incredibly happy for you!!!!! Reading this made me teary-eyed. Even thought we’ve never met, I feel like you are one of my besties 😂! I told my husband “my favorite blogger is pregnant and I am soooo excited about it!” Cannot wait to see/hear more about your pregnancy posts and the sweet arrival of your third little one! Best wishes!!!! XOXOXO

  3. Jan says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    My kids are adults but exactly the same-my two sons are 14 mos. apart and my daughter was born when they were 3 and 4. I wasn’t sick at all with the boys but had horrible nausea with my daughter. Also had C-sections and bounced back fast. Enjoy-it really is the best time when they are little ones.

  4. Cassandra Russell says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    I loved reading this post – it was so personal and it was just everything I would want to know if one of my friends were pregnant! I can’t imagine trying to keep the news from my husband for a whole day – I would BURST. He was putting away groceries when I took the pregnancy test and found out I was pregnant with our daughter. I ran out of the bathroom crying and shaking and jumping up and down I was so excited and screaming “i’m pregnant!” Then I was in disbelief and made him drive me to the drugstore to get another test so I could take it too. I loved finding out together because I cannot keep a secret!

  5. Liz says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    Congratulations!! There is something sweet about having number 3 a little bit younger than the first two. Mine were 4 and 5 when I had my ladt baby. You get to see them learn how to “help” and love another little one. And you get to live in two different phases of life, little baby phase full of snuggles and dependency and preschool full of fun conversations and discovery.

    • Hannah says
      Posted November 30, 2017

      What a sweet view on it! I’m pregnant with #2 and they’ll be just under 2 years apart, and we want to wait a few years before having more. You just gave me even more reason to look forward to that stage as well! 🙂

  6. Judy Johnson says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    I am so happy for you and your family! I have six years between my boys and with my second pregnancy I was so sick during my first trimester that I wasn’t able to do much at all except rest on the couch. Enjoy the journey with this precious gift from God.

  7. Kate says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    Congrats again! We’re due around the same time – early May. I was pretty sick for a while too, but thankfully feel more normal now. Glad to hear you’re doing better!

  8. Heather says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    You should ask if your hospital does a clear drape at delivery with your c-section. I had it with my 2nd and it was amazing to see her the moment she came out! You don’t see anything going on, just the baby and it was so wonderful.

  9. Summer says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    Kate! I’m so happy for you! We are expecting baby number 3 in January! Such a fun season for so many families. Praying for you and your baby!!!!

  10. Agnes says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    Love to see people excited about their pregnancy. I loved being pregnant…must have bc I had 5 children. First 3 are 12-1/2 months apart…then 2 yrs, and again 2 yrs….Enjoy and remember to take care of yourself….you have a big job ahead of you….but also a wonderful one…Mine are all grown but alas I have my grandchildren to keep me going.

  11. Lindsey says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    I’m so excited for you and your family!! I was surprised for my first 2, then with my third I just wanted if I was adding more boys or finally have a little pink in my life!

    Did you mean to say that your nap was really only 1-1:20?

  12. Allie Davidson says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    I am so happy for you all! I love seeing all of your insta-stories and keeping up with you all! Best wishes!

  13. Posted November 30, 2017

    Sheesh, I’m sure that phone call felt like it was HOURS long. My husband would have tried to open the box while he was still on the phone, so at least Justin did things in the right order <3

    I'm so excited for you! Your boys will be such good helpers. I was 4 when my brother was born and just love that age difference. We weren't always up in each other's business, but now that we're adults we have such a rich friendship. I hope it's the same for your sweet 3!

  14. Megan says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    I’ve had a feeling from the beginning it is a girl!!! But 3 boys would be a lot of fun!! So happy for you!

  15. Allie says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    Congratulations!! What a wonderful blessing for you and your family! xAllie http://www.theallthatglittersblog.com

  16. Erinn says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    So happy for you and your family!
    I loved reading about how you surprised Justin – seriously the sweetest thing ever. I don’t think I’d be able to keep it a secret 😉

  17. Katie says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    So happy for you! I am 16 weeks along now with my second baby so they could possibly have the same birthday!

  18. Marah Leinbaugh says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    Hello Kate! And congratulations!! I have been a reader for a while and have overlapped a few times with you on having my kids. I have three girls, 6, 3, and 22 months. I also had c-sections with all three. I love to hear other mom’s experiences with pregnancy, delivery, and adjusting to life with a new little one. I remember you tipping me off to Camp Patton as well. Such exciting news for your family! I enjoy our blog! I like to read it with my peanut butter toast breakfast in the mornings after I’ve got my daughter off to school. Congratulations to you all!

    • Marah Leinbaugh says
      Posted November 30, 2017

      I enjoy your blog. Sorry about the typo!

  19. Abby says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    Love this! So excited for you all. I’m due the same time with my first, and have been so sick as well! Praying for you!

  20. Sara says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    Congratulations, Kate and family! So happy for you and wishing you all the best!

  21. Ashley says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    Congratulations!!! We just had our firstborn in September and did not find out the gender. It was the absolute best surprise ever! I had an emergency c-section and I remember being totally shocked to hear the doctor say, “it’s a girl!” So shocked (really thought I was having a boy) that I almost didn’t believe him until he lifted her up over the sheet of the operating table! Haha!

    Anyway, very happy and excited for you!! Praying you feel better and better everyday!

    P.S. Pinkblush maternity were probably my favorite maternity clothes. They don’t really look like maternity clothes either, so I’m still wearing some of the tops.

  22. Sarah says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    Congrats!!! My third baby just turned one and boy has it been a wild ride from two to three kids! Lol. I’m sure you will handle it with grace, just make sure to show yourself plenty! God’s blessings to you and your family!!!

  23. Anna says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    I’m so excited for your family!! Adding a new sweet baby to the house is wonderful.

  24. Posted November 30, 2017

    Congrats sweet girl! Praying for a healthy pregnancy!!

  25. Jenna says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    Are you on Diclegis? I’m 31 weeks today and only weaned myself off of it a few weeks ago. It was a GODSEND. It wasn’t available with my first, 4 years ago, and I was so miserable – Zofran just didn’t cut it. I’m having our second girl and can’t wait to meet her! Congrats on your pregnancy, Mama!!

  26. BGreen says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    Sweet and Thanks for sharing.

  27. Hannah says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    How fun! I’m due June 2, I love seeing the different influencers I follow who are close in pregnancy with me 🙂

  28. Heather says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    I have been following your blog since my first daughter (now 7!) was a baby. I couldn’t curl or style my hair for the life of me and found your amazing hair tutorials and just loved your style and stories. It is so crazy to see how much you have progressed in your carrer and life in general, now on baby #3! So happy for your you, your family, and your continued success. Keep up the great work!

  29. Ashley says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    I’m so glad you are going to share some maternity outfits in a post. I am a few weeks farther than you but this is my first baby. I was so tired and nauseous my entire first trimester also. Thank you so much for sharing your life with us! I love reading your blog!

  30. Lara says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    Did you choose to have C sections? or did you have to have one with your first?

  31. Beth says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    I got the BEST maternity clothes at….wait for it….H&M! I still have a couple items that I continue to wear & my son is 5 (gasp!).
    I have one blouse I still wear regularly, & I get compliments on it all the time.

  32. Susan Schnitzler says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    Congratulations!!! Such an exciting time. Your boys will be wonderful ages for a sweet baby!

  33. Lindsey says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    I’m due may 10 with my first and also told my husband with a gift of baby booties! So wonderful you are feeling better. Prayers and blessings for a safe, healthy pregnancy and delivery. Ps. I would LOVE maternity outfit inspiration. I’m struggling to not lose my personal style while pregnant.

  34. Leslie says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    There is NO way I could have kept the news from my husband for that long. I’m the worst and would have blurted it out the second I saw him! I’m so happy for y’all!

  35. Rachel Heatherly says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    I couldn’t love following along with your life story more than I do! Congratulations, love how you shared with Justin! Being in college, a few life stages behind, makes it really fun to follow along with you at the stage of life you are in!

  36. Alex says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    So excited for you! I’ve been following your blog for years before David was even born! And I’m due with my first May 11th so I’ve been re-reading some of your old pregnancy posts and looking forward to any new tips you have! Would love some recommendations on maternity clothes 🙂 Also how did you only nap for 20 minutes?! I would lay down for a quick nap and wake up 2 hours later!!

  37. Allicia says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    Loved reading this! It is such a fun time! My first is now 5 months old & I have to admit, I love all of your recommendations so I am a little sad we weren’t pregnant at the same time! Good luck to you!

  38. Meghan says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    Congratulations!! I’ve been reading your blog since the beginning and I love these types of posts. It’s so fun to get to hear more about you and your family!! So excited to follow your pregnancy journey.

  39. Katie D. says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    Hi Kate! Congratulations! I am pregnant with baby #2 due June 4th. I felt awful in the beginning myself. Really bad nausea, heartburn and exhaustion. I still don’t feel great but it’s not as bad. Hopefully soon I will start feeling like myself again! How do you compare how you felt with David and Luke to baby #3?

  40. Carol H says
    Posted November 30, 2017

    Finding out the gender is also a surprise in the ultrasound. For some people, planning is a necessity. To each their own, but it’s not a bad thing to find out.

    • Kate says
      Posted December 1, 2017

      I certainly don’t think it’s a bad thing to find out. We found out with David! It isn’t a right or wrong decision, but a personal choice!

      • Allicia says
        Posted December 1, 2017

        I agree, we waited to find out as well & I also had a c-section it was such a sweet experience to find out in the OR together that we had a baby boy! I totally get why some people find out, & that works for them – plus all those gender reveal ideas are fun! Not right or wrong at all – but I do encourage people to wait bc it is such a fun experience!

  41. Posted December 1, 2017

    Such an exciting story! Congratulations!

  42. Posted December 1, 2017
  43. Christina says
    Posted December 1, 2017

    I am about to pop in a month with baby no 4, and for this one i am going with a midwife. She has me on amazing supplements for all my aches and pains 😉 (the older you get, the harder it gets with each pregnancy!) and for energy she has me taking a tbsp of liquid chlorophyll in juice morning and evening. It works wonders. Just a helpful tip!

  44. Isabella says
    Posted December 3, 2017

    I like that you are not finding out the gender again, so few surprises and there is a need to manage every minute of life now.

  45. Posted December 3, 2017

    Congrats!!! We are expecting our first child (a boy!) in 2 weeks and I have loved keeping up with you and your boys on your motherhood journey!

  46. Nina says
    Posted December 6, 2017

    Congratulations!! I wish you a very happy and healthy pregnancy!

  47. Kristen says
    Posted December 6, 2017

    Congratulations Kate! I’ve followed your blog since 2011 before you had your first! I’m pregnant with my first baby also due in May! Hope you continue to be blessed with much happiness and love with your growing family!

    Kristen 🙂

  48. Veronica Coleman says
    Posted December 17, 2017

    Congratulations on your pregnancy.! What a blessing!! I wanted to ask you if you’ve heard of the “Growing Kids God’s Way” study. The secular version is sold in bookstores and is called, “On Becoming Baby Wise”. It’s a wonderful scheduling program written by a Christian doctor named Dr. Robert Bucknam. You may find it helpful (if needed) since you will have 3 little ones. It sure helped us with our boys when they were babies (2 years apart) and then again when we adopted our girls (age 3 and 7) at the time. Just a thought!
    So enjoy your blog.! Best wishes to you and your family!