Baby Update!

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Time for an update! I’ve so appreciated all the well wishes from so many of you over the last several months. It’s been a busy pregnancy, as the boys have been growing and changing so much and have kept us really busy and on our toes. Things seem to finally be calming down a bit – just in time for our little girl to make her debut!

So I’m officially 36 weeks and closing in on my due date! It’s right around the corner and I think we are ready. We did the final touches on the nursery over the weekend and got things out of storage and cleaned and organized, etc.

All photos by Corey Johnson Photography.

lindsay leaning against door holding bellyFamily photo standing in greenhouseboys with their hands on Lindsay's belly

It’s hard to know just how much the boys understand about the fact that a baby is coming, but they will definitely tell you there’s a baby in my belly and we talk about it a lot. They know her name. They are into playing in her room and will even climb into her crib and lay there under a blanket we have in there. Overall I feel like they’re as aware as they can be for being 2 1/2.

How am I feeling?

So when I last shared about the pregnancy, I think I was just coming into the second trimester. The second trimester was quite good, really. Which is pretty normal. I felt pretty good, other than some heartburn. The biggest thing this whole pregnancy has really just been that it’s hard taking care of two high energy, crazy little boys while pregnant.

At this point, at 36 weeks a long, I’m feeling REALLY pregnant. Since about the last week, it’s been really quite hard to be on my feet, keeping up with the boys and doing everything I need to do for them. Just all the bending over at bath time is hard work.

But I’m trying really hard to push through it all and enjoy these last few weeks. Not only will I never be pregnant again (at least, that’s the plan), but I know that once she’s born, it’ll never be just us and the boys again. I’m trying to soak up the moments I have with them as much as I can.

One thing that has been so interesting for me with this pregnancy compared to the boys is how different the doctor’s appointments are. With the boys, because they were Mono-Di twins, we had constant appointments and ultrasounds all the time. At this point in time, we had two doctors appointments a week – one ultrasound and one NST.

With this pregnancy – I had an ultrasound at 20 weeks and not again. All my appointments since then have been like 5 minutes long and they just make sure her heartbeat sounds good, ask if I have any questions and send me on my way. I know that’s normal, but it’s just so different than my last pregnancy.

Want to hear a crazy fact? I was 35 weeks and 5 days when the boys were born, which would have been this past Friday. I’m officially farther along this time than I went with them. I had a c-section at that point because I had pretty severe preeclampsia.

Brooks giving Lindsay a kissfamily standing in doorway of greenhouse

I am hoping to do a VBAC this time around. I’m told that because I had a c-section last time, I have to go into labor on my own in order to do a VBAC. They won’t induce me or anything. So fingers are crossed that I go into labor! Currently baby is head down, but kind of off to the right into my hip a little, rather than being directly down into my pelvis. The midwife I saw at my last appointment said that should be ok, but could mean a longer labor if she doesn’t shift prior to going into labor.

I’ve been having Braxton Hicks contractions for at least month or so, so I’m hoping that’s a good sign as far as going into labor and not having to have a c-section again.

The boys are busy

So going back to the fact that having two crazy boys while pregnant has been a challenge – they have been going through some real changes lately. I mentioned that we did potty training earlier this year. Ashton picked it up quite quickly and Brooks was much more stubborn about it, which is fitting with their personalities.

We finally got through that and then at the end of July they started climbing out of their cribs constantly. It was impossible to keep them in there and a constant battle. Brooks had climbed out so much, that the front of the crib literally started coming off. So we finally made the switch to toddler beds.

Boy has that been a doozie! My goodness. Talk about never staying in bed! And these kids climb, climb, climb. At first they were all about climbing in and out of their beds and running down the halls. Then that got old (and I put a cool little latch on the door) so they started pulling everything off of their shelves. Then I took everything off the shelves and they started going in their closet and pulling everything out and playing in there. Then I put a lock on the closet and they started climbing all over their rocker. Then the rocker fell back and scared Ashton and they still wouldn’t stop climbing on it still, so I pulled it out of their room.

Brooks and Ashton posing together with Lindsay and husband in backgroundLindsay and husband standing in doorway smiling at each other

So now their shelves are empty, their closet door is locked, the rocker is gone and everything else seems to have lost it’s appeal. As of about the middle of last week, they finally just go to sleep at bedtime. It’s a dang miracle. They still have ways of dragging things out (don’t all toddlers?), but I’m not going up and down the stairs 6-8 times trying to keep them from hurting themselves or each other.

The other thing that became an issue once in toddler beds was waking up a lot in the middle of night and waking up super early – as in 5:30 am. Hello to my lack of sleep lately. So in an effort to help them fall asleep more easily at night and possibly sleep in later, we tried shortening their nap.

Well, shortly after doing that, they started waking up a bunch at night. Ashton was waking up and running out of the room as if he was scared. Bad dreams maybe? But it would be 4-5 times a night and lots of comforting – and he’d still get up at 5:30 am. They often wake the other up when one gets up, so it’s hard for anyone to get to sleep in. They’ve been better about that lately though.

Anyhow, we added a nightlight to the room, which didn’t really help, but Ashton did like having it. Finally, after about a month of being awake so much at night, we felt like maybe the boys were actually overtired. And since shortening their nap wasn’t lengthening their night sleep, we went back to letting them nap for longer. They are now napping longer than ever and finally sleeping better at night. Go figure? We can’t get them to sleep in any later, but at least a good nap helps them sleep more peacefully at night.

It’s seriously been nuts around here.

Additionally, they are getting super independent and really exerting that independence. Discipline is clearly necessary, yet a regular challenge. It’s all been quite exhausting. They are in a challenging stage, which is not really ideal given the addition of a newborn coming. It’s all been getting better over the last couple weeks, but man they are giving us a run for our money.

twins running towards Lindsay and husbandtwins hugging Lindsay and husband

And even though they are sleeping better, my pregnancy insomnia is keeping me up several hours a night so exhaustion is for real.

All that said, they are very sweet, awesome boys and we love them like crazy. We really are trying to soak up all we can with them, while also trying to get a little better routine going given all the changes they’ve been going through recently so that when the baby gets here, it’s slightly less crazy than it could be.

Fingers crossed.

Baby’s name!

So the final thing is baby girl’s name. We actually picked it long ago, back when we were about to start the IVF process and didn’t even know what was going to happen. One of my best friends had just been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and I suggested to the hubs that we might name a little girl after my friend. My friend’s middle name is McKenzie and that will be our little girl’s name.

Since that diagnoses, my friend has been through lots of treatment – two bone marrow transplants and a stem cell transplant. The most recent one was back in February. Currently she is in her third remission.

As for the middle name, if you’ve been around this blog long enough then you know that our faith is very important to us. It’s also something that is very important to my friend and watching her walk through her treatment and how her faith has carried her through so beautifully is truly inspiring. So with all that in mind, a middle name that just came naturally was “Grace”.

So our sweet little girl will be named McKenzie Grace. We are so excited to meet her!

family in field, Brooks with head of baby bellyLindsay standing in field cradling belly

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75 Comments
  1. Makayla

    Congratulations!!! I hope that you have a safe delivery and that you will have a healthy and happy sweet little bundle of joy.

  2. Julie Mcauley

    I love reading your story. I am a mother of 3 adult children and a grandmother of 5 and I can still remember all that I went thru with each pregnancy. You have a beautiful family and your faith is so inspiring. I use many of your recipes, although I must adapt them for me (a vegan and a diabetic). I appreciate the fact that you list the nutritional values at the end of each which makes adapting much easier. May God bless each of you and I look forward to hearing all about McKenzie Grace. What a wonderful name.

  3. Krista

    Gorgeous pictures, Lindsay! And you look great. Your little lady is already so loved. I hope these last weeks will be filled with some extra rest for your before she arrives! Although I am sure once she is here you will think it is so much easier with one newborn than two!!! Haha. You’ve got this!

  4. Candice

    You are just glowing! What a beautiful name, beautiful family and a very uplifting story. Thank you for making my heart skip a beat thinking about a newborn. I have 4 and the youngest is 30 so it brought back memories. God bless to you and your family and praying you will have a healthy baby girl to join the family. And an easy birth!

  5. Leah

    Absolutely gorgeous photos!! Your boys room adventures made me laugh and exhausted me just reading about them. Beautiful baby name. God bless you and your family. And I hope you will be able to Vbac too.

  6. Melissa Rosser

    Can’t wait to meet McKenzie! She’s the perfect addition to one of my favorite families! Praying everything goes smoothly for you!

  7. Connie Winter

    My first was a caesarean, then two VBACs. And we had two boys, then a girl. They’re 37, 35, and 32 now. You’ve got this! May God bless you in this stage of life and keep you safe. McKenzie Grace is a beautiful name!

  8. VICTORIA

    Lindsay those picture are wonderful and you and your family are beautiful! God’s blessings upon all of you and looking forward to news of your little girl’s arrival!

  9. Bonnie Willis

    God has blessed y’all with a beautiful family ❤️ Our twin daughters are turning “40” today, our son had just turned 3 when they were born and he would have loved a brother but he has 4 little sisters ( that he loves so much) I pray your delivery turns out so good. God Bless . 

  10. Katrina

    Beautiful pictures, beautiful update and beautiful name ❤ So very happy for you and your family! Good luck with your VBAC! I hope all goes according to plan and you have a quick and uneventful labor. Can’t wait to read the next update!

  11. shola

    Gorgeous photos and the boys are adorable. Wishing you all God’s blessing as you await the arrival of your baby girl. We are all praying for a safe delivery and God divine protection. Keep safe and enjoy

  12. Karen Simon Peterson

    What lovely pictures of you and your beautiful family. My prayers are with you, and your friend, at this wonderful time in your life. I wish you all the best and God bless.

  13. Rhonda Kirkland

    What a great blog! I love the name McKenzie. You look so beautiful and happy! Your family looks happy as well. Take a lot of deep breaths between now and the birth. Stay safe!

  14. Sarah

    What an amazing post, Lindsay- your family is beautiful, and will be even more so when McKenzie Grace is born 🙂 The name is sweet and meaningful, and the story behind it makes it even more special. Praying for you to have a safe, quick, and healthy labor and delivery <3

  15. Erin

    Awwwwww, Lindsay, this was such a sweet post!! And I adore the name McKenzie Grace–as well as the reason behind it! You look beautiful, and your little twins are so precious! Praying you’ll have a safe and healthy labor and delivery!

  16. Barbara McFarland

    Whew. Now I’m exhausted 🤣🤣 But memories of being a young Mom flooded my head as I read your message.  
    Now at 75 I watch my kids with their kids and just smile. You and they are making memories that you’ll  always have. 
    I just love the name McKenzie Grace💗
    May God bless and keep and give you all the energy you’ll be needing 💗💗

    Barbara

  17. Cate Tuten

    Love reading this happy update. And I know finally meeting McKenzie Grace will be one of the greatest joys of your life. Thank you for sharing your faith so beautifully, and what an honor to your brave friend to name your precious daughter after her!!

  18. Jodie

    Prayers for a healthy delivery and a beautiful bouncing little McKenzie Grace. Well, maybe not bouncing as you already have 2 bouncing boys .I love your blog and watching your family grow!!

  19. Char

    This is such a special time.  Wishing you health, a speedy delivery and the Lord’s blessings for your dear family.

  20. Carol

    I love reading your blogs. The boys are so adorable. Wishing you a safe delivery, a healthy baby, and a smooth transition into a family of 5. Prayers flying up for all of you.

  21. Marie Cesar

    Thank you so much for sharing! I had a VBAC with my second baby and yes I had to go into labor on my own. I also didn’t get an epidural this time around and labor progressed pretty quickly. 5 hours to be exact. Everything is going to be just fine! All the best to you and your family 🤗

  22. PATRICIA

    You have chosen such a beautiful name for your little angel. I’ll bet the boys really calm down a lot after she is born. Time is getting short and soon you will have God’s gift. Good luck and love to your beautiful family..

  23. Teija

    I love this whole post! The pictures are SO good!! *insert heart* Very excited and happy for you guys – you certainly waited long enough and have gone through enough to have your family. Keeping you in my prayers. And best of luck with the busy toddler stage – I remember it so well (we have 3) and our baby is 17. Don’t blink – I’m sure you’ve been told this 😉

  24. Alice

    Wow! Praise the LORD! For He is Good! When I first read you were having a hard time getting pregnant a lomg time ago, I prayed and prayed for you. I praised the Lord so much when you were blessed with your boys. Every time I read your posts I smile amd remember God’s goodness and blessing to you and answered prayers. I had no idea you were having a girl, bit I’m deeply happy for you guys! She is going to be a lifelong friend! I just praise the LORD so much for his abundant mercy, grace and love! I will pray for you rest and peace to fill your heart and home when you bring this beautiful girl home!😊💗🙏☝
    God continue to bless you all and keep you! In Jesus name, amen.😘

  25. Christine Jirak

    I am exhausted just reading this LOL!! 🙂 You have a beautiful family and one day, a long long time away from now you will read back on this when the kids are grown and be SO happy you wrote it. Prayers for so much happiness! I also have two boys then a girl. It is such a blessing in this life. God bless you and your family 🙂

  26. Bibiana

    This was such a lovely bright spot in my day to wake up to!

    By and far, whether I have time to tackle your recipes with my 4 year od daughter or not, we love getting an alert from your blog!

    So you sharing this part of your journey makes us feel like we’re in your kitchen catching up over cheesecake.

    Im praying you have a safe and successful VBAC, i know its not always the easiest after a c section but your family is so beautiful, and little Mckenzie will be the icing on the cake, pun intended ☺

  27. Denise

    So much excitement! I love reading about your beautiful family, life and challenges. Best wishes for a speedy labor and easy delivery. 

  28. Vicki Skonieczny

    Lindsay……beautiful blog; beautiful family and what a beautiful name you have picked for your new daughter. May God watch over you as you bring her into this world.

  29. Bryn

    Phew! Deep breaths! I remember this time in my life and just being so overwhelmingly exhausted but wanting to be extra available and involved with my first born so that she doesn’t feel left out. Best wishes to you all. Love the name, it’s beautiful

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I'm a wife and mom to twin boys, a baby girl and a sweet black lab with a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the sugar!

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“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12