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I know this is my second baby but I’m determined not to suck at documenting this pregnancy. Lil’ J (formerly known as Spawnie) got a cool baby book from my pregnancy documentation and by George Leechie will too!

Don’t wanna fall behind again so let’s catch up from last week real quick.

KoolAid top: Walmart; Skinny Jeans: Ross; Snickers bar: Lil’ J’s candy tub

We went to Atlanta and Lil’ J got to “trunk-or-treat” which is like trick-or-treating but out of the trunks of cars at church. She had an absolute blast, and it was a great way to get her prepped for Halloween.

While we were in Georgia we spent a lot of time discussing baby names and we don’t agree on too many, and the ones we do agree on we LOVE. I’ll get more into this later but we want something unique-ish. Since Lil’ J has my initials and middle name, I thought it would be cool to name Leechie with my husband’s initials and/or name. We don’t exactly want a “Brian Jr.” So I suggested LaBryon if it’s a boy and we all busted out laughing. Funny thing is, the more I say it, the cooler it sounds.

18 Weeks Pregnant Updates:

Craving: Candy, particularly candy. Which is convenient given the time of the year.

Feeling: Large, but I know I’m going to get much bigger. I’ll have to compare my 18 week photo from last time but I’m certain I’m bigger. I’m well rested thanks to a nice vacation with my family, and getting pampered by my mama!

Contemplating: How I’m going to love two kids equally. I know it’s possible, and I guess it just happens, but I worry sometimes, considering all the love I’ve got bursting for Lil’ J. If it doubles then woah, I’m gonna be one gushy mom. Get ready!

Looking forward to: Ultrasound! Just a couple weeks away. Can’t wait to know that baby is healthy!

Enjoying: Feeling the kicks! Oh my goodness, that reminds me of a tidbit I forgot to add to this letter. Daddy felt baby this week! I can’t be sure he wasn’t faking like “oh yea, cool…” But baby was moving a lot, so I put my hand over where I could feel it, then put his hand there and he says he felt it too!

It may sound strange but I’d like this pregnancy to slow down a bit. I’m almost halfway there and it’s slightly terrifying. I’ll be a mom of TWO in no time!

Halloween Recap

Lil’ J had a blast trick-or-treating. My husband and I both had the night off so it was a lot of fun going around our neighborhood together. She absolutely loved walking up to the houses and saying “TRICK-OR-TREAT” then between houses she’s had us her candy pail and shake her glow stick yelling “HAPPY HALLOWEEN!” She got so many compliments in her Tiana costume and she just ate it up.

My husband didn’t want to go to any houses without some kind of Halloween decoration. What happened to houses with porch-lights being ok? I guess he felt like being extra-cautious.

I took a ton of photos as usual. I was wanting to capture a cute one that Kristi described in her Halloween photograph tutorial with Lil’ J at a door getting candy, and the light from inside shining on her face, but since all of the homes we went to had bright porch lights it didn’t have quite the same effect. I think it’s still cute though. It took a few tries, and hiding to the side of the doors like a creepy paparazzi lady but whatever.

When we got home like a good mom, I sorted her candy. Like a bad mom, I kept the good stuff for myself and only offered her the stuff I don’t like. Good thing she likes Skittles.

Happy belated Halloween!


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natalie says:

great picture as usual…but your date is wrong on the side. should be OCTOBER 29th. 🙂

Preggo brain strikes again. I was thinking it looked weird as I typed it but it didn’t stop me. Haha. Thanks ma!!

shelly says:

Could it get any cuter? Love the outfit! Hope you’re not on a sugar crash from all that candy.

AmyRyb says:

I’m pretty much at 23 weeks and I totally feel like this pregnancy needs to slow down. It drives me nuts that the first trimester, when I’m feeling crappy and fat, and have to be secretive, takes SOOOO long, and then when I finally get to the fun part with a cute belly and baby kicks (and a long to do list of preparations), things go way too fast!

kim says:

I loved the picture of your adorable daughter. LaBryon?! Please don’t, lol.

Traci says:

I craved sweets sweets and more sweets with my daughter and with my son it was fried food.

Erin Marie says:

We had names picked out for baby #3 (Cora Jean or Ethan Gerald). And then a few weeks before he was born, I didn’t like Ethan anymore. For the first 24 hours of his life, we were tossing names back and forth, pairing it with Gerald (my husband’s grandpa’s name).

I randomly threw out Adam, a name we had never considered, and we paired it with Bernell, my husband’s OTHER grandpa’s name who was born on the same day Adam was. It was perfect.

I keep telling my SIL not to fret over a name for the baby because you don’t need it until right before you leave the hospital. 🙂

But with my other two we had a name picked out. We knew the gender, so it was easier to feel close to them with a name. This baby (14 weeks right now) has had a name since two days after the positive test. I really hope it’s a girl because a boy named Rebecca Jean is just silly. 🙂

Sonia says:

I love the pic of Lil’ J! Your photography just keeps getting better.

ps… I’m on the same level with ya on the candy. We got 2 trick or treaters which meant all of the kitkats & mini nutellas were mine!!!!!

JJ says:

Cute! Wow…time is flying for you. I feel like ours went in a flash! Our baby is already 3-days old and I find myself reminiscing about being pregnant with her.

Trish says:

Aww! That is just too cute! And such a better and sweeter idea than just the plain photo and date idea. Almost makes me wish I was pregnant again to do that. lol

Doula Dianne says:

Say you have your absolute favorite pair of Nordstrom shoes and someone bought you the same ones but in a different color…I’m pretty certain you’d have enough love for both of them :0)

Okay so I’m finally stopping by to check out your super cute pic of J. Sorry so late. I’ve been in the middle of a cross country move with 4 kids and a pup. (Yes, I’m full of excuses. lol) I love the pic. You did an awesome job, Jenn. And these pregnancy updates? I love them!

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peblit says:

OMG – This stage is usually followed by unusual cravings for particular things. Sometimes, these may look weird for first-time mothers. Thank you for this documentation.

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