Thursday, June 13, 2019

Baby Updates :: 30 Weeks and Counting

“Nothing, how little so ever it be, if it is suffered for God’s sake, can pass without merit in the sight of God.” - Thomas a Kempis

Happy Feast of St. Anthony!

It's hard to believe that it has been five years today since we lost our little Anthony. After his miscarriage, I really didn't think I'd be able to have any more children, or at least not be able to carry a baby to term... Three years later we welcomed our surprise baby (shortly after getting rid of nearly all our baby stuff, of course) and here we are again, preparing to welcome yet another baby girl!

I've shared a few little updates over on Instagram, but thought I'd take a minute to transfer those pictures of her over to the blog today.

April 3rd:
On Monday we hit the halfway mark! I’m really looking forward to another peek at our baby girl next week 💗 #prayingforstrength #20weeks #dueaug19th2019 #stilldebatingbabynames

Baby's Profile at 21 Weeks

May 29th:
It’s been a rough week (see prayer requests below), but look who I got to see today! I had to pop in and share this sweet picture with you all! My doctor had some concerns at my appointment yesterday, and a followup ultrasound was scheduled for this afternoon, but everything looks good and she’s measuring in at exactly 3lbs. #28weeksandcounting

P.S. In your charity would you please offer a prayer for my Mother-in-law who has been gravely ill, for my husband who traveled to Arizona to help care for her, for our two soon-to-be First Holy Communicants (they were supposed to receive this past weekend with their class, but we decided to postpone till their dad is home again), for the repose of the soul of my Uncle Shawn who passed away early Monday morning, and for our little toddler who is currently fighting a high fever. 

Baby's Profile at 28 Weeks

June 11th:
I saw my doctor this morning for our 30 week check-up and everything is looking perfect 💗

I’m so so grateful this pregnancy is going much better than my last, that I’m able to keep food down now, and that I’m still able to walk without any issues, unlike two years ago. Thank you all for the prayers! 🌷

I haven’t done anything at all to prepare for her arrival yet - I think it’s still sinking in that another baby will be joining our family soon! - but we now have a darling gown for her and a precious little embroidered Immaculate Heart badge too!

Thank you BabyMyLove and StellaMarigoldArt


Glorious St. Anthony, you were blessed to hold the Infant Jesus in your arms. I come to you now on behalf of (mention name) who pleads for the health and safety of the child that God has graced her to conceive.

St. Anthony, guard this life God has created, and the mother God has chosen for this child. Let your gentle hand, like that of a skilled physician, aid in her delivery so that this baby will know good health and lasting happiness.

May her child be favored with the grace of holy baptism, and grow to love our lord Jesus Christ above all else in this world. Amen.

St. Anthony, Patron of Expectant Mothers, Ora Pro Nobis!


  1. Thank you for sharing. I am not on Instagram and enjoyed the update. Praying for you and your little one.

    2019-06-13 20:58:11

  2. Jessica, glad that you are feeling good. You and the baby are in my thoughts and prayers. I will add your mother-in-law as well as Grace. God Bless you and your family. May your Uncle Shawn rest in peace. Marilyn

    2019-06-13 21:01:25

  3. Jessica you and the baby will continue to be in my prayers. I will pray for your mother-in-law. Prayers for Grace's speedy recovery. Sorry about the passing of your Uncle Shawn, may he rest in peace. Marion

    2019-06-13 21:04:04

  4. It was nice to hear from you. Happy that you and the baby are doing fine. i love the sonogram photo of your baby girl. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Joan

    2019-06-13 21:06:34

  5. So thrilling, love the update. You've now prompted a question, so did you bring your baby stuff with you on the move or are you starting all over again again?

    2019-06-13 21:35:14

    1. I did pack and bring nearly all of our baby stuff! However there are some things we never replaced a couple years ago (crib, swing, etc) that I've really missed having and I'm trying to decide what we need to purchase for this baby... I borrowed a couple things as well, so those were returned before the move. A co-sleeper and/or crib are at the top of my list, I think... Our two year old still sleeps with us, or is at least back in our bed by 2am. We have never been able to get her to even stay in her PackNPlay (at 12-18 months she could literally scale the side of it and throw herself out since she is so light... so we use it as a changing table more than anything else, since that's something else that we never replaced.) She does like napping in her DockATot (we have both sizes and she uses the larger size now) and she was actually still using/loving her Moses Basket, but I moved that out of reach so she gets out of the habit before baby arrives. I actually had one of the movers ask me if he could have my DockATot and I told him no... He said "Are you really thinking you'll have more kids?!?!" I said, "No, but if I give it to you we definitely will!" ;) I was half joking, plus our little one was still using it occasionally at the time. I'm trying to decide whether to replace our double stroller... I still am upset that the fundraiser I donated all our baby stuff to a few years ago sold it for just $15!!!! (They didn't sell my crib, but when they gave it back to me it was missing a corner of the wood and all the hardware so we weren't able to use it when I tried setting it back up... oh well.)

      2019-06-14 15:47:30

  6. JMJ I'm so excited for all of you. Be assured of our prayers for Mrs. Gordon. Much love in Her Heart, Carrie

    2019-06-13 21:35:32

  7. Prayers for you and your family members, and your coming babe.

    2019-06-14 08:20:55

  8. So glad to hear baby and you are doing well. I will keep your intentions in my prayers. May God bless all of you and our Lady keep you! God bless!

    2019-06-14 13:26:34

  9. Jessica prayers for all of the intentions you asked prayers for: Our Father Hail Mary Glory Be So thankful things are going well for you and the little one. Prayers continuing. God bless y'all

    2019-06-14 23:55:28

  10. 🙏

    2019-06-17 04:19:55

  11. Debbie

    So kind of you to share these precious prenatal moments. I know this was a difficult day as you remember your precious Baby Anthony. But God is so GOOD and He blessed you with two more children. Prayers for you each day as your time draws nearer.

    2019-08-12 19:21:52


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