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Second Pregnancy: Due Date Update!

I left off exactly one month ago, just shy of 36 weeks pregnant.  And here I am, still massively pregnant and bouncing at my desk on a birthing ball on my due date!

This past month has felt fast.  I know people often feel like the end of pregnancy drags on foreveeeeeer, but it has felt much quicker to me this time – probably because we waited so late to do so much!

Here’s how things were ticking along at week 37…

37 weeks collage

Somewhere right around then I got hit with a wicked sinus infection that left me feeling really horrible for about two weeks.  I wasn’t able to take any medication to help with symptoms, so I did my best to manage with a Neti-Pot and several boxes of tissues.  It was miserable, and I couldn’t sleep for longer than 30 minutes or so at a time. 

Here I am looking sick and tired at week 38… (same sweater – oops!)

38 weeks collage

We certainly waited much longer than most people, and much longer than we did the first time, but we finally kicked it into gear and got a lot done during this final month.  Cullen still has the crib in his room, but other than that his room has been totally switched over to his “big boy room” and he absolutely loves it.  We spend so much more time in there now!

The nursery is painted, organized, and ready to go – other than the crib, of course.  Our plan is to transition Cullen out of his crib in another few months, and until then baby brother will sleep in a pack n’ play in our room (which is what Cullen did for the first few months too).  It feels really good to finally have our space feeling settled!

We also brought out the baby swing, installed the infant carseat, and got a few other things out – mostly just to get Cullen familiar with them and used to them being around (also so there wasn’t quite so much change all at once).  I’m glad we did this early, as we’ve had to teach him gentle rocking, swinging, etc. using stuffed friends like Elmo, and with some practice he’s starting to understand. 

If you had asked me how I was feeling during week 38, I would have told you that I thought this little guy was coming early – “any day now.”  I felt super crampy and uncomfortable, and by the end of the night each night I could barely walk from the couch to the kitchen to refill my raspberry leaf tea.  But clearly I was wrong, as two weeks have passed and there is no baby here!

And then week 39 hit, and I felt totally normal again!  Enormously pregnant, but “normal” for the end of pregnancy at least.

39 weeks collage

I’m laughably gigantic now, and anywhere I go, people ask me when I am due.  For whatever reason though, I am one of those people who enjoys the end of pregnancy the most.  I know a lot of people hate it and wish it away, but both times it has been my favorite part.  My belly is huge and ridiculous, the kicks and rolls are non-stop and sometimes leave me breathless, and I’m drinking at least two gallons of water a day.  But something about the end just feels so comforting to me. 

Also – look at how deceiving maternity clothes can be!  Depending on whether or not my shirt hugs my body, I fluctuate between looking simply “very pregnant” and looking like octo-mom.  Funny!

39 week arms

And that bring us to today – 40 weeks!  I am not entirely surprised to be sitting here pregnant on my due date, since big brother was fashionably six days late.  And unlike the first time, I don’t really feel any sort of anxiousness or rush.  I know he is going to be here in the next two weeks, and until he is, I’m taking it one day at a time – soaking up time with Cullen, and making sure we are as prepared as possible. 

The biggest source of anxiety to me is just not knowing how or when labor will start, and how quickly it will progress.  Now that we have Cullen in the picture, the logistics of laboring and getting to the hospital are much more complicated.  He’ll be going to his best buddy’s house, and I feel 100% comfortable with their care and our plan, but I still wish the whole WHEN and HOW weren’t so up in the air.  Despite having a horrifically long labor the first time, I’m actually hoping for a rather slow start this second time around so that we have time to get him settled, and then shift our focus to helping our new guy arrive. 

I’ve had a lot of people ask if we’ll have family here to help us afterward this time.  When Cullen was born, we ended up with a full house due to his late arrival, and we spent our first week with all three grandparents here with us.  This time we’ll be on our own for a bit, and while that sounds slightly daunting, I also think it is going to be really important – particularly for Cullen’s adjustment – to have some time together as just us four. 

My mom will be coming out in a few weeks for Cullen’s birthday, and then other family will start trickling in during the weeks after that.  Casey is hoping to get one week off from work, and possibly a second week working from home.  We have lots of friends who are eager to help with meals, playdates, and more, so while I know it will be challenging, I’m not feeling too overwhelmed (famous last words?).  We will figure it out as we go!

So that’s where we are today!  Casey had a conference call this morning and wasn’t able to snap a picture, so here is what 40 weeks looks like in all its Instagram glory…

40 weeks

I had an appointment this morning to check on my progress and talk plans with my midwife.  The good news is that I seem to be moving in the right direction (much more so than last time!), which was really encouraging.  Baby boy still seems very happy and comfortable, so I will be patient while he continues to get ready.  I opted not to do any labor-inducing extras today, and am just going to wait and see how the next few days go.  I’ve been staying really active and walking the 3-mile Greenlake loop a few times each week, so hopefully those things are helping. 

My next appointment is a week from today, and at that point (if I am still pregnant!) I’ll have an ultrasound, non-stress test, and appointment to talk about where we go from there.  If I’m still pregnant at 42 weeks, I’ll be induced.  But (knock on wood) I really don’t expect it to come down to that. 

As far as news from our camp goes, I will certainly be updating once our new guy arrives!  And I might give an update once things start rolling – we’ll see how it goes.  Last time I tweeted a bit during the beginning of labor, but I’m planning on being a lot more focused and disconnected this time.  Two years ago I felt quite a bit differently about privacy, parenting, and the internet in general – and well, live and learn, right?

I’ll still be here chattering away until that time comes!  Thank you so much for all your well wishes, support, and kind thoughts during this big time in our lives.  Here’s hoping this is my last pregnancy update for a long while!

  • Gestational age today:  40 weeks!
  • Total weight gain:  35 pounds
  • Baby clothes washed:  Everything through three months – all other clothes sorted and organized into new storage bins
  • Baby items purchased:  Newborn diapers, hospital outfit, and new pacifiers
  • Baby name contenders:  One – we are finally settled.  Thank goodness!
  • Things on my calendar:  Absolutely nothing, other than a prenatal massage tomorrow in hopes of hitting some pressure points.
  • Clothing left that fits:  Two pairs of jeans, two sweaters, and two long sleeved shirts.  Zero bras and underwear.
  • Days until due date:  Zero!
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Theresa     at 4:09 pm

Thinking of you and hoping for a smooth delivery and healthy and happy baby and momma (when he’s ready, of course)! Also, I can’t wait to learn the name!

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Janelle     at 4:09 pm

Exciting times! Wishing your family well during this big transition. I admire your calm – hope I’m like that some day. ;)

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Shari     at 4:15 pm

Wishing you the very best with this next part of your journey! :)

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Pam     at 4:27 pm

You look great Emily. Wishing you a smooth labour and delivery and can’t wait to hear about the new addition soon enough!

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Georgia     at 4:33 pm

Wishing you all the best for the next few weeks ahead, Emily! :)

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Haley S     at 4:33 pm

thinking of you and your family…wishing everyone the best!

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Sara     at 4:37 pm

Zero bras and underwear? UHOH! Hahaha.

I’m definitely feeling most anxious about the “when” this second time around as well. We have a plan for our toddler as well but, boy will I feel awful if we have to call our sitter at something like 3:00AM. Ha.

Good luck! Here’s hoping a massage helps!

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Sarah G Reply:

Emily and Sara, I want to share part of my birth story of my 2nd, in hopes of inspiring you and possibly comforting you. When I went into labor with my second, my oldest was a few months shy of 3 years old. As you can imagine, all of my angst was focused on her care and transition. Long story short: when I couldn’t get in touch with my trusted friend, my labor stopped. It had progressed to GO TIME, but within 5 minutes of realizing I couldn’t reach my friend, it slowed down to practically nothing. A few hours later, the MOMENT I talked to my friend on the phone, labor picked up right where it left off and baby arrived a few hours later. It was amazing and magical, and everyone involved had chills every time we told the story. My midwife had seen a lot of things, but she agreed there was no explanation other than my mind stopped the labor until my older child was in safe hands.

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Katie @ Peace Love & Oats     at 4:40 pm

I’m so glad you share all of this on your blog, I love watching your family grow! I’m most excited to see how Cullen enjoys being a big brother!

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Verna     at 4:50 pm

“Zero bras and underwear.” I remember those days! Hahaha!! You really look great!

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Tammy     at 4:50 pm

Thinking of you and wish you a smooth delivery and a healthy, happy baby! Love the instagram pic – it’s as though you are already smiling at him and soon he’ll be smiling back! As a side note, love the TJs tissue box in the background… us TJs fans share the joy in these little things! :) Good luck!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Totally!! :)

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Andrea     at 4:53 pm

Wishing you a safe and healthy delivery. <3

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Lee     at 5:08 pm

Good luck with everything!

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Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs     at 5:08 pm

So exciting! All the best in these last few days of your pregnancy! Can’t wait to meet the new little fella when he decides it’s time to make an appearance :)

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Amber K     at 5:10 pm

Any day now! Wishing you a safe and easy delivery. :)

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Leah     at 5:15 pm

I am so excited for you! I hope that labor and delivery go perfectly. Can’t wait to “meet” your new little one. Congrats!

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ann     at 5:20 pm

Wishing you all the best Emily!

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Jess     at 5:31 pm

I wish the best for you and your family! I hope that it all goes smoothly!

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EmilyC     at 5:31 pm

Thinking of you, hoping for some sailing the rest of the way. Can’t wait to hear the news – last time I was right there with you, now I’m living vicariously through your pregnancy :) My second and third labors and recoveries were speedier and easier so here’s hoping yours will be too. Good luck!

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EmilyC Reply:

Ugh, that should be *smooth* sailing above. And I actually read it through before posting. Sheesh!

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Emily Malone Reply:

That is very encouraging! Recovery scares me more than childbirth itself this time.

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Jill     at 5:36 pm

Here’s to a safe and smooth delivery! I just have to say, it’s such a sad statement on American society that Casey has to hope to get a week off for the birth of his son. I have a friend in Sweden, she and her partner get to share 9 months of parental leave, with full pay!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Agreed, Jill. He gets zero paternity leave, so he’ll be taking vacation time and hoping that nothing major happens that week. It’s amazing to me what is standard practice in other parts of the world! That said, his bosses/colleagues are a very nice group – many of them dads themselves – so they do their best to be accommodating and understanding.

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Ashley     at 5:38 pm

I just love this post!! You sound SO happy and so ready but at the same time very content. Thinking about you nonstop!! Wish I could be there to help. <3

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Emily Malone Reply:

Me tooooo!!! Thanks lady. :)

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Kel     at 5:55 pm

Wishing you the very best from the east coast!!

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Jen @ The Well Read Fish     at 7:11 pm

And you still look wonderful!

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Samantha     at 7:12 pm

Wishing you the best. You have it covered. :) Sam

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Angie     at 7:19 pm

I hope you have a smooth and happy delivery.

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Sara @ LovingOnTheRun     at 7:49 pm

I can’t wait to hear about the name you picked out!

You look AMAZING for 40 weeks! Praying for you and your family!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Thanks, Sara! :)

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Jess     at 8:47 pm

You look amazing! So excited for you and your family!

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Alyson     at 9:03 pm

I am sending you every positive thought, vibe, energy, etc. that I can. Hoping he emerges smoothly and soon.

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Linda     at 10:31 pm

The 9th was my husbands birthday. Made his favorite cake with is a Devils Food. Sorry you missed this day.

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Shel@PeachyPalate     at 12:37 am

Great round up of your thoughts!!! Always feels so true open and honest! Best of luck whenever the time comes x

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Cindy     at 2:26 am

Love your posts- your honesty/truths. I as well use lots of your wonderful recipes. I hope all goes smoothly for you -you must be so excited to meet your new little boy. As I write this we are expecting our first grandchild-due date is10/17. So excited! 30 years ago last month I was taking similar pics of me prior to our sons birth. Wishing you the best!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Congrats to your family!! Exciting times!

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Zinzi     at 2:30 am

Good Luck! Wishing you and the boys well!

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Beth     at 5:30 am

Good luck Emily!! Wishing you all the best – he will be here so soon!

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vks     at 5:47 am

The zero bras and underwear comment made me think of this…with Cullen did you ever get fitted for a nursing bra? I remember you writing about your battles with mastitis last time around. I had some problems with that too until I got into a properly fitting bra. Nordstrom (which is hq’d in Seattle!) is a good place to get fitted, but I bet there’s a locally owned boutique somewhere near you where they can properly fit you for a good nursing bra.

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Emily Malone Reply:

I didn’t, but I’m planning to get better bras this time for sure. I have heard Nordstrom has a good selection, and I’ll definitely ask about getting fit. I feel like the size changes so much though, no?

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vks Reply:

Get fitted after a week or two and then go back around 6 weeks (or when you feel like your supply has leveled out). You probably will be different sizes, yes. Good support is important in the first few weeks (and being squished can hinder your supply). Once you level off, you’ll probably need to go down a cup size or two to get the right support. Right now, I’m still comfortably in the bra I bought at 10 weeks (little one is almost 6 months now) and expect to be the same size for the foreseeable future. Having a properly fitted bra (not too snug, nice and supportive) really made a difference for me. I started out in a bra that was too small (I thought containment=support!) and I suffered for it. When you get fitted, the sales lady can evaluate the fit, get you in the right cup and band size, and make sure everything is in the right place. Most women, nursing or not, are in the wrong size bra. It can be pricey (especially if you’re making the leap from target to higher quality), but I know $60 or so was worth it to me to not be in pain!

Hope you have a wonderful final few days with all your boys!

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katie Reply:

This is great advice! I’m 5 months post and am thinking about getting fitted (I never have). Do you know if Nordstrom has a good variety of sizes? I have a very hard time finding the correct cup size that also fits my torso. Also, do you have a suggestion on what time of day to go?

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Leah Reply:

Good advice! Nordstrom is supposed to have the best bra fittings out there. (and it’s complimentary). They are very professional and kind there too.

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vks Reply:

My understanding from other moms I know is that the salesladies at Nordstrom are trained to properly fit you in bras (not just take measurements, but find a cup shape and style that will work with your body, etc.), having someone actually fit you will make a different versus taking some measurements and ordering online.

My personal experience with Nordstrom (in other depts) is that if they don’t have your size in stock, they can order if (they have great customer service) or tell you where you CAN get it.

I’ve been in everything from DDD to G cups and 34-40 bands since getting pregnant and giving birth, so I know it can be a challenge to find those sizes outside the boutique setting.

I live on the east coast and I go to a local boutique (Trousseau in Vienna for anyone in NoVA), and they measure and fit every bra. Even brand to brand your size can vary because of garment construction. Go get fitted ladies! You won’t be sorry! :)

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Nadine     at 6:08 am

Good luck!!!

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Erica     at 6:11 am

Thank you for sharing these updates. It is so great that you are so calm and at peace with the end of pregnancy. So many people (myself included) fail to enjoy these last days. Looking back, I wish I would have cherished them more. I made these cookies to help jump start my labor. Not sure if it was the cookies, but I went into labor the next day.
http://www.justmommies.com/pregnancy/labor-and-childbirth/labor-inducing-cookie-recipe

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Emily Malone Reply:

I am always willing to try a new cookie. :) Thanks for sharing!

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Chasity Dix     at 6:23 am

I can’t wait for your little guy to get here! I have baby fever so bad right now, but I’m hoping to run a marathon in November (my first!) so my husband and I are waiting to start trying. Until then I’m living vicariously through all of my friends (real and in the blog world) who are pregnant or just had babies. It makes me sad that it’s not standard for men to get a couple of weeks off when their wives have a baby. Crossing my fingers for you that Casey gets some time off and/or at home to help out and enjoy/endure those first few days with you, Cullen, and Baby Boy #2. Good luck with labor! :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

Thanks Chastity! Good luck with your marathon — how exciting!

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MC     at 6:23 am

You look amazing! This is such an exciting time for you and your family.

I have to ask, as someone who has never been pregnant – is this part painful? It’s just a lot of weight to be carrying around, so I’ve always wondered what the experience felt like from the mother’s POV (like not the baby kicking parts, but the actual way you feel having to move around with such a different body than before).

Looking forward to learning the new guy’s name! You will do SO well. Good luck!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Thanks, MC! I don’t know if it’s necessarily “painful” but it’s definitely a different feeling to carry this much weight — especially since so much of it is concentrated in the midsection. It is hard to get up out of chairs or off the floor, and I am usually very achey in my legs and lower back by the end of the day. The hardest part for me at this point is just having such a huge belly sticking out in front. Makes it hard to get close to things, have a toddler sit in your lap (which doesn’t exist!), sleep, etc. It’s a strange feeling for sure!

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Maryann     at 6:51 am

Haven’t commented for awhile just check in and read. Wishing you a easy delivery and a very healthy baby.
Gal from Lancaster County PA

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Stephanie     at 7:35 am

Hope you have a smooth delivery! I am due on the 31st with our first, but am already making progress, so he may come early! Who knows, I have really enjoyed my entire pregnancy, and am still enjoying and looking forward to these last few weeks (or days!).

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Ashley B.     at 7:50 am

So soon! I can’t wait to “meet” the new addition to your beautiful family! I started reading your blog shortly after Cullen was born and have enjoyed everyone of your posts. Here’s to the next journey. Good luck! :)

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jesse     at 8:21 am

so soon now, hang in there and cherish these last few days:)

http://semiweeklyeats.blogspot.com/2013/10/mother-and-child-reunion.html

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Ali     at 8:36 am

I’m so excited for you! I can’t wait to see the little guy:) Praying for a beautiful birth!

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Elizabeth     at 8:59 am

Best wishes to all of you! Sending all of you good thoughts for an easy transition to a family of four!

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Meaghan     at 9:06 am

You are positively glowing! Pregnancy becomes you. Good luck. Can’t wait to see the new little guy.

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Emily @ Life on Food     at 9:21 am

Oh goodness! I think I would just stay in PJs at this point. Best of luck in the coming days.

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Elisabeth     at 10:00 am

Best wishes to you, Casey & Cullen! I hope everything goes smoothly & can’t wait to read more details after your new little guy arrives :)

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Andrea     at 11:12 am

You look beautiful! Excited for you!

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Becca     at 12:18 pm

Sending good wishes your way!

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Lisa     at 12:27 pm

You look amazing! I always love your stories, you are very inspirational and I hope soon I will be able to refer back to all of your pregnancy posts for reference. I wish you a very healthy, safe, and easy delivery. I am looking forward to hearing what his name is.

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Ava     at 1:07 pm

For some reason I found myself reading your posts of this time when you were about to, and when you finally did give birth to Cullen. So beautiful. I am so happy for you that you get to go through that experience all over again, only now with Cullen to gush over your new one. :)

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Michelle @ The Fresh Direction     at 1:13 pm

You look great, Emily! Wishing you and your family all the best – hope everything goes smoothly for you :)

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Charity     at 4:05 pm

You are so close! I don’t normally comment but I’m a reader from Bothell/Mill Creek. I had my fist daughter 2 months after Cullen and am now home with my 3 week old 2nd daughter. It’s been fun to follow both of your pregnancies. I’m excited to hear how labor and delivery go for you this time and I sincerely hope you luck out with a much easier labor and delivery the 2nd time around! I went through a very long induction the first time and 3 1/2 hours of pushing to a 7 hour labor and 40 min of pushing. And it’s been amazing how baby number 2 has fit into our family and how much more relaxed and confident I feel this time around. Best of luck to you!!!

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Samantha     at 9:06 pm

I can’t comment on twitter…but congratulations! How exciting!

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Elisabeth     at 9:17 pm

Just saw the news on Twitter! Congratulations on Baby Boy #2!!! Can’t wait to hear more about his arrival :)

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Mum's Lounge     at 1:09 am

I just love the little info box you have left at the bottom. I think every parent to be should have something like this to keep as a memory. Congratulations on your new bundle of Joy . I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

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