Nesting

I am in full fledge nesting mode.  Baby Bruiser (I promise that will not be his real name, tee hee) is coming soon.  I am sneaking up on 34 weeks along, and his scheduled arrival date is World Rare Disease Day … February 28th!!  Steven is thinking he will come a tad early, but I feel like he is going to come on that very special day.

Everything is getting washed and as ready as possibly for our newest family member.  I love nesting.  Cleaning out the grudge and folding teeny tiny baby clothes is my forte.  I am really taking my time and trying not to feel anxious, just enjoying this phase and these feelings this time around.

Big Boy Whale Crib

Big Boy Whale Crib, Wylder never really used this/his crib and stayed in our room his entire life

Wylder and Buiser's Whale Room

Wylder and Buiser’s Whale Room

Ready to change some itty bitty diapers

Ready to change some itty bitty diapers

Our room, where Bruiser will nest for a long time.  Fav rocking chair and co-sleeper

Our room, where Bruiser will nest for a long time. Fav rocking chair and co-sleeper

Wylder chilln in the co-sleeper (he slet in this for a LONG time)

Wylder chilln in the co-sleeper (he slet in this for a LONG time)

Closet of Memories, and BOOKS!!

Closet of Memories, and BOOKS!!

Big brothers toys ready to play

Big brothers toys ready to play

sweet clean baby clothes

sweet clean baby clothes

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Wylder bed and collage wall

Wylder bed and collage wall

Ready for Bath Time

Ready for Bath Time

Wylder's first home bath

Wylder’s first home bath

I remember nesting JUST like this with Wylder, washing his clothes and putting them in little baggies, setting up the swing and feeling completely unprepared for what our first baby would need.  With Bruiser, I feel much more relaxed.  I feel grateful for the fact we really do not need more “stuff” and that although he has a few new goodies of his own, he will share much with his big brother.  I feel ready to accept the long list of first that Bruiser will show us, which we are unprepared for … and I cannot wait to see how his personality shines.

Moses basket so fresh and so clean clean for Bruiser

Moses basket so fresh and so clean clean for Bruiser

Wylder in the moses basket

Wylder in the moses basket

Wylder in the Basket (love.)

Wylder in the Basket (love.)

Swing is set up and ready for Bruiser

Swing is set up and ready for Bruiser

 

Wylder's first time in his swing

Wylder’s first time in his swing

I really continue to feel amazing in this last trimester.  I love to be pregnant.  It is such a gift.  I do feel more sluggish and tired with Bruiser than I did with Wylder, and I am not sure if that is because I was 28 when I had Wylder and I am rounding the corner on 33 for Bruiser.  Or maybe it is simply because it is a different Littles, but I am doing my best to keep my energy up.  I try to walk at least a few days a week and I continue to work (although it really is only “part time”).  I have had quite a few contractions (aka.  Braxton Hix) since around 25 weeks.  My doc says it is simply because my body is preparing for what it already know how to do, not a sign that he is coming early.  At my last appointment it was clear that Bruiser had dropped.  I am not exaggerating when I say my entire stomach is done about an inch (tee hee).    Although I look a ting goofy, he looks perfect at all his checkups and we just cannot wait to meet him.

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I plan to deliver at Scottsdale Shea with the same doctor that delivered Wylder.  Based on the emotions that have come with this pregnancy, I anticipate to feel a slew of emotions on the day Bruiser arrives.  My labor and delivery was very smooth with Wylder (I mostly labored at home), and he arrived only one day before his actual due date.  I am hopeful for a similar experience with this one, but will try to embrace whatever circumstances we are given.

Wylder 6lbs 9oz 19.5"long

Wylder 6lbs 9oz 19.5″long

Wylder 24 hours old

Wylder 24 hours old

To see Bruiser’s sweet face is something I only dream of now.  Will he look like his brother, is a thought that enters my head daily.  I cannot wait too hear is sweet breath, feel his soft skin and give him his baths that make him smell like Heaven on Earth, just like his brother.  We will pick and share his name after we meet him, and make our final decision on what fits him best.

After talking with some of my girlfriends, I am learning it is not an uncommon thought to wonder if you will be as good of a mother the second time around, and will your heart have so much more love?  Then I came across this on facebook and it sums up what I am doing to overcome these thoughts …

PHILIPPIANS 4

“Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything; Tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank him for his answers.  If you do this you will experience Gods peace.”

We love and miss you Wylder.  We cannot wait to meet your little brother, please continue to keep him safe.  See you in our dreams.  xoxo

Comments

  1. Cari Gallo says:

    Tears tears tears :) Gallo Love to you all. You are the BEST author! I could read what you write all the time. It is your gift!

    • Mommy and Daddy says:

      Thanks Cari, we always feel the Gallo’s love coming our way and we love sending it right back to ya. Thanks for your kind words about my writing, I am soooooo not a writer (and prob the worst speller of all spellers, tee hee)! I am often jealous of other people abilities to put their thoughts on paper so that means a lot to me. Can’t wait to see you soon! xoxo

  2. Aunt Bunny says:

    Shannon,

    You are so tiny! And Bruiser is huge! Oh, my.

    It appears that you and Steven are ready for Wylder’s little brother to make his way into your lives. I have no doubt that Wylder is going to be hanging around on the whaling boat bed keeping an eye on Bruiser for quite a while. Wylder may even decide to stick around and snuggle up to Bruiser when he transitions to the boat. Two brothers, one visible, one an angel, sharing a bed as little boys often do. Wylder may even whisper stories in Bruiser’s ear as they prepare to go to sleep. Bruiser is so lucky to have an Angel for a Big Brother to always be watching out for him.

    xoxo

    Bunny

    • Mommy and Daddy says:

      Thanks Bunny!! Not feeling so tiny these days, tee hee. I am smuggling a watermelon :). Although we miss Wylder everyday, we take some comfort in knowing he will always watching over his little brother from Heaven. Thank you for your sweet words. xoxo

  3. I’m so very excited and happy for you and Steven. I had a Mass said for Wylder last weekend, and said some very special prayers for him….I’m completely certain he is beaming with joy from up above as his “big brother” day approaches. You look amazing, Shannon! Sending you much love, my dear girl xoxoxox

  4. First of all, you can totally tell this is what you do-Your house is AMAZINGLY decorated!!! Your bed all made with Wylder sleeping in the co-sleeper at the bottom totally boggled my mind!!! haha-super mom!!!
    Also, what I am making baby Bruiser for his baby present will go perfectly in his room-that made me happy:)
    I love all your nesting-this is the best part before the best part-getting all ready!!! You did great-your house looks like a baby happy wonderland-so much love and amazing memories-this baby will nestle right in and never want to leave!
    CAn’t wait to meet him!
    xoxo ,Chelsea

    • I am not as crafty as you Chels, but I do love to organize (tee hee). Thanks for the sweet compliments. Can’t wait to have him snuggled in with us in no time. Ps. What are you making bruiser?!? Hmmm, can’t wait to see. Thanks for everything xoxo

  5. Cathy Johnson says:

    Oh Shannon! It is so exciting to see you nesting away! You are such a mama! :) You have created the perfect place to welcome Bruiser. I agree with Chelsea – he will nestle right in and never want to leave. I love how you have given him a special place to get to know Wylder and I just know that our Warrior will be watching over him every minute. Thank you so much for continuing to share your beautiful family with all of us out here and for continuing to share Wylder’s messages of love and hope. Just can’t wait to meet Bruiser, the next totally awesome Laffoon! xoxoxo

    • Thanks Cathy! We feel like it will be a snuggly and loving place
      For bruiser for sure. The “next totally awesome laffoon” (tee hee) will be here in no time. Thanks for all you love and support. Xoxo

  6. Bristelle says:

    Amazingly beautiful baby room and things! I just love it all and am so happy that Wylder will be so present in every part of Bruiser’s life. Such an incredible blessing! Love and hugs to you!

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