It’s Almost Time

Bruiser’s big due date is approaching … February 28th World Rare Disease Day!  I have been saying since the get go that I thought his arrival would be ON the 28th, given the importance of that date and connection to his big brother … but Friday seems further away than ever.  I am just filled with too much excitement to handle it.  I am trying to just relax and enjoy these last few days of blissful pregnancy.  With a slow work schedule, I keep telling myself to enjoy the quiet and let him arrive when he is supposed to arrive … but truly I am just  toooooo excited and ready to have him in my arms.  Every morning I wake up saying, it’s a great day to have a baby isn’t it?!

Laffoon Maternity vintage-45

Steven thought this little guy would be making an early arrival this entire time, so he has thrown his papa for a loop … now leaving Steven to wonder … could he possibly even be late?  Hmmm.  Ahh, the joys of the unknown.  (ps. my doc will lat me be up to two weeks late if the baby is doing okay, YIKES!)

Laffoon Maternity bw-55

Well his big brother Wylder was due on May 16th and arrived May 15th   Although my doctor says what happens with the first and second has no correlation labor and delivery wise, I keep thinking there is something to be said for it.  Wylder weighed in at 6lbs 9oz and 19” long, a perfect little snuggle bug.  Although my circumference is much more round with this baby, I think he too will be tiny but mighty as he continues to throw a few good punches around and act like he actually still has space in there, hmmm.


Overall I am so grateful for another blissful pregnancy.

Bruiser’s first 40 weeks, in a nut shell.

Gave me morning sickness for 6 weeks.  Earned the nickname Bruiser very early with his tiny but mighty punches.  A total night owl.  Loves a sweet treat.  Does not have NPA.  The smell of nail salons makes him sick.  Sleeps during long walks.  Ice chewing makes him squirm.  Brought joy to impossible days.  Heart rate is around 140.  Likes bread (something his momma does not).  Made momma put on 27 lbs.  Loves oranges, cucumbers and chipotle.  Gets stared at a lot in public.  Get’s the hiccups almost every day.  Sometimes sits on my sciatic nerve, OUCH!  Is a gift from Heaven.  Made his momma clumsy.  Moves towards the sound of his daddy’s voice.  Grew my tummy to 43” round. Is one very loved little boy before he even arrives.  Has the most perfect big brother.

The difficulties of this pregnancy with the pain of missing Wylder made for a roller coaster ride, but the joy he has already brought our family comes without saying.  We cannot wait to meet you baby Bruiser!

We will keep you all posted and I will post his darling face right here on Wylder’s blog when he arrives.  Thank you all for the well wishes and love you send our way, we feel it and appreciate it each and every day.  Thank you for your continued prayers for Bruiser, our family and this upcoming delivery.  It will undoubtedly be a day full of tears and joy.  3 days and counting …

We love and miss you Wyder James.  I will see you in my dreams and in your brother’s spirit.  xoxo

Don’t forget to wear your jeans on World Rare Disease Day too!! Because Hope IS in our genes! Raise some awareness about diseases that do not get enough attention and continue to share Wylder.


  1. Cathy Johnson says:

    Oh, oh, oh, Shannon! The excitement is almost too much to bear! Cannot wait to meet Bruiser! Enjoy these last few days of quiet, cradle your sweet, round baby belly, soak up the love of your family and friends and feel the gentle breeze of Wylder’s angel wings as he watches over you. Much love to all of you. xoxoxo

  2. Jamie Reiner says:

    Aw. What a beautiful update. Prayers for a safe, healthy delivery.

  3. eeeek!! we are all anxiously awaiting his arrival too!!! xoxo

  4. Enjoy the next few days. You will have more emotions than you ever knew existed. Sending love. And hugs.

    • Mommy and Daddy says:

      I know you know all too well Jill. I will embrace each emotion as best I can … they will all be very real. Love and Hugs back. xoxo

  5. Melissa Irvine says:

    Just a few more days! Ahhh I cannot believe it!

    Sending all my love!


  6. Continuing to remember you all in my prayers Shannon. May God continue to bless each of you! And may your little bruiser arrive healthy and happy! Enjoy and relax during these last few days and thanks for the update. Love from your flower lady, Joanie Marie.

    • Mommy and Daddy says:

      Thank you so much Joanie. The flower continues to look beautiful on my desk and I enjoy it everyday. Thank you for the prayers. Xoxo

  7. I adore your summary of Bruiser’s first 40 weeks Shannon!!!!! So sweet, simple and perfect. xoxoxoxo

  8. Exciting times and such beautiful memories! Can’t wait to see pics! I also believe a body can have almost identical labor – with my 4, the labor started the exact same way – the 1st ultimately was sped along by pitocin due to blood pressure complications but contractions had started 20-30 minutes apart ON his due date, the 2nd 2 boys started contractions 20-30 minutes apart ON their due dates, they increasingly got closer and they were both born on the 3rd day after their due date, the 4th…the doc had his due date off by 4 days the whole time (I knew because I knew the date of conception!) and contractions started 30 minutes apart ON his actual due date, but due to me being sick and him being 4 days late according to the doc, they wanted to induce, so I agreed to let them break my water only – NO pitocin with the understanding that we would on,y use it if absolutely necessary. I knew the process was starting just like my other boys so I was not worried that we would need to add drugs to my labor, and I was right. I 100% believe that all 4 would have been born 3 days after their due dates if medical intervention had not been necessary in 2 of their births. Praying for a safe and healthy delivery for you both…WHENEVER that may be!!

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