Micah Due and 1 Month Old

So this past weekend on the 7th was Micah’s actual due date. Forget the scheduled c-section. This is the day they told us when we found out we were preggers back in December. So in keeping with the tradition I started with Eli I plan to do monthly pictures. I combined this post. On his due date he was 4 weeks and 2 days old and 1 day shy of being a calendar month old. So it is his due date and one month pictures all in one.

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In the last month you have and are…

  • In newborn clothes but they are all too short for you
  • You have rolled over THREE different times and I am sure you would again if I would lay you on your stomach.
  • I have had to move the shoulder straps on the car seat up a level because you are so tall!
  • You sleep great.
  • You eat around 100mL every 3 hours.
  • You are so very content unless you are hungry or are going to the bathroom.
  • You have the hiccups several times a day which doesn’t seem to bother you but I hate for your sake.
  • Eli doesn’t pay you much attention unless you have a dirty diaper or are crying which typically go together. Ha!
  • You love to be snuggled and swaddled.
  • Walks are your jam. Really just being outside in general you love.

Daddy, Eli and I love you so much! We cannot believe you have been in our lives for a month already since you were only supposed to have been here a week with the scheduled c-section. In the last month we have had you, moved homes, Eli started school, Uncle Matthew moved in with us and Gigi and Pa have been visiting for two weeks! We have all survived and been doing exceptionally well and I attribute that in large part to you being a great relaxed baby. So a big thank you from all of us for being chill. Keep up the good work little one.

These are Eli’s photos for reference. We lost tons but I was able to find two. Apparently I didn’t start his monthly blogs until 3 months. 284893_544076206111_137161_n 284893_544076211101_6586136_n

Sidekick Photos

Some people pay and have newborn photos taken but since our life cannot handle one more thing right now I decided that I would take 15 minutes and just do them myself. Again they are not professional but they are something and they didn’t turn out to terribly bad if I do say so myself.

So here is the sidekick, Micah Aaron Allyn Wilkinson, two weeks old and two weeks before his due date.

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Eli wanted to sneak into a few as well. These in no way look professional but it is sweet that he wanted to be a part of it. I had to oblige. IMG_4180 IMG_4181

Wilkinson Sidekick Arrival!

He is here! Drum roll please!

Micah Aaron Allyn Wilkinson born Friday, August 8th at 2:30 pm weighing 5 lbs 14 oz and 20 inches long!

IMG_6040 IMG_6053 IMG_6062 IMG_6047We are so in love! He is a very quiet and content baby for now. They say he is the best in the nursery. He does not like to have messy pants but lets be honest who does. Ha!

I will write his birth story ASAP. It is a crazy one as well. We certainly like to keep things exciting in the Wilkinson home.

Sidekick 36 Week Bumpdate

DSC_8298How far along: 36 Weeks! I met my goal!!!! After finding out we were pregnant with this little sidekick I told myself I had to get to 36 weeks! Yay! SO I kind of met my goal! Ha! Since I am delivering today I guess it still counts but it is pretty close. I have thought that Saturdays were my mark but the Dr said that today I am officially 36 weeks!

Baby is the size of a: Honeydew Average size: 17.2-18.7 inches, 4.2-5.8 lb.

Stretch marks: Unfortunately, but it is worth it to have this little man in our lives.

Sleep: Some. The hardest part is the numbness in my hands. I am just so uncomfortable with the pins and needles in all my fingers that I can’t relax enough to fall asleep.

Best moment of this week: Having our little sidekick! It wasn’t the plan but the Lord knows and we trust it was all in his time. I will write up the whole birth story soon I hope. Not two years later like I did with Eli. Ha! Hopefully not as traumatic.

Also we met Eli’s teacher and saw his classroom for pre-school this year. He will go in the mornings for a few hours so he gets some special big kid time and I get a few hours with just the sidekick. I am excited for Eli. I think he will enjoy it as will mommy and daddy to see what he learns.

Miss anything: Independence. I was put on bed rest for 24 hours on Wednesday because I made an unexpected trip to the Dr. and my BP was high. They ran labs and I had to go back on Thursday morning. I am now able to help but minimally. For those of you who know me even a little bit you know how tough this is for me. I hate asking for help and I hate even more just watching people work and not being able to do it myself.

Now that we know we are delivering today this is ramped up. I will miss not being able to pick Eli up and snuggle him whenever I want or just lift and move a box as I please.

Movement: Still lots.

Food cravings: Carbs and sugars. All the things I should not eat. Also fried food for days!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Actually juice has made my stomach hurt. No fun.

Gender: Boy oh boy!

Labor signs: Braxton Hicks, cramping, and he is lots lower which is uncomfortable.

Belly button in or out: Pretty much even.

Happy or moody most of the time: I am exceedingly happy but very scared so there are lots of emotions. Not having that final time with Eli in preparation was hard but he is such a trooper and has been wonderful.

Looking forward to:  Holding my second little boy and coming home to our new house with all my boys.  I look forward to getting into our new normal as a family of four. I am so blessed with the husband of my dreams and two little boys that I adores.

photo(2)A terrible photo of me but this is our last picture as a family of three. I snapped it on my phone yesterday before I came into the hospital.

Sidekick 35 Week Bumpdate

photo 2(12) photo 3(4)How far along: 35 Weeks!!!! AAAAAHHHHHHHH! I seriously am in total shock!

Baby is the size of a: Coconut Average size: 17.2-18.7 inches, 4.2-5.8 lb.

Stretch marks: Dang yes and growing but I have a pin that says something about Vicks and plastic wrap making them shrink. Fingers crossed.

Sleep: Naps are my saving grace and I have actually slept ok once I actually fall asleep.

Best moment of this week: Buying our house!!! Eli calls it a “castle”. It is so sweet. We now all refer to it as our castle. I still cannot believe it is ours! We get possession on Sunday the 3rd and I cannot wait to get in there and start making it my own space!

Miss anything: Not being swollen. I can’t feel my fingers much at all due to the swelling and carpal tunnel and I can only wear one pair of flip flops. I haven’t cried over my shoes yet so that is a success. Ha! However, I am super ready to wear all my shoes and feel my fingers.

Movement: Yes. He is getting lower and lower so it is getting more and more uncomfortable. Just another part of this exciting journey!

Food cravings: Sugar and more sugar.

Anything making you queasy or sick: No.

Gender: another gentleman for the Wilkinson house.

Labor signs: Cramping and maybe some Braxton Hicks but I am not really sure what those feel like since I have never experienced them so who knows.

Belly button in or out: Still technically in but barely.

Happy or moody most of the time: I think mostly happy.

Looking forward to: Getting the house packed, moved and settled! My goal is to be in the new house (“castle”) by Saturday the 9th but we shall see.

Say Cheese! Maternity Shots!

We got our maternity shots back from Nate Holloway and I love so many of them! Aaron gave me a hard time because he asked if they were good and my response was “you and Eli look so good in all of them but me not so much.”! I really don’t think I will ever like photos of myself and especially while I am pregnant. Either way Nate did a great job with his subject matter and I love the shots of Aaron and Eli. Eli always looks so cute/funny while making his “cheese” face. I love that Nate captured the friendship between Aaron and I. He is the best choice I have made in life and I love that I am married to my favorite friend!

Pregnancy is an incredible miracle whether you think you look good or not. I won’t post every picture just my favorites but you can see them all on my facebook page. Aaron picked the ones of just me because like I said I never think I look good. The humidity was CRAZY and my hair went nuts but again we had a great time and I look forward to posting these around our new home.

DSC_8096DSC_8109DSC_8120DSC_8124DSC_8139DSC_8143DSC_8212DSC_8262DSC_8343DSC_8352DSC_8372DSC_8399I cannot imagine what it will feel like to love another human as much as I love Aaron and Eli. I know that my love for each of them grows every day as does my love for this little sidekick in my tummy and our world is about it change so much. I am grateful for every moment of this pregnancy. Good, bad and even the ugly. This little sidekick is such a blessing already and I hope he knows how excited we all are to complete our family and bring him home in just few shorts weeks! 32 days to be exact unless he decides otherwise. I am so excited to be a mommy of two and terrified as well!

What is your advice to any woman that is about to be a mom of two?

Sidekick 34 Week Bumpdate

IMG_5815 IMG_5816How far along: 34 Weeks! Every week feels like a blessing at this point!

Baby is the size of a: Butternut Squash Average size: 17.2-18.7 inches, 4.2-5.8 lb.

Stretch marks: Yeppers! I shared last week how devastated I was. Totally dumb but it made me really sad.

Sleep: Nada. There has been lots happening to those close to me on top of being uncomfortable in terms of the pregnancy I can’t get settled and then I just lay in bed and worry on top of the discomfort.

Best moment of this week: Watching Eli and Aaron mow the yard together. It was so precious to watch Eli “follow in his dad’s footsteps”. Aaron is for sure is hero and it is so sweet.

Miss anything: Wearing shoes and not feeling self-conscious about how swollen my feet are. I am a boat. There are literally no shoes that I own currently that aren’t uncomfortable. I am swoll for days!

Movement: So much and I love knowing he is doing well even if it is uncomfortable for me. It give me comfort feeling him.

Food cravings: Sweets! Chips ahoy and Donettes. At least I am consistent.

Anything making you queasy or sick: nope

Gender: A little man.

Labor signs: Cramping but that is it.

Belly button in or out: Still technically in but getting close.

Happy or moody most of the time: Moody for sure. Lots of tears this week. I have a really awesome husband that listens to me when I am a hot mess. Thank you Aaron.

Looking forward to: Closing on our new house this week!!!! Let the crazy begin!

Just because they are so funny I couldn’t help but post them the pictures below are included. When Eli saw Aaron was going to take my bump picture he ran into the picture and said “Cheese” I reached around to include him but the pictures just ended up looking like I am shoving him into my rear-end and he is miserable! Ha! He really was saying cheese. Aaron clearly wasn’t that helpful in telling me that it looked super weird. These could totally end up on awkward family photos. So photo fail yet again but I got a good laugh out of them. Next time I will make sure he stands in front of my tummy.

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Sidekick 33 Week Bumpdate

IMG_5719 IMG_5720 IMG_5723How far along: 33 Weeks! I am still in shock that I am this pregnant!

Baby is the size of a: Durian Fruit (What the heck is that?) Average size: 17.2-18.7 inches, 4.2-5.8 lb.

Stretch marks: Yes…and I cried when I saw them. I know it sounds totally dumb but I was so sad when I saw them. They are on the under side of my stomach so they may have been there for weeks without me seeing them. At any rate I caught a glimpse of one while curling my hair getting ready for a date with Aaron and I was devastated. It really makes no sense to me that it bothered me and still bothers me so much. It is not like a wear belly shirts or bikinis ever but it was just nice to not have them I guess. Oh well. I know Aaron will still love me and some of the most incredible moms I know have them so I should get over it and just take pride in the fact that I got them carrying my baby.

Sleep: Still no. I have had a few good nights this week but the biggest annoyance now is that I have gotten Carpal Tunnel in the last week and it is from how I hold my hands while I sleep. So now I will wake up with numb arms and hands. As well as terrible aching in my right arm primarily. I told Aaron you know you are old when you buy yourself wrist guards on your birthday. Ha! I refuse to wear them in public for fear of looking like Megan from Bridesmaids. But seriously…this is what I feel like walking around my local grocery store and church.

bridesmaids-itsmemeganBest moment of this week: My date with Aaron for my birthday. It was a very busy week so we weren’t really able to do a whole lot for my birthday but we snuck in a two hour date while my mom watched Eli. Since listing the house we have shown it 15 times and have an accepted contingent offer. That is a huge blessing and I am certainly not complaining about the showings but this is one tired momma and a little quiet conversation with my man was a huge blessing to me. We are still praying for an offer that isn’t contingent on the sale of another house so we can move our things without worrying about un-staging our home. Please join us in praying.

Miss anything: I still feel good but I am struggling to feel pretty or sexy in any way. I now have carpal tunnel like I mentioned earlier so I look forward to feeling like my non-pregnant self again in terms of the swelling that is apparently affecting my wrists. You can see from the pictures that my feet are super pudgy as well. Yuck!

Movement: Still lots!

Food cravings: Sushi! I got some for my birthday lunch with was wonderful. Don’t worry all of you who are judging me. It was all cooked or vegetable sushi.

Anything making you queasy or sick: no

Gender: Little Mister

Labor signs: No thank goodness. Though I did think my water broke in the middle of the night! Ha. Sorry for TMI but the sidekick apparently got comfy on my bladder several times throughout the night. I know gross but it is a reality for us pregnant ladies.

Belly button in or out: The top is still flat and the bottom is in but I think that it will be out within the next few weeks.

Happy or moody most of the time: There has been a lot of sad things happening to so many people that I love this week. Cancer, assault, children with major health struggles, etc. It has been weighing heavily on my heart so I feel moody this week but grateful for the Lord’s faithfulness even in times of struggle and sadness.

Looking forward to: Having our little man here. We close on our new house in the next two weeks and I will kick this nesting thing into high gear to be ready for this little mister.

Sidekick 32 Week Bumpdate

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How far along: 32 Weeks! I seriously cannot believe!

Baby is the size of a: Squash Average size: 15.2- 16.7 inches, 2.5-3.8 lb.

Maternity clothes: I am removing this! Of course I am in maternity clothes.

Stretch marks: Thankfully not yet.

Sleep: Very little. I take naps 4 out of 7 days because I am just so tired. I just have such a hard time getting to sleep at night.

Best moment of this week: This was a crazy week! We listed our house! We must be nuts! It was very exciting and terrifying. Our realtor is awesome and she is very encouraged about the house. I worked my booty off (Well not really. It is still very big and growing with this little babies help. ha.) getting everything ready. We had two offers within 24 hours of listing which seems crazy!

Miss anything: I miss feeling in control of life! I have a peace about all we are doing but I don’t have anything ready for the sidekicks arrival. I have the nursery staged for showing but that is it. I don’t have a changing pad out or a single item of clothing washed if this little man decides to come early. Ah! This organized lady feels crazy!

Movement: tons and tons.

Food cravings: None that I can think of right now.

Anything making you queasy or sick: nope.

Gender: Boy!

Labor signs: none

Belly button in or out: In but again, not for long.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy! I am very excited about our new house and the millions of things I have to get done between now and the beginning of September when the little one arrives. I know it sounds crazy but I really thrive in chaos! So while it makes me feel out of control it is also happy for me because I am busy and get lots accomplished.

Looking forward to: Being settled in our new place and having our current house sold!

I Am Woman…Now Freaking What?!?!

IMG_4579I have been thinking about this post for years really. Here is the deal. As a woman and really a man for that matter there is so much pressure to do and be a million things. So I have been thinking about the million things we are expected to do as wives, moms, and just woman in general. I thought making a list would be the best way to do it.

  • Eat all organic
  • Eat all local
  • Shop only in season
  • Avoid chains
  • Eat no preservatives
  • Eat No Dairy
  • Eat No Gluten
  • Eat No Food Dye
  • No sodium
  • Eat no meat
  • Eat no carbs
  • Eat Paleo
  • Work Out
  • Be skinny
  • Do Crossfit
  • Don’t do Crossfit because it is dangerous
  • Run
  • Don’t run walk because it is better for your knees
  • Don’t work out before bed because it keeps you awake
  • Work out early in the morning because it makes you have more energy
  • Have a weekly schedule to most effectively clean your home
  • Wash clothes in your own homemade laundry soap
  • Use Free and Clear to clean clothes
  • Don’t use any chemicals in your home
  • Don’t use A/C unit without using allergy filters or your kids will have allergies and asthma
  • Don’t eat citrus because it will take the enamel off your teeth.
  • Eat citrus fruits because it has lots of vitamin C
  • Drink water
  • Don’t drink tap water because it has fluoride in it
  • Drink bottled water because it is filtered
  • Don’t drink bottled water because it causes migraines and isn’t actually clean
  • Don’t use plastic because it has BPAs
  • Recycle
  • Recycling paper isn’t actually a good thing because it costs more than it does to just make more
  • Use cloth diapers
  • Use biodegradable diapers
  • Don’t drink carbonated beverages
  • No artificial sweeteners
  • No caffeine
  • Drinking cold water speeds up metabolism
  • Drinking cold water makes you have to use the bathroom faster so you shouldn’t drink it cold
  • Don’t leave the house without spanx
  • Don’t wear spanx because it cuts off circulation
  • Brush your teeth for 2 minutes
  • Don’t brush your teeth for 2 minutes because it will cause your gums to receed (sp?)

There are like 400 more but I am too tired to keep thinking of them. The bottom line is there are so many expectations that we feel we have to live up to and either way we fall short. We are going to die of something and we are going to disappoint somebody. It is just so much pressure!

IMG_3661  So on my birthday I always tend to evaluate life. Kind of like my new year’s resolutions. So in honor of my birthday and all the pressure that I put on myself I have decided for my sake to make no resolutions. Take that world! Ha! I may be kicking myself in the butt but I don’t think I am. I want to be a genuine version of me.

IMG_5269That being said, I want to love my family, my friends and focus on being a joy filled person! What I ask of you is to encourage me in that. When you hear me being discouraged remind me of this plan for a non-plan. Just be me!!!! Being a better mommy and wife are the priority. No rules or parameters just working hard to be more like Jesus and love those around me.

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