We are thrilled to be expecting our second little boy! Baby Shepherd Morgan Ricks is due January 4, 2015. He will also be born via c-section like his big brother so we expect an arrival during the last week of December. What a perfect Christmas present!!
We have prayed for this sweet baby boy for a very long time. We tried to conceive for 8 months before that pregnancy test came back positive! To say we were excited would be an understatement! We found out very early and waiting for that first doctor's appointment seemed like an eternity but it was so worth it when we saw his sweet little self on that ultrasound screen! Totally worth the wait!
Shepherd is a name we have liked for awhile and we love the idea of calling him Shep for short. Morgan is a family name on both sides of our families. My maternal grandfather's name was William Morgan Wilks and being able to carry on his name with my son is so special to me. Johny's maternal grandfather's name is John Morgan Outlaw and since Johny is name after him we thought it was perfect. We love a name for our children that represents our families and being able to do that twice now is very exciting!
Hatcher still isn't sure what all the "I'm gonna be a big brother" talk is all about but he does notice that mommy's belly is growing. We tell him often that his baby brother is in mommy's belly and he will pull my shirt up and wave to him! So sweet & super cute! He will be a great big brother & I'm so excited to have two little boys to watch grow up together!
Nursery planning is well underway and my ideas are slowly coming together. Since I haven't chosen all the bedding yet, I'll save that info for another post. We won't have to buy too much in the way of clothes since the boys will be similar seasons but I'm sure I'll find some things to monogram for Shep along the way! He is a southern boy after all!
Below is my update although very late but I've enjoyed going back to compare things with this pregnancy to the last one so I want to start updating the blog at least monthly. I am so thankful God is blessing us with another child & cannot wait to hold him in my arms!!
How far along? 16 weeks, 5 days
Total weight gain/loss: +6 lbs
Maternity clothes? Yes! I've grown much faster this go round and maternity clothes are definitely being worn. I can still do a few pairs of pants/shorts with the Bella band and a good many of my normal tops.
Stretch marks? Nope! :)
Sleep: Pretty good on the sleep part. Bathroom break at least once a night and I'm starting to get somewhat uncomfortable in my hips so the wedge will probably make an appearance soon.
Best moment this week: Hearing Shep's heart beat at my 16 week appointment!!
Have you told family and friends: Yes!
Miss Anything? My morning cup of coffee! It's needed on those mornings when Hatcher decides 6:00 a.m. is the perfect time to start the day!
Movement: Not yet but I'm so looking forward to it!
Food cravings: Spicy food! Anyone who knows me knows this is nuts but it's all I want! And brownies have been a favorite this week.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Brushing my teeth and coughing make me gag to the point of possibly getting sick. So weird!
Belly Button in or out? In
Have you started to show yet: Yes
Labor Signs: No
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Heading to the beach today for some fun in the sun with our families! Can't wait to relax & watch HT enjoy the beach & ocean!