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Maternity update with PinkBlush, third trimester, park day


I figured that since I’m now in my third trimester (almost 30 weeks!!) that I owed you a pregnancy update. It’s been interesting to me this time around because I feel like a lot of things have been different, and with all the questions I’ve been getting from people this seemed like the easiest way to answer them all at once… This post is part of a collaboration with PinkBlush. As always, all opinions are completely my own and I never share brands or products that I don’t love!


Maternity update with PinkBlush, third trimester, park day


Was this planned?

I know that it might be hard to believe but this actually was planned. That doesn’t mean that it didn’t still come as a small shock when the pregnancy stick actually said “pregnant” on it, but this sweet little baby was definitely planned.

How have you been feeling?

Oh. My. Word. SO tired. Honestly, I can’t remember ever feeling exhaustion like I have for this pregnancy. Years of waking up early for religious studies, sports, community plays, and of course, babies… nothing prepared me for the level of tired I reached with this pregnancy. I kept waiting for me to stop feeling so tired but the first trimester ended and nothing, I still felt tired ALL the time. It finally started getting better around 20 weeks and now I feel just like a regular tired mom instead of the extreme “pregnant with my fifth baby and wish I could sleep 18 hours a day” mom level of tired I was reaching. Comfort has been key for me and that’s why I appreciate PinkBlush maternity clothing so much, it’s not only beautiful and helps this tired momma feel put together, but it’s comfortable enough to nap in… not that I would know, wink wink.


Maternity update with PinkBlush, third trimester, park day


Have you been really sick?

Nope, I have been really blessed with relatively easy pregnancies and I don’t typically get sick. I know, I know, don’t hate me.

Were you trying for a boy?

I kid you not that we’ve heard this one, le sigh. About a month ago we were unloading the kids from the car for Saturday morning soccer when another dad (one that we’d never met) started chatting with Mike and said, “Why did you try for another one? You’ve already got your boy!” To which Mike replied, “Yeah, and we actually had him first!” Dude, some people just like a lot of kids, okay? It doesn’t mean that we were trying for a boy or a girl or a wombat. Call us crazy (and people have)  but we’ve actually never wished for one gender over another, we just hope for a healthy baby every time!



You waited so long to announce!  Why?

If you’ve been following me for awhile (which I realize most of you haven’t) then you’re well aware by now that we typically wait awhile to announce. We went through a miscarriage before having our son and we tend to be more cautious about announcing our happy news then other people do. I actually found out on June 9 but waited to tell Mike until our anniversary on June 22. I didn’t necessarily plan to tell him that day per se, I just kept waiting for the time to feel right and that’s when it did! We didn’t tell family until the end of August right before our big road trip though and then I wanted to wait for a general announcement until we had our family pictures taken.

How has this pregnancy been different from your others?

Other than the tiredness, this pregnancy was just odd to me because I noticed symptoms so much sooner. In fact, I was convinced that I was having twins until we had our first ultrasound. I even thought the first one might have been wrong until we went in for our 20 week anatomy scan (No joke, I looked it up, it happens! Sometimes in the initial ultrasound one twin will hide behind the other!). My belly started popping out earlier, my back started hurting earlier, I was even having Braxton Hicks in the first trimester–I didn’t even know that was possible y’all! I have also been retaining a LOT of water, which may help explain some of the excess weight I’ve gained this time around (I’m on track to gain as much or more than I did with my son). Thank goodness for the best maternity jeans I’ve ever worn from PinkBlush and all of their great pieces that fit me now and will also transition perfectly once baby gets here!


Maternity update with PinkBlush, third trimester, park day


All in all, this pregnancy has been fairly “easy” (as easy as a pregnancy can be when you have four little ones under the age of eight to run after I suppose) and has been flying by! I’m keeping busy trying to #organizeallthethings and prepare for baby girl to make her arrival. I’m hoping to keep things going normally on the blog but I seriously have some of the best readers around so I know that you all will understand if I have to step back a bit.


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8 Responses to pregnancy update for baby #5

  1. Anna December 1, 2017 at 8:53 am #

    How Lovely! God bless you and your growing family xxxxx

  2. Elaine December 1, 2017 at 10:19 am #

    We need more wombats in our lives! Glad to hear everything has been going so well so far <3

  3. Sarah @ Foxy's Domestic Side December 1, 2017 at 12:24 pm #

    You are too cute. Man I can only imagine how tired you must be. You are super mom!

  4. Mary Leigh December 1, 2017 at 5:04 pm #

    You are looking great! The exhaustion really is no joke! Your top really is pretty from PinkBlush; they have such nice outfits for this season!

  5. Bethany December 1, 2017 at 7:41 pm #

    I love that you guys love having kids. I think that is so wonderful. You look great! I hope you get some more energy soon.

    • Justine @ Little Dove December 1, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

      Aww, thank you so much! I adore the way you said that too, that we love having kids. 🙂 Well said!

  6. Felicia December 1, 2017 at 11:01 pm #

    I think 5 kids is amazing!! Congratulations!!

  7. Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins December 4, 2017 at 9:57 am #

    I’m so happy for you guys Justine! And I totally know what you mean about waiting to tell people you were pregnant. More people knew about our miscarriages so I think they were careful to say anything because it’s a sensitive topic, but with my first two, people were happy to just ask about it so casually. (kind of annoying actually, haha)

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