27 Weeks – Baby Dolan #3

Almost to the third trimester!

Time is flying by now that my nausea has subsided (it went away completely around 18 weeks, just like with Kate).  This baby is moving…a LOT!  And check ups with the doctor are going smoothly, so far.  Hoping for an uneventful third trimester, just like the others!

Weight gained: About 16 pounds so far.


  • Some heartburn and acid reflux.
  • Tired.  Very, very, tired.  Thank the Lord for caffeine!
  • Already at the point in pregnancy where I feel pressure on my diaphragm and it’s hard to breathe.  I LOVE having this blog as documentation, because I was able to go back and found that this didn’t start with Kate until about week 30, it didn’t start with Colleen until sometime between week 28 and 33, and this time it started hitting me around week 24.  Yikes!  One of my doctors (who had FIVE kids) said each pregnancy just gets a little harder and more uncomfortable, though, so I know I’m not alone.

Movement: Yes…a LOT!  I will never get tired of this.  Starting to feel kicks in my upper right torso, so I’m thinking baby is head down–hopefully!

Food Aversions: It’s been SO darn hot out that my appetite has kind of been all over the place.  I mean…who wants to eat warm, comfort food when it’s 92 and humid?  I was on a good salad kick but even those haven’t sounded great lately, either.  Hoping I get my full appetite back soon, or I might just need to stick to smaller meals throughout the day.  I really didn’t gain weight the last week or two and I’m sure this is why (well, that and because there’s little room left in there…already). 🙂

Food Cravings: Ice cream.  Well, specifically mini-Drumsticks.  And popsicles.  Brian and I don’t usually get ice cream for our house because we could destroy a gallon in one night, easily.  I’m LOVING mini-Drumsticks and chocolate popsicles, though.

Sleep:  Sleeping pretty well!  Just getting up a lot to go to the bathroom (I think last night it was 5 times? ha), but other than that, I’m sleeping like a rock.  (With some CRAZY dreams!)

Stretch marks?  Not yet!

Miss Anything?  Sometimes a nice, cold beer on a hot day.  I’ll have a couple sips of Brian’s to hit the spot, which helps. 🙂

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week:  Kate has really started to take an interest in the baby lately.  When I seem tired she says, “mommy, is the baby making you tired?”  So.sweet.  She will also come over randomly and just kiss my belly.  It’s been such a neat experience having an older sibling who “gets it” this time.  Colleen understandably still doesn’t get it, but I can’t wait to see her with the baby, too!

Also, this baby has hiccups a LOT!  I don’t remember Kate getting them at all, and so when I felt them with Colleen, it always made me laugh.  It’s just the funniest feeling.

Belly Button in or out? Oh, it’s fully popped already!  Probably happened around 24 weeks?

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or moody most of the time:  Happy!  I had some bad stomach pains the week we were in Hilton Head that bummed me out a bit, but thankfully nothing since then.

New Baby Items:  Nope!

Looking forward to:  Hoooopefully passing the glucose test in a couple of weeks, and then starting to see the doctor every 2 weeks!


I felt so much bigger than I did even with Colleen until I compared the two side-by-side…looks about the same to me?  Hmmm…..


28 weeks with Colleen vs. 27 weeks with BD3


20 Weeks – Baby Dolan #3

It’s amazing how quickly your 2nd/3rd pregnancies go, especially once you start feeling “normal” again.  Can’t believe we’re at the halfway point!

In the beginning of my pregnancies I’m always leery of something happening, and am almost scared to think of or really imagine the baby being here.  I think that is normal to an extent, but now that we’re in the 2nd trimester and things are looking great, I’m REALLY excited thinking about this little one and what he/she will add to our family.  I cannot WAIT!

Weight gained: About 10 pounds


  • Tired, mainly in the afternoon and evenings (ha).  I started taking iron supplements because I’m always borderline anemic anyway, so I wanted to see if this will help.

Movement: Yes!  I’ve been feeling flutters (which have since turned into kicks) for awhile now.  I’ve been trying to get Brian to feel the kicks for the last week or two, as they’ve gotten surprisingly powerful!  (Updated to add–he felt the baby kick at 21 weeks!)

Food Aversions:  Still preferring veggie meals over meat based, which is just fine by me.  And pizza sounds pretty bad, too.  Too many memories of first trimester puking after downing cheese sticks or cheese pizza…

Food Cravings: A little bit of everything!  I LOVE loving food again.  I’m really craving salads/anything cold now that the weather is heating up, which usually happens this time of year.  Mexican food almost always sounds good, as does ice cream (of course)!  I’ve gotten in the habit of eating 3 or 4 ice cream bars in the evenings….

Sleep:  Just got over a horrible cough/cold that kept me up at night, but thankfully over that hump and sleeping much better now.

Stretch marks?  Not yet!

Miss Anything? Starting to miss beer.  It never sounds good (can’t even stand the smell of it) in my first trimester, but now I’m really missing the taste.  Especially now that the weather is getting warmer…..a cold beer sounds refreshing!

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week:  We had our “big” ultrasound on Friday and baby looks great! No anterior placenta (which explains all of the kicks I’ve felt so early).  Baby is measuring in the 89th percentile for weight, because we make big babies!  The belly (and arms/legs) are all measuring 1.5 weeks ahead, too. 🙂

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or moody most of the time: Feeling great!  Really enjoying pregnancy right now.

New Baby Items: Not yet!


Looking forward to:  Enjoying the best trimester. 🙂

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That little button nose…be still, my heart!



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16 Weeks – Baby Dolan #3

So, here we are at 16 weeks pregnant already!  (Well, I guess I shouldn’t say “already” because time has gone by so.slowly.)  I’ve really struggled with morning sickness this time around, starting like clock work at almost 6 weeks exactly again.  It reminded me a lot of my pregnancy with Kate, although then of course I could just come home, lay down after work, and sleep!  To be honest it really took a toll on me for awhile…it started to affect my mood and I just felt like an all around bad mom/wife/employee/friend.  Thank goodness Brian has been so understanding and helpful, as I’m sure I haven’t been the most pleasant person to be around the past 3 months.

Thankfully around 13 or 14 weeks I started to feel good in the mornings, and only sick in the evenings.  Now I’m down to only getting sick a few times a week, so I’ll take it!

Now that I’m through the worst part of pregnancy (for me…hopefully), I’m more excited than ever to experience the fun parts.  The baby moving (my favorite), seeing my belly grow more and more each week, and seeing the girls get to feel the baby, too.  It really is the best thing in the world, and I love imagining both girls as big sisters to their new sibling.

So without further adieu, here’s my first official update this pregnancy.  I thought about changing things up and not doing the same format this time around, but for consistency’s sake, I’ll stick with it.  I don’t want Baby #3 to think they are being cheated already. 😉

Weight gained: About 5 pounds so far.


  • A little nauseated in the evenings.
  • Headaches are becoming fewer and farther between…thank goodness!  I had one last week that lasted about 3 days.  Whew.
  • More tired these days, but I’ll take that over the nausea!

Movement: Not yet, but I hope soon!

Food Aversions: Meat still doesn’t sound *great*, although I’ve been able to eat some intermittently in the past week or two.  Peanut butter also doesn’t sound too good (but almond butter does…go figure), which is strange since it’s usually one of my favorite foods.  And vegetables…I’d say I went a good 6 weeks without eating a single vegetable.  I really do miss them, believe it or not…especially my salads!  I would say overall, it’s still pretty hit or miss with my food these days.  With Kate and Colleen, I could usually find at least 1 food that consistently sounded good during the first trimester….but this time around, it’s been pretty unpredictable!

Food Cravings: Early on in my first trimester I was all about pizza and cheese sticks.  Thank goodness for the pizza place here on our campus at work!  It’s about all I could stomach, even though it didn’t always sit well with me afterwards.  Chipotle has been my latest craving over the last few weeks…those burrito bowls, man.

Sleep:  Sleeping pretty well, although getting up at night to go to the bathroom started pretty early on.  Other than that, can’t complain!

Stretch marks?  Not yet!

Miss Anything?  I miss enjoying food, but that is getting better by the day.  Other than that, not really!

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week:  I got to hear baby’s heartbeat this week (152 BPM), which was music to my ears!  I saw Dr. Dupler, one of my favorite doctors in the world.  No questions or concerns so far in the pregnancy, so fingers crossed it stays that way.

Since I’m finally feeling better, I’ve also started to re-introduce my workouts…slowly but surely.  I lifted weights 2 weeks ago for the first time in maybe 6 weeks, and I was sore for 4 days!  I didn’t realize how much I missed it.  I also NEED to be better about getting my steps in!  I usually averaged 10K a day up until January….now I’m lucky if I can average 6K.  This is my goal over the next couple of weeks–to change that!

Belly Button in or out? In but on it’s way out….already.  Yikes.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or moody most of the time:  Pretty happy!  Since I’ve started to feel better, my mood has improved drastically.

New Baby Items:  None yet!  Obviously we are all set on baby items, and clothes-wise we have plenty of gender neutral things for the baby in the first few weeks, at least.  I’m happy we won’t have much to buy this time around!

BabyoutfitLooking forward to:  Feeling the baby move, hopefully soon!


Little One

(*Written January 24, 2018)

Dear Little Baby,

It’s been 10 days since I found out you would be joining us!  I still cannot believe we will be a family of FIVE.  You are the one who is going to complete our family!

It’s funny—you’d think with already having 2 healthy babies and (luckily and thankfully!) very uneventful pregnancies, I would be less worried this time around.  But…not so much.  I am DEFinitely more distracted (hello, two young kids!) and don’t have as much TIME to worry, but the worry is still there.  Just today at work I was furiously Googling “5 weeks pregnant no symptoms”.  Then I go back to my blog post when I was pregnant with Kate and read over and over again the part where I state I didn’t have any symptoms until week 6.  We shall see!

*It’s a bit ironic that as I was typing this I left to head into a meeting, only to notice I missed a call from my doctor’s office.  I spent the WHOLE meeting convinced it was bad news…ugh.  Thankfully I just got off the phone with the nurse who said my HCG levels look good, as do my progesterone levels.  I get checked tomorrow and they should know more then–fingers crossed!

Trying to think positively, though, we are absolutely THRILLED to have another little one joining our family!  For a while after having Colleen, and especially in the last year (age 1-2 is REALLY hard for me and Brian!), we just felt so content with our family of 4.  That, and I couldn’t possibly fathom having our chaotic house currently with a newborn in the mix.  Um…no thanks!

But in recent weeks things have seemed to calm down just a bit, and more importantly, it just felt like it was time.  While I am incredibly happy with both of my girls and our little family, I KNEW our family wouldn’t feel complete to me without just one more little person.  I told Brian I needed to get through the holidays (who wants to be sick and nauseous at Christmas?!) and January/February seemed like good times to “hunker down” and stay on the couch.  Honestly I didn’t expect it to happen right away (although with my history…why am I surprised?!), but it did!  And, again, I feel VERY lucky in that aspect.  I told Brian, if there’s only one thing to be good at in life…I guess that’s a pretty good one.  🙂

So, here we are.  I can’t wait to see who this little one will be!  When I found out I was expecting Colleen, I experienced a wave of emotions.  Kate still felt so young, and as a mother of one child you simply can’t fathom loving another child so much.  And then you meet your next little one…and BOOM.  You can’t imagine life without them as SOON as you meet them.  So I know it will be the same way this time around—and in fact, so much of my excitement comes from thinking of giving Kate and Colleen another sibling to love!  Yes, it’s true…siblings fight and drive you MAD.  But to see them play together and giggle and comfort each other?  There is really nothing better than that.

Coco Loco

Colleen, Colleen….you have no baby book and hardly any blog posts, but I will try to make up for it!  It’s so incredibly cliché but having 2 kids AND working full-time…well, sorry, kiddo. 😦

So.  Where do I begin with our little Coco?


When Colleen first came into our lives almost 2 years ago, it was too long after her arrival that it was hard to imagine our family without her.  Now she has grown into a spunky, curious, active, ADORABLE (I mean…I know I’m biased, but MAN she is cute!) little toddler.

Some funny (and not so funny) things Colleen is doing currently:

She’s been taking off her clothes for quite some time now, and this has become a problem especially at bedtime. We’ve probably gone in to find her naked in the morning maybe 10 times or so?  Thankfully she hasn’t resorted to what her father did at this age – smearing her dirty diaper all over the wall….(Needless to say, we’ve been putting her jammies on backwards and cutting off the “feet” on her footie pajamas).

When you ask her, “where is __?” sometimes she’ll do the raised hands and shrugged shoulders. It’s just the CUTEST thing you ever saw.

While she’s still not saying many words, she LOVES to jabber quietly to herself. I love when she plays with her toys and “talks” or hums.  Makes me laugh!

She might be incredibly busy, but this girl sure loves to “speed snuggle”! She’ll come up a give you a huge bear hug and it’s enough to brighten anyone’s day.

She’s had quite a few haircuts already (maybe 4 or 5?). It’s so hard to keep out of her face (and with cold/runny nose season? Ughhhhh….), but I love her hair so much.

She loves to “dance”, or really just walk/run around in circles.

While she’s getting a bit pickier with food (I know it’s this age), overall she is still a GREAT eater!

Coco, we love you to pieces.  You might always be looking for ways to destroy our house, but you sure do love life (and THAT is contagious)!



Kate and Colleen have begun the struggle of sharing toys…oh, what fun. 🙂 The other day, Kate was saying (yelling?) to Colleen: “You can’t play with this! It’s mine!” I looked at Kate and gave her the look, and she repeated the same phrase in the same tone. I looked at her sternly and said, “Kate! You CANNOT speak to your sister that way. Be NICE.” She promptly looked at me, smiled, tilted her head, and said to Colleen in a “southern nice” voice, “You can’t play with this. It’s mine.”


Our friend, Steve, has been staying with us for a bit as he completes his cross country road trip (so jealous!). Kate’s formed quite an attachment to him, and he’s been so good to do puzzles, color, and play with her.  The other night we were leaving our house to head to my parents’ house, and Kate asked, “Where are Steve and Dacks?” I told her they were staying at our house but coming to Grandma and Grandpa’s soon.  She immediately frowned, looked out the window, and said, “Oh. I love them.”


Kate finally has gotten the hang of Facetiming, thankfully. Well, for the most part. 😉 She loves to Facetime with Grammy, Gramps, and Aunt Katie. The other day she was Facetiming with Grammy and proceeded to put the phone on a little box lid (facing up). She then had a crazy Dance Party with Grammy, randomly popping her head back over by the phone. It was the funniest thing!


Yesterday we headed to the Doctor for Colleen’s 1 year checkup, and I had been telling Kate the past few days that we need to give extra love to Colleen when she gets her shots. When I laid Colleen down on the table to hold her arms down, Kate immediately scrambled and pulled up the stepping stool. She climbed up and grabbed her sister’s hand, then nuzzled her face down by Colleen’s. It was one of the sweetest moments as a parent, to see her truly comfort her sister.


Lately Kate has just been so sweet. At times so very ornery, but then she’ll turn around and say the sweetest thing to make up for it. I’m easily reminded why I love this age (even with its trials and tribulations) in these moments. She’ll randomly say to me, “You’re my friend, mommy.” It makes me want to cry!

Oh, how I love this little girl.




Colleen Erin: One Year!

As cliché as it sounds, I really cannot believe Colleen is already 1!  It goes by SO much faster the second time around…it’s unbelievable.

Weight & Height: Colleen weighs 19 lbs. 3 oz. (41%) and is 29″ in tall (43% – same as her sister at this age!). Her head measures 46 cm (79%).

Eating:  This girl LOVES to eat!  She also loves cow’s milk which we started introducing just before her birthday.  I’ve only found a few foods she doesn’t like – bacon being one of them.  (Neither of our kids like bacon….whatttt?!)  In fact, she isn’t a huge meat eater at all, but she’ll usually eat chicken, ham, and turkey.  She also isn’t super keen about foods with a lot of spices, which is hard because…that’s mostly what we eat. 🙂  She’s drinking about 16 oz. of milk each day, as well.

Sleeping (naps):  Two naps a day, each anywhere from 1-2 hours long.

Sleeping (at night):  She was going to bed between 7:30 and 8 p.m., but here in the last month or so it’s moved up to 7:15/7:30 p.m.  After a few attempts at sleep training and some regressions with teething, she FINALLY started sleeping through the night around 10 months!  Praise the LORD.  She’ll usually wake on her own between 6 and 6:30 a.m., but occasionally I have to wake her up in the mornings at 6:30 or so.

Clothing:  Mostly 12 month size, Size 3 diapers.

New this month:  Saying “mama”…a lot!  And I’m loving it.  She started saying it maybe around 10 months old or so.  She’ll also say “ba” and “da”.  She was waving a month or two ago, but now you have to work for it. 😉  Still crawling (LIGHTENING fast!) and most recently has stood up on her own without holding onto anything.  I’m so surprised we don’t have a walker yet, but it’s also…kind of nice.  We’ll need to get her over to the convertible car seat soon (which means…buying her big sister the next one!), because her little feet are almost dangling over the edges.

Nicknames:  Co-lene, Coco

Colleen likes:

-Her blankie…just like her sister!  They sleep with them the same way–with their faces nuzzled right into them.  So sweet.

-Music–she LOVES to dance, and even if you sing a measure or two, she’ll likely start bouncing along right away.  It’s just the cutest thing!

-Food/bottles.  All the time, any time!

-Mommy.  I’m not gonna lie…I love when I pick her up at Michelle’s and she speed crawls over to me!

-But no one can compete with her favorite person in the world–KATE.  She just giggles and laughs and adores her big sister.

Colleen dislikes:  

-Sitting in her high chair too long…which is often difficult to avoid, because it’ll often take her 30-45 minutes to finish a meal!  She’ll let you know when she’s done, that’s for sure.

-Her teeth have been bothering her, but she’s usually good to go after some ibuprofen/tylenol.

-Getting into her car seat.  THANKFULLY she’s usually okay once we get going, but we definitely have the back arch going on while trying to get her in.


Oh, Colleen….you have brought such immense joy to all of us.  It’s truly hard to imagine our lives without you!  You are such a curious, busy, easygoing, happy, FUN little girl.  I cannot wait to see what the next year brings!  We love you more than you’ll ever know.