The Waiting Game

We are officially in the home stretch!

37 weeks today and I am READY! It’s crazy to think that anytime in the next few weeks we will be going from a family of three to a family of four {plus Jackson!}

37 weeks

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I have completely mixed feelings about this big change in our family. Of course I can’t wait to meet the new guy and I’m so excited for him to get here, but I’m also having those crazy hormonal, pregnancy emotions where I get all weepy about my last few weeks with just Brooks. Even typing this gets me a little teary eyed.

This second time around the whole birthing process is already so different – I’m not worried about getting myself to the hospital and how that will all go down, I’m nervous about making sure Brooks is taken care of when it’s time to go. We have family in the area and I know we have a good support system, but the unknown of when + where everyone will be is a little unnerving, because obviously, making sure Brooks is comfortable is priority #1. Also, my parents are out of the country {on an African Safari!} until September 1 – so as much as I’m ready now, it would be nice for them to be here too.

bump n toes

We also have the fun issue of the Pope coming to Philly – did I mention that he’s coming the week after my due date? If #2 is late like #1, we are going to have a serious transportation issue all around {since Philadelphia is pretty much shutting down for 4 days}. It will be hard, maybe impossible, for me to get to the hospital, it will definitely be impossible for our parents to get into the city for Brooks – not to mention it’s going to be utter craziness all around Philly. Worst case scenario there we go to a different hospital out of the city, but it’s not really what I want to do.

Oh, and did I mention my sister-in-law is getting married the weekend after my due date {the same time as the Pope visit}? And did I also mention I’m in the wedding as a bridesmaid?!  I’m so excited for the weekend and to celebrate with them but it just adds to the craziness of the waiting game – will I be traveling 6 hours to Charlottesville, VA with a 2-3 week old or a 5 day old newborn?  Big difference in weeks there! Will I have even had the baby by then? Again, if the new guy is late like Brooks was – we won’t be making it, but I’m really hoping that’s not the case and we are mentally preparing to go. Will my bridesmaids dress fit?! Lots of questions here!


Aside from all the insane logistics and unknowns mentioned above – We have always wanted 2 {maybe more?} kids – and it’s always been our plan to have kids close together so they could be close in age siblings. I’m excited for Brooks to have that – and it’s great that he’s still so young that he doesn’t really know what’s going on, it won’t be as big of a change for him in that sense. But it’s still going to be a bit of an adjustment having to share the spotlight with his brother.

I know I will have help in the beginning – but I’m pretty nervous about having 2 under 2 and being home solo. Sounds a bit overwhelming, wouldn’t you agree? Knowing what I know after just having had a baby, I know the nursing is going to take up so much time, especially in the beginning – I remember some days Brooks would nurse for hours! I’m not nervous about the breastfeeding, I’m nervous about what Brooks is going to be doing during this time – how to keep him entertained and safe, while his little Bro is getting his snack on. I know I’ll be able to figure it out, but I also know it’s going to be an adjustment for us all!


This time I know what to expect for labor + delivery {and I’m hoping I don’t have to be induced!} and I am comfortable with the whole nursing + life with a newborn but it’s just the waiting game for it all to click into place and for us to all just be a family of four that’s killing me.

Other than that my hospital bag is packed, the baby bag is packed {stay tuned for what’s in that tomorrow}, the carseat is all set up in the car – we are ready.

All that’s left to do is wait.

We are ready for you little man, whenever you are ready to come out and meet us.


I’m also excited to report the fact that Jackson and Brooks are getting along great these days – I think both of them know that a change is coming and they are sort of bonding a little extra now because they know they will have some extra time together very soon.

and her little dog

Jackson is more into and aware of Brooks and Brooks loves to pet and play with and run around after Jackson, even more so than before. You can totally tell he loves animals so much, which is amazing! They are {sort of} like two peas in a pod!
walk bump

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  • Reply Katie D. August 24, 2015 at 11:44 am

    The Pope situation is giving me hives for you!!!

    On a MUCH smaller scale, I was due July 3rd and a big 4th of the July parade goes by my house, so I was worried about not being able to get out due to the parade. I was induced early though and came home from the hospital on July 3rd, so it was no big deal 🙂

  • Reply Dietitian Jess August 24, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Oh no- I work in outpatient in Philly and we are definitely having issues with the Pope visit for seeing our patients- I was thinking last week about what an issue it will be for having a baby or a wedding in the city… ugh 🙁 I hope things will go very smoothly for you and your family <3

  • Reply Courtnee August 24, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Leslie, I found your blog when I was pregnant (my little girl is A couple months younger than your son). You look great and will totally figure out balancing Brooks and Brooks’ little brother. I look forward to reading and heeding your advice when I’m ready for a #2! Congratulations!

  • Reply Rachel August 25, 2015 at 8:49 am

    The good thing about #2 is you already have the basics down, so at least that part is second nature this time around giving you time to figure out that addition of having an older sibling while taking care of a baby 🙂 Good luck!

  • Reply Deanna August 25, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Oh man what lousy timing for the pope to come!! Good luck!

  • Reply Barb @ A Life in Balance August 25, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Oh, wow! Yes, I would be super nervous if I were due around the time of the Pope’s visit. Good luck!

  • Reply Noelle August 25, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    You’ve got this! Hoping that the logistics will come together when the time comes. Our baby came early before family was planned to come but having friends to help worked oUT even last minute.

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