26 weeks of {Love}

“A mother’s joy begins when new life is stirring inside…
when a tiny heartbeat is heard for the very first time,
and a playful kick reminds her that she is never alone.”

— Author Unknown


Today was not the easiest of days. I think I was hormonal or tired or just not focusing the positive. My feet are starting to hurt like crazy in this pregnancy. I have to admit, I wear crummy shoes. Flip flops and the like – nothing great. But after not being able to walk after 5 p.m. each day for about two weeks, I decided to bite the bullet and buy a pair of Birkenstocks. {Still looking for a pink pair that will ship to Canada! Does anyone have links?}

However, despite feeling off for the morning, the end of the day was much better .. sometimes, we have to just change our attitude. I mean, sore feet?! Come on. That’s not the end of the world. And laundry piling up? Yeah, well, don’t sweat it, right?! 🙂

I’ve had a lot of people ask for belly photos … so as not to disapoint … we did a few today. Nothing fancy. Nothing prepapred. Just the girls and I on Lyla’s bed. Mid-dance-session (as you can see, they were dancing in their underwear and ballet slippers – with the excption of Lacey, who must wear a tutu She’s six now, you know. No more dancing in underwear – well, most days …). Nothing over the top. 

Just us. On a hot Friday afternoon. 

Feeling the baby kick and move. (This baby moves a LOT!)


The blob of fur at the bottom of the bed is Daisy, our cockapoo. She can’t be forgotten. She’s one of the girls. And she thinks she’s human. She really does. 




Looking peaceful or mischevious? 




Today, Lucia was touching my arms in awe … “Mommy, you ‘ave’ sparkles ….!” I think she was referring to the freckles. But I’ll take sparkles as a description. 🙂 




I feel *very* blessed to have my three little girls and one more baby on the way. I never imagined having four children, but I can’t picture it any other way now. And even on days like today (when my patience was being tested with the girls being not-so-angelic from the moment they woke up), I still am grateful. Grateful for the fights. Grateful for the laundry. Grateful for the snuggles. Grateful for the dancing girls. And grateful for one more little baby on the way to cuddle.





26 weeks of love. So thankful.

August 4, 2010 - 8:29 am

Yamaha Lover i just wanna thank you for sharing your this information on your blog

July 17, 2010 - 9:19 pm

Darlene O’Rourke Congrats! you are absolutely stunning! Yes..you are truly blessed and always remember..dont sweat the small stuff – someone out there is fighting a battle a lot worse than you or I. Thanks for the POst!

July 17, 2010 - 1:20 pm

Cathy I am so happy for you and can’t wait to meet you in the future (finally!)……I’m gonna go hug my kids now 🙂

July 17, 2010 - 10:05 am

michelle Your photos are so inspiring! I’m also expecting #4 and don’t look nearly as great as you do!
Not sure if this was the style you’re looking for but here’s a pair of pink birk’s and the website is Canadian. Happy Shopping!

July 17, 2010 - 8:07 am

Catherine I forgot to mention – all 3 of my boys moved a LOT! Abby just might get some more testosterone in the house come October 😉

July 17, 2010 - 8:04 am

Catherine *love* these! You are right to remind us all how blessed we are. I love your outlook on life. I’m so glad I know you!

July 17, 2010 - 7:47 am

Mom Gillian, these are very precious!! Love your sparkles! ♥

July 17, 2010 - 12:41 am

Ashley Isaac You look gorgeous and these pictures are PRICELESS!

July 16, 2010 - 11:53 pm

Julie Love it! the pics and your words, love it!

July 16, 2010 - 11:42 pm

Margaret LaRocca Beautiful pictures Gillian, the ones with you and girls….magical and absolutely love the baby bump shot!!!

July 16, 2010 - 11:18 pm

Tabitha Awwww, your baby bump is adorable 🙂 What a nice afternoon.

July 16, 2010 - 11:11 pm

Teresa l♥ve the pics. you look beautiful. love the girls hands on your belly. Abby is a great photographer.