Baby Hillin #2 | 27 Weeks 

How Far Along: 27 Weeks – hello 3rd trimester! 

Baby is the size of a(n):  cauliflower 

Gender: It’s a Boy!

Weight Gain: I had planned to weigh at home but apparently my scale’s batteries died… so I’ll guess around 30ish? I’ll update next week when I go for my glucose test. 

*Update, I was dead on. Up 30 lbs at 27 weeks, 5 days. 

Belly Button In or Out: Flatter by the day, still not out. With Whitlee I think one corner popped out but never the whole thing. 

Wedding Rings On or Off: On 

Sleep: Around 25 weeks I started sleeping really poorly, so I stopped napping when Whitlee naps and I started sleeping better again. But then I started getting so tired during the day and gave in to a few naps and still managed to sleep super hard at night. I think I’m just finally sleeping decent and I’m super thankful for that. 

Best Moment The Last Few Weeks: Finally starting to figure out a bit more on doctors and surgeons and hospitals. We have a lot of things to consider and it’s a tough call to make when your baby’s life is at stake but we’re trusting things will come together as they should. 

Anndd a friend of my dads donated the lumber for my dad to build Huck’s changing table. I can’t wait to see it done and we are (again) so thankful for how generous everyone is being. 

Miss Anything: being able to bend over.. whew!

Movement: Starting to feel him up high a lot more often and a few times have felt something pushing out in my upper right belly. Growth scan at 26 weeks showed that was his little booty. His feet are up high on my left and he’s head down right now. Getting more and more active by the day. It’s still my most favorite part.

Cravings/Aversions: I’ve been craving carb-y sweets like pop tarts, Sonic cinnasnacks, Little Debbie cakes. 

Symptoms: Braxton Hicks are a bit more calm these days but the SPD pain is for sure sticking around, some days worse than others. Starting to notice just a slight feeling of swelling in my ankles when my feet dangle for a long period of time, like driving or sitting on the swing outside, but nothing major. Elevating them helps immediately. Blood pressure is doing really well, still on the lowest dose of my BP meds. Slight bit of heartburn starting to pop up now and then. And does anyone else’s voice get hoarse during pregnancy? I’ve been sounding like I’m getting over a cold for a long time now. 

Additional Notes: Like I mentioned before, we’ve been trying to get a lot of details ironed out for delivery and his surgeries and I plan to do a HLHS update post soon but for now, I’ll leave it that the main thing is still to just stay pregnant as close to full term as possible and to take it easy. So I’ve tried to focus on getting everything at home ready for when he does get to come home. Nolan and I are even planning to deep clean the house soon. My sister in law says she thinks I’m nesting already… very possible. 

Which leads me to – Huck’s nursery is almost ready! Even though he won’t be using it for a long while, it makes me feel a sense of normalcy to be working on his room. When he does come home, we’ll have him set up in our room until after his second surgery, at the least. He’ll most likely need certain care throughout the night so to keep Miss Whitlee as close to her normal schedule as possible, we’ll be trying to make sure we keep her asleep in her room while tending to Huck in our room. 

12 weeks to go! (12! That seems so soon) My personal goal is 34 weeks (April 12th) and then after that, I’ll be celebrating each week that we keep this baby boy baking. 

Baby Pants | Baby Hat | Onesie


Life Lately | Big Sister

Our sweet girl is a little over 2 now (almost 27 months if you’d like exacts) and we’ve been really caught up in life all about baby brother lately so I wanted to do a post just for her. I’m sure there will at least be mention of Huck though, because she’s pretty into him too. 

I guess the biggest milestone is that she got a big girl bed last week! I’m still waiting to put a few more things on her wall above her bed but her new room is pretty much complete. We decided to skip the toddler bed and just go with a twin that was close to the floor. Prior to the switch, she would go down for the night pretty easily in her crib, and sleep through the night. She started calling for me when she’d wake up in the mornings a few months ago. I was a little worried about her getting up too much during the night or falling out of it. We talked a lot about how she’s a big girl now and asked her if it was okay if we give the baby bed to Huck. She was pretty excited about it all. The first night she was really excited to get in it… until she realized she had to stay in it. There were lots of tears and saying “scared” so I ended up staying with her a while, patting her back and telling her it was okay. But every time I’d try to leave, she got upset. So I eventually bribed her and said if she stayed all night in her big girl bed, she’d get a surprise in the morning (a few m&ms after breakfast). And it worked! She slept all night and called for me when she woke up. Each night got a little easier and then she figured out she could get up by herself in the morning, but thankfully (knock on wood) she hasn’t gotten up in the middle of the night yet. So far, so good. It hasn’t quite been a whole week yet though.

She’s pretty talkative these days and I’m not sure if I understand her so well because I’m her momma but I feel like she speaks more clearly than some 3 and 4 year olds I know. A few conversations lately:

A neighbors dog was in our yard while we were outside playing. 

Momma! A puppy!!

Whitlee, I’m not sure about that puppy. He might not be nice. Let’s leave him alone and see if he’ll go home. 

Mag mag knows this puppy. It okay momma. 

(Mag mag is our dog, Maggie)

Whitlee, what did you and mawmaw do today?

Umm… go to Target! (They didn’t)

You did?! Did you get me a present??

Uh huh!!

What did you get me??

Umm… tape! 


Uh huh!! REAL tape!!

While getting paint for Huck’s room mixed at Walmart 

Look, that guy is mixing the paint for Huck’s room. He’s gonna shake it up real good for us. 

That for baby Huck’s room?

Yes, that paint is for his wall

She starts trying to pull my shirt up over my belly

Uh, excuse me. What are you doing, ma’am?

Pull you shirt up so baby Huck can see his paint. 

Anytime I grunt or groan, usually when I’m getting up from the floor or couch 

What mad bout, momma?

Our conversations are usually extremely funny and her perspective on things is so fun to watch. She’s also learned a few bad habits and has small tantrums pretty often. We usually make her go stand in the corner when she throws stuff during a fit or tries to hit or kick, and it calms her down really fast. Thankfully her fits are pretty short lived. 

She can also count to 12 and say her whole ABC’s. 

As far as Huck goes, she asks about him a lot but she doesn’t know he’s sick. She just asks “when Huck be here, momma?” Or she points at things in his room and says “that for baby Huck!” She also says his whole name if you ask what her brother’s name is. 

So that’s just a little update on our first little love. We can’t believe she’ll be a big sister soon!! 

Comforter | Sheet Set | Bed (similar here)

Baby Hillin #2 | 24 Weeks

How Far Along: 24 Weeks

Baby is the size of a(n): cantaloupe.. or according to the Ovia app, a chinchilla!

Gender: It’s a Boy!

Weight Gain: I think I’m up about 25 lbs. Not too bad. I kind of expect to gain around 50 like I did with Whitlee but I’m hoping he’s a big boy so maybe it’ll be more Huck weight than mama weight. 😊

Maternity Clothes: Pants, yes definitely. Shirts I’m still managing some maternity and some non maternity. But I have several outfits from pregnancy with Whitlee that do not fit at all. I feel like that means I’m carrying different. 

Belly Button In or Out: Flat.. pretty flat

Wedding Rings On or Off: On

Sleep: I sleep really hard, and I am napping almost every day. Still getting up to pee a lot and the SPD bothers me when rolling over but I’m making it. 

Best Moment The Last Few Weeks: Feeling him getting stronger. I feel kicks on both sides of my belly at one time and he’s pretty active anytime I’m still. 

Miss Anything: Not really! Maybe being able to walk and breathe easily.

Movement: He’s starting to develop more of a pattern and I just love feeling him move. He’s pretty active in the morning and at night. Throughout the day is pretty random but he’s kicking away as I’m typing this and it’s around lunch.

Cravings/Aversions: I’ve been craving crawfish.. I keep thinking I smell it all the time and it makes me want some really bad! Also been craving fruit, specifically pears. 

Symptoms: Nothing really new here I don’t think. Same SPD pain and a tiny bit of heartburn lately. I’m starting to feel pretty big and have trouble reaching my feet to tie my shoes or to pick something up. My hair and nails are pretty awesome these day, thank you prenatal vitamins.

Additional Notes: I think I’ve updated the best I can for now on Huck’s Heart (last two posts) so for now it’s a waiting game on more information. We see his pediatric cardiologist again in March. I’m still seeing my original OB for now and I have a growth scan ultrasound in two weeks and then my 28 week appointment and glucose test two weeks after that. Originally they were going to start NST’s twice a week at 32 weeks but they mentioned they may go ahead and start them at 28 weeks since there is a known issue. So far so good on preeclampsia but I don’t think I was showing signs this early with Whitlee. I did read on one of my older updates that I was already having some feet and hand swelling so maybe that was a small sign but I haven’t had any significant swelling this time yet. Maybe a hint of some in my feet after driving in the car or being on them a lot.

Oh and his nursery is in progress! I still need to pick a paint color for his accent wall, but his bedding has been ordered, changing table plans have been delegated to my dad to build, and I bought and stained some large wooden letters to go above his crib. I can’t wait to see it all come together. 

15 weeks to go! Gotta stay pregnant!! 

24 Weeks With Whitlee 

Huck’s Heart | Questions

We’ve had a lot of questions and I thought this might be a good place to answer some of them. A lot of these are generalized for now but will be more detailed plans once we see Huck’s doctors again in March. Right now they just want me to stay. pregnant.

What will happen when he’s born?

As soon as he’s born, they’ll make sure he’s stable and get him to the NICU. He’ll have some things to help him remain stable until his first surgery, like prostaglandin for his lungs, and they’ll do testing and heart echos to get a 100% sure clear idea of how his surgery needs to go. He’ll have his first open heart surgery (the Norwood) within the first week. Second surgery will be at 3-6 months and third surgery will be at 2-3 years old. His most critical time will be the time between first and second surgeries.

When will he get to go home?

They said he’ll get to go home after a few weeks barring any additional complications but our house will be like a mini hospital and we won’t be going many places, if any. We will have to be diligent in limiting visitors and making sure they’re not sick. If he’s around anyone remotely sick or anyone that smokes, it could literally kill him.

How common is HLHS?

HLHS is pretty rare, and according to the CDC, less than 1% of babies born in the US have it which is about 960 babies each year. Congenital heart defects as a group affects 1 in 100 babies. #1in100

What causes it?

They’ve told us that it’s mostly hereditary, but since we don’t have a family history on either side of any type of congenital heart defect they think in our case it was sporadic. Sometimes if the mom doesn’t know she’s pregnant for an extended amount of time, certain medications or lifestyles (drugs, alcohol, smoking) can cause it but we knew we were trying and we knew I was pregnant prior to a missed period, so I was extra careful even before we found out. Not that I do drugs or smoke but I have an occasional beer that I refrained from, starting when we started talking about baby #2.

Where will I deliver? 

We live in a small town about 45 minutes from our current OB. We live about 2 and a half hours from where his surgeries will happen in Houston, Texas. I will deliver at the same hospital his surgeries will happen at. We actually have to pick a new OB but that decision will happen after our next appointment with the pediatric cardiologist when we discuss detailed surgery plans and it will also depend a bit on our insurance. Some of you know I lost my job in June of this past year and with that, I lost our insurance coverage. We had to get coverage privately and it has limited the places that accept us, plus being high risk. I’m currently remaining under the care of my original OB and they’re aware of the situation and going to continue monitoring heavily for preeclampsia and checking growth patterns on Huck. They’ve actually increased my visits a little bit and have said they’ll see me every day if need be.

Will he be able to live a normal life?

For the most part, yes. It’s all based individually on each child with HLHS but we have every faith in the world that our boy will get the best care possible and once these doctors perform these miracles on him, he’ll be no different than any other little boy. He probably won’t play sports or run marathons, but let’s be honest… Nolan and I aren’t really sporty people and if you see me running, you better run too because something is chasing me. I’m sure he’ll have plenty of hobbies otherwise. Nolan already talks about hunting and fishing with him. 😍

If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask. I’m glad to answer them if you’re curious. I won’t find anything offensive and to me, it helps to raise awareness about HLHS and congenital heart defects. A lot of HLHS cases are individually based on the specific child so every story you read on the internet is different. Also, February 7-14 is congenital heart defect awareness week.

I also wanted to say a sincere and huge thank you to all of the support we’ve been receiving lately. My mom started a Go Fund Me and I have cried more than once seeing the donations from people we know. My mother in law has cooked dinner for us so many times in the last few weeks and it has been great to have one less thing to think about. My  sister in law and brother in law donated the proceeds from a garage sale we had last weekend to help with expenses and my dad and stepmom are planning a benefit event and raffle in April. And just the rest of our family, friends, and community have been amazing at showing their support and offering help and prayers. I’ve had so many people text just to say we were on their minds and I think we’re on every church prayer list in southeast Texas. The amount of gratitude we have is unexplainable. So thank you from the bottom of our hearts.