29 Weeks


In very exciting news, baby girl finally has a name!  I hadn’t shared on the blog yet because the news was still slowly traveling to family and friends, but I believe the cat is officially out of the bag.  The official name is Molly June Mulligan!  Molly was on a list of contenders from the beginning, but when at the beach with a couple of friends over Memorial Day weekend that somehow became her official nickname.  The four of us referred to her as “Molly” all weekend, and then Mike and I continued to call her that joking around at home.  We debated dozens of other names, but nothing else felt right.  We finally decided that Molly already felt like her name – especially since we had been calling her that for over a month!  So, it was decided.  As far the middle name, I always knew that I wanted June to be the middle name if I had a girl.  That was my Grandma’s name – my dad’s mom – and my sister was named after her as well (Kathryn June).  My Grandma June was one of a kind.  She spoiled me and my sister rotten, and we absolutely adored her.  I have the best memories of time spent with her when I was young – sleepovers at her house when we would stay up late watching tv in her bed, eating her homemade fried chicken, countless trips to the mall and excursions to Toys R Us, watching Grease (and other movies I wasn’t allowed to watch at home) with her in the living room floor.  I miss her all the time, but I’m glad that her name will live on in our daughter.

This was the most amazing week I can remember in a long time.  Friday I drove over to Mike’s office where his coworkers threw a surprise shower for us – well, a surprise for Mike!  He was so shocked, and the look on his face when he walked into the conference room for a “meeting” was priceless.  His coworkers were all so sweet, and I was so touched by everything they did for us!  It was a perfect party, and I can’t believe everyone pulled off the surprise – including me!  Saturday some of my best friends threw the most beautiful and perfect shower for me and Baby Molly.  There was so much thought and detail put into every little thing, and I adored it all.  I have the best friends ever, and they went above and beyond to make this day perfect.  I couldn’t be more thankful for them and for our families – some of whom traveled across the country to be here for the occasion!  It was such a special weekend, and I am still in awe at the outpouring of love our friends and families have shown for us and for Molly!  We could not feel more loved! 

How far along: 29 weeks and the size of a butternut squash – about 16 inches long and 2.5 pounds.

Gender: Girl

Maternity clothes: Oh yeah.

Belly button in or out: Still questionable, but it should be popping out any day now.

Sleep: Not so great.  I was blessed with one amazing night’s rest Friday night, though.  I slept through the night and didn’t wake up until 9 am!  I can’t remember the last time I slept that late or that long without waking up.  It was amazing and much needed.   

Best moment this week: So many I don’t even know where to begin!  It would definitely have to be a tossup between Mike’s surprise work shower that his sweet coworkers through us on Friday, the shower that my wonderful friends through me on Saturday, and spending time with our families who were here for the weekend and we rarely see.  It was such a perfect weekend filled with so much love and happiness celebrating Molly!

Miss anything: Sleep!  I’m sure all of you mothers out there are cracking up at this knowing how much worse it’s about to get once the baby is actually here, right?!  🙂 

Movement:  I’m a little afraid about how feisty and wild this little girl might be judging by how active she already is.  Even the doctor commented on it at my appointment this week – granted, I had just chugged that nasty sugary beverage for my glucose test, but still!  She was trying to listen to the heartbeat, and Molly kicked so hard that the doctor’s hand jumped up from my belly.  We both laughed, and I confirmed that that was pretty much par for the course.  Last night was no exception.  I was SO exhausted after our long amazing weekend, and she decided to keep me up for another good hour with her intense kicks.  I kept reminding her it was bedtime, but she wasn’t having it.  Hope I don’t have a night owl on my hands!

Cravings: Ice cream, chocolate and fruit.  My friend Katie made some oreo truffles for my shower, and they were to die for!  Luckily, I was able to bring some home – no comment on how many I’ve already had.

Looking forward to: Touring the hospital soon and signing up for a couple of classes that will hopefully make us feel a little more prepared for what’s ahead!

It was so nice to have my sister here this weekend to celebrate her niece!  She is just a little bit excited about becoming a first-time aunt.. haha!   

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28 Weeks

28 weeks

It’s official – we are entering the third trimester!  How did that happen?!  While my body is definitely starting to feel the effects, it’s still hard to believe that this much time has passed and we are entering the final stretch.  This week has been a turning point in a lot of ways.  All of a sudden I feel much more uncomfortable, much more tired, and and much more overwhelmed.  I feel a little bit annoyed that I’m already this uncomfortable because I was really hoping that I had another good month or two in me, but I keep reminding myself that things could be a lot worse and I’m very thankful that I’ve had a pretty easy pregnancy thus far.  Here’s to the last third of this crazy journey… I can’t believe we’ll be holding a precious baby girl in our arms in three short months!

How far along: 28 weeks and the size of a large eggplant (yikes!) – about 16 inches long and 2.5 pounds.

Gender: Girl

Maternity clothes: Mike and I hit the outlets yesterday, and I added a couple more dresses and tops to the wardrobe.  Besides a couple of tops and maxi dresses, I’ve pretty much said goodbye to my pre-maternity clothes.  It was nice while it lasted.

Belly button in or out: Flat to slightly protruding.  It’s questionable.

Sleep: Not so comfortable anymore which is probably adding to my lack of energy.  I have officially surrounded myself with a fortress of pillows while sleeping.  I still have to have my Snoogle, but I add more pillows around me now, too… there can never be enough.  As my belly expands, it’s just not comfortable in any position.  Still sleeping on my side, but I toss and turn a lot and wake up at least a couple of times per night.  Not to mention, I can no longer sleep in even on weekends.  Womp womp.  I guess this is nature’s way of preparing me for many sleepless nights in the future!

Best moment this week: Nothing crazy stands out this week, but we’ve enjoyed a nice weekend at home including a date night Friday and evening out Saturday with friends we hadn’t seen in forever.  I’ve also started entering the hardcore “nesting” phase.  I am trying to get this house in order and ready for Baby Girl!  One step at a time…

Miss anything: Sleeping comfortably and just generally moving around more easily.  I feel like getting up from the couch is becoming a chore – I can’t imagine how much worse that’s about to get.  So thankful to have a sweet husband who does everything he can to help me out!

Movement: Constantly!  Kicking, punching, rolls, jabs, you name it!  The weirdest thing I’ve noticed this week is that she is now big enough that I can feel her jabbing at both sides of my stomach at the same time.  It’s like she is all over the place.  Sometimes it’s pretty painful, but for the most part it’s still awesome.  I often find myself mesmerized watching my belly change shapes right before my eyes.  It’s so crazy.

Cravings: Ice cream!

Looking forward to: Seeing so many wonderful family members and friends next week at my shower some sweet friends are throwing for me!  I can’t wait to see everyone!  It’s going to be such a fun-filled weekend with the ones I love.

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27 Weeks

27 weeks

How far along: 27 weeks and the size of a rutabaga – about 14.5 inches long almost 2 pounds.

Gender: Girl

Maternity clothes: Yep… my options are getting slimmer by the day as my belly keeps growing. I think it’s time to go shopping!

Belly button in or out: Flat as a pancake.

Sleep: Definitely getting more uncomfortable and waking up a couple times a night is becoming the norm.

Best moment this week: Seeing my sister! We flew to Denver to visit Kat and her sweet hubby Chris over 4th of July weekend, and we had a great time. As always, the weekend went by way too fast, but I’m so excited to see her again in a couple of weeks at my shower!

Miss anything: I think I was a pretty good sport in Denver chugging water at breweries while my family enjoyed tasting all the yummy beers, but I was definitely missing having a cold one!

Movement: My little mover and shaker has been kicking up a storm all week. My mom and sister got to feel her kick in Denver which was so much fun. I drank a little apple juice hoping the sugar would get her moving, and it worked like a charm!

Cravings: Still sweets… we had some delicious desserts in Denver that hit the spot, and my brother-in-law whipped me up a delicious oreo milkshake that was to die for!

Looking forward to: A low-key week… finally!

I will leave you with some pics from our fun trip to Denver – Red Rocks, rickshaw races, and Fort Collins breweries!

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26 Weeks



How far along: 26 weeks and the size of a head of lettuce – about 14 inches long and about 1 2/3 pounds.

Gender: Sweet baby girl

Maternity clothes: Nothing new… still working with what I have.  I just can’t bring myself to buy much for myself right now, but I know that maternity clothes are becoming more of a necessity as the weeks tick by.  I’d rather buy adorable baby clothes!  🙂

Belly button in or out: Flat as a pancake.

Sleep: Sleep is definitely becoming more uncomfortable.  It takes me a little longer to fall asleep because of that, but once I do I’ve still been sleeping pretty hard.

Best moment this week: Hearing that perfect heartbeat always tops the list!  I had my 24 week appointment (one week late due to vacation) this week, and I’ve started rotating to meet all of the doctors since any of the doctors in my practice could deliver Baby Mully depending on who is on call.  This week’s appointment was short and sweet, and everything is measuring right on track!

Miss anything: Not this week!

Movement: So. Much. Movement.  The kicks are starting to become a little more painful at times… not exactly what she is jabbing in there!  I love it, though.  I woke up a couple of mornings ago to Mike’s hand on my belly just feeling Baby Mully kicking around while I was sleeping.  It was so sweet.  🙂

Cravings: Nothing seems to be changing here… sweet, sweet, sweet.

Baby Purchases/Gifts: The most exciting purchase this week was the crib and glider for the nursery that we found yesterday!  I am so relieved to have those checked off the list and see everything start coming together.  I also couldn’t resist a huge J.Crew sale that was going on, so I stocked up on some adorable baby girl clothes as well!  Oops! 🙂  We’ve started receiving some gifts from our registry from friends and family this week which is so exciting.  We just couldn’t be more thankful for all of the wonderful people in our lives who will now be a part of Baby Mully’s.  This girl is already so loved!

Looking forward to: This weekend!!  We are going to visit my sister and her hubby in Denver over the long holiday weekend, and I can’t wait!  It’s been WAY too long since we’ve seen each other, so I am counting down the days!  3 to go….

Enjoy this outtake with my cuddle buddy, Blake.  She can’t wait to be a big sister!  😉


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24 & 25 Weeks

So, I’ve been slacking a bit on the blog lately.  Mike and I took off this past week for a much needed getaway at the beach!  We headed to Blue Mountain Beach, FL – near where we got married – for 5 fabulous days with my family.  We then drove to Tampa on Thursday to spend the rest of the weekend with my best friends from college.  The four of us are only able to get together about once a year these days, so we really cherish these fun weekends.  We had such a wonderful week, and I’m sad that it’s already come to an end.  Because we left a day before I hit 24 weeks, I decided to just combine these past two weeks into one blog post.


How far along: 25 weeks and the size of a head of cauliflower – about 14 inches long and 1.5-2.2 pounds.


How far along: 24 weeks (23 weeks, 6 days) and the size of a canteloupe – more than 12 inches long and just over a pound.

Gender: GIRL!

Maternity clothes: I finally wondered into Motherhood Maternity the week before our vacation, and I added a few new pieces to the wardrobe – mostly work attire.

Belly button in or out: Looking pretty flat these days.

Sleep: I made the decision to load up my Snoogle in the car for our road trip since we would be gone for over a week, and I’m so glad I did!  I’ve become pretty dependent on that thing as my belly continues to expand.

Best moment this week: So hard to choose after such an amazing week.  Sitting on my favorite beach is really hard to beat, but spending quality time with my family and closest friends is the best!

Miss anything: Sitting on a beach with a good beer book in hand.  😉

Movement: Baby Mully was quite content at the beach – she barely moved all week!  I’m convinced it’s because she is definitely related to me, and the beach completely calms her.  She was on vacation mode, too!  She has been a little more active today, so she was probably kicking and screaming about heading back home along with her parents…

Cravings: The usual suspects… cantaloupe, watermelon, ice cream.

Baby Purchases/Gifts: We have racked up these past two weeks!  My sweet aunt brought the most adorable beach rompers and hat for baby girl to wear during our next annual beach trip, and they are too precious for words.  My friends also gifted us with a couple of sweet goodies this past weekend – a hooded towel and a personalized diaper caddy liner.  We bought a couple of small items including a precious pink Rosemary Beach onesie, a tiny Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel t-shirt (can’t believe we found that!), and a baby book.  I ordered a rug for the nursery, too, and can’t wait to start decorating in there once we get a couple of other house projects taken care of.

Looking forward to: My next dr appointment tomorrow!

Here are a few pictures from our vacation – Enjoy!


Shug & Shug soaking up the sun


Baby’s first trip to the spot where her parents tied the knot 4 years ago


Best friends for 13 years – Katie, Kristina, Christy, Ceilidhl

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23 Weeks


How far along: 23 weeks and the size of a grapefruit – more than 11 inches long and just over a pound. 

Gender: GIRL!

Maternity clothes: Living in mostly non-maternity flowing dresses this week which has been nice.  This heat has been intense, and I know it will just get worse as the summer goes on… especially as I get more uncomfortable.

Belly button in or out: In.. barely.

Sleep: Sleeping ok.  I’ve had a more difficult time falling asleep lately because there is a mile long to-do list constantly running through my head.  I’m starting to feel a little more stressed about things we need to get done in the next couple of months, and I tend to focus on all of these things late at night for some reason.  I also woke up in the middle of the night one night this week in agonizing pain after flipping from one side to the other.  It hurt so badly that I started thinking something might be wrong and started googling on my phone – something my doctor told me to NEVER do!  Googling when pregnant brings up terrifying answers for any question you may have.  Anyway, I pretty much decided that it was just round ligament pain.  I’ve felt it off on on before when coughing, sneezing, or making sudden movements like getting up too fast, but it’s never been that painful or intense.  I read that if I try to just lie still for a few minutes and stay calm it should go away, and it did.  

Best moment this week: Mike finally felt Baby Mully kick last night!  He never knows what he’s feeling for, but she was being crazy active last night so I knew he would eventually feel her.  It was so cool to finally be able to share that together!

Miss anything: Now that these hot summer days are here to stay, I do miss an ice cold beer….

Movement: All day every day!  I feel her moving right now.  This is one active little girl… I’m starting to wonder if she’ll be the same way after she’s born.  If so, I think we are in for a wild ride.

Cravings: Cantaloupe is still my current favorite followed by all other sweet fruits, popsicles, and ice cream!

Baby Purchases/Gifts: Gap was having a huge online sale this week, so we made our first baby clothing purchase!  Baby girl clothes are the cutest!

Looking forward to: A week at the beach!!  We leave next weekend for Seaside, FL to spend a week in the sun with my family, and I cannot wait!  Relaxation, amazing food, the ocean, a few books, and family time is just what this girl needs.  We will then leave from there that following Thursday night and head to Tampa to spend the rest of the weekend with my best friends from college.  It’s going to be one amazing week!  Let the countdown begin…..

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22 Weeks


How far along: 22 weeks and the size of a papaya – about 10.5 inches long and 12.7 ounces.  Please ignore the bags under my eyes – this picture was taken after a very long day!

Gender: GIRL!

Maternity clothes: This past week I’ve stocked up on a couple of swimsuits for a family beach trip we are taking in a couple of weeks – can’t wait!   I didn’t think I’d be the “tankini” type, but I do feel a little more comfortable in them now that my belly is rapidly expanding.

Belly button in or out: In.. barely.

Sleep: Starting to become a little more uncomfortable, but that Snoogle body pillow has been my savior!

Best moment this week: Feeling real kicks finally!!  It’s so weird and amazing.  This is one active little girl!  I can now feel her kicking at all hours of the day.  Mike hasn’t felt it yet since it’s so sporadic, but I’m sure he will very soon.  We also enjoyed a wonderful weekend with my mom and Andy who helped us with a big house project – expanding our master closet!  It’s not quite complete, but we’re hoping to finish it this weekend and I can’t wait!

Miss anything: Today I was really missing energy.  I’ve been feeling good for the most part, but every now and then I just feel exhausted.  Today was one of those days, and I was having to really concentrate on staying awake driving into work.

Movement: LOTS!  So happy to finally feel her kicking around.  She definitely doesn’t like it when my pants are slightly tight around the waist – feels like she is punching me!  “I need more room, Mama!”  

Cravings: Loving summer fruits still – cantaloupe, strawberries, watermelon, and Georgia peaches have been hitting the spot this week! 

Baby Purchases/Gifts: I bought a picture frame for the nursery today, and I am so ready to start collecting everything else for this sweet little girl’s room!  I already have a plan, and I can’t wait to share it once it all comes together!

Looking forward to: Hosting a baby shower for one of my best friends, Christy, this weekend!  She is due about a month before me, and her little man is sure to be Baby Mully’s first boyfriend. 🙂


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21 Weeks


How far along: 21 weeks and the size of a carrot – about 10.5 inches long and 12.7 ounces. 

Gender: It’s a GIRL!  It’s so funny, but the past week or two I was just feeling absolutely positive that it was a girl – there was no doubt in my mind.  I didn’t want to say that out loud in case I was wrong, but I would have been shocked if it was a boy.  I just knew! We are so very thrilled, and I already feel more connected with her just knowing the baby is a “she”.  We didn’t actually find out the news at our ultrasound appointment (yes, that was almost impossible to resist!).  Instead, we had the technician put the surprise in an envelope, and we had some fun with a gender reveal photo shoot that evening.  My friends Carson and Melissa were given the envelope and helped set everything up before Melissa took the pictures of us finding out the exciting news! We had a blast, and I’m so glad that we will have these pictures to treasure for years to come.  Thanks so much, Melissa!!

Maternity clothes: YES.  I need to go shopping asap because I am quickly outgrowing everything in my closet.  Still on the hunt for some work clothes to get me through the next few months.

Belly button in or out: In.. barely.

Sleep: Still good.

Best moment this week: Obviously, seeing baby girl and finding out the gender was the best!! Also, spending the long weekend at the beach with our good friends Rhett and Katie.  We had so much fun, and it was nice to just relax for a few days and enjoy the sand and salty air – my happy place!

Miss anything: Not having to use the restroom at least every hour.  It was not a fun car ride home today!

Movement: Still lots of flutters all the time.  At the ultrasound Baby Girl was moving all over the place which was so cool to watch!  I thought that’s what was going on from what I feel every day, but it was neat to see her actually moving about.  She was waving her arms and wiggling all over the place.  The technician asked if I had just has some chocolate since she was going nuts, and I had to confess I had just consumed a (virgin) margarita at work during a Mexican fiesta lunch we had for a coworker.  I guess that sugar really got her going!

Cravings: Cantaloupe!, strawberries, chocolate, jalepenos.

Baby Purchases/Gifts: Rhett and Katie gave us a sweet gift before our beach trip – an adorable elephant “lovie” security blanket, “It’s a Girl” pin with a Georgia “G”, and a sweet book – so thoughtful!

Looking forward to: A short week at work and spending this weekend with my mom and Andy!

Here are some photos from our gender reveal photo shoot – Enjoy!











Baby GIRL Mully!!!


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20 Weeks


How far along: 20 weeks and the size of a banana – about 6.5 inches long and 10.6 ounces.  Can’t believe we are already halfway there!

Gender: Less than a week until we find out and I. Can. Not. Wait.  We have our 20 week appointment Thursday afternoon, so fingers crossed that Baby Mully cooperates during the ultrasound!  Otherwise, I may have to chug some sugary drinks or do some jumping jacks to try and get him/her to flip around for us (or so I’ve heard…).

Maternity clothes: I added some maternity shorts, a dress, and a shirt to the wardrobe this week thanks to a crazy sale at Old Navy.

Belly button in or out: In.

Sleep: Usually great, but it’s starting to get slightly more uncomfortable.  My Snoogle body pillow has really started coming in handy lately – loving that thing!  

Best moment this week: Celebrating my good friend Dave’s engagement at a shower thrown for him last night.  It was so much fun catching up with some old friends and his adorable parents last night.  

Miss anything: Being able to stand on my feet for longer periods of time without getting so tired and feeling like I’ve just run a marathon.  Both the party last night and running errands today wiped me out.  I feel great, but I’m often reminded that I don’t have the energy that I used to.

Movement: Feeling a lot of movement this week.. mainly at night still.  It’s getting much more prominent, but I’m still waiting on that first kick!

Cravings: Fruit, chocolate, and spicy foods.

Baby Purchases/Gifts: My sweet friend Tara and her husband Jarrett gave us this adorable elephant baby hat last night, and I’m in love with it!  It will be so perfect for baby’s first fall and winter.  I also loved Tara’s sweet note that she wrote to us giving us one piece of advice – ignore the advice and follow your instincts.  I miss that girl and wish I saw her more often!


Looking forward to: Finding out the gender this week!!  Also, we are spending Memorial Day weekend at the beach with our good friends Rhett and Katie.  I can’t wait for a fun weekend relaxing in the sun!

Just for fun: Here are some gender predictions according to Old Wives Tales.  These strongly seem to suggest that a GIRL is on the way – which is what I’ve been feeling this whole time.  I would love to hear your predictions before we find out on Thursday!  🙂

1. Heartburn – No – Girl

2. Cravings – Sweet – Girl

3. Heartrate – Above 140 bmp (we’ve been averaging 160) – Girl

4. Chinese Calendar – based on conception date and mother’s birthdate – Girl

5. Mayan Calendar – based on mother’s age at conception and year of conception – Boy

6. Acne – Yes – Girl

7. Moody – Yes (it’s getting worse!) – Girl

8. Clumsy – Yes – Boy

9. Side I sleep on – Right – Girl

10. Morning Sickness – No – Boy

11. Headaches – No – Girl

12. Carrying – High – Girl

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19 Weeks


How far along: 19 weeks and the size of a mango – about 6 inches long and 8.5 ounces.

Gender: I feel like there are now mixed reviews from family and friends, but I’m still feeling girl.  11 more days til we find out!

Maternity clothes: 90 degree temps are here in GA, so I am living in stretchy, breathable dresses as much as possible.  I’m also still loving the maternity jeans and shorts.  I need to add some work appropriate tops to the wardrobe soon, but I haven’t found any I really like.  

Belly button in or out: In.

Sleep: Can’t get enough.  

Best moment this week: Celebrating Mother’s Day with both my mom and and my mother-in-law for the first time ever!  It was so nice having both of our moms together for such a special weekend.  We had a great time, and I can’t believe that this time next year I will be celebrating my first official Mother’s Day with a 7ish month old… crazy!

Miss anything: Not being so clumsy.  I spill something down my shirt almost every day now, and it’s getting a bit ridiculous.  Yesterday I spilled my (insanely good) cookies ‘n cream popsicle on my shirt and walked around all day again without anyone telling me.  I need to start carrying around a spare shirt in my purse.  Ok, you can’t make this up… I just took a break in the middle of this paragraph to help Mike with dinner, and I just spilled a container of feta cheese all over the floor.  It’s getting worse by the minute! 🙂

Movement: Still feeling a lot of movement especially at night and when I eat spicy food.

Cravings: Fruit, chocolate, and I’ve been eating a lot of spicy food this week… hence the dancing baby in my belly!

Baby Purchases/Gifts: We bought our first piece of furniture for the nursery this weekend which I am so excited about!  It’s a dresser that will also be used as a changing table.  It’s absolutely perfect, and I was so happy to find it while out shopping with my mom and MIL.  It was a sweet moment to share with them!  We also got a couple of sweet gifts for Mother’s Day… a red & black pair of booties from my aunt (Go Dawgs!) and a cute canvas painting for the nursery along with two adorable onesies from our brother and sister-in-law.  So sweet!

Looking forward to: A low-key week and then celebrating a good friend’s engagement next weekend!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers and moms to be out there!!


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