A Pregnancy Test Tale

Hello! Here I am at 20 weeks and at the halfway point of this third pregnancy! I’m feeling good and also feeling a lot like the very hungry caterpillar… who is still hungry. We just had our 20 week sonogram and got to see our baby wiggle around a whole lot. We resisted finding out gender again, so another delivery room surprise it will be!

I’m trying to savor this whole experience, but am in awe at how fast it’s flown by. It seems like just ten minutes ago that I was weeping non-stop during Cece’s first day of kindergarten. That afternoon, after I told Joe about the unusual degree of my crying that day, he asked me, “Are you SURE you’re not pregnant?” Maybe??? Cue the pregnancy tests (view them here).

I took one that afternoon (even though the best time to take a test is in the morning) and immediately got a bright bold positive. I’ve literally never seen a result develop so fast.  In that moment, I had two feelings. One was “OH! That makes a lot of sense!” and my second reaction was “YESSSSSS!!!” Oh, hormones.

After that point, I still invested in a variety of tests  (I wanted a few more confirmations, but honestly, I just love seeing the positive result appear before my eyes.)

Now that we’re at the halfway point and the holidays have almost come and gone, I have my sights set on using these next four months to get all of my ducks in a row and to-do lists completed before baby arrives. That also means the Pinterest-browsing, name-brainstorming, and online shopping has begun.

On that note, I’m excited to announce that I am doing a giveaway for a $50 gift card to diapers.com!

Whether you’ve only thought about baby-having, are currently in the process of growing a human (like myself),  or already have a house of rambunctious mini-mes (also like myself), they offer  products for moms and kids at every stage!

Here are a few goodies I have been eyeing up:

For myself:


Kickee Pants Basic Robe for possibly for maternity/hospital pics and then relaxing at home after coming home from the hospital,

Shea Moisture Body Butter since I love Shea brand everything!

JJ Cole Backpack Diaper Bag  for our hospital stay and life post-baby (I love that it’s structured, neutral, and can allow you to go hands-free when out and about!)

For my kids:


VTech Kidizoom Camera Pix  so my kids can take their mitts off my camera

Hunter boots in fuchsia  because Hunter boots in fuchsia. (This might be more for me than them.)

Melissa & Doug Cutting Fruit Crate as a great accompaniment to our play kitchen

For new baby:


Baby Deedee Sleep Nest with glow in the dark zipper! How great for people who are bad at swaddling and who also can’t see in the dark.

Sage Spoonfuls Big Batch Storage Set for all of our baby feeding needs

Manhattan Toy Paytime Pond Playmat since babies are crazy about all that sensory goodness (and I like the idea of adding a pond to our living room dΓ©cor)


All you need to do is comment below and tell me about what item (or items!) you would purchase from diapers.com with a gift card to spend!

*Commenting on the post is a mandatory form of entry. Please include your email address in the comment.  A winner will be chosen at random and be notified by 12/28. After you’ve commented here, you have a chance to earn 3 additional entries by:

1. Sharing this blog post on Facebook (1 entry)  2. Following me on Instagram (1 entry) 3. Commenting on my Instagram giveaway post about what products you would purchase! (1 entry) 4. Tag a friend on my Instagram post (1 entry)

*This giveaway is in partnership with Nakturnal.


  1. Michele Gaetz says:

    Beautiful story Rachel! It so exciting to see your LOVING family grow!

  2. Danielle Burski says:

    Besides the never ending need for diapers and wipes with baby, I love me a good body butter!


  3. Andrea Olson says:

    Love this blog!
    I would stock up on cetaphil and bandaids. Boring but we go thru them! πŸ™‚

  4. Kristina Anderson says:

    So fun! Addie would be spoiled with Melissa & Doug Arts and Crafts and Playdough. Also, we’d be outside our gift card prob, but she grew out of her old hunter boots, so I’d get her a pair for spring! πŸ™‚ Sending love!

  5. Dagmar says:

    I would purchase some new clothes for my daughter! We love Carter’s products. Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. Dagmar says:

    Following and tagged a friend on ig! mama_lovin14

  7. Kayla Bartusek says:

    Diapers! And lotion to get us through the winter.

  8. Nicky Cruz says:

    I would put it towards new seats for the boys so I can fit them in the new car I’m hoping to get!

  9. Lauren says:

    Such a great post! And I would totally get the Melissa & Doug Cutting Fruit Crate … so cute! πŸ™‚ Hope you and your growing family are doing well. xo

  10. Jennifer says:

    Exciting time! Probably clothing or Melissa and doug product

  11. Ashley Partch says:

    I don’t think there is ever such a thing as too many diapers and wipes!

  12. Tara Brunmeier says:

    Awesome idea! I would be interested in Maternity clothes,things for the nursery or for our little one.

    1. Rachel Gaetz says:

      Tara! You’re the winner! I’ll be in contact with you about how to redeem your prize. Congrats!!!

  13. Jessica says:

    Such a gorgeous mama! I can’t wait to meet your new addition and see your new home! What a year 2016 has been for your family!!! 2017 should be a blast!


  14. Erica Yuen says:

    now that owen is almost 6 months the baby bullet for baby food making will be handy, instead of using a blender! cant wait to meet the new addition! so excited for you.

  15. Amelia says:

    Aww you are always the cutest pregnant lady! Hope you are feeling well.

  16. Tasha Basmoen Conway says:

    I love the sleep nest with glow in the dark zipper! I am always struggling to zip Audrey into her sleep sack in her dark room when she is sleeping so this is genius! Would love to try it out!


  17. Robbyn says:

    Presents for my friends with babies!! πŸ™‚

  18. Kristina says:

    Beautiful and I am so excited. You are an amazing mom. You can just see how happy your girls are.

  19. Alissa Ehrich says:

    Omg. We’ve been using Shea Moisture on the kiddos since H was a newborn! And now I use it on myself too. I would DEFINITELY be picking up some for myself (bc, self-care, right?)

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