Week 22

The baby’s movements are much larger this week! Before it felt like little pokes and kicks and things but now when she moves its like I feel it across my entire stomach. Kev notices it too. It’s our nightly ritual to get into bed and then he usualy rubs my belly and talks to the baby. The other night he noticed as well how much bigger the movements are. hehe she growing! We are (well I am) a little nervous we are going to have big babies. Kev was 10.5 pounds when he was born. Yikes!! I dont want to give birth to no 10.5 pound little girl. hehe. So stay small but healthly little one!


Today is a very special day. Instead of talking mostly about the baby I wanted to spend sometime talking about Kev. Today is out 6 year dating anniversary. Today 6 years ago we went on our first date. We had been friends for a little while before that and after a very life changing college senior year I finally gave into his cute smile and said yes to a date (dont judge but it was the same day that I broke up with a previous boyfriend. Hey, when you know you know right?) We went to see a band play called Silent Drive. That cd became the soundtrack of that summer. It was a very magical couple months. It was the last few weeks of college when classes are winding down, you are filled with excitement of graduation, starting your life and for us starting a new relationship. We stayed up late on adventures like everynight. Sneaking around so other college friends wouldn’t find out. We wanted it to be a secret. I seriously feel like it was a movie. They are some of my fondest memories. For our 1 year wedding anniversary Kev wrote me a little novel documenting these weeks. We read it together every year on this day. I also turned a lot of his book into artwork for my artshow show last year. Remember?

A lot of things have happened in 6 years. If you told me 6 years ago as I got in his car on our way to the show that in the next six years we would get engaged and married in a 3 week time frame, move to Hawaii, move back to MA, Drive across the country twice, get a job teaching in the Berkshires, Get a job in Albany, Buy a house, sell the house, start jenloveskev, Move to NY, and now be having a baby girl, I dont think I could have believed you. There were lots of paths and adventures taken inbetween and I cherish every memory I have. I am looking forward with excitment to what the next 6 hold for us. He is my best friend and I can’t imagine going down this life journey without him. For our couple picture this week we wanted to recreate a picture that was taken of us 6 years ago one late night goofing around campus.




Here are some other pictures from the first summer together that all started on this day: April 29th.

Silent Drivehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/jenloveskev/4561746147/
These trees always remind me of these momentshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/jenloveskev/4562374476/
Trips to go see piebald playhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/jenloveskev/4561742387/
Our superhero Logo painted on a bridge over the Mass Pikehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/jenloveskev/4561742725/
It was the summer Kev got out smarted by the monkeyhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/jenloveskev/4561744255/
We bought a sweet organ that summerhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/jenloveskev/4562372612/
I dyed my hair blackhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/jenloveskev/4561743855/
Spent lots of time in Maine and NHhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/jenloveskev/4561744027/
You played lots of shows with Vera that summerhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/jenloveskev/4561746381/
Boardwalk arcades were best used to purchase spider ringshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/jenloveskev/4561745959/

Dear Baby Girl:
My letter to you today is more about the future. I hope that your dad and me can be a good example of what love should be like. I hope that when you start dating that you will know that you deserve someone who will treat you like a lady and with respect and who will love you with everything they have. Someone you can have fun with and go on adventures and share in your passions with. They should be your best friend, someone who you can lean on and trust to be there for you. I hope you will not settle for someone who will not give you all that you will deserve. I know I have found these things in your Dad and I know he feels the same way about me. We were meant for each other. Nothing that comes up in life seems unbearable when I know I have him on my side. I hope you know that this love we have for each other is going to be just as great of a love for you. We already love you so much.
Keep Growing strong!
Your Mom

  1. Awww. You are a great example of what love should be and not just for your little girl but for all girls everywhere. I love your love story 🙂

  2. I knew I was going to date my husband the day I broke up with my ex as well. Those rebounds sometimes stick!

  3. i’ve liked a lot before/after photo, is really nice see both and the love that you have. is amazing how fast time goes and the things you did in this short time. all good things. congratulations! you are really lucky. lots of kisses

  4. what a great post! I think you and your hubby and me and my hubby would be friends if we lived in the same state. keep growing strong little baby!

  5. What an incredibly, awesome, amazing post.

  6. That is such a sweet story and post. And you are a gorgeous pregnant woman!

  7. You’ve gotta stop making me tear up with these posts! What sweet stories <3

  8. Aw, congrats! My BF and I will be celebrating 6 years in July (officially September, but we were inseparable right away).

  9. that picture of you and kev by the fire is absolutely wonderful!

  10. What an awesome post, Jen. I love the comparison pictures of you guys now and 6 years ago. So sweet 🙂

  11. I second Lexie, the fire shot is the cutest thing ever! you two are adorable, but most important a REAL couple. even if you say part of your romance was like a movie, you two are better than a movie and I hope one day I can have what you guys do 🙂

  12. Alisha •

    I love how you recreated a picture! That’s a great idea. My hubs and I also celebrated our 6 year dating anniversary this year! 🙂

  13. Lindsay •

    I follow your blog and love all of the pregnancy pics, but the pic you recreated from 6 years ago is absolutely adorable! Congrats–you and Kev seem perfect together!

  14. the love between you two is so beautiful and inspiring 🙂

  15. This is such a sweet post! I agree with some of the other commenters, that picture of the two of you by the fire is the cutest picture i’ve ever seen!

  16. oh my gosh, jen…seth and his sister were also both 10 lb. babies so i, too, am freaking that the twins are going to be giant (actually they already are…both over a 1lb. already!!!). i can’t believe how much the movements have changed in the last two weeks…i just LOVE seeing and feeling them more…it’s making the discomforts and queasiness (yes, still), all seem sooooo worth it.

    and wow. piebald. i haven’t thought/heard of them in YEARS!!!

  17. amanda •

    jen, it’s ok. i got pretty big when i was pregnant with parker. remember? and he was only 6 lbs, 2.3 oz.

    also, i totally remember you and kev sneaking around at school and i love that i was able to witness your love for each other blossom into the love you share today. you will be amazing parents…i know this for sure. hopefully i can come visit you both some day soon, like you and kev did with me, and we can sit down and talk for hours about you and kev’s new adventure!

  18. Gah I’m getting all teary reading this post at my desk! You are going to be such a wonderful mother if you are already passing down advice like this to your babygirl. Heck, that’s good advice for a 21 year old!
    Thank you once again for sharing.

  19. You’re glowing! I love seeing the bump progress! Wow it’s incredible to think of all that can happen in a handful of years! Seems like yours was a an incredible ride!

  20. don’t worry about size. i had a 10 lb baby, no problem. your body will grow a baby just right for you.

  21. That was super sweet. I loved reading it. Love you guys! How cool that you’re having a baby girl now. Life is a great journey, that’s for sure.

  22. What a great post! Congrats to you and Kev on your 6th year dating anniversary!

  23. Jen,
    I love to lurk your blog but rarely comment. But I just need to say: You are consistently the most beautiful person on the internet. Your little growing family is so sweet and perfect and amazing. You are such an amazing woman!!!! Congrats on your anniversary! I love your and Kev’s history together. So beautiful and great. Every. single. blog post makes me weep for all the beauty and love in this world. I think your little girl is good for all of us 🙂
    Congrats, and all the very best, the very best ever. You are amazing. You are going to be such great parents.
    Love, Miss Smog

  24. I love those Then and Now photos. Oh my word, you guys are adorable. And I think you’re going to be an amazing example of that love and friendship and family are. Your daughter is very blessed already to have you both. 🙂

  25. How is it that you look exactly the same while I look wayyy older? Also, I never realized how “background” I was in Vera. I mean, I know I was the bass player and all, but sheesh… these were the best photos you could find? Ha!

  26. Jen, this is the sweetest post ever! I’m making a little hand bound book for my friend who is getting married and my friends and I are filling it with ‘good things to think about’ for the baby, like ‘bowling with moons’ or ‘planting ice cream cones in the garden that grow into sundaes’ and I was thinking of all the lovely things parents to be can do before their baby arrives and these letters are probably some of the loveliest things a mom can do for her child. I’m loving all of your letters, they’re so warm and forthright and loving.

  27. Oh my goodness. I have been a follower of your blog for a long time, but have never actually commented (sorry!) but this post, particularly the last bit, brought tears to my eyes. You two are so adorable, and I cant imagine better parents for a child! Im thinking of you both, stay safe!


  28. congrats for the anniversary! I love the now and then pictures! great post!

  29. oh my goodness as if you guys could get any cuter!!! i love the love you guys have for eachother… its beautiful and inspiring – i know i have told you this before!

    congratulations on six beautiful years together – and to many many many more!

    xox suz <3

  30. Too cute…I spy a Lucky Dog Music Hall stage in this post.

    love it!

  31. You guys are such a beautiful, amazing couple. It warms my heart!

    I actually have a clothing advice request for you. I have an evening wedding in late May (so it will probably be light out) being held at a hotel. I have NO clue what to wear, and I don’t know the couple so I can’t really ask them. I want something elegant, with nice colors, and affordable, and not shorter than just above the knee. Any ideas? I don’t even know where to start…

  32. Congrats! Isn’t it crazy how time flies and things can change so much? I feel the same way, my husband and I started dating 8 years ago, and if you asked me then if I thought we would be where we are now, I would look at you as if you had two heads. Here’s to many more anniversaries and milestones!

  33. aw Jen this is such a sweet and loving post! happy 6 years dating. May you always date each other and be very very happy 🙂 Your girl is so lucky to have such great parents

  34. Kev, that picture of you on the boat is exactly how I always picture you when I think about you.

    Jen, youre ok.

  35. Rachel •

    That is SO sweet.

  36. You guys are the sweetest couple and will make such wonderful parents! Also, thank you for the sweet comment! Your blog continually inspires me. 🙂

  37. Completely and totally adorable. Thank you for sharing!

  38. Oh, this is the sweetest-ever!
    It made me want to go hug my fiance and tell him how great he is.
    You guys are adorable!

  39. I love this post, it’s so nice to see pictures of your ‘start’. I hope I can have such a wonderful relationship someday – your advice to your daughter is spot on.

  40. I couldn’t love this post more, Jen. I feel like when you talk about Kev and when you first started dating, I’m thinking back to the summer Brett and I first starting dating.. and I feel like we are so on the same page! I just love this. You two are just amazing!

  41. That is so sweet. Your daughter is so lucky that someday she will be able to read the letters you wrote her before she was born! The old pictures of you two are adorable, I love looking through pictures from a few years ago and thinking about certain times 🙂

  42. Aw, the now and then pictures are so precious!!!! And I also hope that you do not give birth to a 10+ pounder… I certainly don’t think I would wish that upon anyone!!!!

  43. carly •

    hi jen!
    i can’t believe how adorable this post was…i loved reading every word! i love hearing dating/marriage/love stories and yours is a cute one!! you two are going to be amazing parents…i love your little bump and can’t wait to see your little girl 🙂

  44. Angela •

    Wow, what a sweet post! I love how you have now and then pics, and you’re in the same pose. <3
    I just started reading your blog in the last month, and I love how you write–your posts are so open and honest and touching. Your letters to your baby are also very sweet. You guys are gonna be great parents!

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