I could hardly take this picture with you because…well…you are SO heavy. You are a chunk. But I love my big, chubby baby so much! I should probably be thanking you for giving my arms such a great workout everyday. The last time you were weighed was at 6 weeks and you were already 13 pounds. I can’t imagine what you weigh now…let’s just say a lot! A few days before you turned two months you started wearing 3-6 month clothes…and you are already filling those out. Sheesh. I can hardly keep up with how fast you are growing.

At two months you are the sweetest little guy. You are so laid back…and easy…and adorable…and fun! You are a cuddle-er and I just love that. I could sit and hold you all day. But since you are the third boy around here that just isn’t happening. Instead we spend most of our days chasing after your two big brothers. You started smiling and cooing at us this month. We all like to try to make you smile. You are probably tired of all the goofy faces we make at you. And even though you smile the biggest for your daddy, it is the sweetest little smile ever.

You take really great naps during the day and usually wake up 1-2 times a night. You are still sleeping in your bassinet and every night I tell you it would be a great day to start sleeping through the night! For some reason you never listen to me. By 7am you are usually wide awake and ready for the day. I am usually not. But even in my sleep deprived state I try to remember what a gift it is to be your mama. Each day, even the sleepy ones, are a gift. I am so thankful I get to spend my days with you and your brothers.

Love, Mama

P.S. A few other things you love…being outside, swinging, car rides, baths, and your paci. You really love your paci now.

jake 1&2

1 month – 2 months

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  • September 25, 2014 - 6:46 am

    Bridge - Such a handsome little guy! Love those snuggles and cuddles!ReplyCancel


  • September 25, 2014 - 9:25 am

    Jessica Hershberger - You really do make the CUTEST babies!! Chub and all…he is just too sweet :)ReplyCancel


  • September 25, 2014 - 10:11 am

    Amanda - Oh he is so yummy sweet!ReplyCancel


  • September 25, 2014 - 12:28 pm

    Toni :0) - Oh is ever adorable!! My son was 12 pounds at six weeks and it’s nice to know other Momma’s can grow ‘me big and healthy too! Now my son is nearly 16 and has a size 13 shoe. Trust me, they don’t slow down. Hah! Glad he’s doing so well though. Will pray for longer sleep for the little guy.ReplyCancel


  • September 26, 2014 - 11:23 am

    Lisa - Sweet, chunky monkey boy! He is the absolute cutest! :-)ReplyCancel


  • September 26, 2014 - 9:44 pm

    andrea - i want to pinch those fat rolls. Adorable!!ReplyCancel


  • September 27, 2014 - 4:31 pm

    Becca - You might need your husband to help with next months picture, Jake is adorable.ReplyCancel


  • September 27, 2014 - 8:43 pm

    Lara - What a little punkin!! He looks just like Joel, IMO.ReplyCancel


  • September 27, 2014 - 8:53 pm

    Paula - Jake is just adorable! My youngest was chunky too at that age. By the time she was a year old she slimmed down.ReplyCancel


  • September 30, 2014 - 8:57 am

    traci - This baby is a CLONE of his daddy!!! Btw…lovin the monthly picturesReplyCancel


  • October 27, 2014 - 10:23 pm

    Donna S. Edwards - After seeing the photos of baby Jake, I understand why you haven’t been blogging…you are busy nursing that baby!!!! I absolutely LUV the photo of Griffin holding up his hands for Daddy to stop. I had forgotten how I learned about Kate until seeing your post about her latest battle. Been praying for her a long time and continue to pray for healing. Your baby is growing so quickly. So if you put him down and get the urge to pick him up again, go for it. You know how quickly they grow up!ReplyCancel



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My heart has been so heavy since I checked in on sweet Kate’s blog a few days ago and learned that she has relapsed again with brain cancer. Devastating to say the least. I can’t even imagine. She is having brain surgery this morning. Will you join me in praying for Kate and her family today? To read Kate’s story and for updated prayer requests visit

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  • September 10, 2014 - 4:54 am

    Michelle from Australia - Jess, it was you who ‘introduced’ me to Kate many years ago. And I’ve been praying for her and her family ever since. When I read her Mum’s relapse post I just sat down and cried. May God Bless Kate, all who love her and her medical team today. xxReplyCancel


  • September 10, 2014 - 7:06 am

    Diane Taylor - Thank you Jess – I too have followed Kate thru this incredible journey and saw the update on the seizures that Kate was having. My heart dropped and I hoped upon all hopes that this wasn’t a return of her cancer. I know we serve a powerful God – he will be with Kate and her family once again. Praying for healing !ReplyCancel


  • September 10, 2014 - 8:03 am

    Kathy Apple - I read a post of your introducing this family and I just got done reading all of their entries. I was so sad to get to the most recent to see she has again relapsed. I am too praying for this sweet girl and her family. Keeping them in my thoughts today as she goes in for surgery.ReplyCancel


  • September 10, 2014 - 9:41 am

    Cristin - I, too, learned of Kate through your blog many years ago, and I have followed this sweet girl ever since. My heart broke the other day when Holly posted of the relapses. I have been praying so hard over this sweet family, and especially Kate.ReplyCancel


  • September 10, 2014 - 6:37 pm

    Mary Ann - Yes, prayers for Kate and her family for sure.ReplyCancel


  • September 11, 2014 - 8:15 pm

    amanda - oh my heart. this family has our prayers.ReplyCancel


  • September 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

    Sue - I have followed Kate’s blog for as long as I’ve followed yours and she is so in my thoughts, as are her mum and dad…

    Sue xReplyCancel


  • September 23, 2014 - 11:37 am

    EricaG - Prayers for this beautiful family.ReplyCancel


I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for Jake’s monthly pictures…I just wanted to do something different this time. I came across these monthly pics and decided to give it a try. Joel is thrilled that he gets to take our picture every month again.;)I wish I had started with a newborn pic…but I forgot. So this is Jake at one month. I decided I’d better post this before he was two months already!



You have officially made me feel surrounded by boys. But I love it so much. Your brothers are thrilled you are here and are already planning your future boy nights. You three are going to have so much fun together…I am sure there is going to be lots of wrestling involved…and lots of times when I might want to pull my hair out.;)

Your first month you were….well…pretty perfect. You were up almost all night the first night we brought you home (I thought I was going to die!) but after that you have been a super sleeper. You are pretty predictable, waking up two or three times a night usually. You sleep in the bassinet in our room. You hardly cry (don’t get too jealous…that has changed!) and are pretty content. My family nicknamed you Perfect Jake. All I want to do is sit around and hold you. You are such a cuddler.

As you can see by your one month photo, you are a chunk. At 3 1/2 weeks you weighed 10 lbs already. The first thing people say when they see you is “well, he doesn’t miss a meal” or “looks like he is a good eater” or “look at those cheeks!”. Needless to say you are gaining weight like a pro and eating is one of your best skills.

And just a few more things I want to remember about this first month. You wore newborn clothes and newborn diapers for about one week. Yep, that’s it! Now you are in size 1 diapers and 0-3 month clothes…and I am thinking this won’t last very much longer either. You spit up just like your brothers and sister. You have started half smiling at us and I can’t wait to see your big cheeky grin.

Jake, you are one very loved and smothered (by your brothers) boy! While the adjustment to three boys has been a little rough at times, you have made it pretty easy on us. I can’t imagine our family without you. I love you to the moon, Jakers.

Love, Mama

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  • September 5, 2014 - 4:48 pm

    Mary ann - Oh my…he’s so very cute. I love the chubby cheeks and arms that look like sausages!! What a wonderful addition to your family. He’s beautiful.ReplyCancel


  • September 5, 2014 - 6:10 pm

    claire k - Just wanted to tell you to check little Kate’s website. I’ve been following it since you mentioned it years ago. Her cancer has returned. She needs lots of prayers…maybe you could mention her on your blog to get everyone praying. The link is: Thanks!ReplyCancel


    • September 7, 2014 - 3:50 pm

      Jess - Hi Claire. Thanks for letting me know. I hadn’t heard this most recent update. So devastating. I will definitely be praying!ReplyCancel


  • September 5, 2014 - 6:32 pm

    Lea - Just adorable!! And, quite the chunk, just that much more to squeeze and love. Have a great weekend!ReplyCancel


    • September 7, 2014 - 3:48 pm

      Jess - Yes, lots to squeeze and love…he is very loved. Hope you have a great weekend too!ReplyCancel


  • September 5, 2014 - 7:09 pm

    Jennifer - I have been a long time lurker, but I just had to comment today. I too, have three boys, and I too have a little girl as my first born who is no longer here. My two year old, and third boy, has completely melted my heart and the hearts of his daddy and brothers. We just adore him. There is something about that third boy. :) I love reading the updates of your family and pray for you often. Your little Jake is as adorable as his brothers! (And I can totally relate to your comment about being surrounded by boys! Mine are now 9, 7, and 2. It is crazy here most of the time!)ReplyCancel


    • September 7, 2014 - 3:48 pm

      Jess - So sorry about your precious daughter, Jennifer. I am sure you long to see your girl amongst her rowdy brothers as I do. I’m so thankful we can trust our faithful and loving Heavenly Father even when it’s hard to understand. It sounds like you are ahead of me with the whole three boy thing…you need to give me some tips! ;) Thanks for taking the time to share your story with me!ReplyCancel


  • September 5, 2014 - 10:06 pm

    TRACI - He is ADORABLE and looks JUST like his daddy!!!!ReplyCancel


  • September 6, 2014 - 8:34 pm

    Toni :0) - He’s perfect and just a hunka hunka burning love. So adorable and the perfect addition to your family. Love this update. Many blessings to you all during this wonderful time.ReplyCancel


  • September 8, 2014 - 8:42 pm

    Toni :0) - Awww your welcome Jess, I just love following your little family. It’s so fun seeing them grow! I also follow Kate and was SO saddened to hear the cancer returned for a third time. I believe surgery to remove the tumor is tomorrow. ReplyCancel


  • September 23, 2014 - 4:34 pm

    Brooke - Have been following your blog since years ago. Love your family and your devotion to the Lord. Your new addition is absolutely adorable! May God continue to bless you allReplyCancel


  • September 24, 2014 - 11:58 pm

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One of my favorites.

Levi & Griffin, October 2011


Levi & Jake, August 2014

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  • August 31, 2014 - 7:50 am

    Madison - Aw, both boys are SO cute! Jake is precious. I have been reading since before Cora’s passing, and I just love your family. I grew up on a farm before my parents divorced, so your posts with Joel and the boys bring back memories. I LOVE looking at your crafty/decorative projects, too!ReplyCancel


    • September 7, 2014 - 3:55 pm

      Jess - Thanks so much, Madison! I hope my boys have wonderful memories growing up on the farm too.ReplyCancel


  • September 2, 2014 - 11:09 am

    Mary Ann - Oh my….such beautiful photos of Levi and his little brothers. Levi will be a very very good big brother. What a joy they must be to you and your husband. Adorable!!ReplyCancel


    • September 7, 2014 - 3:52 pm

      Jess - Yes, Levi is a great big brother. So thankful for all three boys!ReplyCancel


So Jake is officially one month old…actually six weeks old today. I’m sure the other two boys had several blog posts by now documenting all the excitement the first month with a baby brings. Poor Jake is going to have to be satisfied with one post summarizing the whole month because I just can’t keep up. Fourth child problems. This post is very random so lets just start here…


Jake’s first visitors at the hospital were my sister and Joel’s brother and sister-in-law (who happened to be here from China…yay!). Since Jake was born at 11:30 at night, everyone else waited until the next day to come. But these three were hard core and waited up to greet their new nephew at 1am. Everything happened so fast that I didn’t even think to take pictures of Jake’s visitors…so these happened later…obviously.


James and Liz cleaned our house for us while we were in the hospital. I was SO thankful. If you remember, Joel wouldn’t let me stay and clean the house. For some reason he thought I needed to get to the hospital to have the baby. Haha. The house was a mess, so it was such a great surprise to come home and find it clean. And Liz left this awesome sign to greet us. I love it.


My in-laws watched the boys while we were in the hospital. They are pretty great! The boys were excited about their baby being born but I think they were even more excited to spend the night at Bammy and Papa’s house. I of course didn’t take a picture of them with Jake in the hospital either.


My mom booked her flight to come see the babies ahead of time. I thought there was no way I would go more than a week ahead of my due date. I was wrong. She was so sad not to be here when Jake was born. He was born on Wednesday and she got here late Saturday night. We were so glad to see her! She spoiled the boys and I was so, so thankful for the extra help. Come back soon mom!


I don’t know if I ever said anything on the blog, but my sister and I were due two days apart. She was due first. So she was a little mad at me when I had Jake so early and she had to wait. It was worth the wait though. Eight days after Jake was born, his cousin Lizzy arrived. My mom didn’t miss that one!


My dad flew in for the weekend after Lizzy came too. Here they are with all the grandkids.


This was my first attempt at a brother picture. No one looked at the camera, but they are still cute. And look how tiny Jake was!


I won’t tell you when we finally got around to giving Jake his first bath. I’m pretty sure we gave Cora baths every night religiously. Jake, not so much. Sorry, buddy. I don’t get a shower in very often either if it makes you feel better.;)


Everyone helped. We always have a lot of helpers around here.



Before and after. All squeaky clean.


This past month Jake has done a lot of sleeping. And we all watch him and talk about how cute he is.



The boys want to hold Jake all the time. They talk about how cute he is and tell Jake that he is their best buddy. I hope the three of them are always best buddies.


The boys are always driving their cars on Jake or bringing him toys. They take good care of their baby brother.


Hi Jakey. Your cheeks get bigger everyday.



I could hold this sweet boy all day long. Too bad their are other things to do like dishes and laundry. Such a bummer.

PicMonkey Collage

And lastly, in this very long and random post, a few pics from Instagram. I am @jessmcclenahan if you want to follow along our everyday. It is pretty crazy around here with three boys but pretty awesome too. I wouldn’t change a thing!

And that was our first month with Jake.

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  • August 28, 2014 - 8:34 am

    Mary Ann - Sweetness…pure sweetness. Beautiful family….beautiful Jake!! So glad he is doing well and you look fabulous. Happy Happy Joy Joy!! Congrats mommaReplyCancel


  • August 28, 2014 - 8:47 am

    Molly - such a sweet first month! he is beautiful! and the big brothers are too! our 4th baby is due in january and we just found out it’s a boy. he will have three big sisters. so, i am kind of soaking up all your baby boy pictures. its funny how it just feels so different with a boy on the way. take care!ReplyCancel


  • August 28, 2014 - 9:46 am

    Mallory - Lovely. Your boys are so precious. How did you pick Jake’s name?ReplyCancel


    • September 7, 2014 - 3:58 pm

      Jess - Thanks, Mallory. I am working on a post about Jake’s name…hopefully soon, but no promises! :)ReplyCancel


  • August 28, 2014 - 12:05 pm

    Lori - So precious! All your kids are just beautiful…just like their mama! Miss you and hope I get to meet Jake in person one of these days! ReplyCancel


    • September 7, 2014 - 3:57 pm

      Jess - Awww…thanks, friend! Hope you get to meet him soon too. Miss you!ReplyCancel


  • August 28, 2014 - 12:19 pm

    Natalie - Precious pictures of Jake’s first month! He is a beautiful mix of all your children!ReplyCancel


  • August 28, 2014 - 7:53 pm

    Lea - Awe, such a little sweetheart and it’s totally understandable that you have not had time to be blogging. But, sure enjoyed seeing these pics of the first month. Blessings!ReplyCancel


  • August 29, 2014 - 11:16 am

    Nirupama - What a precious baby boy!! Love how you meticulously documented his first few weeks. I just had my third baby a few months ago and I’m pretty sure I haven’t written anything near this cute :)ReplyCancel


    • September 7, 2014 - 3:56 pm

      Jess - It’s hard to remember to write anything down when you are chasing after three! I totally understand.ReplyCancel


  • September 2, 2014 - 12:40 am

    Rachel James - Congratulations Jess! So excited for you and your precious growing family! Many blessings to you!ReplyCancel


    • September 7, 2014 - 3:53 pm

      Jess - Rachel!! Thanks so much. I miss seeing you! Hope you and your sweet family are doing well.ReplyCancel


  • September 2, 2014 - 3:54 am

    leiah - I comfort myself with the bath thing, because my baby girl has eczema. The doctor and dematologist say that a bath every 4/5 days is ok. NOT every day :) Such a releif!ReplyCancel


  • September 2, 2014 - 1:29 pm

    Roianne - Love seeing all the pictures of your boys! Such a blessing :)ReplyCancel


  • September 24, 2014 - 9:05 pm

    Stefanie - He’s so beautiful. Congratulations to your family!ReplyCancel