Baby Bump

Quyng-Nhu + Chris

Since Michigan is in the middle of a polar vortex I am going back to sunshine and warmer weather for this week’s blog post!

Talk about a radiant momma-to-be! This beautiful momma hopped right out of the car at her session, slipped into her high heels and was ready to explore the park together in the summer heat.  We actually ended up squeezing in this session just a few days before their little one arrived- and I am so glad we did! 

Quyng-Nhu and Chris are so amazing.  They are in the midst of so many life changes and they just laughed it off and talked about all of the exciting things coming their way in the upcoming months.  Graduating from med school, new jobs, a new home, and the biggest one- the arrival of their little one! They didn't seem overwhelmed at all- just excited for what was to come! 

Maybe all of their joy comes from their unique ability to make one another laugh.  As soon as these two were cuddled up together Chris would say something to Quyng-Nhu that had her laughing away or vice versa.  It would certainly be difficult to stress about life when you have your favorite person next to you making you laugh during all of the adventures to come! Thank you for letting me capture this exciting stage of life with you, Quyng-Nhu and Chris!

Jessica + Anthony

I have known these two for a very long time, and now they are expecting their first little one!  l met Jessica and Anthony during our years at Farmington High School.  These two have been dating ever since and it has been fun to run into them in the years since graduating and hear their story.  They actually sit near my parents at church every Sunday, so my mom is regularly filling me in on what is going on their lives if I go awhile without seeing them!

Soon after we told my parents we were expecting my mom said that Jessica was due just a week or so after me!  It was so fun to capture these memories with her as we both grow our baby bumps.  It is always funny to me to look back at where I have been in different stages of my life and think, did I ever imagine I would end up in this exact moment? Like when we were 16 at Farmington High did I ever think I would have these two in front of my camera, celebrating their first little one while I am doing the same behind the camera? I didn't expect it, but I am beyond thankful for these moments! 

Jessica and Anthony are going to be the best parents.  They are so joyful as they await their little one's arrival, and I know they are surrounded by family and friends who are equally as excited for their addition! I cannot wait to hear if that little bump is a boy or a girl, and to see your little one grow up!  Congratulations, Anthony and Jessica! 

We are having a BABY!

Surprise- we are having a BABY! Oh goodness, we are so excited to share this news with you! Just typing that out still makes me want to pinch myself- I can't believe this is real!  Ted and I have been praying that God would grow our family, and He so faithfully answered our prayers in His perfect timing.  We are currently soaking up every moment of this season before baby arrives.  As my bump seems to be growing each day and we can now see and feel baby's kicks everything is feeling more real.  

I thought it would be fun to answer some of the most common questions we have gotten since we started sharing the news about baby with fiends and family.

When are you due? Our due date is July 18.  So currently I am 21 weeks along. Just over half way there!

How are you feeling? Great! I struggled with some nausea during my first trimester and a few new aches and pains that I wasn't expecting as baby continues to grow, but overall I feel fantastic!  Thank God for Ted who always remembers that we are currently in a stage where we can't leave the house without water and plenty of snacks.  He usually has a granola bar in his pocket for backup!

What is the biggest change in your life right now?  I am constantly hungry!  I had no idea how hungry I would be! It feels like my days are filled with endless snacks. I currently crave any and all citrus, and if it was up to me I would be drinking chocolate milkshakes everyday- although I am trying to curb that craving as much as possible! I am also in bed by 10:00 now and letting myself do a little more sleeping in- which has been a big change for someone who could run on very little sleep before.

What is your favorite part of pregnancy?  I have really enjoyed every moment of being pregnant.  I love knowing my body is able of performing such an important task.  I have been resting in the fact that God created my body for this, and that He is working to perfectly knit together our baby's every little detail. I specifically love the way Ted greets me and baby when he gets home from work.  He always asks how "our" day was and my baby belly gets extra kisses from him when he walks in the door and it's simply the sweetest.  He can also feel and see the baby kicking now, which is so much fun.  I cannot wait to watch that guy grow into his role as dad! 

Are you finding out the baby's gender? Nope! We are waiting to be surprised when our little one arrives.  We rotate between calling the baby him one week and her the next week, and neither of us have any deep inclination as to if we think the baby will be a little boy or girl.  We have been working on choosing names and it is turning out to be a lot more difficult than we anticipated!

How did you tell Ted? This is such a fun story, and I am going to share it in a separate blog post! 

What does this mean for your business? We know the baby will be adjusting our schedules in big ways, but we both plan to go back to work full time.  My work schedule and hours are going to look a little bit different, but luckily Ted and I have schedules that can be really flexible- so we plan to make it work! I am currently scheduling shoots through July 1. I will then be taking maternity leave for all of July and August.  If everything goes as planned, I will be back to regularly scheduling shoots in September.  Ted and I will continue to photograph weddings together starting this September. 

Thank you so much for your continued love and support.  We are so thankful for each day with our little babe, and know this is such an amazing responsibility and blessing.  We are so thankful for this community and we can't wait to share this new chapter of our story with you all!