Maternity

Sharing the Baby News

So I thought it would be fun to share with you the story and a few pictures from when I told Ted he was going to be a dad!  I had always imagined I would find out first and then do something super fun and a little bit extravagant to tell Ted.  He is always surprising me, and has planned some big surprises for milestones in our life together- so I wanted to do the same.  

The first weekend of November we photographed a wedding on Saturday night and had a flight to California scheduled for early Sunday morning.  We were flying to LA, driving down the coast and spending 5 days outside of San Diego at a conference for Ted's work.  The weeks leading up to the trip were all a bit hectic, with my busy season just coming to an end.  Once we landed in California we were ready for some rest and relaxation.  On the second day of our trip I woke up and had the sudden realization that I might be pregnant.  In all honesty, I knew right away that I was pregnant- it's so true that your body just knows.  Immediately I knew had to go get a pregnancy test.  I told Ted a small fib about what I needed to buy and had him drop me off at the drugstore, but since we were in downtown San Diego he couldn't find parking and just circled around and didn't come in the store with me.

The next stop on our tour of San Diego for the day was the Hotel del Coronado.  I made a quick stop in the lobby's restroom where I took the test.  I immediately started crying.  I tried to get my composure together so Ted wouldn't suspect anything.  He was actually making a phone call when I walked out of the restroom, so I don't think he had any time to see the look on my face.  After walking through the hotel lobby he suggested we take a stroll on the beach.  I was about to burst! My mind was literally racing as I tried to digest what I had just learned and pretend to be engaged in whatever Ted was talking about as we walked! 

We found a lifeguard station and I told Ted I wanted to setup the self timer to take a picture together.  This is totally normal for us, so he obliged.  I took the picture, then switched it over to video.  Ted and I sat in the sand and I told him I had a surprise for him, and he had to close his eyes.  I handed him the positive pregnancy test and he opened his eyes. To say he was surprised would be an understatement! We cried, he asked a whole bunch of questions, we laughed- it was the best. I didn't plan a huge surprise or moment like I thought I would, but life kind of took care of that for us.  We were in the most beautiful place and the timing was perfect.  

We spent the rest of our trip celebrating.  We had so many different things to chat about from names, to a nursery, to how and when we would share the news with our family and friends. California will always have a special place in my heart now, and I joke with Ted that when our kids are all gone away to college maybe we can afford to stay at the Hotel del Coronado to celebrate. 

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!  

Kelly + Loren Maternity

This session was such a dream.  I took a chance on a new location (Maybury Park) and asked Kelly and Loren to come as early as they could so we could catch the morning light.  The sun was just perfect, there was no one else at the park, and when Kelly got out of the car wearing that dress I knew we were in for an incredible shoot.  These two are expecting twins, a little boy and a little girl due this fall!  I know right, you would never know by how glamorous Kelly makes pregnancy look.  

We spent our hour together wondering through the park and catching up on life and what soon to be parenthood looks like for these two.  Kelly and Loren are so incredibly comfortable around each other, and that made my job so fun.  They laughed with each other, talked about how excited they were for their growing family, and luckily Loren was able to watch out for the poison ivy that I continued to put us next to.  I will need to learn what the looks like for my next shoot! 

I am already looking forward to meeting these two babes when they arrive this fall.  But for now, enjoy this exciting season of life, Kelly and Loren!