This year’s family photos are here! And we have some news! First, the photos. I’m trying to hold myself to this tradition of yearly photos—we’re only two years in—but so far so good. So many of our daily iPhone photos are of the boys with Aaron and I behind the camera, so this is a way to capture all of us together with no tripod needed. A big thanks to Angie of Angie Lipscomb Photography, who not only skillfully wrangled our circus for an hour, but managed to grab some moments of calm and joy amidst all the chaos.
It was freezing that day! November was so strangely warm and sunny, but there was one day that was cold, windy and dark. That was photo shoot day lol! We lasted outside just a few minutes, before heading back in. It actually worked out for the best. I had been wanting to capture us in our natural habitat, and what better way to do that than in our home, surrounded by toys and baby gates. Poor Teller fell off the glider halfway through the hour—you can spot the bump on his noggin in some of the photos. Hence the paci!
Now the news!
As you can see from this photo below (and maybe you noticed in the ones above), we are having another baby!! And like… real soon! As in March soon, due two days before the twins’ second birthday.
My pregnancy has gone so fast this time around. I think that’s pretty typical for a second pregnancy… there just isn’t a lot of time to dwell on it. And to answer the questions I always get asked: it’s just one baby this time and it’s a BOY! So. many. boys. in. this. house.
We are so, so excited. And yea, very nervous about life with three kids ages two and under. We knew we wanted another baby and knew we wanted them close together… we just didn’t expect them to be this close together. You should have seen Aaron’s face when I told him. Pure shock.
From a health perspective, there is always that lingering fear that I will go early again (I was on hospital bedrest starting at 31 weeks with the twins and managed to hold them off until 33.5 weeks). My doctors don’t think so because it’s just one baby this time around, and I agreed to go on these gnarly, weekly progesterone shots to help prevent it. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
Anyways, I’ve started to plan the nursery and sort through the twins’ baby clothes. I remember with my last pregnancy having a lot of anxiety around the anticipation of their arrival and around the transition from my past life to a life with kids, but this time, now that I’ve been through it, I’m just really, really excited. Like my grandma says, “there is always room for one more.” (She has 11 kids by the way… haha!)
I’ve had a little bit of sadness for my boys. They already have to share Aaron and I so much and now they will have a little brother to contend with. Parents with three kids… how do you do it!? My biggest hope and comfort is that the closeness in age will help them bond as a trio and in the meantime, making sure everyone feels loved and important is my biggest thing.
I’ve started to turn the house upside down getting ready for this baby. Nesting has hit hard this time. Aaron won the husband award with the baby prep: he brought home a mini fridge to put in our master bedroom. Best idea ever… haha! I’ll share those adventures with you soon.
Happy almost Friday!