2016 Family Photos + News!

By December 15, 2016Random, The Brothers May

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.

2016 May Family Photos

2016 May Family Photos

2016 May Family Photos

2016 May Family Photos

2016 May Family Photos

2016 May Family Photos

2016 May Family Photos

2016 May Family Photos

2016 May Family Photos

2016 May Family Photos

2016 May Family Photos

2016 May Family Photos

2016 May Family Photos

2016 May Family Photos

2016 May Family Photos

2016 May Family Photos

2016 May Family Photos

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.

2016 May Family Photos

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!

2016 May Family Photos

xo,

emily

Join the discussion 21 Comments

  • these are beautiful! and congrats! so happy for you!

  • andee says:

    Congratulations! You guys are so brave! I love your Grandma’s saying. We just have the one and its overwhelming. I’m super excited for you.

    • Emily May says:

      I think kids… whether there’s one or ten… are just super overwhelming plain and simple. That’s why we need sayings like my Grandma’s… to help get us through. lol. Thanks so much for your note!

  • I’ll go in order, too: those are fabulous photos–it’s so great that you had those done! Your boys are getting so big and staying so adorable :).
    And…..CONGRATULATIONS! so exciting!!!! One baby will seem like the easiest thing ever after having twins, right? I haven’t had twins of course, but I did have my first three in less than five years….it’s crazy for the first couple of years, but you won’t remember any of that anyway ;), and then it’s great how close they all are and how they all have so many common interests now that they’re big. Just don’t mess it up by having another one trailing behind seven years later! I’m kidding, of course….but it’s totally true that while having kids close together is challenging in the beginning, it’s so much easier in so many ways than a big age spread when they’re older.

    • Emily May says:

      Haha! Oh Abe! Would he qualify as a seven year itch so to speak? When we hit seven years, I may got on a long trip because I can see how that might happen lol!! And I barely remember the twins’ infant days! I figure as soon as we get the new baby into our routine (or adjust to its routine… whatever comes first) we’ll be OK… it’s just those first few weeks that scare me a bit.

  • Hannah says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! You all look amazing, the twins are so adorable. I have four kids under seven and the best advice I ever received was to clear my schedule and lower my expectations. Decide how much you can reasonably do in a week… and then slash that amount in half. The less you have to accomplish in a week, the better. Easier said than done, I know! But no matter what, the joy of having three little ones in the house makes it all worth it.

    • Emily May says:

      Haha! I love this advice! I learned that the hard way with the twins. I finally realized that my new life was not my old life and therefore could not be renovating multiple rooms in a few weeks while working full time, etc. etc. Big learning curve. Hopefully this time will be much smoother.

  • Leah PS says:

    AWW! Big congrats to your family! I had to do nightly progesterone (in oil) injections for the first 16 weeks of my pregnancy and HOLY HELL. They’re so awful. And they only get worse the longer you do them. I ran out of lump-free locations on my butt to inject. But now that our sweet, healthy girl is here they’re just a distant memory. All that to say: you can do it! Baby will be in your arms before you know it 🙂 Good luck XO

    • Emily May says:

      Hahaha yes! Why so bumpy? And itchy?? It does not feel normal to inject what seems like a cooking oil into my butt every week, but this is what they tell me to do, so I do it. Can’t wait for that memory to fade away, just as you said. Thanks so much for your comment!

  • Andi says:

    These are such wonderful and adorable pictures and congratulations on the new baby! I have identical twin boys, but they were 3 when their sister was born. You will be super, super busy, but you’ll survive! I know everyone says this, but enjoy EVERY moment because they go by so quickly. Mine are 16 and 13 now and I’m not even sure how that happened. By the way, I’ve read your blog for a couple of years and love your style!

    • Emily May says:

      So glad you’ve been reading here! My how things have changed over the years. I love reading stories of families with twins welcoming a singleton. Here you are typing and surviving before me, so all must be well! Thanks so much for your note.

  • Get the heck out 🙂 Congratulations and your photos are beautiful

  • Lindsey says:

    SO, can you turn that sadness tug into a happiness love tap? I promise, you’ll regret the sadness BECAUSE what your two boys don’t have right now, is an un-twin younger brother…making them both big brothers. OH THE LOVE! OH the enlarging of the HEART! God does work wonders when he makes such a small organ so capable of loving more than the universe is big! So, what you fear they’re losing they are gaining in a WHOLE other new way. I can attest to this because I remember the sadness I felt for my only child. But, when our third came, I did not feel that sadness because I knew what goodness was coming to her two big brothers. Your grandma is right, the more the merrier! And, you’ll remember this when you have a fourth because you won’t feel that sad tug! 😉

  • Stefanie says:

    Ahhh! Congrats, congrats! When you said you had news to share, I was hoping this was it! Our little girl is due in April, just a bit behind you. It’s definitely flying by.

  • Haley says:

    SO EXCITING! CONGRATULATIONS!

  • Congratulations! These photos are so wonderful. So happy for you and your family 🙂

  • Kim says:

    So happy for you guys! Fingers crossed for no bed rest and a smooth rest of the pregnancy.

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