baby caleb

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Last Saturday, I went into labor in the afternoon while taking these maternity photos of myself. I was getting ready to go to a movie with my husband, a date night that we figured would be our last for a while, and since I was getting dressed, I thought I should take some photos while I still had some energy. I was carrying very low and had very bad round ligament pain throughout most of my pregnancy, so my energy level was dipping more and more every day. I had my camera out and was going back and forth with my self-timer, checking the focus, etc. While I was doing this, I noticed that I started…leaking a little (sorry TMI!). I wasn’t sure what it really was because my due date was four weeks away and I had never actually had my water break with my two previous pregnancies. I had been told, though, that if your water breaks you need to get to the hospital. I googled “what happens when your water breaks” to see if that was what was happening and then I decided to call the nurse. They said I definitely needed to go in, so instead of going to a movie, my husband and I headed to the hospital. I was feeling very unsure, I kept thinking, no, it’s not happening yet. It’s probably nothing. But as we got closer to the hospital, I was like, ok, wait…I’m not ready yet – this was supposed to happen in another month! Well, my water did break, it was a slow “leak” you could say. It was a very long night. I felt 100% fine when I was admitted, so the labor was slow at first. We practically stayed up all night waiting for contractions and when they finally started, they came on pretty quickly. Caleb Michael was born at 6:33 am Sunday morning, he was four weeks early and weighed 7 lbs. 1.8 oz. He is so tiny to me! (My other two babies were 8 lbs., 9 oz. and 9 lbs., 11 oz.) The first thing the nurses called out when they were cleaning him off, was “he has dimples!” and he sure does. We had to stay in the hospital an extra day because he was late pre-term. He had a couple of issues, but overall was very healthy. When we left, he was still high-risk for jaundice, but the pediatrician assured me last week that as long as he is eating normally, he will be fine. He’s still pretty sleepy, but he’s starting to stay awake a little longer every day. We are so in love with our precious boy!

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And…he’s an October baby, so of course I had to get some photos of our pumpkin with our pumpkins! 😉

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third trimester, summer, and maternity clothes

So I’ve entered into my third trimester and am somewhere around 30-31 or maybe 32 weeks pregnant (my due date has jumped around a few times!). This is the first time I’m really experiencing pregnancy during the hot, hot summer and let me tell you, it’s tough! With my girls, I wasn’t as far along in the summer months, so it’s tough in the sense that I have a lot of winter maternity clothes from my prior two pregnancies and also because it’s just physically exhausting getting dressed. If you’re like me, by the time you’re in the third trimester, those “maternity” clothes that worked in the first and second trimesters are tried on and tossed onto the floor in frustration and you’re sort of left going, nothing fits, what am I going to wear?  It can be really discouraging. With that, I am so excited to team up with Pink Blush Maternity for all you mamas-to-be out there who might need (or maybe just want) a new thing or two to get you through whatever trimester you might be in – to make you feel stylish, pretty, comfortable. Pink Blush Maternity has an amazing assortment of cute maternity clothes, including the dress I’m wearing in this post, which I find both comfy and casual, but is also easy to dress up if I want. It will also transition into the fall easily with a pair of boots and a long cardigan.

So, if you are in the market for some new maternity clothes, head on over to my Instagram page for an amazing giveaway from Pink Blush Maternity!!

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twenty-eight weeks and counting…

I’m officially into my third trimester of my third pregnancy now, but this time it’s a little different. This time, we’re expecting a BOY and so it’s familiar but new at the same time! This pregnancy has really inspired me to get in front of the camera. I took a handful of maternity self-portraits earlier this week to document this time in my pregnancy. The next twelve weeks or so will likely go fast and slow all at the same time. Soon we will be kissing on sweet baby toes and soaking up that newborn scent, but for now I’m trying to really appreciate this time, even though it’s not all easy and I don’t feel great a lot of the time, every baby kick makes my heart skip a beat…

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