Baby #3. It's so hard to believe that we're quickly approaching the end of this pregnancy! I feel like I barely had time or brain space to be aware of this pregnancy until recently when the baby started wiggling and kicking and hiccuping so much that's it would have been impossible for him to continue to go unnoticed! But between weddings and Lolly's and "youth pastor wife-ing" and two other kids to attend to I really have already had moments of mom-guilt for this third child who's already flying under the radar. That is part of the reason why I was determined to squeeze this maternity session in! I've never done a maternity session before and, figuring that this is likely my last pregnancy, I didn't want to look back and wish that I'd taken a minute to slow down and do this. So on December 8th, when I looked at our calendar and realized how full December was, and that by the time it slowed down, in January, it would be cold and drab out, I quickly scheduled a session for... three days later. That meant frantically pulling our outfits together and thank goodness that both Kirstyn and Jess were available! But I'm so glad that we made the effort. These pictures are so precious to me. I know this is a time in my life that I'll look back on so fondly. It is special and it is fleeting and I'm so grateful for how Kirstyn froze time and captured it for us.
One thing that has set this pregnancy apart is having the other two boys who are old enough to be excited for a new baby. James was just a baby himself when Holden was born. I don't think he even had a concept of what a baby was! They are so excited to be big brothers and their excitement has been contagious. They are so sweet with taking care of and loving on mommy and baby. They're already learning to be great helpers and they kiss and hug my belly so much now that I'm just sure they'll be smothering the baby in kisses when he arrives. My sweet handsome loves.
And then there's this guy. 12 yeas together, 10 years married, 2 kids and 1 more on the way. He always serves me well and even when I'm feeling big and pregnant he tells me I'm beautiful and I even believe that he means it. :). I'm so glad that he's the example of a Godly man that my boys get the privilege of growing up under.
Some of our last pictures as a family of 4. I'm one of those people who fully experiences the bittersweetness of each life change. We're so excited to welcome a new family member but of course I'll still mourn a little bit that our family will change and never be the same. Thanks for supporting us as we enter a new phase!