Second Update It's been a while since my first Baby Watch post, so I thought it was a proper time to give an update, especially now that it's May and my due date is fast approaching. We've been incredibly busy the last few months with getting the room ready, buying baby essentials, final photo shoots, and just keeping distracted in general. We still have a few items on our checklist while we wait for baby boy to arrive, but for the most part we're trying to relax while we're stuck in, what my doctor calls, the "Twilight Zone."
The last 8--almost 9--months have actually passed pretty quickly for me. I spent a lot of my first trimester shooting and editing weddings, despite being sick with all day morning sickness. It was also easier not to think about it too much, since we didn't announce the pregnancy until I entered the second trimester. It was a happy surprise when we finally let the cat out of the bag.
(I shot these shortly after my first appointment. That's a 6 week baby boy. Cyn Davis Photography)
I think the winter months were the hardest. I felt tired all the time and business slowed way down. During that second trimester, I spent a lot of time reading. I've read 8 books so far this year, most of which were read in January and February. I have a pretty big list, so I'm excited I've made that big of a dent in it.
During the second trimester, we found out the baby was a boy. Most everyone thought we'd have another girl.
We got started on the nursery and buying baby essentials in the third trimester. It's really interesting to see how much the room has changed in the past four years. It went from an orange and green princess and the frog theme to a dusty rose and cerulean aerial theme and now a blue and red superhero theme. We're not quite finished yet, and I'm not sure if it will be before baby arrives. I still need to order some final decorations.
(September 2013 for Lana)
(July 2015 for Aria)
(From pink to blue)
(A not quite finished nursery)
We also hired a photographer to shoot my maternity pictures. I was very pleased with how they turned out and so glad I decided to hire someone. I had considered doing the pictures myself, just like how I did for our announcement pictures, but I decided that I didn't want the extra work. Lindy did an awesome job and made it so easy. Also, she was totally cool with my idea of using blue smoke bombs.
(Photo Credit: Northern Forest Photography )
At 30 weeks, I started experiencing braxton hicks contractions and I've had quite a few instances of false labor since then. At 35 weeks, my doctor informed me that baby boy is laying sideways, which has caused me quite a bit of hip pain, so I'm doing what I can to get him turned. I'm almost 38 weeks and will be having an ultrasound to check the baby's position.
This week has been a rough one, but we're almost done. Soon, baby boy will be with us and Lana and Aria will finally get to meet this brother they've been hearing so much about. I can't wait to see the looks on their faces. I can't wait to capture those early days on camera and to see what Ashley Lyn Photography will capture while I'm hospital-bound. Most of all, I can't wait to hold my little boy.
We're so close.