If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw that we announced that we will be welcoming our 4th baby in August. We are all over the moon, and so excited to meet baby number four, and wanted to share a few more of the shots from our shoot with Liz Olson Photography, and answer a few of the inevitable questions we will get.
So lets get started with the big one that everyone will ask…maybe just in their heads haha. Was it planned? Yes and no. We were pretty 50/50 on having another baby, and ultimately were going to decide this summer.
We are due at the end of August. That puts me just finishing up the first trimester this week, and I am so excited to even type that haha. We found out about the babe about a week after Christmas.
This was by far the latest I have realized I was pregnant, but I was really sick 2 times in December, and thought maybe that threw me off. Also I am turning 30 this year, and somehow I keep thinking that will change things haha.
I told the kids a few weeks ago when Sam was out of town. It was kind of spur of the moment. I was wearing the worlds most unflattering sweat pants and t shirt and Avé [kindly] looked at me and goes, “mommy your tummy is big.”
First off, I think it was just the way I was wearing my pants under my already just gorgeous stomach from the other 3, so she really knew how to make a girl feel good ha! But Jack heard the question and instantly yelled “is there a baby in your tummy? Are we going to have a baby??” He was SO excited. They both were.
They were jumping up and down, and Jack couldn’t stop hugging me. The excitement continued right on into the next day when they told their teachers and classmates that, “mommy had a baby in her tummy.” They even went so far as to give the baby a gender (girl) and name. THINGS WE DON’T KNOW!
And on the subject of people finding out. Sam is OVER THE MOON. Like him and Jack are the most excited humans on the planet. And I couldn’t love him more for that.
Logistically this is the first baby since Jack where we didn’t have an exact plan going into the pregnancy. I am a major planner, so that took me a second to be okay with. I was all set to diet and really get back to pre kids weight this year, so I would be lying if I said that didn’t make me upset for a minute. The body changes that come with pregnancy are HARD.
And there is a lot of pressure to be back in a bikini, 10 lbs lighter and 10 times toner by the time your baby turns one. Although I workout daily, that hasn’t been my reality, and that is hard for me, so was honestly a hard pill to swallow, knowing I was going to be growing again.
Ultimately we CAN NOT WAIT to meet this sweet baby. This will for sure be our last baby, which has come with so many emotions. There is one side of me that is really embracing knowing that my body is done.
But there is also a side of me that is sad knowing how fast this amazing phase of my life has gone, and just wanting to cherish it. I feel incredibly blessed to have been given FOUR humans to grow and mold, and honestly we just can’t wait to do life as a family of 6.