First, we did a family photoshoot earlier this year with a friend of mine, Jasmine Amber Photography. We skipped doing a fall/winter photoshoot like we usually do for Christmas cards since we knew we wanted to document this pregnancy and our family right before this second baby comes. We love, love, love all the pictures and used a lot of them in the nursery!
I started this pregnancy in really good shape, the best shape of my life! We were also eating super healthy and minus a hiccup of sickness in the first trimester, I've stuck to eating healthy pretty much this entire pregnancy! My biggest cravings have been guacamole and donuts...I eat guac so much, almost one avocado a day, but have not had one single donut (the only gf donuts I've heard of are at a bakery in Phoenix). I've been doing lots of smoothies and eating a hearty breakfast in the morning full of lots of protein. I was working out for quite a while this pregnancy too – up until I was about 7 months pregnant. I didn't eat the best during my pregnancy with Emma and didn't work out at all (other than some relaxing prenatal yoga), so this was a big change for this pregnancy and I'm so proud of myself for keeping it up.
Another huge change is that I have a HUGE support of mom friends who we didn't even know before having Emma. It's been such a blessing to have these moms and their support during this pregnancy and for us once baby is here. I have developed some really great friendships and we are so grateful for these people in our lives!
We have been spending the past few weeks enjoying our time together as a family of three. It's so emotional thinking this is the last time with just the three of us and our lives will forever be changed! I have been praying Emma adjusts well and talk to her often about the changes that are coming and how much she means to us.
And yes, we do have a name picked out! We won't be sharing on social media until she is born, but it is the sweetest thing ever hearing Emma say her name and refer to her room, diapers and clothes with her name. I am thrilled Emma will have a sister she can have a close bond with through her entire life!
One thing that isn't different is how this early labor is going. Again, I am having real contractions for hours, multiple days in a row with no baby in the end. It's been tiring, frustrating and so emotional but I am so thankful I have the support of my doula, midwives, husband, family and friends to encourage me that it WILL happen and my body will know what to do when the time comes. So now we sit here and wait for this baby girl to join our family. We are so excited and anxious to meet this little girl and already love her so much!