Yes, it’s true! Baby Ray #2 will be here in July! I can hardly believe these words as I type them. We are incredibly thankful for this gift, and while my first pregnancy was full of uncertainty, I can confidently say this pregnancy I am 100% excited.

The first time, I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know the kind of love I would experience as a new mama. I had all kinds of fears and doubts.


But this time, I have Milly. I’ve been down this road once, and I know the crazy physical exhaustion and the agony of childbirth and icky pregnancy symptoms and toys all over the house, and I can absolutely positively say that it’s 100% worth it.

Now, I know what’s on the other side!!! A tiny soul who I will love with more than I think I’m capable of. I cannot wait to find out who this little person will be!

Will is thrilled, and Milly is baby-obsessed so I’m pretty sure she’s going to LOVE being a big sister!


So now to answer the pregnancy questions!

When are you due? July 29th, 2017

How far along are you? 16 Weeks… 4 months already! (I love keeping it a secret. It’s like the world’s best kept secret! But I’m showing a LOT sooner this time, so I can’t hold it in any more! No pun intended 😉 )

Have you had any symptoms / morning sickness? Yes! This pregnancy has been a bit worse than Milly’s, but overall it’s been just fine. I felt icky and suuuuuper sleepy all the way through week 11, but since then I’ve felt great! (Other than peeing 2-3x a night and eating all the time!)

Any cravings? I know it might sound cliche, but pickles have never tasted so good. Also, Ginger Ale, just like the first time.

Are you going to find out the gender? Listen, people. We don’t know WHAT we are going to do. We loved being surprised with Milly’s birth, but we’re wondering if we want to try something new this time. I have the feeling it’s going to be a game time decision. We have a little over 3 weeks to decide! Yikes!

Will you be taking another maternity leave? Absolutely!! I’ll be taking another 3 month maternity leave, with the exception of shooting a few weddings during that time that I’ve already committed to. I am so excited about maternity leave, and I know the NRP Studio will be in good hands while I’m gone!

Do you have a name picked out? Nope! We have a few boy names up our sleeves, but girl names? No clue.



I’m nervous, excited, and so thankful that our little family is growing. My greatest desire right now is to savor this season of being pregnant, having Milly as our only baby, and being a mama of 2. To not rush, but to enjoy every step of this journey, exactly how it’s meant to be! Y’all, I can’t believe I’m a mama of TWO!

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Yay! Congratulations, sweet Ray family! These pictures are so stinkin’ sweet. Thrilled for y’all!

Congratulations! Such exciting news!

Congratulations!!! We welcomed a little girl this last October and it has been so exciting to see our son take on the roll of big brother. A sibling bond will melt your mama heart even more!! We also never found out gender with our first. We loved the surprise of finding out in the delivery room, as well as preparing things gender neutral. It’s been nice to use those initial baby things again. For our daughter though, we did find out at 20 weeks, to experience both ways. We made it a family day and opened the envelope together (hubby, toddler and I). It was still special to find out then and just as amazing when she was born. Either way is wonderful.

Such wonderful news!!! So happy for y’all, and so excited to meet new baby Ray!

Congratulations!! I’m so happy for the three of you! I’m sure Baby Ray #3 will be so cute!

Congrats! How exciting! :)

Nancy, congratulations to you, Will, and Milly! I’m so excited to follow you on this journey!!! You make motherhood look SO fun!

Hi Nancy I am so thrilled for you and Will and Milly!!!!! Being a mom was the greatest honor of my life. I thank God for giving me the gift of motherhood and letting me watch my son grow to be a man, you will not believe how your love grows and changes! My son passed away almost 5 years ago at 24 but I treasure it all, every moment! God bless your sweet family.

Diane (from your book club!!)

Yay!!! Congratulations — it’s a whole ‘nother ballgame expecting with a toddler, as I’m sure you already know. But so exciting and indeed, so worth it!!!!!

How exciting! Baby #2 is so fun. You will love watching Milly be a big sister!

Congratulations Nancy & Will! Praying for the Lord’s blessings during this time for your family!!

Nancy! This made me tear up! You’re a momma of TWO! God is so so good! Love you, sweet friend!

What wonderful news!! Congratulations, Rays!!

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