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!
Photos by sweet Callie
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