Friday Thoughts & A Maternity Sneak Peek

Happy May, I can’t believe it!!  Only time will tell whether we will have a May or June girl, but this very well could be BABY MONTH for us! 🙂  We are so unbelievably excited to be in the home stretch, & only a little bit scared.  Most of all, I can’t wait to hold our newest baby girl in my arms within the next few weeks ahead, it gives me butterflies just thinking about it!

My maternity leave officially kicks off today, which much like May arriving, is the biggest reality check.  Even though we’ve been counting down to this forever, it really came out of no where & it doesn’t feel possible that it’s here.  I have spent my week doing lesson plans for my substitute & packing my stuff at school, all while thinking that the next time I’m here, it will be as a mom of two kids!  Crazy.  A lot of people have asked what my plans are for Waverly & I while we wait her sister’s arrival, & honestly, it’s a whole lot of nothing.  I’m excited to spend some quality time together at home & to give my body some much needed rest.  Waverly really has been the sweetest lately, holding my hand when we are walking (I must look like I am struggling), & always asking how I am feeling, I couldn’t be happier to get some extra alone time with her.

Speaking of Waverly, because I never do that, I had my first real pregnancy meltdown/cry-fest this week.  I was giving her a bath & the Taylor Swift song “Never Grow Up” came on.  I lost it.  I couldn’t stop watching her innocently playing with her toys in the water while thinking of how fast this time will go, & also, how time will go just as fast, probably faster, with our second baby girl.  Thankfully my husband came in & I had to get myself together, but it wasn’t long before Waverly asked me “who baby sister’s mommy was going to be” that I lost it again.   These hormones are real & I am convinced they are getting bigger as my belly does.

Really though, I might die when I see these girls together, I already have dreams about it every night.

And a maternity photo sneak peek!  I already shared one on Instagram, one of our family shots, but wanted to share one more!  After years of doing photo shoots at every location in Virginia Beach besides the beach, we decided to go for it this time.  I honestly have always gone for something different since I grew up here & wanted something unique, but recently remembered how lucky we are to have such beautiful scenery! 🙂  Plus, we all three adore the beach, especially Waverly, so its represents us so well.

Waverly LOVED our time there & I am so excited to share some of the candids of her, they show her playful, fun personality perfectly!  My mom came and took her early so besides our family shots, we have lots of just my husband & I, something we haven’t done in forever.  I can’t wait to share more soon, the biggest thank you to our sweet friend Brooke of Brooke Tucker Photography for capturing these beautiful images, once again!

Happy weekend, friends!



  1. May 1, 2015 / 12:00 pm

    Yay maternity photos! Can't wait to see more. You're going to have a great maternity leave, soak up all the time with Waverly. Baby sister will be here before you know it!

  2. May 1, 2015 / 12:20 pm

    Girl, that shot is beautiful!!! I can't wait to see the rest!!!!

  3. May 1, 2015 / 12:46 pm

    Hooray for maternity pictures. You look fabulous!!!!! Cheers to maternity leave!

  4. May 1, 2015 / 12:54 pm

    Happy maternity leave, mama!!! And beautiful words. That's song gets me going too!! Sweet, sweet Waverly. Embrace those tears, precious mommy! xx

  5. May 1, 2015 / 1:11 pm

    Eek can't wait to see more maternity photos! And enjoy all your time with Waverly! A friend mentioned that I should write a letter to Liam now before he becomes a big brother and I loved the idea. I think I will do just that… Guess it should probably happen tonighh! 😉

  6. May 1, 2015 / 1:13 pm

    Gorgeous picture, Momma! I can't wait to see more! And, HOORAY for maternity leave! I can't wait to hear what you and Waverly get into together! These hormones are OOC…I tear up at everything these days! Our sweet babies have no idea what they do to us! 😉 I hope you have a great weekend!! xo

  7. May 1, 2015 / 1:17 pm

    Can't wait to see them all! All of your photos have always been amazing so I'm sure these won't disappoint. Happy weekend and happy MATERNITY LEAVE! Woo!

  8. May 1, 2015 / 1:26 pm

    I love the pictures but I'm totally jealous of the beach-I've never seen the ocean: Waverly's comment is just too cute:) enjoy your alone time together before baby gets here!

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  9. May 1, 2015 / 1:39 pm

    Yay for maternity leave!! I'm so glad you will have this time to soak up with Waverly before baby sister arrives and give your body some rest! (although you may find yourself even busier than ever, ha!) I can't waaaaaait to see your maternity pictures! Just the 2 I've seen are perfection!

  10. May 1, 2015 / 2:04 pm

    The hormones are no joke. I was just *thinking* about Marcus becoming a big brother and I lost it. Like, totally, 100% lost it. It was an ugly cry for the books, I'm sure of it.
    Your maternity pics are incredible! Loved the one on IG, and this one of you one the beach is gorgeous.
    Have a fabulous weekend, and enjoy your maternity leave!!

  11. May 1, 2015 / 2:33 pm

    Gorgeous photos! Also, I lose it with "Never Grow Up" too. EVERY TIME.

  12. May 1, 2015 / 4:25 pm

    Goodness gracious that maternity picture is GORG!! Happy maternity leave! Enjoy your extended summer!

  13. May 1, 2015 / 5:47 pm

    the "who's baby sister's mommy going to be?" almost teared me up and I'm NOT pregnant. lol. One day she'll be happy to share you with her sister….Promise. Maybe not always but for the most part 😉

  14. May 1, 2015 / 7:22 pm

    You and your amazing photos. I mean really, they're always SO amazing.

    I'm so glad you can get some much needed rest before little miss arrives. You've been working so hard!

  15. May 1, 2015 / 7:24 pm

    You look beautiful! I can't wait to see the rest of the pictures. How sweet that you all were able to have some family pictures taken, I would love that! And yay for maternity leave!! I hope you enjoy each day at home with Waverly, I'm sure she will love spending her days with you! And crazy that this month could be baby month!!

  16. May 1, 2015 / 11:48 pm

    Agree with Court above – your pictures are always SO lovely! I want to come up there and steal your photographer:) Can't wait to see more photos!

    On another note, embrace those sweet moments, Mama! Soak up every second with your sweet girl (I know you will). With Vivi coming early, I felt like I never got the time to soak up those last few days with my sweet Caleb as my only child. He'll never know, but it hurts my mama heart a bit. So, enjoy it all! Can't wait for baby sister #2 to make her appearance!!!:)

  17. May 2, 2015 / 12:32 am

    Your maternity sneak peek.. I die! SO beautiful! I can't wait to see the rest 🙂 So excited for you guys… your girls will be so darling together 🙂

  18. May 3, 2015 / 9:31 pm

    Absolutely beautiful friend! And I am so excited for you. I can't believe it is already here and oh how I remember it like yesterday with Crew (seriously how is he almost 9 months old), speaking of… YES the second baby grows WAY quicker… why? I don't know, and on top of that, your first born will look about 5 years older once baby gets here… I find myself looking back at pictures of when I was pregnant with Crew and just how little Charli looks and how much she looked like a baby still… Now you ask? I feel like she's a teenager and I don't like it, not one bit. Get ready girlfriend, for your heart to grow 10 times more and to witness the most special bond between your two children! Please get lots of rest right now and just relax and soak it all in!! Love you! xoxo

  19. May 4, 2015 / 5:12 pm

    That photo is gorgeous! Can't wait to see more!

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