Our Water Babe & A Maternity Outtake

Happy Friday, friends, I hope you all have had the most wonderful week!  The bigger I get during these last few weeks of pregnancy (& bigger is definitely the word, the term ready to pop is more relevant than ever right now), the more I am looking to keep Waverly entertained in a way that doesn’t require too much physical activity from me.  My sciatica is tons better since starting maternity leave, & I’m usually all about being active as much as possible, but let’s face it, I am currently tired walking up the stairs.  So keeping her happy while keeping me sitting is the name of the game, & I’m not ashamed to admit it.

Thankfully the weather has been warm, or even hot, & we have been able to spend lots of time outdoors. Waverly adores any activity that involves water, she always has, & it will usually keep her busy longer than anything we do inside will.  This past Monday was a wash-out, it rained on & off all day, but it was still warm enough to go outside in between rainstorms to play in the puddles so we took advantage.

Two things, (1) our neighbors think we are crazy, for some reason we were the only people on the street doing this, & (2), if only I could pull off a bathing suit & hunter boots like she can.

We also pulled out the old faithful kid pool from last summer, which I am convinced is the best $10 we have ever spent.  We have used it three times this week alone, between that & the sprinklers that run every morning, we have had hours of endless entertainment.

We have all of our maternity pictures back & once again, my sweet friend Brooke rocked it & I am in love with all of the images she captured of us! 🙂  I am really excited to post some next week, but in the meantime, I thought I would share another sneak peek, this picture was definitely not one I had envisioned in my head or that I pinned before our shoot, but honestly, has been the one I have come back to look at the most. 😉

Photo By:  Brooke Tucker Photography

And the story behind it.  While we were driving to the pictures, Waverly asked me if she was wearing a bodysuit, which was so random & weird, I couldn’t figure out what she was talking about.  After she kept going on about it I finally realized that she was asking if she was wearing a bathing suit because I had told her we were going to the beach, & girlfriend was planning to jump in the water when we got there.  OMG.  It was unseasonably cold that day, almost to the point that I was nervous about us even doing it, so the last thing I wanted was for her to jump in the water (not to mention the fact that we were going for family pictures, not a wet t-shirt contest).  I was luckily relieved when we got there, Waverly was having so much fun running through the sand (& we were able to get tons of pictures of her in it), but it was cold enough that she didn’t have much interest in the water.  Or so I thought.  After a while, we put our toes in & were running through it some, when I looked over & Waverly got just a little too brave, went too far, and got knocked down by a wave.

Seriously, my mama instinct kicked in & I freaked.  I mean, my face.  I don’t even remember Brooke taking that picture but now that we are out of the moment & Waverly is fully recovered (she was laughing before my mom even made her way up the beach to take her back to the car), I admit it, I know we will love having it forever.  I can’t even wait to laugh about it with her one day. 🙂

PS – If you have never searched “family photos gone wrong”, do it.  We did on the way home (since we felt like we have a contender for that now), they are hilarious.


  1. May 15, 2015 / 11:24 am

    She certainly is! I laughed out loud at the last photo–her face is priceless! 🙂

  2. May 15, 2015 / 11:49 am

    She is so stinking cute in all of those swim suit pictures, love the one piece. And oh goodness, the last picture is precious. It shows so well the shock of a young one getting surprised and the mother instinct of I GOT YOU!!!! Have a great day!

    ps.com heading to your neck of the woods this weekend ;)!

  3. May 15, 2015 / 12:08 pm

    Oh my goodness this is priceless, this is one for her wedding slideshow in 20+ years! The look of horror on your face and the shock in Waverly's face is just so funny!

  4. May 15, 2015 / 12:34 pm

    Omg that outtake is amazing! I love both of your faces in it! And I'm so glad to hear your sciatica is improving. Mine was so bad that my doctor took me out of work… It made a world of difference!

  5. May 15, 2015 / 12:40 pm

    Oh my gosh, that picture! Hilarious-her face! I totally understand how you reacted-I would have done the same thing!!!

  6. May 15, 2015 / 1:06 pm

    Oh my gosh, I can't even imagine how you must have felt; panicked, heart sunk, adrenaline, fear, you name it. I mean your face says it all. But you are so right, this picture will be one for the books for sure! It truly shows PURE MAMA LOVE and that you will do whatever it takes to keep your babies safe!! So glad you guys had a great week!

  7. May 15, 2015 / 1:15 pm

    I think that is a beautiful picture. Becoming a big sister is a shock just like cold ocean water but you will always be there to catch her if she needs you. Too much???

  8. May 15, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    Lex is about to rock boots with a suit! Thank you rain! And that picture !!! I'm DYING!

  9. May 15, 2015 / 1:54 pm

    OMG that outtake!!!! I literally just burst out laughing in a class full of students!! I'm sure it was terrifying, but it sure makes for a great photo! And the bathing suit with the Hunters – love! I think Waverly is going to start a fashion trend. Just wait, it'll be the next big thing!! Enjoy your weekend!

  10. May 15, 2015 / 1:55 pm

    Water activities are our FAVE! Dying over the swim suit and hunters, way too cute! If we were neighbors, we'd be right out there with you! And seriously… best $10 ever! We pulled out the baby pool from last year as well and it's kept Mia busy for hours every single day this week, whether she's actually swimming in it or just scooping water and pouring it on chairs, the rocks, the bbq, etc. Whatever keeps her happy and busy… and helps her take the amazing 3+ hour naps she's been taking all week! HA!
    DYING over your outtake! Love it sooooo much!

  11. May 15, 2015 / 2:02 pm

    Those pictures of Waverly in a bathing suit and Hunter boots are the best. Classic puddle jumping attire! We've only been to the beach once with Mila and I held her hand with a death grip whenever we got close to the water. I'm pretty sure I'll still be doing that when she's 10 years old. I can imagine how terrified you were when the wave hit her. It's a priceless photo, though!

  12. May 15, 2015 / 3:03 pm

    Oh that picture! It is just priceless! Happy weekend!

  13. May 15, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    Your pictures are always so great! I've been a horrible blogger, but I am trying to get back into it. But I always love seeing your happy pics on IG! 🙂

  14. May 15, 2015 / 3:58 pm

    The bathing suit and boots – YES! Best idea ever. I love that Waverly is such a water baby. And I'm all for all the things that wear out a toddler but allow a momma to sit back and watch. 🙂
    As for that last pic – Momma Bear in full force. 🙂

  15. May 15, 2015 / 6:18 pm

    I'm cracking up over both of your faces!! I am so sure that Ellie is going to LOVE the beach this summer. Have a great weekend!

  16. May 15, 2015 / 6:55 pm

    Hahaha thanks for sharing the outtake! Those pictures are usually the best ones from a photoshoot!

  17. May 15, 2015 / 7:31 pm

    That really is the best picture. The perfect beautiful ones are awesome too, but you'll probably enjoy that one even more in the years to come.

  18. May 15, 2015 / 7:54 pm

    hahahaha! That picture is classic!

  19. May 15, 2015 / 8:53 pm

    It rained today and I thought it would be fun to take Mason in the rain, or even have him hold an umbrella since he seemed interested when we were out earlier and he took one look at me and ran away LOL. Guess I won't have any cute suit suit, Hunter boot rainy day pics over here! lol. That being said, Waverly looks ADORABLE playing in the puddles!
    Also, that out take… amazing! Your face. Her face. So fun that Brooke caught it on camera!

  20. May 15, 2015 / 10:02 pm

    The bathing suit & hunters is an amazing look! But that last photo! Love, love, love, love, love! Both your faces!!!

  21. May 16, 2015 / 1:21 am

    That picture is seriously amazing. I mean, it's super funny but you're also like super fierce and a powerful and graceful goddess. No lie. How can you look so poised and strong?! I'd be like hot mess express lol.

  22. May 16, 2015 / 1:27 am

    OMG that pic is too much! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  23. May 16, 2015 / 2:40 am

    OMG that beach pic has me in stitches! She looks so shocked! Yay to all the activities she can do while you sit. I'm right there with you babe! And swimsuit + Hunter boots – the girl can rock anything!

    xx Viv at JoieDeViv

  24. May 16, 2015 / 7:59 pm

    LOL at the maternity out take! So funny! Looks like you guys are having some great weather… pft. about your neighbours, if we were your neighbours we would have been right out there with you… well maybe minus the suit and hunter boots for me 😉

  25. May 16, 2015 / 7:59 pm

    haha! and by minus the suit and hunter boots I mean wearing clothes! HAHA!!

  26. May 19, 2015 / 2:23 am

    rain boots and a swim suit, such a fashion statement 😉
    oh and that outtake. Oh my gosh! Her face is hilarious!

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