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I do freelance event and portrait photography but it's becoming so common, everyone has a photographer friend nowadays lol. I might keep at it after baby is born. I'll just have to tote her along with me!
 

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I do freelance event and portrait photography but it's becoming so common, everyone has a photographer friend nowadays lol. I might keep at it after baby is born. I'll just have to tote her along with me!

@bren94 HER?????? :) Got some premonitions going on? I am about to post about mine over in a new thread about dreams! ;)
 

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I saw my old boss yesterday and told her my news, and she was all over me: "That's a boy! Look how you're carrying! You've got a BOY in there!" I smiled and told her that what she was seeing was all bloat, and she shook her head and said, "Fine, but it's MALE bloat." Ha! So there's my premonition for ya. My bloating is apparently carrying like a boy. :grin:
 

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Tee-LMAO!!!!

I am totally feeling a boy. I'll be really surprised if it's a girl. Males are dominant in DHs family and we have 3 girls and one boy- and the last two were girls- so aren't the odds in favor of a boy? Hah...that's my silly scientific reasoning.

I embraced my bloat yesterday and wore a maternity dress. So comfy! I figured if anyone asked when I was due I would give some vague answer. I think I'd rather just look pregnant than look frumpy (which is how I feel in most of my regular clothes now).
 

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I embraced my bloat yesterday and wore a maternity dress. So comfy! I figured if anyone asked when I was due I would give some vague answer. I think I'd rather just look pregnant than look frumpy (which is how I feel in most of my regular clothes now).
OMG, at this point every day I spend in non-maternity clothes is a day I regret. I'm doing okay with some non-maternity dresses, I suppose, so there's still that, but pants are OUT, my friend. O U T . That being said, today I am wearing unbuttoned jeans with a Bella band, because it's Family Day at work and I just wanted to be casual, darn it... And you know what, I really really should've invested the time in digging out a pair of maternity jeans, because morning sickness has me passionately hating the Bella band.
 

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I had gained a bunch of weight in the last year. My business had taken off and we were eating a lot of fast food. As a result, my clothes are not fitting because of that. I don't have any maternity stuff because I was not going to have another baby.
Yesterday I was wearing one of my larger sets of scrubs. I got asked if I was pregnant in front of my 16yo who doesn't know yet. I totally had to lie, because I did not want him to find out like that.
 

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We are going on a day outing today. Both kids woke up at 530. Didn't bother me much cause I was awake at 4 and couldn't go back to sleep. They better behave themselves today !
 

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We are going on a day outing today. Both kids woke up at 530. Didn't bother me much cause I was awake at 4 and couldn't go back to sleep. They better behave themselves today !
Fun! Where are you going? Hope you all have a good time and they're perfect angels every minute. :)
 

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I've resigned myself to strictly wearing comfy maxi skirts and flowy tops. There is no way you could make me wear jeans right now. I wore them the other day and had to unbutton them half way through the day. So at this point I don't really care if people notice that I'm wearing the same skirt 3 days in a row.
 

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I'm hoping for a girl. No more toddler boys, please! Already thinking about girl names. I already picked Jonathan for a boys name, but my husband doesn't like it. He says Jon is boring. But our last name is not easily pronounced so I think an easy, boring first name is a good thing for his future prospects.
 

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Fun! Where are you going? Hope you all have a good time and they're perfect angels every minute. :)


We went up to Hurricane Ridge on the Olympic peninsula and the Olympic Game Farm which is one of the drive through ones where you feed the animals. It went pretty well except the foster mommy I went with put her kids in shorts and it was 45 on the mountain so we didn't get to hike any. I was bummed but at least the kids didn't freak when we got back in the car. They were very good today thank The Lord :)
 

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I had my first appointment with my OB Friday morning. One of my friends went with me, and we ended up making a day of it.

We had a nice lunch out and then went to the new H&M. I had no idea H&M had maternity clothes! I was pretty happy to see that, for when I need inexpensive new clothes in a few months. There was another bonus to the trip, too, because we had to go right past the only grocery store that stocks my favorite ice cream - Jeni's Goat Cheese and Red Cherry. Yum! And then we saw a group of about 6 dolphins when we were coming home. I've always taken seeing dolphins to be a good sign.
 

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@bren94 Thanks for the commiseration. I never thought growing up that 26 would be seen as "too young" to be having a first child, but it seems the world has changed in that regard, at least among the people I know and love. The timing for this baby is perfect, and DH and I are so ready to welcome him or her into our family. So I'll just have to keep my chin up and remember that as I deal with negativity.

Although I admit I'm speculating about this. Maybe I'll be totally surprised and my parents will be over the moon to be having a grandchild...I suppose we'll see.
My comment is a little late to the party, but when I was 26 I was having my fifth! I don't know anyone who thinks that's too young to have their first, and I think it's a good age to get the ball rolling since it only gets harder the longer you wait, imo. You'll be fine, you got this!
 

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It stinks when people are negative about pregnancy. My MIL started out that way. She was very much of the mindset that you have 1-3 kids and that's it. Then her son became Catholic and married me.... Now she accepts that we will have a big family. My DH said she was actually excited to hear about #5 so you never know how people will react! Personally, I think she just realizes that our kids are all healthy and loved and taken care of and, well, AWESOME...so why wouldn't she want us to have more? :)
My MIL was very negative when we announced our fourth, but afterwards she went through some personal stuff and came to accept that what we do is our choice, and all she has to do is be happy for us and love her grandkids, which she does very much. We are also Catholic, so even though it's been five years since the last one, number 6 is no shocker and she's surprised, but thrilled!
 

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Cool on the dolphins @sarafl. It's always amazing to see them no matter how often you have. This past winter there was a huge confluence of pods near us, and every time we took the ferry (every 6 weeks or so) we would see hundreds! I really, really, never get tired of it.
@sarahknavy you're not hugely far from me! The Olympic peninsula is is amazing. We're going camping next week on Vancouver Island, in the mountains, and will definitely be bringing warm clothes. I've packed fleeces and toques for the girls.
@Valerie11 my DH's last name is one syllable, so I often feel like it allows for more interesting first names. However, it's botanical, so that rules out botanical names. I was sad because I love the names Briar and Rose. Oh well! If you knew my DH's last name you'd understand :)
@bren94 maxi skirts sound heavenly. I'm going to have to source some out when I'm back in the city. Currently on holidays, so lounging in comfy clothes...
 
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Feeling an intense need to rant. Not sure if any of you use Facebook enough to have seen those spam photos of "breast infection" or "head and shoulders infection". They're clearly photoshopped but disturbing pictures where a lotus pod is photoshopped onto body parts to make it look like creatures are coming out of skin. Well today my newsfeed was flooded with them and they made me physically sick. I've seen them before but I officially cannot stomach them and I'm feeling viciously angry toward the person who made them! Every time I think about them I get sick and it's so upsetting. Ok sorry I just needed to rant to people I know could sympathize with me. Sorry to put the image in your heads :(
 

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Feeling an intense need to rant. Not sure if any of you use Facebook enough to have seen those spam photos of "breast infection" or "head and shoulders infection". They're clearly photoshopped but disturbing pictures where a lotus pod is photoshopped onto body parts to make it look like creatures are coming out of skin. Well today my newsfeed was flooded with them and they made me physically sick. I've seen them before but I officially cannot stomach them and I'm feeling viciously angry toward the person who made them! Every time I think about them I get sick and it's so upsetting. Ok sorry I just needed to rant to people I know could sympathize with me. Sorry to put the image in your heads :(
I saw someone post the head one yesterday. It was so obviously fake that I wonder how anyone could fall for it.
 

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Haven't seen those. That's gross!

I got to go on a date last night and it was so nice. I miss being a wife. Being a mommy is tough stuff and I miss spending time with my husband. He is leaving for a month soon and I hope I don't go all crazy pregnant mommy on my kids!

Today we are splitting a bunch of fire wood! It feels good to do something besides lay around.
 
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