Introducing Easton Matthew

Whenever we were in discussions about a third baby, I was always 100% ready…Dad was more on the fence about #3. I kept telling Seth I just “know” that we need to have another baby. He would never get it…”What do you mean you know?”

It was so hard to explain to him what I meant. It’s not that I did not feel complete or satisfied with my family of four, it was just that I felt we were missing someone. I had the strongest feeling that we were actually missing a family member. Seth kept telling me that maybe my instincts were telling me we needed another dog ;)

I prayed about it daily – asking God to give me some clarification on this feeling I had been having for a while. I guess a mother’s intuition is always right, because on August 19, 2015, our little missing piece entered our lives.

Say hello to our little miracle Easton Matthew!

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His big sisters could not stop smiling that entire day. Mom & Dad gave them Big Sister gifts before the big arrival – dollie backpacks with their names – filled with some goodies to pass the waiting time at the hospital. They loved them!

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Some of my favorite pictures are of Kennedy and Jules meeting him for the first time. You can just see and feel the excitement in their eyes.

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Easton is so blessed to be loved by so many already. We are so thankful for all the friends and family we have in our lives. I was blown away by the texts, calls, messages, and well wishes by so many. We truly feel so loved by so many.

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Thank you, God, for giving us this little miracle on Earth to add to our family.

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Easton’s Nursery

When we built our house, Jules’ nursery was painted green and Kennedy’s room was painted a light blue. When the girls had to move into the same room together, it was a no brainer which room would be the nursery…it was already the perfect shade of blue!

When I asked Seth how he thought the nursery should be decorated, he said New Orleans Saints :/
I told him I love the Saints too, but black doesn’t exactly go into a baby’s nursery. So we settled on sports…after all, he name is Easton.

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It was so much fun buying BLUE for a change. Boys can be fun too!
I can’t wait to fill all of his little picture frames with his newborn pictures

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I loved all the vintage sports d├ęcor I found. I scored some old used baseballs and some of Daddy’s sports memorabilia. When we were in college, I made Seth a baseball scrapbook. Little did I know that book would one day be sitting on my son’s shelf in his room :)

Seth even had a baseball cap which he wore as a baby that I put on top of our “Watch Me Grow” bear.

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Can we just talk about this gorgeous sign above the bed!? I knew I wanted something different above the crib, so of course I turned to Pinterest for ideas. I found a sign very similar to this one, and asked for help from a Facebook friend to paint it for the nursery. It came out better than I expected, and it makes the perfect focal point for the room. I love it! Check out her other work on her Facebook page – MEGHAN CRAWFORD.

He also has his own personalized bat already thanks to my in laws! They found this unique wooden bat which they had his name carved into – I will hang it on the wall at some point, but I haven’t found a display I like yet…for now it sits on his bed.

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I just love his little nursery, and I hope he likes it just as much. Who knows…he might not even like sports at all! If he doesn’t, we will just move Daddy into this room ;)

Home Stretch

This has not been the easiest pregnancy by any means. I had ZERO issues when I was pregnant with Kennedy and Jules – it was smooth sailing until delivery day. This pregnancy is WAY different.

Starting at 8-9 weeks I started having constant pains under my rib cage. According to my symptoms, my doctor immediately knew there was something going on with my gallbladder. He sent me for a gallbladder ultrasound, which showed no signs of gallstones. He said he believed I have a failing gallbladder. The problem was, pregnant women cannot undergo the hydro scan which assesses the function of the gallbladder.

I was put on a gallbladder diet, saw a dietician, and constantly monitor what I eat and drink. If you have ever been on a gallbladder diet you know how much fun that can be….plain toast, plain rice, plain noodles, fruits, veggies, baked potatoes, and bland sandwiches. This is my meal plan for everyday…during pregnancy! All I want is chili cheese nachos with a side of cheese sticks….which I can’t have :(

My husband has been so good throughout the past couple of months. Denying a pregnant woman food can put her a little over the edge…plus the added hormones WHEW! He puts up with my complaining, and tries to think of different recipes to cook and add to my diet. I’m sure I have not been the easiest person to live with, but I haven’t heard him complain once.

At 35 weeks, my doctor scheduled a late ultrasound to make sure the baby was gaining the appropriate amount of weight since I can’t eat much. He is measuring well and is estimated at a healthy 6 pounds so far!

BUT, the end is near! In just 25 days we will meet our little man, and soon after that I will kick this gallbladder to the curb. I. CAN’T. WAIT.

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Maternity Photos – 32 weeks

Ever since I had my little girls, I always wanted to take pictures with them in an all-dolled up photoshoot – just us girls. I figured a maternity photoshoot would be the perfect opportunity…before our little BOY comes! I wanted something really feminine…really pretty. I had visions of us in beautiful dresses in a field somewhere. I had our photographer all booked, and we were getting excited. One week before our pictures, the photographer had to reschedule…ok no biggie.

Finally, it was picture day! We spent all afternoon getting pretty – and it took ALL afternoon…trust me. We painted nails, had a snack, curled hair, had a meltdown, put on makeup, had another snack, painted nails again because they touched something…you could imagine the hormonal zoo that afternoon.

I loaded everyone in my car and the photographer called me…to reschedule. She said it was raining in the field where we were headed. I was bummed. I was exhausted. There was no way I was rescheduling again after we had done all of our beauty work LOL. I was just going to cancel altogether. Luckily, Nana came to the rescue and said, “Come on over, and I’ll take some pictures of ya’ll!” So we headed to Mr. “Weasel” & Mrs. Delane’s beautiful yard down my mom & dad’s street. They have so many picture opportunities in that yard!

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Kennedy & Jules were actually very cooperative. By now, they should be well trained in front of the camera ;)

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Nana did an awesome job! We took a bunch then I headed home to edit them all – my favorite part :)

We didn’t get my field I was hoping for, but I LOVE the way these pictures turned out! Thank you SO much Nana, Mr. Weasel, & Mrs. Delane for saving us from a photoshoot meltdown!

A lot of people asked me where their dresses came from…
I had been eyeing those dresses on Zulily for weeks now. They come in a variety of colors, and I thought this blue/green would be perfect. I love all the pleats in the dress, and I was lucky enough to find a dress for myself with the same pleats!

Easton’s 4D Ultrasound

Hello third trimester! At this point in each of my pregnancies, we visited a 4D ultrasound clinic to get a sneak peek of the baby at 27 weeks. This time, Daddy, Nana, Maw, Pappy, Aunt Beth, Kennedy, Jules, & Liam came along to see Easton on the big screen.

The first thing the ultrasound tech noticed was that he is breech. No big deal since I’m having a section anyway, but it did make it a little harder to get front facing shots. All we saw at first was his little foot.

Then the tech zoomed in on his face, and O.M.G. it never gets old. I could not stop smiling at that little face. We are so in love with him already. He had his eyes open and was very alert and active.

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He must be practicing for when Mom gets her camera out, because he gave us a big smile :) He will fit into the holiday photos perfectly.

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I was pleasantly surprised to see some “chunk” on him! Being on this gallbladder diet, I haven’t gained nearly the weight I did for the girls, and I was scared he would be skin and bones at this appointment. However, he looks just as chunky as the girls did at this point in the pregnancy. I think he will have those squeezable cheeks just like Kennedy and Jules.

He will probably also have Jules’ appetite. He was a hungry little man and started chewing his hand mid-ultrasound.

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He stayed awake for the majority of the ultrasound, but then gave us a big yawn and started to settle down. Posing for the paparazzi is a lot of work!

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The entire time I watched him on the screen, I kept thinking about how much he resembled his sisters. I was so anxious to get home to compare his 4D ultrasound to theirs.

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Only 12 more weeks to go until we can hold you, sweet boy! We love you so much!

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Halfway

Finally we can say we are halfway there to meeting our baby boy.

We recently had our 20 week ultrasound and everything looks great. He is an active boy, and Mommy can feel him move all day long (and night!) Dad even felt him kick once!

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You would think by Baby #3, naming your child would get easier. Seth and I could not agree on any name…for a boy or a girl. When we found out we were having a boy, Seth was dead set on his name…and not budging.

Easton Matthew

To be honest, I did not like it at first. I kept saying, “Are you sure? Easton? Like the baseball brand?” However, when I saw that look in Seth’s eyes – that dreamy look – I started to think back when I was pregnant with Kennedy…

I loved the name “Kennedy” for years – and when we found out we were having a girl, I just KNEW that was her name. No other names compared, and it just clicked.
Same thing for Jules. We threw around names for a while, and when I said “Jules Camryn”…we just looked at each other and KNEW that was her name.

That’s exactly the feeling I had when I saw Seth saying “Easton Matthew” over and over. This is just as much his pregnancy as it is mine, and I knew he had his heart set on that name. I guess he has the right to name one of the kids ;)

It grew on me…fast. I now love his name, and I’m so glad Daddy chose the perfect name for our son. Let the monogramming begin :)

Now that Easter is over, I can stop hearing the “Easton” song the girls have been singing…
“Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail…hippity hoppity EASTON’s on his way!”

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You know those days when you get a wild hair to go do something…and you just have to get it done because it’s just eating away at you? That was my Friday.

We had no plans to find out our baby’s gender this early. We were planning on waiting until our OBGYN 20 week ultrasound to let our doctor tell us the news. However, last Friday I just randomly thought, “I need to know my baby’s gender today.” So, I called Angel Prints Ultrasounds and by some miracle they were able to take me that exact day. Coincidence? I think not.

Up to that point, Seth had mentioned he may have wanted to wait and be surprised to find out the gender on delivery day. I told him he was nuts, and that I had to know. What’s the fun in planning a nursery, going clothes shopping, etc. if you don’t know to buy pink or blue!? There is enough excitement on delivery day as it is…finding out the gender early is just as exciting.

So, he agreed to find out early, but he wanted to wait and be surprised when I got home with the balloons. Deal.

My mom and I headed to the ultrasound smiling the entire way. It is just an exciting moment to finally know…boy or girl! Everyone kept asking me what my “feeling” was for this baby. I felt like I was having a boy this time around, but I also just KNEW that Jules was a boy too. So obviously my intuition is not very accurate, so I did not know what to think.

The ultrasound tech put the device on my belly, and literally within five seconds she said, “Well, I know what you are having, but let me try and get a good picture.” When she said that, I figured it was a boy. I bet if it were a girl she would have searched a little longer ;)

The minute this picture came up I said, “Is that a boy!?” She said, “Yep! That’s a boy!” My mom and I started clapping, and we could not stop smiling. It was an awesome moment!

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She kept trying to get a good picture of his face, but he kept his arm in front of his face the entire time. I told her my husband would not be worried about face pictures in this ultrasound…he will want to see the good stuff :)

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The minute the ultrasound ended, I called our flower shop to let them know to add BLUE balloons to the box! The girls were SO excited to open this mystery box.
(Excuse Jules’ high water pants…she had an accident at school, and apparently I need to update her change of clothes)

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I had plans on videoing, but everything happened so fast. The minute I got home, Kennedy, Jules, AND Daddy were so anxious to open the box. It was just the four of us in the room, so it was nice sharing that surprise with our little family.

We let the girls open the box by themselves – we want them to be involved as much as possible with anything relating to the new baby. I definitely don’t want them to feel left out at any moment.

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I could not snap a picture of Seth, but he was beaming. He just kept smiling – that’s all he could do! It was awesome.

I can’t wait to meet our little man. I wonder if he will look like his daddy and Kennedy. I wonder if he will have curly hair like Jules. I wonder if he will be a ball player like his dad, or a hunter, or a fisherman. Whatever he decides to do, we cannot be more thrilled with this little miracle that will be joining our family.

Dad says he gets to name his little boy since Mom named the two girls :)
I could not help myself and already bought one outfit. Nana bought 3 sleepers, and Aunt Beth bought a blue crucifix for his room. Who said boys can’t be fun!?

Dad doesn’t know yet that they make brother and sister matching outfits…