Our Winter Maternity Photoshoot in Texas

I’m so excited to share photos from our maternity photoshoot! I never had the opportunity to have maternity pictures taken when I was pregnant with Addie due to delivering her the weekend that I was supposed to get my pictures done, so I really wanted to make sure we got them this time. If you’ve never had maternity pictures, I’ll tell you- it’s something you should definitely do. I absolutely regretted not having them done with Addie and this photoshoot was just so wonderful for our family. Having a winter maternity photoshoot in Texas isn’t easy. Some days it was super cold, others it was rainy. Some days were nice and we couldn’t coordinate our schedules, and some days were down right yucky. Thanks to our amazing photographer Rhonda Williams and her husband Tim, from Photography by Legacy Imaging, we were able to find the most perfect day anyone could ask for and got some amazing pictures.

Looking for inspiration for your winter maternity photoshoot? Check these out by this Waco, Texas blogger!

I found this gorgeous red maternity dress off of Amazon and knew I needed it. It was perfect for a winter maternity photoshoot in Texas because I could stand it if it was warm or cold outside, it was inexpensive (less than $30! Whoa!), and we could coordinate outfits together well. I love that it came in a BUNCH of colors too! The pink dress in my photoshoot was actually Rhonda’s and I’m so glad I tried it on. I found a dupe of the pink dress here on Etsy. Not exact, but pretty close! We got some amazing pictures with that dress and I am so insanely pleased at how they came out.

Looking for inspiration for your winter maternity photoshoot? Check these out by this Waco, Texas blogger!

Looking for inspiration for your winter maternity photoshoot? Check these out by this Waco, Texas blogger!

Looking for inspiration for your winter maternity photoshoot? Check these out by this Waco, Texas blogger!

If you notice the pictures with Addie, you may have been able to tell that she’s missing a lot of cords! Girlfriend ROCKED this photoshoot with eyes open, smiles, NO CIRCUIT, NO VENTILATOR, and just a little oxygen. I’m so proud of her and how far she’s come. Photoshoots are draining for kids in general, and Addie gets overstimulated so easily. Because the weather was so nice, Rhonda and Tim were extremely patient, and Tim shook a little pom pom for Addie, we got some beautiful maternity photos that I can’t wait to blow up and put in our home.


Looking for inspiration for your winter maternity photoshoot? Check these out by this Waco, Texas blogger!

Looking for inspiration for your winter maternity photoshoot? Check these out by this Waco, Texas blogger!

Of course, when you live in Waco and have a photoshoot, you have to stop by the iconic Suspension Bridge. If you’re a fan of the show, Fixer Upper, I’m sure you’ve noticed it in the show intro. I love how the light hits so perfectly for these! The last time we got professional pictures done at the Suspension Bridge were for our engagement photos, so I love that I was able to get some great photos there as an update.

Looking for inspiration for your winter maternity photoshoot? Check these out by this Waco, Texas blogger!Looking for inspiration for your winter maternity photoshoot? Check these out by this Waco, Texas blogger!

Looking for inspiration for your winter maternity photoshoot? Check these out by this Waco, Texas blogger!

The pink dress shots are my absolute FAVORITE. I borrowed the dress from Rhonda’s collection (here’s the closest pink dress I can find to it online). The train on it was massive and it made for some incredible shots. I definitely would like to add some of these to our gallery wall in our living room. We took these pictures in Brazos Park East in Waco and it was the perfect spot to end for the night. Talk about a perfect dress for a winter maternity photoshoot, right!?

Looking for inspiration for your winter maternity photoshoot? Check these out by this Waco, Texas blogger!

Looking for inspiration for your winter maternity photoshoot? Check these out by this Waco, Texas blogger!

Another fun location we stopped at was this random wooded area on the side of the road. Sometimes you find great spots for pictures in the most unlikely places! I would have driven right past this area had it not been for Rhonda and Tim! The trees, the sun- it was all perfect. I wish we could’ve gotten Mathew and Addie in these shots but we literally were climbing over branches, my dress was getting stuck, and it would’ve been crazy with all her equipment. Still, I had so much fun!

Looking for inspiration for your winter maternity photoshoot? Check these out by this Waco, Texas blogger!

Overall, I couldn’t have asked for a better winter maternity photoshoot. There are so many things we missed due to my rough pregnancy with Addie like maternity pictures, newborn photos, even taking her home after a few days. She spent 10 months in the hospital and it just seems like this pregnancy with Lawson has been entirely different. I’ve had energy, I’ve had 1 health issue (which was expected) unlike a bunch last pregnancy, and I’ve been really able to enjoy myself. I will miss being pregnant for sure, but boy, am I excited for Wednesday so we can meet our sweet boy. I can’t even begin to imagine the joy and redemption this rainbow baby will bring to our family.

If you’re looking for a maternity photographer in Waco, Texas, definitely hit up Rhonda and Tim with Photography by Legacy Imaging. They always do an amazing job and I’m never disappointed by their incredible work.

22 Week Bumpdate and Pregnancy Letter Board

We are officially over the hump, people! 22 weeks means we have 18 weeks (or less) to go! I can’t even believe how fast this pregnancy is moving. Maybe because it’s not been as stressful as Addie’s? Who knows!

Love this baby bump letter board by The Vintage Modern Wife. 22 weeks pregnant!

If you haven’t kept up with us online lately, at 20 weeks we had our ultrasound and amniocentesis with our Maternal Fetal Medicine doctor and had the cutest fall gender reveal ever to celebrate sweet baby Lawson. It was a complete surprise to us (as you can see in the video!) The 20 week ultrasound was so good and Addie got to meet the doctor that delivered her and checked up on her the entire time I was pregnant with her. We were overjoyed to hear that they couldn’t detect any physical abnormalities, and that it was completely up to us to do the amniocentesis or not. We opted to do it for genetic purposes to make sure our sweet boy didn’t have any complications like Addie, and the day before Thanksgiving we got a call that there were absolutely zero markers for any genetic abnormalities. Praise Jesus! It took such a load off our backs and now we can completely focus on the fact that our sweet boy is going to be healthy. We would have loved him regardless, just as we do Addie, but it’s nice to know that we won’t have the challenges that we had with her.

How far along: 22 weeks

Name: Lawson Avery

Size: Lawson is measuring about a week ahead so he’s the size of a grapefruit at 22 weeks! That’s 11.3 inches and 1.10 pounds.

How I’m feeling: Great! Starting to find that it’s getting a little harder to breathe (especially when I carry Addie) and I definitely can’t eat as much because there’s less room!

Sickness: None! I had 1 day where I couldn’t keep a meal down, but I think it was a fluke.

Cravings: I really haven’t had many cravings this pregnancy, although I will say I have been wanting more red meat the past couple weeks. So I guess I must be craving that!

Aversions: Chicken. It doesn’t gross me out or anything, I just haven’t been in the mood for it.

Weight gain: I think I’ve gained 7 pounds total. Not too bad but it’s definitely getting to where I’m actually starting to gain. Since I was so sick in the beginning I hadn’t gained anything, but 7 pounds isn’t bad!

Physical changes: Rounder tummy! I see a little chubbier face than at 16 weeks, but it happens.

Pregnancy purchases so far: I’ve made a few purchases so far that I wanted to share that have been helpful—

  • Floral Sweater (it’s not maternity)- When we went down to visit my family for my dad’s birthday the other week, we hit up Target for some Black Friday shopping. I fell in love with this sweater and had to have it. I’ll tell ya, it runs big. So if you like that oversized look, grab your normal size. If you like a more fitted look (or you’re short like me), size down. I’m wearing a medium and it fits perfectly. The large was like a dress on me!
  • Ningxia Red (and lots of it)- If you’ve been dragging lately, struggling to make healthy food choices, could use some help supporting your blood sugar, immune system or any other system of the body, then you need to learn about Ningxia Red. This powerful fruit puree is what we swear by for our family’s health! Young Living has exclusive distribution rights for the NingXia wolfberry, and just one ounce of NingXia Red is equivalent to each of the following in terms of antioxidant nutritional value: 4 pounds of carrots, 2 quarts of carrot juice, 8 oranges, 1 pint of orange juice, 2 pounds of beets, 2 cups of beet juice, 3 cups of raspberries, or 2 cups of blueberries! Wow! I drink 2-4 oz a day for antioxidant benefits to keep me staying healthy (which can be really hard this time of year with sugary snacks, unhealthy foods, and people spreading their germs like crazy.) I love that it keeps me energized because my blood sugar levels stay nice and balanced, and it’s just nice to drink with some LaCroix instead of a soda!
  • Tomorrow Sleep mattress– I’ll be blogging about this super soon, but this new mattress has been amazing for pregnancy. Our old mattress was like 13 years old (ew!) and I was waking up with aches and pains every morning. During pregnancy it’s advised to sleep on your side and I’m typically a tummy sleeper. So my hips, ribs, and knees would always be so painful and I’d toss and turn from the pain. Happy to report I’m no longer worrying about that! I can’t wait to tell y’all more soon.

As far as more purchases for Lawson, I haven’t done any. My mom and sister have bought Lawson a couple outfits, but that’s about it. We really only need a few things since he’s our second (like a crib, mattress, bedding,  DockaTot, Milk Snob car seat cover-  that kind of thing) but I started making a registry in case we have a shower later on in the new year. I’ve been focusing more on family birthdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and January birthdays and so baby stuff hasn’t been on the priority list. I figure once we get to January, I’ll start buying more stuff.

Love this baby bump letter board progression by The Vintage Modern Wife. 12-22 weeks pregnant!

Thanks for joining me for another bumpdate! Make sure you’re following me on Instagram and Facebook for daily life updates and more on Addie and Lawson!

The Cutest Fall Gender Reveal

This post on The Cutest Fall Gender Reveal is sponsored by Oriental Trading although all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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This pregnancy is just flying by! I can’t believe I’m already over halfway through it and our sweet baby will be here in 18 weeks or less! A few weekends ago we had about 30 of our closest friends and family over to our home and had the cutest fall gender reveal you’ve ever seen. It was so wonderful and I’m still replaying our amazing time in my mind. We had family and friends travel from 3, 4, and 6 hours away- even friends that happened to have flown into town the night before come to our little fall gender reveal. Ah, it was great!

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Because we had our little fall pregnancy announcement at the Dallas Arboretum with tons of pumpkins in the pictures, we thought it would be fun to continue on with our pumpkin theme for our fall gender reveal. I wasn’t sure where to even begin, except that I wanted pumpkins in it. I remembered that Oriental Trading had awesome decorations at affordable prices so I set out to work on our fall decor for the party. Immediately I noticed ideas for trunk or treats on their website and one stuck out to me that was orange and teal. I knew we wouldn’t be going the traditional route like our big gender reveal party during my pregnancy with Addie, and this was perfect!

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Lucky for me, all the products used in the photo were actually listed at the bottom of the page so it made it incredibly easy for me to get everything I needed. I ordered tassel garland, a plastic table cloth, pom pom decorations, paper plates, napkins, cups, forks, strawshoneycomb tissue balls, mini hanging lanterns, the cutest chevron table runner, and a semi fanburst garland, all from Oriental Trading and it arrived super fast. I don’t know why I expected it to take a while to arrive to me, but everything I ordered was at my house in a matter of days. Not only that, all the decorations for our entire party cost less than $100! Talk about staying within budget! Woo!

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Everything was incredibly easy to set it up. I actually set up most of the party a couple days before because usually it can be so tedious. However, I was mostly done within 20 minutes except for the things that needed to be hung at the top of the curtain rod and of course outside where the actual reveal would be held. Since we have a square table, I folded the tablecloth in half and I loved how it made it more opaque. I also cut the chevron table runner and both the turquoise and silver tassel garlands in half so one half was on the table and the other was at the drink station. It worked out perfectly and was twice the decorations for half the price! Winning!


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I will say, I had visions of putting the fruit and veggie dips into hollowed out pumpkins filled with bowls, but since it’s almost Thanksgiving, all the pumpkins are gone from the stores. I had some from my porch, but I didn’t want to take the chance of cutting one open and it being yucky. I kept them for outside and was ok with that. Still, I kept the food simple for budget purposes and so people could have a snack before going and grabbing lunch after the party. We had fruit with a cream cheese and whipped cream dip (with 2 drops of Orange Vitality essential oil- so delish!), a veggie tray with homemade ranch dip, the cutest little pumpkin deviled eggs (made by my awesome mother-in-law), and yummy puff pastry filled with sausage, cream cheese, and jalapenos (also made by my mother-in-law). Of course, no party is complete without cake, so we got assorted cupcakes and had a delicious punch to go along with it all.

Looking for the cutest fall gender reveal? This pumpkin gender reveal by The Vintage Modern Wife can't be beat! So many cute ideas!

Looking for the cutest fall gender reveal? This pumpkin gender reveal by The Vintage Modern Wife can't be beat! So many cute ideas!

Looking for the cutest fall gender reveal? This pumpkin gender reveal by The Vintage Modern Wife can't be beat! So many cute ideas!

We had our entry way set up with a fun chalkboard and our small end table, and I had a foam pumpkin for people to sign with paint pens with well-wishes for the baby, along with stickers I’d made with the pumpkins from the invitations and our name choices for each gender. We chose Amelia if our baby was a girl, and Lawson if our baby was a boy. I mimicked the chalkboard I’d made for Addie’s big gender reveal party and it was fun to see the differences between the two pregnancies so far!

I also bought some gorgeous flowers at H-E-B (shout out to the ladies in Floral who always do an incredible job) and they were beautiful on our coffee table. When I was getting groceries for the party, I got stopped so many times with people loving the flowers. Made me happy!

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After everyone had their fill of snacks, the anticipation was so thick, so we went outside for our gender reveal. A sweet friend lent me a couple bales of hay, and I ended up using the semi fanburst garlandpom pom decorations, and our leftover Halloween pumpkins for the reveal spot! It was pretty windy but Mathew was smart enough to staple gun the decorations to the fence and it was perfect!

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With Addie in tow (and without her vent, might I add!), we gathered everyone outside for the big fall gender reveal! I can not even begin to tell you the bundle of nerves that swept over me once we started walking outside. With Addie’s big gender reveal party we knew she was a girl before the party. We wanted to know during our anatomy scan so we could have the moment with just the two of us, and then we surprised everyone else at the gender reveal. This time, we had no idea.

All pregnancy long I “knew” it was a boy. Things were just SO different this time around and it was so easy for us to choose a boy name. The girl name? Not so easy. Once we’d picked a girl name we struggled (even until gender reveal day) to pick a middle name. When I was pregnant with Addie, I “knew” it was a girl and we easily picked a girl name. We struggled so hard until the day of the ultrasound to choose a boy name. Interestingly enough though, I thought our baby was a boy up until 18 weeks. I had an appointment with our doctor and we did a quick sonogram to ease my mind. Since we’d found Addie’s SCT at 18 weeks, I was a bit worried. The doctor and I looked at the baby together and he initially called the baby a “he”. But then, I mentioned how the ankles were crossed and I remarked that I slept that way and Addie does too so maybe it was a girl. Then, the doctor called it a “she”. It was likely by accident just because I was talking about girls, but I took it as a slip up and “swore” the baby was a girl.

When we went in at 19.5 weeks for our big anatomy scan, I had the tech tell my sister in secret the sex of the baby. She ordered confetti poppers for me and had them shipped straight to the house. Once we walked outside for the reveal, they were handed to us and I was shaking. Here’s how it all went down:


I can’t even believe it- can you? Our sweet baby is a BOY! We can’t wait to bring sweet Lawson Avery into the world in April 2018. I never would have imagined that I would be a boy mom, but I’m excited for this whole new world. Since Addie’s newborn stage was so atypical, I’m interested to see how we handle parenting a newborn AND Addie together. It should be a fun ride! Mathew and I were in SHOCK that the confetti was blue, and I won’t lie- I shed some tears. The good tears, of course! I can’t wait to see how this journey of ours unfolds!

Did you guess correctly? What was your favorite part of the gender reveal?