Third Trimester Update

As pregnancy #3 winds to an end, I’ve been very busy tying up loose ends and making last minute preparations.  I’ve made a lot of great connections and participated in some amazing trades of products and services. 

I enjoyed my last birth as a doula the end of May.  The birth story is here in case you missed it.  I have to say that I’m so glad I decided to take that last one on.  The couple both happen to be photographers and got some amazing photos of the birth which can be found here.  The wife has also offered to photograph my baby’s birth who is due in July, which I am thrilled about.  Their page is Three Plus Studio Photography for anyone interested in maternity, birth, or newborn photos.

I made a set of postpartum pads in exchange for preserving my belly via a cast.  I’m super excited to see the end result since this mama, who also serves as a doula, is very talented with both her casting techniques and artwork she applies to the finished product.  Her Facebook page is Blossoming Beginnings.

It was a neat thing to have done, as it reconnected me to the beauty of pregnancy and miracle that is taking place inside of me.  Things we easily forget in the daily hustle and flow of life as we near the end of pregnancy with all the aches and discomforts.  Similar to how we forget that we are actually birthing a baby when we hit the most intense part of labor.  

I found some time to make my lovely midwife a gift.  It’s a baby weighing sling for her to use during her newborn assessments.  I was told that she likely has many, but I figured she didn’t have one made with the lovely fabric and rings that I use to make my very own Nurturing Notions wraps & slings.  I also will be gifting her a beautiful pendant made by my favorite doula artist, The Mandala Journey.

Finally I wrapped things up by documenting this pregnancy via maternity photos.  The five below were taken by a good friend in her backyard.  She also got some beautiful intimate shots that I’m sure I’ll cherish for a long time to come.

We also had some shots taken as a family Sunday evening at a beautiful setting in Parkland.  Below are some sneak peaks.  I’m excited to see the rest of the shots she captured on our outing.  Her page is Kelly Coulson Photography for those interested in maternity or newborn sessions.  She’s also seeking to add birth photography to her portfolio, so definitely contact her if interested!

Now it’s just a waiting game.  I’ll be 37 weeks this coming Friday, so baby can safely come whenever he or she desires at that point.  I’ll likely be focusing more on the house and getting things prepared for the home birth and such.

Also need to keep the kids somewhat entertained being it’s now summer break and my 6 year old is enjoying his time off from school.  So I’m not exactly sure how much time I’ll have to devote to my Nurturing Notions baby, but I will try and update on my page every now and again as we transition from a family of 4 to being a family of 5.  Super exciting stuff!  ­čÖé  

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