Thank you so so very much for all the LOVE on the news of baby Mullett number THREE! Every single one of them made me smile so big! A few of you asked why it took so long to share and honestly, I have no real reason. Just super busy, of course I wanted to do a photo with the kiddos and Matt and with our busy schedule, my friend’s who took the photos and sicknesses … and all the poo in between, it just took awhile. Also have NOT been too motivated this pregnancy [especially the first trimester which kicked my ass] & have been loving some space to ourselves while we get settled in the new farmhouse. Not to mention, it was kind of fun just having our little secret with our families. We told our families around 12 weeks, so pretty typical there. Its been fun to see people and then they look at the bump like WHAAAAA haha, I love seeing their shocked faces! I of course had some family friends who saw me and starred but didn’t say anything in fear of putting their foot in their mouth, it was funny to confuse them as well.
I did have an opportunity of a lifetime to photograph a destination wedding in Mexico this December which thankfully the bride was totally understanding about & super excited for us. I met with her two days before finding out I was pregnant. I was so bummed I could not do it but obviously this is also a lifetime adventure that I am beyond thankful for. Part of me thought I could have the baby and still shoot it but once I told my family, they were thankfully honest with me and told me they didn’t think it was a good idea. So my BFF will be shooting it & I’ll just stay off social media that week while I’m pouting on the couch [in the cold] while breastfeeding but also starring down at a beautiful baby being super thankful for the amazing gift of life. Oh how I wish we could do it all though! Being a mama & woman in the work force is not an easy task! But of course, Family always comes first! That I’m for sure confident about.
I wanted to share the video I recorded when we told the kids about baby number three! Sidenote: they were super tired and it was way past their bedtimes but we wanted to tell my family the following day because my 30th birthday was approaching and of course everyone wanted to get me all crunked for my birthday, so we figured once we told Levi, the news would get out pretty fast to family and of course, Levi came through. Within 30 seconds when he saw grandpa Bruce the next day.
I was so so excited to tell the kids! Levi definitely understands as much as a three year old can, Clare I think just decided to act silly like her brother. Either way, it melts my heart!
So happy to finally share that today I am 18 weeks + 4 days pregnant with baby Mullett number three! It has been such a crazy few weeks/months/year … its taken me forever to share on social media. We told most of our family around the twelve week mark and its been fun running into people and telling them in person.
Even though I’m almost halfway through this pregnancy [holy cow HOW!?], it still has not really hit me yet that I’m pregnant with my THIRD baby! It is just so crazy, especially seeing at one point they told me I may never have a baby, then after infertility treatment aka our miracle little Levi … they told me we would still never get pregnant on our own and here we are, on baby number three! I have been wanting to share our infertility journey on here for years [literally years] but never have made the time to sit down & write it all down, because it is definitely a looooong story and I’m not sure where to even start. Unless you’re close friends or family of ours, most do not even know we struggled, its not that we were trying to be super private about it, we just naturally handled it that way and always tried to have hope that the Lord would bless us with children. I’ll never be able to fully explain HOW grateful I am for these three little blessings!
So until I sit down and share the whole journey with you [which will probably be in several ‘parts/posts’] … I thought I would start blogging again & share the exciting news on here. So many things are changing for us lately & I am so so excited for every single one! We apparently like to do everything at once, move, Matthew recently started a new job, and now baby! Just how we roll.
Levi and Clare are 17 months apart, Clare and babe number three will be 28 months apart. So its nice to have a little more of a gap, but come fall … we will still have a 3 year old, 2 year old, and a newborn. Lord help me.
So far this pregnancy is of course flying by! The exhaustion has been out of this world, I’m guessing mainly because I’m busy caring for two toddlers now too. The first trimester I did get nauseous here and there, very similar to my other two pregnancies but not complaining at all. I however would literally fall asleep sitting up almost. I attempted naps some days in hope that I would have a burst of energy at night when I usually got things/work accomplished but to my disappointment it didn’t help at all and I still wanted to go to bed at eight. Thankfully now that I’m in the second trimester, it has gotten a lot better, still not my normal night owl self but I’ll take it. I officially POPPED big time about 2 weeks ago, thankful to be out of that ‘is she pregnant or just ate 20 donuts’ stage. Although I think I might be rocking both looks lately. This dress definitely makes the bump look way bigger than it actually is but oh so cozy. I’ll be rocking moo moo’s all summer basically.
Not being able to stay up late is usually my first sign of being pregnant and what leads me to buying a test. When I go to bed before Matthew, we know something is up. Then one morning when I look and notice we’re eating the three main things I craved the last two pregnancies … my eyes got huge and that is when I decided I better go buy a test. Matthew was actually gone snowmobiling for his birthday, it was so hard waiting a day to tell him but I knew I wanted to tell him in person. I’ll never forget his shocked/excited/shocked face. And I’m sure mine was pretty awesome too. Its so fun when you prove doctors wrong, its like, BAM, GOD is in control!
Baby number three is expected to arrive November 4! So with my track record I could easily go well into November but hoping to stick more around my due date than I did with Clare 😉 who was born at almost 42 weeks and I was induced. But not worrying about that now, keep cooking little babe! We have our 20 week ultrasound scheduled in a few weeks and I am so so excited to see this little babe again but more so praying he or she is healthy! We are not going to find out the gender once again, we just love the surprise in the delivery room. It really is so so amazing.
A huge THANK YOU to my BFF Alisa from Alisa Bosch Photography for taking time out of her extremely busy schedule to document this exciting time in our lives. As always, I’ll cherish these forever. My little hams.
kids shirts // maternity dress // kimono
Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes on instagram [@leahmullett] and Facebook! I have had such an amazing day & start to my 29th year of life. Spent my morning with one of my best friends Alisa, snapping some photos in our new studio [post coming on that soon!] We just love playing in that space & dreaming up some ideas for some awesome shoots coming up for both of us.
The rest of my day was spent with my family, we went shopping for some birthday gifts for me that I wanted. Matt had asked prior so he could shop for me but honestly, I love having an excuse to spend the day together and kind of wanted to compare some things anyway so I wanted to be there to pick it out. The clerk at Sephora may have laughed at me when I told her I wanted some anti-aging cream but I know that it is always smart to work to prevent it before it even happens so that was my thought. For once I want to be on top of it before the wrinkles even come. I went with philosophy’s renewed hope in a jar night cream along with the philosophy’s hope in a jar eye cream. I may have snuck a body wash in there too.
Matthew also treated me to a fossil wallet seeing that everyone has been mocking me for my 15 year old wallet that I thought was pretty darn cool still … apparently not.
Clearly our family loves balloons. Levi is so obsessed with them I figured why not, it will be his favorite toy now for the next 2 months. Yes folks, they seriously last that long. I usually end up killing them myself with a knife or scissors. You know … let out some pent-up anger.
Looking forward at 29, I have some goals as always. I love any excuse for a fresh start. Mondays [hey one good thing about them], a new month, birthdays, new years day … they all work in my mind. I really have some goals to be a HEALTHIER Leah. I’ve never put myself or my health first. Probably never will. But I am going to try to work on those things that I can easily work on and just need to make more of a priority. Drinking more water, more sleep, eating healthier, continuing to loose weight. I’m excited for how much healthier I can be for my 30th birthday come next year! I also plan to make more time for mental + spiritual health. Somewhat ‘schedule’ that time to read a book, paint my nails, do a face mask, not have to rush and take a shower, do a devotional! I’ve already taken some baby steps to achieve these goals so I’m staying optimistic.
How did you celebrate your birthday or plan to?! I would love to hear about it along with any new goals you’re setting for yourself on your birthday as you welcome another year of life. Happy Thursday friends, headed out to dinner at a hole in the wall bar, my favorite!!! [just keeping it classy] The sun in shining in Michigan & we couldn’t be happier! I may have wished for some sunshine for my birthday, your welcome Michiganders. xoxo -Leah