Wednesday, October 2, 2013

I've Been Keeping A Secret.


It's true! Family pictures just got a whole lot more difficult.

Many of you caught on weeks ago. What with the sudden lapse of selfies, heavy-handed wine pours and delicious cocktails posting to Instagram, that's usually a dead giveaway that the state of my uterus is el occupado. 

I know. I know. What about "college hot and not knocked up" in 2013, AP? 

I'd like to think I had a great run with it. Back down to my freshman year of college weight and fitting into numbers I thought I would never see again after two kids. It was awesome but you know what else is awesome? I now get to spend the rest of 2013 thinking names, brainstorming nurseries and imagining how sweet and soft those newborn toes will be come April.


It's kind of like getting the best of both worlds. Remember, I always knew I wasn't done yet and we're beyond excited that "M3" will be 22 months apart from Maclane, making them, hopefully, the best of friends, just like Carter and Maclane are. 

So friends, please forgive my lack of posting lately. It's really hard to not spill the beans when it takes every ounce of energy to keep your head from hitting the floor and all you can think about  is "OH MY GOD I'M PREGNANT WITH BABY NUMBER THREE" all the time. Not to mention that baby #3 made his/her presence known pretty much seconds after peeing on that stick. Curses, you weak, flabby abdominals!


Oh and I guess I should let you all know that we know what it is. Well, mostly. You know how they always tell you it's too early to tell and blah blah blah. Well, we know. Which kind of ruins the grand Pinterest-y plans I had in my head of a final gender reveal, but it's okay.  In the mean time, I have so much to catch you up on. 

Like how I cried when I found out, how I cried when I told the Husband, how he cried, too, how I have moments every day that I think we're absolutely insane for having a third baby and all that in between. 


Know that things are great. Know that we are immensely grateful for this gift of another child. Know that I miss cocktails something fierce but love elastic waistbands. 

The rest will come all in due time, my friends. All in due time. I just hope and pray that Mackie doesn't become that weird, awkward middle child. That won't happen, right? 

M3, coming April 2014 and we couldn't be more excited. 




Images courtesy of my ever-patient other half. Thanks for putting up with my evil glare and constant barrage of orders! You're the best.




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104 comments :

  1. I'd be lying if I didn't shed a tear of joy!!! Congratulations to you and your family! You look so cute in the picture!

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  2. Congratulations!!! Totally wasn't expecting this announcement so soon, you are brave girl!!!

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  3. You are looking amazing my darling!! Can't wait to hear about all things M3 now!

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  4. Congrats!!!!! So exciting!! Did you and Jennifer plan this!? Ha ha!

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  5. OMG! I must be slow, b/c I had NO clue! haha Congrats, mama!! :)))

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  6. So so so happy for you! Can't wait to hear more!

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  7. fabulous! My baby#3 is 15 months old! your boys will be great big brothers!

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  8. So excited for you, AP!!!! You look beautiful! I am the awkward middle child, and I think I turned out okay ;) Also, my mama said once you have two, you might as well have three! Congratulations!!!

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  9. Ahhhhh yay!!!!!! I am so excited for your family! I can't wait to read all about it. That first picture is priceless by the way. Love love love it.

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  10. You have caught me by surprise with your whole "college hot and NOT knocked up plan" and then this! :) But it is a great surprise and I'm super happy for you guys. How close are Carter & Mackie?

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  11. OMG! Congratulations! How exciting! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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  12. Congratulations! I'm just on #2, but my weak, flabby abdominal muscles let the cat out of the bag much earlier than my mouth did!

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  13. WOW!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!

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  14. Ohemeffgeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Just about DIED this morning when I saw this!!!!!!!! A huge congratulations!!!! So stinking excited of you guys. Can't wait to read/see more!!!!!!! more!!!!!!!

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  15. AHHH! so exciting! you make such cute babies...i can't wait to read more!!

    -kenli
    http://kenlikaye.blogspot.com/

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  16. Yay! So happy for you! :) Congrats, congrats, congrats!

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  17. Congratulations!!!! SO exciting :)

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  18. CONGRATULATIONS. Course now I want to know, I have no patience, I hope you dont make me wait until week 16-20. Oh so exciting! Cannot wait to follow along.

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  19. Congrats!! I'm a mom of 2 boys and I'm always seeing adorable baby girls on IG. PLEASE for my sake have another boy. My ovaries can't take it if M3 is a girl. ;)

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  20. AHH! So exciting. As soon as I saw the title in my reader, I obvi knew what it was and I OF COURSE thought "What happened to college hot and not knocked up in 2013?!" ;) Guess that was too much "hot", huh? :) :) Can't wait to hear what it is!

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  21. I'm so excited for you! 3 kids is overwleming at times, but also so so so awesome! I'm kind of hoping you're joining me in the all boy club ;-)

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  22. So excited for you Ashley! Congrats!

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  23. So so excited for you and your family Ashley! Congrats!

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  24. So happy for y'all! Pave the way with #3 for us still with 2 who can never imagine having another kid. EVER! Hah. Love you, friend!

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  25. Oh congratulations, AP! I'd love for 3 to be our plan someday, and I can't wait to see how that works! I've got 2 boys and am picturing a 3rd for myself...guessing that's what you've got on the way since you know SO early! A girl would be fun, but I love the idea of 3 crazy brothers!

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  26. Congrats!!! I felt the same way with number two; I had just lost all of my baby weight and more and was feeling good. I'm 25 weeks now and feel so terrible about myself but I'm trying to keep my eye on the prize... so happy for you and your family!

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  27. Congratulations! So excited for your growing family!

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  28. Also? Totally putting in my vote for a boy now. Because if you know this early, it surely is another lil peenie.

    God, did I just say that? Haven't had coffee yet ;-)

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  29. So happy for you!! This is such an exciting time and every pregnancy brings something different with excitement just around the corner. Graham is only 8 months and we both know our family is only growing... 3 seems right for us too.

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  30. Congratulations, Mama! So excited for you!!! You are a wonderful boy mom, so having another boy would be great, but I secretly wish you would have a sweet little girl to help keep Carter and Maclane in line!:)

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  31. Congratulations and best wishes with #3!

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  32. Congratulations!! When is your exact due date? I'm so excited for you and your boys!

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  33. Can I get a gold secret keeping star?

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  34. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

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  35. I hit Publish too soon. You look gorgeous! The belly, the outfit, your glossy hair. Freshman whatever has got nothing on you when you're such a beautiful pregnant chick.

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  36. Congratulations! Such exciting news! And do you know for SURE what it is or just that fantastic momma's intuition? I can totally see you with 3 boys!

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  37. So So super happy for you guys! I really hope you get your girl! You look great!!!!!

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  38. Congratulations! What wonderful news.

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  39. Congratulations! What wonderful news.

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  40. Congratulations!!!!!!!! Get ready for the chaos to begin---it's never-ending wildness with three kids, four and under;) So excited for you!

    Julie
    www.thechirpingmoms.com

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  41. Congratulations! I about about 7ish weeks with #2 and feel just a bit smaller than you are (still waiting on doctors appointment). Its hard to now 'show' when no one knows... its tough. I hope your pregnancy goes well!!

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  42. Awwww! So exciting!! Congrats mama!

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  43. I must be slow, I didn't catch on! Congrats!!! Here's to a 3rd BEAUTIFUL baby M!

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  44. Congrats!!! So excited for you guys!!! April 2014 seems to be a good time for babies! ;)

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  45. I was just thinking yesterday that you haven't posted any booze drinks on Instagram. I just thought maybe you joined AA or something...KIDDING!!! And you were breastfeeding while you got knocked up. I never got a period until 6 weeks after I dried up. That's crazy and do you plan to nurse both Mac and the baby, that would be pretty cool. Can't wait to hear all the details because you it's totally my business and my right to know, Kidding again but I'm excited and I totally have the baby itch too but I just can't right now. Two is enough for now.

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  46. Congrats! I want to hear more! Definitely want to know gender and also, are you still nursing?

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  47. OMG!!! Congratulations! I was just hopping over here to see what's been up with the daily Macattacks. I miss them! You guys make gorgeous babies! So excited for you all. Yay!

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  48. you look gorgeous, holy cow hot momma!! ;) Congratulations!!! :)

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  49. Oh sweet friend you've got me in tears!!! And I'm not preggo! Ha!!! I am so thrilled for you and your boys :) I can't wait to hear if it's a boy or girl. Keeping you in my prayers! Love you sweet friend! You're going to ROCK this!!!

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  50. An official announcement!! Woo Hoo! So happy for you all! And hey, you got mostly through 2013 not knocked up ;)

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  51. So so excited for you! Congratulations!

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  52. I guess you were just too hot to stay not knocked up! haha. Congrats and I also think it must be another boy if you know already. You do make cute babies!

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  53. Oh... my... Gooooooood! I can not believe that I missed this and that I am late to the party! COngrats! I totally plan on a 3rd too, and probably as usual a year behind you! ha I cant wait to watch this journey for you guys! When will we find out the sex? So happy for you! xoxo

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  54. Ahhh!!! Such a teaser not revealing the gender!!! You look stunning! So thrilled for you!

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  55. YAY!! Congratulations! You know, I had a feeling when you posted pictures from that vacuum thing on IG and you were holding your purse up in front of your belly. And then I thought and I haven't seen many wine pictures.... So so exciting!!! Mac will not be the awkward middle child because you won't let him be! He's too precious! And I think it's a girl, because 1 out of three are good odds and you're wearing a pink dress.

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  56. AP!!! I AM SO EXCITED FOR Y'ALL!!!!! I CAN'T QUIT SQUEALING....now it's settled, I really DO have to quit my nursing job and move up north to become y'alls nanny. Holy moly, I am so thrilled for you and the fam. The boys are going to be the best big brothers...can't wait to journey along with y'all :) LOVE YOU BIG!!!

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  57. Yay! Congratulations, you look beautiful!

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  58. So excited for you!!! Congrats!!! I say it's a girl!

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  59. Congrats, AP!!! I'm so excited for you!!!

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  60. I don't know you, but I love you now. I'm preggo with #3 too and have been absolutely devastated that I pretty much started showing as soon as I peed on a stick. I am so glad to see now that someone else "popped" just as quickly with #3 too. I was seriously starting to get depressed and trying to figure out what was wrong with me. I should not look like I'm 20 weeks pregnant when I'm 12! You seriously have made my day sharing that your abdominal wall just isn't what it use to be either. Thank you thank you thank you!

    Congratulations! On your new one.

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  61. That's such exciting news, AP! I'm so excited for you and your boys! Adding a 3rd kid to the family is not as hard as adding a 2nd was, in my opinion. You've already learned how to juggle more than one and that's half the battle. A 3rd just adds to the noise and mess is all. You've got this! I hope it's a girl. :) Also, that dress is hot and you look amazing!!!

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  62. Hooray congrats!! You're just about a month behind me (I'm due March 23 with my second) and my kiddos will be exactly 22 months apart too. Exciting!!

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  63. WHEW! I'm glad the beans are finally spilled! I hate secrets...but LOVE knowing them! :) AS YOU ALREADY KNOW, I am SO thrilled for y'all! I cannot wait to see Baby #3! These pictures are amazing! Great job Mike! The purple dress-----amazing color on you sister! Wear it every day! You are glowing! CAN"T WAIT! SO EXCITED!!!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxo

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  64. Yay!! Congrats mama!! I rarely comment but just couldn't hold back with this post!! We're having baby #2 in mid December. And while we're completely terrified, your little family always makes me feel like it will somehow be great and completely manageable!!!! So congrats again! And thanks:)

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  65. Just thrilled for you and your beautiful family! You make the cutest kids!

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  66. Congratulations, such wonderful news for your family!!

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  67. Congratulations....I'm so excited for you!!!

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  68. Congrats mama! Look forward to sharing your journey with number 3!

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  69. Congrats mama! Look forward to you sharing your journey with number 3!

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  70. Congratulations on number 3!!! Can't wait to hear more!

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  71. KNEW IT. i feel like maybe its a boy? BUT. if its a girl. dibs on being the future mother in law ;)
    i am so happy for you!!!!!
    and is this my second comment...???
    *oops*

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  72. Congrats to you! I've got a secret, too. Our #1 is set to make an appearance in April, too =)

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  73. Congratulations! Does this mean you're not moving back to Chesco anytime soon? damnit. YAY big Brother Mac!

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  74. You make pregnancy look good. I would have a third tomorrow if I didn't have to be pregnant again! Good luck and don't forget to ask others for help. You can't do it all at once, at least not while pregnant ;)

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  75. Congratuations! That is wonderful news! Happy for you all.

    XO

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  76. Ah!! Congrats!! I must say I had a sneaking suspicion you were hiding something in a few recent Instagram pictures. Looks my instincts we were right! Sigh, so much for being pregnant with number two before you moved on to number three! Can't wait to hear what M3 is packing under the hood! You look amazing in that dress!

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  77. So exciting, congratulations! I recently learned that I am expecting a baby in January, which was a total shock! I hope you're feeling okay!

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  78. Congrats!!!!! So exciting! I think 3 is a magic number! :)

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  79. Omggggg!!! Congrats AP! I won't lie, I didn't think you'd make it through 2013 without a bebe in the belly. Also? Mr. M is a pretty talented photog.. annnnnd you look amazing.

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  80. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH yay I am so excited for you guys! Oh and your dress is gorgeous just like you are! :)

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  81. Oh my goodness!!!! I knew it!!!!!!!

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  82. Congratulations!! So excited for you and your family! The boys will be great big brothers

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  83. Congratulations to you all! We have three kids, spaced roughly the same as yours (two boys and a girl). It's great! Your boys will love the new baby!

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  84. Wow congratulations! Three is a crowd of fun =)

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  85. I'm gonna go ahead and live vicariously through you. Is that okay? Because I have a 6 month old, so, a baby is NOT in the cards...and well, we aren't even sure another baby IS happening...but I MISS being pregnant. So...YAY. Congratulations! How exciting. :)

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  86. I am so over the moon excited for you and the family!!!!! Congrats!!!!

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  87. Okay - for real...Now I NEED to come be super nanny!!!!! Even if it's just for a day! ;) SO very excited for you my love!

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  88. Congrats! I'm so excited for you! These pictures are too cute for words!

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  89. Congrats!!!!! And you look beautiful!!!!

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  90. Though I told you on Instagram already, congrats again girl!!
    I'm so excited for you and wowser what a blog baby boom this year.

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  91. Congratulations!! I'm due in April, too!! 13 weeks today with my first baby! :)

    xo kristen genevieve

    sunnywithachanceoflemons.blogspot.com

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