Counting Down to Baby Parcell…

maternity-photo-shoot-cherry-blossoms maternity-photoshoot-ideas pink-peonies-maternity-shoot maternity-photo-shoot-ideas-spring-time maternity-photo-shoot-white-maxi-dress pregnancy-maternity-photo-shoot rachel-pally-maternity-maxi-dressDress: Rachel Pally | Shawl: BHLDN ℅ | Belt: Alta Moda (this was the belt I wore with my wedding dress) similar style here | Lips: Liner- Boldly Bare, Lipstick- Creme Cup, Gloss- Turkish Delight

In honor of being less than one week away from my due date, I’m sharing some maternity photos that my dear friend Rebekah Westover captured. Also, enjoy a few fun facts about my pregnancy below :)

How I found out I was pregnant: It took a year for Drew and I to get pregnant. I got so sick of taking pregnancy test after pregnancy test each month only to end up with the same result… NEGATIVE! In August my sister Emily came over to my house and basically forced me to take a test because I had mentioned that I wasn’t going to take one that month. This might be TMI but I peed in a cup and let her put the test in and wait for the results. I didn’t want to see another negative so I didn’t want to be in the room while she awaited the results. About a minute later she started screaming! It took a while for the news to sink in; I couldn’t believe I finally got a positive! We took about 5 more tests just to be sure. When all of those were positive too, we both were screaming and crying (the good kind of screams and cries though ;). It was fun to be pregnant the same time as my sister, even if it was just for a couple of months.

How I Broke the News to Drew: Immediately after taking the pregnancy tests I drove to Drew’s office to share the exciting news. I opened the door to Drew’s office but stayed outside while Dash (our dog) ran over to his desk with the pregnancy test tied around his neck. It took Drew a few seconds to figure out what was going on, but once he did he was SO excited!

Best Part of the First Trimester: Hearing our baby’s heartbeat for the first time! Drew and I scheduled an ultrasound at 8 weeks to check up on baby and make sure there was indeed a heartbeat. I’ve never been so nervous for anything in my life! Hearing that tiny heartbeat was the sweetest thing and really made the pregnancy feel so much more real.

Worst Part of the First Trimester: The nausea. It kicked in about week 8 and didn’t subside until around week 18. It was an all day, everyday nausea that never went away. If you noticed that my posts slowed down around September-November, that was why. I had a barf bag with me everywhere I went, it wasn’t pretty!

First Trimester Food Cravings: Cheetos, fried chicken from either Dairy Queen or Chick-Fil-A, Jimmy Johns and Jamba Juice (healthy right?!).

Best Part of the Second Trimester: Two things. 1. Finding out the gender! I totally thought we were having a baby boy. Drew and I took a bet. I guessed boy, he guessed girl. He totally won! 2. Finally gaining my energy back and being able to get up and go somewhere without a barf bag (sorry TMI).

Worst Part of Second Trimester: The nausea that lasted the first few weeks into the 2nd trimester. Other than that, it was great! I had the most energy and felt the most like myself.

Second Trimester Food Cravings: See’s Candies (any and all chocolates!), Italian food, Turkey sandwiches and hot chocolate.

Best Part of Third Trimester: A couple things. Babymoon in Hawaii with Drew, putting the nursery together, my baby shower and getting to listen to baby’s heartbeat at weekly doctor visits!

Worst Part of Third Trimester: Finding something to wear every morning, the waiting game, back aches and labor tricks (we’ve been into the hospital twice thinking I was in labor, but both ended up being false alarms).

Third Trimester Food Cravings: Chocolate ice cream cone from Dairy Queen, Tropical Starbursts and Welch’s GrapeJuice.

I can hardly wait until our baby girl makes her debut. Both Drew and I are so excited (and antsy) to meet her and already feel so blessed to be able to be her parents.

xo, Rach

Photos by Rebekah Westover.

120 Comments

  1. You look like a dream! That is such a beautiful dress and the background couldn’t have been better! Loved reading about your pregnancy and how you felt, interesting how many cravings you went through :) Good luck! not long now until you see your girl :) so exciting!

  2. The pictures look stunning and it was nice to read a little bit about your pregnancy. I hope you don’t have to wait to loong until you can finally meet your little baby and everything is going well!

  3. I’m only at 22 weeks but I was just nodding along reading your descriptions of the first two trimesters. I am going to be crazy come August when I’m full term and it’s a 100 degrees outside, plus humidity! Best of luck over these next few days and I hope you’re able to stay calm and collected.

    http://jax-and-jewels.blogspot.com

  4. I can’t believe you are due soon! It seems not too long ago you announced that you’re pregnant! I really enjoyed reading this post. I didn’t mind the TMI at all. It’s genuine and you! This is my fave post. Plus, the back drop of this photo is AMAZING!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

  5. Can’t wait for you to meet her either! The last stretch is always the hardest!
    Hope you have a quick and blessed delivery!

    Bailey
    ticestidbits.blogspot.com

  6. I have been reading your post for awhile, almost two full years, everyday and this by far has been my favorite post because you seemed real! I love the TMI and how honest you were about all of this process of having a baby has been for you.. . congrats on your sweet baby girl, I can’t wait to find out the name because I know it will be soooo cute!

  7. Your pictures are very ethereal and beautiful! Thank you for sharing all of your fun pregnancy facts today! It reminded me of births of my two boys. It also reminded me of the waiting game, the false alarms (I also had 2), the back aches, and trying to find something to wear! You’re in the home stretch, and it is an amazing experience worth waiting for! Again, thank you for all of the fun pregnancy details. It was really a joy to read!

  8. I love this post and can totally relate to your cravings and not finding anything to wear in the last trimester! ahh it’s the worst, but you look amazing and these pictures are so stunning I love them!!! I hope that everything goes great with your labor and that those first days with your sweet little babe are just a piece of heaven for you:) Can’t wait to see pics of her!
    xoChelsey

    http://westcoastcapri.com

  9. This is my favorite post on Pink Peonies!! Can’t wait for the baby to make her debut and all the pictures :) All the best Rach!

  10. Hi Rachel,
    Beautiful shoot, love your dress and your style in general!
    I wanted to know, what do you do to have such amazing hair? Do you dye it? Do you cut it very often?
    Thanks! xxx

  11. What a beautiful story! I was inspired hearing about your journey through the trimesters. I can’t wait to see how you incorporate being a mother in with your posts. Pink Peonies has been the inspiration for starting my blog, thank you!

  12. First of all, your photos are absolutely beautiful! I loved reading your pregnancy experience…it’s so great to read your real life experience and how you felt. I can’t wait for you and Drew to meet your little girl, and for us followers to see your experience along the way! Xo

    ig: @stylemelauren
    http://www.stylemelauren.com

  13. What a beautifully written post!! Love the dress. You look stunning. It really brought back the memories when I was pregnant with my little princess who is 6 now. Best of luck and can’t wait to see the pictures of your little girl!

  14. Hi!
    You look so great! I really love this post so much. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for 3 months now and I know it doesn’t seem that long but I just want this more then anything! Do you have any suggestions on things to try or foods to eat or anything that helped you get pregnant. I’m so confused to what are myths and what have truth to them. Everyone in my family just got pregnant right away and I guess that’s what I was expecting too :)
    Thanks!
    Justine

  15. Wishing you helath and happiness in the coming weeks. So happy for you. Take evry moment (even the sleepy ones)will soon be entering your lives!! What a blessing !

  16. Aww I love this post! It’s so real and sweet! It is so hard to see that negative sign the the test. I couldn’t belive it when it was positive! I love all your cravings! Those are awesome! Congratulations and good luck! From one LDS pregnant mommy to an another! Prayers for you, baby girl and your family! Xoxo
    Andrea Snow
    PS: I am now 27 weeks!
    http://jacobandreasnow.blogspot.com

  17. Your maternity photos are beautiful. What a fabulous idea! Thank you for sharing your pregnancy journey. It gives me a little insight into what it will be like to be pregnant, although I’m not looking to get preggos anytime soon (only 6 months married).
    I wish you all the best on delivering your baby girl your family is beautiful and your blog is amazing! Xx

  18. Aww this was the cutest! Congrats I’m so happy for you. I remember the nausea, omg that was the worst. Your little girl is going to be so cute and so stylish! Hope it’s an easy delivery when she comes! Congrats again.

    Nightchayde

  19. I have been excitedly following your pregnancy, as my daughter is pregnant with my first grandchild – a girl! – as well. Her due datei is tomorrow! Best wishes to you and your husband for a smooth delivery of your baby girl!

  20. I loved this post and getting to know more about your pregnancy!! Can’t wait for you to have your baby girl, praying for a safe delivery!! I know you will dress her beautifully.
    xo, claudia
    chroniclesofclaudia.com

  21. awww this was such a cute post! i loved reading what you liked best and what you didn’t! you are such a beautiful mama to be and these pictures are stunning!!! wow! you look so ethereal! always have the best photos! congrats and good luck!!! <3

  22. Big congratulations on Mom-to-be! It was so fun reading your pregnancy facts. I really love you blogs and come here everyday to get some updates. We can’t wait to see your baby girl! Wish you and your family all the best!

  23. I love these photos and your candidness! Such a special time and I couldn’t be happier for your little family. Favorite post so far because it is so personal. Congratulations. These photos are beautiful.

  24. This is such a sweet post. I love how you incorporated a piece of your wedding day into the photo shoot. My TMI – I have chronic acid reflux and it creates nausea for days. I feel ya! (Wow – that was super TMI – lol). I’m glad you’re feeling better and baby is on the way. Can’t wait to meet her! She is going to be one sweet stylish little baby!!

    Xoxo
    Brenda

    http://www.alaplagestyle.com

  25. Rach, you are breathtaking in these pictures. I love how you wore the belt from your wedding. You wil treasure these precious pictures for a lifetime. Thank you for sharing personal details with us. I will continue praying for you! So very excited for Baby Parcell to enter into this world!

  26. Rach,

    This story of your pregnancy is so amazing. I’m so happy for you that you are about to have your little baby that you’ve wanted for a while. I so appreciate your candidness with your story, and how relatable you are. I’m sure for those who are struggling to get pregnant, yours is an inspiring journey. I truly wish you and Drew all the very best with your new bundle. I don’t know you personally, but your faith and your drive are enough to show you’ll make such a great mom.

    congratulations!
    xo, j
    http://www.BornFancy.com

  27. It is so sweet that you were able to wear the belt from your wedding for this shoot!I know I don’t know you personally, but it has been so fun following along with your pregnancy on the blog. You two are going to have a beautiful baby girl and I can’t wait to meet her via the blog!

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