177 March 18, 2014

Another Baby on the Way

We’re expecting our third baby this September!

Baby Number Three: Coming Soon! #makingitlovely

I bought these hooks back when Brandon and I had decided to try for another baby, and then tucked them away for a while. I was going to do a whole little setup like in the picture above to surprise him with the news. Instead what ended up happening was that I saw that faint second line on a pregnancy test, I ran and found the ‘number 3’ hook, then thrust it at a still-sleepy Brandon. It might have been a little confusing, being woken up by your wife with a hook in her hand and a very goofy smile on her face.

We told the kids a couple of weeks ago, along with the rest of our family. August is happy, but I don’t know if he really gets it yet. Eleanor, on the other hand, is so excited. She talks about the baby all the time, and has come up with a few name suggestions: Cinderella if it’s a girl, otherwise Super-Boy. Brandon keeps joking with her it’s going to be Maudius or Claudius, and she wrinkles her nose up at the idea. Hers are just so much better, you know?

We’re all looking forward to the baby’s arrival in September, but it’s a good thing we still have six months to think of some possible names. Or maybe Eleanor’s on to something?

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177 Comments

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    Kimberly
    March 18, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Congratulations!! How exciting!!

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    Amber
    March 18, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Congrats!!!! I’m having a baby in July, and can’t believe how fast time is going by.

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    Danielle
    March 18, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Congratulations!! :)

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    merlin513
    March 18, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Congratulations!

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    ats
    March 18, 2014 at 11:49 am

    LOVE! congrats xoxox

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    jenn aka the picky girl
    March 18, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Yea!!! So exciting. Congrats – the new house is perfect for your expanding fam. :)

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    Alex - Hydrangea Girl
    March 18, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Oh man you guys, congratulations!!! What an adorable and creative way to photograph another one on the way ;)

    xx A

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    Katie
    March 18, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Congratulations! What a lucky baby.

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    Ana from Portugal
    March 18, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Such wonderful news, Nicole!
    Congratulations!
    I wish you guys all the best and a very healthy baby Balch!
    :)

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    Nicole L
    March 18, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Congrats! How exciting!

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    Chedva
    March 18, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Such great news! Congrats! x

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    Jena
    March 18, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Lord, you’ve done brought me out of lurk mode for this one.

    Congratulations, sweet Nicole! And I love the hooks – so stinkin’ cute.

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    Kerri
    March 18, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Congratulations!!! :D

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    Caroline Royce
    March 18, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Wonderful news! Congratulations to your adorable family.

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    Heather
    March 18, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Congratulations! And those hooks are fantastic – such a cute and clever way to announce your new babe.

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    Kayla aka Kilo Bravo
    March 18, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Congratulations!!!! So excited for your growing family! Best of luck!

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    Sandy
    March 18, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    You and I are due around the same time! Happy baby!

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    Becky
    March 18, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!

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    Susan
    March 18, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    That is blessed news! Congratulations! I love that you were so excited that you couldn’t wait for “the perfect set up”, etc.

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    Jessica S.
    March 18, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Aaah!!! So excited for you, even if I don’t really know you! I remember sometime a few months back, I’d noticed that you’d published a blog entry that alluded to trying for more children; and that your post contained some verbiage that mentioned “your expanding waist line”. Later that same afternoon that post had been published, it was clear to me that you’d changed your mind about including that text, when I saw that you’d edited the post and removed that phrase. When I made that observation, I was like, “Hmm…I guess she doesn’t want to go there.”

    As a reader, and as a friend in the world, I’m so happy to hear this surprising news! Congrats, to you and Branden.

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      Making it Lovely
      March 24, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      Thank you so much. I can’t remember which post that was — but I wonder if I was just talking about a little weight gain, ha! I may have taken out the line so as to not encourage speculation. ;)

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    Crystal
    March 18, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    What a surprise! Congrats!

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    Amanda
    March 18, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Congrats on the new addition to the Balch family!

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    Katie
    March 18, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    What lovely news! Congratulations!

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    judi
    March 18, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Congratulations!

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    Sarah
    March 18, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Congratulations! Thank you for sharing such special news with all of us!

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    Laura @ Rather Square
    March 18, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Yay! Congratulations!

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    Melissa
    March 18, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Yay! Congratualtions! :)

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    Tatyana
    March 18, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Congrats! So happy for you and your family!

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    Heather
    March 18, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Wonderful news! Hope you’re feeling well. xo

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    amyks
    March 18, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Congratulations!! So happy for you. We have 3 kids and while it is crazy at times, it is so awesome.

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    meta
    March 18, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I’m jealous. We decided to stop at No.2 ;)
    Congratulations! xx

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    Nichole K
    March 18, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Congratulations!! I like your numbered hooks! I was also too excited to tell my husband we were expecting in a planned out way. I ended up blurting it out :). We’re due in late August. Hope you’re feeling well!

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      Making it Lovely
      March 24, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      It’s hard to wait for that perfect setup, isn’t it? Thanks, and I hope you’re feeling well, too!

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    Kie F.
    March 18, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    How exciting, Congratulations!!!

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    Heidi
    March 18, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Congratulations! So exciting.

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    april
    March 18, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    How lovely! Best wishes to you and your sweet family!

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    Amanda
    March 18, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Congratulations! And I love the hooks!

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    Nikki
    March 18, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Congratulations! That’s such exciting news. Love Eleanor’s name choices, too ;)

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    Tina
    March 18, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Congrats! You grow ’em cute.

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    Caroline
    March 18, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Congratulations! What wonderful news!

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    Molly
    March 18, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    YAY!! What great news! So happy for you all. And we use The Adventures of as an opener to find the right name. So try using The Adventures of Eleanor, August, and – to find the right fit! :)

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      Making it Lovely
      March 24, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      I love that. Although “The Adventures of Eleanor, August, and Super-Boy” sounds pretty natural, no?

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    Robbyn
    March 18, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Oh my goodness! Congratulations!!

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    Carly
    March 18, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Congrats! Very exciting.

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    Rebecca
    March 18, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    What an exciting time for you and your family, congratulations! P.S. I love the hook idea, I can totally see myself doing something like that when my turn comes ;)

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      Making it Lovely
      March 24, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      It’s for the best. I probably would have been too giddy to properly measure for the hooks, and they would have come out all cattywampus anyway!

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    AnnW
    March 18, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Lovely! You two have so much energy! At least you have lots of room for the new one. Are you going to let Eleanor decorate the nursery? THAT would be a hoot. Best Wishes.

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      Making it Lovely
      March 24, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      Everything (EVERYTHING) would be dark blue if it were up to her!

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    Amanda
    March 18, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Congratulations! I’m expecting my first in September! Hoping you post a pregnancy/baby round up post with items you love – your taste is right up my alley :)

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    Janis
    March 18, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Congratulations! Such wonderful news!!

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    Maureen
    March 18, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    The dynamic of 3 is fantastic! What lucky children you have.

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    Stephanie
    March 18, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Yeah! So happy for you guys :) I also have three (8, 5 1/2, 3) and it is so great.

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    Victoria Smith
    March 18, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    aaaaaaa!! so happy and excited for you! xx

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    Morgan
    March 18, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Wow, wow, wow! How exciting! Congratulations and I’m so happy for your growing family!

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