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?

177 Responses to “Another Baby on the Way”

  1. AnneStrawberry March 18, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    I’m a September baby myself and think it’s a great time to have a baby. Congratulations, that’s so exciting!! Love the hooks too! :)

    • Making it Lovely March 24, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

      September’s a fantastic month for a birthday. (Mine’s on the 22nd. Maybe the baby and I will share?)

  2. Alice March 18, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

    Congratulations! Such wonderful news! I always love hearing how the older siblings react and their name ideas for the new baby. Something cute to tell #3 when he or she is older :)

  3. Jessica @ March 18, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    Sooo thrilled for you. Yay, yay, yay!

  4. Nicole M. March 18, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

    Congrats!! Good thing you have a perfect house to bring Baby home to…plenty of room for expansion :) Are you finding out the sex of the baby?

  5. Maureen March 18, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

    That’s wonderful news! Congrats to the whole family!!!

  6. Celeste March 18, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    Congratulations! I love how you told Brandon. I have done similar things in my excitement, realizing my communication skills have evaporated.

    Hope the pregnancy is going well and things aren’t too rough for you (by the projects you’re working on, I will assume you’re OK). xoxo

    • Making it Lovely March 24, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

      Thanks. I’ve been queasy and lacking energy, but I’m hoping that I’ll feel better as the second trimester progresses.

  7. mommaruthsays March 18, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    Congratulations to your family! Three kids, what a wonderful delight :) I hope you have a healthy, smooth & enjoyable pregnancy!

  8. Erica March 18, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    What beautiful news! Congratulations.

  9. Lindsay March 18, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

    YAY! YAY! Congratulations!!!!!

  10. Jenny March 18, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    Yay!! Congratulations!!

  11. Bere March 18, 2014 at 1:59 pm #


  12. Jenna March 18, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

    Oh, Nicole!! Congrats!!

  13. Lara March 18, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

    Congratulations! I’m expecting my second baby in October, I’m so looking forward to your maternity/baby related posts!

  14. Mercedes March 18, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

    Congratulations!! I am 33 weeks pregnant and counting the days to see my new baby!! I have a 15 month old boy and he doesn’t get he is going to have a baby brother soon… The only thing he cares about my belly is my belly button!!

  15. Brooke March 18, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

    Congrats! Hope you’re feeling well!

    I was just thinking about whether you might have another as I was taking my baby’s monthly portrait the other day (inspired by yours). :)

    • Making it Lovely March 24, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

      I’m always so happy to hear that other people do those monthly portraits too!

  16. ashley @ March 18, 2014 at 2:18 pm #


  17. rebecca March 18, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

    wonderful news! so happy for you and your beautiful family.

  18. Karen March 18, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

    Congratulations! And another monthly photo series to look forward too. :-)

  19. Ollie March 18, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    Congratulations! Our daughter is the exact same age as Eleanor (4/29/09), our son is a few months younger than August, and we are expecting #3 in July. We live in a 1905 Victorian (smaller than yours) in Minnesota. We are having the same reactions from kids: son is excited but doesn’t fully get it and our daughter is beyond thrilled! It is so fun to read the pregnancy books week to week with her and talk about how the baby is growing. Enjoy! Also, her names are Rudolph and Rainbow, ha!

  20. Kathryn March 18, 2014 at 2:32 pm #


  21. AnnMarie March 18, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

    Congratulations! That’s wonderful news! ^_^

  22. liz @ btb on etsy March 18, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

    Wonderful news!! Congratulations! I hope you’re feeling well :)

  23. Catherine March 18, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

    Yay, congratulations! What wonderful news! :)

  24. Jodi March 18, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    I rarely comment on blogs but I wanted to say congratulations. I am a mother of four, oh it is such draining and rewarding work. Mostly I just wanted to say that you are good people, raising good children, and since the world is going to continue to be populated I hope it is done by good people! Cheers!

  25. Kimberly March 18, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    How wonderful!!

  26. Yvonne Eijkenduijn March 18, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

    What a happy news!! Congrats to all the Balches!!

  27. jbhat March 18, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    As the middle of three girls, I can attest to the wonderfulness of three kiddos in a family. Congrats to all of you! And I hope you are feeling great.


  28. EmilyHG March 18, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    Congratulations to your whole family! Very happy and wonderful news!

  29. Jen March 18, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    A huge congratulations to you all! And love the hook announcement! So darling!

  30. Bonnie March 18, 2014 at 3:18 pm #


  31. Diane@InMyOwnStyle March 18, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    How exciting! Congratulations. I love your coming soon sign. XO

  32. Natalie Coca March 18, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    Congratulations Nicole! Wish you all the best with the new baby on the way!

  33. Katie March 18, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    Aw, Congratulations!

  34. barbara hess lucander March 18, 2014 at 4:09 pm #


  35. Reshma Sanjeev March 18, 2014 at 4:15 pm #

    Congratulations Nicole!

  36. Christine March 18, 2014 at 4:31 pm #


  37. Elena March 18, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

    Congratulations Nicole and family! So sweet!!!

  38. Jen @ RamblingRenovators March 18, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

    Congratulations Nicole & Brandon! Wishing you an easy next six months. xo.

  39. Priscilla March 18, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

    Congratulations!How exciting!!!

  40. Cathi March 18, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

    Many congratulations on the newest addition!

  41. Josephine March 18, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

    Felicitations! I wish for you a healthy pregnancy and baby!

  42. Brandyn | Southern Distinctions March 18, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    Congratulations to you and your growing family!

  43. Anna March 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    Congratulations. Very exciting news!

  44. Mercedes March 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    Congrats! I’ve had a feeling you would be making this announcement, sooner rather than later. So happy for you and your family.

  45. Jan March 18, 2014 at 5:10 pm #


  46. Karen March 18, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

    I have three children, and those same hooks! I have them in our mudroom, at “kid” height for their coats – love them!

  47. Anna March 18, 2014 at 6:28 pm #

    Congratulations! What wonderful news!

  48. mary March 18, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    Congratulations! I’m in week 32 of my first pregnancy, and it’s been so fun watching many of the bloggers I follow who are all pregnant at the same time. I’ve been considering doing baby photos like yours, but don’t have the perfect chair.

    • Making it Lovely March 24, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

      Oh, do it, with or without the perfect chair. You will love having those photos to look back on.

  49. julia-tagandtibby March 18, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    so sweet, congratulations!

  50. kristin March 18, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

    oh wow, congratulations! we just welcomed our third baby last month – it’s crazy but so so fun too. my older daughter named the baby “Avocado” before he was born…that’s not the name we went with believe it or not. hope you’re feeling good! :)

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