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The 4-6 Weeks Project (Weeks Seven and Eight)

I took photographs of Eleanor and August each day until baby number three arrived, to document our last 4-6 weeks as a family of four. I first did this project to document our time as a family of three before August was born. Of course, baby number three came late, so this turned into a nearly eight week project! Here’s the end of the series.

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The 4-6 Weeks Project: September 26

No baby yet, and today was the due date! Game after game of Tic-Tac-Toe ought to pass the time, right? Well, maybe not, but Eleanor, you did have fun playing against mama and daddy (and sometimes winning).

The 4-6 Weeks Project: September 27

Your schools had their annual carnivals today. You had both been looking forward to going and we weren’t sure how the timing would work out with it being so close to the baby’s due date, but he decided to stay put and so we were all able to attend. It was a day filled with tickets, bouncy houses, prizes, games, food, and friends.

The 4-6 Weeks Project: September 28

Poor August. You and Eleanor have been sick on and off since the start of school (little kids = germ factories), and today it was your turn again for not feeling well. You spent most of the day in PJs, cuddled up with mama.

The 4-6 Weeks Project: September 29

What does one do with leftover school carnival tickets? Why, make a beautiful jewlry collection, of course. I particularly likethe nose piece, Eleanor. Nice touch!

The 4-6 Weeks Project: September 30

Fort-building is serious business around here. Eleanor, you are constantly scooting those chairs closer together or further apart, depending on how you need them arranged for the day. You welcome August to play in your structures too, but the design is typically all yours.

The 4-6 Weeks Project: October 1

Reading, hanging out, absolutely not obsessively thinking “baby, come out, come out, come out! When will you come out!?” Nope, that’s not at all what’s going through mama’s head at all times now.

The 4-6 Weeks Project: October 2

He’s here! Calvin Edward Balch was born today at 8:18 a.m., weighing in at 8 pounds, 9 ounces, and measuring 21 inches long. Beneath that hat he has the softest, fuzziest brown hair with a polka dot of a blonde streak, right on top in the center.

The 4-6 Weeks Project: October 3

Mama and Calvin came home from the hospital today after staying overnight. Eleanor, you were so excited to meet your new little brother, and August, we know you’re going to be a great big brother. So nice to be together at home, our family of five!

Calvin Edward Balch

Style: October ’14

I’m not pregnant anymore! Hooray, no more maternity clothes! Well, not quite. I’m at that in-between stage where some of my old clothes fit, but I’ll still be in maternity pants for a while. None of my shoes fit either; fingers crossed, my feet will shrink back down a third time. But hey, at least my wedding ring fits again!

The most exciting addition to my wardrobe lately has been a pair of pants that are slightly dressier than pajama bottoms, so the outfit below is a totally impractical wish list kind of deal. How gorgeous is that pink pleated skirt? And those perfect fall shoes! (The two most expensive items, of course. Maybe I’ll just treat myself to the lipstick and call it good.)

Style: October '14

  1. Coachella Coral ‘K.I.S.S.I.N.G.’ Lipstick, Nordstrom

  2. Crew Neck Sweater, Boden

  3. Marigold Silk Point Collar Shirt, Everlane

  4. Timex Easy Reader Brown Leather Watch, Zappos

  5. Black Tights, ModCloth

  6. Textured Jacquard Pleated Skirt, Orla Kiely

  7. Stacked U Rings (Set of 2), Prismera Design

  8. Crossbody Bag, Old Navy

  9. Ariana Bohling Bedford Shooties, Anthropologie

  10. Scarlet Glasses, DAV/D K/ND

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