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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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    March 18, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Many, many congrats!!

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    March 18, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Yippee! So exciting! We had a heck of a time picking a name for baby #2 (due any day now) I’d imagine it becomes more challenging with each addition. I hope you’re feeling well, congrats!

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      Making it Lovely
      March 24, 2014 at 1:10 pm

      If we can find our old possible name lists though, it might help. If we liked it then, and we still like it now… done! (Although I guarantee it won’t actually be that easy.)

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    March 18, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Congratulations! I hope you’re feeling well. Have fun name-picking.

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    Dana @ House*Tweaking
    March 18, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Congrats, Nicole! I’m happy for you and your family. I think you may need to change your blog name to “Making It Lovely (and Lively!)” once #3 arrives. Haha. But, really, three is so much fun. Exhausting but so. much. fun!

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    March 18, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Congratulations! I hope you are feeling well.

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    March 18, 2014 at 9:01 pm


    We’re expecting our third in June, & the poor girls older siblings (3 & 4), have decided to name her ” Pinky Rapunzel Goo Goo Pants. They’re quite adament about it, & if i refer to her as anthing other than that, I’m quickly corrected.

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      Making it Lovely
      March 24, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      I don’t know why you would refer to her as anything else. Really.

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    March 18, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Congratulations and best wishes to you and your family! I think Super-Boy and Cinderella are excellent names too – haha!

    Charlie x

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    March 18, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Congratulations and best wishes for a happy and healthy pregnancy!

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    Sarah from a fine line
    March 18, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Yay, congrats. Thats’s very exciting news, and your story about shoving a hook in Brandon’s face as the big reveal is super cute! I personally think Cinderella is the best name the table right now…

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    March 18, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Congratulations, how wonderful!

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    Sarah W
    March 19, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Congratulations! That is so exciting!

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    March 19, 2014 at 1:17 am


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    Sarah Stäbler
    March 19, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Aww, yay! Congratulations!! This is the very best kind of news!

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    March 19, 2014 at 2:51 am


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    mudslide cookie
    March 19, 2014 at 7:23 am


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    March 19, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Amazing, Congratulations! enjoy every second of it!

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    March 19, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Congratulations!!! I’m with you from Hungary! ( a mother of three )

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    March 19, 2014 at 7:47 am

    CONGRATS!!!! such exciting news!

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    March 19, 2014 at 8:23 am

    AW yay!!!! Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to see what design concepts you come up with!

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    March 19, 2014 at 8:36 am

    How wonderful Nicole! Nothing fills a big, old house more beautifully than lots of kids. We renovated a big 1920 Crafstman and I keep telling my husband that a third baby is just the thing to finish it off :-) I’m hoping for next year, so will live vicariously through you until then.

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      Making it Lovely
      March 24, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      We’ve been watching our two tear through the house running after each other each night and thinking that it’s going to be amazing (and crazy!) when there’s a third trying to keep up!

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    March 19, 2014 at 9:12 am


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    March 19, 2014 at 9:23 am

    How exciting! Congratulations!!

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    March 19, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I am so happy for you! Congratulations to your lovely family and hooray for the Rainbow House getting a wweeeeeeeeeee Rainbow Baby.

    Also, I vote for Super Boy. Elanor is the coolest kid, you should trust her instincts.

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    Karen Little
    March 19, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Wonderful news—congratulations! Our son and D-in-law have six with five sons and one daughter so we understand the difficulty sometimes of finding a name that works and that they both like. :) Enjoy your family and your career, too. I enjoy your blog so much.

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    March 19, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Hey that’s great news, congratulations!

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    March 19, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Congratulations! I remember you mentioning about hoping to grow your family in the new house so I have secretly been waiting for an announcement!

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      Making it Lovely
      March 24, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      We were definitely hoping that there would be a number three on the way. We’re so excited!

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    Carrie Lea
    March 19, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    What a fun way to make the announcement! Congratulations!

    This gets me all excited for monthly baby photos again!

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    March 19, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    You can now cross this off your Lovely Life list :)

    Congrats Nicole!

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    Chelsea T
    March 19, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    So exciting!! Congratulations to you all.

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    dawn s.
    March 19, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Oh what super AWESOME news!! Big hugs and congrats to you guys!

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    March 19, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Just wonderful! And I think it’s totally appropriate that you celebrated with a hook : ) Congratulations!!

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    March 19, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Congrats to you and your family!

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    March 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Congrats! 3 is fabulous! Speaking from experience of course. :)

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    March 19, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Longtime reader, rare commenter. Wanted to say Hooray! We’re expecting our first in September, it’ll be awesome to get some more maternity style tips from you! Congrats to your whole crew.

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    March 19, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    aw congrats! :)

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    J Bagley
    March 19, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Congratulations, Balch Family! This is beautiful news! All the best to you.

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    March 20, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Congratulations!!! I am new to your blog and have enjoyed every post….. most especially yesterdays!!!! Enjoy EVERY SINGLE MOMENT Nicole.

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    March 20, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Congratulations on the new addition to your family, Nicole! All the best.

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    March 20, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Congratulations. All the best.

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    Jessica @ {Black.White.Yellow.}
    March 20, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Congrats Nicole! I still remember being so excited when E was born. Very happy for your sweet family.

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    March 21, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Congratulations!! I’m also expecting my third, a boy.

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    March 22, 2014 at 5:01 am

    Congratulations, Nicole! Such happy news!

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    March 23, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Ahh, how exciting! Congratulations! I am the second child of four so I remember feeling like Eleanor did back when I was little. :)

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    March 23, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Aw, yay! Congratulations to you both!

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    Holly R.
    March 23, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Yay! congrats! I am due in late August with #1!

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    bridget b.
    March 28, 2014 at 10:29 am


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    April 3, 2014 at 8:03 am

    CONGRATS from one preggo Mama to another!!!! WWOOOOoooo!!

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    Tristan B.
    April 28, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Congrats to you and your family, so exciting! I can not wait to ‘meet’ the new addition!

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