A Surprise Pregnancy Reveal!

I was raised at the Lake of the Ozarks, so going back is always a treat for me. Last weekend, I went down for a very special reason — for a surprise pregnancy reveal photoshoot with the Shackelford family!

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They are beyond excited to welcome baby number 4 into their family! No word on the name or gender yet, though! 😉

Poor Ayden and Jordon are outnumbered, so I am personally #teamgirl over here!

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I loved Jordon’s chalkboard! “This is the last one we swear.” And I could tell Jordon and Ethan were beyond excited for their newest edition!

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We also snuck in some family photos after the reveal!

I saw the Shackelfords this summer at their family reunion — and Ayden already looks more mature!! Stop growing, kiddo! The first photo is from this summer. The second is one from this shoot last weekend!

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And it has only been a few months!! She’s rockin’ some fun blue hair right now, too! She is also entering a pageant this summer!

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Now, Cameron … I can usually only get a few smiles out of him before he decides he’s just done. So, we took the reveal photos first when we could get a good cheeser. Then, we moved onto our usual —

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We can add it to the gallery, though!

Holden, however, was all about those grins!

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He’s gotten a lot bigger since this summer, too! I have a feeling he’s gonna be a good smiler for me during our photoshoots!



Congratulations, Shackelford family!

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An Early Morning [7 a.m.] Maternity Shoot At The Lake

Since I had a shoot on Saturday when it was 105 degrees, for Kaitlin & Michael’s Sunday maternity photoshoot, I asked if we could do it early — 7 a.m. early.

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They agreed (no one loves the heat), and even though it was already in the 80s, it felt fabulous compared to the previous day!

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Although, Michael isn’t a morning person, he was still a trooper! When I checked on him again later that morning, he was snoozin’ away again. Glad he got some more Z’s in afterward!

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Mia Renee is set to make her debut on August 29, but we all know babies make their own schedules. And according to Kaitlin, “she’s trying to escape!”

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“Renee” is Kaitlin’s mother’s middle name, and also Kaitlin’s middle name! Mia will be the third generation with “Renee” as her middle name. How cool is that?

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Kaitlin is planning on a natural birth — you, go, mama!

She currently lives in Illinois, but I’ve been trying pretty hard to convince her Missouri is the place to be! 😉

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Kaitlin had her baby shower in my hometown on Sunday — Lake of the Ozarks! I was so happy to go back and see the old sights and celebrate with her! And so was my oldest, Lily!


I was in charge of the games at the shower. This meant I pulled out stuff like this. But I think she was expecting just about everything I threw at her. She knows me too well.

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At one point, Kaitlin asked me if we could take a photo to showcase how she really feels. Here it is, in all of its glory:

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I think one of the coolest things I saw while on Kaitlin’s parent’s property was this heron, just chillin’ on the dock! Even with me popping out, and my youngest daughter yelling, “LOOK! A DUCK!,” it didn’t budge. It just gave us side-eye.


It was a lovely day, a fun baby shower, and a great photoshoot. Congratulations, Kaitlin & Michael! Can’t wait to meet baby Mia!

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