Birth & Newborn Pictures
Thought we’d share some of our favorite images as we officially have them all back from our photographer now! She did an incredible job telling the story of how the day of Cooper’s birth unfolded, as well as in the Newborn session once he got home. We’ll forever cherish these images and the moments that they captured.
As a brief update…everything here is going well! Cooper has been such a joy and we’ve been soaking up every moment we get with him. There have been challenges and Katie and I are constantly adjusting to many new “normals” as we find our rhythm. But all-in-all, our hearts are overflowing with love for this sweet boy and our time with him has been so wonderful. Thank you to everyone who continues to support us and journey alongside us in this special time. We’re so grateful for you!
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Hello World! I'm Cooper.
At 5:13pm, on November 7th…a 20 inch, 7lb. 14oz. addition to the Reed family was born ?. He’s 100% perfect, and he’s 100% ours.
We are still reeling from what was the most impactful, most intense, most rewarding, most emotional (most of you gasp to think that could even be possible ?) day that either Katie or I have ever experienced. There’s no possible way I can go into all the details here, but I wanted to make sure to at least get a summarized update out to those who have walked with us in our journey with Cooper.
Katie went into active labor early in the morning on Wednesday, November 7th and Cooper arrived at 5:13pm that evening! She was absolutely spectacular. She was brave, strong, resolved, engaged, present, and she was everything that our son needed her to be, exactly when he needed it. It was profoundly moving to watch her usher him into the world the way that she did.
Cooper's Nursery (...Just Add Baby)
When we found out we were pregnant, one thing we were both immediately excited for was to prepare the space that our baby would come home to. Katie has an incredible gift at making things feel homey, safe, and inviting. I love to install things and nerd-out on all things technology. So as you’ll see, the nursery has bits of both of us in there ?. But most importantly, it’s a space that we believe Cooper will enjoy and will thrive in.
Before we got started, I mounted a camera above the door and captured a timelapse of everything taking shape. Hopefully one day our baby boy will watch it and feel the love and effort that went into where he will grow as he begins his journey of life!
It’s officially our due date ?, but if you haven’t signed up for the email list it’s not too late to do that…that’s how we’ll communicate out that Katie is in labor and Coop is on his way!
Can’t wait to introduce him to everyone! Love you all dearly.
Maternity Photo Shoot ??
A few weeks ago we had our Maternity Photo Shoot done at a fun little spot called “Old Town” down in Kissimmee. We wanted the feel of it to be less formal, and more like a date night. Old Town has some fun Florida charm to it with carnival rides and games, as well as a few arcades and an antique-y shopping strip.
We loved the colors of the buildings and the casual atmosphere and thought the games and rides would give off some pretty cool light at night. The evening was a ton of fun, and once again made all of this feel that much more real! ?
October Showers Bring .... November .... Babies?
Last weekend our friends threw us a baby shower to celebrate the upcoming arrival of Cooper! We were overwhelmed and so, so humbled by everyone’s generosity and, more importantly, the tangible support that we felt from the kind words of everyone who is walking alongside of us in this new journey.
It’s such a powerful thing to be truly known by the community around you, and if there was one word to sum up how both Katie and felt after we left the shower it would be just that…”known”.
And The Name Is.....
Baby Reed has name ?!
It’s not Michael-Jackson Reed (my #1 vote), but I think we both like what we ended up choosing ?.
A New Crib & A Sweet Reminder
Things have been relatively “uneventful” the last few weeks, which is why there haven’t been any updates to share! Our OB/GYN check-ins have been going well and Katie has been feeling great! We’re very thankful that there hasn’t been much to report, honestly. But this last weekend we were able to make some great progress on the Nursery, so I thought we could share some details about that!
Kicks 'n Giggles
The other night, we finally got to feel the little one kick ⚽??! Katie had felt a very small amount of movement in her belly over that last week or so…but nothing that she felt was undeniably him. Since it’s her first pregnancy we’ve heard it can take a bit longer to actually feel movement in there, so we were waiting patiently for this fun milestone.
It's a Boy!
Today we had the ultrasound that told us the sex of our precious baby!
We are doing a weekly video journal for him (now we get to say him! ??), and we haven’t shared any of them because they’re only really intended for him to watch one day. But we thought it’d be fun to let some people into this moment since it was such a special one. Really hoping that years from now, when he watches the “Week 18” video, he’s got lots and lots of grace for…well…ALL the feels that happened ??♂️.
The emotions/reactions were entirely over the top. We are obviously aware of that haha. But it was a moment neither of us could have prepared for, or known the fullness of, until we actually opened our eyes and saw that balloon.
Just know that if crying makes you uncomfortable…stay far, far away.
OB/GYN - Round 2
Today we had our 2nd OB/GYN appointment, and everything went really well! We heard the baby’s heartbeat again which was just as amazing this time around! It was fun to see how much easier it was for the Dr. to find the heartbeat this time. Little baby is growing and is healthy! We couldn’t be more thrilled, or more thankful ?.
Maybe the most exciting thing about the day, though, was that we scheduled our appointment to find out the gender! We’re sooo ready to find out and to have a more full picture of what’s ahead! 🙂 Can’t wait!
Spreading the News!
One of the sweetest and most special parts of the pregnancy so far has been letting our friends in on the secret and seeing how each of them reacted so uniquely. Although some of them we predicted exactly how it would go (lookin’ at you Garrett ?), most of the time we really didn’t know what to expect, or how people would ultimately react. We knew people would be happy and excited for us, but it has been so, so sweet to feel how genuinely people have celebrated with us. It has just been a really enriching and encouraging experience to go through with each of our friends and to see it manifest itself in a different and special way with each person.
So, thank you for celebrating with us, friends! We are so grateful for you! The support system that you all form is the cornerstone of our confidence that we are ready to step into this next chapter of life. Who can fail with friends like this?
Well…we finally got to see our little one inside of Katie’s belly. It was, surreal, to say the least. We were both SO excited all week leading up the appointment, and we felt a mix of nerves and anticipation going in. The technician found the baby right away and before we knew it, we were looking at our child right there on the screen! He/she was really active and moving all over the place! At one point the baby turned to the side and the image almost looked 3 dimensional as we saw the back and shoulders so clearly. It was absolutely remarkable.
More Family In On the Secret
We got to tell my Dad and Stepmom the news tonight! Both of them were extremely surprised and said they didn’t see it coming at all. In fact, all of our family has said that so far…which is really fun and not exactly what we thought would be the case haha.
There was something uniquely significant to me as I told my Dad that I was going to be a Dad ☺. That kind of caught me off guard, as for some reason I didn’t really foresee that. But that was a really special moment. And then if you have had the chance to meet Lori…I think you can picture exactly how she reacted hahaha. It was awesome. We had a great evening together!
Today we went to our second OB/GYN appointment, and heard baby’s heartbeat! It was an extremely special moment and something Katie and I will never forget. I instantly started crying, of course haha. Uncomfortably hard. Katie held it together for a bit because the Dr. told her to hold still. But after a few seconds she started laughing uncontrollably as if she just burst open with overwhelming joy. It was so sweet to see.
The Only Time Anything Small Is Ever Celebrated in Texas ??
Today we got to tell Katie’s family about the big news as well! We were able to fly back to Cleburne for the weekend, so it was really special to get to tell them in person. The more we talk about it, the more real it all becomes ❤️. So excited to now be able to celebrate the milestones along with them as the pregnancy continues to progress!
The Secret Is Out!
We were super thankful that we were able to work it out for my Mom to come out to Florida so we could tell her the news in person. She was already planning on visiting in the near future so us pushing the trip up a few weeks didn’t cause much suspicion ?. She was thrilled for us and we had a wonderful week together getting excited about every last detail ??❤️.
First Doctor's Appointment
We went to our first OB/GYN appointment today! Things went really smoothly and we loved our Doctor so far. Hard to tell this early, but he seemed to be really kind and helped answer all of our questions. We had quite a few ?. We also scheduled our next appointment for about a month from now, and will have to get some blood tests done for Katie prior to that.
Today was the first day there was a visible, albeit very small, baby bump ?. It’s really only visible if Katie sucks her tummy in and turns just right haha…but it’s there! From the books we’re reading it’s looking like her uterus has already doubled in size! ?
Well we knew the day would more than likely come…but just didn’t know when. This week Katie started to have her first real issues with morning sickness. She isn’t throwing up, which seems to be a good thing at this point since it’s tough to run off to the bathroom when people you’re around don’t know you’re pregnant!
Brandon's Turn to 'Ugly Cry'
Katie has been the victim for years now of my constant documenting of all of our memories together. One thing that’s does seem to be pretty consistent when her surprises are captured on camera is the extremely intense crying that takes place haha.
Well…this night, the shoe was certainly on the other foot.
FIRST POSITIVE PREGNANCY TEST!
The first time Katie saw “the double line” was on the morning of March 8th!
She had been feeling really off but both of us were pretty sure that could be attributed to her coming off of her birth control, which had only been about a week and a half prior to then.
But turns out the hormones were wacky for a much teeny-tinier reason ???❤️.