Hello everyone! I am Amanda the photographer and creative director for Lulu and Roo and Simply Stitched. Sydni and Jori have been good friends of mine for a long time and I am so thankful and honored they brought me on their team at Lulu and Roo. It is the best job ever and I love being apart of this amazing company that Sydni and Jori have built.
I have been a photographer for the past ten years and it is one of my passions. I also love anything artistic and creative. I have a beautiful family with my husband Jordan and two boys Ronin and Archer and one more due in August. We are so excited to be growing our little family.
I truly feel blessed to be having my third child. I was pregnant in 2014 and in 2016 but both of those pregnancies turned out to be Blighted Ovums. If you are not familiar with a Blighted Ovum it is basically where a fertilized egg attaches to the uterine wall but a baby doesn’t develop. The first time it happened it was confusing and emotional. I felt pregnant and was having all the symptoms and when we went to our first Dr. appointment they did an ultrasound and found the sac but no baby. They said that it could be an early pregnancy and it might not just be showing yet. They had me do blood work and wait a week to come back to see if a baby had developed yet. That following week was SO HARD with plenty of emotions! We went back for an ultrasound and nothing had changed. I was heartbroken. It was hard for me to want to try again after that. I had a million reasons to put it off even though I knew we wanted to have another baby. I was just too scared.
In 2016 I was pregnant again and excited! The Dr. Said it was rare for Blighted Ovums to happen twice and everything I had read and researched made it seem like I was in the clear. We went to our first appointment for an ultrasound and BOOM! Right when I saw the ultrasound screen my heart just sank. I saw the sac and it was empty. I just knew right then there was no baby. The Dr. had me do the same routine as last time just to make sure it wasn’t another early pregnancy. I knew it wasn’t. The following few weeks were pure Hell! My body still thought it was pregnant so I still had all the symptoms and hormones. I felt like I couldn’t heal or move on until I had a D and C a couple weeks later.
The first ultrasound for this pregnancy was a little scary because at first all we saw was the sac but this time they were able to see a tiny yolk sac too. There was something there! It was too early to be sure and we had to wait a week for another ultrasound but when we came back we got a heartbeat and I was so relieved!
Now we are so excited for our baby GIRL to join us in August! I still can’t believe I am having a baby let alone a girl! I feel so blessed!
We decided to do a little gender reveal with my boys to celebrate. A pillow fight seemed only appropriate for a family of boys. Sydni and Jori helped me pull it all off. We made a cute printable (GET IT FOR FREE HERE!) and printed it off on a iron on sheet that we got at the craft store. Tip: Make sure you read and follow the direction on your iron on transfer carefully. We used pillow cases and covers from Ikea and Sydni and Jori added the color feathers to the inserts. The pillows turned out amazing and it was the perfect way to find out what we were having. We got our ultrasound the day before and we had to wait 24hrs to find out which was a killer! I don’t know how Sydni and Jori kept it a secret! I thought we were for sure having another boy and Jordan wanted a girl so bad. I think we were in shock when we saw the pink feathers fly! The boys had so much fun pillow fighting and the feathers made for some beautiful photos.
Get The free Printable HERE to make these pillows. Or use the printable for your own gender reveal idea! And don’t forget to share it with us we would love to see your ideas.
Enjoy your day!