Pregnancy in Pictures (and a story for Austin!)

There once was a married couple--their names were Ashley and Joe. They were about to embark on a crazy adventure, and they honestly didn't know!

 Pregnant and unaware!

Pregnant and unaware!

See, they were going to get great news: a baby would soon be all theirs. They were so excited, they could hardly stand it; Yes, God had answered their prayers.

 Owen & cousin bonding time!

Owen & cousin bonding time!

 12 weeks...the photos begin

12 weeks...the photos begin

They told their families and friends, and everyone was filled with joy! They celebrated, and then they all wondered, would it be a girl or a boy?

 16 weeks; Folly beach trip!

16 weeks; Folly beach trip!

 20 weeks; when we first knew we were having a girl!

20 weeks; when we first knew we were having a girl!

Joe and Ashley waited a few weeks, and then they found out for sure. They would have a girl--can you even believe it?--a sweet baby girl to adore!

 Austin at 20 weeks

Austin at 20 weeks

 22 weeks; sisters bonding <3

22 weeks; sisters bonding <3

They spent lots of time with their loved ones, imagining how life would change. They celebrated, and they asked lots of questions, 

 24 weeks &amp; Joe's graduation!

24 weeks & Joe's graduation!

 24 weeks

24 weeks

And Ashley's belly began to look strange!

 24 weeks

24 weeks

 24 weeks &amp; Savannah trip!

24 weeks & Savannah trip!

 24 weeks

24 weeks

 24 weeks;&nbsp;group picture in Savannah

24 weeks; group picture in Savannah

They could see that Austin was growing (yes, that's what their girl's name would be!). As Ashley's belly grew bigger and bigger, they knew she was strong and healthy!

 25 weeks

25 weeks

Soon after, Joe and Ashley's family and friends decided to make them feel special. So they threw baby showers; they gave lovely gifts. And Joe and Ashley's hearts felt so full!

 31 weeks;&nbsp;surprise shower!

31 weeks; surprise shower!

 33 weeks;&nbsp;shower in Greenville (with the best sister ever)!

33 weeks; shower in Greenville (with the best sister ever)!

 36 weeks &amp; shower in Columbia

36 weeks & shower in Columbia

 36 weeks; the best friends a girl could have!&nbsp;

36 weeks; the best friends a girl could have! 

 38 weeks; wonderful dinner &amp; baby shower with coworkers

38 weeks; wonderful dinner & baby shower with coworkers

At this point, Joe and Ashley felt pretty prepared. They had everything but their new baby. So they talked about all the fun things they would do, and they took some naps while they were waiting.

THE END