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LIFE:CAPTURED began in August 2013 when we held our first full-day workshop at RAW Space in Sydney, Australia. Our mission is to help people document their stories and create tangible keepsakes to be treasured for generations to come. We offer intensive design, photography, and memory keeping workshops, as well as interactive online classes. We are advocates of honest photography, minimalist design, and memory keeping that's simple, beautiful, and tangible. We are the pioneers of the story book, and we offer flexible templates that enable everybody to tell their story. We believe that life is worth remembering and that it is never too early or too late to start documenting yours. LIFE:CAPTURED was founded by Rhonda Mason (of the Pink Ronnie blog) and Trish Chong (of Tealily Photography).

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The official blog of LIFE:CAPTURED Inc, the modern school of memory keeping. We believe that life is worth remembering and that it is never too early or too late to start documenting yours. We blog about design, photography, and how you can preserve your story with timeless, tangible keepsakes.

Thoughts on motherhood: Four weeks to go

Ronnie

Thoughts on motherhood - A blog series by Rhonda Mason and Trish Chong for LIFE:CAPTURED Inc (The modern school of memory keeping)

| Written by Ronnie |

Or twenty-six days to be exact.

It's honestly quite hard to believe that in less than a month's time, our little baby will be here in our arms. Despite the nervousness I harbour about labour and birth, I feel ready.

So very ready.

It's funny how time softens and changes our hearts.

I still remember the intense shock of discovering I was pregnant.

This was followed by a short bout of denial, then deep-seated anxiety and dread, as I began recalling all that pregnancy (and birth) entailed.

And though I was reluctant to admit it at the time, the truth was that I had started looking forward to a new chapter of my life - one where my life was no longer dictated by the demands of little people twenty-four hours a day. In fact, I had already begun picturing myself working a few days a week (while Bear went off to preschool), and I'd even scribbled down a list of ideas and plans which I felt hopeful about implementing.

Even though I felt terribly guilty about it, the reality was that I felt robbed of 'my new life,' and it took me weeks - months even - to come to terms with it. 

Thankfully, by God's grace, after what seemed like an eternity, my fatigue and exhaustion passed and just like that, the fog lifted. 

Finally, I could see my pregnancy for what it was.

A blessing.

A gift.

A new life.

When Rick and I found out what we were having back in early December, I realised what my heart knew all along: that this last baby was always part of God's plan for us, and that s/he was already a part of our family.

And now, with only four weeks to go, I am soaking up every moment and cherishing every kick and movement.

With only four weeks to go, my body is tired and sore, but my heart is glad and thankful.

With only four weeks to go, I am literally counting down the days.

With only four weeks to go, I already love this child with all my heart and all my soul.

With only four weeks to go, I am ready.

Yes, I am ready... 

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You can read the other posts in this series here.

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