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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: On finding out...

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 |

Yesterday was the big day.

Rick and I went for our week 18 ultrasound, and we found out whether we are having a boy or a girl.

Suddenly, it all became so real.

We are having a baby.

A person.

A little one to call our own.

Yup, it's really happening.

I am so grateful for our wonderful sonographer, who kept reassuring us that we would definitely know before we left. Such a contrast to our week 18 ultrasound back in 2012, where I felt the woman was almost contemptuous of our desire to find out. I still remember how devastated I was when we left not knowing (after I'd literally counted down the days to the big event) and how I took it out on my poor, dear husband at our post-ultrasound lunch date. Thankfully, I was able to track down a mobile sonographer on Google that very afternoon, and within ten seconds of the helpful gentleman hooking up the ultrasound machine to my belly, we found out that our baby would be Edward.

This time round, I mentally prepared myself to be disappointed, and Rick and I even joked in the car on the way there that we should have the mobile sonographer on speed dial in case we needed him again. But like I said, Alison, our lovely sonographer, was very understanding and very respectful of our desire to know. Bub, of course, decided to play a bit of hide-and-seek with us, and it was only in the last five or ten minutes that s/he let the secret out of the bag.

Unlike three years ago, it was smiles, laughter, and mirth all round at our post-ultrasound lunch date. Rick and I were both giddy with excitement as we toasted the latest member of our family with two big mugs of iced coffee at a Spanish tapas cafe. Over fried calamari, crunchy potato bites, cheesy croquettes, and spicy chorizo, we chatted dreamily about next year and how our lives would be changed once more. Naturally, I took out my trusty X100S to commemorate the occasion, and for once, Rick was not at all self-conscious about me trying to capture a bird's eye view of our food.

And this time, because we know it will be our last, we are keeping our baby's secret just between the two of us...

What about you? Would you want to find out? Have you found out in the past?

(You can read the other posts in this series here.)

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