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Anna Joy  Grateful wife & mama-to-be living in a Southern California beach town, planning weddings and focusing on the little joys of everyday life.

A little over six years ago, this handsome man took me here on our first fancy San Diego date. Three and a half years ago, he got down on one knee right here and asked me to marry him. We have come back to celebrate so many special moments - including my beautiful in-laws 35th wedding anniversary tonight! - and each time, life has somehow become even sweeter. I have to say, this is the sweetest, most joy-filled time yet.πŸ’› #seaportvillage #itjustkeepsgettingbetter #bestdaddyalready #33weeks

Less than seven weeks to go πŸ’• #33weeks #thirdtrimester #babybump

Loved every moment of this weekend in one of our favorite places. Goodbye for now, Palm Springs and @korakia πŸ‘‹πŸΌ Thank you for the biggest doses of sunshine + R&R (and the much needed tans). I can't wait to come back with my favorite boys for our first desert trip as a family of 3 🌡🌴 #sohappy #babymoon #mamatobe

When a Babymoon feels like another Honeymoon...🌺 There are so many moments during this pregnancy that I have found myself falling even more in love with you. #luckiestwifeandmama #palmsprings

Babymoon bikini bumpin' πŸ’• Having the most relaxing desert getaway with my sweet hubby at the beautiful @korakia. We've spent the whole day reading poolside, swimming and getting pampered with massages - I can't think of a better way to soak up our thirty-second week! Emmett is the size of a pineapple 🍍and I have no shame in my #mombod game - I've never loved or respected my body more πŸ’• #babymoon #palmsprings #almost33weeks !

A few days from now we will be heading back to this gem of a place to relax and get pampered before baby boy arrives. The last time we were here on our engagement getaway, I was on a really strict protocol for my health and we cooked all of our meals in our bungalow! We are excited to get out and explore (and eat!) more this time and would love recommendations! What are your favorite places, spaces and restaurants in Palm Springs? @korakia #palmsprings #babymoon

So excited to dive into this month's book with all of my fellow #sollybabyvillage mamas and mamas-to-be in the #sollybabybookclub πŸ“– (I already have a feeling the title, "present over perfect" , is going to end up being one of my most loved mantras as a new momπŸ’›). The washer and dryer are full of tiny baby clothes and blankets, and it's time to cozy up in the rocker (With Emmett's lion, who we have affectionately named Liam) and start reading this gem after a full day of preparing for baby and spring cleaning (I re-organized the entire kitchen and deep cleaned all of the drawers and cabinets... The amount of joy it brought me was indescribable. Is this nesting? And can it please never go away?). Hope everyone had a beautiful weekend! @sollybabywrap

From a little bump, to a lotta bump! 31 weeks today and thankful to be feeling absolutely incredible. I have tons of energy and no pain or discomforts (I think I have my amazing chiropractor to thank for that - I started to get reflux at night, but she did an adjustment that pulled my stomach down and I have had zero issues since! She is pretty much a miracle worker, and probably the reason that I am not having any hip or back pain, which is pretty surprising due to the fact that I fractured a few vertebrae when I was younger. I highly recommend prenatal chiro to all of my fellow expecting mamas!). Emmett is now 16 inches long and weighs the same as a coconut! He is so responsive and we love to watch him move and wiggle (it's so surreal and exciting to see)! His nursery is coming along and sometimes I just sit in his rocking chair and dream about all that is to come. In just nine weeks (more or less, whenever he decides!) we will be kissing his ten tiny fingers and counting his ten little toes. #31weeks #mamatobe

I can't believe this photo for our pregnancy announcement was taken nearly 20 weeks ago, when we were just 12 weeks along and Emmett was the size of a lime... πŸ’•

San Diego has been my home for six years now - I still fall more in love with it every day. This is what my dreams were made of growing up, and I'm so happy I made those wishes a reality. I can't wait to watch our beach baby grow up with salty hair and his toes in the sand! #homesweethome #feelingmushy

Seventy-five and sunny skies calls for an impromptu beach day. After our 30 week check-up (hearing that sweet sound of his strong heartbeat never gets old), I took my bump to catch some rays, have a picnic (sorry for not sharing, seagulls) and go for a long walk. As I walked, I couldn't help but picture Emmett a couple years from now - Waddling in and out of these waves, holding his Daddy's hand (and probably trying to eat sand). I was telling him all about the ocean and how often we will be there at the beach together, building castles and splashing around. Did any other mamas find themselves talking to their bellies constantly when they were pregnant? I'm sure I might look like a crazy person! I'm really soaking up and breathing in these last couple months of pregnancy - I feel like I am really going to miss it. But I'm so excited for our baby boy to be here with us, looking out at this view in this beautiful place we get to call home.πŸ’™

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