Grand Finale


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First We Were Three, 
And Then We Were Four.
Now We’re Completing Our Family, 
By Adding One More!


“The Littlest” will be joining our family in February! 

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P.S. Wow readers… look how far we have come! And I say “we,” because so many of you have come alongside me in this journey, and truly helped me get to where I am today. From your encouragement, to your insights, and even your hard-to-hear critiques, thank you all!

And a special thank you to Kalyn Baumgartner of Rays of Life Photography! She was kind enough to meet us, on super short notice, at our wedding location, to capture this special announcement. Not only are her photography skills out of this world, but she was such a joy to work with! The Girl Child has decided that I should make her my best friend, and I’m totally cool with that.

Kalyn did NOT ask me to do this, but I’m going to tell you anyway, that she specializes in family photo shoots, senior portraits, and weddings! She is willing to travel to your location, and customize everything to your liking — as is evidenced by her ability to get so many pictures, not of my kid’s faces! (Which let me tell you, may have been her strangest request yet. “Hey there, can you get a bunch of pictures of us, but not of our faces? See, customization!! I will say though, the face shots she did get for my families keepsakes, are GORGEOUS).

But anyway, I just can’t say enough nice things about her, so I’m shamelessly plugging her here. Hire her. She’s awesome.






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73 Comments

  • Anonymous
    September 15, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Congratulations! This is such exciting news. So happy for you all.

    • NotMyShametoBear
      September 26, 2017 at 10:48 am

      Thank you so much <3

  • Unknown
    September 15, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Congratulations! What a beautiful journey to watch.

  • Unknown
    September 15, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Wonderful news! I am so happy for ll of you, congrats!

    • NotMyShametoBear
      September 26, 2017 at 10:49 am

      Aw, thank you!!

  • Carey H
    September 15, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Awwww! Congratulations!! Can't wait to see (not the face of) the new arrival! 🙂

    • NotMyShametoBear
      September 26, 2017 at 10:49 am

      We are so excited to introduce you all in a few months!

  • Carolyn De Neut
    September 15, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    WHAT exciting, happy, incredible, beautiful, fun, news! And congratulations to you all…what a beautiful family! Happy days!! 🙂

    • NotMyShametoBear
      September 26, 2017 at 10:05 am

      What a journey this has been, huh?

  • Steven Theiss
    September 15, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY!!! That is SUPER AWESOME news! Congratulations!!

    • NotMyShametoBear
      September 26, 2017 at 10:49 am

      Thank you for continuing on this journey with me!

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    I had a feeling and I am so glad I was right! So happy for you honey! I knew you would find the man that was perfect for you three! ❤❤

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    I'm so excited for you! Congrats! Are those little shoes blue? Is the littlest a boy?

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    OMGOOOOOOOSH 😍😍😍😍😍😍 So happy for y'all!!!!!!!!

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    How exciting and congratulations!

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Congrats!!!

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Congrats!!!! So excited for u all!!

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Congrats!!!! ❤❤❤

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Congrats! So very happy for you

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Congrats

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Congratulations!

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Yay! Congratulations! 🤰👶🍼

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Congrats!!!

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Congratulations! 👶

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Amazing news! Congratulations

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Congratulations!

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    I was hoping youd have a baby ❤❤

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Congratulations!!! That is so very exciting!!

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Congratulations!

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Congrats

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    OMG!!! After following all of your stories, your struggles filled with strenght YOU get the hapoy ending just as in fairy tales! Soooo freaking happy for you and your family

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Woo hoo! Exciting. .. many blessings to you all

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    I can't LOVE this post enough!!!!!! I am sooooo beyond happy and excited for you Eden! Congrats to your expanding family! I just don't even have enough happy words for this post! This made my whole month!!!!! 💓💓💓

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Congratulations. I used to follow you and haven't been here for awhile. So glad you have found some love and happines!

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    this made my day seeing this!! congrats to your whole family!! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Congratulations Eden!! May God keep pouring those blessings down!!

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    I'm sooooo happy for all of you ❤️

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Lovely!

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    WOW! Awesome news, congratulations!

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Congratulations!!

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Whatttttt? Congrats!! 😃😃😃

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Congratulations!!

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    OMGosh Congratulations, Eden 😊

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    congratulations!

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Congratulations 💜🎉

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    So happy for you!!

  • Instagram
    September 15, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Im so happy for you!!!

  • Instagram
    September 15, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    Eeeeee congrats Eden!!

  • Facebook
    September 15, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Oh bless your heart. I had that with my youngest starting at month 2 until I literally had him. It was the worst but I did lose a lot of weight so that was cool lol. I hope you get to feeling better soon. It just continues to make my heart light up to see you and the babies and your wonderful husband. I remember the first day I found your blog and seeing how much has changed for you for the better is amazing. You are such a strong and incredible woman. <3

  • Facebook
    September 16, 2017 at 1:01 am

    Congratulations to your entire family!

  • Facebook
    September 16, 2017 at 1:02 am

    Congratulations!! The photos look great but more important you are happy and so are we.

  • Instagram
    September 16, 2017 at 1:04 am

    Wtf!? Your preggo? Contragts!

  • Facebook
    September 17, 2017 at 1:41 am

    I've been following you for quite a while & I am just thrilled for you! I love to see you so happy! 😍 Congratulations !! 👶

  • Facebook
    September 17, 2017 at 1:42 am

    Yay! Congratulations!

  • Facebook
    September 17, 2017 at 1:43 am

    Congratulations!

  • Instagram
    September 17, 2017 at 1:44 am

    Congratulations on the new baby.

  • Instagram
    September 17, 2017 at 1:45 am

    Congrats! I've been reading your blog for a couple years now and I'm very happy to see how you've turned things around. It's nice to see you happy.

  • Facebook
    September 17, 2017 at 1:45 am

    <3 Congratulations! <3

  • M->
    September 18, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Wow congratulations! I've been following your story from the beginning but never commented before. You've come a long way and I'm very happy for you and your family! I was kinda waiting for your pregnancy announcement some time after your wedding haha. I hope you can enjoy this pregnancy, knowing this baby will come into a safe and happy family. I'm expecting my first in january so I'm just a little bit ahead of you and it's an amazing experience, truly the happiest time of my life thus far. I guess you're just starting to feel little punches from little feet by now 🙂 wishing you all the best!

    • NotMyShametoBear
      October 26, 2017 at 10:51 am

      Haha, you guys saw this coming before I even did! You are right, this is a much different, much SAFER pregnancy. So much easier to enjoy. Congrats on your impending arrival; get ready for the ride of your life!!! I am so happy you are going to experience all the joys of children (and pro tip, you should also stock up on the wine!) 🙂

  • Mary Kobach
    September 19, 2017 at 4:36 am

    Awesome:)

    • NotMyShametoBear
      September 26, 2017 at 10:51 am

      HUGS

  • Kori
    September 19, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Oh my gosh!! I am crying of happiness for you!!!

    • NotMyShametoBear
      September 26, 2017 at 10:51 am

      Aw, thanks love!!

  • Buba
    September 20, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Are you leaving us? Please say no!

    • NotMyShametoBear
      September 26, 2017 at 10:52 am

      I probably should have rethought that title lol. Grande finale to our family, but you guys are still stuck with me!

  • Anonymous
    September 21, 2017 at 2:20 am

    What Buba said. It's not nice to leave us hanging!

    • NotMyShametoBear
      September 26, 2017 at 10:52 am

      See above!

      *hugs*

  • Luciana Nogueira Soares
    September 21, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    <3 <3 <3 OMG congratulations <3 <3 Wishing you all lots of happiness and joy!!!

    • NotMyShametoBear
      September 26, 2017 at 10:54 am

      Thank you my dear!!

      *hugs*

  • CD
    September 23, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Oh Eden! I haven't commented in forever, life got thrown off when my mom (the crazy lady) died very suddenly last May, and now we're trying to sell the house and pay off all the debt she left us in… and I'm finally about to start therapy for my PTSD…At first, I saw you as a fellow survivor who was teaching me how to deal. But over the past three years (shit! Three years?) you've grown so much and opened up even more, and now I come here because I want an emotional pick me up. I guess you're getting that happy ending you've always wanted (and I've always wanted for you!)But is it the end? That title… does that mean you're stopping the blog? Or just having your last kid? Lol. I almost wanted to ask when you married The Guy, if you would have another kid, but then I was like nah that's kinda weird.

    • NotMyShametoBear
      September 26, 2017 at 10:54 am

      Oh my goodness, it sounds like you have had a rough few months! How are you handling all of this??

      You are much too sweet, and I am thrilled that you have stuck around all these years!

      I apparently did not think through the title well enough lol ! You guys are stuck with me, the baby is just the grande finale to our little family building story 🙂 Funny thing is, people have been asking us since we got married if we were going to have another child, and I’ve always said the truth; “we don’t know.” I was on the fence for a while, but in the end it just felt right 🙂

      CDOctober 5, 2017 at 5:17 PM
      I’m honestly doing a lot better. My mom’s drinking had gotten a lot worse, so it was only a matter of time. She left a ton of damage behind – emotionally and financially – and totally self-destructed in the end.

      There’s been a ton of drama with her side of the family, too – it was a relief to realize I don’t really have to deal with them anymore. Though

      Glad to see you’re keeping this thing going. =D I was worried there!

  • CD
    October 5, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    I'm honestly doing a lot better. My mom's drinking had gotten a lot worse, so it was only a matter of time. She left a ton of damage behind – emotionally and financially – and totally self-destructed in the end.There's been a ton of drama with her side of the family, too – it was a relief to realize I don't really have to deal with them anymore. Though Glad to see you're keeping this thing going. =D I was worried there!

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