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User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Oct 29, 2017 5:29 PM (UTC)

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As many of you may have already read from my dear love @steel_pony’s post our sweet angel Adler Hardt Kozlowski (Adler means eagle in German which seems appropriate for his spirit and Hardt means strong which is clearly his natural disposition) made his way into our arms Oct 28th 2:27am. This came as a bit of a surprise since my due date was December 20th, but not completely a surprise since I had been hospitalized a week earlier when my amniotic sack ruptured (aka my water broke). They were trying to keep me pregnant until Nov 8th, which would have been when I hit 34 weeks pregnant, but those plans didn’t work out either. On Friday October 27th I started showing signs of infection. My temperature was elevated and my white blood cell count had increased. They tested my blood every few hours and it all kept trending upward. Our team of doctors decided to test my blood one last time at midnight and if it continued to spike we would go in for a c-section. This was one of my biggest fears... Although I knew I had to be mentally prepared for a c-section (hello yoga practice). They expedited that last set of blood results and at 1am we learned the baby was coming out during the wee hours of the morning on Oct 28th. I went straight into prep and surgery. I’m going to write a post about my c-section at a later date because I never imagined something I previously considered so sterile and lacking intimacy to be so beautiful. When I heard in English “2:27am” in the OR I was perplexed while looking into Mike’s eyes until we heard that first cry. It was the sweetest sound I’ve ever heard. I shed a tear and so did Mike. That’s the moment our lives forever changed. Adler has been thriving in the NICU. We have been spending hours of our day kangarooing him, which is where he lays on our chest getting skin to skin contact. This is my happy place. I have been journaling every day so that I can vividly share my experience of this unexpected but beautiful birth with you all at a later date. CAPTION CONTINUED IN COMMENTS.
  • Congratulations @mackenzieyoga 💜 I was born almost 3 months early (in the 70s!) And am happy and healthy, and your little one is going to continue to flourish too! So happy you have come through these challenges to joy, and wishing you all the beautiful moments with Adler!

  • Of my gosh! Congratulations! I hope you and your family are well! ❤️

  • Congratulations! So glad to hear you and him are doing well ❤️❤️

  • Congratulations 💕

  • Congratulations! 🎈 Love You! What a cutie 😍 many blessings ✨✨✨✨

  • Congratulations!!

  • Sweet Perfection! Bless you all, sending strength and good vibes!

  • Congratulations 🎉 wishing you both a speedy recovery so you can head home sooner ❤️

  • Love and blessings to you and your beautiful family on this journey!!

  • Congratulations! Sending you and baby Adler love and well wishes. Get well soon😙

  • I can feel your energy through your words. Your post made me cry. Congratulations, and welcome little Adler (love the name!)! 💙

  • Omg what a big surprise ! Big congrats !!! Love this pic!!!! Happy all is good!😘😘😘❤️

  • Been watching your journey for a long time. You are such a light. You son and husband are blessed to have you. So happy to read the good news. Sending positive thoughts.

  • He is #perfect. Beautiful baby. Congrats. Love!!!

  • I’m so happy for your health, and the health of your baby. Congratulations! What a beautiful name. And... I totally can relate to having an unplanned csection in a foreign county. The highest form of surrender I, to date have ever experienced. Love you sister. Congratulations.

  • May your hearts be filled with endless love and nay you both be a team and help each other out. Help each other rest and be considerate too... it will be an unforgettable journey.💕💚💕💕💚

  • Congratulations 🌺

  • May you all share a beautiful and long lifetime of love, health, ✨ Joy and sacred peace. GoD BleSs〰✨🙏🏼🍃

  • Huge love to you and your family! And a healthy recovery for you and all the wellness and thriving for your sweet baby Adler.

  • ❤️❤️❤️congrats, so glad you are all safe

  • Amazing. Stay strong. You are now a mommy and daddy! Xoxo

  • @mackenzieyoga so glad this is a happy post! Your story had been on my mind since I read it. Sending lots of love and get stronger soon vibes to you and ur little man 😍

  • Lovely moment

  • Beautiful moment. Congratulations on your growing family. Lovely.

  • Csections are surprisingly beautiful! I went in fully planning for a non medicated birth, and ended up with a csection after five hours. I feel that it was just as beautiful as I could have hoped for. Different than planned, but what everyone needed.

  • Ooohh @mackenzieyoga this is such a relief knowing you made it and your baby boy has come healthy into this World. Welcome to Adler and good recovery to you after the c-section. Sensing you love from India 🙏🏼💜🌈

  • Mack he is absolutely perfect and beautiful!! Huge congratulations and what a story little Adler will be able share!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • I tried to scroll through all the comments to where the caption continues but it just went on forever... congratulations you two I wish you al peace and prosperity!

  • So cute!!! Be healthy and happy!!!

  • Wow! You are strong beyond belief and your baby boy is so lucky to have such a loving family. He is absolutely beautiful! Congratulations you two!! Such an exciting time!

  • Congratulation!!be healthy both of you..🤗

  • Welcome Earth side you precious soul 🙏 Congratulations Guys 💞

  • Congratulations!! 😍 Welcome little Adler! 🤗 All the best to your little family!

  • Congratulations and all the best! 💖

  • Healing and bonding. You got this!

  • Congratulations!! So much love in this little square. X

  • Congratulations! Your baby are so sweet! Best wishes to baby and mom! 🤗

  • Congratulations! Great to hear you are all ok, best wishes for your sweet little boy 😍

  • Congratulations. I had my sweet girl by c section 10 weeks ago. Welcome to motherhood! Enjoy your sweet boy.

  • Congratulations!! Wish you and your family the best! Sending so much love 💗💗💗

  • Awwwww. Wow. He is absolutely stunning and looks really ready to be here on earth!! Take good care! 😘😘😘

  • Yay!! congratulations, so happy to see you're all okay 💓❤

  • Much love to you Mackenzie, Spiritual Warrior and Physical Warrior. Congratulations ❤️❤️❤️

  • It's a powerful number to be born into October 28. 🌟 being. Celebrating your new love

  • Bom! I wish you all happy healthy lives together 💖 big love and blessings. HariOm

  • Congratulations and love to the 3 of you 💜💜💜

  • Congratulation. May all is well.

  • Congratulations!

  • Yeaaah 🎉 ! Si happy for you, welcome baby Adler!

  • Such a beautiful sharing 💖💖 congratulations Mackenzie & family! You’ll be a great mum 😊🙏🏻

  • Congratulations 🎊 🎉 Best wishes to you!

  • Congratulations!! Sending you love and strength, also for your little boy!! ❤

  • Wow, I'm so happy for you that everything went out well and I wish you three that everything stays well, too! Sending you lots of love and congratulations. 💜💛💚

  • I am so happy for you both, congratulations! So glad that something that must've been a bit scary turned out beautifully. Welcome little Adler💕

  • piepsi 2M ago

    Congrats! The word for strong is STARK 💪🏼 though. Hart means hard. ❤

  • Welcome to your beautiful baby. Take care of you 3

  • Congratulations!

  • Congratulations all the best <3

  • Congratulation !!! All the best 😉😜🍾💪👪

  • Congratulations beautiful little family! Glad you’re all healthy. ❤️

  • Much love!!! 💞💞💞💞💞

  • Lotsa love and prayers

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  • Just wait....you have no idea how happy your baby will make.💚

  • YAY Congratulations to your whole family!! Lots of love ❤

  • Congratulations to you both he is beautiful & such a brave little fighter 💙 xx

  • So happy that everyone is safe and healthy! Sending love! Congrats!!!

  • Congratulations to you and Mike! So very happy your little boy is safe and sound 🙏🏼💗

  • Wow! What a wild journey you’ve all had. Congratulations to you and I’m sending you and your family wishes for good health!

  • So much love and hugs coming your way from NEOhio!!!! 💚💚🙏🏻

  • Congratulations to you & so happy that everything went well! Sending love to your little family unit. ♥️♥️♥️

  • Congrats Mackenzie! Lots of vibes your little continues to thrive!

  • Omggggggg congratulations 😍😍😍😍❤️!!!!!

  • Congratulations 😍😍😍😍

  • Congratulations! 💙💙💙💙💙

  • Ohh I just teared up, can feel your emotion in your writing. Love to you all, and congratulations!!!! 😘😘

  • Incredible!!!!! Reading this gave me tears of joy. Even though I don't know you personally I've had you in my prayers and thoughts.Someone is always listening.

  • Congratulations, lovely family!!! 😍❤️🙏

  • Congratulations!

  • Beautiful! Congrats!

  • Big congrats!!!!!!!!! Sleep sleep and sleep!

  • Wishing you the very best. Congratulations on your new little spirit fresh from the womb ✨ the best 💕

  • So beautiful! Congrats and great job, both of you! With all that support he will be strong like an Eagle 💪🏽🚀🌻🎉

  • I have tears of happiness for you and your family. Welcome, little bud Adler! Wishing you all a peaceful and full recovery, and lots and lots of joy as you cuddle your sweet boy 💗💗💗

  • He is so precious! All the best ❤️

  • Hallelujah!!! @mackenzieyoga !!! So glad to hear this update!!! Overjoyed! What a precious family! 💖💖💖

  • Congratulations x

  • What a beautiful little angel! Welcome Adler! Glad you're doing well Mackenzie!!

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  • He is perfection!! Well done mama. I had a csec also, and everything about birth and the arrival of new life is amazing and terrifying and intensely beautiful!!

  • I had my son at 30 weeks and it is amazing how well those little guys do with all the kangaroo care and modern medicine. Wishing you and your little one a quick journey through the NICU, so you can travel home soon!

  • Eek!!! Congratulations gorgeous goddess mama @mackenzieyoga !!!! Welcome to this magical world Alder!!! These photos and your story are so beautiful!!!!! Thank you for sharing!!! I am SO happy for you guys!!!! You and baby Alder, and @steel_pony too, are strong, amazing, and beautiful and I wish you three the very best!!!! Much much love from Colorado!!! Xoxo Namaste 😍🎉😍🎉😍🎉😍🎉😍❤️🙏🏼😘🙌🏼✌🏼💕🌈🦄

  • Congrats!!! So happy for you all!!!

  • Strength and love strength and love strength and love💛👊🏽🎉

  • Congratulations and welcome to the new soul Adler!

  • Much love and many blessing to your family and new baby ❤️

  • Congratulations! OMGoodness! What a blessing! My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you rest and recover! Take care of yourself new mama! ✨🙏🏾✨💕💕💕

  • @mackenzieyoga awe! I’m so glad everything is okay! That must have been scary for everyone including Adler! Sending love 💙💝 I do have a question - in the post you said “(hello yoga practice)” did you mean that you’ll have to practice more or that it would be harder - excuse my ignorance, I don’t know much about birthing and pregnancy. 🙈

  • Congratulations! Welcome to this world Little guy. I had My son at 31 weeks and he is doing Great. Adler is going to be a Strong Boy and a fighter

  • Congratulations and sending lots of love and positive vibes to you and Adler.

  • Congratulations on the safe arrival of your precious little Angel Adler!!!! 💙 Happy new life to your family!

  • Wow!! Congratulations momma and daddy! and sending prayers for the best recovery for you both!!

  • hoferc 2M ago

    Congrats you guys on the safe arrival of your little man 💜 he is adorable. Hope all is well

  • Welcome to the world baby boy Adler ❤❤ what a strong boy, what a beautiful boy. Well wishes to you all xxxxx

  • Congratulations, you are in the place you are meant to be ❤️ Welcome to the world Adler! All the best to you and your return to Canada 🇨🇦

  • Congrats 😍😍😍

  • @mackenzieyoga he is absolutely perfect sending you all the love and healing...

  • Woohoo and he's already on room air! Go Adler go! Just gotta learn how to eat little buddy. Congrats to all, he's beautiful.

  • Congratulations and wishing you both strength and healing. He's absolutely perfect and you're on the other side of the c-section. Enjoy every second of him.

  • ❤❤❤ Congratulations @mackenzieyoga @steel_pony

  • Oh my goodness!!!! I’m in tears and soooo rooting for you all! My co-worker also had his baby boy arrive early at about the same weight if not lower. He is doing great now and growing each day! Praying for you & your beautiful family! ❤️ @mackenzieyoga @steel_pony

  • Hello sweetie bird 🐦 I had an emergency c section too and the second was planned. But both on time. My aussie neighbors had theirs at 5 months.medicine does wonders

  • Congratulations on your birth!! May Adler be blessed strong 💪 and always happy!! 🍀🍀🍀🍀🌼🌼🌼😘

  • Congratulations ❤️

  • Congratulations 💙 nothing sweeter than a baby boy ☺️

  • Congratulations!!!! 🙏🏻

  • Congratulations!!! All my blessings and love for you, Adler 💪🏼 and Mike!! He’s so lovely! Each birth is unique and wonderful at the same time, beyond c-section and hard work. 💖your life will change forever! You’re right! 💞 Let me dedicate my #thelittleprinceyogachallenge that it’ll start tomorrow 💙🙏🏼

  • Awe!! Congrats!!!! He's beautiful 🙌

  • Congratulations!❤

  • Congratulations!!! ❤️❤️❤️ lovely and sweet picture!!! All blessings to Adler, his mum and dady!! You three are a great family!!

  • Congrats Mackenzie!!! He is so precious! 💖💖

  • Congratulations & many blessing & good energy for your family.

  • 😊

  • I have hesitated commenting on your posts because there have been so many commenting and you don't know me (even though I feel like I know you from Instagram and your Cody app classes) and instead just sending loving courageous prayers your way. But as a mother of three I feel compelled to say that despite the large variety of births the moment a child leaves the womb and takes its first breath of air is just miraculous. It is the culmination of divine events from their conception, growth and birth that transports us. I pray you may always be filled with that light and nothing will dim it, especially the frustration of not having the birth you imagined for your son. He is and you are miraculous.

  • Congratulations and so happy you and your wee one are doing well 😘❤️❤️

  • Beautiful boy! Congratulations!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • 🐶😘

  • tthain 2M ago

    Welcome to the world little man! So glad you are all healthy and doing well 😘 sending you all the hugs.

  • Awwwww congratulations!!! 😍😍❤️❤️❤️

  • So happy for you two

  • Congratulations 🙏🏻❤️

  • Congratulations my love!!

  • Congratulations it's so pretty 💖

  • He is beyond beautiful. Many wishes of health to you all.

  • Thank you for sharing, these stories are hard and beautiful and why women hold such power! Congratulations!

  • @mackenzieyoga Congratulations on your beautiful baby and lovely family! ❤️💙 so much love your way, also it’s snowing pretty crazy in Alberta, hopefully you have some lovely weather to spend your time with baby in!

  • Wow, MacKenzie, what a journey! Glad to see that you're all doing fine. I look forward to reading what this experience has been like for you; I can only imagine the many emotions that must be swirling at each moment. Lots of love to you all xoxo

  • Wow! He is amazing! Congrats ❤

  • Congratulations! What a journey! Welcome Alder 💕🙏🏻

  • So sweet @mackenzieyoga - a big congrats to you and your beautiful family

  • Oh my God @mackenzieyoga your story! 💖

  • Congrats mama!!

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  • Congratulations. Hold him tight and be present in every moment. Best wishes. ❤️❤️❤️

  • Congratulations for the new parents of a beautiful strong little baby. I believe he is scorpion with virgo, right? Very though little guy. Good luck and blessings to the three of you 😊🙏💖✨

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Dear Adler,
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It’s always such an honor to work with @jasperyoga. His attention to detail and mastery of lighting are supreme. Every year he produces a calendar and I feel fortunate to grace the pages. This year he put a recent photo of me pregnant which was taken 10 weeks ago and then an old photo (swipe left) that was taken around 4-5 years ago with @marysia_do. The older photo was the first time I had ever done a nude photoshoot. I remember being so so so nervous before the shoot. I sat in the bathroom giving myself a mental pep talk trying to talk myself out of climbing out the window and never returning. Once I sat with my fear and did the shoot I never looked back. The process was incredibly empowering. I feel proud to have captured my body and it’s abilities throughout my late 20’s, early 30’s and pregnancy in such a beautiful way. Thank you Jasper I always cherish the images that come from our work together! If you want to buy his calendar which is only being printed in a limited number this year go to his website now. If you’ve followed me for awhile you also know that I never use promo codes or promote frivolous shopping so this is legitimately something I believe in. Use the code MACK335 for 10% off. The best part of this calendar which proudly hangs in our home is that the prints are large enough and high quality enough that after the month has passed you can mat and frame the image and hang it up as a piece of art. At the very least follow Jasper and be wowed by his talent. xoxo
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Dec 27, 2017 2:34 AM (UTC)

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Thank goodness people in our family keep Adler styling because I’m the type of parent who only dresses their kid in sleepers. #onesielife #zippersareessy #lazyparenting
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Dec 25, 2017 10:27 PM (UTC)

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💚 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 💚 Today I thought I’d spice things up from baby spamming you guys with a yoga pose post (after all my handle is @mackenzieyoga 😹). Then when I got outside I was like “wtf am I going to do?!” 😂 I threw my leg up in the air and @steel_pony and I started laughing hysterically and he snapped this joyous shot. That’s basically life with the two of us. Lots of laughter. My favorite part of the holidays is spending time with loved ones, laughter and naps on the floor (post meals). How do you like to spend your holidays? I encourage emoji descriptions. Mine would be: 🎄❄️🤣👪🥧🛌❤️. Sending love to you and yours this holiday season. Even during the holidays I wear stretchy @aloyoga pants. The high-waisted leggings are perfect for large meals. 😜
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Dec 22, 2017 8:58 PM (UTC)

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This holiday season I’m feeling extremely grateful. There was a version of Christmas that looked very different for Mike, Adler and I. One where we were still stuck in Hamburg waiting for Adler’s passport to be issued. Instead we’ve been home for over a month and get to celebrate the holidays with our families. I suppose that coming to that realization this morning makes me feel more gratitude than I already was. We are all healthy. We are all safe. We are all loved. Sending love to you and yours from Red Deer, AB Canada. Count your blessings. Share them in the comments and where you are located this holiday season if you feel so inclined. ❤️❤️
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Dec 22, 2017 2:57 AM (UTC)

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Mike and I were essentially born into the same body. 😜What do they say... couples who yoga together stay together? 😂

Since the beginning of my asana journey my feet have always been able to find my head. The reality is that I have an exceptionally flexible spine. Post pregnancy when it comes to backbends I’ve felt quite stiff (for me). This picture is the closest I’ve come to getting my feet to my head and my hamstrings almost cramped from me trying so hard. My previous attempts were much further away. I have found a lot of peace with my asymmetries, the things I’m good at and the things I struggle with. Fortunately I have a husband who likes to humor me when I’m taking myself a little too seriously. Hope if at the very least this post brought a smile to your face. We certainly laughed a lot taking these pictures on my in-laws living room floor.
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I love looking back at videos of my pregnant body moving. The experience still feels surreal. I miss my belly. The sexiest I’ve ever felt and most comfortable in my skin I’ve ever been was when I was pregnant. Fortunately those feelings have lingered post-pregnancy too ginormous breastfeeding boobs and all. The journey taught me to embrace, love and cherish my body and it’s superhero powers. Hint: yours is pretty damn powerful and amazing too. Love it. Be grateful for it. Cherish it now. Thank you @codyapp for capturing this so beautifully. Wearing @aloyoga always and forever.
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Dec 20, 2017 6:08 PM (UTC)

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Adler,
Today was the day you were supposed to arrive and make us a family of three. Instead you’ve already been with us for two months! You unexpected flew into our world and have shown us what it looks like to soar through life with strength and grace. Your name Adler, which is German for eagle, is oh so fitting. You came to us weighing 1890g/4 lbs 2 ounces and measuring 43 cm/17 inches and now you’re 3850g/8 lbs 8 ounces and 54.6 cm/21.5 inches. Not only have you taught me how limitless my ability to love is, but also how much love there is around me. Through your birth your daddy @steel_pony and I have been so supported from our family to strangers and everyone else in between. The acts of love and kindness we’ve received are almost unbelievable. I have a feeling that this is just the beginning of a lifetime of lessons you’re here to teach me. Thank you for choosing us as your parents on this beautiful journey. 💙 Swipe to see pictures from Adler’s real Day 1 on Oct 28th and one of the classic faces he makes. 💙
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Dec 19, 2017 8:35 PM (UTC)

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With Adler’s arrival I’ve lost my “Instagram video location” because it turned into his room and this surprisingly stressed me out. How will I create clean, pretty videos for you guys?! 😱 Then I remembered you guys don’t follow me because of my pretty content you follow me because of my realness. So be prepared for some messy house yoga videos coming your way. Today when I miraculously got Adler to sleep without me holding him I did my PT exercises which consist of relaxing in cobra, childs pose and malasana. Then I decided to do a few squats, lunges, and try some handstands. For the first time in several months I tried handstanding and pleasantly surprised myself. I found balance much easier than I thought I would. The way my body is healing post c-section truly amazes me. I’ll be 8 weeks postpartum on Saturday. I’m still not doing anything vigorous. In fact I’m having a hard time motivating myself to do anything at all and that’s ok. I can tell my body is ready for movement though. Not to mention the mental benefits I know that I receive from moving. Yesterday I did 3 push-ups and was tired. 😂 Yet handstand feels relatively easy. The human body is such a beautiful machine. I have so much to write about my pregnancy, labor and postpartum journey and don’t have enough space in this little captions. If I started a blog on my website would you read it? Loving these super soft @aloyoga leggings. 💙
User Image mackenzieyoga Posted: Dec 15, 2017 4:38 PM (UTC)

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A few nights ago Mike and I were having one of our deep life chats about where we wanted to grow as individuals, what we wanted for our family, etc… It got me reflecting about how easily I can be strayed from my path. 12 years ago I started my yoga journey and three years into that I became a teacher. It’s hard to believe, but nine years later I have made a career out of sharing my passion for yoga and movement. I’ve learned my passion is not traveling the world and teaching although it’s quite fun and I’m so grateful for the people I meet when I do travel to teach. My passion is teaching at one local studio and building community. I love seeing the same people each week and watching, not only, their physical practice blossom but emotionally and mentally seeing them evolve too. After the dramatic entrance of our son Adler I’ve thought a lot about what I want out of 2018 and have come to the conclusion that I want to be home in Red Deer, AB more. This means weekly classes at @breathingroomrd! Fortunately I have partnered with @codyapp (who was recently acquired by @aloyoga) in a way that it makes it possible for me to stay home more next year. Lots of new online content headed your way! I will teach at a few festivals, but all travel will be limited. One thing I’d love to do is get two retreats set up for 2018. I’ve learned that I hate organizing retreats, but love leading them. Are any of you passionate about organizing these types of events? If so, message me! Let’s work together. 2018 is going to be the year I ask for help. I let others support me more, so that I can get back to focusing on my passions. What are you planning for your 2018? I’d love to hear from and learn more about you. Leave me a comment & I’ll give your profile some love. xoxo
This old picture taken by @fitflexjuli for @zenrezfitness serves as motivation for me to step back on to my mat consistently again now that I’ve been cleared to move! I’m a ways away from touching my feet to my head again, but with practice I’m sure it will come. Little known fact this picture was taken in April 2017 days before I found out I was pregnant. ☺️