Help with spider ID

Yesterday I happened to pass this very large spider in the yard. I assume it is some kind of orb spider. It’s larger than the orb spiders I have seen before (1.5 cm? longer?), and the pattern on the back is different. Despite the first picture, it generally hangs upside down. Anyone know what it is? And are those eggs at the back of the bottom of the abdomen?

Many thanks. And, of course, C&C welcome. I did these in a rush–I preparing for an engagement party we were hosting, so I was distracted. On a positive note, many of the guests trooped out to examine this one by flashlight.

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