An Announcement

You know how sometimes bloggers are like, I have a huge announcement! And everyone is like oooh she’s pregnant! And then you go to their site and nope, it’s some other thing like “I’m getting my eyebrows micro-bladed!” or “We’re moving!” and you’re secretly a little disappointed. No? Just me?

Well if it’s not just me, it’s you’re lucky day.

Because this is the exact announcement you always think/hope/assume it will be.

Pregnancy Announcement - 20 Weeks

We’re having a baby.

Baby B is coming in early November 2017. We are absolutely thrilled to be parents.

Now I’ll go ahead and interview myself about it because I’m a blogger and I can do that sort of thing. Also I love it when other people do this.

How far along are you?

20 weeks. Half cooked!

When is your due date?

November 9th.

Why’d you wait so long to share this news?

It’s our first child and I was just nervous (remember, I used to work in a children’s hospital so I’ve seen a lot). Once I got in to my second trimester we shared openly with our extended family, friends, and coworkers. Social media and the blog felt like a bigger leap and frankly, there was just no rush. I kept thinking I’d put something on Instagram or the blog and then just decided to wait until after our anatomy ultrasound (which went perfectly). Also I wasn’t showing at all so I felt a little awkward. More on that below.

Is it a boy or a girl?

We know the answer to this! I’m sharing more back here tomorrow. I know! I know! So obnoxious. I promise I didn’t do a whole gender reveal thing in real life so just humor me and let me do one on here, okay?

Do you have a name picked out?

We sure do. It’s one we’ve loved for years. We don’t call the baby by name though. We usually go with “tiny human” or “the baby” or “Baby B”. We won’t be sharing the name here until this kiddoh arrives.

How are you feeling?

Really good! I ran a half-marathon at 14.5 weeks pregnant. I’ve kept up my usual amount of walking (4-5 miles/day). I take exercise classes through ClassPass (more on that here).

The only issue I’ve had is that I feel full really quickly when eating and haven’t had a great appetite. After some first trimester nausea (not fun but not too bad), I thought my appetite would come back full force in my second trimester. It hasn’t so I have to be really conscious about what I eat and making sure it’s enough (per my doctor). I realize this is the opposite problem many women have so I know I’m lucky. It also means I never feel even the slightest guilt about my indulgences.

The exhaustion caused by pregnancy has hit me pretty hard and has not let up in the second trimester (I thought this was supposed to be when I have the most energy?). I take a nap nearly every day after work. True story: I took a nap in the middle of writing this blog post.

Mostly I feel like myself but sleepier and really happy. Like every day there is something to be excited about. I don’t feel crazy hormonal. I haven’t cried over random stuff. Nav says that if he didn’t know I was pregnant, he wouldn’t know I was pregnant. I’m gonna view that as a win.

Any cravings?

Last week on my lunch break I found myself eating pickles out of the jar while making a milkshake. Stereotypical much? Ha. I’m also loving lemon water ice and I had a serious cantaloupe phase for a couple of weeks.

What do you miss most?

Spicy tuna! More than wine, honestly. And sleeping on my stomach.

What’s the best part of being pregnant?

The unsolicited advice! And being touched without my consent! Said no one ever.

Actually it’s just the excitement of having this little person who is half me and half Nav. I’m so excited to see Nav as a Dad because he’s one of those guys who is just built for the role. He’s going to be so great. It feels like we’re starting a new adventure together and we’re going to do our very best to raise a good human. I’ve loved the conversations this new life has prompted between us.

I’m also super pumped to spend maternity leave with Archie (and the baby!).

Speaking of Archie, how’s he feeling about this?

He was initially hesitant about giving up his only child status but then heard a rumor that babies are messy and eventually throw food on the floor. This increased his excitement significantly.

How’s the bump?

It took me a really long time to show. At 14 weeks, I had nothing. Nada. It didn’t even start to look like something until maybe 17 weeks. Even now if I’m wearing something even slightly loose, I don’t really look pregnant. It made me kind of self-conscious for a bit.

Is everyone pregnant?!

I swear, the further I got in to my pregnancy the more frequently I felt like I was seeing pregnancy announcements. It certainly felt like a wave of blogger pregnancies although maybe I was more sensitive to it because I knew I was pregnant and had not shared.

Is this going to become a mommy blog?

MAYBE. Kidding (kind of). Pregnancy and motherhood is part of my life now and so I’m sure it will come up on this blog. I have been writing so much since I’ve been pregnant! I’ve got a back log of lots of pregnancy related posts that I’d like to share but haven’t been able to since we hadn’t shared our news. So expect a surge in pregnancy related posts while I share the stuff I’ve already written and then we’ll mostly get back to the usual programming with pregnancy/motherhood as one of the topics sprinkled in. Hop over to my Instagram if you want a peek of our ultrasound!

Thanks so much for being here. This has been the happiest time of my life and I’m excited to finally share that here. We know how lucky we are to be bringing this tiny human in to the world and are in awe of the joy and responsibility. Baby B, we can’t wait to meet you!

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  • 1. Congratulations!!! How exciting!
    2. I think what you said about Nav being built for the role is the sweetest, most romantic thing ever.
    3. You look AMAZING!!! Absolutely radiant. Hugs!!

    • Aw thank you! This really made my day. Hugs back!!

  • Congratulations! How exciting for your little family. I’m sure Archie will be a fantastic older brother!

    • He certainly will! I’m so excited to take thousands of pictures of Archie and this baby haha

  • Ahhh Congratulations! Go you for running a half-marathon and keeping up with the fitness which I hear (from all my prego friends) is really important to maintain while pregnant. You are glowing!

    • Thank you! I’m trying to keep up with the fitness. The good thing is that I walk to and from work and I usually come home at lunch to hang out with Archie so I get a good 4 miles of walking in a day no matter what. I’m definitely slowing down but trying to push through to stay in shape.

  • OMG! Congrats Nadine!! I’m so happy for you guys on starting a family, even though you already were with Archie. I can’t wait to find out the baby’s name. Something tells me it’s a girl! lol Good for you on running a half marathon. I’ve done two of them in the past and they’re so fun. Can’t wait to see what this new journey takes you guys on. Congrats again!!! <3

    • Thank you so much! Yeah Archie turned out so well we decided to try our hand at raising a human (this is hilarious if you know us in real life because Archie is damn cute but not the best behaved dog in the world). I would not suggest training for a half-marathon in your first trimester but luckily I had kind of done the training (could run about 10 miles) before I ever signed up so the few weeks I took off of running when I was super nauseous didn’t put me back to far training wise.

  • Congratulations. I love the dress, and you look great. As someone who is about 3 weeks from the due date I can tell you that the unsolicited advice just becomes more of a thing as you show. Also I didn’t show until about half way also, and there was this weird stage of just looking like i was overfull instead of pregnant. eventually that goes away, but I did totally feel like I looked awful there in the middle for a while. Thrilled for you and your little family!

    • That’s what I looked like for a while – overfull. I did a pretty good job of not being to hard on myself about it. I can’t wait for all the unsolicited advice coming my way! There’s been so much already!

  • Huge Congratulations! xxx

    • Thank you Amanda! We’re pumped.

  • Congratulations! Babies are so fun and Archie will definitely be the beneficiary of the yummy food that gets thrown on the floor (as Kobi is now)!

    • He’s looking forward to it 🙂

  • Lindsay Ranahan

    Congratulations!!! So excited for you guys, and you look great!

  • Congrats!!

  • Mazel all the tovs!!!! This is so exciting and I am so thrilled for you and Nav. Glad you’re feeling (mostly) good and you look fantastic! Also, half marathon at 14.5 weeks?! Certified BAD ASS.

    • Haha thank you! Not gonna lie, I felt kind of bad ass running a half marathon while pregnant. I would have been proud of myself for finishing no matter what but it was kind of cool that I got to do it with my baby.

  • Congratulations Nadine! What an exciting new adventure for you and your husband!

    • Thank you! It really is. We feel so lucky.

  • Congrats! You look amazing, such a beautiful photo. Can’t wait to follow along during your journey. Such an exciting time!

    • Thank you! Every once and a while my husband manages to take a picture of me that I actually like haha!

  • Lauren Harrelson

    You look STUNNING, and this is so exciting!! Can’t wait to hear more!

  • Congratulations! You look amazing! I didn’t show with my first until about 6 months and it made me push off sharing, so I totally get where you’re coming from. I can’t wait to hear more about your baby.

    • Thank you! I’m glad you get where I’m coming from with being self conscious about not showing. I had no idea until I was pregnant that lots of women don’t show at all until well in to their second trimester. I guess I’m one of those women!

  • Oh, this is just so exciting 🙂 And I’m glad your big announcement was that thing we all secretly hope that it is! Ha ha. And although you might have been self-conscious at first about your small size (and not showing much), you’ll likely love it later—no stretch marks! I wish I could have said the same, lol.

    • Thank you! And fingers seriously crossed on the no stretch marks front.

  • Cara

    Um that is THEE cutest bump ever! You look amazing and congratulations to you both! How exciting!

    • Aw shucks. Thanks. It took me forever to have a bump and just today was the first day that someone asked me (a stranger), when are you due? It’s nice to finally look as pregnant as I feel.

  • Congratulations lady! So happy for you!

  • I love that you took a nap in the middle of this post. Ha!

    Congrats! You look fantastic!!

  • Also, my guess is boy. We’ll see how wrong I am soon enough.

    • You were right! And I really did take a nap in the middle of the draft of this post. I swear I can get 8 hours at night and still crash for over an hour when I get home from work. What do people do when they’re pregnant with their second kid and they have another kiddoh at home?!

  • Jae

    Congratulations, Nadine! Oh, and you changed your domain name! Wuhoo!

    • Thank you! And yes, I did. After years of going back and forth about blog names and hating every one I chose, I opted to go with First and Middle name. At least those I can’t grow to hate too much haha.

      • Jae

        You have a beautiful name!

  • SO EXCITING! Congrats! <3

  • Congratulations Nadine, so happy for you two. I’ll definitely be back for your gender reveal tomorrow. Archie is going to be such a cute big brother (:

    • Thank you! I’m so excited to see Archie as a big brother. He’s going to be so great. We’ve been trying to bring him to more places with kids just to get him used to being around such unpredictable little creatures. He’s so friendly though that I never worry.

  • Congratulations! So many similarities here–I’m going to enjoy journeying along with you!

    • Same! I’ve loved reading your updates. I loved your first trimester recap. I’ve got a similar post that’s been sitting in my Evernote since about week 14 🙂

  • Congratulations, congratulations to you and your family!! Just imagining the Archie + baby photos – going to be the cutest ever 🙂 And hahah, I know like three people due the same day that you are – truly everyone is pregnant!! My sister’s due in August, so my life’s been baby baby baby all day everyday now too. What a joyful time!

    • Trust me, I imagine those Archie and baby photos every day! I’m such a sucker for pictures of kids with dogs on Instagram right now. It definitely felt like there were a lot of people in blog world due around the same time so I’m glad I’m not the only one who noticed. Congrats on your sister’s baby!

  • First: CONGRATULATIONS! I’m so happy for you! There is definitely a wave of pregnant bloggers, but I am, by far, most excited for you, Nav + Archie 🙂

    • I kind of thought it felt like a wave of blogger pregnancies. Glad I’m not the only one who noticed. Thank you so much for your kind words!

  • Oddly enough I loved salads during my pregnancy and wished for sushi the entire time.

    So happy for you guys, and totally agree on the wave of blogger pregnancies. : D

  • Congrats!!!

  • I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the movie What to Expect When You’re Expecting, but your rundown of how you’ve been feeling reminds me of Elizabeth Bank’s character – the one who hardly even notices she’s pregnant, has no symptoms, is absolutely glowing and happy and basically sneezes out the baby in the delivery room. I sincerely hope the rest of your pregnancy runs this smoothly!

    Xx

  • Congrats!! So excited for you guys 🙂 And I can’t believe you did a half marathon! Way to go!

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