I am so excited to finally share with you some big news! As you can see from my growing belly, we have a bundle of joy on the way! Baby Stephens is due this summer and we couldn’t feel more blessed. So many of you already guessed our news! You guys are good 🙂
This pregnancy was a bit of a surprise for us, since we had wanted to wait a little longer after having Julian to get pregnant. But sure enough, as soon as Julian decided he was done breastfeeding (just days before his first birthday) we got pregnant again! I have really really tough pregnancies, so truthfully, I was not looking forward to another pregnancy just yet; and this pregnancy has been no exception. I have been vomiting every day, mostly all day, with frequent visits to the Emergency Room for fluid hydration, and multiple anti nausea regimens. This goes way past the suggested treatments of ginger tea and Preggo Pops; trust me, I’ve tried it all. Early on in pregnancy, I was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum, just like I was with Julian. I want to clarify, hyperemesis is not “morning sickness.” This has been a debilitating illness that has left me basically bed bound for months. I could go on endlessly about this diagnosis, but I think I’ll save that for another post. But, just so you know, this why I have been MIA since Christmas!
We feel so fortunate to be expecting baby number 2, as our Julian Koki is our whole world. But, truthfully, this illness makes it challenging to acknowledge that it will all be worth it, especially on the worst days. Also, the idea of having 2 under 2 has me a little nervous! But I know in my heart this baby will be the perfect addition to our family. My baby, you are so loved by so many, and you hit the jackpot with the best big brother (and fur brother!) around!
Thank you all for bearing with me through this difficult and exciting time! I cannot wait to share this next chapter of our lives with you. We couldn’t be more thrilled!
Dress: Paper Crown, older, similar here and here // Boots: Hunter // Lipliner: Soar, lipstick: Kinda Sexy both by MAC// JULIAN: Sweater: Tucker + Tate from Nordstrom, similar // Pants: Tucker + Tate //Boots: Hunter
Also, huge THANK YOU to my friend and photographer Ashley Loyer for editing these photos for me! My husband took them, but I am still learning my way around Lightroom. Thanks for helping out a friend Ashley!