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Pregnancy announcement photos, maternity photography. Baby number 2 on the way, 2 under 2!

Pregnancy announcement photos, maternity photography. Baby number 2 on the way, 2 under 2!

Pregnancy announcement photos, maternity photography. Baby number 2 on the way, 2 under 2!

Pregnancy announcement photos, maternity photography. Baby number 2 on the way, 2 under 2!

Pregnancy announcement photos, maternity photography. Baby number 2 on the way, 2 under 2!

Pregnancy announcement photos, maternity photography. Baby number 2 on the way, 2 under 2!

Pregnancy announcement photos, maternity photography. Baby number 2 on the way, 2 under 2!

Pregnancy announcement photos, maternity photography. Baby number 2 on the way, 2 under 2!

Pregnancy announcement photos, maternity photography. Baby number 2 on the way, 2 under 2!

Pregnancy announcement photos, maternity photography. Baby number 2 on the way, 2 under 2!

Pregnancy announcement photos, maternity photography. Baby number 2 on the way, 2 under 2!

Pregnancy announcement photos, maternity photography. Baby number 2 on the way, 2 under 2!

Pregnancy announcement photos, maternity photography. Baby number 2 on the way, 2 under 2!

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!

xx,

Heidi

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Valentine’s Date Night

A Valentine's Day inspired red dress for date night! A Valentine's Day inspired red dress for date night! A Valentine's Day inspired red dress for date night! A Valentine's Day inspired red dress for date night! A Valentine's Day inspired red dress for date night! A Valentine's Day inspired red dress for date night! A Valentine's Day inspired red dress for date night! A Valentine's Day inspired red dress for date night! A Valentine's Day inspired red dress for date night! A Valentine's Day inspired red dress for date night!I hope I’m not the only one getting heart eyes over the fact that Valentine’s Day is next week! Growing up, Valentine’s Day was always one of my favorite holidays. When we woke up in the morning we would all have a gift from my mom, the sweetest Valentine! It usually involved some fun makeup for us girls, a Valentine’s shirt and of course, lots of chocolate! It was like a mini Christmas in our house.

I’ll never forget the first Valentine’s Day that Jeff became my Valentine. We had just met when he went back to sea for a month. We were still talking on the phone, emailing and getting to know each other when February 14th rolled around. But like the gentleman that he is, he sent me the most gorgeous assortments of orchids and roses, from “Your Secret Admirer.” I felt so giddy to have met such a wonderful man, and excited for all of the possibilities. I always think of that gift when Valentine’s Day comes around.

This fun and flirty red dress is the perfect date night ensemble. The off the shoulder look has always been one of my favorites, but the bell sleeves really did it for me! I don’t typically wear red because I am so fair skinned, but who can resist in February?

Hope you all are feeling the love this month! Share with me one of your favorite Valentine’s memories in the comments!

Dress: Rent the Runway, similar here // Earrings: Kate Spade older, similar here

xx,

Heidi

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Our Mornings and 10 Fun Facts About Me

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When I set out to do this post, I wanted to share with you all our morning routine. It is so simple, but is one of my favorite times of day. I find that starting the morning out right makes a positive impact on my whole day. If I’m being really good, I wake up before Julian and write in my gratitude journal, even if just for 5 minutes. Then once the babe is up, things really get moving! I have worn this robe in a lot of my insta-stories and posts lately, and had quite a few questions about it! It is a Love Ophelia Serendipity robe in their lavender hue and I just love how feminine and detailed it is. It has become my morning wardrobe staple! 

In regards to sharing our morning routine, like I’ve mentioned before here, I have been feeling really under the weather lately. So, I’m not about to pretend that mornings are a beloved time for me right now! Instead, I thought it would be fun to share 10 facts about me that you may not know. I love reading these little snippets on other people, so I hope you’ll enjoy mine!

  1. My dad accidentally introduced my (now) husband and I at a bar while watching a football game. Thanks Dude Pa!
  2. I was a vegetarian for 5 years after eating cow tongue in Argentina. I was a terrible vegetarian though, I gained about 15 pounds because all I ate was bread and cheese.
  3. My childhood best friends were twin boys from next door. Their mom taught me everything I know about baking.
  4. A few years ago I was a finalist to become a professional cheerleader. GO HAWKS! Insert hair flip emoji here.
  5. I have never hired a housekeeper, a nanny or a babysitter. Not that I’m against it. I’d just rather save that money for something more exciting, like shoes!
  6. I am a third generation nurse, and my mom used to always tell me I was born to be a nurse. I loved her textbooks so much as a little girl.
  7. Before becoming a stay at home mother to Julian, I was an Emergency Room Nurse at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Seattle. I have the utmost of respect for the men and women who have served our country
  8. I don’t talk about politics online, ever. I also don’t have a problem with those that do, I just prefer to save certain topics for face to face conversations.
  9. My husband and I got married in our backyard.
  10. My car was stolen twice when I lived in Seattle, and broken into more times than I can remember. It ultimately lead me out of the city and back to country life!
  11. I had mastitis 4 times throughout my breastfeeding year with Julian. But then he weaned himself with no fuss just 2 days before his 1st birthday. You just can’t win them all, but sometimes there’s a silver lining.

Okay, that was 11 things, I couldn’t resist. Share with me some of your fun facts!

xx,

Heidi

Photography by Whitney Coudray Photography. THANK YOU Whitney!

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