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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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12 Comments

  1. Such happy news!!!! How exciting for the family! I hope you start to feel better soon. You’re a trouper for going through that level of sickness for such joy!

  2. Congratulations Stephens Family…..!!! I am so happy for you all. I’m so sorry to hear about how sick you’ve been.. I can relate and I know it’s incredibly challenging!! YOU are doing an amazing job as Julian’s mama, and I’m sure having another little one will be an incredible blessing. I cannot wait to follow your journey ?. xxoxoxoxo!

  3. Congratulations Heidi! Hope you feel better soon, and that this pregnancy goes well and easier than your first – every pregnancy is different. Hugs to you and the family.

  4. We could not be happier for you and Jeff, Julian will be an awesome big brother. Praying things get better as your pregnancy progresses. So looking forward to seeing you sometime soon, . We are so looking forward to welcoming our newest family member this summer?

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