Motherhood Pregnancy


July 19, 2016

star wars, star wars onesie, nasa onesie, NASA, bringing up bebe, the science of mom, sophie the giraffe, best pregnancy books, rainbow baby, pregnancy after loss, becoming a dadStar Wars onesie (other cute ones here, here, and here) and NASA onesies here, here and here.


Yes, we’re having a BABY!!!

Yesterday we announced our pregnancy on Facebook and Instagram and it feels a bit surreal! Our immediate family and closest friends have known for awhile but we’ve been so nervous to publicly share the news considering our previous losses (3 to be exact) and not knowing how this pregnancy would progress. I am currently 16 weeks along and due at the end of the year!

And we’re having a BOY!!!

We were both hoping for a boy so when we received the news we couldn’t stop smiling and laughing and crying (of course we would have been just as thrilled with a girl – a healthy, happy baby is most important!). We actually got the news of the baby’s sex while we were visiting my in-laws in Northern Virginia so it was even more special since we were able to tell them in person.

Despite a couple of scares in the beginning, the pregnancy has been going exceedingly well. I haven’t had any morning sickness or crazy symptoms (aside from not wanting any foods that didn’t previously have four legs and a tail!) and I actually don’t feel pregnant. Besides my bump, I feel pretty normal. Oh, the exhaustion did kick my butt in the beginning. I’m talking passing out at my desk in the middle of editing only to wake up an hour later wondering what just happened exhausted. But I really can’t complain. Baby Lance has been very good to mommy.

I have so so so much to share with you! So much I’ve been wanting to write about and reveal but couldn’t until we knew we were safer. We know we’re still not in the clear and I struggle with anxiety and fear which I know won’t go away until I hold our baby in my arms (which will only be replaced with a different kind of anxiety and fear, I’m sure) but I’m trying my best every day to be positive and have happy thoughts for the baby.

Anyway, like I said a lot to share and write about including what I did differently this pregnancy, supplements and vitamins I’ve been taking, having a high risk pregnancy, genetics testing, experiences with different OB’s, navigating baby gear (so.much.stuff) and much more. Through my experience I hope to help couples who are going through the same struggles. You’re not alone and I want to give you some hope.

I would also love for you to be a part of this journey with us. As first time parents, we’re going to need a lot of help and guidance and feedback and we’d love your help. And more importantly your support because this mama definitely needs it.

I’m excited to be blogging again. To be writing again and being open with you again. Last year was a really shitty year, no ifs, ands, or butts about it. Grief really changes and cripples you and it was just impossible for me to write because I had to figure out who I was now and find my new voice. Blogging has always been cathartic for me and very much a personal journal and now it’ll allow me to share all this with our son when he’s older.

Fortunately this year has been nothing short of exciting and filled with so much happiness – happiness that we were robbed of several times last year – and it’s only perfect that our boy will be arriving to help us celebrate the end of a perfect year and the beginning of a new year and our greatest adventure.

Thank you so much for sharing in our joys (and sorrows) and for all your lovely congratulatory messages! Lots of happy tears were shed yesterday reading through everything (I plead pregnancy hormones).

Stay tuned for a lot more! ;)

xo Nina

P.S. Yes, we have a name picked out but we won’t be sharing it until after the baby is born! We’ve actually had this name picked for over a year!

P.P.S. Oh, I just remembered…I still need to share about our elopement! Will definitely do that soon.

P.P.P.S. Christopher and I both read Bringing Up Bebe and we loved it. I’ll share more about our fave baby and parenting books soon.

lacma, rain room, bumpfie, pregnancy bump, 2nd trimester, love and lemonade, maternity photographer, los angeles photographer(Photo by my husband. My first official bump photo!)

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  • Reply Juliet July 19, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    So thrilled for you,Nina. And such a beautiful, symbolic photo. Many blessings!

    • Reply Nina July 20, 2016 at 5:05 PM

      Thank you so much, Juliet!! XOXO

  • Reply Jamie July 22, 2016 at 6:41 PM

    Congratulations! I’m so thrilled for you

    • Reply Nina July 22, 2016 at 7:57 PM

      Thanks so much, Jamie!! XOXO

  • Reply Tina July 23, 2016 at 12:14 AM

    ???? Words cannot express the JOY!!! Blessings Nina and your growing family!! ????

    • Reply Nina July 25, 2016 at 5:12 PM

      Thanks so much Tina…and for everything! XO

  • Reply Shelly August 9, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Congratulations! This is such an exciting time and new adventure. Wishing you many more blessings.

    • Reply Nina August 9, 2016 at 1:25 PM

      Thank you so much, Shelly!!! XO

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