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Lemon Stripes Baby Announcement

I’ve been waiting for months to share our big news, and today is finally the day… We’re having a baby! Anel and I couldn’t be more excited to start this next chapter of our lives, especially given our struggle in getting here. After 18 difficult and frustrating months, our entire lives changed in early November when a test finally (finally!) read as positive.

It was an amazing day, but also a scary one. The other two times I had been pregnant, I miscarried very early in the process. We almost couldn’t consider the possibility that this one would make it, because we didn’t want to get our hopes up only to experience yet another loss. The first few weeks were spent walking on eggshells, and barely mentioning the tiny miracle growing inside me. Every day since then, it’s become more and more real. After we had our first ultrasound, I finally believed that a baby, our baby, was in there. After the second one, I believed that this one would stick.

Over the last few weeks, as my body began to change shape physically, it only made everything feel more real. Even though I’ve moved past the initial shock and fear, I still wake up in the night sometimes, terrified that something is wrong, or convinced that I ate the wrong thing and hurt the baby. It’s irrational but also normal according to my doula. But for the most part, I feel happy, excited, blessed… and quite large!

I’m now four months along, and can’t believe I was able to go this long without telling you guys. You have no idea how many times I wanted to! But given our history, we agreed to keep it a secret as long as we possibly could. It’s becoming harder to hide the bump, so the proverbial beans are being spilled.

While I plan to keep pregnancy-related posts to about once a week going forward, this week I have so much news to share with you that I hope you bare with me! Over the next few days, I’ll give you a full overview of my first trimester (Spoiler alert: It was not easy.), and what we did at the end of those 18 months that finally worked.

But for today, I’ll answer some of the most commonly asked questions that I get when I tell people I’m pregnant.

How far along are you? 17 weeks

What is your due date? July 18th (Only 9 days after my own birthday)

Do you know the sex yet? We do! I’ll be revealing the gender next week. Any guesses? The only hint I’ll give you is that it is the opposite of what I thought it was.

Any cravings? All of the cravings! A lot of starchy things like bread, bagels, pizza, etc. My previously gluten-free lifestyle has gone out the window. I also crave a lot of raw fruits and vegetables, specifically blueberries and tomatoes, not food I would normally want to chow down on in the winter, but what baby wants, baby gets.

Any aversions? In my first trimester I could pretty much only eat crackers, seltzer, toast, and soup. Now I’m almost back to normal, but still have an aversion to meat of all kind, most of the time. It’s hard because the baby needs a lot of protein, so I’m trying my best. To supplement, I’m taking beef liver pills daily and adding collagen protein to my smoothies.

Have you thought of names yet? We have a running list. We’re not planning to share the name until the baby is born but who knows, that might change. I tend to overshare!

How do you feel? Now that I’m in my second trimester, I feel a lot more like myself but I get really tired easily. I’m pretty much in bed by 9pm every night of the week. I’ve realized that I can’t do the things I used to do. If I workout one day, that’s my limit. I can’t be running around doing errands or having a busy day. It’s frustrating to not be able to accomplish all I want to do, but I’m slowly getting used to it.

The first trimester, on the other hand, was another story… I’ll share more on that later this week but let’s just say this baby has given me a run for my money and it’s not even born yet! I learned a lot along the way about how to deal with the nausea and exhaustion, and can’t wait to share my tips.

How is Boots reacting? He has completely changed around me! He’s uber protective now, and won’t let anyone he doesn’t know get near me. He’ll completely block me with his body and bark and anyone who comes close. It’s kind of annoying but also really sweet. On my really bad first trimester days, he would come and sit on my lap or right next to me until I felt better. Every single time. He definitely knows something’s up, but I think he’s going to have the shock of his life in July when he’s no longer the only baby in the house.

How will this change your blog? I’ve added a “motherhood” section to my nav bar and will start posting weekly about pregnancy and baby related topics. That being said, I’m not going to be a full-fledged mommy blogger. I’m going to continue posting outfits, recipes, healthy lifestyle advice, and decor (hello nursery!). But at the end of the day, this blog is about my life and being pregnant is a huge part of my life at the moment, and I have a feeling this baby will be as well.

I want to thank my amazing photographer Stephanie for taking these adorable shots, we love them so much! Another big thanks to Eva for lending us your beautifully bright studio space. My dress is from Club Monaco (on sale!) and is not a maternity dress.

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Club Monaco Scalloped Dress (on sale!) / Pink Pumps / Anel’s Tie / Polka Dot Onesie

Photos by Stephanie Elliott Photography.

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25 Comments

  1. Jordana @WhiteCabana

    Yay! Yay! Congrats to you!

  2. Erica Valentin

    Yay !!!!!!!!!!!!! So happy for you! I remember reading about your fertility struggles last year!

  3. Caroline

    Congratulations!! So happy to read this 馃檪 馃檪

  4. My heart is so full for you. Long time reader, seldom commenter, I remember your miscarriage struggle and I felt so sad for you and your husband. I have a STRONG inkling it’s a boy based on your cravings, but we shall see. (; Again, I am so very happy for you and I wish you the smoothest pregnancy! <3
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  5. Carrie Colbert

    Big congrats, Julie! Thrilled for ya.

    Carrie
    http://www.wearwherewell.com

  6. Jess Kirby

    You guys are the cutest and I am so happy for you! xx

  7. Such happy news! Congratulations!

  8. Julia Dzafic

    Awww so sweet! Pit-mixes are the best (I might be biased), and I love hearing how protective they get over mamas and babies.

  9. Julia Dzafic

    Ok that’s good to know! It’s getting better with each passing day but it’s hard not to have that little voice in your head 馃檪

    I don’t love the actual pregnancy either (will write about that another day) but can’t wait to meet the little one!

  10. Julia Dzafic

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss, Brittney. I know how painful and isolating it can be. I can only hope that this news brings you hope! Much love xo

  11. Julia Dzafic

    Thanks love! All of the mocktails 馃檪

  12. Julia Dzafic

    Thank you so much, Rachel! It made my day to hear that my posts have helped you in your journey as well. Wishing you so much love and light xo

  13. Julia Dzafic

    I know right? Boots’ reaction melts my heart. He’s such a sweet pup, and he’s going to be the best big brother ever!

  14. Julia Dzafic

    Aww so happy to hear that. I’m nervous so love when people say it’s the best 馃檪

  15. Julia Dzafic

    Congratulations! Such an exciting time for you. Much love xo

  16. Julia Dzafic

    Thank you so much, Belinda. And thank you for leaving your first comment! I’m happy to know that you’ve been following along 馃檪

  17. Julia Dzafic

    Thanks Kelly! We’re feeling pretty good right about now 馃檪

  18. Julia Dzafic

    Thanks lady!! xoxo

  19. Julia Dzafic

    So many people have said that! I guess women have an intuition 馃檪

    I’m so so sorry to hear about your loss. I know what you’re going through, but I also know (KNOW) that your baby will come to you when the time is right. I hated when people said that to me, but now I understand it fully. THIS is my baby, and I can’t imagine it any other way. Sending you so much love and light!

  20. Tara Huntley

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you and Anel! I read your blog daily, and am so excited to follow along on your newest chapter! 鉂

  21. Rachael | The Rachael Way

    Congratulations, girl! So happy for you guys!

  22. Anna Osgoodby

    Yayyy!!! CONGRATS!!!! So happy for you both 馃檪

  23. I’m so happy for you! I can tell you, as someone who was once in your place, you will never stop thinking of your little one as your miracle, even when they are 11 years old, like my girl 馃檪 My very best to you for your pregnancy & birth experience!

  24. Christine

    Congratulations! Love your announcement and your adorable bump. I randomly wondered a few blog posts ago if maybe you might be expecting!! Your announcement is bitter sweet for me, but also makes me hopeful. Unfortunately, my husband and I lost our first pregnancy in November and I would have been due the beginning of July. I turned to your posts while going through my miscarriage and now I’m excited to follow along with your pregnancy. Hopefully, I’ll be following in your footsteps soon!

  25. Charlene

    Congratulations!! I’m due July 21st so look forward to following your blog and pregnancy updates!

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