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Good news, ya’ll! The Lauren’s Latest family is growing! I’m happy to announce that we’ll be expecting a baby come April 2013.

This is VERY happy news for our little family. Gord and I have gone through ups and downs that come along with infertility. Yes, I said infertility. It’s something that many women have to face and it’s heart aching and frustrating. Without getting into too many details, my body doesn’t make it easy for me to get pregnant. But, after almost 2 years of trying and going through 3 different doctors, we feel truly blessed and very lucky that I’m pregnant with a seemingly healthy little baby. It was our {lucky} 7th round of clomid that did the trick. Once we found out that the 7th round actually took, we kept this to ourselves, not even telling close family and friends until we had a 2nd ultrasound to confirm that everything was fine, which it was! ๐Ÿ™‚ So, now we are spreading the news and are shouting it from the rooftops!

Lauren Mirror Selfie

So right now, I’m 15 weeks and 1 day along….not that I’m counting or anything. Ha! This photo of my little belly was taken this morning. I was really sick to my stomach between weeks 6 and 9, but started to come around week 10. It’s really hard to hide nausea and put on a happy face when you’re out with friends. Just sayin’. I still get exhausted if I overdo it or if I don’t get enough rest. I get lightheaded as well if I stand for too long or if I’m thirsty. I crave salty things…but mostly just fries. Haha! And sugar makes me feel sick to my stomach so I try to avoid sweets. ย I’m mostly still in my regular clothes, although wear my pants unzipped with a belly band to avoid awkward situations.

Anyways, that’s all I can think of for now…

BUT, here’s a question for you: What are your recommendations for comfortable, yet cute maternity clothing? What stores are good for this? All the stuff I’ve found looks like old lady moo-moo gear. Eek!

Ooh, AND: What are your predictions on gender? Boy or girl? Either way we are thrilled. High fives all around!

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150 Responses
  1. Connie Ramirez

    Craving Salt i’m told is usual when carrying a boy, craving sweets means you may be carying a girl~ just an old wives tale my family believes ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Marjory Betchkal

    So happy for you. I too went through all the fertility problems. I now have two beautiful daughters thanks to clomid. I was hoping that one of these days you were going to tell us this wonderful news.

  3. Mis in Ks

    Congrats! Enjoy the best time of your life. I couldn’t help but notice the sonogram pic was the same day I welcomed my precious baby girl 15 years ago. Thanks for sharing your good news,humor, and recipes! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. momof3girls

    Congratulations! I follow your blog through email, so never really comment, but just wanted to wish you well. Babies are blessings sent from above! We have three girls and I was always told by people “you’re definitely having a boy… just look at you!” We had six years between number two and three… so we really had to adjust to get back into the baby groove. My “baby” will be two on Tuesday and it is SO FUN. She is such a card, totally knows she’s cute and fun, and works it all to the max. She is keeping us young, but that will probably make me old in 15 yrs! Just had to brag about her, we love her to bits.

    Hope your pregnancy continues to go well, and that in time you’ll be blessed with the safe and healthy arrival of your new little miracle!

  5. Linda | The Urban Mrs

    Congrats again, Lauren. Brooke must be thrilled to have a sibling. We should do a poll for gender reveal, lol. Can’t wait for the virtual baby shower story. Stay healthy and warm – I know that infertility issues is a big part in women’s life, so you’re totally blessed!

  6. Julie

    Wow, congrats! As someone who is also trying to conceive, I understand how it can be frustrating to get a no, month after month. Hope you have a very happy and healthy 9 months!

  7. Shelli

    Congratulations!!! If you did a 12 week nuchal screening ultrasound you might be able to tell what your having. I didn’t really believe the hype at first, but I was right on my third and I haven’t been wrong yet! ๐Ÿ™‚ (I’m one of those who can’t wait to find out… in case you couldn’t tell! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

  8. ashe_phoenix

    First, congratulations! That’s great news!

    Second, check out Zulily — it’s one of those daily deals sites specifically for parents of small children or women who are expecting. They typically have great maternity deals.

    Third, I’m voting for another girl! Just a hunch from a person on the Internet.

  9. Yen-Ning

    Congratulations!!! My friend told me about your nice blog. She said “take a look at this pretty lady’s blog. She lives in Oregon, too!” I almost heard her unspoken mind telling me “you really should learn how to cook.” ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyways, I love your nice pictures and recipes. Congratulations to you and your family!

  10. Ingrid @ Penguin Designing

    Congrats again!! I personally think its a boy ๐Ÿ˜€ and well, this might sound weird but habe u checked Target stores? They have some maternity clothes that look like regular and non old/huge/moo moo type lol!

  11. Laura

    I have been reading your blog for a while now, and never had any clue you were going through those struggles. It takes a special kind of couple to fight those battles, and I am so sorry that you had to. But so very happy for the joy you both must have now! Best of luck
    xo

  12. Stephanie Hanson

    Oh my goodness…this is great news!! Although I am not a mommy yet, I get so excited when I hear of people having babies when they have had such a difficult time getting pregnant. Anyway, I saw some pretty cute stuff at Old Navy and when my sister was preggo, she really liked the stuff at Gap too. Good luck finding cute clothes and good luck with your pregnancy…I will be praying all goes well!

  13. Michelle

    So happy for you & your cute family Lauren! You are looking as adorable as ever!! I have one daughter due next April like you and another daughter due in May…looks like next Spring will be a happy time for many of us!

  14. Jackie

    Lauren,
    I am so happy for you! Needless to say I didnt have a problem with having children. I have 4 healthy children Mandalynn 31, Joel 30, Tyson 24 and my baby Jared just turned 21! 4 grandchildren Elsie, Claira, Koston and Lucy. I had the sickness too and I didnt like that at all cause the more chidren I had the worse it got so I stopped at 4 ! So good luck and prayers are going your way on having a happy bundle of joy in April !
    Congratulations!

  15. Pam Parson

    Congratulations! My daughter always had the best luck at Motherhood. When I was pregnant with her, I had a choice of sailor tops or bubblegum pink with ruffles, GAK!
    Best of luck to you ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Tracy

    Congrats!! I found Old Navy & Target to be the best for maternity clothes. They’re cheap and decent looking. At least I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on maternity clothes knowing I would only wear them once — and if by some miracle I have another baby some day, the styles would change anyway and my clothes from 2010 might be out of style. SO – I didn’t spend a lot. I did splurge and buy 1 or 2 things from Gap Maternity (their tank undershirts are wonderful!), though.

    Have fun shopping!

  17. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    Congratulations, Lauren! I’m so very happy for you and your family–and for Brooke to have a little brother or sister running around naming stuffed animals funny things, lol ๐Ÿ™‚ are you guys going to keep the gender a surprise or find out? Either way, I’m so excited for you!

    PS, I kind of think it’s a boy ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. annabelle

    Congrats!!!! I prefer girls since I have three of my own, but what is most important is to have a healthy baby, either boy or girl. god bless and have a great pregnancy

  19. Amy

    Lauren, that is fantastic! I check out your blog every day to see what new , wonderful recipies you have for me to try! I am so happy for you and your family! Congratulations!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Congrats!!! So excited for you and your family! What a blessing indeed! ๐Ÿ™‚ Your daughter will love having a sibling! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. RoselyC

    Congrats hmmm I’m gonna go with a boy as my prediction. There are some great bloggers that make maternity look so glamorous. These are some I have seen:
    http://bleubirdvintage.typepad.com/
    http://jenloveskev.com/

    Hope that helps.

  22. Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats

    Congratulations! Getting pregnant is one of THE most exciting things! (I can imagine even more exciting when you’ve been trying so long!) Im so happy for you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t know if you shop there, but H&M has a maternity line called MAMA..Some of its really cute and a lot better priced than Motherhood. Congrats again!

  23. Meghan Comstock

    This is so exciting. There are so many around me announcing they are expectig or are getting ready to have babies!!! With an 8 year old I now have the fever I have for sometime but now my husband is ready! I can’t wait to see you progress and see all the baby bump pictures!! I bet big sister is SO excited!!!

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