I’ve been keeping a HUGE secret. Like, bigger than big. And it explains everything, friends. I promise. And what better day to share it than Thanksgiving, right?!

That’s right — Remy Bea will be a middle child as of June 2018!

I know, I know. After Remy Bea was born in January 2016, I swore off anymore babies. She was such a horrible baby (for a full 12 months), that I fully intended to not have anymore children. As soon as we outgrew baby gear and clothes, I passed it on to someone else.

But something happened a few months ago. I told Chad I didn’t think we were done. He didn’t disagree, but he also thought I was a tad bit crazy.

So we tried. And here we are, 11 weeks pregnant. Because that’s how it works for us, I guess.

And now my complete exhaustion and inability to write more than a tweet should make a bit of sense. Because this first trimester has been kinda kicking my butt.

Not in the same way my pregnancy with Remy Bea did, but enough to where I am actually falling asleep during dinner and/or not eating dinner because I feel so nauseated.

Regardless, we’re thrilled to finish our family with JUST ONE MORE baby.

That’s right — I had a real fear that the ultrasound was going to show two babies (my mother is a fraternal twin AND I’m 33 AND you’re more likely to have multiples after the more babies you have…). But there was only one, thank the LORD. And it’s heartbeat was strong, steady, and healthy!

My official due date is June 16, 2018.

I’m not certain if we will find out the gender this time around. Part of me is dying to know, but I also realize that at this point we have one boy and one girl so this one will be the tie-breaker… and I kinda want it to be the ‘last surprise,’ of surprising events.

And now… we breathe. We breathe with the comfort that our secret is out! And, of course, we celebrate with eating a glorious Thanksgiving feast!

Oh, and I promise now that the secret is out, I’ll update a bit more! ♥ ♥

Much love to Shop Pink Blush for my amazing black lace maternity dress!

Many thanks to Alex Lucas – Photographer & Graphic Designer from the Cleveland, Ohio area, for coordinating this amazing pregnancy announcement shoot (and for dealing with my two crazy little monsters). Follow her over on Instagram at @ohtheraven and go check out her full portfolio here.

Special offer for my followers!

Mini Family or Lifestyle Shoot in the Cleveland, Ohio Area (Nov 27Jan 5th) or the Greenville, South Carolina Area (February 5th – May 11th) only $140. 

Whats included? 30 minute shoot, minimum of 20 photos delivered, photos delivered within 5 days. Just send Alex an email at alex@ohtheraven.com with ItsAHero in the subject line.




Photography credit: Alex Lucas

Maternity Dress credit: ShopPinkBlush

Kids Biggest, Middlest, Littlest shirts: Treehouse Apparel, Etsy

Kids Christmas Outfits: Cat + Jack, Target

Christmas List Announcement: FairyTaleWeddingPro, Etsy


{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Kate November 23, 2017 at 12:12 pm

OMG, congratulations!!!


Justine Y @ Little Dove November 23, 2017 at 2:55 pm

Congratulations! That is so exciting for your family, and don’t worry–after two, three is a breeze. 😉


Megan November 24, 2017 at 8:43 am

What wonderful news, congratulations!! Those photos are stunning too, you’ll be able to look back and keep them forever!


Nita Okoye November 24, 2017 at 9:41 am

Congratulations!!!! I wish you a healthy pregnancy! stay safe and take care of your body. xx


Lyndsey November 24, 2017 at 3:44 pm

oh my goodness how exciting!! congrats!!


Sasha November 24, 2017 at 4:09 pm

Congratulations!!! I said I was done twice and wasn’t!!! After baby 3 and 6! Lol. Loved this …cute pictures.


Lauren November 24, 2017 at 6:56 pm

Aww congrats!! And what a cute little family you have 🙂



Jessica November 24, 2017 at 7:08 pm

Aww, so cute! I love the matching t-shirts your children are wearing!


Katie |Hospitable Homemaker November 24, 2017 at 8:30 pm

This is adorable! Congratulations!! Your pictures are so cute and I love the “middlest” shirt!! 🙂


Jaclyn November 24, 2017 at 9:14 pm

Aww congrats! Sorry to hear you haven’t been feeling great…I don’t miss that stage!!


Courtney November 24, 2017 at 9:23 pm

Congratulations! My daughter was born in January of 2016 as well! What day? She’s also a big sister to her three month old brother 💙


Rachel November 24, 2017 at 10:00 pm

The 23rd!! How about yours?!


Courtney November 25, 2017 at 8:10 am

Oh wow, my daughter was born the 20th! Originally due the 22nd, which is also her daddy’s birthday!


Cassy French November 24, 2017 at 9:57 pm

Congratulations!! These pictures are adorable!


Patricia November 25, 2017 at 1:43 pm

Congratulations Rachel! What cute photos!!


Amanda November 25, 2017 at 2:34 pm

Congratulations. We never got pregnant that easy. I hope you start feeling better soon.


Lisa November 25, 2017 at 3:42 pm

CONGRATULATION!! A baby, what a blessing. We have three children and raising them were the best years of our lives. I hope you keep the gender a surprise, I work for doctors who deliver babies and they always say that when the parents don’t know the gender, that there is a lot more excitement and wonder in the air at the time the baby is born.


Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries November 25, 2017 at 10:36 pm

Rachel, this is so exciting! Congratulations!! Hope you start feeling better and that your pregnancy goes well!


Mary Leigh November 26, 2017 at 4:13 pm

Congratulations! What a fun announcement. Wishing you all the best for a healthy pregnancy and smooth transition with three kids! Beautiful photos!


Caroline November 27, 2017 at 8:54 am

Congratulations on your new pregnancy! Your kids are just the cutest! I have a 5yr old and 2 yr old and that’s it for us. They were terrible babies too so for my own mental health we’re going to stop at two! Best wishes to you and your family.


Ruthie Ridley November 27, 2017 at 11:42 am

Congrats!! This is so fun and exciting!!


April Kitchens November 27, 2017 at 1:05 pm

Aww congratulations!! And what a fun announcement.


Jessica Wagner November 27, 2017 at 2:44 pm

Congratulations! These photos are precious! What wonderful news! XO


Nancy November 27, 2017 at 6:15 pm

Congrats! What better way to celebrate the holidays than with news of a new little one.
Love it 🙂


Johanne Levinsky November 29, 2017 at 9:34 am

Beautiful pictures! And congratulations! How exciting that you get to add another member of the family (I hope I said this ok haha, not a native speaker)


Kate December 4, 2017 at 12:41 pm

What an exciting surprise! Congratulations to all of you! Definitely so much to be thankful for this holiday season.


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