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the sweetest valentine

This is probably the most fun blog post I have ever written. I am very, very excited to let you guys know that we are bursting with some extra love this valentine’s day…..

baby announcement

……yep, I’m pregnant!! Weeeeeee!!!

We’re due on August 6th… which just so happens to be our wedding anniversary. Sweet, huh? So that puts me at just over 15 weeks along.

We found out in early December, and told our parents the news on Christmas day. We called Dan’s parents, and got to tell mine in person (we were on holiday with them in St. Lucia). Needless to say there were tears and giggles and excitement from all parties! Here are my parents – I had made them little onesies to tell them. They were the last gifts of our Christmas morning present opening. We had them open them at the same time — my Mum’s said “world’s greatest nana” and my Dad’s said “#14 for an awesome grandpa” (it’s his 14th grandchild!). Of course my Mum burst into immediate tears before she even got the present open, and my Dad roared with laughter.

2012-2013 pregnancy

Overall, I have been feeling good. The first trimester was pretty par for the course- luckily I didn’t have too much nausea (not throwing up all the time like I know some women do – more of a constant quease), the extreme tiredness was crazy (I think I may have fallen asleep standing up on a couple of occasions?!), and I had some low back pain which has been resolved thanks to an amazing physiotherapist (it seemed ridiculously early for back pain?!). And now that I’m into my second trimester, I’m feeling like a million bucks! My energy is back and I’m definitely getting rounder.


We have been doing weekly photos since we found out, so here’s where we’re at so far with bump watch (well, this is up until week 13 – I’m a couple weeks behind in the photo editing). Starting to get more noticeable, for sure. I officially can’t fit into my jeans anymore without a bella band (those bands that let you wear your jeans with the button undone), and I have even gone out and bought some maternity pants already, which by the way are ridiculously comfortable. Can I wear them forever from now on?

edited photos with filter1

So basically… we’re pretty darn thrilled! Best valentine’s day present ever.

I promise this won’t turn into a baby blog… but there may be some serious nursery decor coming in the next few months! I may or may not already have a whole secret pinterest board dedicated to all things baby. Ha! I just can’t help myself. C’mon, who’s surprised?

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  • Jennifer

    awww! Super cute!! Congratulations Gemma!
    That will be one nicely decorated nursery! Can’t wait to see the transformation!
    fyi: I’m also due July 16! …summer babies are the best!

    • gemma

      Amazing – just weeks apart!! Yeah, I have heard that summer babies are great :) Congratulations to you too!


  • Megan @ Monroe Makeshift

    Congrats! How exciting! More importantly, if you ever get rid of those emerald earrings, can I have them? Ha! I had the same pair and lost a charm on our Honeymoon. Saddest day ever. Anyway, can’t wait to see your nursery! I love your style.

    • gemma

      Oh no!!! I have had that happen before too and it’s always such a bummer. These were just cheapos from H&M I think – were yours the same?


      • Megan @ Monroe Makeshift

        Yep, $3 on clearance! I love them!

        • gemma

          Well if I ever part with mine, I will definitely let you know Megan!!


  • Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell

    congrats! Super fun post….your self portraits are great.

  • jackie

    Congrats! As a mom of a almost-2 yr old, I welcome baby-related blog posts! Blogs are about the writers, don’t feel pressured to not change as your life changes. Can’t stand when people get upset that a blog changes because the writer has changed, or an artist puts out a new style of music/art. Duh, life is change!! Congrats again, you look terrific with the new ‘do!

  • Joy

    Congrats, Gemma! This is awesome news! I’m glad that you are feeling better, and I’m looking forward to seeing how you attack the nursery decor!

    Joy :)

  • Kala M.

    Congratulations Gemma & Dan! So happy for you guys and totally jealous. I’m hoping we can be expecting our first little one in the next couple years. I’ve told the husband I want to be at least pregnant before I turn 30, so we have a little less than 3 years. :)

  • kelly thompson

    Happy Happy Valentines Day then…..congrats!

  • Laurie

    Hooray! Congratulations :) That’s such exciting news.

  • Alison p-h

    Congratulations! What wonderful news. Thanks for sharing. You look fabulous.

  • Michelle @ Sweetsuite10

    A huge congratulations! Funny, seems like everyone on my blog reader is pregnant or just had a baby :)

  • jackie jade

    awww yay! so exciting! congrats to you guys!!

  • Megan

    Congratulations!! Amazing that your due date is on your anniversary, it’s meant to be!

  • Kim (TheMoney-Pit)

    Congrats!!!! So excited for you!

  • Amber

    Congrats! You look beautiful :) Can’t wait to read all about your nursery plans!

  • Yanira

    Super surprised! BABY PINTEREST! I am addicted. I have a toddler one for my munchkin. It can be obsessive! Welcome to the mommy club!!!!

  • Tia

    Wow! Congratulations! My ovaries are envious ;)

  • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse

    CONGRATS!!! I’m so happy for you. I also love your dark hair! What a fun change :)

    • gemma

      Thanks on both fronts!! The dark hair was definitely a change.. but it’s been fun and makes me feel way more mysterious. Ha! Hope to see you soon?


  • sundeep @ desingwali

    omg! how did i miss this? Congratulations! I’m happy for you. You look fantastic!

    • gemma

      aww – thanks sundeep!! we’re really thrilled :)


  • Britt @ My. Daily. Randomness.

    Eeeeee!!! How exciting! Congrats you guys! :)