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Friends, it is with so much joy and excitement that I share this news with you…we’re having a baby!!!

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Dave and I found out about our coming little one at the end of January, and reluctantly kept it a secret for two months before we could make it to either of our hometowns to tell our families in person. It’s the first grandchild on my side and the sixth on Dave’s side, which made telling each family totally different, but so completely wonderful in both cases! :) I’m now just over 16 weeks along, and couldn’t be more excited to finally share this big life update with you!

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Here are a few of the questions family and friends have been asking me so far!

When are you due?
September 23! However, my grandpa’s birthday was on September 24, so I’m secretly hoping for just one day of delay :) My grandpa passed away long before I was born, so I love the idea of our baby having this in common with him.

How are you feeling?
Pretty good! I have not had any morning sickness, which I’m incredibly thankful for because my entire first trimester coincided with the most demanding season of work I’ve ever had, and I can’t imagine how much harder it would have been had I been sick. Eating cereal as soon as I woke up and snacking on oyster crackers generally kept my nausea to a minimum, and other than that, I’ve just been really tired. Now that I’m starting my second trimester, I’ve definitely noticed an increase in energy, so I’m hoping that keeps up!

Are you going to find out the gender?
YES. Oh my gosh, if the pregnancy test could’ve told us the gender, we would’ve found out then and there! Our ultrasound is on April 26 and we are counting down the days. Any initial guesses? :)

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Are you going to continue working?
Dave and I prayed and prayed and prayed about this. I work with the most AMAZING full-time working mamas and am inspired by them literally daily, more so now than ever. For our family, though, Dave and I felt strongly that God was not calling me to work full-time after the baby arrives. I’m so excited and thankful to be able to transition to a part-time, remote role after my maternity leave!

Are you going to stay in your apartment?
Not if we have anything to do with it! As much as we have loved our first apartment, it is a 1-bedroom, 800 square foot little place whose space we have kind of maxed out on our own, so we have been on the hunt for a house since January! I’ll share about our experience thus far soon, and if anyone in the Raleigh area knows of a cute 3-bedroom house going on the market anytime soon, e-mail me ;)

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So there you have it, friends! It is so surreal to be sharing this post…I’m especially thankful to have my blog to help me record this next stage of life, and I hope you’ll follow along! <3

P.S. I cannot thank my dear, dear friend Callie enough for these pictures–I spilled the news to her at Starbucks two days after we found out when she sweetly asked if we had thought about when we might have kids someday. I was like, “Ummm, want to hear a secret?” :) She offered her photography gifts to capture this season of our lives and her generosity just brings me to tears! Love you, Callie!

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  1. Kristina

    April 12th, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Congratulations Lisa and Dave! What amazing news :) I can’t imagine how hard it must have been to keep this a secret from your families for such a long time but I think I would have done the same if it meant I could tell everyone in person. Seeing the joy in their faces is surely worth the wait :)
    I hope you don’t mind me asking but will the remote role still be with Southern Weddings? I can’t imagine the SW blog without your posts! ;-)

  2. Lisa

    April 14th, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Thank you so much, Kristina! We are SO thrilled we got to share the news with our families in person, and it was definitely worth the wait :)

    And yes! I am very happily still going to be working at Southern Weddings, and writing on the blog will continue to be a big part of my role!

  3. Kristina

    April 15th, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Yay! Very happy to hear that ;-)

  4. Natalie

    April 12th, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Congratulations Lisa! This is so exciting!!!

  5. Lisa

    April 14th, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Thank you so much! :)

  6. Jordan

    April 12th, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Congratulations! What exciting news! I stumbled upon your blog a few weeks ago and I’ve had so much fun browsing through all of your posts. I can’t wait to follow along during this new and wild adventure of parenthood!

  7. Lisa

    April 14th, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Thank you so much, Jordan! Great to e-meet you! :)

  8. Dana

    April 12th, 2016 at 9:52 am

    YAY BABY!!!!!

  9. Lisa

    April 14th, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Yay Aunt Dana!!! <3

  10. Robyn Van Dyke

    April 12th, 2016 at 9:58 am

    SO incredibly excited for y’all and what gorgeous images by Callie to mark this exciting season!! :) Also unbelievably excited to follow along on the blog about your pregnancy and transition to part-time/remote work (what a blessing!), as well as your home search!! YAY for so many exciting things!! :) xoxo!

  11. Lisa

    April 14th, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Thank you so much, friend! I almost mentioned it to you so many times while we were chatting at MTH, haha! :)

  12. Richard

    April 12th, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Well the entire LNG industry is being informed of the wonderful news in Perth this week. All offer congratulations!

  13. Lisa

    April 14th, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Thank you, LNG Perth! :)

  14. Heather

    April 12th, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Congratulations!!! What a blessing for your family! Also, these photos are beautiful!

  15. Lisa

    April 14th, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Thank you so much, Heather! Callie did a great job! :)

  16. India

    April 12th, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Such exciting news!! Congrats, Lisa!! :)

  17. Lisa

    April 14th, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Thanks so much! :)

  18. Mary

    April 12th, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Couldn’t be happier for your growing family! :)

  19. Lisa

    April 14th, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    We love y’all!!

  20. Kelly

    April 12th, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Yay!!!!! What beautiful images and such exciting news!!! Congratulations!!!!!

  21. Lisa

    April 14th, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks Kelly! We’re so excited! :)

  22. Abbi Hearne

    April 12th, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    That is so wonderful!!! Congratulations! I’m so excited for you guys :)

  23. Lisa

    April 14th, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Thank you so much!! :)

  24. Kristen

    April 12th, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Only two friends have guessed a girl!!!! We all think boy :) YAY BABY

  25. Lisa

    April 14th, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    It seems pretty even so far!! I can’t decide! :P

  26. Kristy

    April 14th, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Congratulations!! I hope you’ll keep us updated on your blog : )

  27. Lisa

    April 14th, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Thanks, Kristy! Will do! :)

  28. lena

    April 14th, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    What joyful news! Congratulations–that lucky baby is going to be so loved!

  29. Lisa

    April 14th, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Thank you, Lena! We are smitten already! :)

  30. Abby Nyquist

    April 14th, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Lisa! Congratulations!! So happy for you and Dave and your growing family!!!

  31. Lisa

    April 14th, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Thanks so much, friend! :)

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  34. Stephanie

    April 19th, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    So happy for you, Lisa! Congratulations and prayers for a safe, healthy, and wonderful pregnancy!

  35. Lisa

    April 19th, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Thank you so much! I’m so grateful for your prayers! :)

  36. Alison

    April 22nd, 2016 at 10:12 am

    So excited for you both! You’ll be wonderful parents :)!

  37. Lisa

    April 25th, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Thanks, Alison!! We’ll have to set up a play date over Thanksgiving if y’all are in town :)

  38. Rachel

    April 23rd, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Love you guys!!! This is the best news! 3 more days til you find out if that sweet little baby is a boy or girl! Text me and let me know!!! ;)
    And that Callie is so sweet to offer to take these pictures! She did a beautiful job, as always!

    Jesus bless y’all!

  39. Lisa

    April 25th, 2016 at 10:00 am

    One more day!!! I’ll text you tomorrow for sure! :)

  40. Mary

    April 25th, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    I’m due September 21st and found out I am having a girl today 4/25. I thought it was really cool we have the same pregnancy timeline. Only a few days apart. God Bless!! Praying for healthy babies for us both.

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    April 25th, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Awww, how exciting!! We find out the gender tomorrow! :)

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