The Hendersons are expanding …

pregnancy announcement

Its true. 12 weeks true. Happy 12 weeks little stranger in my belly. Despite Brian’s apparent hysterical pregnancy, I am, in fact, the one carrying this little bean and I couldn’t be happier. I might start crying just typing this. We’ve been trying for a year, had a miscarriage last year, and finally started seeing a fertility specialist in January to make sure everything was OK. Before we got too far into talking about options, Brian done knocked me up. It’s so crazy that once you want it you WANT IT and then every month is so long.

Every morning I wake up and remember the fact that I have our future family in my belly and I get all Tom-Cruise-on-Oprah’s-couch kinda excited. It’s been stupidly difficult to keep it a secret since I’m probably the least private person that I know, but Brian was comfortable waiting ’til our 12-week scan, which we had last week, so after the scan we came home, he put on a dress, stuck a bowl on his belly, and one of my assistants, Tessa, took this photo — as you do.

We are pretty much the happiest we’ve ever been. I haven’t really started preparing anything yet, or really even reading anything — just eating crazy healthy, doing a lot of yoga, and sleeping 15 hours a night. So any and all book/parenting recommendations/advice send along my way.

It’s on, friends. After being together for 13 years and turning 33 last year it was time to give Mimi and Bearcat a less furry little sibling … or two and I’m so excited I could cry, and might … because I’m also VERY hormonal. :)

The Henderson’s are expanding and we are officially having a baby around December 17th.

Bring on the advice, moms, I could use EVERY single bit of help possible.

 

  1. OMG yay!!! Congratulations Emily! So happy for the two of you!

  2. Sarah

    Ahhhh!!! I haven’t even read the post yet….but I’m embarrassed to admit I was thinking about it over the weekend and hoping this would be your post!! I’m so happy for you and your husband, but mostly for your baby. You are going to be such an engaged, thoughtful, creative and inspiring mom- you can just tell! Congratulations all!
    Signed,
    Mommy to two little ones!

  3. LaineyR

    Ahhhhhhh, so very pleased for you both! Massive congratulations. I hope you are feeling well x

  4. Gina

    AWESOME news!

  5. harmony

    SO excited for you!! You have never known love like you will soon – seriously – it’s amazing!!! :)

  6. so happy for you two… i mean three!!! xo
    ps. you might want to tell brian to slow down on the brownie blizzards though – not sure he should be showing that much so early ; )

    • Cre

      I literally LOL’d @ the brownie blizzard comment! It’ll be a hoot when he’s the one eating EVERYTHING and wondering why he’s gaining weight! I wonder if he’s dozing at work??? LOL

  7. Hannah W

    This is so exciting! Congratulations! I strongly suggest you look into hiring a Doula. She will be a wealth of information and support for you before, DURING, and after the birth. Truly, this is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Best of luck to you guys on this wonderful adventure.

    • Amanda

      I agree! I regret not going this route… and you can never rewrite your birth experience!

  8. Nicole M.

    YEA, Congrats you two! Your child is going to be so deeply loved :)

  9. Jane

    EXCITING! What a clever photo Emily- awwwww. Do you follow the younghouselove blog? They have managed to keep up their DIY full time house makovers with a daily blog + book deal . . . all with a baby girl. I’d check them out for inspiration on making it all work wonderfully with your future addition. :-)

    • Emily

      Oh yeah. i’m a Massive fan of John and Sherry. So yea, i’ll be copying their careers…. Thanks!

  10. Sarah S

    How Exciting!!!! Congrats! I’m so happy for you two! :)

  11. Amanda R.

    Congratulations!!! So exciting!! :-)

  12. Molly

    Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to see that nursery ;)

  13. I’ve been waiting on tenterhooks for this announcement! I am so thrilled for you guys. So much love. xoxo

  14. JJ

    Congrats!!!!!!!! I really enjoyed reading “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” throughout my pregnancy. Warning movie titled the same way SUCKS.

  15. karen f

    Read nothing.

    Wing it all the way!

    Congrats

    • Cre

      I agree Karen F.! Read nothing because your child is an individual! Besides that’s what grandparents are for! Take the advice you’re given and YOU and BRIAN decide what’s best. Enjoy!

  16. susan

    eeek, SO exciting!!!

  17. That is WONDERFUL! I’m so excited for you both! A BIG congratulations! Is it silly that I’m already excited about the nursery you’ll design?! ;)

  18. Sam Y

    Congrats!! It’s going to be a crazy but amazing ride from here on out! No matter what people tell you SHOULD do, remember to do what is right for you and Brian and don’t let them make you feel bad about anything! This is your pregnancy and your baby! Wishing you guys the best!

  19. oh my gosh, i have been thinking about you. we met at Lands’ End event last year and you shared your wish for a family. CONGRATS to you! ironically, I am expecting also, only a few weeks ahead of you xoxoxo
    Your nursery is going to be KILLER!

  20. Sarah

    Very exciting – I’ve had several miscarriages, had one baby, adopted a baby and am pregnant again…it’s a long road when all you want is a baby and have to wait for it…so happy for you. My best book recommendation is Baby Wise…it teaches you how to get your baby to get on a routine and sleep through the night as early as 7-9 weeks. I know many people who have done it & it works! Just wanted to pass that on to you because it was a huge help to me. Can’t wait to see your nursery pics!!!

    • Kathleen

      Ditto! Sarah is so right…Baby Wise is thee book to guide you.
      Congrats…motherhood is amazing and be sure to savor every moment because it flies by.

    • Christiana Brown

      I used Babywise, too! Hard at first, but he was sleeping 8 hours by 8 weeks!

  21. Congrats, congrats! I genuinely got excited reading this and I don’t even really know you. Just had my first 9 months ago…it’s the best blessing EVER. So much joy. Even more than a DIY ombre mason jar installment. And December babies are especially great. :)

  22. Dawn

    Congrats- I’m so excited for you!! My husband and I had similar challenges with miscarriages and fertility issues so I know exactly how you feel. I can’t wait to cheer you on through your pregnancy and see the fabulous nursery you’ll create for your little girl! (I’m calling that it’s a girl…) :-)

  23. Emily! Bruno and I are so happy for you. Babies are the most amazing things in the world. You’ll experience love like you never knew you could love. Congratulations to you and Brian!

  24. KVB

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is SO exciting and I’m absolutely thrilled for you both! As it turns out, we seem to have started trying to get pregnant around the same time, and I (finally) got pregnant in January so I’m just a few months further along. Agreed that each month took FOREVER to creep by while we were trying, and I was so hoping to log on one day to see an announcement from you, so again, CONGRATULATIONS! I can’t wait to see what you do with a nursery!

  25. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! So exciting!!!! Advice: dont listen to advice, be cool, involve the kid in things you love to do, hire help when you need it, breast feed (sorry had to throw in one little asshole-y thing), take a lot of pictures, and you can complain to me whenever you need to. Oh yea, and drinking a lot helps later on when the kids are bigger!

    I was just cuddling with my boy and thinking, wow, when have I ever been hugging someone, when just hugging wasnt even enough. Had to hold hands, hug, and have my lips on his cheeks all at once, legs wrapped between mine. In other words- the physical delight of children is intoxicating.

    MWAAAAA kisses to you and your family!

  26. SOOOOO excited for you both! BIg congrats can’t wait to see all the baby/nursery decorating to come:)

  27. Mary Ann

    Congratulations Emily! You and Brian are going to be awesome parents. My only advice; the days are long but the years are short.- Mary Ann

  28. Bridget P.

    So happy for you two! We have a little 7 month old boy and while I’ve never been more sleep deprived, I’ve also never been happier. Watch the Happiest Baby on the Block. There’s a book too, but the DVD was much more useful because you get to see the 5 S’s in action.

    • Gwen

      I second this! I give The Happiest Baby on the Block DVD at baby showers. I had three very happy babies thanks to that DVD. Congratulations! Such a lucky baby to be part of such a cool and fun family.

  29. Traci

    So exciting!

    I loved Jenny McCarthy’s Belly laughs (and then Baby Laughs), because after reading the like 5,000 pages of What to Expect When You’re Expecting, you’ll need something good and raunchy to laugh at.

  30. Miguel

    Big congrats Em and Brian! I bet he/she will be the most beautiful stylish baby ever!

  31. Jenny B

    Congratulations! So happy for you all! My advice is do the reading, and listen to advice, but realize that every baby is slightly different and you’re going to do what you’re going to do no matter what. Looking back on it now, with teenagers, the only advice I wish we had taken was about sleep as our babies got older. We were so worried about scarring them emotionally by letting them cry at night (and I don’t mean as tiny babies, I mean all the way up until 3-5 years old) that none of us ever got a good nights sleep. Do any of us care about that now? No way. But we went through years with terrible sleep. So my advice after they are at least a few months old is be hard assed about getting a good nights sleep, however that works for you guys. There are tons of books and methods. Congrats again!

  32. Congratulations on the aaaamazing news!!! You two are going to have the cutest little holiday baby ever!! I’m a relatively new mom (she just turned 1yr old last month) and I can tell you that it just is the most exciting time ever. And you’ve got the right idea about sleeping 15/hrs a night now ;) Can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store for the little bean in terms of his/her room! Congrats again!! Xoxo

  33. Julia @cuckoo4design

    Congratulations!!!

  34. Mary

    So happy for you! Congratulations and best wishes to you and Brian!

  35. jeannette

    you’re such a hard-working, talented, resilient, good person. you so deserve this. i am so happy for both of you. congratulations.

  36. YAY! I have been hoping for this post ever since you shared about your miscarriage.
    Our best advice- parenting is better, and harder, and BETTER than you can even imagine. Your little bean is lucky to have such great parents!

  37. Nikki

    Congratulations!!! That baby will have the best nursery around!

  38. tracy

    Congrats!! So happy for you and your growing family!

  39. Dawn R.

    Huge congrats! Ok, here’s my typical advice: everyone has an opinion defends it fiercely, but really, whatever you and Brian decide is what is right for your family. Don’t complain or interfere with what he does with the baby, unless the baby is going to be actually harmed. You may change diapers better, but interfering with his parenting isn’t worth it. Let him be the fullest dad he can be.

    Most moms to be at this stage are focused on the nursery and the delivery. WAY more important than those two combined (and this is coming for another designer) is a sleep strategy. All the sleep books seem very different from each other until you make a chart and see that they aren’t so different after. Like Sarah above, I recommend Baby Wise. Every “easy” baby I’ve known has been a Baby Wise baby, including my own two. Most Baby Wise babies sleep through the night (8 hours at a time) by 8-10 weeks, some as early as 6 weeks. That will have a HUGE positive effect on your sanity.

    I recommend the book The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth, if you are at all alternative minded.

    Research vaccines before the birth, as babies get a Hepatitis B shot on the day of birth. Hep B is spread through sex and sharing needles, so if you are Hep B negative, consider skipping or delaying that one. Also, consider skipping flu shots. Then look at the entire vaccination schedule and see if it is right for you. Many parents are choosing to delay and/or space out shots, and to omit some or all of them. I have one vaccine-injured child and one who is not vaccinated at all. This is a controversial topic, but the fact is that vaccine adverse events (side effects) do occur. If you use your prenatal time to come up with a plan, you may avoid problems later.

    Now I’ll tell you what it is like. First, you have spent your whole life looking in the mirror and seeing yourself. Once you have your baby, you will look in the mirror and stare only at your baby. That is a fundamental shift. Your child becomes more important and suddenly you will find that it is 6pm and you haven’t brushed your hair or your teeth yet that day! But here’s what makes the lost sleep and putting yourself on the back burner worth it: every so often there are perfect moments in life. Maybe it is snuggling with Brian while watching the sunset and at that moment you just know things can’t get any better. Before a baby, those moments happen about five or less times a year. With a newborn, you will get those moments 12 times a DAY or more! It is a wonderful time. Enjoy! (And email me if you want more info).

  40. Aww yay!! I don’t have any parenting advice since I’m pretty sure having a dog doesn’t make you a mom, but my parents always made sure I had plenty of books, and time to read them, and I’m really grateful for that as an adult.

    Congratulations, I’m so happy for you guys!

  41. AJ

    Congrats to the two.3333 of you! You already have some pretty amazing parents amongst your circle of friends…and they will be your absolute best resource when it comes to parenting advice. That being said, after you’ve had a chance to interrog…./chat with them about their experiences, perhaps you’ll come to the same conclusion I did. And that’s every pregnancy, every family and every child is totally different, so no matter how you prepare, there will always be a bazillion things you will have to figure out for yourself.

    I wish you all nothing but amazing health and happiness. Have an incredible amount of fun on this part of your journey!

  42. Staci

    Congratulations Hendersons!! I know you have been wanting this for so long, and I’m so glad that it’s happening! We are all cheering for you! Hope you’re feeling well.

  43. Yayayayayaay!! So exciting – as one half of a couple that is just beginning to try, I totally hear you on the fact that every month seems soooo long now! Best of luck for a happy healthy pregnancy/delivery/baby!!!

  44. Alicia

    My best friend recently had a baby and the two books she really enjoyed (and has reread a few times) are “The Happiest Baby on the Block” and “Bringing up Bebe.”

    So happy for you! Can’t wait to see the nursery!

  45. Alix

    Congratulations Emily and Brian!

  46. Jamie

    Emily!! I’ve been praying that you and your hubs would get preggers ever since I read the last post on the difficulty you’ve been having. I’m SO happy for you guys.

    I’m six months along with my first and read the book Bringing Up Bebe, and found it really helpful. It’s about an American mother raising her kids in Paris, discovering the wisdom in French parenting. You should definitely check it out!

    Congratulations!

  47. Naomi

    This made my day! Congratulations!!!

  48. Kimberly

    Yay!! Big Congratulations to you both! I’m so happy for you two.

  49. Aw-Congrats Emily! I’m very excited for you and Brian!

  50. Angela N

    YAYAYAYAYAY!! So exciting. Congratulations!! I kinds of had a feeling you might be. I noticed a different glow about you in the last few posts. ;-) Cute announcement too.

  51. Ellen

    I KNEW it!! When you said you were “under the weather” sleeping it off I thought…funny, exactly what I’ve been saying and doing!! In fact, we have the same due date (Dec 17) and while we never miscarried, it was a long road to get pregnant.

    My friend recommended the Vitamin Code Raw Prenatals…they smell terrible, but they are really good for you. A lemonade/perrier mixture is getting me through the intermittent nausea, and I’m reading the Hypnobirthing book and we plan on doing the class later on in the fall. And nearly all soft cheeses from the grocery are pasteurized…eating them makes me feel a little less sad about all the foods I’ve given up.

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Here’s to an easy, uneventful pregnancy and healthy baby!!

  52. Bri

    congrats! i just announced my little nugget yesterday :) yay for december babies!

  53. Congratulations!! Such wonderful and exciting news! I cannot wait to see what you do for a nursery and to read along!

  54. hillary

    Emily! Congratulations!!! I am so thrilled for you and Brian. My advice is to ignore pretty much all the advice.

    • hillary

      Errr, I didn’t mean to imply that people give bad advice, just that they give advice that worked for them and their baby. Having had two radically different (yet both healthy girl) babies, almost nothing I learned from the first applied to the second. Every baby teaches you how to parent him/her. Sometimes what other people have learned is applicable but very often it is not.

  55. Mandolyn

    So absolutely exciting!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!! Is it wrong I’m half excited because I’m thrilled for you two and your family, and half because I want this see this future amazing nursery and save every bit of it for inspiration? :)

  56. Jessica

    I don’t even know you but I am so happy for you I am tearing up! I know very well how agonizing trying to get pregnant can be. You will be great parents!! Wishing you an easy pregnancy:)

  57. Jennifer

    Congrats Emily!! You guys will be the cutest parents! I have been hoping that this post would appear soon! We were on the same path as you and Brian and are now just a week behind your due date. So excited to see your nursery designs!

  58. Dana

    Congratulations!!!! This is such wonderful news!! So happy for you! Can’t wait to see the nursery you come up with!

  59. Sam

    Congrats! I’m so excited for the both of you! Yay!

  60. Congratulations, Hendersons! I know all too well how long those months are pre-conception, as well as the bewildering surreal craziness that hits when you finally get a positive pee stick. And just wait until the critter comes out! It gets even nuttier.

    So nutty, in fact, that you cannot plan or prepare yourself for what is about to happen… it’s like reading a book about sex when you’re still a virgin. Does not compute. Just get some diapers and a car seat and then get ready for 8 million conflicting opinions. Feel free to disregard them all.

    You’ll be great parents!

  61. Jenny

    Hooray!!!! Congrats, Mazel, Yipee!!

  62. Christine

    Congratulations! Best advice; roll with the punches!

    If you want book recos, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Baby and Eat, Sleep, Poop.

    Enjoy the ride!

  63. Heather

    Wooohooo!! Awesome news, congrats!! I also wondered if this was the case when you mentioned being under the weather :) Isn’t it just the most exciting feeling? I’m also expecting my first, at the end of August. I hope that you’re not feeling “morning” sickness, but I’m sure you’re just so excited that you don’t care even if you are.

    I love the Bump and What to Expect apps on the phone…they tell you the baby’s size in terms of fruits and veggies each week and there are daily and weekly tips. I have the What to Expect book, but its too big to take anywhere so I haven’t really dug into it. I use that website a lot though. I did read The Girlfriend’s Guide to pregnancy while on vacation and it’s great- gives you some of lesser talked about sides of pregnancy that only your girlfriends would talk about.

    Will you find out what you’re having? We’re having a little girl and I was so excited to start my Pinterest board for her nursery the day we found out.

    CONGRATS again and can’t wait to watch this all unfold!

  64. Ashley

    Congratulations!! I’m due at the end of December, so I’m right there with you on this crazy hormone train. Enjoy your time :)

  65. Congratulations! Such good news to hear! I was hoping for this post to appear. I wish you the best and a most healthy pregnancy and a very happy healthy baby! Love
    Birgit

  66. So excited for you! As I type, I am 1 week from my due date! I hope you have as easy a pregnancy as I’ve had. Can’t wait to see the nursery!

    I skimmed What to Expect. The Mayo Clinic Guide Pregnancy was a better info source. I also read The Happiest Baby on the Block, but have not put the methods to the test yet.

    I also liked Target Gummy Prenatal vitamins.

  67. Stephanie

    Amazing News!!!! You will be such a fun Mommy!

  68. Megan

    oh I love the clever picture! So excited for you two. Best wishes on that little one to come!!

  69. Hooray! So excited for you! I have a 16 month old (you met us both at the West Elm event you did a few months ago – I think you thought his name was “Cougar” but it is actually Felix)! Having a child is soooo crazy and fun and awesome and hard and everything you’ve heard. My husband and I swear by the Happiest Baby on the Block. The book was great but the DVD is incredible – it shows you the soothing techniques and they totally work! Also, you need to get a moby wrap for your baby – so you can wear him/her as you blog! When Fe was upset in the early days and nothing else would work, he would instantly settle down if I put him in that and danced around. Congrats congrats! So excited for you!

  70. Ohhhh very exciting news!! Congratulations guys!!

  71. Brittney

    AHH!!!! So exciting!!!!!! Congratulations. Can’t wait to see YOUR baby shower :)

  72. Laurel

    Congratulations! Being a mother is amazing. Giving birth is empowering and the moment you meet your child is…..there are no words for it. I had my son 3 months ago and have loved every sleep deprived minute.

    Here are my personal tidbits of advice for you to take or leave: It gets easier in the 2nd trimester! “The New Basics by Michel Cohen is a lifesaver. The recovery from childbirth is difficult, so don’t expect to do anything besides feed your baby and sleep(when you can) at first. Like, no chores, cooking, etc. Childbirth classes are great, but when you are 8cm dilated and weathering contractions, a lot of the info is lost. For me, it was all about getting through it!

    Lastly, you’re about to fall in love harder than ever before. It’s so overwhelming at times that nothing can prepare you for it.

    Sending love from Seattle,
    Laurel

  73. Tori

    Fabulous news!! Your world’s about to get turned upside down, and you’re gonna love every second of it. Well…maybe not EVERY second, but a good 98% of ‘em! ;)

  74. CONGRATS! This is so exciting & I literally had tears reading your post! SO HAPPY!! I am in the same boat as you {kind of} We tried for a year & got pregnant & we had a miscarriage last summer. We just saw a fertility specialist last week & I’m hoping it just happens naturally… Your post has given me so much hope!!! I can’t wait to follow your journey! Super cute announcement… xx Liz Marie

  75. Hooray! So so so excited for you guys. Best baby announcement photo ever! Your baby will be blessed to have you both as parents. I have no advice as my womb has yet to be inhabited, but if Brian was willing to go that far, maybe he’ll try to “stomach” the labor pains like those dudes on YouTube did. ;)

  76. Congratulations, Emily! That’s wonderful. Motherhood has changed my life for the better in SO many ways. I hope that it does the same for you guys!

  77. AmyC83

    Congratulations!!! I knew it when you posted about being under the weather a few weeks ago. I’m so so happy for you guys and can’t wait to read more about it!

  78. This is truly the best news I’ve gotten all day!! SOOOO happy for you and can’t wait to follow along with this new chapter in your life! xoxo

  79. My advice….don’t read anything and receive all advice with a smile but in the end do what feels right to you. Trust me, don’t feel pressured to do something just bc “everyone” says you should. Congrats!! This is going to be the best part of your life. You’ll wonder what you did before.

  80. hanadi

    Congratulations, Emily! That’s wonderful.i wish some day i can feel this happiness as well

  81. May

    Congratulations Emily! I am a big fan of you since I saw you on HGTV design star. I am so happy for both of you. It took me 7 years to get pregnant with Doctor’s help and now my daughter is 4 years old. It is the best thing happen to me in my life!! Best wishes to you both and enjoy your new journey!!!

  82. Rae

    Yay for babies! My main advice?
    Don’t read all the advice books. They can be very stressful as they are often written by folks who have a “my way or the highway attitude.” And, now I will reverse my advice.
    Do read “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child” by Dr. Weissbluth. Because if the babe is sleeping, YOU are sleeping (or drinking wine on the couch with your husband. sigh.) And everything else is manageable if you have slept and had a glass of wine. : )

  83. Allison

    Congratulations!!! You guys will have THE cutest baby ever. My favorite preg book was the Mayo Clinic guide, very straightforward with good information. I did wish that I’d had a doula, even though I was perfectly happy getting an epidural so I didn’t think I’d need one. And I have to disagree with the commenter above re vaccines. There is NO evidence that they are harmful, although it’s a very controversial topic.

    Anyway, congrats and I hope it’s an easy pregnancy for you! You look amazing, as always.

  84. Oh, hell yes. You are going to be a great mother! Congratulations! (So sorry to hear about the miscarriage. That sucks.) The best mom advice I have is to trust your gut. You’ll read the whole damn internet looking for opinions, advice, & the “right” thing to do but you’ll figure it out through trial & error. Also, if your friends & family offer to help you, take them up on it. Make time for you or the chances of you losing your mind increase exponentially. Prepare for everything to change… body, heart, mind, & soul. Sounds cheesy but it’s true. Happy for your happiness!

  85. Congrats! I’m so excited for you! You’re going to be wonderful parents.

  86. CONGRATULATIONS! Babies are soooooo wonderful. You’re going to be a great mom. Really. I know it’s hard to imagine being a mom right now (at least it was for me during my pregnancy). Babies and kids are far more flexible than you might think. They can adjust like pros and are happy anywhere/everywhere you are happy. They read your emotions very well. So just focus on staying calm, confident, loving, kind, gentle, at ease, and peaceful. Easier said than done, I know, but you can do it! Ya for good food, lots of sleep, and yoga!

    Congratulations you two!!

    Emily Jeffords

  87. Molly

    Congratulations! Wonderful news. So excited for you and your family!

  88. Elana

    Emily Congratulations!! You innately radiate so much love, generosity, kindness and humor…your baby is so very blessed to have you as its mama! As a mother of two young children (Liam/6 and Rowan/2.5) I would say to you to follow your own intuition above all else. When you need help by all means ask for it as being a mother pushes you to surrender to receiving assistance, which is actually quite a thing as it expands your circle of what family means. So say “yes” more to help than perhaps you are comfortable with and enjoy the sweetness of these days they are precious, challenging and ultimately priceless.

    Date nights and date days– the latter of which can be even more enjoyable as you are actually awake to enjoy your time together–are from my personal experience and intuitively counseling many parents is a must for as much beauty comes into your life as a couple your time together and rhythm is inexorably changed and maintaining that precious thread of your chemistry as a couple is vital as well.

    None of this may apply to you, as you are very wise and will undoubtedly weave your own beautiful tapestry as a mother. Blessings to you and your family… With love, Elana

  89. Congratulations! SUPER exciting! My daughter’s 14 months now. and it’s been the best couple of yeas ever. My pregnancy was really rough (sick for most of it), but it was well worth it. The best advice I can give you is to just go with your gut and do what you feel is right as a parent – people can be super judge-y about the way you raise *YOUR* child, so it’s important to stick to your instincts as well as that of those around you that you trust (your parents, the pediatrician, close friends with kids, etc).

  90. Paige

    Yay! So excited for you and for me to be able read about motherhood through your eyes.

    As a mother of 4 under the age of 6, and a mother who has read a lot of books and tried to solve all sorts of sleeping and eating problems for said children, my advice to you is: Go ahead and read some books but take them with a grain of salt. Follow your heart as a mother’s instincts really are best. Take it a day at a time and savor the moments, both throughout pregnancy and the first years. Your life will never be the same in an oh so good way!

  91. Danielle

    So exciting! Congratulations!!

  92. Marina

    Wonderful news! Congratulations to you both! As far as advice, don’t take too much of it. When baby arrives, instinct will kick in. You know what is best for your baby, so just go with it. You’re going to make an amazing mama. Enjoy this last bit of time together before baby. Once he/she arrives it will change everything about the way you see the world & your purpose in it. Enjoy the journey!

  93. Jessica Moran

    Oh Yay! But in all honestly you don’t need any advise;) Every child, parent, family is different for a reason. Keeps this world interesting. And really, your instincts will guide you through it all. Always trust your instincts;)

    OK, one piece of advise…NEVER wake a sleeping baby. I don’t care if it’s been 3 days since it’s last feeding. It will wake when it’s hungry;)

  94. meg fouts

    HIP HIP HOORAY! I am choked up reading this and smiling here in Indiana like a crazy woman for your news! I am listening to my 11 and 8 year old girls having fun in the other room on summer break….remembering what it was like being 33 and expecting my first. You are going to love being a mom and dad! Everyone would always tell me enjoy them while they are little, they grow up so fast. I would always say yes, I hear that – and didn’t really believe it. Now I am telling all these new young moms the same thing. I tell them to please really listen b/c I am speaking from experience. You blink and they are in middle school. Enjoy every stage – ENJOY THE RIDE! There is no love like that of having a child. CONGRATS – can’t wait to follow your pregnancy journey. And one more thing – trust your GUT!! :) Moms know best!

  95. Emily

    the WhatToExpect app is my favorite and it’s fun reading the daily info instead of reading stuff all at once that is crazy overwhelming.

    My story is practically identical to you, I’m just one month ahead due on Nov. 16th :)

    Congrats to you and your man!

  96. angel

    Congrats!! So exciting :) Sounds like you’ve got this covered…good healthy food, great sleep and excitement/happiness in your heart. Awwww, mama…so awesome.

  97. Congrats!! As I’m at 28 weeks myself with my first I don’t have any parenting advice for you, BUT I do have some random fashion advice for you. I wear a lot of high-waisted pants and jeans like you do, and you can expect to grow out of those super fast in pregnancy. Sob! After holding out as long as possible I broke down and bought a really nice quality pair of slim maternity jeans, with the belly band and all that, and it was so worth the investment. Expensive, but they are super flattering and comfortable, and I could keep wearing my favourite blouses and tops (though not tucked in!). So don’t wait as long as I did (basically until I was busting buttons left and right), and buy a couple of good quality basics that will take you through to the end. So worth it!!

    Have an amazing pregnancy, and enjoy it!! I am loving it so far, every minute of it. For real. The silver lining of a pregnancy loss is it can make you appreciate every little kick so much more.

  98. Congrats! We met briefly at the Alt Summit Clue party in January, and when I told you I wrote a blog called Bunny & Dolly, you mentioned that it was a cute name — and your comment has stuck with me. Thanks for the vote of confidence :)

    I write about real-life motherhood and invite you to check out the ol’ blog when you have some free time.

    xx

  99. Robyn

    Ahhhh….a little VonHenderson!!!!! That kid is going to have the BEST nursery ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Your blog is pretty much the only one I read on a regular basis. I Think I can speak for a lot of your readers when I say that we feel like we know you. Not in a stalkery, creepy kind of way. More in a “someone with that many brass animals must be cool” kind of way. And as much as I hate to say it, my best advice is to do what YOU need to do to stay healthy and happy. And if that means not focusing that much on the blog and giving us our daily dose of Lucite feet and perfectly recovered vintage furniture, so be it. ;)

    Congrats!!!

  100. mazel tov! that is fantastic news! you are going to be such a kick-ass mom!

    and the nursery is gonna be INSANE!!!! ahhhhhh!!!!!!!!!

  101. Elisha Johnson

    Congratulations! So happy for you! That baby’s room is gonna be awesome!

  102. Brandy

    SO happy for you both!!!!! Big fat congratulations!!! You are just my favorite design blogger, show hostess, vintage furniture maven….I know, lots of gushing from someone in internet land that you dont even know….

    So here is my advice, as a mom who had my son when I was 33, the biggest thing is that its totally not like it would be if you were 23. You are just going to be more tired, stressed, etc. Add to that the fact that you have a very full career. Take your time, unload your plate as much as you can, and just take care of your bod. Continue exercising as much as you can and feel good about, and eating as clean as you can. Eat a lot of healthy fats – the baby needs it and so do you. I recommend looking into Paleo nutrition and their philosophy on fat consumption.

    Take major advantage of the energy you have when you are in your 2nd trimester to get your home ready for baby in a way that will make you happy. Don’t spend all your energy on someone else’s house at that time, and have nothing left for yours.

    Expect to lose a lot of sleep and money. Don’t stress. You’ll recover.

    Oh, and Do NOT move house when you have an infant. Just don’t. *shudder*

  103. Sari

    Congratulations from one of your biggest fans!
    Enjoy your pregnancy and the process of wonderment (is that a word?). Having an alien moving around in your tummy is so awesome.. :)
    My advice (one of millions you’ll receive, want it or not)… Don’t forget about yourself, too. Your life will change is so MANY ways.. the biggest hit for me was how much of you are being pulled in so many directions. That could take a good beating sometimes. So give yourself a priority, too, always. A happy mommy will have a happy baby.

  104. Jess

    Congrats!! As the mom of a December 17th baby who had a long road to bringing him here, I am so excited for you!

  105. MicF

    That is so awesome!! I am so happy for you all. My best piece of advice is beware of the nay sayers. You will have a big beautiful belly and for some reason people will comment and tell you how hard it is to be a parent and that your life will never be the same. They are right about one thing though, your life will never be the same because you will have so many more things to be thankful for and the joy outweighs the hard parts every time. Congrats!

  106. Kristin

    Booyeah, Hendersons! Two thumbs up for the announcement picture.

    “What To Expect THE FIRST YEAR” for a reference guide after baby is born
    “The Child Whisperer” by Carol Tuttle

  107. Cathy

    Yay! This is fantastic news! I got teary reading your post because I know how much you’ve wanted to have a little one. Your life will never be the same…which is a good thing! Hugs to you and Brian.

  108. Tamsen

    CONGRATULATIONS!! I’m so happy for you and your family! I can’t imagine how difficult it is going through pregnancy complications and I couldn’t be happier for you that they have ended! You will be a fantastic mom and have the coolest little boy/girl on the block!

  109. Joanie

    Congratulations! Wishing you both all the
    best! Love and joy!

  110. Shanna

    Congrats! Crazy thing is I’m due Dec 13th with our first kiddo. We haven’t even told our family yet because we are heading East next week and will get to see the bulk of them in person. I feel ya on the sleeping… its all I want to do. Have fun and enjoy the ride :)

  111. sudha

    thats such a wonderful news..god bless!! take good care of urself..i m a new mom and couldnt wait to hold my bundle of joy…its six months now and i hardly remember the first few months..so click pics of ur belly now..cos stretch marks dont make it better..lol. and then have a pro click ur pics every month

  112. rachael

    How exciting! I just recently found your blog so this is my first comment. I would say don’t buy something with only one function. Example: A bassinet. Baby only sleeps in it for 10 seconds before you a)realize you have a snorer and want them in their own room or b)wasted your money. A play pen does the same job but for waaay longer, like 2 or 3 years, because you can take it with you on trips or to grandparents houses. Another example is a change table. You could just get a beautiful dresser and put a change pad on top and make a nice changing station. Also, don’t buy too many clothes or toys, people come out of the woodwork and are very happy to pass along their stuff to you.

    • Patti H.

      I agree with Rachael. You need way LESS stuff than people make you think. Also, don’t do what I did, get tons of great stuff at your shower, including so many adorable outfits…and then get ahead of yourself and take the tags off everything and wash it in that sweet baby soap stuff…then have your baby early and she can’t wear any of it! The best clothes in the beginning are the onesies anyway. ;) Also, have seen tons of comments about people not being able to wait to see the nursery. Of course, we can’t wait to see but don’t stress out over it. The most important thing in the nursery is the beautiful baby. The rest is just STUFF. Doesn’t matter in the least. Have fun with your pregnancy and listen to your heart about what is best for your baby and family. People have strong opinions but don’t take them all to heart.

  113. I’m so excited for you two!! I’ve been wondering when we will get this amazing news!! I’m due Sept. 27th and super tired/hormonal too. Can’t wait to hear all about baby Henderson! You’re going to be an amazing mother…no book reading required.

  114. Amanda

    Congratulations! Such an exciting time for you guys!

    I’m sure you’ll get all sorts of great suggestions for baby advice books, but by far my favorite thing to read after I had my kiddo was Anne Lamott’s Operating Instructions, which is more like her journal during her son’s first year. It’s hilarious, poignant and all-around awesome.

  115. Is that a little foreshadowing that ya’ll are expecting twins? That you’re giving Mimi and Bearcat a less furry sibling…or TWO!??? How exciting! Hope you’re feeling great. You’ll have the darn cutest lil nursery ever.

  116. Ang

    Ahhhh congratulations Emily! I’m so freaking excited for you guys! I have no advice since my only children are cats (nuthin’ wrong with that, yo) but don’t worry…you got loads of advice in these here comments already, and I bet loads more on its way. So glad you two are so happy!

  117. Yay!! Congratulations!!!

  118. So wonderful for you, Emily! My husband and I are expecting our first around September 18th after seven years of marriage and…eleven years together? (Wow. Time flies.) I’m about 25 weeks along, and this little squirming bundle of joy (and legs and elbows) reminds me daily of the changes coming to our world… So happy for you and Brian!

  119. Kate

    Congratulations Emily! Y’all are going to be such fun parents!!!

  120. Beth

    I am so ridiculously happy for you! What an amazing journey you have begun. I, too, have been the route of the specialist and losses, so I feel automatically connected to anyone who must go through that pain. We have three beautifully maddening children now and every second of the struggle was worth it!

    My advice is to enjoy all the seconds that don’t suck (b/c some WILL SUCK) and do your thing. No one knows you, your baby or your family better than you. And miracle blankets kinda rock. And get a good infant carseat and make sure it is installed correctly, please. And if you plan to wear your baby, a moby wrap can change your life those first several weeks should he or she be clingy!

    Congratulations, soon-to-be-Mommy Star!

  121. madelineee

    best advice is to get on netflix and watch “The business of being born” so cool. even brian will like it…:)

  122. Chelsea

    Congrats! Love the announcement picture! My advise is do what works for you! I totally stressed myself out with breastfeeding my first child and would have probably been a much happier, healthier mom if I had relaxed my expectations. It went much easier the with the second child. I did breastfeed both my children, and when my supply ran low I switched to formula which was so much easier. So just do what works for you and your family! (A few years down the road no one will know which child was breastfed, used a binky, or used cloth diapers, etc.) :)

  123. OMG! So exciting!!!! Congrats!!

  124. Ingrid

    Yipppeee!!! I actually started to think that you might be last week! Sooooo happy for you! I know it’s been a tough road for you. You are going to be fabulous parents! And, that baby will have a gorgeous room! ;)
    That 1st trimester can be exhausting and icky (if you’re having morning sickness). Keep snacks with you, stay hydrated, and get to bed early. Also enjoy this time with you hubby, b/c for many years to come it won’t be the two of you anymore! I’m so excited for you!

  125. Yay!! Many, many congrats to you and your Mr.!! No doubt your kid will have the most fab nursery ever! As far as advice – do your best to ignore all the research, techniques, and latest news on how to raise a baby – it’s all just noise. If you like going out to the movies, theater, dinning in fancy restaurants, early morning flea market runs :), etc, do as much now as possible. It’s all gonna change. And it so worth it.

  126. amyks

    Awesome dawsome!!! That is such fabulous news, so happy for you. Enjoy every moment of the baby growing inside you, it is such an amazing experience!

  127. CM

    Yay!! So exciting!!! Since you asked, here’s my parenting advice. #1: Babies are a total mystery and you never know quite what’s going on with them. But my theory is that least 60% of what goes through their little brains for the first few months has to do with physical sensations they are feeling. So if the baby is driving you crazy, give them a good inspection and see if anything seems off. #2: Kids are resilient. Don’t worry about whether you’re doing things right. No matter how much you mess up, they will be fine as long as you do their best to keep them healthy and safe and make them feel loved and secure. And #3: Babies are REALLY hard, and there are many wonderful moments to get you through those first few months, but don’t feel bad if you don’t feel so grateful and awed every minute. (I feel like women who have struggled with fertility often feel worse about this, like they shouldn’t be complaining after wanting this so much.) You are so creative, fun, and loving that I know you’ll be an amazing mom!

  128. Congrats! That’s awesome on so many levels. Y’all will be fantastic parents.

  129. Arin

    Congrats! My best advice is taking hypnobirthing classes and a having a doula at delivery. Also, having a doctor or a midwife that you feel comfortable with and trust.

  130. ellie bee

    Ohmygoodness I am SO excited for you two!!! CONGRATULATIONS!! I know it’s been a long road up to this point, but it makes it even more special I think! I know you two are going to be amazing parents, and it seems like yall have such fantastic extended family that will just be waiting to welcome baby Henderson into this world!
    I’m just a couple of weeks behind you (due 1/4/14), and could not be more excited/nervous/overjoyed! I’ve really enjoyed reading The Girlfriend’s Guide To Pregnancy–it’s lighthearted, hilarious, and informative. I purposefully chose to stay away from What To Expect When You’re Expecting because I hear it makes women crazy scared and neurotic about everything that could go wrong.
    Good luck Mama–you’re going to be great!! :D xoxo

  131. Yay!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  132. Emily – I am just THRILLED for you guys! A big fat wonderful congratulations!!! Glad you are feeling well! You guys are in my thoughts and prayers!!!!!!! ;} ENJOY!!!

  133. I knew it I knew it I knew it!!! Congratulations Emily and Brian!

  134. Tara

    Congratulations!!! I am so excited and happy for you guys!

    My advice after having twins 2.5 years ago– Do your best. And fully accept that each day has its own level of “best.” One day, you might make a huge pile of homemade baby food, shower, take a walk, do some work and feel GREAT. The next day, you might barely get a bowl of cereal poured and it might be declared “MOVIE DAY!” You might make it through a whole week without bringing your 2 year old into your bed because she wakes up screaming at 2:30 every night, and then spend 3 nights in a row with baby feet on your face and kicking your husbands crotch because you are just.too.tired. to listen to her yell anymore.

    Whatever you do today, tomorrow, and each day with that baby is good enough. Perfection in parenting is a myth– I live by the words on Glennon Melton’s blog, Momastery (www.momastery.com). Here’s my favorite post: http://momastery.com/blog/2012/01/04/2011-lesson-2-dont-carpe-diem/

  135. Cynthia

    Congratulations! I love the fact that your new addition is due on my 60th birthday. Looking forward to seeing your nursery.

  136. Yay Emily! So happy for you!
    One book I liked was Baby 411 by Ari Brown. It’s short, concise, and super helpful…especially when you don’t have a lot of time to read. Basically a primer on all things baby.
    Enjoy your pregnancy! You look great!

  137. Congrats Emily! I know you must be over the moon excited, with good reason! We just started trying and it already seems like the month(s) are dragging! Wish you all the best!

  138. Melissa

    Yay!! It took a couple of years for me to get pregnant and the second one came 15 months after the first. (Watch out!!)Pretty much the only thing I have done right with my kids thus far is Baby Wise. Just take the general principles and apply it to your lifestyle. I don’t agree with having kids in my bed and they don’t realize they have the option of leaving their rooms. They are now 5 and 6 and we all sleep happily in our own rooms. And I get to have sex when I want without a kid walking in! Boom! Congratulations ;)

  139. Cheers Emily! Pregnancy is amazing, and I am so excited to be along for your journey into motherhood.

    Consider hiring a doula for your birth… they’re an amazing asset to the birthing adventure, and a good one will be worth her weight in gold. This lady, Tiffany, is amaze-balls. Serious.

    http://www.mibellabirth.com/

    Best of luck to you and your hubby, and just educate, educate, educate yourself. :)

  140. Congratulations and God bless!! My husband and I also tried for a while before finally getting pregnant with our first, (We also had a miscarriage in between our second and third.) so I know how disheartening it can be. So excited for you both!!

    PS-Your hubby is a riot!!

  141. Nikki

    Congrats. I’m having one of those days where I would probably give away my two kids to anyone that I think could maybe provide them with a decent life, but really they are my everything. You will get more advice than you want. Take what works and leave the rest. The only things I recommend are research vaccinations, if you will circumcise, and how you would like to give birth.

    One more thing that I strongly recommend and I still wonder why no one talks about it. Especially if you are planning on breast-feeding, reusable cloth breast pads. The disposable ones feel like you are rubbing sandpaper on your nipples, seriously, sandpaper. Splurge and get a couple decent nursing bras, and also a few sleeping bras.

  142. Whitney Dupuis

    How wonderful!!! Motherhood is the best and hardest job you will ever have. Welcome to the best years of your life!

  143. Christine Conte

    BEST NEWS TODAY!
    really so happy for you…you are going to be such an awesome mom, just a delight…you keep it real and that is so important when you are raising a kid…that and don’t drop them on their head and your are good to go!
    Congrtas!

  144. Yippie! What great news – Congratulations!!! Your baby is going to be so adorable & fashionable, I can’t even handle the thought of it.

    Sending some prayers for a safe and easy pregnancy =)

    Cheers,
    Niquelle

  145. Kim

    Welcome to the best adventure life has to offer.

    Don’t read too much, relax and enjoy this time.

    It will all come naturally.

  146. Congratulations!!! Thank you for sharing your joy with us and your honesty regarding your miscarriage. I am also in my thirties, and also went through a miscarriage and a year of trying. It’s crazy that we had our 4 month old baby girl almost exactly one year after our loss. It’s incredible!! So let’s focus on the happy now!! So my advice as a new mom would be to put your little one on a schedule very early on. I know it may sound rigid, but it will be your Aha moment!! We put our lil Luna on a schedule and she does great!! The first compliment we always get is “she seems so happily content.” Honestly that’s an awesome compliment! She is so chill and well rested, and by 7:30 every night it’s our adult time (ok, so we mostly just catch up on our shows or read, but its such a blessing)!! The best underrated book is by a British author named Rachel Waddilove titled The Baby Book. All the other books either instill fear or do not get to the point!! This book gives you actual schedules to go by depending on your baby’s age. It’s fabulous! I wish you a healthy pregnancy (its okay to indulge a lil!). Oh and to your hubby: just say Yes Babe and go with it!! Oh and don’t forget to plan a Babymoon (believe me it’s the best thing for the both of you!!). We had an unforgettable relaxing babymoon in Monterey. Plan to go around 5 or 6 months – big enough to get treated like a pregnant queen, but not huge yet!! ;)

  147. Donna

    Congratulations and Best Wishes!!! Can’t wait to see the nursery!

  148. tracie

    Congratulations!! To quote Lou Read, it’s the beginning of a great adventure! My first baby boy is 15 and 1/2 now. I love him like the sun, to quote a super- cheesy old song. The same goes for my bouncing baby girl, who just turned 12. My parenting advice for the first year is simple: hold and love them every minute you can. There is no such thing as spoiling or too much. For the toddler years that follow: take them everywhere you go, teach them all the little and big things you know, and never stop hugging them. I have never regretted the days, months, and years that I spent giving my children more of me than I gave myself. I have plenty of time now to give to myself and many days ahead when they will soar high without me, if I’ve done my job right.
    All the best to you!

  149. Molly

    Congrats!! I’m 32 weeks along with my first and it is a crazy ride! Check out http://www.pregnantchicken.com. She is fun and sarcastic and has a fun weekly email for whichever week you are on. I also have really loved The Pregnant Body Book published by DK. It has lots of pictures, which helps you get a better visual of what’s actually happening in there! My husband loved it because it was less touchy-feely and more science-oriented.

  150. Jez Stanojevic

    OMG. We have THE SAME due date!!! I’m such a big fan and I check your blog almost everyday. I love your show.

    Good luck with your pregnancy and I hope everything goes well.

  151. Christiana Brown

    Congratulations!!!! So excited for you and your “bean!” Advice, enjoy your pregnancy, I loved that time of dreaming and planning. Don’t let ANY of it stress you out…it is SO easy to have a baby now! Hubs says best advice he ever got was “when she says paint the nursery X color, X pattern or any other possible way…you get right on it with no questions asked.” good man I’ve got!

    Have Fun!!!

  152. Lauren

    yay! I can’t wait to see the nursery! we tried for 2 years and after 3 rounds of ivf and 2 surgeries and a very rough pregnancy, our baby girl is 3 months old now. it’s better than I even imagined it would be. my favorite pregnancy book was the pregnancy bible! it has a great week by week section for changes in you and a separate one for changes in the baby. and you might be very sorry you ever asked for advice! ;)

  153. Lauren

    Congratulations!!! Wonderful news for a lovely family. We had similar journeys to pregnancy, my maxwell is now 11 weeks old and the apple of our eyes. Everyday is just more fun with him here now especially because his papa and I know how deeply he was wanted. My advice? Don’t read the advice books. Too stressful. Focus on your health, which it sounds like you are doing (exercise, nutrition, sleep and relaxation, minimizing stress). This went a long way to help me just enjoy my pregnancy and changing body as much as possible. I did research labor and delivery and my husband and I took supported birth classes because I had a strong desire to have a natural childbirth. All that went by the wayside during my actual delivery, but it felt empowering to know about what lied ahead. You will be a terrific mama and you’re baby will be so loved. You’ll be tired. Exhausted. But it hasn’t bed that hard for me to adjust to the sleeplessness. I just look at him and smell him when we wake to nurse and I think – I’m a mama and I’m so lucky my boy is here and healthy. A couple hours of sleep in a row would be totes awesome, but I imagine that will happen sometime soon.

  154. Azure

    Woo hoo!

    I’m personally obsessed with baby name trends, so let me recommend the book Baby Name Wizard (be sure to get the 3rd edition) that assesses names by style. I know you want a stylish name!

    http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Name-Wizard-Revised-Edition/dp/0770436471/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370285350&sr=8-1&keywords=baby+name+wizard

    Also, don’t make the first baby mistake by underestimating the popularity of names on children. Just because none of your friends are named Ava and Liam, that doesn’t mean that the pre-schools aren’t filled with them. (They are ranked #5 and #6 in the country, respectively.) Check with the Social Security Administration’s statistics to see if you’re comfortable with the level of popularity. (Also, living in hipster L.A., you have to look farther down if you want an uncommon name. My sis picked the name Asher, which is just outside the top 100 in popularity. Within 3 years, there were 2 more Ashers on her street!)

    http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/babynames/#ht=2

    Congrats!!!

  155. congratulations!!!!
    soooo happy for you.

    I can advise you to learn and think about your delivery options.
    I had delivered in my home not in the hospital.
    it was an amzing experiance…

    have fun and enjoy every minute…

  156. Ali

    YAY!!! so exciting! You two will make great parents. Trial & error and love will get you far! Can’t wait to see your nursery :)
    ps – I’m the girl you chatted with at Land of Nod that has the sister with the baby named Oliver. Lol. Not that you remember, but I think you’re awesome and hope to continue to bump into you here and there :)

  157. jo

    OOOOOOOOoooooooooooCoNgRatuLaTiOnS!!!!!! such supremely happy happy news!
    Do raise your child with love of course and the FRENCH way is the way to a sane, happy, successful, confident, compassionate and FUN FUN FUN little person………..
    But of course………only if you feel it in your bones and heartily agree that children do well with loving reasonable limits!!! And…..you don’t have to go crazy with encouraging your child to be crazy, being creative and independent doesn’t mean off the wall. ;-)
    http://www.npr.org/2012/02/12/146769135/move-over-tiger-mother-french-parents-may-be-better-too

  158. S.

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am THRILLED for you both!!!!! Congrats Von Herdersons!!!

    My only bit of advice is as follows: when needed, ignore “rules” and advice, and simply do what works for YOUR family. (Very important advice, that. You’ll find yourself doubting your abilities due to “rules”/advice & honestly it will just cause unnecessary stress.

    Find your groove & roll with it. Love to you all!

  159. It always makes me so happy when someone who sooo clearly wants a baby is expecting one. I am delighted for you! Congratulations!

  160. Yay for babies! I am thrilled for you Emily!
    Spend quality time with your man now, once your little bundle arrives it’s more difficult to find that time, at least for a while! Take a babymoon if you can!
    You two will be great parents! Relax and Enjoy the life changing ride! Oh, also, don’t compare your babies milestones to other infants, they will eventually talk, walk, have a full set of teeth and be out of diapers well before grade school so a few moths difference here and there just doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things!

  161. Kristen Buckley

    As a working mom of three — age ranges 14 years – to 7 months — trust me when I say
    The New Basics by Michel Cohen MD is the ONLY baby book you should ever read. I promise you will thank me.

    Love your work! Best
    Kristen

  162. Debora

    Congratulations from Argentina!!!! this is my advice for you…enjoy that little baby all the time for all your life!!! A big hug for the three of you!!!

  163. Emily – you need to join the “boobybrigade” once you get a little farther along (you have to be in your 3rd trimester to join – technically), It is a yahoo group for eastside LA mommies – you’ve probably heard of it. Anyway, it is the best and I have learned everything I know about parenting and dealing with being a new mom from those ladies! You will love it – mom power! Email me if you want more info!

    • Amanda

      Alison- I looked on yahoo for this group but couldn’t find it…any tips?

  164. Judy

    That is sooo awesome! Congratulations! I’m currently 22 weeks pregnant with my first child (a girl) and I’m also beyond excited. I wish you a wonderful pregnancy all around. I’m sure the baby will have the best decorated nursery ever. =)

  165. Crissy

    Yeah!!! So so happy for you both! I hope you enjoy every little minute and all the crazy changes! Best of everything!

  166. No WAY!!! Is it weird that I almost got teary-eyed just reading your entry? You’re going to have such a happy family. Joy just exudes everything you do. I’m so happy for you. Wishing you and baby (and Brian) a safe happy pregnancy!

    <3 charlotte

  167. Heidi

    Congrats from a complete stranger & huge fan! My advice: nap as much as you can & eat lots of chocolate—pregnant or not. :)

  168. Laurielulu

    Best picture EVER!!!!!i am soon very happy for everyone!!!!!!! Big Congrats Emily!!!!!

  169. Jessi

    congrats to you both! so very very exciting!! when i told my husband your news, he said “do they make high waisted jeans for babies?” HA! wishing y’all the best!

  170. Kayt

    YAY!

    Rest, don’t stress about getting it just right, because there isn’t any one right way to do it. Heck, I changed tacks almost completely between my kids because what felt right with the boy didn’t feel right with baby girl. Do some research, but also trust your gut.

    You two are going to be fabulous parents; I am so excited for you guys!

  171. Christa

    Wow, congratulations. You are going to be a great mom!

  172. Oh! That was our due date!! Have fun with your little Capricorn. ;-)
    Seriously tho, all the most heartfelt and loving congratulations to you two.

  173. julia

    You guys are adorable. Congratulations!!!

  174. Megan

    Yay Emily!
    I remember the post where you said you’d had a miscarriage and it broke my heart since I’d just had one in November. And now look where we are…Pregnant with healthy little babies! I’m 21 weeks today! (BTW: Can we get some unisex baby nursery ideas? We’re not finding out the gender).
    I’m so teary and excited for you too! Isn’t it fun to spill the news?!!!!
    Love to you!

  175. Marie

    Congratulations!!!!! It so exciting! My recommendation is Happiest Baby on the Block. There is a book and a DVD, either will do. I found it when my twin girls were about a month old and wished I had read/seen it earlier. It was a sanity saver!

  176. Laura

    Congrats! I am due Dec 18th, also after having a miscarriage last year, also after taking forever to get knocked up, and also after being halfway through fertility testing and getting pregnant on our own. So glad for you! I know it has been a tough road. I still don’t actually believe it! I can’t wait to see your nursery ideas and recs for non-fug baby gear.

  177. Karla

    Congratulations! Here’s my advice I give to all new moms: don’t take anyone’s advice. It’s your baby, your life, and you’ll know what’s best. Trust yourself.

  178. Lori

    Congratulations to you both! You’ll be great parents. You have such a great way with kids on your show.

  179. Melanie

    Congrats! I KNEW this was going to be your next post. I mean, c’mon! You hinted at it soooooooooooooooooooooooo many times.

    Your nursery is going to be the happiest, best place on earth and I can’t wait to see it!

  180. Amanda

    Congratulations!! When you are ready for prenatal yoga Juliet at silverlake yoga is the best!

  181. Gabby

    Aww; Congratulations! I am so happy for you mama!

  182. jenn

    super awesome!! Congrats. Your baby will have the BEST room ever ;)

  183. Karen Moorman

    The best advice I can give you is to enjoy every moment even the incredibly frustrating ones because time will truly fly by.

    Allow yourself to make mistakes. Teaching your children to apologize by apologizing yourself is a true gift.

    Have fun, be yourself, trust your gut and always remember to take time away from the kids and spend it with your husband. You’ll be a better mom and your marriage will continue to grow stronger, all the while setting a beautiful example for your sweet little one.
    Congratulations!
    Ps. You may start keeping a journal of how you spend your time, especially down time. You may not remember after the baby gets here! ;)

  184. Cindy

    Congratulations! So exciting!!

    My only advice is that when the baby comes, find a way to get out of the house every day. With baby, without baby, whatever. Go to the park, drive through Starbucks — it all counts. Or truly, the walls will close in.

    Excited for you and Brian!

  185. Merav

    Congratulations! As many others have written – it seems like a sure thing that you and Brian will be wonderful parents, so just relax and enjoy. Parenting is challenging and rewarding beyond all expectations. I do wish that more women shared this nugget with each other…. Don’t forget YOURSELF in the middle of all of the world’s expectations. Your husband, mother, mother-in-law, friend, neighbor (that you trust) can watch the most precious one on your life for an hour every day while you exercise, take a shower, enjoy a cup of coffee, watch a show, get your hair done, etc. – note how none of these things have anything to do with being a mom or wife or designer – just with being you. It is not selfish (which took me 7 years to realize), it is simply a means to ensure that you have some chance to recharge so that you can be the best mother, wife, designer that you want to be.
    Enjoy this next phase of your life – it is wonderful.

  186. Heather B.

    Holy wowzers and yippees!!! What a great surprise!!! I don’t have any advice because, well, you will get PLENTY of it and my youngest is six… As a rare commenter but an avid follower though, I had to say Congratulations!!! Prepare to be amazed!!!

  187. Hayley

    Congratulations guys!! So so happy for you two. I have three little kiddies and my my advice would be to take everything with a grain of salt…what works for one babe, may not work for the other. The main thing that got me through those hard sleep-deprived years?? Always remembering that ‘this too shall pass’…the long nights will end, the crying will slow down, the anxiety will go; but also that the smell of their little newborn skin will change, that you’ll never have those quiet feeding moments with this little one again, that soon they’ll be all grown up…this too shall pass, so drink in it while it is here xxx

  188. Anna

    CONGRATULATIONS, EMILY!

  189. I just wanted to wish you both,actually all three…..A great BIG” YAY “!!!!!!
    So happy for you.
    Sheri Johnson

  190. Cass

    Breast feed.
    Book: no cry sleep solution.
    I love fuzzy bunz diapers.

    That covers it: eat, sleep, poop.

  191. ginny

    Having been through the wanting, the miscarriages, the fertility, the heartbreak, and then then the magic of it working out (maybe not the way we originally dreamed but holy cow, magic anyway) I kind of burst into tears reading your post. I was just stopping by to see how you used ohjoy wallpaper. So…congratulations!! A big, beautiful, heartfelt congratulations! Your heart is changed forever from this day forward.

  192. Michelle

    Congratulations Emily & Brian!!! My daughter was born dec 20th 10′ ! She’s the happiest , spunkiest little darling in the world. I can only hope your little bean takes after The best birth month ! Congrats ! ;)

  193. Rachel Dorsey

    Congrats!!! Very happy for you.

    I love giving book recommendations!! Healthy child, healthy world is a great book to read while expecting – there’s a lot of toxic nasty stuff out there – most of it I had no idea about. My newest faves are Minimalist Parenting (which has an amazing reference section in the back) and Simplicity Parenting.

    Can’t wait to see the nursery!!!

  194. THRILLED to pieces!!!! So so so happy for you two/three :)

  195. Holly

    HURRAY! HURRAY! HURRAY!! Congratulations on succussfully “mixing masculine and feminine together…” ha, ha!! ;o) I have a feeling you will make great parents. I’m not a Mom but I do have one who is awesome – she would tell you to start reading to your little ones early. MY advice is to pick a name that doesn’t rhyme with anything that makes grade-school kids giggle…. (like my poor friend Jeanie…)
    Have fun designing the nursery!! :o)

  196. How exciting! My advice is listen to your gut. The only regrets I had around pregnancy and childbirth was acting against my own intuition. Oh, and have fun!

  197. Your lil one is going to have the best looking room ever. Ah I cannot wait – congrats x 8934893489304890358!

  198. Jamie

    I have many friends that are struggling with infertility, so I understand to a degree what you both were going through. Congratulations on the little blessing! You can blame the tears on the hormones, but it also could be just because you wanted it so much. Again, so excited for you both!!!

  199. heather c.

    Congrats!
    Ok – as a mom of two little crazy toddlers, here is my advice. Whatever you decide to do in all your decisions/actions, it will be the best one for you and your family. Tune out everyone and their opinions but be open to listening to their experiences and stories. Their stories are far greater in value in determining if you want/need to adjust your habits, thoughts or plans. You WILL get a tone of judgement, advice, annoying glances; and as a fellow mother, I give you permission to smack them. :)

    On a serious note – here is my story for you to listen to and remember just in case, God forbid, you end up in my situation…our second daughter did not sleep for 19 months. She screamed (like someone-stabbing-her-type-of-screaming) throughout the night. FOR 19 MONTHS. no joke. Not a FULL night of sleep. It was painful and beyond exhausting. Our doctor kept saying “babies cry” and “she’ll grow out of it”. I wish I now had fired her at month 2. But I didn’t. I should have. I knew there was something wrong with our daughter, but the “doctor” knows best, right? Well, after switching doctors, our new one recommended a food sensitivity test. Yep, she was SEVERELY sensitive to literally EVERYTHING we were feeding her. We switched her diet and on the first day she slept through the entire night. It was a miracle. So point of our story – doctors don’t know everything, go with your gut, and if your child screams and screams and screams, spend the $130 for the test and find out if she/he is sensitive to the food/formula/breast milk you are feeding her/him. :)

    oh, and kids totally rock your world.
    heather, portland OR

  200. Fantastic news!!!!! It is the absolute best in the world!! What amazed me was how eager people are to share their opinions – and especially their horror stories (no doubt magnified by Hollywood’s portrayal of birth). I feel bad for them, but it really got overwhelming. As such, I found it helpful to surround myself with positive support and wanted to also find a balance of resources that were based on facts and opinions/anecdotes. I hope this list helps!

    Brain Rules for Baby – based on great research being done about the power of sleep, stress, strong relationships, etc. Can be easily picked up as each chapter covers a topic.

    Hypnobirthing – if you’re in to mind over matter, this was a wonderful book, introduced to me by my doula. Helps you deliver w/out pain medication. I am a believe in visualizing (sports background). This book was amazing for that. It also helps one feel very empowered about the whole process of birth.

    Raising and Emotionally Intelligent Child – this researcher is a leader in Emotional Intelligence and relationships. Great and easy read.

    I read the big books that help w sleep – Healthy Sleep, Happy Baby; Baby Wise; Baby Whisperer (maybe there are other recommended ones?). Each has their insights, the points I found particularly helpful: encourage your baby to learn to fall asleep on his/her own; learning to sleep is a skill – approach it as you would any other skill – keep working at it, try different things and stay positive!; babies need way more sleep than I realized and good sleep has very beneficial side effects.

  201. ashley

    Congratulations! So weird, my husband and I have also been together 13 years and at 33 I just had our first child. Which means that like us, everyone in your universe has been waiting for this little one for 11 of those 13 years. Enjoy!

  202. Congratulations!! Love your cheeky announcement photo! I also love your extreme excitement! That’s how a pregnancy announcement should be! xo

  203. Ingrid

    Congratulations!! What wonderfully exciting news, hooray!! I’m so happy for you, so exciting! You have so much to look forward to.

  204. Bridge

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to see what you can do to a nursery

  205. Barb

    Hooray! What fabulous news to start my work week off with! Funny thing is that when I saw you in the video you posted on Friday…I thought to myself ‘Is Emily pregnant’! And, now we know….Congratulations…You’ve gotten so much advice above…all I can say is to just go with it! To hell with books….every baby is so different. You have a great sense of humor and that will carry you far into the realms of parenthood! Enjoy your last few months with just Brian, get as much sleep as you can (too bad we can’t bottle it for future periods of sleep deprivation), and try to enjoy every moment of this new journey! Can’t wait to see the rad nursery you put together and to follow you through the next few months. What a wonderful Christmas you’ll have, for sure!! Congratulations again!! And, by the way, that was the best announcement I think I’ve ever seen! xo Barb

  206. Catherine

    Hooray!! That’s so exciting! And you’re going to be such a fantastic mom! Congratulations!

  207. Kirsten

    Hip hip hooray, what happy news…..congrats!

  208. Lesley

    Congratulations!! You wanted it so much, I am so happy for you. And you and Corbett will push prams together!

  209. Hooray!! Congratulations cute girl!! You’re blog is my favorite because I get the best decorating advice and crack up every time I read it. You are amazing and will be such a fun, awesome mom!!

  210. mariana

    hi Emily!

    congratulations form your fan from mexico!!!!!! motherhood is great! ermmmm also super difficult, but it’s really and truly sooooooo beautiful that the challenges don’t matter.

    I’m a new mom too so i have fresh advice i’d give and do again in a heart beat….the first one i was given when my baby girl was born six months ago was that every moment passes, so remember that when it gets difficult and challenging, and also because they are not babies for ever so suk it alllllll in!!!!

    but the pre baby advice was super important too….here it goes:

    -NATURAL BIRTH —Read upon the benefits of natural birth as supossed to c-section- c-sections can save your life but i’d go with them only if that is the case!
    -PSYCHOPROPHYLAXIS- Find a good psychoprophylaxis class. i had a natural, med free, water birth….it is not only doable, it’s how it was intended. not to be militant no what is natural and what not, but really, nature is really wise. i read about the hormonal role in birth and the more relaxed you are the more open your body becomes and the easier it gets, the more afraid and freaked out, welp, the opposite. i watched a bunch of videos on water birht on you tube and it really helped to realize that it doesnt have to be like it is in movies….

    it helped me to have a strong and clear mindset that my body was made to have a natural birth, that i could be relaxed and open at birth and that i envisioned myself having an easy delivery. that society, doctors and hospitals have changed and affected the experience and the way we see birth into a fearful, painful and LOUD one.

    -OBGYN AND HOSPITAL OR BIRTH CLINIC- find one the suits you and your partner, and that encourage and support your choices. don’t let them push you around.

    - BREAST IS BEST- most beautiful, love-filled, satisfactory and reciprocal experience of my life. very important if you choose to, to have the baby latch on just a few mins after birth….not only it makes breastfeeding easier it allows her to get all the good bacteria it needs in its tummy for a proper digestion and gets a golden fluid rich in nutrients and immune support.

    breastfeeding is without comparison the best for your baby. WHO recommends exclusive bf for 6 months and combined for two years OR MORE! BF will help your babe’s immune system fight diseases for a lifetime, there’s research that confirms that the longer lactation takes place, immunity for more illnesses is ensured.

    ATTACHMENT PARENTING- this parenting philosophy focuses on natural parenting, following one’s instincts as a mother, doing what is best for your babe not what is necessarily most comfortable or “approved” by society, and developing a healthy and strong bond between parents and baby. the most important points being: breastfeeding by free demand (or bottle feeding if for some reason you cant’ bf), baby wearing, cosleeping and healthy discipline. What is super important too is that by doing the first three you minimize SIDS risk!!! it also minimizes crying spells and even if it is demanding at times, at least for me it feels like im doing what in the short and long run be best for HER….like i said, she will only be a baby for so long and i can resume work, sleep etc…for the rest of my life (or so ;)

    PUERICULTURE CLASS—one that is keen to your parenting instincts and styles. I dont’ know you but i rather hear it from a stranger that feel it’s being imposed by a smothering grand ma! haha

    PEDIATRICIAN- that supports lactation and ALL your other choices.

    ALL BABIES ARE DIFFERENT- And develop with different needs and times, just go with how ever yours is. It’s normal for babies to wake up at night, some do more than others. their nervous system is developing and cant conciliate sleep on their own as their sleep stages mature, so being near to you (same room or bed) and being held and brestfed a lot will help him/her fall asleep faster again, it’s normal for babies to want to be held, rocked and sung to sleep, THEY ARE BABIES!!!!!!! . Don’t let your baby cry, not even to fall asleep. there’s important research against this!!! babies cry because they need something, be it food, warmth, or diaper change.

    Hope this helps a bit….made my experience so rich and informed so this is why i’m shearing :) YOU’LL DO GREAT! FOLLOW YOUR HEART MORE THAN ANYTHING!!!

    PS .I’m sure your nursery will kick ass!!!! even if you don’t use it as much in the beginning, it’s ok!

    • Sarah

      You’re a sister mom..thanks for giving the sane advice I would share!

  211. Liz

    First time commenting, but I have been a huge fan since Design Star episode 1 and have always thought, what a great mom she’d be! I have a 6 year old girl and a 2 year old boy and done did everything, and right now? I just wish the book “Bringing Up Bebe” was out and that I’d read it when I was pregnant the first time. I’ve tried EVERYTHING – you name it – and it was such a relief to know that there was a “method” that made sense for my personality, temperament, aesthetic and cultural sensibility – and that all the guilt I had over “failing” at Attachment Parenting and the whole “natural” thing was for NON! For the record, crunchy mamas, I cloth diapered and nursed my first for 2.5 years and my son for 20 months, love our Montessori school and am way green when it comes to how we live, used Happiest Baby On The Block for the early days, swaddled and co slept with my first (my son WANTED to sleep alone and hated being swaddled and that threw me for a loop)…but as far as discipline and routine, I might as well be French. I LOVED that durn book. Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman. It’s SUCH a fun read, too, and very humorously written.

    It’s good to have The Happiest Baby On The Block’s methods firmly in your mind prior to the birth, and your hubs too (dads are so good at loud shooshing and soothing). It’s just that…well…if I could tell the hysterical first time pregnant me what I know now…this would pretty much be it.

    And in the end? All they need is a place to sleep, some diapers, and a set of boobs – if you’re going that route. The love part? That’s a given.

    Soon, you’ll want everyone to STFU with their assvice…there’s no wrong way.

    You guys are gonna be great! Congratulations!

  212. Annie

    Congratulations!! Wow, we have literally the same exact story. I remember you posting about your miscarriage. I miscarried last May and it took an entire year to get pregnant again as well. I am also now due around December 18! So happy for your news after what I know had to be a hard year. Congratulations!!

  213. Clara L.

    This comment is so far down on the list of comments that i don’t know if you’ll get to read it… But my favorite book was “Eat, Sleep and Poop” – I LOVED it, it was so USEFUL, PRACTICAL and NON-JUDGMENTAL. I read it once during my 2nd trimester, and again during my 3rd trimester, and consulted various times during the first 6 months too.

    Like many others too I recommend “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” but don’t buy the book, because you can get the whole thing from their website. I read their site weekly and that was enough.

    I didn’t read “Happiest Baby on the Block” but by what others have told me, I ended up practicing those methods anyway so I guess I would browse that too.

    But without a doubt: “Eat Sleep and Poop” was the best resource.

    Congratulations!

  214. Congrats to you and your hubby! It’s such an exciting time and you will learn so much on your own that you couldn’t possibly imagine. I’m pregnant with my second and would definitely recommend these:
    Happiest Baby on the Block (used these methods early on)
    Baby Wise – great for sleep techniques
    Secrets of the Baby Whisperer – got me into a good routine
    Bringing up Bebe – all around great book and fun to read

    Love your blog and your work – I’m a big fan!

    Will you guys find out what it is?
    Oh, I can’t wait to see the nursery!

    Lauren

  215. Shelly D

    Congratulations! After you have a baby, you realize how little you actually need! (Carseat, diapers, snap-n-go stroller frame, ergo & several one-piece sleeper outfits…)
    The book Baby Bargains is great as far as ‘keeping it real’ on what you really use.

    • Kelly

      Oh! Forgot about Baby Bargains…great book, with great humor & advice for keeping it down to earth!

  216. Oh, and Brian makes a really cute pregnant husband! haha.

  217. anne

    Congratulations!! Enjoy pregnancy! No major advice from this mamma…you’ll get plenty from everyone else. All I’ll say (if you even read this), is that every woman is different, and what’s good for one woman and her baby may not work for everyone. So find your groove, and have fun decorating the crap out of that nursery. Will be looking forward to seeing the progress when you get there!

  218. Jill

    I knew it! For some reason, I had a feeling that you were pregnant! I’m so happy for you. And, now I’m crying. Probably because I’m pregnant, too, and those hormones are ridiculous. Enjoy and get lots of sleep while you can.

  219. OMG!!! Yayyyyyy! Congrats! You gusy will be the best parents ever. This baby will have the best looking nursery in lalaland ;)

  220. This deserves a HELL YES! So happy for you two.

    My mom advice is to not read all the mom advice. It will make you schizo.

  221. Zoe Royall

    Mega mega congratulations, Emily and Family!! This is stalkery, but I have to admit that when you said you were feeling not quite great a week or two back, I thought you were “done knocked up”. :-) My advice is to read Tina Fey’s Bossypants. And then read it again, especially the part about breastfeeding. Read that four times. Maybe five. And then have Brian read it, and also bearcat. And Orlando can read it too.

  222. Dani

    Aaaaawww!! Sooo sweet news! Congrats, mama & papa! :)) Hope u guys find all the joy & serenity u need to live… this all new, intense & completely amazing journey! Very happy 4 u! xoxo

  223. erica

    Congrats! I’ve never commented on your blog before although I follow it religiously (and you since Design Star–hello green ceiling!). Anyway, so happy for you two. I can’t wait to see your vintage expecting style (that’s totally a category, right?) and the nursery. Congrats again!

  224. Holly

    Wonderful news and congratulations! Parenting is the best and hardest thing I’ve ever done but so rewarding in so many ways. Your life will change in the most wonderfully awesome way – very exciting for you guys! Enjoy your pregnancy because it does go so fast. Every woman is so different that I’ve found it difficult to give actual pregnancy advice other than to enjoy it. Hope you are feeling well.

  225. Wendy

    Congrats!! Super happy for the both of you.

  226. Tracy

    Congrats! Totally thrilled for you! Happy Nesting!

  227. SUPER EXCITING!!!! Another vote for “BabyWise” – but don’t follow it like a psycho (I did!)- just use it as a guide-line. Don’t read TOO many parenting books- they contradict each other and make you second guess everything and drive you crazy! Just LOVE that lil’ bean and enjoy the adventure!

  228. Katie

    Yay, congrats! I am on the 10 day countdown to having our first baby! We have had fun not finding out the gender of our baby. I get to experience all the surprises being pregnant, and my husband will get to experience the best surprise, announcing the gender on his/her birthday! Also, we got everything we need, as this is our first, and not a ton of clothes which we were happy about because we are fine with hand-me-downs and non-gender specific colors. Enjoy the ride…

  229. Kelly

    Wow, so happy for you guys!! BIg smiles. I’ve been a mom for over a decade, but have no idea what to tell you except…enjoy your sleep, your lazy weekend mornings, and going out to fancy restaurants while you can. :)

  230. Chenell Tannure

    Congratulations to all four of you!

    I am not usually keen on commenting on a blog in an overly-familiar way, as we’ve never met, so it seems kinda creepy…BUT, the pregnancy and birth are the worst part…everything else is lovely. So be patient (him), remember you’re hormonal (her), and then just ENJOY it. Having kids is just as fun as you think it’s going to be, and then some.

    Hurray!!!!!!!!

  231. Yay!!! I’m so happy for you. I was kind of wondering about that, the way you were so excited when you did those kids rooms recently and seemed to be talking about children alot lately.

  232. Congratulations!!! So very very exciting…and don’t take this the wrong way, but I kinda had a feeling. You’ve not been donning your signature high-waisted jeans in your recent videos, choosing more flowy stuff, so I thought there might be a bun in the oven.

    Really very happy for you. Once you start trying, you realize it’s actually really kinda hard to get pregnant (not like they told you in 8th grade health class).

    My three pieces of advice: 1) don’t listen to negative people trying to tell you horrible pregnancy stories, 2) read all the pregnancy books, but don’t forget the parenting ones too (I sorta forgot about those and then I had a kid and was all, “Now what?” and 3) be happy, eat cupcakes and know that it’s all going to be okay.

    Hurray for you both! Best thing you’ll ever do.

  233. Congratulations!!!!!!! You’re going to be just the BEST mom.

  234. Amy

    Congratulations! I am so SO excited for you… even with it’s challenges and sacrifices, having a baby is the greatest thing ever. My two bits of advice: try to have some sort of eat/sleep schedule so that you can have some predictability to your day, BUT don’t hold onto it too tightly… I have several friends who did the “Baby-wise” route and it worked great for them.. but it just didn’t work for my baby and caused tons of frustration. We ended up having a “flexible-but-kind-of-consistent” schedule… and it worked out great. My son is 18 months now and sleeps 13 hours a night and 3 hours a day. So no need to panic if there are sleeping issues at first…

    My other piece of advice is regarding nursing. I don’t know if you plan to nurse, but if you do DON’T listen to advice to let your baby stay latched on as long as they like. I did this for the first month and it resulted in nursing 8 hours a day, chapped and bleeding nipples, and dreading those times instead of enjoying the cuddles. Once I started pulling him off, he got the idea, became more efficient, and somehow my nipples survived. Nursing was a breeze after the first month of horror…

    Anyway, good luck with your pregnancy! I recently had a miscarriage, so I can relate to the pain that you went through and I’m so happy that you can now experience the joy of a little baby! Can’t wait to see what you do with the nursery!

  235. So happy for you Emily! You are going to be such an adorable, fun mom.

    Here’s what I would say about seeking lots of advice, books, reading blogs- DON’T. I mean, it gets sooo over overboard and trust me on this, you’ll be pulling all that glorious thick maternity hair out over the contradictory information you’re going to receive if you do.

    Ask a couple of your most trusted, best, and most loving friends. Then, READ THIS. It’ll make you feel better about everything:)

  236. Tracy

    Less furry? C’mon! Look at Brian and his furry arms!

    J/K.

    Congratulations to the both of you! This is wonderful news. As a mom myself, I’m all authority on ‘mom’ in general (not) and yes, I really believe you will make a wonderful mom and Brian, a great, furry father.

    My advice pre-baby: Take your naps, sleep in, go on ‘babymoon (if possible, I never did that),’ go out to fancy places that don’t cater to children. Definitely keep taking prenatal vitamins even after birth, it’ll help with the hair loss after the birth. And my mom-in-law said to me once, ‘They always make a liar out of you.’ Remember that babies are unpredictable. They don’t smile or giggle on cue especially when you try to show them off to the in-laws as a smiley baby…and when you think you get their schedule down and start to brag to your less fortunate friends, watch as your baby ends up the fussiest of them all LOL. :D

    Congrats again.

  237. Venus Pascal

    Congratulations Emily! So happy for you and your husband!

  238. Catherine

    Congratulations! There’s not a better thing in the world, is there!?! My bit of fun advice should you choose to nurse your little one–do it in private so you can take as long as you need or want and no one is the wiser. This is especially handy when you need a break from the people around you :)

  239. mariana

    a note on baby wise:

    Baby Wise has been criticized by mainstream health care professionals for giving dangerously wrong information regarding infant growth, feeding, sleep and development. Critics include, for example, Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, MD, FAAP, Professor Emeritas, Harvard Medical School, developer of the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale;[3] and Arnold Tanis, MD, FAAP, Past President, Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.[5] The Baby Wise program has been associated with infantile failure to thrive, dehydration, malnutrition, problems with milk supply in breastfeeding mothers, and involuntary early weaning.[6][17][18]

    Ferber method founder Richard Ferber, MD, Director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Children’s Hospital Boston, concurs with Baby Wise regarding some of its sleep advice, but he warns against expecting too much. Baby Wise predicts that the 8-week-old child will be sleeping 7 to 8 hours in a row at night, and the 13-week-old child increasing the nighttime sleep period to as much as 11 hours. Ferber said, “Parents shouldn’t expect babies to sleep that long that early, although a very few will on their own”.[4] Ferber says that the book may frustrate parents of babies that are not sleeping so much; the parents may wonder what is wrong with the infant.[4] Ferber says that if a baby sleeps through the night, the parents may actually need to wake it for feeding.[4]

    In 1998, “Dr. Bill” Sears, evangelical author, pediatrician, and clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, best known as the foremost proponent of attachment parenting,[13] said of the Baby Wise book, “People began calling me about the stuff in this book several years ago, but I basically ignored it, thinking that it was so far out that it would just die out.”[4] Sears regretted not speaking out earlier against Baby Wise. He said about the book that it was “probably the most dangerous program of teaching about babies and children that I have seen in my 25 years of being a pediatrician.”[4]

  240. nole

    Congratulations! So happy for the both of you – and I can’t wait to see the nursery you put together!

    You’ll be amazing parents. My husband and I knew practically nothing before having our baby girl last year, but you learn fast! Two books that I found really helpful during pregnancy were The Panic-Free Guide to Pregnancy and The Birth Partner (more for him about how to be helpful during labor/delivery). I also recommend reading a book or two about sleep BEFORE the baby arrives. We’ve enjoyed Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child so far. Some people recommended The Baby Whisperer books, but I found the schedule to be a bit too rigid for us. But everyone, and every baby, is different, so you’ll find what works for you!

    Also second the recommendation for a doula during labor. Ours was a great resource during pregnancy and really helped us have a positive experience at the hospital. Our doula’s help during labor was almost tertiary to the other support provided, and so so so worth it.

    And seriously, don’t stress too much about what you “should” do – just follow your instincts and do what you think is best for your situation and family. You’ll be great! xoxo

  241. Eric

    That is super exciting and amazing news! Congratulations you two – good luck!

  242. Kaaren

    So excited for both of you. Your life will change but only for the better. Congrats!

  243. Eileen

    So happy for you both. Creating a family is such a gift, it will make each day richer. The best advise I got was to remember that the days are long and the years are short. Too true. My first born just turned 22 years old and as I watch him navigate the next step, I wish that we were still watching inch worms crawl up the banister and snuggling and reading books together.

    Best of luck.

  244. Catherine Soria

    Yay! We’re so happy for you two.

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  246. Ahh! Congrats!! I am soooo excited to witness the creation of the most amazing nursery that there ever was!

  247. sonya

    Congrats! Is your baby going to come out with love of brass gold and wicker? I can totally picture the bassinet now. You are doing great so far…eating healthyand still exercising…you are on track!

  248. Mika

    Congratulations!! It’s funny how so many people get pregnant as soon as they seek help from a fertility specialist. I know a handful of women that this happened to, including myself! We are due December 25th! How very exciting for you guys! Congrats again!!!

  249. Wonderful news! I’m nearly 17 weeks so I’m right with you in the excitement and crazy love I already feel for this tiny being I’m growing. Yay for pregnancy yoga and eating well. You probably don’t get this book over in the US, but ‘Up the Duff’ by Kaz Cooke I think is brilliant – it was recommended to me by a friend who has two amazing children, and I love it. It’s really down to earth and honest and funny. Anyway, welcome to the world of mental hormones and all the very best with your preparation for motherhood.

  250. Sarah in OR

    Absolutely awesome. I’m so happy to read this news today. Congratulations!

    My daughter is 8 months old today. At this moment, my best advice is that a cheap box fan pointed toward the wall is the absolute best white noise machine ever – much needed for my light sleeper – and if you feel like you could lose your mind from sleep deprivation, don’t be afraid to hire a baby sleep trainer to help you out. There’s a great one in LA named Natalie Willes (who I hired long distance from Oregon.)

  251. Congrats!!! That’s gonna be one stylin’ baby ;) So pleased for you both! xxx

  252. Sabrina

    Congrats! Looking forward to seeing the many iterations of nursery you produce.

  253. Lisa

    So, so happy for you! Congratulations.

  254. Lori

    Congratulations! That’s wonderful news!

  255. Nina

    Ha. I’ve suspected for weeks! Congratulations and best of luck to you both. Well, all three!

  256. You already have so many comments you probably stopped reading but I just had to add my congratulations as well.

    My husband and I just had a baby after being together 17 years!! Its a total change of lifestyle but I can honestly say its been much easier than I expected and so much more rewarding than I imagined.

    Wishing you an easy peasy pregnancy too.

  257. Oh congrats to you! (I was hoping the bangs were a “sign” :) Sunday night, I was snuggled up close to my 5-year-old reading “Goodnight Moon” And, weird, but true, I think of you (and your great green room) …every time I read it, wishing the same snuggly-love a child brings to you. I was in my 30′s when our munchkins came into our life and it’s a crazy good ride. It’s totally cliche, but try to enjoy in the moment..whatever moment you are in… My husband and I were so over the moon each time our kids were born (he built them a park, basically, in the backyard!). He & I made a little pact to stick together, & make the best decisions we could with the information we had (because “You can’t do this, babies need that” was EVER.Y.where!). We still worry and fret…and fight and make mistakes and miss things, but now the munchkins can talk – which is awesome and amazing. btw, YOU are amazing – Enjoy! (and congrats to preggers Brian, too!)

  258. Congrattttssss!!!! Bring on the nursery design & stylish baby proofing posts!

  259. Amazing! Congratulations to you both!!

  260. brooke

    Yay!!! You’re just going to have the best time! So happy for you both~

  261. whoohoo! sweet! enjoy this time and don’t overthink anything– just do what seems right.

  262. YP

    Congrats!
    Cute way to announce with the man dressing up… love it

  263. Joey

    Such happy news! Congrats! My advice to you is to ignore everybody else’s advice!! Just pick a few people whose kids you actually like and get advice from them. The rest you can figure out yourself. You’re a woman with amazing instincts!

  264. Congratulations! Oh the nursery this little baby will have. My best advice on being a mom is to be yourself. No one does it the same, and there is no right way. The most important thing is love, and it looks like you’ve got that down. xo.

  265. Nitya

    Congratulations! Love your blog and work. I had my second son on December 17th. He is a little firecracker and super super fun. Hope you have one like that!

  266. Danielle

    Huge congratulations to you both!! Such exciting news!
    Having a child is the most amazing thing in the world :)

  267. Kathryn Walley

    God bless you and your family! Can hardly wait to see that little bundle of joy, and hear the amazing name you have chosen, see the baby’s first “crib,” and see you being a mama, you are a down to earth, quirky, fun gal that is going to be a great mama!

  268. Tamara Ward

    I just hope it isn’t stupidly weird that I am so happy for you that I could cry. I am really not the stalker/obsessive fan type. I promise. (Although, I guess that is what a stalker/obsessive fan would say, huh?). Congratulations and all the best. My advice-DON’T listen to all the advice. Do what feels right for you and your baby.

  269. Wendy

    Congrats! Can’t wait to see the cutest kids room ever. Much happiness to you and Brian.

  270. Bridget

    Amazing news! Tears filled my eyes when I read your news yesterday. I kinda had a feeling that you were pregnant, I have no idea why. You look great and so happy, maybe that’s why! My only advice is to cherish every moment alone with Brian in the coming months before your dear one comes. Go to a late movie, run out to the corner to get ice cream(maybe that will be your craving!- mine was watermelon for my girl and tomatoes/ketchup with my boy -now 8 weeks old!). Enjoy each other. Congratulations again! Very happy for you both.

  271. Michelle Sezzi

    I just started to read your post faithfully around two months ago( Crazy, I know!) but when you did the makeover for those adorable kids I knew you had baby on the brain. When I read this post today I was very smug to myself thinking Ah Ha! I knew it! Congratulations and blessings to you both! Being a first time parent is overwhelming and all parents love to share what they know but the truth is in the blink of a little babies eye you and Brian will know your little bundle better than anyone.

  272. congrats emily! this is such fabulous news:) warms my heart. i only know you through your blog, but i am most certain that you two will be wonderful, loving parents!!!

  273. One thought: go in with eyes wide open about the birth (research natural methods, hire a doula, etc.), but don’t beat yourself up about it if it doesn’t go the way you “planned.” I know too many women just devastated over their c-sections and who never truly get over it. The baby is the gift. Oh, and s/he may not be here before Christmas, but will probably be here in time to get a tax credit. ;-)

  274. Jill

    “Baby 411″ by Dr. Ari Brown – My go to book on everything baby, it’s fantastic.

    Congratulations!!

  275. Meleah

    Congratulations!!!! I never post here, but I am always reading! This is my first comment and I am so super happy for you two! My advice as a mommy of three would be that most people’s advice will get old quick. Lol. My way of parenting is very different than most and what works for one mom won’t work for another. To me parenting worked best when I went with what was right for me and baby and avoided all the advice. I am an extended breastfeeding and attached parenting type mom that realizes what worked for me doesn’t work for all and the best thing you can do for another mom is be supportive of their choices. :) Welcome to mommyhood! :)

  276. Emily U

    Congratulations!! That is such great news. I’m so happy for you guys.
    My daughter is almost 2 and i absolutely agree with everyone else’s advice to ignore all the advice and find what works for you. But I will say this: in the next 7 months, go out with Brian as MUCH as you can. You will never again be able to go out just the two of you as easily and as care free. And while having a baby is completely wonderful, it is also completely awful in some ways. They are hard, demanding, unreasonable little suckers and some days there are fewer of the “best moment in my life, everyone is giggling and hugging and the sun is shining” times. OF course it’s worth it, just know that it’s ok if you don’t love every single second. That doesn’t make you any less of a loving mother.

  277. Sim

    Congrats Emily and Brian :)
    I wish you a smooth easy pregnancy! Can’t wait for updates!
    Now get back to business :)) I`m really impressed with your amazing house, this blog is great and helped me decorate my rooms with stunning pieces … I`m eager to see more :)
    Thank you

  278. Pam

    My Heartfelt Congratulations to you both! It’s the best thing you’ll ever do-and this coming from someone who has a fourteen year old,and still knows this to be true.

  279. Laurabeth

    Get a doula. Look it up!

  280. Meg

    Congratulations! I was hoping this news would come soon!

    I don’t mean to be a hater, but the advice from multiple users not to read advice books strikes me as kind of terrifying. Why wouldn’t you want to go into pregnancy, labor, delivery, and motherhood with open eyes, feeling informed and empowered to make decisions? It’s good, of course, to be adaptable– but that’s very different from choosing ignorance as bliss, which risks making you feel powerless, or at worst, means you could hurt yourself and your baby.

    What to Expect When You’re Expecing is fine, and available online, but really not terribly thorough or informative when it comes to weighing options and making your own decisions for yourself. I can’t imagine getting through my pregnancy without Dr. Sears, whose various books explain the risks and benefits of various medical procedures, so that you know what you’re getting into, what hospitals might encourage you to do, and why. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth is also outstanding.

    • mariana

      yay for dr sears!

  281. Amy

    Heartiest Congratulations for one expecting mom to another :)) Just take it easy, sign up at babycenter.com for weekly updates, and enjoy every moment of pregnancy & after.
    Sending the very best wishes for a healthy, happy pregnancy,
    Amy

  282. Emily,

    Congratulations to the both of you. Your lives will change forever in a good way. I’m a Grandmother and I should give you “sage” advice, but all I can think of is you decorating the baby’s room. That’s how addicted I am to your way of finding and staging things! Happy pregnancy and I’m looking forward to how you fix up his or her room!

  283. Tara Bradford

    Wonderful news! Congrats to you both.

  284. Congrats! After 15 years of marriage and 2 miscarriages we had a baby girl 1 1/2 years ago so I totally get it. Can I say that after wanting a baby pretty bad I was kinda freaked out of my gourd as the pregnancy wore on. It has turned out great though and however your baby gets here(I had a c-section to save my daughters little life shhhhh) the important thing is that all choices are yours and no one else’s. All babies are different and there are no right or wrong universal answers.

  285. Mara

    Congratulations!! Parenthood is the best, scariest, most fulfilling, hardest, most fun and amazing thing you’ll ever do. My two bits: Don’t wear flip flops. Lace up your Converse tight if you ever want to wear your pre-pregnancy shoes again! And bouncing a colicky baby on an exercise ball in 100000% more effective than rocking.

    Good luck to you both!

  286. Yay! Congratulations! I’m so excited for you and Brain (and the furballs)! The only parenting book I’ve read (when my daughter turned 2), and LOVED, is Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman. It’s a memoir, so it’s a really entertaining read, and I guess her views and experiences align with my views, which is why I enjoyed it. The one pregnancy book I would recommenced is The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy. It’s written as if your friend is telling you everything — the good, bad, and ugly (and disgusting). I loved how grossly honest it could be. ha!

  287. Jill Halpin

    Congratulations to you both! It’s a super exciting time in your lives! You’re going to get pooped on, peed on, puked on, and never truly sleep again (no kidding) and you will look at that little face and feel so much love that you can’t even breathe! God Bless…

  288. sg5785

    Congratulations Emily!

  289. Michele

    Congratulations! I was 33 when I had my little boy, and he’s now a great big 10 year old. Such sweet times. You’re gonna love it!

  290. Deb Johns

    And a big congratulations to you both!!! Am guessing future grandparents are equally excited. Wishing you a healthy pregnancy and a perfect delivery!

  291. Deb Johns

    Adding a bit of interesting info… Do you know why you’re SO tired in the first trimester? It’s because your body is building a placenta for your ‘lil bambino! It’s like forming a new body organ in just 12 weeks! I never knew this until my third child. Could never figure out why I wanted to sleep so much when the peanut was just a bitty thing! Now you know, too!

  292. pri. scilla

    you’re going to be a great mom, emily. enjoy every minute of every day that you can and don’t stress when you don’t enjoy every minute!
    you’re gonna be more than fine, your’e gonna be fabu.

  293. Lisa B

    Congratulations!!! May you have happy, happy joy!

  294. Anna B

    No advice to offer, but congrats! So excited for you! You’re going to have the cutest, most stylish kid around, no doubt.

  295. lamamatogng

    Very lucky baby! We’re so thrilled for you guys! Happy happy joy joy! xoxo

  296. Dona

    Some day your grown-up-baby is going to have the chance to read all these good wishes, and will be soooo psyched at the outpouring of love and soooo proud to be the child of a mother who has genuinely earned the love and respect of so many lives she has touched all over the world! When times get hard, as they do for all of us, cherish and remember the love!

    Rainer Maria Rilke says: “For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation. “

  297. Suemi

    Congratulations to all of you. So happy. You’ll be the best parents ever…

  298. Congratulations!!! What an exciting time! I would recommend the Styleberry blog for all your baby questions. She will inspire you to do things you never thought possible as a mom! Here is a great list of hers on the “stuff” that you need. Although I am a minimalist and do not use all of it… it’s the best one I know of on the web.

    http://styleberryblog.com/the-baby-list-everything-you-need-to-have-a-baby

    I also am a HUGE believer in wearing your baby. I did not wear our first and was always frustrated with an unhappy baby and trying to get something done. I wore our second and it was magic. Happy baby = Happy (& efficient) Mama :)

    xo Janalin

  299. Mona Kelly

    Congrats! Can’t wait to see your big belly on HGTV! Book-wise, I would recommend NONE! I bought a lot of parenting book, turned obsessive and confused… Instead, find yourselves a great, no non-sense pediatrician and trust your guts! And think “first 3 months of life = 4th pregnancy trimester = wearing a lot and feeling great about it (it won’t last and your kid will ask you not to kiss him in public before you have time to realize you are a mom…)

  300. Congrats, that’s fantastic news!!! I’m due on Dec 13th with my first and have been scouring the web/friends/family/anyone.that.will.talk so I don’t have very many tips but I can tell you that just about everyone will have an opinion on everything so go with your gut and decide what’s best for you and your baby! Oh, and I can’t wait to see what you do for the nursery, I just know it’s going to be ah-mazing!!!

  301. Caro

    I’m so happy for you!! Im from Argentina- a country you’ve probably never heard about, but I read your blog ever since i found it!!! I’m so happy for you, that i took courage to write you (because im so bad doing this in english!).

    Congratulations!!! And wish you the best for all of you! -Including bearcat and mimi!

    XX Caro

  302. Jada

    Congrats!!!

  303. Tammy

    Ooooooh, congrats! My 5-year old daughter walked past while I was reading and asked, “Why is that guy pregnant?” You guys are too cute. :D For advice, get them to sleep! I love The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley.

  304. Kelly

    HOORAY!!! Congrats!

    As for “advice,” mine is: trust your OWN judgment above all else. People will have conflicting ideas on nearly every parenting topic out there, and it can be maddening to listen to them all. You need to do what makes sense for you and your family. And you won’t even be able to figure out what that means until you meet your little one — we have found it SO true that each of our girls came out exactly who they are. They’re different and want and need different things. So listen. And then trust your gut. And all will be well.

    You are both coming into a great thing. Hard, yes. But absolutely great. So congrats!

    (BTW — I am on pins and needles to see what you’ll do for a nursery. Swoon.)

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  306. such lovely news, congratulations to you both, parenthood is such a rich journey and the love just gets bigger everyday. Big blessings from Melbourne Australia x

  307. Jen

    How cool is that? Wonderful news! What a lucky kiddo!
    I am right behind you with my first (twins … whoa!) as well … due December 25.
    Here’s to the next 6 months! (Raise a glass of the non-alcoholic beverage of your choice.)

  308. Janis Buendia

    Congrats Emily! new mom also and some tips: Sleep all you can now, drink lots of water, eat healthy, take it easy and take pictures of your belly as it grows! Its fun
    ;)

  309. So happy for you both! My only advice would be to definitely listen to Dawn above about investigating vaccine’s. I don’t have vaccine injured children but I have friends who do and there is a lot of good information out there (there is a website called the Thinking Mom’s Revolution which has heaps of great, intelligent information on this issue). Again, I know this is a controversial topic but worth checking out. My favourite parenting books are ‘Hold On To Your Kids’ by Dr Gordon Neufeld and ‘Simplicity Parenting’ by Kim John Payne. Seriously wish I had known about these books before I had my kids – they are gold.

  310. Erin

    My advice as a mother of 3, DON’T READ ANYTHING! Don’t let all that scary stuff infiltrate your mind and inevitably creep to next level crazy. You are dong every single thing right. Eat healthy, sleep a lot, exercise, and also don’t breathe deeply in LA smog.

  311. Isabella

    Congrats for the new addiction!!!
    My advise to you is relax and trust your body. I like to repeat this affirmation when I get anxious “Relax into your natural well being ALL IS WELL”
    God Bless both of you!!!

  312. Congrats to you both on your upcoming little bean! The best advice I can give is the same thing that an old lady once told me (she had 13 children!!).
    “Remember that everything is just a phase. When you’re sleepless, haven’t had a shower in 4 days, and for some reason the microwave has become your only choice for making food: It’s just a phase. However, when your baby learns to smile, can’t get enough of you, and longs to nestle in the crook of your neck: It’s just a phase. Enjoy every moment good and bad while you can, they pass so quickly.”
    I hope you like that, it has helped me so far in some of the toughest and sweetest moments. Thanks so much for your design blog, it’s truly inspiring! :)

  313. Weird compliment from a complete stranger: you will make one of the most amazing moms ever! You are, after all, a dolphin and not a shark (Design Star reference–I hope you get it).

    “What To Expect When You’re Expecting,” although cliche, was wonderfully helpful, and so was “The Yummy Mummy Manifesto” by Anna Johnson. Listen to your body, trust your instincts, and stay true to who you are!

  314. Congratulations!!!! You look great, and I love the picture!

  315. Congratulations. The greatest joy of all!!!!!!!!!! SO SO SO happy for you!

    The less advice the better! And MOMMA {not the doc. not the shrink. not the teacher. not the expert. not the Today show guest. not the neighbor.}, MOMMA knows best!!

    xoxoxo, your fellow knocked-up friend {my first girl! after 8 yrs of being a boy mom}

  316. Adrienne Kringen

    Congratulations Emily!

    I’m such a big fan of yours – for both your INCREDIBLE design sense and your delightfully disarming personality. You have inspired me so much!

    Careful what you ask for with the advice – you may get more than you bargained for. Moms are always happy to share, sometimes more than you want. (“Let me tell you about my 50-hour back-labor…”) I have two boys: one is almost 8 and one is 4. You’re in for the best ride ever!

    It seems to me that you’ll be amazing parents. Trust yourselves, and enjoy your new teacher!

  317. SO happy for you.
    No advice. Except maybe dad shouldn’t keep wearing the dress.

  318. Heidi

    Yay! How lovely! My only advice is to not put too much salt in any advice but see what feels right to you & see who else looks like they’re doing similar & then ask them cuz people with different personalities than you are going to parent differently & there is no sense trying to be a different personality parent than your natural personality — if that makes sense lol.

  319. Tara

    Congratulations! I skimmed through some of the comments and didn’t notice this book recommendation so here it goes, “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Baby”. Seriously the best sleep book. Moms would stop me in the street if they saw it in my hand when I was pregnant and praise it over and over. As a new parent all I cared about was my babes sleep and eating schedule. Who knew there was so much to know to raise a kiddo? When it comes to advice, ignore 96% of it with polite head nods. The other 4% will be game changers. Up to you to decide!

  320. gosia

    so happy for you!! welcome to the rollercoaster called motherhood;)
    you must read Liedloff’s book about the continuum concept. I’ve read plenty of “mum” books but if i were to choose only one it would be it. All the best!
    a mum of three

  321. robyns

    so happy for ya’ll!! enjoy every moment!

  322. GG

    you are so cute! and i’m new to your blog and LOVE it. my advice, mama to mama, is not to take advice. follow your instincts. you know best. except for one thing – take it 5 minutes at a time. less regrets that way, and more gratitude. :) enjoy!

  323. Heidi

    Oh man. I am so freaking happy for you! We’ve been trying for almost a year and, goddamn, if isn’t the most frustrating thing in the world! I’m so stoked for you. Many many blessings your way!

  324. Tamara

    Congrats!!! This is so exciting! And December 17th is my birthday, too! Good luck and keep up with the sleep, you’ll need it later!

  325. Jenny

    Congratulations!! So excited for your growing family. And I cannot wait to see the nursery!

  326. Caitlin

    sorry for the late comment – i’m behind on my reader!

    Congratulations I’m so happy for you I know it will be an awesome, exciting adventure!

    I am also so grateful for your honesty – i’m in the same boat and it was so kind of you to share your experience trying to get pregnant – I am surprised at how long it is taking – and it’ true, when you want it you want it bad!

    Best wish for a healthy pregnancy , can’t wait to “meet” your little babe!

  327. Kristen

    Congrats! This is an exciting time for you both. I had the pleasure of meeting you this weekend in Rhinebeck, NY and did not realize of this fantastic news!
    You are in inspiration!
    Thanks again for the picture. You are as sweet in person as you are on camera!
    Kristen

  328. johanna

    congrats, emily! i am so very happy for you…and as always, inspired! jmk

  329. congratulations! becoming a mama is wonderful and weird and beautiful and exciting. my advice 2 years in is to give yourself grace…other people may only feed their children raw milk and radishes, but if you want to give that precious little dumpling a ritz cracker and good ol’ store brand 2% you go right on ahead. congrats again!

  330. Sara

    Congratulations!!!!! Seriously; I am teary!! Parenting is the best, hardest, most amazing, most surprising, insane, magical experience. You guys will be such wonderful parents!! Ditto to everyone who said trust yourself and your judgement (but read books, too, if you like information), don’t be hard on yourself…the beginning is insane, but you will survive…the first time you do anything is the hardest but then it gets easier…mom friends are a necessity for sanity…breastfeeding can be surprisingly challenging in the beginning but if you want to and can stick with it, it actually makes your life much easier in the long run…and definitely pamper yourself (and let everyone else, too!!) as much as possible while you are pregnant. Go away with Bryan, go out to long dinners, movies, flea markets, shopping, etc. as much as possible now!!! So excited to hear your updates on the blog.

  331. Beth

    I am so very happy for you. A new life is beginning, in so many ways. You will never be the same. For all of the tears, grief, sleeplessness, worry, bla, bla, bla, there is nothing better than a new life that you will cherish for as long as you live. God has given you an assignment, and you’ve accepted, now rock your new world!
    I’d like to bless you with a sweet vintage brass rocking horse if you’d like, it just looked like your amazing style. Take a look at
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/rainingonmyroses?ref=si_shop. If you think it would fit for the new emilyette’s nursery, just let me know and I’ll be glad to gift it to you.
    May much happiness,lack of nausea, and lots of fun food be yours. Beth Ann

  332. Shelby

    AHH! Congratulations!!! I just had my first baby 9 months ago. It is the hardest thing but the best thing. Your life will never be the same. I recommend Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth. Awesome, helpful, empowering info to give you confidence during labor (if the thought of it scares you! It did me!) Sphincter law will change your life.

    Also, if breast feeding is important to you, make sure you bf immediately after birth and the days following birth are not for visitors, its for you and baby to establish a bond and rhythm in bf. kellymom.com is the best for bf info.
    Breastfeeding was really hard for me in the beginning, lots of pain..but if you are stubborn and don’t give up it gets so much easier by week 2-3, by a couple months you’re a pro, and by 9 months like me you tear up thinking about stopping.

  333. Carolyn

    I rarely comment, but we muddled through years of infetility and miscarriage heartbreak, so I am overjoyed when I hear of someone’s long-awaited success. My children are 16 years apart and I’m grateful everyday for my second (and by all accounts last) baby miracle. Waiting and hoping so many years made me a better parent because every minute of every day I appreciate my son and all his crazy, insane 2 yr old energy. My heartfelt congratulations and joy for you!

    • Carolyn

      Oh, and hiring a doula was the best decision we ever made as a couple re:childbirth. My doula was uber helpful, even though I planned (and had) an epidural. My husband was a lot more confident and helpful with her help.

  334. Alicia

    Congrats! I am about one month behind you with my first! I am so thrilled for you, and I’m excited that I can steal nursery inspiration from you now too! We’re waiting to tell until we are 12 weeks too, but I think I’m safe in the comments section here :). Look forward to hearing about your journey!

  335. BooBooNinja

    Congratulations, Emily, Brian, Mimi and Bearcat!

  336. Jolene

    So wonderful!! I read your instagram annoucement on the way up to Mount Rushmore. Once we got there, I felt like jumping around and telling strangers about your news. lol! You will be awesome parents and I look forward to all your future pregnancy and baby posts!!

  337. I had left a comment on Instagram but wanted to leave one here for you also. We are SO happy for you!!! Advice is great but in the end it is your baby and you will know what is best for them. Trust your judgement and ability to meet your little one’s needs. I wrote about it on Disney Baby but another thing is to remember that all babies are different. We all say that but sometimes we forget when someone is telling us what our baby should be doing by now. I’ve gone through it with Lola. Don’t let the know-it-alls get to you or make you worry when there is no reason to. And enjoy every moment. They are tiny for such a small amount of time. You will make such great parents! Hugs to you! The Briscoes (p.s. we are still so “contemporary romance” :)

  338. Shana

    Mazel Tov! Remember, all the time, but especially the times you are questioning your parenting – YOU are the mother your child needs.

  339. Kristen

    I’m a little late, but couldn’t help adding my congratulations! I started following your blog around New Years when you posted about your struggles with starting your family and your resolution to make it happen. I felt like I was reading about my own life! My husband and I had been trying for a year and a half and began seeing a fertility specialist in January as well. Happy to share that with a little help (first try!) we are also expecting our first baby around November 25th! If I figure anything out in those 3 weeks before your due date I will let you know! Can’t wait for some nursery inspiration from you though!!!

  340. Julie

    Congrats Emily and Brian. You are in for the treat of your life. I can not wait to see your LO’s ROOM!

  341. Congratulations! I have learned so much styling from you…the nursery will be rockin’ I’m sure :-)

  342. Sarah

    Congrats! I’m due on December 16th, and we too had been trying for almost a year (with one unfortunate miscarriage too)!

  343. I never comment here, but jeeeez this is THE happiest post ever! <3 Congratulations!!!!!

  344. Christine

    Three years apart for siblings is a good gap. 4 years is to much and 2 years is to close.

    Kind Regards
    Many children of experience

  345. tjack432

    Have you heard of New Mommy Media? They have a lot of podcasts that are very helpful for new moms. Here is a link: http://www.preggiepals.com/episodes/episode-guide/

    They really helped me get informed about all the options in hospitals/midwives/cravings/younameit. You can listen to it while decorating :)

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  347. Mary Kate

    First off congratulations! Second of all, my birthday is the 19th of December and I wanted to share something that will help your new (almost) Christmas baby: because of all the craziness of the season, make sure that no one ever sends them a dual gift (both birthday and Christmas) gift until they are old enough to take advantage of it. But also celebrate the half-birthday. My parents always did a little something for me on June 19th (little present and I got to pick the dinner) so that way I felt like I had a birthday that I wasn’t sharing with a bunch christmas lights.

  348. Hooray! So exciting! Congratulations to you both on this blessing! Can’t wait to see this little one’s nursery :) and if you would like, you can check out my pregnancy/birth web site over at http://www.sproutyubasutter.com LOTS of resources over there.

  349. Julie

    hi Emily! I’m catching up on your blog since I haven’t read it since March 20, 2013. Why? Because that’s the day I had a baby of my own! And woah. Don’t bother reading anything because it is a waste of time. No book, magazine, blog post or anything else in the entire world can you prepare you for a baby of your own. Pretty much whenever you have a question, you will just google it on your ipad and read whatever forum pops to the top of the search results.

    My sweet little daughter is 4.5 months old now and she is the absolute light of my life but seriously the hardest thing I have ever, ever, ever done. Awesome, but hard.

    I have two pieces of advice for you: 1) In the early days, just remember “this too shall pass.” and 2) listen to your gut. You are the only person on the entire earth that knows what’s best for your baby. So, if something feels wrong, don’t do it. If it feels right, go for it.

    Congratulations! You are in for one wild, crazy, amazing ride!

  350. Congratulations on the new baby! I just started watching your show on HTGV.com and thought you were so cute and loved the fact that you were not afraid to change things around cuz what was in your mind didn’t turn out as great. An then I started looking you up and found your website. Since you give such wonderful advice I thought I would share some great books from my 10+ years in child care(I have been responsible for over 100 kids – figured that out just a little bit ago) and from my degree in home and family living. So I like these books because they help teach children independence and the value of work, while having some fun. “Bringing up Bebe” by Pamela Druckerman – I love how she talks about building a frame for children to be free in, they have firm boundaries but freedom within them, “The New Basics: A-to-Z Baby & Child Care for the Modern Parent” by Dr. Michel Cohen – A great on-hand resource to calm you in those stressful moments, he helps you to know when to worry and not worry, “The Babywise” Series” – I know these are controversial in the parenting world but why I like them is that it helps you understand that you need to start helping your child learn to sleep from the beginning, people don’t like it because he suggests the “Cry it out” method but what the other books help you understand is that is the only way a child has to vent frustration. Now that doesn’t mean let them scream for hours and hours but give them about 5-10 minutes to try to calm themselves then you go in. Another great one is “French Kids Eat Everything.” by Karen Le Billon. A good book to figure out how to feed your child without a fight. Another one is “Einstien Never used Flash Cards” by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek – A great book to help understand how the baby brain works and how there is no need to rush development. So those are some of the books I have loved reading about children. Whatever you read though always go with your intuition. A mother knows best and You’ll be a great mom!

  351. Tammy

    Congratulations!!! The only advice I have is to trust yourself and your intuition… you’ll always know best. (Oh, and hold him/her like crazy… it goes by too fast and you can never “hold them too much” as previous generations will tell you). :)

  352. Ooops! Apparently I am super late to the party. I just saw the picture of your adorable belly on Bri’s vintage dress post, CONGRATULATIONS! I have two little rug-rats at my house and they are the very best. Yoga and walking are the best exercises during pregnancy. I wish I could say I lived off of only water during my pregnancy, but I just could not eliminate ALL of my coffee. Smoothies and green juice are great too! Either way though, stick to water as often as you can. It makes everything feel so much better. Don’t read TOO much but I read What To Expect When You’re Expecting and subscribed to BabyCenter emails according to my due date. I only read books the first time around (4 years ago) and the second one (16 months ago) I would search the Internet when I had questions. That route gave me more than enough to learn the ropes. The best way to learn is to listen to your body. Speaking of which, I meditated all throughout my pregnancies and I will highly recommend it to you. And the last note I will leave you with : I grew my business tremendously while growing my baby. I can’t say I put a ton of extra work in either. It happened hand in hand. I think it has to do with the expression “the way you do anything is the way you do everything”. Be prepared for your business, relationship, friendships, and every area of your life to blossom more than it already is. Again, Congrats! I am so happy for you!

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