Something to share…

7 August 2015

I know many of you came here today for the last installment of our France journey, but instead, you’re getting this…


That’s right, friends! Come January, these two solid New Englanders will be welcoming a true Southerner to the family! We are very excited!!

It’s been so fun to share the news with family and friends (who are also SO EXCITED) over the last few months, and so I wanted to bring you friends up to speed, too! Here are a few of the first questions people have had for us:

Are you nervous or excited? Surprisingly, not nervous. Definitely excited. There is a reason for this, and I plan to write a longer post about our path here soon.

How do you feel? At this point (17 weeks), I feel great! I had kind of low-grade, all day queasiness from about weeks 7 to 12, but if I ate at regular intervals (lots of oyster crackers!), I felt okay. I was also more tired than usual in the first trimester, but going to bed earlier and resting when I came home from work helped a lot.

Are you going to find out whether it’s a boy or a girl? We’re pretty sure we’re going to find out, and pretty sure that if we find out we’ll share the news.

Do you plan to write about pregnancy here? Yes. EFM has always been about our adventures and what I find marvelous, and this new development fits squarely into both of those categories. While I don’t plan to write monthly update posts, I definitely have lots of thoughts on certain topics :)


More about this later, but I just wanted to end (for now!) by saying that neither John nor I experienced “baby fever;” in fact, I am a bit notorious among friends and family for “not liking babies*.” Everything is new to us and there has been so much to learn along the way already. Mostly, we are grateful. We are trusting in God, that he has equipped us with everything we need and has chosen us uniquely for this baby. We are trusting in each other, as we have for the last ten years. And we are trusting that all that is to come is the continuation of a beautiful story. Looking forward to sharing it, friends!!

Photos by the wonderful Anna Routh!

*I’m banking on the fact I will feel differently about my own :)

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Kate Reiss
August 7, 2015 7:21 am

Ahhhhh congrats! I loved what you said about trust, especially in each other, what a beautiful sentiment! Looking forward to your future posts!

August 7, 2015 7:53 am

oh. Em. Gee!!!!!!!! SO excited for you two!!! Praying for many blessings to come your way!!! And as I’m finishing my masters in nutrition, with a focus on infant feeding, and hope to be moving to the triangle next summer, please contact me!! Eeek!! Ok yay so excited :)

August 7, 2015 8:03 am

Congratulations you two! What an exciting new adventure :)
Also, love these photos!!!! ❤️

Anne Austin
August 7, 2015 8:57 am

Hooray! Congrats to you and John!

August 7, 2015 8:57 am

Yay!!!!!! Happy happy happy news!!! You will definitely feel differently about your own — that baby will be so loved and absolutely wreck your heart in the best possible way. Sending love & prayers & excitement your way!!!!

August 7, 2015 9:10 am

Hooray!!! Congrats, Emily! I’m so excited to follow along on this adventure!:)

August 7, 2015 9:16 am

Oh Emily!! I am beyond excited for you and John, and what incredible, exciting news! So many congratulations to you two as you embark upon this journey. Sending prayers to you and John… what a blessing and gift from the Lord!

August 7, 2015 9:17 am

Ahh wonderful news! Congratulations to both you and John. :)

August 7, 2015 9:20 am

Yaaaaaaay!!! Your baby is already so lucky to have you and John as parents. God is so good!!

August 7, 2015 9:21 am

YAY! Couldn’t be happier for you two!

August 7, 2015 9:22 am

Congratulations! So happy for you both!

August 7, 2015 9:54 am

Congrats Emily! What a great photo of your happiness :)

August 7, 2015 10:42 am

That is so exciting!!! Congratulations and prayers for a healthy pregnancy!

August 7, 2015 10:45 am

This is so exciting! Congratulations!!

August 7, 2015 11:10 am

How exciting! Congratulations!

August 7, 2015 11:13 am

Congratulations! Sending best wishes for a healthy remaining pregnancy and delivery. :)

August 7, 2015 11:20 am

Oh wow! Congratulations. What an exciting time for you all!! Love the announcement photo :).

August 7, 2015 11:24 am

Hooray!! Cannot wait to meet Baby Thomas! And, you ARE going to be a baby person to your own! They’ll be a doll baby from heaven above!

August 7, 2015 11:43 am

CONGRATULATIONS EMILY!!!! What exciting news and what an adorable way to announce it. :)

August 7, 2015 12:56 pm

Congratations! I cannot wait to read more about your pregnancy and journey to get there! And I was not a fan of babies either, until I had my own! :)

August 7, 2015 1:07 pm

Oh Em, congratulations!! I don’t really like babies either, but I’m sure it is completely different with your own. How exciting! You two will make wonderful parents! Praying for you three!

August 7, 2015 1:22 pm

Congratulations!!! Sending lots of prayers for the months ahead!

August 7, 2015 3:38 pm

Congrats!! Love the cute announcement! :)

August 7, 2015 4:22 pm

I have been waiting and waiting for this news to hit the proverbial presses! I am endlessly happy for you and John and for this tiny person chosen for you.

Kate W
August 7, 2015 4:39 pm

I am over the moon excited for you two! I always look forward to your consistently meaningful and inspiring posts, but I am especially excited to read all your thoughts about pregnancy and baby. Many blessings to your growing family!

August 7, 2015 6:20 pm

Congratulations!! I also am none too sure about babies (though we haven’t ruled out children of our own!), and have often felt alone among baby-fevered friends. I am very much looking forward to reading your thoughts on pregnancy and your decision to have children!

August 7, 2015 10:09 pm

Such a sweet announcement for VERY exciting news!

August 8, 2015 11:56 am

So very happy for you both. Many congratulations! Looking forward to hearing more about the pregnancy and plans for the baby :)

August 10, 2015 10:08 am

Congratulations! As someone who has also not had “baby fever” but is in the midst of discerning with my husband when the time is right for a baby, I’m looking forward to hearing more!

August 10, 2015 11:56 am

Congrats! Can’t wait to hear if it’s a boy or girl!

August 10, 2015 2:49 pm

Congrats!!! This is great news! And p.s.–You’re due a month before me :) So cool.

August 11, 2015 10:21 am

Congrats! Like you, I never had “baby fever” and I wasn’t a Baby Person. Now I have a toddler and SURPRISE: I’m still not a Baby Person. Obviously you will love your baby (even if you don’t love the baby phase itself), and soon you will have a lovely and hilarious toddler, which is the best thing in the world!

August 11, 2015 10:35 am

Hooray! So very happy we got to hear this wonderful news in person, Em! These photos are so great!

August 11, 2015 1:04 pm

Thank you, friends!!! You all are so special to me! (And P.S. for Jewel – so fun! :)

August 12, 2015 6:56 am

exciting! congratulations!

August 12, 2015 8:42 am

So delighted for you. Congratulations!

August 12, 2015 5:41 pm

Gosh Emily – I can’t tell you excited I am for you! :) I’ve been following this blog for such a long time, and I’ve always imagined what a wonderful Mommy you will be – now I get to see!!! Praying the rest of your pregnancy is smooth!

Bonnita Chazen
August 14, 2015 8:23 am

Congratulations!! So excited for you and John, also looking forward to you sharing your journey with all of us :-)

August 22, 2015 5:03 pm

So happy for you guys! We can’t wait to meet your little one! xo

August 23, 2015 2:58 pm

This is so absolutely amazing! I’m so excited for you!

August 30, 2015 12:07 am

Congratulations! This is such wonderful news. All the best :)