Thursday, June 20, 2013

Dreams Realized

I have been waiting about two months to let this cat out of the bag and I'm so happy that today is the day!  While my online absence has been partly because of our big move, it was only half the reason.  I'm overjoyed to tell you that I'm going to be a momma in January of 2014!

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At the moment I'm three months along and Kevin and I couldn't be happier.  While I haven't shared much of my experience with trying to get pregnant, it was a little bit harder than we had thought.  Thankfully, it just took time and patience (and charting!) and our dream of being parents had come true.

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As for my pregnancy, it's been a little exhausting but nothing to complain about.  I'm one of the lucky 25% of women who don't have morning sickness.  My main issue is exhaustion, by the end (and sometimes the middle) of the workday I'm ready for a nap.  I guess you can imagine how hard it is to keep up with my favorite blogs and take outfit photos when I'm always napping.

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As for the baby, he/she is doing great!  I actually got to see it move it's arms and legs two days ago.  It was simply one of the most amazing moments in my life.  We have already painted the nursery a nice light green and a mystery person already purchased our baby furniture.  How lucky am I?

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Of course, I'll be updating you with baby bump pictures whenever I can.  I already have a little one!  This picture was from last month and I'm happy I can finally share it with you.  I'll have another one next week :)

I was conflicted whether or not I wanted to share this experience with you on my blog.  In the end I realize that I'm more than ecstatic about my decision to be a mother and I hope you'll enjoy reading about it.  Plus, I think you'd probably figure it out in a few months!  It's going to be a challenge to style my ever changing body and I love me a good challenge!

To those who already knew, I want to thank you for your support (and for keeping a secret!).  And for those who find this as a surprise, I hope you enjoy a different yet style centered direction my blog is taking.  Outfit posts will always be a focus, but I think crop tops will take a back seat this summer :)

xoxo

Ashley


71 comments:

  1. Congratulations! I should have known there would be another reason for the big move : )

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  2. Oh my gosh congratulations! I absolutely love your dress in the first few photos- it's so flowy and pretty and perfect for the growing baby bump. So happy for you two :)

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  3. Goodness! CONGRATS! That is awesome. You're going to have an adorable baby bump

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  4. oh my god congratulations! you look gorgeous and that bump is adorable. cannot wait to see your journey!
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  5. Congratulations! For me, the biggest "style" change came after baby was born...it's hard to nurse, change, and dress a baby while still looking cute yourself. (Not impossible, just harder. And required more outfit changes throughout the day.) But your whole life will change...for the better. Have fun with pregnancy - I loved every minute!

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  6. popped over to your blog from Kristians. congratulations ashley! You're adorable in these baby bump shots. So happy for you and your hubby!

    talk soon wild child
    -Hattie
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  7. awww so cute the pic congrats for your pregnancy <3
    love ur hair!
    xx
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  8. You definitely had a certain glow about you! Congrats dear, this is awesome news!

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  9. Congratulations Ashley! Such exciting news!

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  10. Congratulations this is incredibly exciting. wishing you the best and looking forward to seeing your journey through your blog. my goodness you are going to be the most stylish mum out there.

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  11. Aw congratulation :) I am so happy for you, I can't wait to see more about your experience through your blog!

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  12. Amazing news :D Congratulations! So happy for you two!!!

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  13. YAY! I'm so glad we can finally all talk about it! I know I already said it, but I can't say enough how much of a GREAT mother I know you're going to be. These pictures are adorable, which I think is definitely a sign of even more great ones to come :)

    Also, I'm so confused as to how I hadn't liked your Facebook page? Do you have two? I've confused because everytime I try to tag you (like when I'm wearing one of your pieces on the blog), your page doesn't come up. And apparently it's because I never liked it? Weird? Well, I fixed that haha

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  14. I am soooo excited for you guys, this is so awesome. And you are going to make a gorgeous, amazing and stylish momma!! I can't wait to see how you style your changing body, definitely something I love to see.
    That last picture is so adorable I can't even stand it!!
    xJennaD

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  15. Congratulations to you both! I'm so happy for you!

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  16. I figured this when you were making your recent posts and I thought I saw a little bump in hiding and when you posted about blogging moms that inspired you. . .it hit me, but I thought to hold out a bit before knowing (plus you don't want to ask people if they are pregnant, because then if you're wrong they'll think something is up). You are so tiny though for 3 months, now THAT part shocked me. hehe. You look great and will be such a gorgeous pregnant lady and a wonderful set of parents indeed!!! Congratulations to you two! I love it!
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  17. I had a feeling it was coming ;-) Congrats lovely!!! It is a wonderful time in a marriage...I cannot tell you how happy my husband and i were with the anticipation of baby. I cannot wait to see you work your fashion magic while preggies...I had a hard time being outfit motivated...but mostly because it was winter and cold...:-)

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  18. I'm so glad you are sharing it! You are obviously going to be a very cute pregnant lady. Plus you do keep most of your personal life pretty private, but I think sharing more of this can bring readers more closely into your life. Also it would be kind of strange if you ignored your ever growing stomach and we were all like "WTF". Just kidding. And congrats. I am so happy for you two!

    I bet your pups are going to be super jealous. I just don't see Tommy taking it too well.

    Also is that a hip tattoo? (creepy part of the comment)

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  19. I’m so happy for you both! You look beautiful! Congrats on your pregnancy and enjoy every moment with it with your hubby! Love the pictures of you three <3 =D

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  20. Oh my gosh! Congrats! That's seriously so exciting and such a blessing. These photos are so cute and I know you'll be a fantastic momma!

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  21. Congrats Ashley and Kevin! What an amazing year for you guys!

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  22. Hooray, now I can openly talk about it ;) I am SO excited for you guys! Can't believe you could already make out little limbs, how amazing is that! The dress from your announcement pictures is STUNNING, it may be my favorite of yours ever and that's saying alot :)

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  23. I was wondering when you'd announce it here :) Your bump is so little :) But adorable! That first pic is just too cute, I'm so happy for the two of you!!
    Jessi
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  24. Many congratulations :)
    What incredibly exciting news!
    You are going to be one super stylish mama to be!
    Jen@madeinminch

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  25. You two are going to be amazing (and beautiful) parents. So glad you decided to finally share the news on your blog and I can't wait to follow along your journey to motherhood! SO, so, so exciting. :)

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  26. Congratulations! And your hair is such a beautiful colour! :)
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  27. Oh congratulations! I follow the Flock Together blog and just saw this announcement and had to comment - I'm about a month ahead of you, due with my first in December! It's such an exciting time! I was with you on being one of the lucky ones who didn't experience morning sickness - it's nice isn't it?

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  28. I am SO HAPPY FOR YOU! :) Congratulations lady!! Can't wait to hear more about your pregnancy!

    Michelle

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  29. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I was wondering when you had made a comment about clothes being tight on you, but I didn't want to ask if that was why ;)

    I'm SO excited for you! I can't wait to see your little baby bump grow and see you become a momma! That is so neat! I am genuinely so thrilled for you, I know you have been wanting a little one and now your dream gets to come true!

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  30. YAYYAYAYAYAYYAY!!!! I'm so happy for you. I can't wait to watch it all go down on the blog (please keep up the adorable updates!)

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  31. Congratulations!! I wish you and your family a lot of health and all the happiness in the world!!

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  32. AHHHH CONGRATS!! This is so exciting and I hope you continue to do updates on the blog about the nursery and your evolving style. You're going to have the cutest family on the block with the baby on the way and your pups!

    xo,
    katrina

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  33. Congratulations!!! How exciting! Wishing you a healthy and safe delivery and a beautiful experience the entire ride!!!

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  34. Oh Ashley I am so incredible elated for you!!!

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  35. hurrah, so happy you could let the cat out of the bag!! and that's amazing you don't have morning sickness although I am extra impressed you can walk around a hospital all day being preggers (i'm pretty sure your job would exhaust anyone as it is!). you look gorgeous w/ the teeniest of baby bumps & i look forward to seeing more peeks into your personal life : )

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  36. Congratulations! I am so happy for you both! I hope it's a healthy pregnancy. I'm praying for you. =] You look adorable!

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  37. congratulations!! Im glad you decided to share with us, I know I'm going to enjoy reading about this new challenge. All the best x
    -Tara

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  38. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!

    I had been noticing it in the last posts but i was too scared to ask u directly, it would have sound to rude, but now i'm full of joy for you guys. i'm sure you will be the best mum of the world and even the hottest ;)

    cann0t wait to follow you on this amazing journey.

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  39. Congratulations! Can't wait to see you rock some fabulous maternity styles. :D

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  40. congratulations! this is so exciting and very happy for you both. Im glad you decided to share it with us!

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  41. OMG Congratulations Ashley on that coming bundle of joy....take care & thanks for sharing!

    Rebecca
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  42. bonjour Ashley, voici un bel événement, soyez heureuse! et joyeuse vie à Vous Trois; thibault

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    1. Merci beaucoup, j'apprécie vraiment vos aimables paroles :)

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  43. Congratulations!
    You guys are truly blessed & we can't wait to find out what he/she is!

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  44. Aaah, I'm so, so happy for you two! I can't wait to see you on the journey to motherhood!

    Have a great day,
    -Kati

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  45. OH my gosh, These are some super dooper excinting News. I am sooooooooo happy for you and your future lil Family. you will be a great and fashionable momy :-)

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  46. OMG congrats your gonna be such a beautiful mama!!! <3

    So happy for you xoxo Kisses from Puerto Rico!!!

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  47. Your blog is so cute! Also? That little bump! The exhaustion get better, I promise. Big congratulations are in order!

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  48. You look AMAZING!!

    I love your blog design! It's so cute!

    New follower! Follow me back too??

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  49. Aw Ashley!! I'm sooooo excited for you two! It must be the most satisfying thing in the world to know that after all that trying and planning, you're expecting a little person. I cannot convey how happy I am for you. Thanks for sharing the experience on your blog. Its nice to be able to see you, as a person, and your family, grow. You're such a doll all the time and these pictures are adorable. Gah! I can't wait to see all your cute maternity outfits! :) Congrats again!

    xo Ashley
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  50. Congratulations sweety! This is such wonderful news! Wishing you everything of the best during your pregnancy, may it all go well. You look so radiant!

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  51. omg CONGRATULATIONS!!
    beautiful post, so happy for you girl! and i must say you are gonna be the most stylish mom out there ;)

    x

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  52. Congratulations! I'm so excited for you two :) You are going to be such a wonderful mom (and a super stylish one too!)

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  53. congrats!nice blog dear! maybe we can follow each other if you want? :)

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  54. Oh wow!! Congratulations!!! You are going to be the most stylish mummy around.

    P.S it's been far too long since I've caught up on your blog, loving the new hair colour!!

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  55. Ohmygosh, congratulations! Your blog is lovely by the way, I can't wait for more posts :)
    -my words and i ♡

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  56. HOW did I miss this post?! Congratulations, lovely lady!!! The dress you're wearing in those first photos is beautiful, btw. So happy for you and can't wait to hear more!

    xox Sammi
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  57. yaaaayy the cat is out of the bag!! i'm so happy you're going to share your experiences on here, it's going to be such a fun journey :) and lucky duck for not having morning sickness- you're off the a great start ;) and that's so cute you're going to have a january baby, i'm so happy for you ashley :D

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  58. I saw your news on Instagram! I'm so excited for you two! Congratulations! I'm definitely looking forward to following along while you style your cute little baby bump.

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  59. congrats darling you will be a stunning mother and I cannot wait to see more pics! I am so happy for you and I hope you're doing well

    xo Ilana @ My Modern Vintage

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  60. I'm super late to the train here, but congrats! Seriously. AWESOME. You are living the dream, girl. And you look super healthy and happy. I'm super pumped to see little Ashley/Kevin in January. Good luck - I know (not at all, what am I saying? ) pregnancy can be tough at times (many of my co-workers have been pregnant, and I've heard stories). :D Still it seems amazing and awesome.

    Also - are you keeping it a secret then.

    Also - do you have a hip tattoo? I'm super nosy, sorry! (I have one too , if so :D )

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  61. Thanks for sharing the amazing news on your blog! Congratulations!! I'm looking forward to the baby bump pictures :)

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  62. Hopefully the baby takes after YOUR looks. That is all.

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    1. Wow, what kind of horrible human being talks about an unborn child like that? You're free to have whatever opinion you want but I'd prefer you spew that hate somewhere else. Thanks.

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  63. Ashley! I too have been majorly absent from the blog circuit because of a move, but I just saw this. CONGRATULATIONS! Your pictures are adorable, and that is such exciting news :)

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  64. Ashley, I am absolutely overjoyed for you! This is such an exciting experience and I am so so so happy for you! You are both such lovely people and I am over the moon for you in this new step in your life. Congratulations!!! You are a gorgeous momma already!

    xo, Alyssa
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