I feel like I’m jumping on some sort of bandwagon.

I’m joining Lisa, Kristan, Jenny, DeborahKristy and Jen…. (did I miss anyone?)







…and announcing….I’m pregnant!

I don’t have any cute bump pictures, because the last thing I feel like right now is cute.

But E is cute! And I searched high and low for this shirt. It is how we announced it to her grandparents. Not the most original thing in the world, but they loved it. They were very surprised this time.

Here are some things that I had forgotten but quickly remembered:

  1. Pregnancy + gym smells = wishing I could hold my breath while working out.*
  2. I must keep a hair tie on my nightstand because I will need it in the morning.
  3. Meat = gross.
  4. Salad = eww.
  5. Macaroni and cheese? Spinach dip? POPCORN? Eggo Cinnamon Toast Waffles? All a-okay in my book.**
  6. After 8pm I am usually (read: 40% of the time) free from nausea but it doesn’t matter because all I want to do is sleep. Or eat popcorn.
  7. Carry mints in purse at. all. times. in case of nausea.
  8. I do not do well with blood draws. 5 tubes of blood leads to me pretty much passing out. I’m such a wuss!
  9. And a bunch of other stuff that isn’t appropriate for a food blog.
*I haven’t been to the gym much so #1 is not all that much of a problem. However, on the days I don’t feel like death, I’m trying to make it! For anyone who is counting, this has happened once. When I can, we still like to take walks in the evening so I’m not a total sloth.

**Do not fret, I am doing my best to eat a balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables and proteins. Fruit is the easiest of the three.


Things that are new this time:
  1. Food blogging = so hard. I don’t want to think about food much less cook it and write about it. Sorry I’ve been so absent. Hopefully this a) explains some things and b) will be better soon.
  2. Having a young kiddo around means trying to suck it up and act normal for her sake.
  3. My bump is popping out quickly!
  4. A 2.5 hour doctor’s visit with a 19 month old in tow is…well…interesting.
  5. And a bunch of other stuff that isn’t appropriate for a food blog.
Shall we do a “husband’s take” for this post?

“This is going to be quite the year.” <—Yes, yes it is.

“This is getting serious.” <—after I showed him the 2rd pregnancy test

“Now when you whine you have a reason.” <—No lie. He said this. He was joking. I think. He better have been!

“Tell me what you want for dinner and I’ll go get it. Anything.” <—Yay! That particular time, I chose Chipotle. Vegetarian burrito. Refer to #3 above regarding meat.

“I love pregnant Rachel, it is like an emotional roller-coaster.” <—Luckily I can laugh that one off…mainly because it is true. And he’s a good sport.

“When can we go viral with this?” <—Who does he think we are, Brad and Angelina? Newsflash, honey…about 10 people care.

Of course, he is thrilled. Over the moon. I think I’ve got the nervous/scared/freaking out* well enough covered…but I’m happy too. Another baby! EEEEE!

*omg omg omg omg omg we have to buy a new house omg omg omg we have to buy a new car omg omg omg omg I feel so sick omg omg omg I’m throwing up again? omg omg omg how am I going to handle two kids? omgggggggggggggggggg


So that’s that! I’m trying my hardest to maintain consistent blogging, but it has been tough! Hopefully 2nd trimester will be better…although it wasn’t with E. Thanks for being patient with me! :)


Oh! I’m due December 17th.


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  1. I am finally catching up on my reader, and just saw this post. I know I”m late, but I had to chime in and say CONGRATULATIONS! So exciting :) And now we have to figure out how to get together sometime soon, before you’re too busy with a second baby to fit in time to meet up with blog friends! :)

  2. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I’m so excited for you! I love new news like this…I’ve been on a blogging hiatus and just trying to catch up! Yay for new babies!

  3. Congratulations to you guys!

    I’m hosting a giveaway over at my blog and would love for you to stop by and participate.

    Looking forward to seeing you there.

  4. YOU ARE?!? Congratulations! That’s is such exciting news. I hope the (cringe) morning sickness (stupidest name ever because everyone knows it has NOTHING to do with morning) passes soon. Wishing you a safe, healthy and easy rest of your pregnancy.

    • Thank you Sarah! Morning sickness is a stupid name! My dad asked me the other day “How’s your morning sickness?” I just glared at him, lol

  5. oh my gosh! Congratulations! how exciting! I’m so happy for you:)

  6. Rachel, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Oh I’m SO happy for you!!! Though I’m so sorry you are sick. It’s so sad when you get such great news but then struggle to get through each day with feeling yucky. Hopefully that will soon subside and you can just settle into enjoying pregnancy. Can’t wait to see the baby bump pictures. And maybe for now you can blog baby stuff until you feel like looking at food again! :-) Those of us who are years past being pregnant would love to hear all about it and be reminded of it! :-) Congrats again!!!

  7. Oh! I am so late in wishing you this… but CONGRATS!!! Hopefully you’re feeling healthy and happy and kicking the morning sickness!

  8. Congratulations! Wishing you the best of luck throughout this pregnancy and with a new little one!

  9. Congrats Rachel!! Hope you are feeling better soon. :)

  10. That is the best way I can think of to share the good news! CONGRATULATIONS!

  11. Yay!!! Congratulations Rachel :) It’s such a drag that you are suffering from morning sickness. Ugh! That’s awful. But, hopefully you will move on from it soon. I never had it at all during my 4 pregnancies. The down side to this is that what I did have was HUNGER and boy did I indulge my cravings.

    I hope you are feeling better soon. Let the hubby take care of dinner as much as possible!

    • You are so lucky you never had to experience morning sickness. It is not fun! Hubs has been great though, I am so blessed to have him!

  12. Congratulations!! So, so excited for you :) E is adorable in that shirt and you are going to rock at raising two…I totally know it!

  13. Hi! I just wanted to say 1. That I really really enjoy your blog and your recipes. And 2. Your daughter is gorgeous and she definitely gets her good looks from you. And 3. I hope your nausea ends quickly and you don’t slow down too much on the food blogging cuz we’d miss your posts.

    • What a sweet, sweet comment. Thank you!!! Seriously. From the bottom of my heart. You are too kind! I’ll be back full force soon, I promise.

  14. Well, let’s see I think your age spacing is good. My first two were 2 years apart (like literally 2 years, born on the same day!) and my 2nd and 3rd were 2 1/2 years apart and I thought it was a little easier. I was so sick with all my pregnancies that I spent half of my 2nd preg in the hospital being dehydrated. So I guess my advice for you now would be too drink as much water as you can!
    Your little E. is so adorable! Take time for yourself to rest. You can always blog later :) Congrats again!!

    • Great advice. I always know when I start seeing stars I need to drink water. Yikes! Thanks for the sweet compliments and the support. :) xoxo

  15. OVER THE MOON for you Rachel! YAY!!!! Sorry you are sooooo sick sweetie. I remember those days (even though the last was 14 years ago). I could never eat after noon and very little before noon…lost 7 pounds my first three months and finally month four was famished 24/7. Then gained 7 in the fourth month and do you know what my FEMALE doctor said, “Honey, if you keep gaining like this you will be as big as a house…you might want to slow down.” No joke. She said that and I cried all the way home.

    I have one more tip to add to your awesome list: Drink little sips of lemonade. That was one of the few things that settled my stomach alongside a couple of Saltines.

    Your little E. is the cutest thing EVER…no wonder you are having another one. :)

  16. Congratulation Rachel!!! How exciting! Your little one is so pretty with her “big Sister” t-shirt <3
    Hope you feel better soon!

  17. Well — congratulations! This is exciting news, and your little one is precious in that “big sister” shirt :)

  18. CONGRATS!!!! and I LOVE that adorable shirt- too cute!

  19. Major congrats!! I love your honesty, I always wonder how all those pregnant bloggers manage to stay so upbeat all the time!! :)

  20. Yay! Congrats! I can’t imagine food blogging while dealing with the all day sickness (whoever termed it morning sickness was a man and had no idea what he was talking about). Hope you feel better soon.
    Pregnancy is definitely harder when you all ready have a little one but 2 kids is so fun! E will love to be a little helper.
    All this pregnancy talk makes me kinda miss those days. My baby turns 1 tomorrow :(

  21. Congratulations! Your daughter is so adorable.

  22. Yaaaaay it’s out now! I don’t have to keep my lips sealed any longer! CONGRAAAATS!!!!

  23. Awww, congratulations Rachel, Ben and E! What an exciting time for you all!

  24. Congratulations!!!! Yay for another adorable baby! Booo nausea and emotional rollercoaster :(

  25. Congratulations Rachel!! So happy for you!!

  26. Love the shirt which is on just the sweetest looking little girl. Hoping you start to feel better soon; not for your blog’s sake..for YOUR sake!

  27. Congratulations! How exciting! I was really fortunate when I had the twins that I never had morning sickness but I know its real tough so hang in there and hopefully you’ll start feeling better. :)

  28. Congrats, so exciting! That’s crazy that everyone is preggers at the same time!!! P.S…. I’m one of the 10 people who care :)

    Now I want one!

  29. OH MY GOSH!!! Congratulations, Rachel! Your first little one is absolutely adorable so I cannot imagine how excited you guys are! XOXO

  30. seriously – so excited for you :)

    and thank GOODNESS popcorn is still an okay food! i know that would be devastating :)

  31. Congrats! :) Your daughter is adorable, by the way :)

  32. holy baby train! Congrats friend! I already have meat diversions and I’m not pregnant, so I can’t imagine that when the day comes if I’ll even be able to think about meat! lol.

  33. Congrats, Rachel! I am so happy for you and your family. Adding a second child takes a bit of adjustment, but it is so worth it. E will be a great source of entertainment to the baby and they will be best friends and playmates. Don’t stress about keeping up with the blog; we will miss you, but taking care of yourself and your babies is more important. I hope you start feeling better soon and that you have a happy and healthy pregnancy!

  34. Oh and we are do at almost exactly the same time! I was due December 15th and now the 19th. Wish we lived closer our kids could have play dates!

  35. Yay!! Congrats! I am with you on all of those things you said above! My nausea was all day now it’s at night, so I’m normally in bed at 7pm, and I am constantly sucking on mints. It really does help. I feel you though on keeping up with a food blog. I just keep telling myself the morning sickness will pass, I hope!

  36. Congratulations that is wonderful news You ‘ll love having an addition to your family It is lots of fun and challenging at times but all well worth it Congrats to you all <3<3<3

  37. Congrats! Something is definitely in the air :)

  38. AWE!! Congrats!! I’m so excited for you and your family!! LOVE watching the blog families grow :)

  39. YEA!!!!! Congratulations! I knew it, especially when you said you feel like everyone is pregnant right now, i KNEW that included you! PS, I’m not, juuust for the record.
    All of your food and smell aversions, and not wanting to blog, that’s all sounding oh so familiar! I hope you get to the second tri soon and all of that goes away soon.

  40. SO exciting!!!!! Congratulations!!! :) Hang in there – I hope you start feeling better soon!

  41. yay congrats lady!!! so happy for you and your family!! xoxo

  42. Congratulations Rachel! So happy for you all! And yes, E is going to be the cutest big sister ever!

  43. YAY! Congratulations! And I think the way you announced it to the parents was clever and fun. :)

  44. Yay! Congratulations! What an exciting time for you and your family. I hope you start feeling better soon. Being sick and being a mommy, wife, friend, food blogger is not easy. And I totally want to see a cute baby bump so I can live vicariously through you ;)

  45. Congratulations!! How exciting :) I totally agree with you, meat and veggies in the first trimester were off limits for me too and I definitely showed earlier with this pregnancy (my second)! Hope it gets easier for you soon!

  46. Congraaaaaaaaaaats!!!! So very excited for you and your family!

    Take good care! :-D

  47. congratulations!!! such an exciting time :)

  48. Congrats!!!! So happy for you Rachel! :)

  49. CONGRATS!!!! WOW!!!! Didn’t see this one coming (nor did I with any of the other ladies you mentioned)

    Can’t wait to read all about the pregnancy, life, and how things progress. So happy for you guys!!!

  50. Congratulations!! So excited for you and the whole family. Loved your hubby’s take, too… Sounds vaguely familiar ;)

  51. Congratulations! What wonderful news! You are so blessed! Sorry to hear bout the morning sickness ~ I remember eating a LOT of saltines…that seemed to help me… Oh! This is so exciting!

  52. Eeeeek congrats! What fun news! Seriously I’m totally believing there is something in the food blogging water now. Lol and I sure hope you’re feeling better soon! Can’t wait for more updates :)

  53. Oh my gosh! I’m staying away from the water everyone is drinking! haha ;) Congrats! Baby E will be the cutest big sister :)

  54. I’m so excited for you – and so excited that you get to announce it now!! And yay for joining the pregnant club – it’s easier to do when friends are going through it, too!

  55. Yea! Congrats! Having two babies is just wonderful – life only gets sweeter from here. ;)

  56. I just had to put the breaks on my #shereadstruth catch up to say CONGRATS!!! I am so happy for you, and sweet E is going to be the best big sister. This is amazing news, so so so happy for you Rach!!! xoxo

  57. Congratulations! May the morning sickness pass quickly.

  58. Congratulations! You must be so thrilled! And the sleeping and eating popcorn after 8PM applies to me as well, except I’m not pregnant.

    Congrats again! So excited for you :)

  59. Man there really is something in the blogging worlds water huh?! Congrats<3<3<3 Hope the "morning sickness" or "all day long sickness" goes away for you soon. It's the WORST!

  60. Congrats!!! How exciting! Hope you start to feel better soon!

  61. Congratulations!! Two is a big adjustment but you can do it! I have faith :)

  62. OHMYGOSH congratulations!!! Apologies for the all caps. Haha. I’m so happy for you! And E is the cutest big sister everrr (besides me, ha). I can’t wait to see baby bump pics (there had better be some, I don’t care how gross you think you look)!

  63. Congratulations!! What wonderful news :)

  64. Oh my gosh! Congratulations!!!

    P.S. E is so stinkin’ cute!

  65. Congratulations! That is so exciting! This is your 2nd pregnancy? I have 3 little ones at home. Good luck and I wish you an happy and healthy pregnancy! :)

  66. Congratulations friend! I’m so happy for you, Ben and Baby E :) Now, we all know you are adorable so get to taking those bump pictures!!! :)

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