We’ve been keeping a secret, and I’ve nearly blown it from excitement. Baby Birnbaum is joining our family in August! Yes, Jake and Elwood will be big brothers! It feels so surreal – marrying your sweetheart, moving to a new city, and now finally starting the family we always dreamed of. My growing belly is my reminder that it is all real and not a dream!
We don’t know the gender yet, but we will find out soon at our 20 week appointment. I can’t wait to start picking out the perfect name, buying things for the baby, and converting our second bedroom to a nursery. Now that I’m four months in (18 weeks plus change!) and the bump is getting too hard to hide, we’re finally sharing the news!
We found out I was pregnant mid December, right before we went to Cleveland to visit family. Since we hadn’t yet had our first doctor’s appointment, we decided to keep the news to ourselves until we had more information and answers to share. I remember thinking my mom was going to be on to me for not having our glass of wine together, but she said she suspected nothing!
My first trimester was a bit of a doozy. We were so happy and excited but also had no idea what to expect. I didn’t get the type of “movie” morning sickness where you throw up in the morning then you’re done. I was basically nauseous all day – it felt like I was on a rocky boat or a turbulent plane from the moment I woke up to when I went to sleep. The only thing that helped was carbs and ginger ale. And the exhaustion – oh my goodness! I could have passed out on the sofa at 5pm every day. I also didn’t really feel like myself, as I kind of lost my mood to go out and do things.
Dan took my moodiness and cravings in stride, and immediately ordered all the baby books. He has been as attentive as can be. Not judging the carb swings, picking up more ginger ale, making sure the bath water isn’t too hot for baby, doesn’t make fun of my huge preggo boobs, and he hasn’t missed one doctor’s appointment despite his hectic firm schedule. When we went to Lake Geneva for my birthday in January, I remember feeling so awful that I wanted to bail on the fancy dinner Dan planned for me. He didn’t think twice about canceling – instead he took me to get some chicken noodle soup and we watched Sebastian Maniscalco’s comedy show in our pjs at the hotel instead.
I’ve always wanted to be a mother, but I’m especially excited to see Dan as a father. The thought of it makes me tear up! He is such a loving sensitive guy who loves to learn, and I know he will be the best dad and role model to Birnbaum-bino. Baby is going to be showered with hugs and kisses.
Regardless of my next-level exhaustion, I still went to work. Michelle and I went to fashion week and continued with our photo shoots. I went skiing in Bozeman, Montana, and attended a dear friend’s wedding in Washington, DC. Life just wouldn’t slow down.
Now that I recently rounded the corner into the second trimester, I feel so much better – more like myself. I have more energy, and the nausea has gone. The main difference is that the bump is REAL and a lot of my clothes don’t fit! Makes sense considering Baby B is the size of an artichoke right now! I’m learning to dress my new curves and having fun doing it. My dress is a non-maternity find; I just sized up to a medium. I’m excited to show you guys how I adapt non-maternity clothing to my growing belly, and it will be fun to explore maternity brands!
A quick thank you to Michelle for spending a Sunday afternoon with us at the Garfield Park Conservatory! These photos have such a special place in my heart, and I couldn’t imagine anyone else taking them for us. Our last professional photos together were at our wedding in August 2015, so these are definite framers that we will always treasure.
We can’t wait to meet Baby of Glam in August! Until then, I’m committed to thoroughly enjoying my pregnancy and embracing all the change coming our way!
Congratulations Roxanne! This is such an exciting time of your lives and I am so glad to be on the other end of this post to jump up and down for you! You are glowing and this maxi dress looks perfect on you and Baby Glam! Looking forward to your updates.
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Congrats Roxanne! This is such exciting news! So happy for you! You’re going to make the best mom 🙂
Congratulation on this exciting new. You look stunning with this adorable dress and baby bump 🙂 I cannot wait for your next chapter as a mom Roxanne 🙂
My mother always told me that every baby is a miracle – how true that is! Look after yourself and enjoy every second. xx Pamela Style Yourself Confident
Jacqui Berry says
Congratulations – what exciting news! So pleased for you there’s nothing like it! I’ve been blessed with 5 children, grown adults now, but still bring me joy every day. Jacqui Mummabstylish
Congratulations! You are looking amazing! I hope the rest of your pregnancy will go smoothly with a safe delivery!
This is exciting news! Congratulations to both of you, Roxanne you look splendid, the pregnancy agrees with you and you are going to be a fantastic mom.
Melissa Bauza says
so so happy for you both!! congratulations! what a blessing xoxo
OH MY GOODNESS, you guys!!! I am so excited for you!
How the heck have you been able to keep this under wraps?
So amazing, truly it is the best!
Congratulations! I am due my first on August 28th, we must be pretty close! This was a lovely post, I have found it a very strange and overwhelming experience so far and am very happy to have the first trimester out of the way, feels like now we can can finally relax into it and start feeling excited about all the amazing things to come! Enjoy! x
What a beautiful post- makes me want to cry tears of joy! So happy for you and “Baby of Glam”!!
AhhhhH!!!! There will be a baby!!! 😀 <3 XOXOXO
Deborah Dockendorf says
Oh how exciting, Roxanne!!! You are absolutely glowing! What a fabulous friend you have to have taken such beautiful photos!!
All the best to you, your hubby, and baby glam!
Laura B. says
“Baby of Glam” I LOVE that! CONGRATS to you both, I’m so excited for you guys!!
jodie filogomo says
That’s so exciting Roxanne (and Dan)!!!!!! Congrats and sending you tons of hugs!!
I am beyond happy for you and your growing family. Funny how someone’s news who is virtually a stranger could make me so happy. I truly am. Babies and children are just such a gift, though I often joke about the exhaustion of motherhood, I am also very thankful that I was able to have two, healthy babies that continue to be the center of our world. It sounds like you have the perfect partner to enjoy this adventure with and I absolutely love how attentive he is to you, reminds me of my own husband. I look forward to your journey unfolding on the blog (no pressure though, you do/share what feels right for you). Congratulations!
Congratulations!!! I’m so excited for you and hope you’re feeling well. I was always tired too but you’re right, life goes on. Enjoy this special time and I can’t wait to hear what you’re having! Sierra Beautifully Candid
Thank you so much Sierra!
Shelbee on the Edge says
Aw, Congratulations, my friend! This is such beautiful, wonderful, exciting news! I am so happy for you! And wait until you see your wonderful husband interact with the baby once baby arrives…I still get all swoony when I watch my husband play with the kids…I call it “momgasms”! And I can tell already, you are going to have lots of momgasms!
And these photos are absolutely stunning. I look forward to seeing your maternity style. You are going to rock that baby belly!
Ahh thank you Shelbee for your sweet comments!! We are over the moon excited!