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So when we shared our big moving announcement a few weeks ago, there may have been one more little secret we’ve been keeping…

We’re expecting our first baby in November!  I’m 20 weeks along with this little one, and it’s the best San Francisco souvenir we could have been blessed with.

Because I’ve been keeping this secret from you guys since March (!!), I wanted to share a little video recapping the first trimester.  From finding out we were expecting to our first ultrasound, how we told our families over Mother’s Day weekend, the first item we bought for baby and how I’ve been feeling along the way – everything is covered in a quick 5.5 minute recap below!

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So all of this to say, moving across the country, starting over in a new city, Christian starting a new job, buying our first home, and having our first baby… we are clearly just taking it all on at the same time.  Just trying to see what else we can tack on while we’re at it!  But they are all such exciting and happy moments that I feel really lucky to be experiencing so many of them at once.

And of course, I am so excited to finally share this news with all of my CBL girls!  In the first few months I was trying to think of creative ways to share the news and so I thought the video would be a great way to catch you up to speed.  Christian and I figured we would keep it a little inside secret until I was showing, and around 18 weeks there was no more hiding this bump.  I’m still wearing most of the same clothes (the forgiving ones, at least),  but I can tell that once we hit the third trimester I’ll be needing to dip into maternity.  With so many things on our plate right now, “we’ll get there when we get there” has been my mantra.  One day at a time!

I would love to hear if you guys have any more questions or if there is anything else you’d want me to fill you in on.  We can do a baby version of the monthly blog FAQ if you prefer?  Please leave any questions below in the comments!

As for how baby will affect CBL… I don’t really know just yet.  Probably as frequently as Christian pops in or out, but I think it will depend on how much you guys want to know, what is relevant/helpful to those of you who take the time to read this blog, etc.  I know there are so many amazing motherhood blogs out there and CBL will always remain focused on fashion, with emphasis on other lifestyle categories including marriage and now family.  I would love to hear if pregnancy/postpartum/baby content is helpful to you or if you prefer the existing lifestyle categories as is.

Thank you so much for being a part of this joyous time with us.  This baby was not a surprise, it was what we had been hoping for this year and we feel so overwhelmed with gratitude that we have been chosen to take care of and raise this little boy or girl.  Christian keeps saying how excited he is to meet this baby!  He’s been so protective and wonderful, making sure I don’t lift heavy boxes and that I’m eating healthy and drinking enough water.  I think he called me every hour on the hour when I drove across the country with Lula.  It’s been really sweet.

You can check out more video content by subscribing to my YouTube channel here or checking out the “video” category of this site!  Thank you so much for being a part of our journey.  Your support and encouragement always means so so so much to us.  Love y’all! XO –

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  1. I am so incredibly happy for you! I wish you, Christian, Lula, Bailey, and Baby Barnes nothing but the best life in Georgia. Congratulations!!!

  2. Congratulations to you and Christian! These pictures made me smile especially the one of your entire family, fur babies included :)! I for one would love some mom life thrown in after all this blog is about your life.
    Keri Elaine

  3. Congratulations!!!! You guys are so adorable and I love the video!
    What an exciting time! On a side note, I’d love to hear how you shoot/edit your videos, they are always on point!

  4. Ahhh! Congratulations on your little one! So happy for you! I had a feeling an announcement was coming 😉 Also due in November here, praying the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly!

  5. Oh. My. Heavens! Love! Love! Love! This is sooo exciting Congratulations! I love following you on all your platforms – so relatable, hilarious, and hands down you are one of my top three fave bloggers I keep up with! I am so excited to follow along your pregnancy journey! This is going to be one of the most exciting experiences ever!

    My sweet baby boy is 6.5 months! Last year was a whirlwind for my husband and I. I’m talking getting engaged, getting married (because why wait for the ceremony?!), moving to a new duty station, surprise baby, buying a house and moving again, buying new cars, my husband being gone often because #militarylife, and then our little arriving two weeks early and the day after Christmas. lol So many overwhelming and exciting moments happening all at once! Taking it one day at a time is a must!

  6. Been following you for a while, but have never commented before. Just wanted to say I am genuinely so excited and happy for you both! What an exciting new chapter! Best wishes to you both

  7. That’s amazing! Congratulations! If the way you treat your pets is any indication (and it totally is), you guys are going to be such thoughtful, sweet parents.

  8. OMG! Congrats!!! We just had our first daughter in March of this year. So many fun and exciting times ahead! Enjoy every moment because it will fly by (at least it did for me). We didn’t find out the gender and it was so fun in the delivery room to hear “it’s a girl.” I loved being surprised and it wasn’t hard for me to not know even though it bothered everyone else. Plus there’s so many cute gender neutral themes and gear! Either way, such a blessing! I also wasn’t sick at all during pregnancy besides being more tired, I never got sick. It is possible 🙂 wishing you a happy/healthy pregnancy and good luck moving in to your new house. Such exciting times this year!

  9. Again so excited for you two! My only advice would be to not read to far into those what to expect apps or books. Enjoy the time you are in at that time. With my first i kinda was so worried about hitting milestones I was missing out on her current milestones! So excited to watch your new journey and the fashion for this cute little bundle of joy!

  10. Congratulations!! I am so excited to follow along in your journey to motherhood and beyond. As someone that is due with our first in December, I would love to hear all your thoughts/opinions on pregnancy and mom life. What a wonderful time in life for the Barnes clan!

  11. Yay!!! Congratulations!! Soo exciting and soo happy for you guys! Your going to be an Amazing mommy❤️

  12. Congratulations!!!! So excited for you two. I’m also expecting. Little one, only 10 weeks along. i was wondering if you could do a post on the blog/insta story about skincare while pregnant. It’s what I’m struggling with the most and am definitely hoping to hear about what’s working for others.

    Congratulations again!! ❤️

  13. Congratulations to you and Christian! These 9 months will fly by, enjoy and document each moment!

    I just got to bring my little boy home today and he Such a blessing to us.


  14. Sooooo beyond excited for you guys! Cannot wait for your little one to be here and so glad we get to hear everything and be apart of the journey with you! Love being apart of the CBL community! XOXO

  15. OMG I am so happy for you I could burst. I am 23 weeks!!!!!!! Let’s do this mama thang girl!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Congratulations you two!! This news is amazing and although I have been a follower since the OC days, I have appreciated all of your posts and sharings! I would LOVE to see some Maternity Fasion! Maybe cute ways to dress that sweet baby bump since sometimes maternity clothes aren’t always the easiest to figure out although the trends have definitely improved in recent times. Love you and your blog Kathleen! Excited for Baby Barnes<3

  17. YAY Congrats! I was thinking an announcement was coming! Would you mind sharing your journey to getting pregnant? How long it took, if you were diligently tracking or just playing it by ear, etc. I know it’s deeply personal, but I think it would be super helpful if you’d be willing to share! We just recently found out we are expecting our first and I would LOVE if you kept us in the loop on all things baby. I love all your lifestyle/daily life content! Congrats again!

  18. I posted on Insta already but my goodness I’ve been following so long I just feel like I’m hearing old friends are having a baby and I’m so for happy for y’all haha

  19. Congrats! That cute little baby bump looks precious on you. So excited for your family.

  20. Congratulations!!!! I’m 28 weeks today (helloooo 3rd trimester) and I want ALL the baby content! Love your honesty, snark, and hilariousness.

  21. Ahhhhh literally had an ear to ear smile as soon as I saw your bump!! What an amazing year for you and Hcriatian and baby Barnes!! Wishing you a continued healthy pregnancy and delivery. Cannot wait to see you evolve as a blogger when you are also wearing the title of mom! And I can’t wait for more Karen as a grandma posts!

  22. I had a feeling that there may be this announcement by year’s end!! And now a sweet baby will be here by then! I love CBL but definitely hope you include some mom life and we get to see some of your sweet baby! Congrats!!!

  23. Hi Kathleen! I’ve been following you for some time but am a first-time commenter. I just wanted to say congrats to you and Christian; What an exciting time between your first house and baby Barnes! I wish y’all nothing but the best!

  24. WoW and I’ve been so excited for you the last few weeks, following the packing, the drive cross country and awaiting the house tour . Over all just already super excited for you guys and now you throw this at me lol I’m in total happy over the moon Shock.
    So so excited for you guys and to follow along your amazing journey. Congratulations!!!!
    Btw you look amazing and that green dress shows off your baby body so beautifully, great choice!

  25. So excited for y’all! FYI. We did not find out what we were having and it was beautiful!

  26. Soooooo exciting!! I’ve been following you for a few years now and I’m super excited to see the changes in your life! Love your fashion style, you and Christian are just so cute, so happy for you guys and your next chapter! And as a mom of 2 littles, I’m excited to see baby posts! Congratulations!!!

  27. Congratulations Kathleen!! So excited for you and Christian <3 Babies are such a blessing and magical time. Wishing you a smooth second half of your pregnancy <3

  28. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I knew that glow couldn’t be JUST from moving here to Georgia!!! I’m so happy for you both!

  29. Congrats! I am so excited for y’all! Would love to know what skincare worked for you and was pregnancy safe

  30. Your whole journey with C, and now the house, and baby (!) is so exciting and inspirational. I’m a PhD, my hubby is just starting his MD, we just moved to the Bay area, and sometimes it just feels like these exciting milestones are a million years away. Seeing this felt like a reminder that with a little (ok maybe a lot) of patience, and lots of love, we’ll get there someday too. Thanks for sharing and congratulations <3

  31. I am soooo excited for you both!! I was really hoping this was in the plans once you got settled in the new spot as becoming parents is really magical and so fun! Things have a way of working out as they should!! You two will be great!!
    No wonder the Bay Area was so tough- I felt the same way 9 months ago when we had our baby girl!
    Please share as much baby and new parent content to the blog as you possibly can and want too.

    Much love from Seattle!

  32. CONGRATULATIONS!! I’ve been following you for quite some time & have found so much support after you opened up about Christian and how difficult fellowship was for you two. I’ve found my husband and I delaying our family plans due to fellowship and am finally ready to ‘begin our lives’ now that he is done too. So so happy for you! I’d love to hear all about your pregnancy & what products you’re loving so far.

  33. Would love for you to document both your pregnancy and journey into motherhood. It’s going to be a huge part of your life and I’m definitely interested in following along. I’m 29 weeks along with my 2nd so definitely in a similar boat. Would also love you to do some “mom fashion” style posts as well down the line. Hope y’all are enjoying Athens so far! We lived there for 4 years when my husband got his PhD from UGA – it’s a great college town and a wonderful place to raise a family. And you have some good choices for pregnancy food cravings – DePalma’s, Last Resort, Big City Bread, Mama’a Boy!

  34. I am so Happy for you-and so excited for you, both!!While you were documenting your move, I thought, “New job, new house-time for a baby!” Congratulations! All will be kept in Prayer….

  35. Congrats Kathleen! I’m so excited for you and look forward to following your pregnancy journey, as I am only a few weeks behind with my third baby! Still love recommendations, especially skin care that is pregnancy friendly!

  36. Congratulations! I am 19 weeks pregnant currently. Would love some maternity fashion posts as well as baby information. This is my second child but I always love hearing what baby products work for other moms as well as where you buy baby clothes.

  37. Congratulations!! I have been a follower for a couple of years. I know the road can be long to getting to that point in life when everything falls into place where having a baby seems right (I am a physician myself), and I am so happy to hear that the time is right for you guys!! After practicing medicine for several years I finally met the man of my dreams, got married (this past October) and we are expecting a honeymoon baby in 2 weeks! I am happy to see everything falling into place for you both as well after a crazy year in SFO!

  38. Congratulations!! I am Jennifer Rose’s cousin and my husband and I are due in December! We are also buying our first home so I can totally relate your hectic life right now!

  39. Oh my goodness. I read and look at all of your posts even though I don’t leave comments. I had to today to congratulate you both on hyour pregnancy. I know Pat and AG are smiling down upon you. I am thrilled.
    Gail Johnson
    Crowley, La.

  40. Aww congrats girl!! So so exciting! I am due in October and am super jealous you can still fit into most of your clothes lol. My belly looks like a large basketball . Can’t wait to see more of your journey ❤️ Xoxo

  41. So so soooo excited for you and Christian! Going to be an amazing, beautiful journey for you guys. Trust your instincts on family and baby content – it will be authentically you which is what we read for!

    Just please do a Nordstrom Sale Roundup next week – LOVED your picks last year!!

    So many warm wishes to you!

  42. Congratulations!! The sweetest announcement. You’re glowing! I want to hear it ALL girl!! I’m way too lazy to read through the comments to see if anyone has asked already, much less scour the word wide web for my own info… but if you’d do a skincare blogpost I would be SoOoOoOoO grateful! It’s an interesting time when I’m excited to be pregnant at the same time as a blogger I’ve never met… but.. tis 2019! Cheers! (just sparkling grape juice, per you I’ll be skipping the nonalcoholic wine!)

  43. Congratulations and greetings from Paris !! :-))
    I’ll love to read your baby content as my baby is probably two weeks younger than yours and due at the beginning of december :-))

  44. So excited for you both and can’t believe y’all pulled off this secret while moving across the country! Y’all are going to be the best parents. You are truly glowing!!!

    – xx. Merritt

  45. Congratulations- life’s greatest gift! You are going to be wonderful parents. God Bless, Karla ❤️

  46. CONGRATULATIONS!! I’ve been following you for years and am so excited to find out your family will be expanding! Hubby & I just found out were expecting and I’m currently 8 wks! Can’t wait for you to share all of your mama 2 be tips (i.e. fashion, pregnancy skincare, recipes, exercise tips, and nursery room looks)! Congrats to you both!!

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