baby announcement

As many of you may have guessed… we are almost halfway to meeting our second little one!  I saw that first positive test on the 4th of July, a week before my birthday and the only gift I prayed for on my knees, morning after morning.  In fact, the entire process of trying to get pregnant this time around brought me humbly closer to God in many ways, which has felt really beautiful.

We do not know the gender, but we do know he/she is healthy, and it’s been such a gift to simply relish in that miracle.  I want to keep the gender a surprise and Christian wants to find out… so we are still on the fence!

I will share that while Hudson was an easy journey getting pregnant, the pregnancy was very easy, labor and delivery was great… this one made us work a little harder in every way.  I have not felt my best and spent many weeks vomiting, eating crackers and drinking gatorade zero and ginger ale.  Some days I could only get out of bed to get Hudson ready for the day and had to call the rest of the day off.  I think some of you spotted my nausea bands (and even at 18+ weeks, some days I still need them), however we are still just so overwhelmed with gratitude that I gladly take it on.  And I think knowing how much I love Hudson, it feels more than worth it.

Believe it or not, Hudson loves babies and other kids, so I really think he’s going to be a great big brother.  These two will be a little over two years apart, almost the exact age difference to the day that my older brother and I are, so it’s nice to have an idea of what to expect!

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I cannot go without saying to all of my ladies working on expanding their families, my sincerest thoughts and hopefulness is with you.  I waited until 20 weeks to share my pregnancy with Hudson and we are nearly to that mark now mostly because I never want our happy news to make anyone feel less joyful about their own life or dreams.  I’ve been there, and always had to remind myself there are not a designated amount of babies out there – one person’s pregnancy doesn’t mean there still isn’t a baby in the future for us!

If you guys would be interested, I’d be open to sharing some of the things that helped me remain joyful and patient during that trying process.

The content on CBL and social media will remain the same, I just knew it was time to share as it was increasingly becoming harder to physically hide in clothing and seeing the “are you pregnant!?” questions on Instagram let me know it was time.  But just to put it out there, when you ask someone if they’re pregnant online in a public setting, you’re either asking someone private information they’ve chosen not to share yet or you’re telling them they look like they could be pregnant.  It feels like a lose-lose to make a public comment about anyone’s body.  When in doubt… text your sister or friend.  That’s a more polite choice if you need to discuss!!

Love you guys and thank you for sharing in our joy.  We are so grateful, so overjoyed, there aren’t enough words to describe how excited we are to meet this little miracle in March.  Thanks so much for reading – XO –

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60 thoughts on “Our Hearts Are Growing!

  1. So happy for you, C, & Hud <3 thankful we can get a peak into this journey, and excited to witness your family grow! xx

  2. OMG! I’m so excited for you!! No joke, I’m sitting here at work and a notification popped up on my phone and all I could see what “our hearts are growing” and I knew some amazing news was about to come my way!!! Congratulations and thanks for sharing this bit of sparkle with us!!! XOXO

  3. CONGRATULATIONS, Kathleen & co!!! I’m currently in the process of trying and your words mean so much and I am sincerely so happy for y’all!!! And yes please, I would love to know about those things you mentioned that helped you cope with staying positive while TTC!

  4. Congrats! What a special and blessed time for your family. I personally have been in the waiting purgatory before and currently have at least one girlfriend who is there too, so I’d love to hear how you stayed positive.

  5. I have been waiting for this announcement! I thought this a few months ago and have been praying that everything was ok and you were just waiting to share. Congratulations! You look beautiful. I can’t wait to see your Hambone as a big brother. I hope you continue to feel better! All the best to you and your family.

  6. Congratulations! And let me just say, you handle this space with a lot of grace. ❤️❤️

  7. I am so incredibly happy for you three! I can not wait to see your lil family grow. I truly love watching all the changes in your life and this brings me soo much joy. Definitely praying for continued health for you and baby! ❤️
    I would also love to hear what kept you joyful and patience. To be very honest and very open here, I had a miscarriage in May and we started trying again when I was ready. We still haven’t gotten pregnant. I honestly struggle with not beating myself up or falling into a depression. I think you can help a lot of ladies if you do not mind sharing with us.

    1. Thank you for being so honest & vulnerable! This moves me as I am on the journey to conceive myself. Sending you so much love!

  8. Congratulations!! Long time follower and could not be happier to hear the exciting news about your growing family! Looking forward to following along the rest of your journey and always appreciate that you keep it real along the way! I would love to hear some of your tips on how you stayed joyful throughout the process. We are going on two years of TTC and after multiple surgeries and failed fertility treatments it can be really hard to stay positive and not get overwhelmed with negativity. If you are willing to share I think hearing more about your journey would be helpful to many. So happy for you!!

  9. Congratulations!!! So happy for you 4! I too am 18 weeks pregnant with my second! So fun to be able to follow along with you!

    XO, Amanda

  10. I’m in my second trimester first pregnancy myself and have been COMBING your blog for all your maternity and newborn recs for a while! Then this! Congratulations! Will patiently wait for your “what I’m doing differently this time around” post please and thank you ❤️ All the best.

  11. Congratulations! As a 58 year old follower your symptoms point to a GIRL! Hudson is so cute and will be such a cute big brother, your mother must be over the moon!

  12. Congratulations to you and your lovely family , will be praying for your safe delivery and pregnancy journey ! I have been following your space for about 3 years and love what you share and your honesty and personality in general 🙂 if you are open to sharing how to be positive and patient while trying to grow your family and also how to take care of yourself health wise during this time , I would greatly appreciate it 🙂 . Sending lots of love and prayers for you and your family

  13. So thrilled for you!! Would love to hear more about your pregnancy. I love following along for your Hudson content. Motherhood looks beautiful on you!

  14. So happy for you! My babies are almost exactly 2 years apart, and it’s so fun! And honestly, I expected it to be so so tough having two littles, but it has not been as difficult as I thought it would be! Praying the rest of your pregnancy is happy and healthy

  15. Congratulations to you and your family!!! so incredibly happy for you!! Wishing you the best with the remainder of your pregnancy. I cannot wait to see pictures of this little bundle of joy once they make their way into the world

  16. Congratulations! So very excited for you and your family! My daughter and husband are expecting their second baby the end of March – first of April also. Little Evaleigh Elizabeth celebrates her 1st birthday November 10th, so these two will be just 16 months apart! So excited to be a Mimi of 2!❤️ Thank you for sharing you journey with Hudson and this baby journey also! I adore you and just love watching and reading all of you posts and stories!! Gold Bless and enjoy!! It only gets better!xoxo❤️

  17. Beyond happy for you guys. Can’t wait to see Hudson become a big brother. I can relate to the fact that the second time around was way more difficult than getting pregnant the first time. But I guess God has a plan for all of us. Wishing you the best on the rest of your pregnancy. I hope the nausea goes away. That’s the worst!

  18. Congrats Kathleen! Very exciting! I would be excited to read about what kept you joyful & patient as I am on a journey to conceive myself. It would be nice to read any tips you have.

  19. Congratulations!! I am so happy for yall, and I am SO looking forward to baby content! I had my first baby this past January and I had reread the post you made about breastfeeding. I am so with you…I don’t understand why people feel the need to ask such personal questions. I could have written that article btw. Please share your experiences/feelings if you are feeling up to it. It definitely helped me reading that breastfeeding article as I absolutely hated it and felt that something was wrong with me. I was told that it was supposed to help with PPD, but unfortunately it caused me so much anxiety the first 2 months that I was not able to enjoy my baby. I wanted to run away. I was so scared to switch to formula from all the pressure. I feel that I really started to bond with my daughter when we switched to formula.

  20. Well this is wonderful news, congratulations! You look positively radiant. I recall having my second baby. I remember worrying “will I really be able to love another baby as much as I love the one I have?”. Yes. The answer is yes. Absolutely yes.

  21. I’m so happy for you guys! Congratulations. Forever, God is faithful. May You continue experiencing the Power of His Love.

  22. Congratulations! Would love if you could share your journey on conceiving. We are on month 4 of trying for the first time and it’s definitely overwhelming waiting for the positive every month. I definitely noticed some baggier outfits and am so happy for you and your family!!

  23. Congratulations on your sweet baby!! So happy for you and your family! It was nice to hear that you also were a momma trying for fertility instead of being surprisingly gifted with it. I would love some ways you dealt with the waiting period. It is lonely and heartbreaking. Seeing your good news gives me hope for my own good news one day! 🙂
    Much love,

  24. Congrats on the upcoming arrival of your newest little one.Wishing you a continued healthy pregnancy

  25. Congrats, Kathleen!! I am so happy for you and your growing family! I didn’t know nausea bands were a thing but am purchasing since I am 9 weeks and STRUGGLING ‍ Xx

  26. Congratulations!!! Spring babies are so wonderful. I know you are a self-proclaimed Yard Woman, as am I. Having a spring baby was pure joy, walking around in the greener-by-the-day grass and seeing everything come to life in the neighborhood during walks. Biggest mood booster was seeing the sun shining in those very early mornings/late evenings with a newborn.

  27. So thrilled for you + your family! I so admire each of you and can’t wait to see the family grow. As someone who has been TTC for 10 months, I’d love to hear how you stayed positive and joyful in the process.

  28. No words to express how genuinely happy I feel for someone I’ve never met. Congratulations to you and your family! I am here with you. We’ve been trying for a while and your words give me comfort. I’d love to hear what helped you remain joyful and patient during the trying process. Congratulations Kathleen!

  29. A big congratulations to you and your family! My daughter is a few months younger than Hudson, and I also recently found out I am expecting again due a few months after March. I really enjoyed following along during your first pregnancy and often referred to your blog posts related to pregnancy, bump fashion, birth and beyond. I’m excited to get to do the same again for baby two!

  30. Congratulations! I had a feeling as I’m just a few weeks behind you and have noticed a few similarities between us, like clothing styles to accommodate a changing body and sleepiness after dinner! I’ve been reading your old pregnancy post and looking forward to new content and recommendations! A rec for you, A&F has maternity jeans!

    I just had a moment that made me think of you and your IG comments that made me put pen to paper (fingertips to screen) to reach out. A colleague just told me she asked another colleague if I’m pregnant since I’m looking “more voluminous.” Cue the Lisa Rinna shocked in Amsterdam gif. Heather McMahan “whaaat?” reaction. All of the confusion and shock.

    Anyway, so happy for you and your growing family! May you feel better soon and have an easy pregnancy ahead ❤️

  31. What a journey you’ve had, all worth it now! I am currently in my first trimester after doing IVF. I know the struggle of being overjoyed and wanting to share get feeling cautious because I know the pain of TTC all to well. Thanks for sharing with us!

  32. I’m a long time follower and love your platform and voice. You have a beautiful family and I’m beyond thrilled to see it growing. You are kind, inclusive and offer us more than just fashion. I am surprised to see your comments towards the end. I can’t imagine people were coming from a hurtful place by guessing you were pregnant. You always look beautiful and I think through pregnancy you radiate even more and people can’t help but notice that special moment. Try to offer your followers a little grace. I’m sorry if some weren’t kind but know the majority are supportive and come from a good place. All the continued prayers and blessings to a most deserving mother and beautiful growing family.

    1. Thank you for your well wishes, JP! This site is where I share my personal life and thoughts ,and I don’t personally feel it’s polite to ask if “that’s a baby bump” or “are you pregnant?” on a photo when someone has intentionally chosen not to share any pregnancy info. If they’re not in fact pregnant, it can be quite hurtful. And even if they are, it’s rarely wise to comment on someone’s physical body or size on a public platform for hundreds of thousands of others to see. It’s more “putting someone on blast” than a compliment out of love. I do feel it’s most appropriate to allow anyone to share what they wish to share regarding their body when they choose to share it (pregnancy, vaccine, plastic surgery, whatever it may be). And I think it’s good reminder for everyone, including myself! All the best to you and thanks for understanding that these are just my thoughts and experience. Hugs –

  33. First off- over the moon for you! Congratulations. My first pregnancy was a cake walk, beginning to end. This last time, I suffered a miscarriage early on. Your post and TRANSPARENCY give me hope. I Have loved your content, and more importantly, your HEART over the past 5+ish years…only the best for you and your family. Xoxo

  34. Congratulations, Kathleen!! So happy for you! Appreciate your transparency in sharing about your journey, and also the PSA about good manners and being mindful of others’ privacy, so needed! Wishing you a smooth and healthy second half of your pregnancy. All the best!

  35. First off, congratulations!!! How exciting is this! Hudson will be a fantastic big brother. Second, you write so eloquently and I truly enjoy reading your posts because I feel that you really are unique compare to other influencers. Keep the authenticity going 🙂

  36. Congrats!!!! I am due with our miracle baby due 3/9 and I have been reading all your old posts for maternity outfits!! So glad I’ll get to see round two while I’m also expecting!!! Prayers for healthy baby!!!

  37. Congratulations! I would love to read a post on your journey of “trying” to conceive. Wishing you the best over the second half of your pregnancy and beyond.


  38. What a blessing! Seeing a child become and older sibling is the best 🙂 Prayers for a healthy baby and family.

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