We're Going to be Parents!!!!

by Ali Fedotowsky

I can’t believe the news is out. That’s right, we’re pregnant! It feels surreal to let everyone know, since this has been our little secret for a while now. I honestly started getting so nervous last night knowing that we were going to share the news today. Normally I am SO excited to share news with all of you and don’t get me wrong, we are very happy to share it, but something about this news felt SO personal that we almost felt like we were giving away a piece of ourselves by sharing it with everyone. It’s kind of hard to explain. One of my girlfriends had a baby recently and she waited almost 6 months before she shared a photo of her little girl on social media. I asked her why she waited so long (she’s a public figure so I thought maybe it was to protect her child) and she told me that she and her finance waited because their little girl was "just theirs" for a short time. There was something so special to my friend about having her baby girl just for their eyes, and no one else. It wasn’t something I couldn't fully understand until right now. This news has been OURS. Our little secret. Our little miracle.

Well I am over the nerves of last night and now SO excited that you all know! This is going to sound crazy, but I finally feel like I discovered where babies come from! Ha! No really, I’m not even kidding. Obviously I understand that sex leads to babies, but I never fully understood the absolute MIRACLE that happens inside of a woman's body. At every ultrasound I am in awe at how much our little one has grown. It blows my mind that I can gently push on my belly and wake him/her up. How is that possible? How did we create this life? It’s all so overwhelming and beautiful. 

Kevin and I decided that we wanted to become parents on July 4th in 2015. We were hanging in our backyard talking about life and how grateful we are to live in this country and have this life. We were talking abut our future, our love for our little dog Owen (who I refer to as our first child in my pregnancy journal), and talked about our new home that we bought together and suddenly it clicked - we were ready to start a family. I’m going to share more about this story in a future blog because the rest of our summer was pretty comical, but that will have to wait for now. Stay tuned for that story...

You might be wondering about our pregnancy announcement photo. Ha! Well we came up with the idea over Christmas. We were at Kevin’s parents house in Indiana, playing an SNL trivia game that his parents bought us. One of the trivia cards asked what the slogan was for the "Mom Jeans" commercial on SNL. (If you haven’t seen it, watch it HERE) We both knew the answer was “Cause I’m not a woman anymore, I’m a mom” and we both had a laugh. Then it clicked! Mom jeans would make a GREAT pregnancy announcement. We don’t like to take ourselves too seriously and wanted our announcement to be fun and light hearted (I knew I’d save the serious stuff for here on my blog and maybe some future Instagram posts). So we went to Good Will and bought a $3 pair of mom jeans and Kevin’s brother Ryan (Uncle Ryan!) took the photos! I have to admit that the mom jeans were REALLY comfortable. I told Kevin I might just have to start wearing them. Then he made the face you see the picture above. He isn’t nervous about the baby. He’s nervous about the Mom Jeans. Ha!

I want to end by saying thank you to all of you who have supported us (and me for so many years!). We love you guys and are so grateful to share this experience with you. I plan on blogging a lot through my pregnancy - sharing the ups and the downs (So far it’s been ROUGH! Get ready for blogs in great detail about my trips to the bathroom. Oh yay!). We plan to share every emotion and every milestone. So please come on this journey with us. Baby Manno is so loved already!