Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Beetle Shack is Expanding (+1)


























Photo's by Daniel Ferris Photography (more to follow)

If there was ever an exciting side project to announce, it'd be this one.

We're having another baby.

It seems hard to believe that my little Lady Baby is almost two and even harder to believe that after she was born, I was certain that she would be our last.

I changed my tune quickly though. By the time she was one I was ready for more chaos.

And chaos there is.

Pregnancy seems to have this magical way of turning me into a fully developed version of my pubescent self.  I'm a little cubby, there's a tinge of body odour lingering around, I have pimples on my chin, my breasts are as tender as testies and i'm oh so emotionally volatile.

I've been delighting in the simple pleasures that all adolescents know and love. A hot chocolate with marshmallows after dinner, deep solitary baths and five am wake ups... oh wait, no, on-one loves those.

Any way you look at, we're all seriously excited about this new person and can't wait to meet him/her in just under six months from now (i'm due early may).


There is so much I want to share about growing, birthing and raising this baby and I hope that I can manage to do so with sensitivity and tact (which is rather unnatural for me). Along the way i'll share my past experiences (maybe) and intentions (definitely) about the birth of this little treasure.

 In the meantime i'll just sit back and let God knit it together. I know that it will be good.

Happy me, friends! Happy me!


xo em



124 comments:

  1. Félicitations!!! Ohhh how I would love a huge family...
    Best wishes for everything :)

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  2. Congratulations to everyone at the Beetle Shack. Thanks for sharing this special time with us all :) xx

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  3. Oh wow!! Congrats!! I'm due late April and know exactly what you mean. So over the sore boobs but loving the sugar cravings :)

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  4. Congratulations, such wonderful news xx

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  5. Wow, now that is one amazing 'side project'. I really look forward to coming along for the ride with you on this experience (is that a little too voyeuristic??).

    Congratulations to you + your lovely family.

    Be well x C

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  6. Oh YAY! We LOVE babies and yours will be very special indeed. I am so terribly excited for you! Congratulations x

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  7. Yay, best side project ever! And thank gosh I don't have to keep that secret any longer! Looking forward to watching this littlest love of yours grow (and then making you meals and sneaking in cuddles when he/she arrives). x

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  8. congratulations, so happy for you :0)

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  9. Oh yay! What great news! And what a great post, I love your words!

    xx

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  10. Woo hoo!!!! Yay for babies!!! It'd be a crime to not supply this world with more of your kind of cute kiddies :) so happy for you!! Xx

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  11. How exciting!! Congratulations! Can't wait to hear more

    Melynda x

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  12. Congratulations... I have 3 (4yr old, 2 1/2 yr old and 9mth old) its busy but lots of fun with a small bit of chaos!! Good luck with it all. Sam xx

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  13. Congratulations another special person on the way. I wish you all the best for a fantastic pregnancy.
    Vicki
    www.shoppegirls.blogspot.com

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  14. YAY - oh congratulations beautiful people! I am so delighted for you and cannot wait to come along on this new journey with you... we've seen you babes grow! xxx

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  15. Divine! Hugest congrats guys. Thrilled for you. xx

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  16. That's wonderful news congratulations to The Beetle Shack family:) xx

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  17. Congrats Em & Praise God for this new life!
    How super exciting xxxx

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  18. Squeeeeeeee! Congratulations! xxx

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  19. A huge congratulations to you and Dave. God bless you and that precious child He is creating. So you and your bestie Jo ARE having no.3 together! Wonderful! X

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  20. I was SO excited to see the ultrasound shot on Instagram! A huge congratulations from me - so happy for you guys.
    I think we're actually due around the same time too!
    Ronnie xo

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  21. Aahhhhh, congratulations! Wonderful news x x x x x

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  22. Congratulations Em! Wonderful news!! You make such gorgeous babies... Can't wait to follow along with the pregnancy and beyond xx (ps. How weird is preggi BO?!)

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  23. EM! EM!! I NEED TO CAPITALISE MY COMMENT BECAUSE I'M SO EXCITED! AAAAAAAAH! CONGRATULATIONS! Fantastic news. I am super excited to hear all about the births you've had and want to have - birth is something of an ENORMOUS passion of mine. Babieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees!

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    1. How many for you then Jess...;) ;) x

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  24. Congratulations. 3 is crazy and fun :)

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  25. Oh, congratulations! Looking forward to glimpses into the new and surely lovely chaos via this blog! So happy for you guys!

    Fine

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  26. Congratulations Em!!!!! That is such awesome news. Hope you are keeping well xxxx

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  27. SQUEEEE!! Congratulations to you and your lovely family :)
    Such wonderful news.

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  28. Congratulations!
    I am so, so happy for you and for your family!
    This is such wonderful news!

    And I must say you are so SNEAKY!
    How did you manage to keep this from us...especially with that post about your pregnant friend!
    I am so bad with secrets!

    This is definitely the best side project ever!
    Best wishes for a healthy and happy pregnancy!

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  29. Yay, congratulations! I have a lot of friends with 3 kids, it is certainly a busy life but their families are so lively and fun, bring on the chaos and enjoy! xx

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  30. Woehoe! That's great news! Congrats. So excited to keep following an ever expanding fun family!
    Barbara

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  31. Congratulations, that's lovely news!

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  32. Bun in the Oven!! Congrats Beetles! xo

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  33. What lovely news...makes me miss those amazing ultrasound moments!

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  34. At last.. I so thought you wee going to announce when you spoke of your bestie and then you threw a curve ball.

    So happy for you Em.. you and Dave are just meant to create, you do it well x

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  35. loverly news!! new babies new chaos...side projects don't come more wonderful :)
    congratulations xxx

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  36. Congratulations!! I'm so excited for you and your family xx

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  37. Wonderful, crazy, exciting news....congratulations.

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  38. Happy you indeed... that's super exciting!
    xx

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  39. Many congratulations , big families are fabulous if a little crazy sometimes

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  40. Congratulations!! Three is EXCELLENT fun ;)

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  41. What wonderful joyous and exciting news! And you are the sneakiest super sneak ever. Congratulations, mel x

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  42. Wooooop! Stoked for you friend.
    So. Good.

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  43. Oh my goodness! How wonderful. Congratulations Emily and to all of you. x

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  44. Big congratulations to you and yours! Wonderful news!! Mel x

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  45. excellent! another good human to join us all. well done you. i love the announcement picture. three is...fabulous. and loud. and there is shit everywhere (maybe that's more my laziness than the number of children i have? not sure). anywho...yay for baby beetle. now. take off those big shoes and go and put your feet up.

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  46. Best news Em, congrats to you all
    Xx

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  47. Congratulations just want to say I love your blog .

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  48. Oh how BLOOMIN' BRILLIANT. Congratulations! xxx

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  49. Oh wow a new little beetle on its way what lovely news congrats guys

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  50. Such wonderful news, Em! Congratulations to you all! x

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  51. congratulations beetleshacks! so glad to see this post up! such exciting times...

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  52. So freaking excited! This weird old www gets my heart skipping beats over someone I'm likely to never meet! It's like a great book that keeps going! May it be a wonderful blessed time for you!

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  53. yay!!! wonderful news guys. congrats to you all ♥

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  54. Oh hugest of congratulations! I'm excited to see you document this next stage with your usual blend of solid values, quirk (in a good way..there is only a good way) and humour ... I have to say I did suspect, privately, after the post about your pregnant friend and then noticing in your 'wearing' posts you had a certain glow :-)

    Three is fantastic! .. four is better (although I'm biased as I'm one of four) .. but three is the number my parents thought they were going to have .. only to be dealt a wee surprise ;-)

    xxx

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  55. Oh Yay for you Guys! Congratulations to you all!!!

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  56. Brilliant news! Lovely people bringing more lovely people into the world....just the way it should be!! Wishing you an indulgent, choccie filled and utterley blissful pregnancy free of midnight loo runs and cankles. Yay to the moon and back :) x

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  57. Wowowowow!!!!

    This news totally made my jaw hit the floor - in the best kind of way :)

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  58. Oh, lady!, what incredible news! Congrats congrats congrats!

    May this next adventure be filled with much love, joy and plenty of hot chocolates with marshmallows and relaxing baths!
    Love love x

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  59. Awwwwwesome! Three is the new two, Em. You will be so happy. x

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  60. Ahhh, I had a sneaky little feeling that this was the exciting news :) How wonderful Em, how totally wonderful! Congratulations to all of you. Such a beautiful family already, I can just imagine how adorable you'll be as a family of five. Gorgeous photos, so blessed xoxo

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  61. Ah! Babies! the greatest adventure of all. Enjoy every sweet minute.
    Three really is a lovely number!

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  62. Congrats. Very happy for you and your growing family

    ~FringeGirl

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  63. Oh my goodness Em!!! I couldn't be more excited for you, big congratulations to you all. Much love. xx

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  64. Yay em! Congratulations beautiful peeps. I just turned into a little puddle of "awww" mush when I saw that photo of zeph and pippi. No wonder you wanted another - what gorgeous little bundles of adorableness they are growing into!
    Life with 3 is... busy. Lots of little feet, hands and noise (and mess!...oh wait, that might be me) and lots of smooshy baby kisses with our little starfish.
    Bed calls. Enjoy the quiet of those 5am wake-ups... a chance for a little one-on-one time with your maker is always good. ;)

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  65. Congratulations to you all on your exciting news!! x

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  66. What big news! That is so exciting: congrats!

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  67. Such lovely lovely news. Congratulations!

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  68. This is very lovely news. Congratulations to you and your family. I too am having a third child in early May. It will be very fun to read about your journey as I go through mine. Peace! XXXXX -Hannah

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  69. I am SO happy for you, Em!! This is gonna be one wild and crazy ride ;) What an awesome surprise to wake up to this morning! Squeee! xx

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  70. Oh, CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so happy for you. Really happy. Three is a magic number. I'm one of three girls. Too exciting! xx

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  71. Yay! That is sooooo exciting!! You have the cutest family!

    www.slurfeefrenchie.blogspot.com

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  72. Such fabulous beautiful news Em. How lovely for your family! Much love xxxx

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  73. Oh wow that is fantastic - what a surprise .. For us ;-) after your post about your friends 3rd solo pregnancy u must both be please, sending love well wishes and all those good things to all of u from across the sea!!

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  74. BIG congratulations dear lady! You guys make the cutest babies. Kellie xx

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  75. Many congratulations. Welcome to the wacky world of five!!

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  76. Congratulations! It's so exciting, and lovely to share in your joy through this post!

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  77. AAGGGHHH! CONGRATULATIONS! How very exciting?? :)
    xx

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  78. Ooooooooh, that's just wonderful news!
    Congratulations!!!
    Tania xx

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  79. What wonderful news! Congratulations.

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  80. Oh my! This is the best news.
    Congratulations!!

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  81. What happy times for The Beetleshack!! Warmest congrats xx

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  82. CONGRATS Em and Fam! I had a sneaky suspicion after a few posts ago you had some 'news' for the end of the week...I remembered how your bestie was 'expanding' her brew to three and wondered if you'd follow suit:) Well, your'e up the duff. Hope you take care and keep doing your wardrobe posts as a pregant lady because I'd like to see how you rock your'e glow and all the preggo outfits.
    x

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  83. Congratulations! I'd definitely agree- best side project ever!

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  84. Aww yay for more babies! The best kind of chaos there is!

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  85. thanks friends, I've been SO looking forward to sharing the new

    xxxx em

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  86. I may not know you, But i am so hapy for you after reading this post.
    Nice blog!

    http://bewithjojo.blogspot.com/

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  87. Fantastic news Em! I'm slightly jealous, even though I know there is absolutely no way I'll ever, ever, have (or want) another!

    Enjoy the time. It goes by so quick. I hope you have been feeling well and resting as much as you can.

    Take care
    Michelle
    xoxo

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  88. Best news today! Congratulations lovely family! Hx

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  89. Woohoo!! beautiful news! so happy for you guys xx

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  90. Such a lovely thing for you all enjoy each moment, now your girlfriend and you can have your baby's together.

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  91. Wow! Great news. Congratulations!

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  92. Ha! I'm slow, but have the bonus of being the 100th commenter on your happy news! Congratulations, I'm so looking forward to hearing about the journey ahead. I love it when lovely, smart, funny, happy, well adjusted people breed! It's a win for us all. Just lovely news x

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  93. Amazing New Em - so very delighted your you guys. I am loving how your blog is changing and this is just the best news! Jo xx

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  94. Aw, another wee one. That makes it a brood, doesn't it? How many makes a brood? I think you can claim it. Congratulations to you and Dave.

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  95. How exciting! So thrilled for you. Can't wait to hear all about your journey... x

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  96. Ah wonderful news. A big, fat congratulations Beetles! Kellie is right, you guys do make gorgeous babies (why stop at 3?). Here's to a happy and healthy pregnancy Em. Take care. xx

    PS To tell you the truth, I did think you looked a tad different in the 'Wearing' posts but I couldn't quite put my finger on it...

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  97. Wow, that is so exciting! Congratulations! Hope you've been feeling ok....I'm due around the same time too with number three. Like you guys, we reckon life is already exhausting and chaotic, why not add another one to the mix. Ha ha!! V

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  98. Wow! Congratulations. Such exciting news x

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  99. Beautiful! Such exciting and wonderful news!

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  100. Huge congratulations to you and your family. (: Im x

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  101. Congratulations! Three is the perfect number!!

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  102. Congratulations Em. Three is hard work but ever so worth it :) It's a good number, three is. Wishing you all the best.

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  103. I love your description of all the delightful changes that come with being pregnant. I've just had my second bub and had many of the same but it feels so long ago already. So special growing a little treasure. Hope you are feeling amazing ... And not too crazy :) !

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  104. Fabulous news, congratulations!!

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  105. Oooh, congratulations on the new Beetle :o) xox

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  106. Wowowowow!! Go you guys! So excited for you, congratulations and here's wishing you super plain sailing for the remainder of your pregnancy xxox

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  107. wonderful ,lovely. congratulations- from rodney, and our family that got just enough crazy with our scally-wags (ok, maybe a bit too much crazy, but we're keeping her)

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  108. Big congrats to you. Crazy fun times ahead!!
    Big love to you all xx

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  109. Congratulations! I am a little extra excited to be following this pregnancy, I am pregnant with my third (after a boy who is 4 and a girl who is 2 :)) and due at the end of April. I am really identifying with a lot of your posts and atm, thanks so much for writing!

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  110. Such wonderful news! Congratulations to you all!!! Cx

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  111. a beautiful time for you and your family ... enjoy x

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  112. what perfect news.Congratulations

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  113. Congratulations Emily. precious times ahead for your little family x

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  114. There is so much I want to share about growing, birthing and raising this baby and I hope that I can manage to do so with sensitivity and tact (which is rather unnatural for me). Along the way i'll share my past experiences (maybe) and intentions (definitely) about the birth of this little treasure.

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em