A Big, Big, BIG Announcement!!

Einstein and Duke have some very exciting news to share…

We're having a baby!

The BEB family is expanding, and no, we are not getting another dog ;-)

WE’RE HAVING A BABY!!!

I am 14 weeks today and little (two-legged) baby brother or sister is due to arrive around January 12, 2015. We are SO excited and I’ve been dying to tell you all!

No crazy cravings yet, and only one specific food aversion. You may have noticed a drop off in recipes containing, of all things… chocolate. Ugh! I can do a little chocolate if it’s in something else, like a chocolate swirl in ice cream, or a peanut butter cup (!), but forget about things like chocolate ice cream, cake or brownies. I haven’t wanted it at all, and when I do eat just a little bit, I feel sick. What a bummer, I hope this passes!

Aside from some nausea during weeks 6-10, the only other really negative symptom I’ve had is some mind-numbing exhaustion. Holy crap, some days I was almost in tears just because I was SO TIRED. I’ve never been much of a napper (well, since college, anyway!), but napping has become an almost daily occurrence for me. Some days I know I need to go lay down and sleep for awhile, and others I just randomly pass out on the couch.

On a positive note, I finally have the beginnings of a bump! I was so excited to start seeing a belly show up :)

(Apologies for the dog hair all over my shirt – the pups are shedding like crazy right now and I was hugging them before we took this picture.)

13-week baby bump

I’ll certainly be keeping you updated as things move along, and am so excited to finally share this news with you! ❤️

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493 Responses to “A Big, Big, BIG Announcement!!”

  1. Jacki on July 14, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Congratulations. I remember that mind-numbing exhaustion. Just remember how much work your body is doing right now to build a tiny human. Remembering that certainly made me feel more productive on days when I didn’t seem to manage anything else. Enjoy this first season of motherhood, it is beautiful.

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  2. Itcybits on July 14, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Awe so happy for you CONGRATS

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  3. Rena on July 14, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Congratulations! What wonderful news!
    Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  4. irene on July 14, 2014 at 9:58 am
  5. Halle on July 14, 2014 at 9:59 am

    What a joy to start iff my morning reading this!! I am SO happy for you! I don’t even know you, but I cried when I read this! I can’t wait to read your upcoming posts about the pregnancy and baby.

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  6. Dianna on July 14, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Congrats!!!!!! You’ll be a great mom! :)

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  7. Aimee @ like mother like daughter on July 14, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Congratulations Michelle! I am so glad you are feeling better and what a cute announcement! Where did you get those shirts for your pups? I just had my first baby in May, what an exciting experience!!!

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    • Michelle on July 14th, 2014 at 10:30 am

      I got them at Kohl’s in the Boys 4-7 department :) As you can see, the size 7’s barely fit, lol.

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  8. Beatriz on July 14, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Congrats to you, your husband and the big brothers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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  9. Amy on July 14, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Congratulations!!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this adorable picture of the big brothers, too! I have been reading your blog for about 2 years now and it is my favorite! I cant wait to hear all the updates on the upcoming new arrival!!! :) What wonderful news!!!!!!!

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  10. Joel Smith on July 14, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Congratulations….Duke and Einstein will be great role models!!!

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  11. Jennifer on July 14, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Congratulations to the BEB family! It seems that all the food bloggers I follow are pregnant right now. I had that exhaustion with my first pregnancy too – would come home from work, pass out on the couch, and then get up in time to go to bed. It passes! Wishing you a happy, healthy pregnancy!! :)

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  12. Patti Z on July 14, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Big, big, BIG congratulations!! Such a cute way to tell us!

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  13. Kat on July 14, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Congratulations!

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  14. Marcia S. on July 14, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you! Goldens do make the best big brothers too!

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  15. Genny on July 14, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Congratulations! So happy for you all!

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  16. Dana on July 14, 2014 at 10:12 am

    congrats!!! pregnancy is a journey itself….but being a mom is quite awesome and an even better journey!! :) Enjoy this special time!

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  17. Rhiannon on July 14, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Congrats to you and the big brother furballs!!!

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  18. Jules on July 14, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Aww!! Congratulations to your little family! So happy for you.

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  19. Judith on July 14, 2014 at 10:19 am

    07/14/14 Outstanding! This is a good reason to look forward to January 2015!
    Judy

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  20. Betty G on July 14, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Congratulations!
    May blessings be with you, your child and your entire family :)

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  21. Shari on July 14, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Awww you almost brought a tear to my eye, having a baby is the best thing EVER! They will take away your sleep but those precious moments with them are so WORTH IT! Congratulations!!

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  22. Rose on July 14, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Congratulations! How exciting for you all! I wish you many blessings on you or your baby.

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  23. Andrea @ Cooking with Mamma C on July 14, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I’m so happy for you! Thanks for sharing your exciting news. It brought a smile to my face.

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  24. Maria D. on July 14, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Congratulations! The boyz look cute in their t-shirts!

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  25. Anita on July 14, 2014 at 10:23 am

    You have to be overwhelmed to see how many people are so happy for you and I am one of them. Your first baby will be of the happiest and most rewarding experience of your life. Savor every moment of your pregnancy as it is truly a miracle. Sharing your excitement and wishing blessings for you and your precious baby.

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  26. Diana on July 14, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Big Congrats! So Happy for you!!!

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  27. Candice on July 14, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Congratulations, Michelle! I’m so excited and happy for you and your family. =) Looking forward to following your pregnancy.

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  28. sophie on July 14, 2014 at 10:24 am

    many congratulations!! I can imagine a very fun and exciting future for you and your child!! I hope to see some cute little hands joining some photos of you sharing your amazing cooking/ baking skills!!! wishing you lots of luck xx I know you will be a great mom xxx

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  29. Rochelle on July 14, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Congratulations!!

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  30. Linda on July 14, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Congratulations!!!

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  31. Sue on July 14, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Wonderful news! Congratulations!

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  32. Karen Boyle on July 14, 2014 at 10:30 am

    How exciting!

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  33. Kim Miller on July 14, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Congratulations!! Babies (two-legged and four-legged) are such a blessing!!

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  34. Leslie Levy on July 14, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Congrats!!!

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  35. Jenny F on July 14, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I’m so happy for you! Wonderful news. :-)

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  36. Terri on July 14, 2014 at 10:39 am

    CONGRATS!! How wonderful for you! Both my pregnancies (though a long time ago) I was so exhausted in the first trimester but your energy comes back, just in time for those wonderful sleepless nights :) you and the chief culinary consultant are blessed!

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  37. Josette on July 14, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Awwwwhhhh…..congratulations!!!

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  38. Melissa Lawler on July 14, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Wonderful news. Congratulations!

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  39. Tarn on July 14, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Congratulations! That is amazingly exciting!!!

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  40. Jill T. on July 14, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Congrats to the whole family!

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  41. Jenn on July 14, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Congratulations! Very exciting!

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  42. Kelly on July 14, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Hooray!! So happy for your family to enter this new phase in life and so thankful you have chosen to share the joy with all of your fans! Congratulations!

    Kelly

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  43. Brenda Mc on July 14, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Oh, congratulations to you! The pups will love their little sister/brother! Cannot wait to see what you bake for his/her first birthday!

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  44. Donna on July 14, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I am so excited for you and your hubby! Having a baby is such a blessing and I should know cause I have 3 beautiful girls! I remeber those days of not being able to eat fried foods, potatoes and hated chamomile tea. It will pass after you have your preciuos little one. They say if you are tried and sleep alot then you will have a girl but thats just a wives tale cause only God knows for sure. What ever you are having I pray that she or he will be healthy, happy and beautiful! Congratulations and keep on posting those wonderful receipes! God bless!

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  45. Linda Rummage on July 14, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Soooo happy for you! Keep us posted!

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  46. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough on July 14, 2014 at 11:02 am

    HUGE congrats, Michelle! You’re going to be the best mom!

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  47. Liz on July 14, 2014 at 11:02 am

    OMG! I am so happy for you! Your mom must be so excited. Get as much sleep as you can. Unfortunately, it’s not cumulative. Thanx for the baby bump shot. Congrats!

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  48. Stephanie on July 14, 2014 at 11:03 am

    This is so exciting. Congratulations!!

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  49. Judy Mathews on July 14, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Savor every moment. It is a great time in your life.

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  50. Pam in Fort Myers on July 14, 2014 at 11:08 am

    What great news…I am so excited for all of you! I agree with the other ladies, do not feel guilty about napping. It’s a lot of work for your body, building that miracle! Blessings and best wishes. xxx

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  51. Susan on July 14, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Congratulations!!! What an exciting time for you. Einstein and Duke will be such great big brothers. Thanks for sharing.

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  52. melissa on July 14, 2014 at 11:13 am

    aww how exciting so excited for you guys. I have four kids and now we are considering a puppy. All good thoughts and prayers for you. Enjoy your naps your body is just getting ready for that little one perfectly normal. You look fabulous.. Good bless from one beb to another in Pittsburgh.

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  53. Debbi C. on July 14, 2014 at 11:16 am

    What wonderful news Michelle! Congratulations to you and your CCC! Get all the rest you can! Love the shirts on Duke & Einstein!
    So happy you shared your joyous news!

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  54. Jen of My Tiny Oven on July 14, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Congratulations!! What a wonderful gift! Sorry to hear about the chocolate, hopefully that changes soon!!!

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  55. Tammie Tannery on July 14, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Congrats!!!! I’m so happy for you and your family.

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  56. Jennifer on July 14, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Congratulations! Definitely look into Baby Led Weaning when the time comes for solid foods. As a fellow foodie, you will love it.

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    • Michelle on July 14th, 2014 at 11:25 am

      Thanks for the recommendation!!

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  57. Laurel on July 14, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Congrats and God bless!

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  58. Katie G on July 14, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Congratulations Michelle!! that is so exciting, i wish you all the best during your pregnacy :)

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  59. Ina Scott on July 14, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Congratulations to your family!! Best thing ever to have a baby. I can’t imagine how I thought life was good before my son, because it’s 100x more amazing now!!

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  60. Caron on July 14, 2014 at 11:29 am

    This is fabulous news! Congratulations! Babies are such a joy.

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  61. laketia on July 14, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Ahhhhhhh congratulations!!!!!!!

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  62. Danielle on July 14, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Yay! Congrats! I’m pregnant with my third. Its such a fun time, enjoy it!

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  63. Molly - Doughvelopment on July 14, 2014 at 11:35 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!! Such sweet pictures! So happy and excited for you!!

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  64. Connie Lee on July 14, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Congrats to you and all your family. I hope everything goes really well for you!

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  65. Nancy on July 14, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Great news! CONGRATULATIONS!

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  66. AJ on July 14, 2014 at 11:42 am

    What an exciting time in life! Enjoy it! Just think of the chocolate aversion as your pre-parenting lesson: Just like all stages in parenting, the no chocolate stage (as annoying as it may be) will pass even though it seems like it’s taking forever to get there. Congratulations!

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  67. gigi on July 14, 2014 at 11:43 am

    congrats!!!

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  68. Angie on July 14, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Awwww. So excited for you! What a blessing! Your boys will be awesome big brothers! I have 2 Goldens also…girls, & they are awesome, loving, & patient girls with their little brothers (boys 2&4). Your boys will be protective of you these next 6 months! Congratulations & enjoy everyday of your pregnancy & those awesome little baby kicks inside! :)

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  69. Sheena on July 14, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Congrats!! I just had a baby in January and I didn’t like sweets the entire time. This was very unlike me because I have a mega sweet tooth. I did however crave sweet potatoes and regular potatoes. Enjoy the journey!

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  70. Rick Sadick on July 14, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Congratulations,wish you the best!

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  71. jessica on July 14, 2014 at 11:55 am

    SO RIDICULOUSLY ECSTATIC!!!!
    i have no words.
    xoxoxoxox

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  72. Maureen on July 14, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Wonderful news for you and hubby! I will be following your great news as well as my daughter -in -law who is also expecting Jan 15th…..

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  73. Janice on July 14, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Don’t feel bad about not able to touch chocolate, it’s a bummer, but the craving will return…. I LOVE chocolate but couldn’t even smell it when I was pregnant with my daughter… Not sure what happens there, but both she and I are BBBIIIGGGGG chocolate fans!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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  74. Sarah at craftnclutter on July 14, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Hugging them? More like wrestling them into their big brother shirts, right?

    Congratulations!

    How very exciting, I’ve been reading you since about a year after you started blogging, so I feel like an old friend just gave me the big news!

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  75. Tori on July 14, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Congratulations!! So happy for you!! And you enjoy those naps. You are working hard growing that baby!

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  76. Deb on July 14, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Truly a blessing!
    Congrats..

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  77. Marcy on July 14, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS MICHELLE!

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  78. Meredith on July 14, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Awww congrats! That’s so exciting to hear about!!

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  79. Lauren on July 14, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Yay! Congrats! I’m due on January 18th, so we’re basically twins. Except this is my 2nd child (but my third pregnancy), so my bump popped out much sooner and I already look like I’m 7 months pregnant. Whatevs.

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  80. Mags on July 14, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    What fantastic news. The boys are going to be great big brothers.
    Now you are going to have a first-hand opportunity to create recipes and provide helpful food hints for other pregnant women who are experiencing similar food/smell aversions and the other accompanying symptoms of pregnancy.
    I’m sure that new mothers will anxiously await your baby food recipes when the time comes.
    Don’t worry about the exhaustion, take it easy for now while your body adjusts. As your pregnancy progresses you will find your energy level increasing.
    Exercise, eat healthy, take your prenatal vitamins and enjoy!

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  81. Mary Jo Taylor on July 14, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Congratulations! So sad to have an aversion to chocolate…but well worth the temporary suffrage.

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  82. Lori Hart on July 14, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Congrats to you!!!

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  83. Joanne on July 14, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Congrats!!

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  84. Lecy @ Simple Life Happy Wife on July 14, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Congrats Michelle! I’m so happy for you and the family! I, too, hope your chocolate aversion passes because I so love your sweet recipes!

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  85. Sue D on July 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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  86. Sue D on July 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Congratulations! Very exciting news!

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  87. Jenn on July 14, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    That is VERY exciting news! Congratulations!!!

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  88. Katie on July 14, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Congratulations!

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  89. Yolanda M on July 14, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Congrats!!! Recipe for raising a child….unconditional love and patience! That’s it!

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  90. Karen on July 14, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    congratulations! Wishing you all the best! I am also sure your boys will be instant best friends with the baby :)

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  91. Elena on July 14, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Congratulations!!!

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  92. Sandra on July 14, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Happy Happy Joy Joy!!!!

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  93. KATHLEEN on July 14, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    WOW—–how fabulous!!!!!! My most sincere congratulations—this is going to be one lucky baby!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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  94. Pam on July 14, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Wonderful news! Congratulations to you, your husband, and the big brothers-to-be.

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  95. Aly on July 14, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Congratulations! I’m at the tailend of my pregnancy (due in 2 weeks!) but can remember how exciting it was to first see the bump. I can also remember the nausea and exhaustion! :) Best wishes for a smooth pregnancy!

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  96. Julie @ Willow Bird Baking on July 14, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Hooray!! Congratulations :D

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  97. Denise Neal on July 14, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Congratulations Michelle! What wonderful news – so happy for you and your husband.

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  98. Francesca @ Love.Bake.Read on July 14, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Congratulations! Such an exciting time!!

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  99. Cynthia on July 14, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Big congrats on your exciting news!!!

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  100. Melanie on July 14, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Congratulations!!!! Wishing you have happy and easy pregnancy!

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