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Blogger Pregnancy Announcement-13

This is undoubtedly the happiest post I’ve ever written, as today’s content is all about Baby Larkin, expected to arrive this summer! Mitch and I have truly never been happier or more excited, and we can’t believe how blessed we are.

I’ll be sharing more over the coming days, but a few details:

  • Due date: July 28th (Just finished the fifth month!)
  • Sex: We’re not finding out. (Well, I mean, we’re eventually finding out, haha… but not until our little boy or girl arrives!)
  • Names: We finally settled on both a boy name and a girl name. This is also going to be a surprise. ;)
  • How we told our parents: On Christmas while opening presents! We told my family we had a fun game that the Larkins play on Christmas morning, and we told Mitch’s family the same about the Sheehans. We handed everyone a card (with a photo of the sonogram inside), and explained that we’d go around in a circle opening the envelopes–parents first. You can watch the fun unfold in the above video! (Sorry it’s so long. Mitch is amazing at condensing sentimental movies, while I really struggle with it!)
  • How we’re decorating the nursery: No idea yet. We need to move the door and put down hardwood, but that’ll come once the master bedroom and bathroom have been completed. It’s a little overwhelming, but I’m sure it’ll all get done before July, right?!

You might also be wondering how the bump seemingly appeared overnight. For a while, hiding it in photos was pretty easy, and it just required loose clothing, leaning over, and the right angles. But over the last couple of weeks, I’ve definitely “popped,” and it’s become nearly impossible to conceal!

If you look back on some of my recent blog posts–like this one, this one and this one–I think you can tell. (Actually: did you know?! Were you just being polite?!) The ones I shot on the beach (here, here and here) were the toughest, though. A big thank you goes out to Mitch, my girlfriends in Chicago, and my parents for taking a ridiculous number of photos so a handful would work. ;) Love you guys.

And then there’s the question of why we waited so long to announce. As we’ve known about the pregnancy since early November, it’s been incredibly challenging to not spill the beans. (I kind of feel like I’ve been lying about my life for the last five months, as it’s clearly changed a LOT!) But Mitch and I experienced our fair share of difficulty getting and staying pregnant over the last few years, and I wasn’t sure whether I could (publicly) handle another loss. Admittedly, I hung on to the information for way longer than I probably needed to, but I’ll be sharing more of that story soon. While it’s a bit of a painful one, it’s one that many people experience… and it’s an issue that needs to be talked about more!

Needless to say, this is our miracle, our hearts are full, and we’re so excited to have you along for the journey! Something tells me this is going to be the best year yet. <3

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A huge thank you goes out to Maya of Charmingly Styled for braving the cold and wind with us, and taking these photos. We love you, Maya! And thank you to the Waldorf Astoria Chicago for hosting us, and to Adrianna Papell for the gorgeous gown. (Also available here, and also love this similar gown and this one, too.) Mitch, you’re so dapper.

  • Eeeek Kelly! Congratulations!! You are going to be such a beautiful mother! This also the cutest announcement :) xox!

  • Eeeek Kelly! Congratulations!! You are going to be such a beautiful mother! This also the cutest announcement :) xox!

  • Sara Mendoza

    What a touching video!!! Congrats on baby, can’t wait to see how you decorate the nursery…..

  • Oh my gosh, Kelly! This was such a wonderful post to read on a Monday morning. I’m so happy for you both!

    xoxo,
    Jessica

    http://bedknobsandbaubles.com/

  • This is the sweetest thing EVER. I totally cried…congratulations, Kelly!! So happy for you two :)

    xo,
    Natalie
    http://nataliewashere.com

  • Lauren

    Oh my goodness Kelly- CONGRATULATIONS! You and Mitch are going to be great parents, as evident in your adorable video. Watching your families reactions was priceless, Love that you were able to capture it on film. Congratulations again xoxo, Lauren

  • Totally cried during that video and seeing your parents’ reactions! So happy for y’all! Congrats!!

  • Colleen Dwyer

    Congratulations! So incredibly exciting! :)

  • Colleen Dwyer

    Congratulations! So incredibly exciting! :)

  • Carly

    Congratulations!!!! So exciting! Can’t wait to see how the nursery comes along :-)

  • Corinne Watson

    Congratulations, Kelly! You are glowing!

  • Kelly, this is such happy news! Congratulations to you and Mitch! You will be fantastic parents :)

    xo, Laura
    brightandbeautifulblog.com

  • Oh my goodness! Congratulations! I can’t believe I didn’t notice. Wishing you a beautiful and easy pregnancy.
    -Kristen
    http://www.pugsandpearls.com

  • Congratulations!! I love love love the video and all the beautiful pictures. :)

    The Starving Inspired

  • Monica

    Oh my goodness, what a beautiful video!! It’s a good thing we have a snow day so I am home with my splotchy red post tears face haha! Congratulations! You and Mitch are going to be fantastic parents and Noodle is going to be a great big sister!
    -Monica
    http://www.newenglandclassicbeauty.com

  • OMG so excited for you guys!! You are a gorgeous pregnant lady and I have no doubt that you and Mitch will be great parents!

    xx
    Sam

  • OMG so excited for you guys!! You are a gorgeous pregnant lady and I have no doubt that you and Mitch will be great parents!

    xx
    Sam

  • Yay! What an exciting time in your life. :) You hid your bump so well. ;) I didn’t have the slightest clue! Congrats to you, Mitch and Noodle.

    26 and Not Counting

  • Yay! What an exciting time in your life. :) You hid your bump so well. ;) I didn’t have the slightest clue! Congrats to you, Mitch and Noodle.

    26 and Not Counting

  • Kelly I am so freakin dying of excitement for you! So freakin exciting! And these photos are beyond precious. SO so happy for you!

    http://asequinloveaffair.com

  • Kelly I am so freakin dying of excitement for you! So freakin exciting! And these photos are beyond precious. SO so happy for you!

    http://asequinloveaffair.com

  • Congratulations! Motherhood already looks good on you:)

  • Congratulations! Motherhood already looks good on you:)

  • Alyssa Thomas

    Congrats!!! I never would’ve known! How wonderful!

  • Alyssa Thomas

    Congrats!!! I never would’ve known! How wonderful!

  • Oh my goodness congratulations! How incredibly exciting! 100% teared up while reading this, so so happy for you! You look beautiful!

    xx,
    Susie

  • Woh NO.IDEA.KELLY! You were GOOD at hiding it in your photos. I am so excited for you two! I cannot wait to see baby bump pics and read all about the stories of the 3 Larkin’s! Congratulations!!!! LOVED the video, it was beautiful and it so perfectly captured the love you two share. Amazing! This made my day. =)

  • Ahh! A huge congrats to your growing family! :) So excited for you!

  • SO HAPPY FOR YOU GUYS! These photos are absolutely gorgeous, congratulations!!

  • Kelly! That is so exciting!! I’m so happy for you and Mitch!! Yay for baby Larkin!!
    -Maggie http://www.thatgirlmags.com

  • I can’t handle this! The video! The bump! The dress! YOU TWO! You’re going to make such incredible parents – I’m so so so thrilled for you both! xoxoxoxoxo
    Lauren | http://www.lakeshorelady.com/

  • Maya McDonald

    You two are such a great example of a beautiful marriage, and I’m so excited to see you two as the world’s best parents! I am so excited for you two!

  • Congratulations Kelly!!! A dad crying gets me every time. That is the sweetest moment and thanks so much for sharing with us. You and Mitch are going to be the cutest parents. So happy for you two!!!!!!!!

  • Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my goodness!!!! SO so so excited for you and Mitch!!!! Lots of love coming your way!!! :)

  • Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my goodness!!!! SO so so excited for you and Mitch!!!! Lots of love coming your way!!! :)

  • Congratulations! What wonderful news! Beautiful photos :)

    Taffeta & Tulips

  • Meagan

    Congratulations! This is so exciting! :)
    -Meg
    http://www.smalltownsisters.blogspot.com

  • Congratulations!! This is great news– you both deserve the very best!

  • Congratulations!! This is great news– you both deserve the very best!

  • You two are going to be the cutest parents!!! <3

  • You two are going to be the cutest parents!!! <3

  • ChristinaWeubbe

    Congratulations you two! I don’t know you but I love you two and wish you the best!!! I cried watching this video and reading your post. What great parents you both shall be. I know noodle will be a great big brother. Thanks for sharing something so personal with us and Kelly- that dress is soo gorgeous on you! Cheers! xo

  • Olivia Tennant

    What an exciting post!! You look stunning and so happy! The pictures turned out absolutely beautiful. So happy for you both – can’t wait to see more updates!

    xo
    Olivia

  • OMG I can’t even handle that video – I just cried at work! I am SO HAPPY for you two and can’t wait to shower that baby with so much love! We love you both so much!

  • Ashley Mungiguerra

    Yayyy congratulations!!!! Your video was so beautiful!!

  • Colleen

    Congratulations! What wonderful news! And moving photos and video. But… you mean four, not three, right? Hug to Noodle.

  • Congratulations Kelly!! This was such exciting news to read/watch on this Monday morning! Sending lots of well wishes to you and Baby Larkin!

  • You are positively glowing, Kelly! Congratulations on the announcement – these photos are so beautiful and that gown is lovely!! So excited to see you and Mitch walk through this journey together.

  • You are positively glowing, Kelly! Congratulations on the announcement – these photos are so beautiful and that gown is lovely!! So excited to see you and Mitch walk through this journey together.

  • Amy Beth Campbell

    Oh, I have chills!!!! What a blessing!! So so so excited for you both!

  • Kayla Byers

    Congratulations!! I definitely guessed that this was the exciting news that you alluded to in your last post.

  • Kelly – My happiness for you and Mitch can not be described! Congratulations again – you both are going to be THE BEST parents. xoxo

  • Kelly – My happiness for you and Mitch can not be described! Congratulations again – you both are going to be THE BEST parents. xoxo

  • I am so excited for you! You and Mitch are going to be amazing parents.

  • Stacy

    Congratulations you guys!! Such exciting news!

  • Stacy

    Congratulations you guys!! Such exciting news!

  • Congrats on your bundle of joy…All the best always!! Can’t wait to see how you style the bump.

    P.S. Loved the video! As a newly engaged lady, I loved seeing the progression of your love story. Plus, we have a doxie too! God bless xo

    Lauren | http://www.RightToRemainFab.com

  • This is sooo exciting!!! Congratulations! :) I have to admit—I had NO idea you were pregnant, and normally it’s pretty obvious to me (especially on thinner women; I had an inkling that my friend was pregnant a month before she even said anything to me haha!). I’m impressed by how well you hid it! (Now I’m totally going to go back and search for the bump though, haha!)

  • This is sooo exciting!!! Congratulations! :) I have to admit—I had NO idea you were pregnant, and normally it’s pretty obvious to me (especially on thinner women; I had an inkling that my friend was pregnant a month before she even said anything to me haha!). I’m impressed by how well you hid it! (Now I’m totally going to go back and search for the bump though, haha!)

  • OMG KELLY!! I’m so shocked and thrilled for you!! I had NO idea you were expecting. I think I just picked my jaw off the floor. You look beautiful! You and Mitch will make great parents. Thanks for sharing your happy news with us!

    xo

    Heather
    Partial to Pink

  • Alyssa Merrick

    Oh goodness, I actually shed a few tears watching that video (I’m such a softy)! A huge congratulations to both of you!!

  • Alyssa Merrick

    Oh goodness, I actually shed a few tears watching that video (I’m such a softy)! A huge congratulations to both of you!!

  • Congrats to you and Mitch. Def teared up watching the end of this video — love it! xo

  • Congratulations to your family! Full hearts indeed!

  • Congrats Kelly! Such an exciting time in your life! You two are adorable and your baby is so lucky to be coming into such a loving home. Enjoy the rest of your pregnancy and congratulations!

  • Congrats Kelly! Such an exciting time in your life! You two are adorable and your baby is so lucky to be coming into such a loving home. Enjoy the rest of your pregnancy and congratulations!

  • Such a beautiful video (love that you guys did that!) Congrats – so excited to follow your new journey! xx

  • Molly McGinty Slagle

    You are a good secret keeper! Congrats! I have read your blog for quite a while, and purchased many J. Crew tops, and a pair of Hunter boots at your guidance, but have never commented before. I too struggled to have my sweet little girl who is now 9. I will pray for health, wellness and happiness!! Congrats again Kelly and Mitch!

  • Oh my goodness, how exciting! Congratulations to you and Mitch! Your little bump is the absolute cutest.

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  • Congrats Kelly! I am so excited and happy for you! You look beautiful in these photos and I love your video. Beyond cute! xo
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

  • Mac

    I just cried in my cubicle over that video!!!!! So in love! Congratulations :)

  • Kelly Clark

    Aah! Congrats, Kelly & Mitch! That video made me tear up :*D So excited for you!!!

  • Khaliah Ferguson

    Oh my gosh the video, I teared up. so happy for you. http://www.khaliahferguson.com

  • Yay!! Congrats to you and Mitch, I’m so excited for y’all!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

  • OMG! just cried, the cutest video ever!! can’t wait to meet the little one in July!

  • Michaela

    I definitely shed a tear watching the video! Congratulations, so happy for you and Mitch!

  • mevans91

    o my…just saw this today
    can’t believe i missed it yesterday!
    Congrats!!! I loved being pregnant!
    The body is amazing and giving birth is spectacular!

  • mevans91

    just watched the video…had to reach monica’s comment to figure it out….
    my favorite blogger is pregnant!
    Hi Mitch!
    Hi Noodle!!

  • A little late to the party! Read “Thank You” before I read this post. I would lie if said I didn’t cry watching your parents and in-laws open their “christmas cards”! Congratulations on the bundle of joy growing in your belly. I can’t wait to follow along as you document this chapter of your life.

    Congratulations!

    Lephan
    MacaronsandLavender.com

  • Congrats Kelly and MItch! I’m so excited for you! You even brought a little tear to my eye.
    Love that you are not finding out the sex, I think it’s more fun that way.

  • miranda brahja

    Congratulations Kelly! it’s so beautiful, this announcment makes me cry. Good bless you both. XOXO

  • EdyeNicolesMakeup

    YAY!!! So happy for you, Kelly! You’re already glowing <3

    Blessings,
    Edye // Gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

  • OMG! Kelly, this is amazing news! That video made me cry. Congratulations to you and Mitch. I can’t wait to see how you decorate your nursery!

  • Yay! I’m so excited for you guys! I was a bit behind on my blog reading and I didn’t see this until today. I had no idea you seriously looked normal In those posts. I loved seeing your parents reactions when they found out, it was the sweetest! You and Mitch are honestly the cutest couple and will be amazing parents.

    http://www.makingchic.com

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  • Mitch and I just wanted to thank you guys SO much for your sweet comments and congratulatory wishes! We read every single message, comment and email, and they truly meant the world to us. We’re so grateful, and I’m beyond lucky to belong to such a special community. Thank you!! <3

  • Mitch and I just wanted to thank you guys SO much for your sweet comments and congratulatory wishes! We read every single message, comment and email, and they truly meant the world to us. We’re so grateful, and I’m beyond lucky to belong to such a special community. Thank you!! <3

  • This is the sweetest! I watched the entire video! Congrats to you both!!

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  • Amber Jefferies

    This is the cutest ever! Congratulations!

    xo Amber

  • Amber Jefferies

    This is the cutest ever! Congratulations!

    xo Amber

  • Congratulations!!!! That video was so sweet and I am now crying after watching you tell your families – their reactions were priceless!!!

  • Kira R

    I am beyond late to the game! But congratulations Kelly!! Awww the video was beautiful!!! I loved how you guys told your families and the expressions on their faces is truly priceless!! Wishing you all the best on such a wonderful journey!!! Yay! Baby Larkin!!
    Xoxo,
    Kira :)