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17 Dec

We’re pregnant! First Trimester Recap, Baby Two!

surprise, surprise, we’re pregnant (again)! as one of three children in my family and for Lu, as one of four children in his family, we always knew we wanted more than one child, if we were blessed enough. how many children? let’s get through #2 and see how it goes!

most of my friends who have more than two children say that going from 1 to 2 is much harder than going from 2 to 3 or even 3 to 4. they say you go from knowing how to handle a child and you’ve nailed down your routine and schedule and then the new baby just throws everyone for a loop. we’re definitely nervous, but like with the first baby, we’re just going to take it day by day and get through it. everyone gets through it, right?

a little preface

so like I did last time with Luca, I want to do monthly pregnancy recaps (you can read my first trimester recap with Luca here.) I love looking back on my ones with Luca and reading them, it’s like a diary and reminds me of all the beautiful (and not so beautiful) moments of pregnancy and what a blessing it truly is. and on that note, I want to preface this post with a trigger warning. I know that for anyone struggling with infertility now or at any point, it can be extremely painful to read about experiences like mine. I have friends around me who struggle with their fertility, friends who have miscarried early and late in their pregnancies, and I’m very conscious that pregnancy is a miracle, a blessing, and an absolute gift, and I never have and never will take it for granted.

I want to let you know that I am merely sharing my personal story, not bragging about my fertility ease. If you are struggling with fertility, you may want to stop reading, because I did not struggle, and I would hate for someone to be hurt from reading this. that would break my heart. my prayers, love, and sympathy go out to any woman struggling in any way with fertility. my heart is with you, and I want you to know that I understand how fortunate I am.

our pregnancy journey

after the doctor cleared me to have sex at my 6 week postpartum checkup, she also prescribed me a mini pill, a low hormone dose safe for nursing mothers. I never took the pill and instead, decided to just track my ovulation so I would know the times of the month not to have sex. and yes, this isn’t the safest way to practice “birth control,” but, it worked for us for the first year of Luca’s life. and to be totally transparent, I don’t know how about other infant and toddler parents out there, but Lu and I are mostly exhausted and sex isn’t happening as often as it used to, so it was pretty easy to do. and just for reference, my period came back normally after 3 months, despite exclusively breastfeeding.

after Luca turned 6 months old, Lu started talking about the next one. we talked about it, and the consensus was that we wanted to stay in the diaper haze. we didn’t want to have a potty trained kid and then have to go through the whole diaper stage again. plus, we like the idea of having children close together in age. Lu’s timeline was a little faster than mine – he always joked that, on Luca’s first birthday, I would be pregnant. I laughed at that, but I knew it wasn’t totally out of the realm.

around 9 or 10 months, I felt ready for another baby. my body felt ready, I felt like I had a great hold on motherhood, and I was just happy and felt like myself. I felt strong emotionally, physically, and mentally. and I started getting baby fever. however, I knew it would be prudent to wait a few more months until we started trying, for a little extra cushion, to really enjoy the time solo with Luca, and to give my body more time to recover.

we casually decided to start trying in the New Year (2019.) I wanted to enjoy some upcoming life events like Lu’s birthday, a trip to Iceland, a family vacation to Turks & Caicos, the holiday season, and New Year celebrations. Lu wanted to try sooner and it’s not that I wasn’t ready, it was just that we had so much going on, I wanted to enjoy it. and then, I realized, “why can’t I enjoy it if I’m pregnant?” and that’s when I had the realization: I wanted to be able to drink alcohol. like, if I can’t drink alcohol, I can’t fully enjoy these events. once I realized that that was my subconscious reasoning and said it out loud, I realized how ridiculous it sounded. you don’t need to drink alcohol to have fun. you don’t need to be drunk to enjoy life. and while I do love a rum punch on the beach and a glass of champagne on New Year’s, I wasn’t sure how my fertility journey would be this time around (the first time we got pregnant on the first try) and would hate to look back on these few months and wish I had started trying sooner.

the day before Luca turned one, I knew I was ovulating. so, I said to Lu, “why don’t we try tonight and if it doesn’t work, we’ll try again after the New Year?” so that night on the eve of Luca’s first birthday, we had sex!

a couple of weeks later, I started seeing a couple of signs that I was pregnant. first, I opened a flip book while playing with Luca and there was a girl character with my favorite girl name. that same week, I was working out at the gym and I almost had to leave because I was so sensitive to the smell of a man’s cologne, it was too much. heightened sense of smell was one of my first symptoms with Luca too!

then, the time came to test for pregnancy. the first time around, I tested on the first possible day you can test (based off of this calculator) and sure enough, it came out positive. this time around, I tested on the first possible day and it was negative. and it was negative on the second day. the third day. the fourth day. the fifth day. the sixth day. and then it hit me – I really did want to have a baby, because I was really saddened that it didn’t work out.

the next day was the day I was supposed to get my period and it didn’t come that morning. it was 7am, shortly after Luca woke up. so, I had one pregnancy test left and decided to test one last time. and there it was. two lines on the pee stick. the second line was SUPER faint, but it was there. I was pregnant. I was absolutely elated and shocked. I really didn’t think I was pregnant, given all the negative tests. I was so excited and instead of hiding the pee stick and planning some elaborate pregnancy reveal to Lu later on that day, I ran right into bed with him and the baby and said, “Guess what! Luca’s going to have a baby brother or sister, I’m pregnant!” It was a sweet private moment with Lu and I (Luca had no idea what was happening, of course) and I felt so lucky to be growing our family.

that night, like we did the first time, we drank wine together and ate sushi and I took my last sip of alcohol and last piece of raw fish for the next 9 months. I’m totally aware that some people drink throughout their pregnancy (and do you, whatever works for you!), but I choose not to, so for me, the couple of glasses I had that night is going to hold me over until the summer (the baby’s due date is the second day of summer, in June!)

telling our family

since I didn’t get a big reveal with Lu on the pregnancy, I decided to do something with my family. luckily, my parents were in town. I found out on a Tuesday and on a Thursday, they were coming over for dinner. I made them my winter butternut squash lasagna and on the top, I spelt out, in cut up sage leaves, B. I placed the lasagna on the table and Lu said, “Do you guys notice anything interesting about this lasagna?” And after some futile guesses, we announced that the B was for Baby and we were having a baby! Lots of excitement, grabbed the ultrasound, and enjoyed a dinner together (with no wine for me, sadly.)

how this pregnancy has been different than the first

one word: HORMONES. honestly, it was like I could feel my hormones bubbling inside of me. I was a short fuse. I didn’t get sad at all (like, I wasn’t the kind of hormonal where I’d cry over spilt milk), I was more just agitated all the time and anything “ticked” me off. who did this fall most heavily on? sadly, Lu. everything he said or did, I’d get upset about. I even said one day, “I feel so emotional, I don’t know what to do with myself!” we definitely fought more during the last 12 weeks of our marriage than we have in the entire 3.5 years! I feel bad, but I apologized enough, and he was pretty understanding that it was the pregnancy hormones, not me, and it would wear off.

like clockwork, around 12.5 weeks, I wasn’t a mess anymore. no more hormone surges, I felt myself again. happy and easy going wife again!

and the other difference is definitely nausea. with Luca, I didn’t feel nauseous at all. with this pregnancy, I had the most subtle nausea during the day (about 12 – 6pm) and it wasn’t, “Oh, I feel like I’m going to throw up,” it was more like, “Ugh, I feel gross, I need to sit down.” I found that eating more carbs helped, but only temporarily and that would just make me feel grosser, so I really just tried to stay super hydrated and distract myself from the nausea by staying busy. that helped the most.

other than that, everything was exactly the same – the exhaustion from weeks 6 to 11 was out of control (I napped almost every single day) and I felt hungry all the time, even though you’re not supposed to start eating extra calories until the second trimester, I couldn’t help myself. I gave in to my cravings more so this pregnancy than the last, because, heck – it may be my last pregnancy, who knows! living it up this time around.

(after our first prenatal doctor’s appointment where we heard the heartbeat for the first time! I had the WORST cold sore breakout of my life, which my doctor told me is quite common when your hormones are surging!)

nursing luca

yes, I’m still nursing Luca. I’m only nursing him in the morning and at night. the week before we went to Iceland, I dropped our third feed so that I wouldn’t have to pump as much in Iceland and so that Luca could finally just be on morning and night feedings. he didn’t even notice the nursing session was gone!

my goal is to have Luca weaned by 20 weeks, which marks the halfway point of a pregnancy. I want to be able to have my body back to myself (well, as much as I can have my body to myself, considering there’s another baby in there, haha!) I also just want my nipples to have some rest before baby #2 arrives! and frankly, when my belly starts to really pop, I don’t want to worry about, “is this too much pressure on the baby?” while I’m nursing Luca. while I’m sad to be entering the final two months of nursing with Luca, I am so proud of myself for making it this far, and I know that I will have done the best I can do for Luca.

and a few people asked how nursing has changed since I found out I was pregnant. well, my nipples are definitely more sensitive, so it doesn’t hurt, but it’s just slightly uncomfortable because of the sensitivity.

I have definitely noticed my supply has dipped, because I typically get 6 ounces if I pump, but I barely got 3-4 ounces the last time I had to pump. Luca still nurses well, but he definitely doesn’t nurse for as long and switches breasts much more quickly.

favorite first trimester products

here are some products I’m already using – and many of them are ones I used last time around.

  • prenatal vitamin – the same one as last time! Garden of Life’s Raw Prenatal
  • Mamma Mio Tummy Butter: I’m starting off right away with hydrating my belly skin. I was lucky enough not to get any stretch marks the first time around, so I’m hoping for the best this time (they say you get larger the second time around!)
  • pajama lounge pants: in the first trimester, you feel a lot of bloat. the worst thing is to be uncomfortable and have your pants digging into your belly, especially at night time. I bought these GAP lounge pants and they are seriously the most comfortable pants in the world, I bought them in all the other colors, haha. Highly recommend.
  • comfy tee: in the beginning, when I was trying to hide my little bloated bump from my nanny and be comfortable at home, I bought this maternity tee from Show Me Your Mumu and it is so soft, I live in it now and can’t wait to fill it out with a true bump!

the first trimester recap

I did this Q&A style the first time around, and it’s so much easier, so here we go again! And if you have any other questions, feel free to leave them in the comments!

How far along are you?

I’m 13 weeks and 4 days.

When are you due?

June 20th, our wedding anniversary. I am so excited to have a summer baby!

What symptoms did you have?

  • Around week 10, my boobs inflated again. I say inflated because after you nurse a baby for 1+ years, your boobs are DEFLATED. I never understood what women meant when they said their boobs looked like pancakes after nursing, until I nursed. Now, they’re back to being DDD+ and I already starting wearing the sports bras I used during my last pregnancy, because they fit better (they’re a larger size.)
  • Fatigue. Just like last time, like clockwork, at 2pm, I had to take a nap. I’d usually end up taking a nap from 3:30-4:30pm, wake up, finish work, and then start Luca’s dinner before the nanny got home. God bless having childcare, because it allowed me to really get my rest.
  • Breakouts. I definitely felt like my skin (probably because of the extra surge of hormones) was at its worst. It’s definitely leveled out now, and I feel like I’m getting the glow back.
  • Hormones. Like I discussed above, my hormones were out of control. It was almost like I could feel them moving in my body, it was nuts. I was on edge, literally – I could feel it in my skin!

Did you work out?

Yes, but not nearly as much as I did through my first pregnancy (I think I worked out consistently 5-6 days a week at 6:00am.) I think I averaged 3-4 workouts a week, which was enough for me to feel good! the one piece of advice I have is this: work out in the morning. the exhaustion (especially in the first trimester) is so real, that if you don’t get it done first thing, it most likely won’t happen. work out while you’re still energized!

Did you drink coffee/have caffeine?

I gave it up for my first pregnancy, and I gave it up again! The way I look at it is this – I don’t want my body addicted to anything in general, so if I can’t give up coffee for 9 months, I have a problem and probably should do some time without the caffeine!

Are you drinking alcohol?

Nada!

Are you going to find out the gender?

Yesss! It’s a girl! We revealed the gender on Sunday with a couple of my closest friends who live in Jersey City along with my sister and her husband. We got the results on Friday, found out privately together (just Lu, Luca and I) and decided to do something last minute for our friends and family to reveal to them!

For the reveal “party,” I made the Autumn Brussels Sprouts Quiche from my Inspiralized & Beyond cookbook, some Simple Mills Pumpkin Bread and the coconut cream cheese frosting from my Inspiralize Everything cookbook, a bowl of fresh berries, and a simple salad with pomegranates and almond slivers. I blew up some pink and blue balloons and we popped a big black balloon and pink confetti came fluttering out! Top moments in my life! As happy as I am with a boy, I’ve always wanted a girl and I feel so blessed! Funny note: we couldn’t find a pin in our apartment to pop the balloon with, so I had to use a kitchen knife – I was so scared before and after that I was going to accidentally excitedly stab someone, so I seem a bit awkward in the video, I think! Haha.

How has the exhaustion been with a toddler?

It’s definitely a struggle, especially at the end of the day, when I’m really exhausted and Luca wants to play. luckily, Lu has been extra helpful and has been taking over bath duty at night (when he’s home) and plays with him when I just need to lay on the couch. one weekend, I just had to take a nap in the late afternoon and Lu took Luca out so I could rest in peace.

Any name ideas yet?

Ugh, no!! We can’t seem to agree on any girl names and none have really spoken to us yet. any ideas?

Were you worried about ZIKA on your recent trip to Turks & Caicos?

Definitely. I did my research, spoke to my OB-GYN, and took every precaution possible while there. There have been no reported cases of ZIKA in Turks in 18 months, specifically in the area of Turks where we were. It’s still on the CDC though, so it’s definitely still a risk. I think it’s all about comfort levels. Knowing that there were no reported cases, and seeing that WHO (World Health Organization) removed Turks from its ZIKA list, I felt comfortable with my decision. While I was there, I wore long dresses, and wore bug spray everywhere I went. I also spoke to the hotel before the trip and they said they spray for mosquitos on the property. I made a decision and while yes, there is still a risk, I did what I felt most comfortable with. My doctor said because Lu and I didn’t have any symptoms, they actually don’t even test for ZIKA in that case. But I definitely worried about it and still do a bit. My OB-GYN said at the 20 week scan, they’ll be able to tell, but because I’m symptom free and went to an area with low risk, I shouldn’t stress.

Are you showing now? They say you show earlier the second time around!

I definitely feel like I look much bigger by the end of the day than I did the first time around, but when I wake up, I rarely feel pregnant. I’m not showing much, and I didn’t feel like I showed until about 15 weeks with Luca. I think by 15 weeks, I’ll definitely be showing more than with Luca, so we’ll see. I’ll be sure to take bumpies for the pregnancy recaps.

Are you planning to move?

Yes! We want to find a three bedroom in our same building, but if not, then somewhere else in Jersey City. We love the area of Jersey City we live in, we love Jersey City, and we are NOT ready for the suburbs at all. Never know if we ever will be!

And that’s it! That’s my first trimester recap. Let me know if you have any questions – and to other mamas out there pregnant alongside me, let’s do this together! And to all the mamas on their fertility journey, sending you all the love and faith!

46 Comments
  • Tina Tam

    Lucia as a girl name to go with Luca!

    Mon December 17 at 2:42 pm Reply
  • Christine L

    I’m happy for the three of you, but it’s almost funny how happy I am for your little girl that she gets to have a big brother. I have two, and they are the absolute best!

    What about the name Liliana – Lily/i for short?

    Mon December 17 at 3:07 pm Reply
  • Nicole Zaffran

    I am so happy for you!!! congrats!!! Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

    Liliana Grace
    Lilian Grace
    Luna ( which i realize is close to Luca but I love it)

    Mon December 17 at 3:19 pm Reply
    • Angela Chakos

      My niece is Liliana Grace and I love the name:) not that it matters to you at all…haha!

      Tue December 18 at 10:30 am Reply
  • Alice May Flather

    Such exciting news!!! I’m thrilled for your growing family and just truly appreciate your willingness to share your journey and your ability to express it so eloquently. I also am due in June (just a couple weeks before), and this is my first. We ultimately would love to have 2, so it’s so interesting to see the perspective of someone who recently had their first and is ready for a 2nd. Can’t wait to see what the future holds!

    Mon December 17 at 3:29 pm Reply
  • Anna

    Ahh congrats!!! I got pregnant with my now 5-month old right after Luca was born and I had so much fun watching him grow while I was growing my little girl. Summer babies are awesome! The weather is nice so you can get out more and they are old enough by the holidays to really enjoy it with them! Personally, the only girls names that we really loved were Violet (my daughter’s name!) and Maya. Violet could be a good option for you because there is a Spanish version, Violetta, for Lu’s family! Also if you are like me and don’t want too much pink stuff then it encourages people to buy purple instead 😉

    Mon December 17 at 3:41 pm Reply
  • Nicole B

    Congratulations! This is my first pregnancy and I am a nervous wreck waiting for my first US! I just want to see the little peanut to make sure everything is okay – did you struggle with this? I’m telling myself that whatever happens is out of my control so I am hoping for the best! I’m due August 8th 🙂

    Mon December 17 at 4:01 pm Reply
    • Rosie

      I’m due August 8 too with my first! Also going crazy waiting for my first appointment – we go next week on the 27th! Good luck mama, I hope you’re feeling well and everything goes smoothly 🙂

      Sun December 23 at 2:45 pm Reply
  • Sarah

    Gomi readers called this WERKS ago and you not-so-subtly confirmed it in T&C with your baby blanket sarong (that you also made your sister wear in a terrible attempt to distract your readers).

    Mon December 17 at 4:03 pm Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      What is a ‘Gomi reader’ and if you’re talking about the swaddle blanket I wore in T&C, my sister didn’t wear it also? I’m so confused by this comment. But so glad you’re following me so closely and are excited enough to leave a comment!

      Mon December 17 at 4:35 pm Reply
      • cg

        Ali, I wouldn’t go looking into GOMI. It’s a mean-girl forum where people post criticisms about bloggers and social media influencers. Not constructive ones either…more like bashing. The worst of the worst.

        Mon December 17 at 5:00 pm Reply
        • Fleur Hendriks

          why does this exist? this is so awful. i cannot grasp the fact that people are supporting eachother in writing such bizarre things. It is literally poison. Adult people behaving like.. you said it wel.. Meangirls. This really enrages me!

          Mon December 17 at 6:56 pm Reply
      • Shayna

        You mean you’re not giving out prizes for guessing your pregnancy, Ali?! 😆 I always find it so weird when people are like “I KNEW IT!!!” like congratulations…? It’s always so odd to me how people obsess over whether a woman of child bearing age is pregnant or not at all times!

        Mon December 17 at 6:04 pm Reply
        • Sarah

          You could totally tell she had a bump in Turks! And every picture was totally calculated with either a sarong or her holding Luca and her arm covering her bare belly. And her sister posted pics of herself wearing a baby blanket sarong too in an attempt to deflect from Ali I’m sure. If you don’t think these bloggers are that calculated with their lives and posts and pics, than I hate to break it to you but they are. Someone a bunch of strangers to Ali we’re talking about her pregnancy on GOMI weeks before she event announced it. People aren’t stupid.

          Mon December 17 at 7:25 pm Reply
          • Ali Maffucci

            Uhm I’m not denying I’m pregnant or was pregnant? Uhm, congratulations you guessed I was pregnant? Good for you? Haha, not sure what you’re trying to get at? I’m literally telling people I’m pregnant. Like 99% of other pregnant women, I chose not to reveal even to my closest friends that I was pregnant before 12 weeks, due to the high risk of miscarriage. It’s totally normal to not disclose your pregnancy before the second trimester. Everyone does it differently, but this is the way I chose to share my news (it is my body and my husband and I’s news to share.) Thanks – I think you should probably stop following me if the fact that I chose not to disclose about my pregnancy before now bothers you? Not really sure why you’re commenting at all, really.

            Mon December 17 at 7:28 pm
          • Sarah

            Your response is completely irrelevant. All I’m saying is you’re announcing something some people already knew…prior to you announcing it. The previous commenter said she finds it weird when people say they knew it. I’m saying the writing was on the wall the whole time. So some readers aren’t going to be surprised. Similar to how you announced you had a brother, yet it was talked about weeks, possibly even months prior, in your gomi thread. You don’t live as private of a life as you may think. That’s all. Don’t be so bothered when people know things about you that you have yet to share publicly.

            Mon December 17 at 8:20 pm
  • Christina Lenarz

    Congratulations, Ali! I love the way you wrote this post- thinking of all the different journeys your readers are on. One idea for brainstorming names – each of you writes a list of names and tape it to the fridge. Every time someone crosses a name off the list, they have to replace it with a new one. I like seeing things written down. Good luck and enjoy your adventure.

    Mon December 17 at 4:12 pm Reply
  • Sarah B Vormelker

    Congratulations! ♥️ I really appreciate reading your adventures. We have a son that just turned one, and it’s nice to read about things we are thinking through and how you guys handled it. Can’t wait to read all about this pregnancy!

    Mon December 17 at 4:17 pm Reply
  • Morgan Eidson

    I love the name Liliana or Lily for a girl!! Congratulations, wishing you a happy and healthy 9 months! ❤️

    Mon December 17 at 5:20 pm Reply
  • Mae Updegraff

    Congratulations! I think ‘Luca and Lucy’ have a nice ring, lol! I’ve bookmarked to come back again and again. Your writing style is ON POINT. I have so much to learn. Thanks for sharing so much of your experiences with us. ♥️ Best wishes for continued health and success, Mama!

    Mon December 17 at 5:55 pm Reply
  • Shayna

    Your “warning” in the beginning are so thoughtful and appreciated ❤️ Biggest congratulations to your family! Your house is seriously going to be SO FUN with the age gap between your little ones! My siblings and I were all close together and it made for such a fun childhood!

    Mon December 17 at 6:07 pm Reply
  • Nicole Jones

    Congratulations, Ali! Such an exciting time! Thank you for writing this post, I really enjoyed reading it! I got pregnant with my son(almost 1) not too long after you found out you were pregnant with Luca. My husband and I are talking about second baby, too! Looking forward to reading your re-caps!

    Mon December 17 at 6:25 pm Reply
  • Mindy Reimer

    I felt like I was reading a blog of my own life! I have a 16 mo old boy (pregnant first try), so followed your Luca journey closely since I could relate so well. Wanted to very casually try for another after his birthday but got surprised a little earlier than that. We are due end of Feb with a girl, too! They’ll be 18 mo apart so was terrified at first but now so dang excited. Congratulations to you and your family! It will be so fun to see Luca be a big bro, too!

    Mon December 17 at 6:30 pm Reply
  • betsy

    I always joke that my daughter was conceived by immaculate conception. Still don’t know how it happened. My two are only 13 1/2 months apart but I wouldn’t trade the close in age thing for anything (and they are now in high school). My son was the happiest, easiest baby. My daughter was not. It seems God gives many of us an easy one to make sure we’ll have more, ha! One thing is certain is boys are physically exhausting while girls are emotionally exhausting. The girls play so nicely but the drama! It is crazy when they are little, but enjoy it, it’ll be gone before you know it. But the teen years are fabulous too, I enjoy it even more than the toddler years.

    Mon December 17 at 6:38 pm Reply
  • Fleur

    You are so right in making that descision! (pardon my english, im a 21 year old dutch girl haha). I dont understand why forums like that exist. Persons writing the stuff they write on there must be so unhappy! blegh afwful.

    Mon December 17 at 6:50 pm Reply
  • Linda F

    I have been waiting for this news! So happy for all of you. I was surprised by how similar my story is to yours. I got pregnant with our daughter the day after our son’s first birthday party (you know, after all the in-laws left, haha!). I also had a negative on the first pregnancy test that time. It took another week to come back positive (but I felt very off so I knew). I felt so much better with the first pregnancy as well but after a few months, all was good. I appreciate your reference to infertility as I also feel fortunate to have had it so easy and my heart hurts for those who go through that pain and struggle. You are a joy to follow and it’s hard to believe you were irritable! Lu is the best. I am so looking forward to the coming months. Love to see you enjoying all this because like I’ve always said- having 2 kids is not like one more, it’s like 10 more. Good thing we humans are good at adapting! FYI, my kids are 24 & 25 now. Congratulate your lovely parents for me 🙂

    Mon December 17 at 6:53 pm Reply
  • Valerie sebastian

    Congrats to you and your family! You’re my favorite blogger I follow and I was so happy to hear about your pregnancy!
    Two is a game changer for sure, I’m a mom of two boys! But you’ll adjust and know no different! Can’t wait to follow along with you on your journey!

    Mon December 17 at 7:05 pm Reply
  • Amanda Howard

    I’m just SO happy for you! I started following you weeks before Luca was due so I’m so excited to get to follow along for the pregnancy this time! I have been blessed with 1 of each too, just with a girl first then a baby boy this June! Thank you for sharing this journey with us!

    Mon December 17 at 7:17 pm Reply
  • Wanda Negron

    Congrats again! So exciting! I’m not sure about this but did you say you’ll be traveling to Puerto Rico this year? If so, what’s the Zika situation like there? I’m more curious than anything. I have tons of friends and family in PR and several women I know there were pregnant during the time Zika was all over the news a few years ago. They’re all fine and so are their babies so I’m sure you will be too. As for girl’s names I’ve always loved Audrey and Elisse.

    Mon December 17 at 7:33 pm Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      We spoke about it and we’re choosing not to go to Puerto Rico because of the higher risk of ZIKA there! Beautiful names!!

      Mon December 17 at 7:36 pm Reply
  • Lauren Insley

    Congrats on your pregnancy! So exciting! I can’t wait to follow your journey to baby #2. Thanks for being gentle about your announcement and empathy towards infertility. Our baby girl is 9 months old, but we had fertility struggles. It is very touching when those that had it easier are understanding. Though we had fertility treatment, we were lucky to get pregnant with our first IUI, in which in the infertility world is considered really fortunate. So I find my self saying similar things to my friends that have gone through multiple IVF cycles. Anyways thanks again for being sensitive! I’ve followed you for years on Youtube, but recently started following you on other platforms and it has been a joy to watch Lucas’s BLW experience – it has given us more confidence with our own BLW journey!

    Tue December 18 at 2:24 am Reply
  • Ashley

    I’m so happy for you!!! I am due with our first (a baby boy!) on May 29th! So excited to follow along this pregnancy journey with you!!

    Tue December 18 at 2:19 pm Reply
  • JJ

    Congratulations on growing your family! I am a long time follower & your Insta stories have become part of my daily routine. I am glad you highlighted that you choose to remain alcohol free during pregnancy.

    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is so stigmatized that it often not discussed and there’s many misconceptions about there – It is one of the most preventable brain based disabilities and can create lifelong physical, mental, and behavioural difficulties, as well as learning disabilities… Many physicians, especially in the US still recommend a glass of wine or beer ‘every so often’, but the reality is that there is no safe amount of alcohol to consume throughout the stages of pregnancy. https://www.nofas.org/factsheets/

    Wed December 19 at 3:54 am Reply
  • amanda

    Just a week behind you but it’s my first! Nervous but trying to enjoy every change as it comes. Excited to share this time with you and learn from your experience. Congrats!

    Wed December 19 at 2:26 pm Reply
  • Andreia Represas

    Congratulations!! 🙂 so happy for you!

    Wed December 19 at 8:40 pm Reply
  • Rachel Ez

    Congratulations! How about Rosalia for a name? It’s the Italian version of my daughter’s name Rosalie, and it’s both old-fashioned and has that trendy girly sound. Enjoy your pregnancy!

    Thu December 20 at 4:48 am Reply
  • Lauren H

    Congratulations!!! My husband and I are not in the easy baby making camp, but we are both so happy for you! While our family is not easily grown, we understand that each person has their journey. We have been following you and want to say thank you for sharing your lifestyle on social media. What your recipes and tips have done is allow us to enjoy cooking together and make the food aspect of our life so much easier and more fun. We appreciate it. Thank you and congrats to your growing family!

    Thu December 20 at 5:47 pm Reply
  • Jeri Alton

    Congrats on the baby girl, happy for you and your family. I follow another blogger from Iowa and she is on her third baby now, I started following before there were any kids, just like with you. I’m a grandma and enjoy following the growth of the kids. I looked up that sight that someone mentioned “GOMI Blog” those people are nasty. Why say bad things about bloggers, just quit following them if you don’t agree.

    Thu December 20 at 9:32 pm Reply
  • Summer Greenstein

    Congrats! Curious if you’ll be delivering in NJ this time. I delivered in the same hospital as you and have mixed feelings about doing it again if we have another because of the shared room possibly (really only an issue in NYC).

    Sat December 22 at 6:30 pm Reply
  • Stephy Anderson

    Ahhh so exciting, congratulations!! I’m also due with a baby girl on my wedding anniversary.. what are the chances?! 🙂

    Sun December 23 at 3:20 pm Reply
  • Danielle Civitillo

    Hi Ali – congratulations! If I may ask, how did you know you were ovulating that day? Do you track monthly (temperatures, ovulation sticks, etc?). Thanks! Danielle

    Mon January 14 at 5:21 am Reply
    • Ali Maffucci

      I plugged it into a calculator, so I would know the day and then on that day, it was obvious by my discharge!

      Mon January 14 at 4:35 pm Reply

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