We’ve Got Some Big News, Y’all!

baby announcement

I’ve been bursting with nerves and excitement waiting for the perfect time to make the BIG announcement, and today is finally the day!

We’ll be having a baby in November!

I remember sitting in the bathroom with THE STICK and seeing the result and not believing my eyes. I was thinking I should probably look at Pinterest to find some clever way to tell Aaron but yeah right, there was no way I was going to be able to wait. I was shaking when I walked into the living room to show Aaron what I had just seen. I looked at him with stunned eyes and pushed the stick in his direction. We were both like, “Uhhh… no way!”

I proceeded to take 3 more pregnancy tests and Aaron took one too just to make sure it wasn’t a weird batch we had gotten. Aaron’s not pregnant;) but all of mine said the exact same thing as the first.

The whole thing has felt really surreal and I still don’t even feel like it’s actually me when I hear myself say, “I’m pregnant”. It’s really an out-of-body experience. I’ve been wanting to have a baby for a really long time… it’s always other people who are pregnant… not me. My heart would ache a little when I found out others were pregnant, and not because I wasn’t happy for them, of course I was! But, I was also a little sad for me. For the mamas still waiting for your babies to come, I’m sending you a hug, and please trust that your baby will come when the time is right…

We’re going to go for the big surprise and not find out the sex of the baby and we’re also going to try to do the minimalist baby thing (bare minimum on the baby gear, 2nd hand and used items) so, we’ll see all that how that goes!;)

We’re so happy to share this news with you all, and I’m looking forward to hearing about all the tips you have for me about what stuff we really need and what stuff we totally don’t need…?

With love… feeling happy and blessed, xo, Anna

p.s. isn’t this funny


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  1. karkle

    Congrats, Anna!!!!

    I love your paragraph about always having that twinge of heart ache from other’s announcements. I totally know what you mean!

    I’m a birth doula and have been privileged to attend almost 20 births in the last year and a half. Especially if you are planning a hospital birth, I couldn’t recommend hiring a doula highly enough! I’m sure there are lots in Denver. If that isn’t enough, here is a handy post from babble! :)


    By the way, you can totally get by on minimal gear! A good wrap to baby wear, some comfy nursing bras and you’re good to go! (Well, OK, maybe a few more things…!)

  2. Jess

    I 2nd the Doula! And also the minimalist gear and cloth diapers (sewing your own makes them even cheaper)…I have tried tons of patterns if you want any links :)
    Congratulations again!

  3. Kia

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I feel like I just heard that a friend is having a baby and I’m very happy for you!


  4. Noel

    Oh my gosh! I’m so excited for you!!! That’s wonderful news and I am definitely looking forward to baby posts and updates- yayyyy

  5. Rachel

    Congratulations!!! I would love to hear about your journey with minimalist baby gear and such- your suggestions are always great! Love your blog!

  6. Mackenzie

    As a mom of one(soon to be 2!) I totally get the minimal route. Don’t sweat the “stuff”. As long as baby is warm, fed & loved you are doing exactly what you need to do.

    One thing I tell every mom to be that I meet is there are 2 books that were absolute lifesavers for us. The first is Happiest Baby On The Block, which is about $10(free at the library!). It’s a step by step guide to soothing your new baby & stopping the tears. The second, & this one helped us & quite a few friends the most, is The 90 Minute Baby Sleep Program(there’s one on Amazon for $1.70!). It sets a good routine for you & baby. There’s a bit of planning & structure involved but from reading your blog for the past few years, seems like a fit! Please check them out, before baby gets here. Nothing makes me happier than helping another mom keep her wits in that first year.


  7. Eden Hensley

    Congratulations! Good luck on the minimalist trend for baby stuff. We tried — and are still trying — stuff just seems to expand. Totally read Baby Bargains, it’ll help you weed out the things you really don’t need.

    1. Anna Newell Jones Post author

      Ohhh! Thanks for the lead on that book! I’ll have to check it out from the library. I’ve heard stuff expands… sounds like it’s something to constantly be aware of.

  8. Melanie

    Congrats! I completely understand how you feel when everyone else is having babies and you aren’t! But now you are! Fantastic! One day my day will come. :)

  9. Joanna

    What a cute little bump! Congratulations. :) Good luck on the minimal baby gear road. Minimalist Mom has a good ebook on the subject!

  10. Samantha

    I will now be looking forward to what little you get for this baby and where your resources will be. I have a 4 year old son and bought WAY too much crap for him when he was a baby. By the way kid consignment shops are WONDERFUL for good baby/kid clothing, furniture, and toys.

  11. Ieva

    And thank you for your honesty and for thinking about others too at a time when you’re so happy.
    Take good care of yourself! Congratulations to Aaron too!

  12. Amy

    Congratulations, Anna! I can’t wait to hear more. I have been following your spending fast, although this has been somewhat on hold as I’m now 37 weeks pregnant and due in June. We’re putting aside money for the baby & baby expenses in the meantime, but I am also paying money to pay down credit card ($5k, down from almost $45k in 2011) and student loan debt ($17k). I would love to hear how others have done the spending fast with a baby on the way!

  13. Meg G

    Congratulations! Get ready for the wildest ride of your life! And at least you have 9 months to get used to your spending fast because if you have a girl…watch out!

  14. TAYE

    I’ve been following your blog for quite some now, and I think it’s great that you shared this on your site. Congrats to both you & your husband! You look absolutely radiant :)

  15. ~Heather

    Exciting news!
    We used an Arms Reach Co-Sleeper for both kids. It attaches to your bed for as long as you want the baby close-by (it’s great, when s/he needs to nurse at 3am, you don’t even have to get out of bed, you can just roll over and nurse!), then it converts to a crib for wherever you park the baby at night. Once we were done with it, we took it to a kids’ consignment store and it sold within a couple of days. Also, when we bought it, it was missing a piece and when I contacted the company, then not only sent the missing piece (free of charge!) they send a couple of free organic cotton sheets for the crib!!!
    Also, if you’re looking to learn more about birthing options, Ina May Gaskin’s books are very informative. When labor starts, you can’t possibly know what will happen, but it’s good to be informed on various options, should you need to make choices along the way.

    Our food co-op is having sessions on cloth diapering too. It’s such a confusing topic these days with so many options. We tried a fleece kind of diaper on our 2nd baby and he ended up with horrible rashes, so we had to move back to disposables. Some local kids’ stores have info sessions too on cloth diapering and baby wearing (Baby Bjorns, slings, etc.)

    And be good to your body! Take pre-natal yoga classes so you can slowly get ready for birth and post-birth (and the breathing exercises and visualizing come in VERY handy during birth)!!!

    Best of luck in this new chapter of family!

    1. Anna Newell Jones Post author

      Thanks for the insights! I’m reading Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth now and it’s such a different perspective on birth that what I typically hear. She presents birth as something that can be enjoyable rather than just horribly painful and miserable. Perception really does affect reality and it’s nice to know it doesn’t have to be terrible…

      Going to check out pre-natal yoga too… this place here in Denver, Belly Bliss, gives you the 1st class for free so that will be a nice treat.

  16. Carrie On

    CONGRATULATIONS! I’m so happy for you!!!

    Car seats/strollers
    Don’t buy one of those giant stroller systems. We used just an infant car seat and a stroller frame (this one: http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Trend-Universal-Infant-Carrier/dp/B00838BNK2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1369257849&sr=8-3&keywords=stroller+frame) for the first year. It was heaven – when my daughter fell asleep in the car, we didn’t have to wake her up to put her in the stroller. It was nimble and light and I might have cried when she outgrew it! After the infant car seat, I highly recommend buying one of those all-in-one seats (that goes from forward facing to booster seat). We didn’t and ended up paying twice as much when we had to buy them as she outgrew them. We also just used an umbrella stroller or a wrap (I definitely recommend a wrap over a sling – it’s way more comfortable and adjustable). The strollers you could buy used to save money, but never buy a used car seat – you never know if it’s been in an accident.

    Don’t buy any. Everyone will buy them for you! My daughter lived in onesies for the first year and rarely if ever wore the cute outfits. Huge waste of money! And people love to buy kids clothes. Also, not all kids grow fast. My daughter wore 6 month clothes until she was one (and I was sick of them!). And she (at five years old) still wears some 24 mos/2t/3t stuff. She wasn’t a preemie and my husband and I are both tall, but she is stick thin and tall. So I messed up trying to buy seasons ahead on clearance – I think it’s better just to buy a few things at the start of the season as needed – there are always sales somewhere. I recommend name brand clothes over store brand (target and walmart brand never held up well) and I am a big fan of Carter’s. If you buy their stuff on sale (or shop Kohl’s carefully) you can Carter’s for the price of target or walmart brand stuff.

    Start buying now when you find them on sale, and stock up on the bigger sizes. Unless you are going cloth diapers, and then I can’t help you because we didn’t do that! I highly recommend a diaper genie pail. I know the refills are expensive but we just used it for poop diapers and not pee ones, and they lasted forever. I loved mine!

    If you decide to nurse (I’m not judging either way!) please don’t buy your breast pump used. It isn’t safe! I used a Medela and highly recommend them, even though they are very expensive. If you plan to stick with breastfeeding for a long time, they are worth the cost. If you decide to go the formula route, start signing up on all the major brands websites. They will send you vouchers and free samples. You might have your mom and your sister and other relatives sign up, too. ;-) We used it to supplement with my daughter, and that saved us a lot of money.

    You may want to wait to buy a crib until your child gets hear. My daughter slept in hers twice, I think. We never planned to co-sleep with her but just fell into that routine. The crib was a huge waste of money! (again, not judging either way if you co-sleep or have your kid sleep in a crib). We didn’t buy a changing table, but instead used a dresser with a pad on it. We put shelves above it with her changing stuff on it. Worked much better and as she grew up she used the dresser. Buy a used one and have fun painting it to match the room theme! Also, a good rocking chair or glider is a must. And you might want to wait on a swing – we bought a very expensive, top of the line one and she hated it. She loved the cheap traveling one they used at daycare – go figure!

    I might think of more later, but hopefully that gets you started for now!! =)

  17. Jackie

    Congrats!!! I agree with all the posters who say it’s possible to avoid buying all the stuff. I asked myself a lot: “do we NEED it?”. items got points if they could be repurposed as kiddo grows…like a neutral diaper bag that I reuse now as a gym bag. Also thought I would mention that some health insurance plans cover breast pumps…
    Happy and healthy pregnancy and baby to you!

  18. zimmy

    CONGRATULATIONS! Nothing on earth can beat waiting on a bundle of joy to be born. I was in a comfortable daze the entire 9 months and I wasn’t even carrying the baby.

  19. Antonietta

    Congratulations! We are expecting baby # 2 in September!
    Some advice- have a baby shower and register for everything- seriously I don’t think we bought anything for the baby except our baby carrier.
    Speaking of that- you need to get the Ergo baby, it is a bit pricey ( about 115 dollars) but you can sometimes find it on sale on Nordstrom.com- it is totally worth the price as it is the best baby carrier on the market and works for babies from 5lbs ( with infant insert) to 45 lbs- it can be used to carry baby three ways ( front, back or hip) and is lightweight and washable!
    Our son is 15 months old and we still use it way more than his stroller.

    Also, if you’re planning on having a natural birth you’ll want to hire a doula- with a little research you can snag a doula-in-training or free!

    best of luck for a happy, healthy pregnancy!

  20. Caitlyn

    As for tips –
    1) If you do want a doula look into programs in your area – here in Baltimore, Johns Hopkins actually offers a program that provides FREE doulas.
    2) Don’t buy NEW baby clothes or books – it is unbelievable the deals you can find in thrift stores. I have found many fantastic clothes for as little as $.25 – items that easily cost $16+ new. Just look carefully for stains. The items have often only been worn 1-2 times since kids grow so fast. Ditto with kid’s books. I have found gorgeous, mint condition books that list for over $20 for a quarter. It’s really astonishing the deals you can find. I actually enjoy the hunt so much that I still look in the baby section whenever I am in a thrift store and if I find a good deal I snag it and just give it to the next person I know who has a baby :)
    3) Ditto to the poster that said changing tables are unnecessary – a dresser is all you need (and it can hold way more diaper supplies than a changing table anyway). The only piece of furniture I would invest in is a good comfy chair -check out Craigslist and I bet you can find a good deal. Those gliders that everyone seems to get are pretty ugly (IMO), but they really do the job – comfy, gentle, heavenly for rocking babes to sleep. I bet there is one on CL that you could resell when you’re done for almost what you paid.

  21. veronica

    Wow congratulations!! That is wonderful news! Be prepared to know love like you’ve never known before! Its like your heart is going to explode!!! CONgraTUlaTionS!!!

  22. CollegeMom

    Congratulations! That’s wonderful news.

    I’m sending my youngest off to college in August, but I remember that initial excitement when I found out her older sister was on the way.

  23. Heather

    Congratulations, that’s awesome!

    Regarding what to get – I second all the advice given above.

    Regarding a breast pump, you can also rent them. If your baby ends up being hospitalized for any amount of time, you can rent the Medela hospital-grade pumps for not much money, and they really do work much better than the personal ones (which are only meant to be used a couple times a day…they don’t work well if you don’t have the baby nursing the rest of the time). I made the mistake of buying one and while it ended up being okay for the month my son was in the NICU, a hospital-grade pump would have worked much better. Either way, don’t skimp on the accessories (breast shield sets, etc.) – you’ll be washing them several times a day if you only have one or two, so to save your sanity, buy enough that you only have to wash them once a day.

    With a bunch of things, you can borrow them from a friend before buying to try them out – strollers, carriers, slings, etc., and I recommend that. We bought a baby sling, for instance, and my son always hated it so we only ended up using the Jeep carrier (which aren’t sold anymore, but it’s kind of like the Beco that we ended up replacing it with when he got older). We also did not buy a changing table (babies are so wiggly that changing them on the floor is often easier anyway) , just a changing pad.

    I’ve only ever bought my son like four items of clothing and maybe three toys – we got so many gifts and hand-me-downs that I didn’t have to.

  24. Heather

    I should have said that renting a hospital-grade pump is also a good option overall – you can keep it at work to pump during the day, and then have one of the manual pumps at home for emergencies (teething, baby skipping a feeding, etc.).

  25. veronica

    Overwhelmed yet??? Dont worry, it all comes naturally and when in doubt just think; how’d the cave women do it? I’m sure they didn’t own baby wipe warmers :)

  26. Tracy

    Congratulations! I am a new reader. But, I am just as excited for you as your old readers!

    Thinking back to when I had babies and thinking through the things I bought and the things I actually used, here is my 2 cents worth.

    Use the same all natural detergent for everyone’s clothes. If you use one for the baby clothes and the cheap kind for your own clothes, when you hold the baby, it may cause irritation to their skin. I kept a little blanket wrapped around them if others wanted to hold them for this reason. My girls have very sensitive skin.

    I did not use cloth diapers on them, but I did use them for burp cloths. I used the prefolded ones. They are much more absorbent than the thin burp cloths they sell as ‘burp cloths’.

    Wipes are expensive. You can make cloth wipes from flannel material, or just get several packs of those tiny wash cloths.

    This may sound odd, but I would not have washed them, with soap or slathered lotion all over them. They are not outside changing oil in the car. They can’t be that dirty. The soap strips the natural oil from their skin and then we replace it with unnatural lotion. I learned that this teaches their skin to not moisturize on its own.

    Last but not least, making baby food is WAY cheaper than buying those tiny jars of baby food. You can steam veggies and freeze them in ice cube trays.

    Hope this helps. I also agree with all of the above comments about others buying clothes and stuff for them. I was surprised how many things I got after having only one baby shower. Family and friends love your baby like crazy too.

  27. Sarah

    As you know, we have twins!…and we have still managed to be very minimalist. I can tell you about it sometime, what you need and probably don’t need!

  28. Sarah

    I know this is an older post, 2013-Where does the time go?! But I feel like you were speaking directly to me when you said your time will come when it’s time to have a baby. My boyfriend and I are talking about starting a family (getting married of course first) and I’m the most anxious to have a little one of my own. I often find myself wondering what he or she will look like, what kind of parents we will be, etc.. I haven’t read your blog for too long but I shed and a tear at your announcement and felt the heart ache of wanting a baby of my own. I hope your family is doing well!!


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