May 192013
 
We are so happy to be creating life!

We are so happy to be creating life!

YAY! After three long months of awkwardly hiding my nausea, fatigue, and increasingly poofy waistline, my husband Colin and I can finally announce: we are expecting our first baby this November… and we are so excited!!!! :D

At Lilac Sunday in Boston with my beloved Mother, Colin's Mother, and me... a Mother-to-be!

At Lilac Sunday in Boston with my beloved Mother, Colin’s Mother, and me… a Mother-to-be!

As we walked through Boston’s Lilac Sunday in the Arnold Arboretum (aren’t these flower photos gorgeous?) with our mothers on Mothers’ Day, I thought back with a chuckle to 2010 when I was traveling the world for nine months alone and I wrote an infamous article that began: “Shut up, biological clock, SHUT UP!” I was in Spain, alone, and lonely.

This is a profile of our baby's face, with its hand waving!

This is a profile of our baby’s face, with its little hand waving!

I had delighted in the previous eight months traveling around the world, but a pang had hit me: Would I ever find a life partner? Would I ever have children?

However, given that I met Colin at my “Welcome Back to America” party, I am now very clear: Though it seemed like a huge risk and blow to my prospects of marriage to leave everything and travel for months, I would not be in this wonderful marriage, joyfully CREATING LIFE today if it hadn’t been for taking that risk to see the world!

Speaking of the world, what is the future of a travel blogger who is about to have a wee baby? Luckily, bright! We have several awesome trips coming this summer (hint: one is a 15 hour plane ride away and will have even more flowers than this post), and I will continue writing weekly on this blog because it brings me great joy. After all, this site was originally envisioned as a “symbolic baby,” as I purposely created my 2009-10 Around the World trip to be nine months long as a response to the fact that so many people around me (students included) were getting pregnant, and I wanted to put forth an alternative.

Caption from Colin: "WRONG BELLY!"

Caption from Colin: “WRONG BELLY!”

Just four years ago, I thought that things like marriage and having babies were not for me. But now, dancing in a world of happiness, I know that with the right person, and with lots of love and partnership, there is so much joy in creating life! On that note, this week my parents celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, and Colin’s parents celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. WOW– so wonderful and inspiring! Let us continue many more generations of love.

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  56 Responses to “We Can Finally Reveal the Happy News: I’m Pregnant!”

  1. Blessings to you, your husband and the little one. We are grandparents-to-be in September to little Amelie. My one hobby is woodworking.

    If you would be close, I would make or restore something for you!

  2. Congratulations.

    That now makes you the fifth couple I know to have announced a pregnancy in the past two weeks. Must just be that time of the year.

    Again, many congratulations.

  3. Huge congratulations cant wait to hear your new born cry mumy.wish you success through the journey of parenthood.

  4. Lillie,

    Wow, I remember we used to talk about having children and things of that nature during my residency year! I am so happy for you and Colin and I’m sure you will be such thoughtful and loving parents. I’m wishing you a healthy pregnancy!

  5. Yay Lil!!! I knew this was coming when you grilled me about traveling to Switzerland with a 3 year old!! Very very happy for you!!! Much love–

  6. Congratulations!!! What fun and fantastic news! I remember the first time I traveled to India – and I was eating in a road-side restaurant on a busy street in Delhi with a colleague — and we were seated inside the restaurant, trying to get away from the hustle and bustle (and noise and smells). But there was a couple there, sitting road-side, with their toddler, chill as could be. Inspired me to be a traveling-mama, if I am ever a mama (’cause I have the travel part down). Yay you!

  7. Congrats Ms. Marshall! I am so happy for you and your husband. I’m sure you two will be great parents. :D ^_^

  8. Congrats! Your adventures are just beginning!

  9. Congrats x a million!

  10. Congrats! Looking forward to seeing all three of you, one day soon :)

  11. Congratulations! Looking forward to reading about your adventures as you enter into the wonderful world of family travel.

  12. Yay, Lillie! Enjoy your adventure! Home with my own 7 week old now…such an adventure for sure… If you haven’t read my post about preparing for maternity leave, check it out! Most likely already things you know, but may be helpful! http://soulstrikers.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/how-technology-made-my-maternity-leave-seamless/

  13. A huge congratulations!! I am very happy for you both! It floors me to realize how far you have come since we began putting together your trip around the world. WOW!

    Enjoy every stage of your child’s growth. My daughter is just finishing 2nd grade (last day is Friday) and I have enjoyed every minute of it. You will too.

    BTW, are you going to find out the sex ASAP or not until s/he comes out?

    • Thanks so much, Drew! Glad to hear you’ve enjoyed parenthood, and WOW what a journey we have been on, right??? We find out the gender in about a month and will keep everyone posted.

  14. Congratulations! My wife is also due in November with our first child. We will have to compare baby notes.

  15. Huge congratulations!!!! Becoming a mother is the BEST thing in the world. You’ll have to join the family travel bloggers group now. ;)

  16. Congratulations!

  17. So very happy for you! Congratulations. :-)

  18. YAY YAY YAY!! can’t wait – i am so excited for this next chapter in your lives!

  19. Congrats to you. I came across your blog through Travel Blog Chronicles on Facebook. Kids definitely don’t have to slow your travels down. I think it’s important for all parents and parents-to-be to know that even if babies are terrible travelers it doesn’t last, just like late-night feedings are only temporary. We were blessed with a baby who loved being in the car and loves to travel. We waited until he was older for his first flight. Before you know it he or she will be in school and you’ll wonder where the time went. Expose that child to travel and other cultures, even if it’s only a one-hour road trip. And again, congrats and take care of yourself.

  20. Congratulations. I can’t wait to read the new chapter in your book of life.

  21. Aww yay, congrats to you both!!

  22. So happy and excited for you Lillie! What a trip it’s going to be!

  23. Congratulations!!! You’ll do just great traveling with your baby — we’ve taken our son (now 2-and-a-half) on 2 trips to Europe and they were both fantastic. Planning our third — Europe trip NOT baby, LOL — right now…
    As for traveling while pregnant, I went to Alaska while pregnant for 2 weeks (week 14 & week 15) and then England and Scotland (27 & 28). I didn’t want to travel in my last trimester, but I have several friends who did.

  24. Huge congrats! Welcome to the world of traveling with babies. It is a wild and amazing job, and one you will do with joy, a smidgen of fear, and a whole lot of new wonderment. After all, now you will be seeing the world through brand new eyes and at a much lower level. It is incredible! Can’t wait to hear where your pregnant travels take you too. I was too afraid with my first to travel, but with my second I just kept plugging away, napping when needed, and basically living life the same I would at home. Congrats again!

  25. Congratulations, Ms. Marshall!!!!! Lunch/Dinner soon? :)

    • Thanks, Stacey! The next few months are very busy with National Board Teacher Certification, moving into a new house (more on that later), and travel, but check in in August!

  26. Yay!! So exciting!! Congratulations to you both!! :)

  27. Congratulations to both of you! Best of luck.

  28. Congrats!!! Delighted for you. (And I love your summery dress. :-))

    • Thank you! The dress was purchased at the wonderful establishment called Frugal Fannie’s Fashion Warehouse :)

  29. Congrats! We just found out too be are expecting baby number 2! Traveling is a lot of fun with kids. Very different, but a great experience ;)

  30. It’s funny how things change like that. There was a time when I said I would never, ever get married. And then I met the man I wanted to be married to and… well, things changed. I also said I would never, ever have kids. And then that biological clock was ticking and I realized that time was running out and… well, I now have twins.

    I do know that parenthood will change you dramatically, but it’ll be one of the best adventures of your life. Congrats.

  31. This is wonderful news, Lillie! I am so happy for you. I love the pics of you and Colin with your hands on each other’s bellies. I’m looking forward to your future blogs and pics as November approaches. Love, Granny

  32. Congratulations! :) I’m so happy for you two!! :)

  33. Oh my gosh, Mrs. Marshall! YOU’RE PREGNANT! Congratulations. (: I’m so happy for you!

    • Thanks, Christine! I’ve been wondering if anyone walking down the hall when I’m standing outside my classroom could tell. I’m not really showing, just look a little chunkier than usual. :)

  34. Congratulations!! And welcome to the world of traveling en famille!!

    • Thanks so much, Lisa! Indeed it has been so inspiring and calming to read articles from all the family travel bloggers out there!

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