I’m having a hard time believing that I am about to write this and share the news with the world. It doesn’t feel real, although the nausea certainly is very real.
Yes, by some miracle (and lots of modern medicine) I am finally pregnant with a sibling for Henry – a GIRL. I am in my second trimester now and beginning to show a little (it happens so much faster the second time around!) so we decided it was time to say it out loud to the world. But it’s terrifying to do so given my path getting here. I’ve had five excellent ultrasounds, and a vote of confidence from several doctors that this is finally IT, but I am feeling incredibly guarded about celebrating this just yet. I think once I get past my 18-20 week anatomy scan I’ll feel a sense of security. I hope.
As many of you know, I have lost five pregnancies between Henry and this one. For the past three years straight I’ve been pregnant, trying to get pregnant or losing a pregnancy. We were close to accepting that this was our fate, to have just one child. But I felt like I had ONE more fresh cycle in me before I could feel certain I was done. We had only done two cycles before, one that resulted in no viable embryos and one that resulted in Henry plus three frozen embryos (but none genetically tested). We tried transferring all three of those frozen ones, but all three failed, and I got pregnant twice by accident in between the transfers, which also failed. My fertility doctor told me I had had the “top 5% of bad things go wrong with my pregnancies”. Just what you want to hear, right?
So right before my 40th birthday I did one last retrieval. It was NOT fun, I reacted so differently to the meds this time than 4 years ago, but we ended up with 24 eggs. Not bad for an “old lady”. However, only 13 fertilized and of those only three made it to day 5 blastocysts. Because of my age , egg quality issues and multiple miscarriages, we did genetic testing on all three to give us the best chances of not miscarrying again. And of those three, only one was healthy. 1 in 24! Those aren’t great odds. But as my doctor said, it just takes ONE.
This past September we transferred our one healthy embryo. And I was NOT confident at all. I was so pessimistic, in fact. And completely preparing myself that it was not going to work. And even when I took a pregnancy test a week later and saw two blue lines, I wasn’t excited. I’d been here before MANY times and knew that that meant nothing. Certainly not a guarantee that I’d end up with a baby in my arms. But it kept growing. And each ultrasound was perfectly normal. I also have been so sick, exhausted and just feeling miserable (hence my lack of IG posts the past couple months)- and the last time we had both those things happen, we ended up with our sweet Henry.
Speaking of Henry, he’s been asking for a sibling a lot this past year. It’s killed me to hear him so sweetly say over and over “mommy, you are trying to find a brother for me right?” So being able to tell him this past week that he was going to be a big brother was so exciting- he didn’t quite get it entirely (maybe because it’s a sister instead of a brother) but he’ll come around as my stomach gets bigger I think. He will be the BEST big brother ever, that I know.
I know these kinds of announcements can be really hard for those struggling with infertility, I’ve been on the other side of this for so long. So I hope that if you are feeling sad that yet another person is announcing their pregnancy, that you look at my story as a whole and it gives you hope. That despite all the odds, it finally did work for me (so far). Infertility and infertility treatments are a BEAST. My body feels so battered from the years of medical intervention I’ve put it through, plus all the ups and downs of pregnancy hormones, countless surgeries and more needles than I care to count. I am excited about the possibility of this baby, but I am also excited to reclaim my body as my own and shut the door on fertility treatments and all the mental anguish that accompanies it, for good. This will be the greatest relief of my life.
Thank you so much for the years of comments, prayers, thoughts and all your incredible support that has made this journey a little bit more bearable. And keep ’em coming, I need all the good thoughts and luck I can get! :)
Very best wishes to you and your family. It takes a lot of courage, resilience and support from loved ones to embark on fertility treatment. Fingers crossed continued good luck.
Congratulations! This also gives me such hope with my own fertility challenges. Thank you for sharing your story because it mirrors so many of your readers’ journeys. You and Baby are in my prayers.
Just so happy for you and your fam…I’ve followed your journey for a long time and really appreciate your vulnerability in sharing so much, especially when it is so painful. Thank you for your generosity and your sensitivity. <3 <3 <3
Congratulations! Glad to hear that you are feeling better and things are on track. I also suffered through years of infertility and many treatments (we now have 3 boys, including a Henry!) So many women do and so few talk about it. Thank you for being so open about your journey. Sending positive thoughts your way and congrats again!
I have been reading your blog since 2010 and am so thrilled for you and your family. <3 I know you have been through a lot. All three of you deserve this!
Sweet miracle – so, so happy for you.
oh my what a workout for you ! be brave & all will be well
“This will be the greatest relief of my life.” This struck me as the most honest thing I’ve read in a long time. Thank you for sharing your hopes and fears with us. I am also reminded that “the hopes and fears of all the years are met in Thee tonight.” <3 Prayers for you and your growing family this Christmas.
So very, very happy for you and this massive dream come true. As I get older, what’s true, becomes more concrete for me; family is everything. The very best wishes to you for continued health as well as baby.
So incredibly happy for you, Erin! ❤️
Erin- I have been a reader for at least 8 years now but don’t comment often. I just wanted to say congratulations to you, Andrew and Henry. My jaw dropped and I cried tears of joy at your announcement. Sending you wishes for a happy and healthy pregnancy. Thank you for sharing your journey with us!
I am just so very happy for you and your family! I wanted to cry (happy tears) when I saw your post! Sending lots of prayers and good thoughts your way!
Oh Erin, I have read your blog for MANY years, but never commented – I read the title of this post and prayed that it meant what I hoped it did. I am SO thrilled for you and your family! This is the greatest blessing! Will keep your pregnancy in my prayers….so, so, so happy for you – Congratulations!!!
What a beautiful post! My heart is bubbling with joy for you and your family! I had my sweet Caroline 4 years after having my dear Wesley both IVF babies! Caroline is now 3. Reading your post brought me down memory lane. It’s amazing after 3 years in the chaos of my current life I seldom think of my struggle to have children! Thank you for giving me a reminder of how grateful I am that the universe allowed me to be a mother. Love all around!!!
Erin and Andrew, I am thrilled that your dreams are coming true! I’ve followed your journey and am so touched by your perseverance, authenticity, and honesty. Enjoy the blessings of the holiday season.
Congratulations on your Christmas Miracle!❤️
I am so happy for you! What wonderful news! After my own struggle with infertility we adopted two little girls. Family no matter how it finds you is a such a miraculous gift! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story! I wish you all the best!
It’s funny in a way that you can feel such genuine joy for someone whom you’ve never met, but I am so beyond happy for you. I am avid follower of your blog but also have found myself in the middle of two years of failed infertility treatments. First, 3 failed IUI’s and then 2 failed IVF’s. Also got one good embryo from 2 retrieval’s and a total of 20 eggs, which did not implant. Your story gives me hope & I just wanted to say thank you for sharing it—it really does help to feel less alone in what feels like the battle of a lifetime. I wish you so much happiness and love.
So happy for you Erin. A wonderful year lies ahead for you and your family. Merry Christmas.
Sitting in a hotel room with my family and I just screamed “Yay!!! Erin is pregnant!!!” They said what, who, why are you so happy?? Sending you all of the best wishes from a total stranger who has been rooting for you for all of these years. So happy for you!
I am in tears reading this. I am so happy for you. I cannot begin imagine the pain and sadness you have felt through this struggle. What a wonderful miracle! I know you are still holding your breath, but I am so glad you feel comfortable sharing and celebrating your news. We are all sending you positive, healthy vibes!
So happy to hear this wonderful news! I’ve been a long-time reader and fan of yours. Will continue to lift you and your family up in my prayers. Congratulations!!
This is the best news of the season. Love and prayers.
Im so very happy for you!! I gave ur ig story the love emoji even though the Voldemort comment deserved a clap/laugh!!
Congratulations!!! What a beautiful blessing! Wishing yah all he best for the remainder of your Pregnancy!! 💗
I feel like I know you from following you for years. So happy for your Christmas bonus. Wishing you a healthy, happy pregnancy. You deserve it after all you have suffered.
What beautiful news. Huge congratulations and Merry Christmas from a fellow MPS grad (’76.)
Just read your post and am so incredibly happy for you!! Can’t wait to see how Henry thrives as a big brother. Very exciting — enjoy it (really try to stop worrying and lean into it)!!
Erin, God bless, you and your sweet girl will be in my prayers. What a long road you’ve walked.
Such wonderful news! So happy for you and your family.
So, so very happy for you and your family.
So excited for your great news! I know it’s been a long road to get here but your patience and perseverance have paid off. And, I find it so touching that, even while celebrating this amazing gift, you have not lost sight of those who continue to struggle. Enjoy this special time as you prepare to welcome your daughter. And, I know I am not the only reader who can’t wait to see what you come up with for her nursery! P.S. I met you at an open house a few weeks ago and apologize if I talked your ear off. I think I was a little star struck :)
This is SO amazing! I am absolutely overjoyed for you!! Prayers that the pregnancy goes well! Much love!
It literally brouht tears to my eyes when I first saw your Insta post and then read your blog post. I’m so thrilled for you, Andrew and Henry! There are so many of us out here who don’t know you but are rooting for you in every way. Congratulations and Merry Christmas!!
Erin, I can’t believe it!! CONGRATS!!! So happy for all of you. My daughter just had her second baby a month ago. Her first was a girl and now we have a boy.
Linda in San Diego
God is good!!!
Oh this is the best news! I am thrilled for you and so excited for Henry to be a big brother. He is going to be such a good one!
Sending love and joy to you! and sending love and joy to all comment readers who might need a hug today. what a journey this can be, and the best we can do is to always support each other. XXO
Hurray! I’m am so excited for you. Merry Christmas!
ALLELUIA!!! Erin, I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for many years, and I’ve always admired your sense of style, but more importantly, your honesty and sense of humor. We’ve never met, but I can tell that you are authentic & sincere. I believe that you are a good person and I am so happy for you. You have reaped many rewards in life as a result of your devotion to your work and blog, but as we all know, nobody’s life is perfect. We all have struggles. Your empathy for others who are struggling to get pregnant is evidence of a big heart. I’m so glad that you, your husband and Henry have this wonderful new blessing. You deserve it!
Thrilled for you. Just said a prayer for an uneventful pregnancy and a healthy baby girl.
Erin. I am a new reader of your blog but love your books. I am old enough to be your grandmother. Your post brought tears to my eyes. What wonderful news. Please take it easy and believe that peace surrounds you. I will keep you in my positive thoughts
I am so incredible happy for you! Thank you for your honesty. You sharing your story helps others feel like the they are not so alone.
Praying for you and sending you and your sweet family lots of love!
SO happy for you! I’ve followed you for years and turned 40 just a few days after you (8/8). Lots of prayers and Christmas wishes heading your way!
I wish you blessings for a healthy pregnancy and safe birth. Praying for you! Merry Christmas
Thank you for sharing your happy news! I’m so happy for you and your family. Best wishes that everything goes smoothly until you’re holding your baby in your arms (and that it continues to go well after that too!!).
This is the season of miracles. Reading your post confirmed it.
Congratulations! And best wishes for a healthy delivery! A very special time for you and your family. Looking forward to watching you create a room for a baby girl.
What wonderful news that you are expecting and a baby girl. Congratulations to you and your family!! Prayers and blessings to you and yours.
Congratulations, Erin! Even though I never faced the pain of infertility myself, I have experienced through my daughter’s eyes, and I struggle to know the words to comfort or encourage her. This post is so inspiring and hopeful, and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. God is so good!
Prayers for you and your sweet girl! Congratulations and thanks for sharing both the excellent news and the encouragement and to those still trying. Merry Christmas! ❤️
Congrats and God Bless. I’m a relatively sporadic reader (just due to time) but this post gave me chills.
Congratulations to you and your beautiful family! This is an amazing story of hope, grit and love! Take care of yourself, rest and let yourself be happy with no guilt! This will sound shallow, but I cannot wait to see you design a girl’s room.
I saw your insta post, and felt a big lump in my throat. I have followed your journey as I’ve read your blog for over ten years now – think you had just moved to the apartment with the navy blue sofa! And reading this I actually cried. Your compassion for those walking your journey is so kind, and I can only imagine the fear that follows you through the days. Thank you for all you share with us, your imaginary friends, as you are to us! – the line between public life/persona and your private life must be difficult to navigate – but the honesty and authenticity you bring to your blog is so valued (including your standing up for the vulnerable and speaking your truth politically as you occasionally do and get so berated for by randoms). One day, I hope that your daughter gets to read your blogs, almost as a journal, and she’ll know that she was wished and supported all the way from all the online ‘friends’ you have made around the world. Wishing you, Andrew, Henry and bump a happy Christmas and a year of abundance and good news in 2020. xCarlyj2
Congratulations! Wishing you and your family every joy….
So, so happy for you. Brought to tears to my eyes to see this post! Praying for you and your family. Xoxo
Streaming you and your family love and joy and prayers for your beautiful healthy baby girl! You are such an open and honest woman and sharing your story is a blessing to everyone who knows you through your work. God Bless you and Merry Christmas!
Holy Cow..such wonderful news for you all! Sending prayers and best wishes for a healthy baby girl. My sister had a very similar journey with one son and then a lot of sadness before their baby girl arrived six years later. It truly is a miracle…Congratulations! Thanks for sharing:)
Congratulations! (ps We found out recently that we will be first-time grandparents!)
Congratulations! I’ve followed you for years and wishing you and your family the best!
Congratulations, so very happy for your family. We journeyed through infertility as well, and the scars of that battle are still very present. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself in through this. I love those pictures of Henry and his baby! We did the same for my older son (6) when he was getting ready to be a big brother. He still sleeps with his baby now.
Congratulations! I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. You got this Mom!
C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S ! ! !
Long time follower and reader. First time commenting. So overjoyed for you and your family! Now I have to explain why I am tearing up at my desk. Best wishes in the months ahead.
I have been a devoted follower from Montreal, Canada for a few years now …
Your blog has always lighten me up whenever I was having a crappy day!
You don’t know the joy I felt when you posted on IG that you are pregnant! I felt so much joy for your son!
May God bless you and your growing family!
I am so happy you have found the missing puzzle…I cannot wait to see you rocking your belly in fancy hot mama clothes :)
I’ve followed you for years- way before Henry- and I am tearing up reading your great news. Love your humor and realness- Couldn’t help but reach out to you and wish you the biggest congrats and prayers for your baby girl!
This brought tears to my eyes. I’m just a big fan of your decorating and love reading (and purchasing)!! from your style blogs-you’re so talented there. I wish you all the joy and happiness that babies bring-I have 2 children myself, now 9 and 7, a boy and a girl:) I didn’t have to fight for them like you have. You are a warrior and should be so proud. I just want to commend you for your bravery and strength, and all that you do-it’s just amazing!! God bless.
Sending you love and hope. A Christmas miracle. Thank you for sharing your wonderful news!
This absolutely made my day! Thank you for sharing this happy news with all of us. Best of luck to you and your beautiful family!
So incredibly happy for you and your family Erin ! I don’t even know you, except for years of reading your blog, but I’m crying happy tears !!!
So happy for you!
Thrilled for you and your family! What a wonderful blessing for the new year. Wishing you and your family the Merriest Christmas and Happiest New Year!
My heart is full for you! Congratulations!
Congratulations! That is amazing news. Happy Holidays to your beautiful family!
I am SO happy to hear this! What wonderful news! Thanks so much for sharing!
Erin– so happy for you and your family! xx
So awesome Erin, congratulations!
You know what, I just knew you were going to have another! I’ve been waiting for the announcement and glad it’s here. Congratulations, so happy for you and your family. I will keep you in my prayers. Thanks for sharing your fertility journey with us, I’m on one of my own and it helps to see the truth behind others’ experiences.
All the blessings!
Auguri!!!!! This is beautiful news. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Erin – I’ve been waiting for this post and I just knew it was coming! Wishing you everything you wish for and more!
Oh, wow! Goosebumps seeing the headline news and picture! Like so many of your followers, I have cried reading all your news of babies lost, so this comes as such wonderful news! I am sooo happy for you and will be praying for you and your baby girl! Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family, Erin!
My heart is bursting with happiness for you and your sweet family! Thank you for so honestly sharing your journey. It’s been especially inspiring and given me such hope. Lots of good thoughts for your continued strength and hoping that you are able to soak up this special time. Wishing you much joy in 2020!
Very best wishes!
Thank you for sharing your beautiful style.
I can’t imagine the challenges that you have dealt with over the past number of years. You have been incredibly forthcoming about your blessings and your pain. It amazes me that you have the courage to share all of this with others and expose all those raw feelings. You have a way with words that is beautiful, thoughtful and honest. I pray that all continues to go well with you and the baby.
The happiest news: Blessings abound for your beautiful, growing family.
What wonderful news, congrats! I love reading your blog and was just beyond pleased to read this post this morning. The pictures of Henry and the doll are precious.
I saw the subject of this email in my inbox and thought, “Oh please let it be about what I am hoping it is about.” So happy for you and wishing you all the very best with this pregnancy!
Very best wishes for your growing family!
My heartfelt congratulations to you and your husband. How wonderful. Lucky baby to be soo wanted and soo loved. You will be in my daily prayers for a healthy happy pregnancy and baby.
Yes!! So happy for you and your family. What a blessing after all you have been through.
Erin, beyond happy for you. This is just the most wonderful news, you’re right where you’re supposed to be. Cheers!
Congratulations on your Christmas Miracle. All the best to you and your family.
Praise the Lord-
Can’t wait to meet her one day, maybe even sitting around the table at the Milner house down in Winston!
Erin – congrats! I’ve followed your design for awhile but also because your family life mimics my daughters (a son your age and secondary infertility). They were pregnant but list at 17 wks. Devastating – subsequent retrieval and iui unsuccessful. Will try another retrieval in Jan. She’s 30:(
Your post gives us hope and so much joy for your family – thank you for also being so mindful of others in your joy.
Best of everything to you this Christmas – what a gift!
I hope you know how many of your readers are crying tears of joy for you right now. While it is so thoughtful of you to care for the struggles of others and potentially fear their backlash, know that so many of us are overjoyed at this news for you and praying for you in these final months for safe delivery.
Congratulations! Praying that your have a smooth remainder of your pregnancy.
Congratulations! So happy for you and your family.
Erin – I am so THRILLED to read this. CONGRATULATIONS. Thank you for always being so open with us, the strangers on the internet, and sharing your story.
Congratulations!! I’m absolutely thrilled to read this! I have been reading your blog since before Henry, and you have been such an inspiration to me. It first started when we were renovating our home, and I needed some expertise. Later I needed someone to look up to as a working mom after the birth of my son, and I found that in you. Thank you for being so raw, funny, and real.
I just had a baby girl too, and I can’t wait to see all of your little girl posts.
Hi Erin, I am so happy for you, Andrew and Henry. You fought so hard for this and it is such a joy to read your good news. Congratulations!!! Thanks for sharing your story. You’ve helped so many women feel less alone (including myself) and given hope. Merry Christmas! XO
I stumbled across your blog several years ago while living in RI, and although I have never commented, I have felt compelled to reach out to you so many times. I initially started following your blog because of your incredible design talent, but I really became invested in your story because of your authenticity and willingness to share your personal struggles, many of which I could relate to. When you first posted about your struggle with infertility, I was struggling with it as well, and reading your posts made me feel like I wasn’t alone. After many unsuccessful attempts with fertility treatments in RI, I decided to switch to Dr. Ashby after reading comments from your readers. I found out that I was pregnant the day after my consultation with her, and my son was born in October 2015. When you posted that you were pregnant with Henry, I was so excited for you! As one of your “readers”, it is such a strange thing to feel like I really know you (although I am certain we would be friends in real life ;) Anyway, it has felt like we have been on a similar path with raising our 4-year-old boys, turning 40 (I am now 41 – eek), going through IVF and trying to get pregnant and give them a sibling for the last 3 years. Anyway, I just wanted to take the opportunity to say how THRILLED I am for you and to thank you so much for sharing your story over the past few years. Your ability to connect with others through your writing is truly a gift, and you have helped me (and countless others I’m sure) more than you know. You have given me hope for that one last embryo that is waiting for us. Wishing you and your family all the best, Erin.
Hooorayyyyy!!!! I’ve been waiting for this! I’m so happy for you. Hang in there! Warmest wishes to you all.
What a blessing! Sending you and your family love and prayers!!!
Your wonderful news gave me chills of excitement. I am very happy for you and your family. You have and adorable little boy and a Congratulations and best wishes for a joyful new year.
What wonderful news! Thank you for sharing; I’m sending lots of good vibes your way.
Congratulations, Erin, Andrew and Henry!
I read this post this morning and I definitely cried tears of joy for you. My whole day was made better by this beyond exciting news. What a merry Christmas it will be for your sweet family. Congratulations!
Thank you for sharing your journey. I am so happy for you and your family. And OMG girl wallpaper :)
So very excited for you and your sweet family! Such fantastic news! Congratulations to you all! Merry Christmas and 2020 will be incredible for all of you.
Erin, so incredibly happy for you. We also ended up the IVF route and it’s not easy. That’s for sure! We have a two baby boys (one fresh transfer/one frozen) 3.5 years old and 16 mos. we were going through it at the same time and your poshest about infertility were always so encouraging, even when they weren’t! You’re going to do great and your baby girl will be so loved by her big bro.
This is absolutely fantastic – there isn’t better news than this for Christmas!!! Congratulations to you all!
Wishing you good health, strength and peace.
I’m so, so, so VERY HAPPY FOR YOU!!! Congratulations Erin, Andrew and Henry, what a great holiday surprise!
Merry Christmas! I wish your family the best! Denise
Thank you for sharing! You’ve given hope at a time that needs it. Thank you!
Erin- I’ve only commented on the big things in your life over these years… first time, I believe, was your elementary age photo post years ago! This news today just makes me so happy for your and your family. These pics with Henry and the baby doll are so special. Prayers for peace and faith in your heart as you carry this baby girl and prayers for another healthy, happy baby! Little sisters of big brothers are wild, fun and oh, so cool (and tiring, at least in my experience!) Congratulations and Merry Merry!
Miracle babies make you forget the journey. I can’t wait for you to meet her in June 💕
Congratulations! I keep my fingers crossed for you and that little baby girl – your perseverance paid off
and I am so glad and happy for you and your awesome family. This Christmas will be quite magical indeed!
All the best wishes!
God bless you and your little one.
I am so thrilled for you! I am the mother of one of the world’s “ first test tube babies” born in 1983. You described your long path to pregnancy beautifully. I have written a book about having my child in the days when in vitro was science fiction to all but a small group of dedicated physicians and scientists. I hope it will be chosen by a publisher in 2020. Please let me know how you are doing and have the merriest of Christmases.
So so happy for you and your sweet family. What a special holiday season this must be for you. Sending so many prayers for you and your family that all goes smoothly!
HALLELUJAH!!! Crying like a newborn…you take care of yourself now…Andrew and Henry we are SO HAPPY!! franki
Absolutely wonderful news! So happy for you all! What a lovely Christmas present! x
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Erin, So very happy and relieved for you. You are a warrior and it is a blessing that your family is growing with this precious addition. Every good wish for you, Andrew, Henry and your little one on the way.
Oh my heart- those sweet sweet Henry pictures! Sending all the prayers, luck & light to you!
I am rooting for you and your girl!
Congratulations Erin, so excited for you guys!! Stay positive and enjoy your pregnancy!❤️
This is my very first comment on your site, but I’ve been a devoted follower (your aesthetic and personal style most closely follow my own, from any designer I’ve found) for many years. We are the same age, and I also was going through IVF when you were trying for Henry. I hung on every word you wrote about it, and found comfort in your story, knowing I wasn’t alone. I’ve read each of your IG/blog posts about the struggles and losses you have endured over the years and I’ve always wanted to say something, but I tend to be silent online, especially with people I don’t actually know. I really just wanted to tell you how thrilled I am for you and your family and I look forward to following along on this next chapter. I also applaud you for sharing yourself and your challenges so openly, as I’m sure it’s helped many other people (like me) who have been out here, pulling for you, even if we’re silent. Congratulations!
I am so thrilled for you, Andrew & Henry.
I have been following your journey since before Henry was born and know how much you have been through to get here.
This post brought tears to my eyes. You deserve all the happiness and good times to come.
A Christmas miracle indeed, I am reading your post and crying happy tears for you and your family. I am so very, very happy for you! Congratulations!
Erin, I literally gasped out loud when I opened my email to the photo of the ultrasound picture on the tree! It’s hard to convey the joy I feel for you given that I don’t even know you! But I am so happy for confirmation that there are good things happening in the world! Trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be in this journey of life! Hugs, good vibes and prayers for continued healthy pregnancy and birth! Yippeee!
Congratulations!!!! So happy to hear your great news! I went through 7 IVF’s to have my two babies. My daughter is now 20 and a junior in college. My son is 15 and in high school. Like you I never gave up hope and feel so blessed to have two healthy children. Enjoy your well deserved miracle. All the best to you!!
Erin— so so happy for you!!! Merry Christmas!!!!
Wonderful news and brave of you to share it with us. You and your growing family are in my prayers.
I am overjoyed for you and your family. I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting you however I feel I know you!
This blog made my day!
Chills. So happy for you. I’m sure your bravery in sharing has helped so many. You deserve all of your blessings. Merry Christmas!
I can so relate to the sense of relief you look forward to when you reclaim your body after years of torture. And I can tell you it’s every bit as sweet as you imagine. You deserve all good things from here. Sending all kinds of healthy vibes for the rest of this pregnancy as you look forward to your rainbow baby—finally, finally.
Sending you much love and all good wishes for your beautiful little family.
Congratulations!! Such happy news
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! SOOOOO happy for you and your family!! One of the amazing things about your blog is your ability to “reach” the reader! I feel as though I know you and could not have been more overjoyed to receive this news! Merry Christmas and continued blessings in the New Year! xo
I am so happy to read your news. I always ALWAYS wanted a baby sister, but back in ye olden days, it was the luck of the draw………………….so many congratulations to your whole family! A Christmas to rejoice about – and next year, more so!
I am praying for you all!
I have followed you for so long and hoped, hoped, hoped for you! Congrats and I will keeping on sending you positive thoughts. Wow Merry Christmas!
I’ve just returned from the pediatrician’s office with my daughter, who was there with her newborn daughter (four weeks old today!). Watching them cuddled together nursing, like a Renaissance Madonna and Child painting, I whispered to her, “It’s a miracle any of us is here. Life is a precious mystery.” I’m so thrilled your miracle happened, Erin! Godspeed and best wishes to your growing family.
I have watched you with this struggle and it has always been my hope that you would keep climbing the mountain (infertility mountain that is). I’m usually not a “responder” on blogs. But, your first book helped me get through my infertility struggles and I just wanted you to know I’ve been praying for this day for you for a long time! We now have two healthy children and I am so happy to be done with my fertility journey. There were many days when I could barely get out off bed, devastated by loss. But I always would picture my self climbing a mountain and knowing I WOULD get to the top. On the bad days, I would immerse my self in your book and work on designing our home, as it brought me joy and kept my mind occupied. I’m so happy you chose to share your story as it will bring so many women comfort. Looking forward to pictures of your precious daughter when she arrives. Merry Christmas. XXX
Awww, I’m so so happy for you and your family, sending you lots of love and wishes for a safe and happy pregnancy!
Congratulations!!! So happy for you and your husband!
Congratulations. Wishing you a very happy and healthy pregnancy.
Bless you, Erin-for being so strong, so open and honest with your trials and tears and fears. You and your husband are a remarkable couple. I am not surprised by the amount of comments and well wishes for this post, so I will simply close by saying I wish you and your family the Merriest of Holidays and will keep all of you in my prayers.
What wonderful, wonderful, wonderful news…wishing you all the nausea, fatigue, swollen ankles and fingers and moody moments that you can bear – all the way to nine months! What a happy Christmas this will be for you all…
Congrats Erin! I wrote to you earlier, as we were at similar places with our infertility struggles. I did another IVF cycle too but sadly all 3 embryos tested abnormal. However, I am now 13.5 weeks pregnant (naturally) at 40 (it’s another girl, and I am due 6/20). Miracles do come true!
So happy for you! I’ve been down this road, too. My baby girl just turned 30, so miracles can, and do, happen! And hugs to all who are still waiting for their miracle.
So happy for you and your family.
Congratulations to you and your family. I pray for a happy healthy baby and mamma, too!
I am so happy for you. I have followed your journey for years, and know what a triumph this will be for you and your family. You and Andrew are terrific parents. This is going to be one lucky little lady!
Lots of love and good wishes,
Dana, a longtime reader
So, so happy for you.
Such wonderful news!!❤
This is so wonderful!!! Happy Happy Christmas – and enjoy the last one you’ll have as a family of 3. What a sweet gift this year.
Hi Erin, I do not know you at all and probably have no right to make any comments to your life. All I do is read your blog….. BUT I AM SO FRICKIN’ HAPPY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!! Wishing you all the best… good thoughts and prayers and everything! A Christmas miracle indeed!
I’m SO happy for you and your family! You’re very brave to post about it — it’s hard to announce when you’ve had such a rough road. But, this way you get lots of people sending you prayers and goodwill, which we all hope will help.
Congratulations and I’m sure it will begin to feel more “real” in a few weeks. What a Christmas miracle for you all. Wishing you a healthy pregnancy and happy holiday with this news.
Wow. I actually just got back to work after finding out that I’ve had another miscarriage. Instead of making me even sadder, this post gives me so much hope and I am so happy for you and your family. Your little boy will be such a wonderful brother and the gift of a sibling is the greatest of all. Enjoy every minute of this and thank you for the hope!
Katie – all my sympathy.
Congratulations and blessings to you! I understand entirely your hesitation, as I had a very high-risk pregnancy with my now 22-year-old daughter, my miracle baby (also named Erin.). She’s healthy, happy, stubborn, and wonderful, and I pray your little girl will be as well. And yes, I pray she’s stubborn, because my daughter beat the odds in utero because she was determined to be here, and I credit it to her very willful personality. So very happy for you and your sweet family!
So, SO happy for all of you! It is exhausting just reading about all you (and your body) have been through. I hope you’ll be able to put yourself at the very top of your to do list during your pregnancy & enjoy some serious pregnant mama pampering/rest/relaxation/down time!!!
S0 HAPPY FOR YOU AND YOUR DARLING FAMILY!! GOD BLESS YOU—LOTS OF PRAYERS COMING YOUR WAY
Erin, I am so happy for you, your husband and little Henry. I was introduced to you and your beautiful designs by your aunt, Bonnie Blosat. Your Aunt Bonnie was my realtor and found our lovely home in Canton, Ga. nearly15 years ago. She was my friend and I miss her terribly. I think of her often, the last time I saw her was last Christmas. She generously shared her Christmas for my husband and me with Dan and her family. After that , even though I wanted to visit her, she turned me down. I understood. I have your books and enjoy your blog….I hope I have not depressed you. I wish you the best of happiness with your new little baby girl .
Yeah! So happy for you! What a great thing to share this Christmas. This made my day!!!
Congratulations Erin! Such wonderful news for your family, wishing you a healthy and happy pregnancy :)
Such wonderful news! My good friend named her beautiful girl Sloane Margaret. The name means ‘warrior pearl’. That seems to be what you have! Stay healthy, and have a beautiful holiday season!
OH……..MAGOD! YOU DID IT! I am so very happy for you and wish you and your little family the very best of Christmases. How very exciting and humbling and exhausting. And it’s a girl. ❤️
To hear your voice so happy and grateful is to be reminded how lucky all parents are. Wishing you and this little lady health, love, and safety. 2020 will be exciting, for sure.
What happy news – hope the nausea passes soon and your pregnancy is easy. Congratulations!!
Your news warmed my heart. Look after yourself well.
This is a wonderful blessing.
What a blessing this is! I’ve been following your blog since before I became a mom so I think that’s at least nine years?! Is that right? Anyway, I got the news I was pregnant a couple weeks after my 40th birthday with a daughter as well (she’s two now)…you’ll do fine! And so will your baby girl. I’m so happy for you and your family. My wish for you is to find peace with the progress you made and let the rest of your pregnancy be as boring and as typical as any other. Take care!
So so so so happy for you and your family. Not enough good virtual vibes to go around but sending as many as possible your way. Thank you for sharing!
This news brings tears me of joy. I’ve followed your story for years and found solace and support from your writing through my own little miscarriage. Though you don’t know me at all, I couldn’t be happier for you and your family and will keep praying that your pregnancy continues to be healthy. Merry Christmas!
Congratulations to all of you. You are all in my prayers and can’t wait to read your blog that lets us know your little princess is here. The third picture of Henry cradling his baby doll is just so precious. He will be such a great big brother!
Wonderful news and good thoughts to you and your sweet family…..Take care of yourself and hoping the 20 week mark comes quickly.
So very thrilled for you! What a long road! Best wishes for the rest of the voyage and enjoy the ride!
Tears reading this Erin, I am so happy for you and your family.
Sending best wishes for this already beloved baby .
Erin, although I don’t know you, I feel as though I do. I have followed you for the past 10 years and have admired your incredible talent, drive and success. However, the posts that I have loved the most are the ones where you have opened up and shared your deepest vulnerabilities and fears. I have cried actual tears for you. So today, I am celebrating your joy and great anticipation. I am so happy for you!
If you weren’t so talented as a designer, you would have made an excellent therapist! I also have appreciated your honest, rational, and heartfelt opinion pieces on our current affairs. You are a voice in the wilderness. Maybe someday- political office?
OMG that is amazing. Congratulation. It truly is a miracle. 1 out of 24!
I’m been a fan since the original Boston Globe cover. Elements of Style and Young House Love were my jam!!! Such wonderful news! Best wishes to your family. Sending good vibes from Exeter, NH!
I am typing this with tears in my eyes, I am so happy for you! I saw that ultrasound pic and immediately teared up. I know this has been a JOURNEY for you and your family, and you are a hero for going through everything you have to get here. This baby girl is blessed to have you for her mother, as is Henry. I am keeping you in my thoughts, and hoping everything continues to go well until you hold that sweet girl in your arms. Having had my first (and probably only) child at 40, after a miscarriage, I know that you’ll be carrying this pregnancy with a mix of excitement tempered by pragmatism. It’s hard. I hope in the end all of your wishes come true. May 2020 be your best year yet Erin!
Elegant, honest and hilarious as always. So happy for you.
CONGRATULATIONS!!! Happy Holidays and best wishes for the up and coming brand new NEW YEAR filled with hope and promise.
So thrilled for you and your family! Wishing you nothing but the best and all the good juju for a healthy pregnancy! You deserve this!!! xo
Congratulations! I also had only one viable embryo and it was implanted and it worked! I have a beautiful baby girl. I would encourage anyone struggling with infertility to get the genetic testing done. Had I not done this I would have been trying (and failing) to get pregnant with embryos that were never viable. Have a wonderful holiday!
Yay!!! As a fellow traveler on the infertility journey, I’m so very happy to hear your good news! But appreciate your sensitivity in knowing that not everyone can be joyful with you right now…though in their hearts they are joyful for you!!! I ended up adopting 2 fiesty and adorable girls, and you are soo right that there is no greater relief than knowing your family is complete and you are done with fertility treatments (and in my case, adoption paperwork) forever!!!!! my fingers will be crossed for you (metaphorically) every step of the way!
This is the happiest news! I’m so happy for you, Andrew, and Henry. I will be praying for a healthy pregnancy and precious baby girl!
Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!! Enjoy your blessing and go with it!
Joy to the world!
The minute I saw the headline, Christmas Miracle, my heart did a flip flop , for I immediately hoped that was your miracle….a blessed little baby!! God bless you , and your little miracle , and your Henry miracle! I feel such joy for you all, and I don’t even know you except thru this blog and your books!!!
Merry Christmas and all the Blessings fo the miracles of the season!! Xo
Congratulations! It’s so amazing that you’ve been so open to sharing your story—the ups and downs; the truth. Even though I don’t know you in real life, I’ve been rooting for you.
Henry will be an excellent big brother!
So glad for you and your family! The infertility journey is different for everyone but always difficult. So nice your getting some good news. What a nice Christmas present!
Soo HAPPY for you Erin! PRAYIN.FOR.YEAH 🙏🏻🤞🏻 Wishing you and your family a joyous Christmas 🎄✨💫
Best news of the day. Congratulations to you and your family. The journey is never easy and I am so glad you are doing well.
This news brought tears to my eyes! So happy for you, Andrew, & Henry! My daughter has not had the challenges you’ve had, but it took her many months to get pregnant the first time, & now she’s hoping it will happen again. We feel as you did—that if there’s the just the one wonderful child, that’s enough. But there’s still the desire for another which is hard to give up. You will be in my prayers, that this pregnancy goes smoothly and that you feel better soon. Thanks so much for sharing!
THIS made me smile today.
Congratulations! In addition to being really happy for you I’m struck by how empathetic and sincere you are in speaking to families who are still trying and your willingness to share this experience so honestly.
It is a true bundle of joy heading your way. Can not wait to see the PINK in your life!! Sending hugs and love to all,Beth
So, so HAPPY for you!! What wonderful news right before Christmas. I will be looking forward to the updates and pictures. Sending lots of prayers your way for a beautiful and healthy baby daughter next year. Your determination, pain and struggle has paid off, and will be such an inspiration to others. Have a Merry Christmas!!
Congratulations!!! Wonderful news!
So happy for you. Been there. Done that. So I know what you are going through. This one is a keeper, as they say. :) Congrats!
Beyond elated for your family! Christmas miracle for sure! All the love!
I could not be more happy for you and your family! Happy tears and chills from a long time follower. Bless this child.
My jaw dropped when I saw your insta post! I really hope this works for you! Been following your blog/intsa/books for a while now and am nervously excited for you haha! I always think of Duchess Kate and her hyper gravidarum, just gotta make it through 🤞🤞. Come on baby girl, hold fast! 😊
What wonderful news, the best Christmas presents are those one cannot buy! All the best wishes for you and the baby and your whole family.
I just couldn’t be happier for you and your family! Wishing you the best and sending allllllll the good vibes your way for a healthy and uneventful journey over the next few months until your daughter’s birth!
This is so fantastic! I haven’t gone through fertility issues but have had two miscarriages between my two boys. I had the hardest time believing my final pregnancy would result in a healthy baby. On Christmas Eve I got the news that my numbers were high and this was such a good sign. That Christmas was to be the birthday of my first miscarriage. Another Christmas miracle. Giving my first born son a sibling and best friend for life made everything worth it. I wish you and your family the very best this holiday and in the exciting new year!
Congratulations!! Such a wonderful blessing! Be well and may you and your family have a wonderful holiday.
Thrilled for you!
Erin!! This news brought tears to my eyes. I’ve followed your family’s journey for the past five years or so, and I am so very happy to hear that you’ll have the family you’ve dreamed of! Sending your family love 💕
Such wonderful news! Thank you for sharing… I understand your hesitation, but I feel it gives hope to those who have had recurring miscarriages but are still trying to conceive (me). Best wishes to you and your family!
Congrats and good luck!
Crying! I’ve been following you for a very long time, way before Henry. I am so happy for you!
I am so happy for you! I’ve been reading for probably 10 years and my eyes filled with happy tears when I saw this this morning. So happy for you and your family! Merry Christmas!
Tearing up over your news. Saying a prayer for you that you and the baby stay healthy. Congratulations!!
Congratulations and the merriest of Christmases!
What wonderful news to read today. Congrats and continued prayers for a healthy pregnancy! Those pictures, ugh, so sweet.
So, so happy for you. Truly wishing you all the best and all the great wonderful outcomes!!
Congratulations Erin! May you and your family enjoy continued health and happiness through this pregnancy and beyond! To a wonderful holiday season!!
Happiest of news. Congratulations. What a wonderful miracle. They will be the best of buds–it may take some time and working through a little jealously, but it’ll happen.
Beyond thrilled for all of you. Please keep us posted. I’ve had tears in my eyes thinking about you this morning.
This post brought tears of happiness to my eyes! All the best to you and your family! XO
This is so precious, Erin. Those pics of Henry made me tear up! You are so tenacious and courageous to have kept at it. Wishing you a Christmas filled with joy and love!
So happy for you all. Blessings on you. Here’s a toast to fabulous health for both you and the precious one who is already loved and soon will discover that for herself.
Congrats Erin, Andrew and Henry! Such amazing news!
I am so happy for you and your family! Best wishes for continued health and good news!
Congratulations! I am so happy for you! We too did the fertility struggle and it is all consuming when you are in the process. I had two ectopic pregnancies, three years of treatments, 3 rounds of retrievals, 5 transfers, one miscarriage and one lost twin. I don’t think you can ever fully explain to someone how hard infertility is when you are going through it. I’m happy to say 3 kids later (including one that was a frozen embryo for 6 years!) we are happily beyond all the fertility trauma.
With the third we fully expected to go through the disappointment of again losing two babies so like you it was a happy shock when it all worked out. I hope that the rest of your pregnancy is smooth sailing and that you will be welcoming a sweet baby girl into your family in just a few short months. What a beautiful Christmas gift for Henry! Merry Christmas!
This post brought tears to my eyes. So happy for your and your family! We will keep you in our prayers!
So thrilled for you. I’ve followed you through this and am now going through my own ivf journey. Do you mind sharing if you did a fresh or frozen transfer? I assumed frozen with genetic testing but you said you had one more fresh cycle in you. And did they change your
medicine protocol this time? Thank you for sharing whatever you are comfortable with. I hope to have my own happy news in 2020 😁🤞🏻
You’ve got this Erin–enjoy the miracle season and we all look forward to this blessing in 2020.
Wow! I don’t think I ever realized how involved in vitro is. I’m putting you on my prayer list, as you’ve obviously been through so much! May the Lord, the giver of life be pleased to grant you a healthy baby girl! God bless you and Merry Christmas!
Congratulations!! So happy for you.
That’s very exciting. I know you have struggled, but great to hear it has all finally paid off.
Hi Erin. While I don’t know you, i feel i do, lol. I’m not religious, but sending you the best karma. I have one perfect, amazing 30 year old son, but was in your boat for quite awhile, though it never worked out. I’m banking on you — btw, take it easy over the holidays. No need for perfection, get some sleep and eat healthily. Sending love, eo
Crying at my desk right now for you. What wonderful news! Congratulations to you and your family. Hugs!
I don’t even know you and I’m so excited to see this news. I’ll be pulling for you…And know (as a mother of 2), there’s no better feeling than watching your two kids play, laugh and gang up on you…Hope your holiday is filled with tons of flat ginger ale, rest and happiness.
I am so, so excited for you! Sending warm wishes and love from the snowy upper midwest.
Truly a Christmas miracle. God works in so many mysterious ways, and not always on our “time clock” but you have to know He has always been at your side. He will continue to hold you close and you were destined to be the mother of two!!!!:] Congratulations and a Very Merry Christmas.
Congratulations! So happy for you and continued good news!
What a Miracle…I know that your family will finally feel complete when this sweet girl is in your arms. You are so brave to share your story with others.
I have followed you for years and feel like I know you. I am overjoyed for you and that Henry will be a big brother. Best wishes on your Christmas miracle!
What WONDERFUL news!! Certainly haven’t been through what you have, but have had several miscarriages myself. I’m thrilled for you and wish you a smooth pregnancy!
So happy for you Erin! I’m sending lots of hugs and well wishes your way ❤️
Oh Erin, your thrilling news has made my day! I too traveled that grueling road of infertility, the emotional roller coaster of despair and hopefulness, treatments, hyper-focused on trying to conceive, miscarriages, more treatments, 5 years of feeling my body wasn’t wholly my own. Four pregnancies and two beautiful, adored daughters later, I’m so grateful I found the courage to persevere.
While it’s hard to trust fully once your “innocence” about creating a family has been shattered, when so many disappointments broke your heart, this I know for sure: Worry pretends to be necessary, but it it’s not. It can never adequately prepare you to bear future disappointments with greater grace. It only robs today of it’s joy.
When worries beset you, you might want to try the elegantly simple 54321 Grounding Technique to disrupt spinning thoughts, help you relax and bring you back the present. Describe 5 things you SEE around you. Name 4 things you can FEEL right now (like the softness of your feather pillow). Name 3 things you can HEAR (like Henry’s laughter). Name two pleasant fragrances you can SMELL (like perfume or wood smoke). And finally, think about your talents, strengths, courage and determination. NAME ONE QUALITY you love and admire about yourself. Repeat this process as needed to reduce anxiety and bring some measure of relief.
Sending so much love your way. Can’t wait to see how your newest life adventure unfolds.
It is so strange to be so joyfully happy for a “stranger” – even though I have followed you and your beautiful taste for years. Along the way, I’ve silently rooted for you and understood your fertility anguish. My second pregnancy was hard won, and like you, I could not relax along the way. Always waiting for the other shoe to drop. I’m happy to report my healthy, baby girl arrived in June 14 years ago! Embrace the nausea as best you can as a positive side effect. Praying for you, and your family. Keep the faith.
I started following you many, many years ago when I stumbled on your blog highlighting an academy awards fashion post. It was your style assessment, just plain humor and delivery that had me from the start. You are a very talented and gifted writer (not to mention anyone who can post a photo of themselves in grade school has some serious moxie). Over the years it has been heart wrenching to read about your pregnancy journey and I always hoped you’d write when the stars finally aligned. How absolutely delightful to read this today. You are a woman of great spirit and beauty and an inspiration to all women for your fortitude, strength and kindness. Not only have you shared your raw and personal story over the years, you’ve offered your wisdom to others who may be personally challenged with a similar circumstance. This says a great deal about your character. No doubt we will continue to benefit from your personal story as you keep us updated (imagine the nursery!). Thoughtful wishes and prayers to you Erin and to your beautiful family who we all have had the benefit of knowing and adoring over the years. We are rooting for you!!!
All of this!
I clicked through so fast when I read the title, hoping it would be this news, and I’m so delighted for you.
Congratulations! Happy thoughts and prayers for you, your family and your newest blessing!
Congratulations!! I’m usually a lurker, to be honest, but had to comment and say congrats! I had unexplained infertility and got pregnant on my own at 37. We assumed we’d have our son and I made peace with being a family of three, which I was truly grateful for. Then while on b/c I inexplicably got pregnant at 42 with my little girl. I’m always excited for people, yet I will never forget those painful years of infertility and have all the love ♥️♥️♥️ for anyone walking through it.
I am so overjoyed to hear this news! I don’t know you, but I feel as happy for you as I have for friends who have struggled in similar ways. Your openness and honestly during the past few challenging years have been incredible, and your willingness to share not just the good has had a huge impact on so many people.
This made me so happy! Wishing you all the best! :-) Kathy
So happy for you! Wishing you an uneventful pregnancy. That’s going to be some nursery!
Congrats! Will continue to keep your growing family in my thoughts and prayers.
A Merry Christmas indeed! Sending lots of prayers and good thoughts your way ❤️
You are an incredibly strong woman, and guve hope to so many!!! Congratulations a million times over!!
That’s wonderful news! I am so happy for you and your family. God does perform his miracles in his time not ours for sure! 😊🙏🏻😊
This brought tears to my eyes, so happy for you all! xoxo
Crying happy tears for your family! Sending you all the good healthy vibes for the duration of your pregnancy, and so so excited for the moment you’ll get to hold your baby girl. Merry Christmas to such a lovely, loving family!
I am so so thrilled for you! While I’m still in the midst of my own infertility journey for #2 (my son is 6 months younger than Henry, with one loss, at 22 weeks, in between and low ovarian reserve…but 5 eggs recently retrieved that somehow translated to 2 frozen, genetically tested embryos that I’ll transfer in the New Year), I am sitting here absolutely brimming with excitement for you. You have been through hell over the past few years, and I’m so glad it has finally worked out for you and your family! And 1 in 24 eggs…Wow! It only takes one! You give us all hope, and your candor and honesty in your journey has meant so much to me as a reader.
This is so wild – as I was JUST thinking about you yesterday when I was driving. It has been a bit since you have spoken about this -not that you owe anyone any details about your personal life – and it just crossed my mind wondering where you were with your journey. Wow- what fantastic news!!! Wishing you a healthy pregnancy and and baby!!
This brought the biggest smile to my face and fills me with so much joy. I am so, so happy for you. We have also been through our own infertility struggle and I’ve followed your story for years. I can relate to everything you’ve gone through and I am genuinely so happy for you. Congratulations!!!
You are amazing and the world needs mommies like you. Good luck and I hope your health will stay strong throughout. 👼
Wonderful news! Sending you lots of good thoughts for the progress of this pregnancy!
I don’t know you – we’ve never met, but for some crazy reason I’ve been waiting and hoping for this post. Erin, I am so happy for you and your family. Sending love.
Incredible! I have followed you and this journey to add to your family. Praying for a healthy pregnancy and that you are filled with peace.
Oh Erin, I’m so happy for you and your family! The strength and vulnerability you’ve shown as you’ve shared your journey over the past several years has be so incredibly helpful and motivating for those of us on a similar path. Sending you all love, prayers, and well wishes for you during the holidays and through the next 6 months!
Congratulations on your beautiful miracle! What a wonderful Christmas it will be for you and your family.
CONGRATULATIONS!! Wishing you all the best as you grow this little one.
This seriously made my day! Will be sending all the prayers and good vibes your way in the coming months. Take it as easy as you can and be kind to yourself – CONGRATULATIONS
such wonderful news- sending so much love and positive, healthy prayers <3
So very happy for you, Erin. I don’t know you at all – just an admirer of your style (and one mutual Vanderbilt/MPS connection;) but I have been so very frustrated and sad for you as you’ve shared your struggle. I just prayed for this baby girl and will again. And I know you will be so relieved to “reclaim your body as your own.” I remember, when pregnant for the last time, being excited about the baby but also almost just as excited about not being pregnant ever again! Ha! It is an enormous sacrifice and self-denial to bring life into the world. And we continue to lay down our lives daily for these little people. It’s a reminder to me and a small picture of our God who laid down His own life to give us everlasting life with Him. And what a privilege that He shares that role with us as we do so for others. May blessings abound for you and your family.
Wishing all the best for you and your family Erin! 😊
What a wonderful post to read! Congratulations to you and your family!! I pray things continue progressing well and wish you all the best!!! Thank you for being so vulnerable and sharing your story with your readers. It is truly in inspiring and gives me hope at 41 and about to undergo a round of IUI this week.
God bless! So happy for you ❤️
Follower for years, I’ve read your struggles and could feel the pain off the screen when you would open up about your fertility process. The love for Henry made you try one more time, to put yourself through that pain and stress is the definition of love. Being a mother suits you, 👏 bravo! Will be rooting and praying for your family, you don’t us anything, but here you are sharing a very personal part of your life. Congratulations
WOW! I am THRILLED FOR YOU. I have followed you for years, and recommended Rachel Ashby to you years ago – I really loved her. IF and SIF are a BEAST and even though I’m on the other side by almost 8 years, I can still feel those raw feelings.
You’ve been so open about your IF experiences, and I know that that openness helps so many. Wishing you the best during your pregnancy!
So thrilled for you!
Congratulations and best wishes to you and your family
Wonderful news – thank you for sharing! As a long time reader, I know it’s been quite the journey. Enjoy the holiday with your beautiful family.
I actually teared up over this. I wish you the very very best on this. I’ll be holding my breath the whole way through.
For anyone struggling through the infertility journey, please know that from my own experiences you have all my sympathy and hope for you.
This is such great news! I thpught when I saw Polar Express pics on Instagram you might be pregnant! Congratulations I am thrilled for you all!!!
So happy to read this. Wonderful for your family.
Erin!!!!!!!!!! I’m swooning and crying and so so joyful over this news. So thrilled. Will be keeping every toe and limb crossed for you!!!! Xoxoxo xoxoxo
Wonderful news Erin! I am so happy for you and your family.
Long time reader and not a commenter, but I had to chime in – I’m SO thrilled for you and your family! Wonderful, wonderful news!
Such happy news! Sending lots of thoughts and good vibes for a successful pregnancy; I hope you can relax and fully enjoy it soon. And in the midst of your own happiness, it says a lot that you are thinking about those still struggling with infertility.
Wonderful news!!! Prayers and good thoughts to you and the growing family! Been a huge fan for years and love hearing (reading) the trials and tribulations of a “normal”life!! Happy Holidays!
Congratulations! Love the photos of Henry. He looks so excited too!
Tears of joy and lots of prayers for your new blessing. I do not know you but have followed your blog for years. My son and his wife will be due the same time as your new arrival blesses your life. The best gift ever.
So very happy for you! Thank you for sharing your story, you have helped so many women who have struggled with infertility.
So happy for you and your family!
A Christmas Miracle indeed! Thank you for sharing your story and for always being so honest and real. Sending prayers for your happy ending!
I never leave comments on blogs, but I am so truly happy for you. I feel like I just found out one of my best friends is pregant! This made my day!! Congratulations!!!!
**Pregnant (I’m so excited I was typing too fats!)
I am so very happy for you!
Amazing! This is such wonderful news that so many of us have been hoping for on your behalf! Take care of yourself, mama!
Erin, your courage in sharing this part of your life has always been such a gift to the EoS community. I want to be shouting excitement and congratulations to you all, but I’ll hold back to cautiously optimistic for now in hopes it doesn’t stress you out. Wishing you all the best.
Absolutely *delighted* for you and your family. Happiest of holidays!
I’m about ready to cry right now. Finally such happy news. This little girl is going to be born into such a wonderful loving home.
And from a selfish point of view, we get to see a new nursery! And baby clothes for a little girl!
Congratulations! What wonderful news ❤️
You have created a very loving and supportive community around this blog as a result of the tone of your writing voice and the glimpse you have shared of your family life and personal struggles. Thank you for that since it is a delightful and inspiring place to spend time in. Sending you prayers and positive energy for the blessing of this pregnancy. Merry Christmas and all the best in the coming year. xo
So incredibly happy for you and wishing for a very healthy baby!
Literally in tears! So happy for you!! xo
Erin, this is amazing news! Good things are happening to good people! My sister-in-law has been trying to get pregnant (with their first) for almost four years. She too has tried everything and finally shared with us a few weeks ago that she is pregnant! I hope all continues to go well! Congratulations!
despite the odds is true but you didn’t mention that you were financially stable enough to do all of this. There are many many who not only go through this same heartache but also can’t afford the rounds upon rounds of treatments. maybe your clients / followers don’t fall into that category, but it would have been nice for you to have mentioned that aspect of it and that you were fortunate to have theKk means.
No, Erin does not need to do that. She is not obliged to think about every single issue that any single person could possibly have. Erin shows a lot of grace when approaching her updates about fertility and you are obnoxiously rude to come here at such an incredibly special yet fraught time and dump on her. Grow up.
She has been very open about this. In addition, she lives in Massachusetts, where the state mandates that health insurance cover a lot of fertility treatments. It would have been nice for you to not leave this negative comment and instead focus on the positive.
Erin has mentioned many, many times that she is blessed to live in Massachusetts, where insurance covers an enormous portion of the cost. I know she’s quite sensitive to this aspect of the infertility journey.
Massachusetts has mandated fertility coverage. It varies by employer, but mine covered 6 IVF cycles per live birth. I paid less than $200 in copays for 7 IUI and 2 IVF procedures. EVERYONE in non-covered states should lobby for better fertility coverage.
Yes, totally different laws in Massachusetts make this a possibility for many more families. Erin has also addressed the financial aspect of her fertility treatment in other posts. This is a happy announcement. (I’m sorry if you are suffering and this was hard to read.) Agree with Sally above – Lobby for this in your state if you don’t have it!
I’ve been following your story for quite a while. It seems weird to offer a comment to someone I don’t know and haven’t met. But I’ve been wondering about you and your pregnancies and I’m soooo happy to read this! Congratulations! I wish you the best. I wish you joy with your family. I’m so happy for you.
I have tears in my eyes as I write this. I am so incredibly happy and hopeful for you and your family. The pix of Henry are the sweetest thing ever. Wishing you a holiday season filled with much joy, and all all the best for the new year. (I was your old babysitter in Mansfield… following your blog for many years. Sending much love xoxo)
I have been wondering where you were in this process and seriously couldn’t be happier for you. Congratulations!!!!!
Happy for you
Congratulations! I’m so happy for you! Wish you a happy and safe pregnancy!
Thank you for sharing your amazing and inspiring news that you are pregnant. I have followed since the beginning days of your blog and have always felt an appreciation for your willingness to share your fertility journey. What perseverance you have had to give it one last shot at retrieval. I am 40 as well and I give you all the credit in the world to trying again, what an amazing experience! I send you many sweet and positive thoughts, so much positivity is coming your way and can’t wait to follow along on this journey! Congratulations!
So many congratulations to you!!!!!
I audibly gasped and got chills when I began reading this post- so, so happy for you, Erin! Sending positive thoughts from the Southcoast of MA!
Another reader crying happy tears for you! My sweet little girl is also the result of only 1 good embryo, but that was all it took. I too have a son who wanted a sibling for years and he makes the best big brother now. Infertility and IVF are hard but the reward is so great. Praying all the best for you and your family.
I am so very happy for you and your family Erin!
Best news ever! We have all been waiting for this wonderful announcement.
Congrats to you and your family. Henry will definitely be a terrific BIG BROTHER!
Congratulations to you and Andrew. What a beautiful surprise to open your blog this morning and see that ultrasound! The nausea and exhaustion is your body making a healthy baby girl (!!!) so hang in there. So happy for you all.
Congratulations! I am so excited for you and your family. What a relief that it worked and you get to move on from the marathon years of trying! Wishing you all the best!
Oh my word! SUCH.WONDERFUL.NEWS!! I am so very happy for you!
Congratulations! I’ve been rooting for you and your sweet family along this whole journey. Thank you for sharing with us ❤️
Wonderful news! As a long-time reader, I’m so happy for you and your family!
Congratulations! That is amazing news. I have been a follower from way before Henry and your journey has not been easy. Wishing you a safe pregnancy, a healthy baby, and lots of celebrations in 2020!
I’m so happy for you, Andrew and Henry! What a wonderful family she has waiting for her.
SUCH wonderful news!! Sending prayers & waves of peace.
I’m so happy for you. What a journey.
I don’t always have time to make it over here, but even I–a casual reader–whispered out loud “Good for her!” when I read your news. Congratulations and best of luck to you and your family.
Congratulations! I’m so happy for you and your family. I’ve followed your blog for awhile now and knew how much you wanted a second child. Best of luck through the rest of your pregnancy!
I’ve been following you for nearly a decade, and I am so thrilled for you. Congratulations, and Merry Christmas!
Congratulations, Erin! Wishing you a happy, healthy pregnancy. Henry already looks like he’ll be a great big brother.
Overjoyed for you and your growing family! Wishing you all the best!
Thank you for sharing this amazing news. You are so strong!
So happy for you Erin. I hope the nausea subsides and you’re able to soak it all in this Christmas. What a miracle indeed! Sending you lots of love and support. Congratulations again to your beautiful family!
I’ve been following you for years and I’m so incredibly happy for you and your family. This brought tears to my eyes this morning. Happy holidays!
This makes me so happy. Congratulations and prayers for a healthy pregnancy and baby!
I just wept tears of joy in my not so private cubicle for you.
Amazing news! Congratulations, wishing such great things for you and your family! You should be proud of your perseverance on this journey.
Erin, Andrew and Henry- CONGRATULATIONS. Honestly, this was the last thing I expected to see on your post this morning, but I am ELATED for you all! I did not know where you were with the process, but I did know it has been shattering over the years after reading all your ups and downs over the years. Breathe girl, breathe. You are amazing and so freaking strong. I am so happy for you all. This is THE BEST news! Thank you for sharing this wonderful and very vulnerable news with all of us. Merry Christmas!
Congratulations, Erin! I have been reading your blog and following you since you were pregnant with Henry. Besides admiring your immense design talent, I have loved hearing you share your strong voice and the glimpses into your personal life. It has been heart wrenching to learn about your struggle to give Henry a sibling. I had a traumatic miscarriage earlier this year (in fact, it almost cost me my life…literally) and even then I can’t begin to imagine the physical and mental toll of 5 losses. So happy to hear the news of your little miracle. Crossing my fingers for you and the little lady.
This is so awesome to hear! Congratulations :)
Oh Erin, this is the happiest news! Thank you sharing so much of your journey with us. I’m crying happy tears for you this morning just as I’ve cried unhappy tears over past posts. Wishing so much joy, happiness, and love for you and your sweet family!
I’ve read your blog for YEARS. Its really one of the only ones I still read! The candor with which you have written about your journey to have children has made us all root for you, pray for you, hope for you. I could not be happier for you and your family. Congratulations!
These words resonate with me as well, truly!!!!
Congratulations! So happy and excited for you and your family!
Thank you for sharing your journey. I know from personal experience the heartbreak that is a fertility journey. Wishing you a safe and happy pregnancy.
This is a Christmas miracle. Overjoyed for you and your family, Sending love.
Thoughts and prayers to you! Praying for a wonderful outcome for you, you deserve it. Hope this Christmas is a blessed one!
Oh my GOSH, this is SO WONDERFUL! Brought tears to my eyes! I’m so happy for you and your family! Merry Christmas!!
This is so wonderful Erin! Little girls are amazing. Enjoy this special time and I will keep your family in my thoughts for all things HEALTHY. You’ve got this, Mama!
So,so happy for you,rest and try to slow down!
Happy for all of you
MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS 🎄🎄🌴🌴🌲🌲
This is absolutely wonderful news. Enjoy every minute of your Christmas miracle. So happy for you and your family.