HOLY SH*T! I'M GOING TO BE A MAMA!

Well it's official... I'm definitely a grown-up! This badass baby is on board and I am so thrilled to be able to finally share this crazy journey with you guys! Josh and I will be celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversary next week (time flies when you're having fun!) and this news was the best anniversary gift we could've possibly received! It wasn't totally planned but we decided to let the fates determine when the timing was right for us to hope on this ride of a lifetime and evidently, they thought the time was now and I couldn't agree more. We have so much love and laughter in our house that in a way, it'd feel selfish not to share it with another little human. I'm also so excited and happy to share that this little one we are welcoming is a baby girl!!! Obviously we would have been happy with any gender and have just been praying for good health but because I know how special my relationship with my mama and her relationship with her mama are, I was elated to be able to carry on that bond for another generation. Josh is also the sweetest, most considerate, understanding and compassionate guy who group up in a house full of women so him growing old in a house full of women (our pooch Frankenstein is a girl, too!) seemed totally fitting! I really believe being a parent is something Josh was put on this planet to do. His heart is so huge, his mind is so creative, his sense of wonderment, laughter and playfulness is completely contagious and his priorities are always family and taking care of others. I feel so freaking grateful and lucky to get to be his partner on this journey and know our baby girl is already the luckiest kid in the world to get to call him dad.

With all of that wonderful gushy goodness aside, I'm also so excited to share the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly of this journey with you guys because frankly, I'd love to connect with other women and mamas while I'm riding the highs and lows of it all. I find so many people rave about the glow and the incomparable happiness of it all and leave out a lot of truth because it may it may not paint a picture of perfection. Having emotional and physical struggles during this miraculous, wonderful time is nothing at all to be ashamed of and I want to create an open, honest dialogue about that here for my own sanity and hopefully, for the benefit of others feeling the same way. While I can't wait to meet this little lady and I'm so grateful for the smoothness of her good growth and health thus far, my pregnancy has not been all sunshine and rainbows for me. My physical symptoms have been pretty brutal and my rollercoaster of emotions have been difficult to process. The changes you go through mentally and physically happen hard and fast and no one really warns you of what to expect. It's easy to feel like you're losing it or something is wrong with you when in actual fact, all of the weirdness is totally normal! I wish someone had told me some of that before I embarked on this all myself so I hope I can do that a little bit for someone else by writing about it all here. Thank you for reading this first 'Domestic Badass' pregnancy post.  That kind of support means more to me now than ever before and I appreciate every single one of you reading. Please leave a comment below and let me know what you'd like to chat about next!

I also want to say a major thank you to my LA fam, Lucas Rossi for creating these amazing memories for us. Lucas, you are such an incredible talent. Your eye and skill for photography is just stellar and we are so grateful that you shot these pics for us, which we will surely treasure forever! THANK YOU!!! If anyone's in the LA/Ventura County area and needs any events, occasions, headshots, corporate photos or basically anything under the sun shot professionally, efficiently and beautifully, hit up Lucas Rossi! Check out his body of work at http://www.lucasrossiphotography.com/

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