A Special Announcement (With Photos!)

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The first ever pictures of Baby Luke (not Hale … the hospital had my old records!)

I’m thrilled to announce that my husband Paul and I are expecting our first baby.

We had our 12 week scan yesterday, and the baby is doing just fine. Our due date is February 21st, 2013.

This will be the first grandchild for our parents, and the first great-grandchild for all but one of our grandparents. As you can imagine, there’s a lot of excitement in the family!

You might have noticed that I’ve not been quite so present as usual recently: I’ve not been posting much here on Aliventures, I’ve been slow to respond to emails, and I’ve not been tweeting or hanging out on Facebook much. The early weeks of the pregnancy went smoothly, but I was feeling very tired for a good three or four weeks, and prioritised getting as much rest as possible.

Now that we’re into the second trimester, I’m feeling a great deal better, and you can expect to see me around a bit more. πŸ™‚

As well as telling you the good news, I want to keep you in the loop on what will be staying the same and what will be changing:

Aliventures and Writers’ Huddle

I’m refocusing my business a little, so that I have more time to focus on bigger, long-term projects like ebooks and Writers’ Huddle. This isn’t just a baby-related decision … but the pregnancy has been a good prompt for me to get on with making changes.

I’ll be continuing to blog here on Aliventures, though I’ll be taking a break in the early part of 2013. The same goes for the newsletter.

I’m 100% committed to continuing to run Writers’ Huddle, and I’ll ensure there’s someone on hand from Feb – April 2013 to keep things moving smoothly and to handle any technical support.

Because of the baby, though,Β the next Huddle opening will be in October 2012, and I won’t be reopening again the doors again until summer 2013.

Coaching

I won’t be coaching any more.Β I’ve already said a fond farewell to several clients (if you’re one of them, I’ll be contacting you personally over the next couple of days, now that I can explain the “why”!) and I’m not taking any new clients.

I’ve very much enjoyed being a writing coach, and I’ve been lucky to have so many wonderful clients. The coaching has always been a smallish part of my business, though, and it’s obviously not something I can easily carry on with when I have a small child.

 

I’m delighted to be able to finally share this with you (it’s been hard keeping it a secret for the past two months!) Rest assured that I won’t be turning Aliventures into a parenting blog… and I hope you’ll forgive this post for being a little off-topic. πŸ˜‰

 

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138 thoughts on “A Special Announcement (With Photos!)

  1. HI LITTLE GUY! or girl. XD

    this is wonderful! congrats! so this is why you’ve been a bit slow with emails…O.O great gosh.

    • Thanks, Marcy! I absolutely love my writing … but Paul and I have known pretty much since we started dating that one day, we were going to want a family — and that we’d want to make that a priority in our lives.

  2. Omg Ali! Congratulations! πŸ˜€

    First pregnancies are always so special – even when they don’t feel like it πŸ™‚

    I’d say enjoy the coming months and make them as special as you can. I won’t tell you to sleep while you can before you won’t have the choice because I’d rather be up enjoying every minute than sleep. At least that’s how I spent my time when I was expecting Z.

    Congratulations once again. So happy for you!
    Samar’s last blog post ..5 Reasons Freelancers Accept Low-Paying Work And How To Break Free Of Them

    • Thanks so much, Samar! After a few weeks of sleeping for about 12 hours a day, I’m sort of relieved to be up and about and full of energy again… but I’m definitely planning to take things easy as the due date gets closer. πŸ™‚

      It definitely feels like a special time. I keep being taken aback yet again when I remember there’s a human being growing inside me … still can’t quite get my head round that!

    • Thank you, Elizabeth! I’m very grateful to have such a wonderful and supportive community here on Aliventures. πŸ™‚

  3. Congratulations, young lady!

    And give my regards to the proud father as well! I know they often get left out in all the excitement. I can understand how your life will certainly change. My daughter just had my first granddaughter and things have certainly changed around here.

    Mary and I wish you all the best in your “new endeavor” together. Take care of yourself, eat right, take walks, look both ways before crossing the street and love each other. Your little one will feel it all. (gosh, I sound like such a father, don’t I).

    Love from our family . . . to yours,
    Steve Maurer
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    • Thanks so much, Steve! (And Paul says thanks too!) I hope you’re having a wonderful time being a grandfather. πŸ™‚

      I’ve definitely been more motivated to eat sensibly and to take things easy since finding out about the baby … and yes, I’m taking care near traffic too! It’s definitely put life into a new perspective. πŸ™‚

      Lots of love to your family as well; hope everyone is doing brilliantly.

    • Thanks so much, Kyeli! πŸ˜€ And I’m afraid this means I probably won’t see you and Pace (or anyone else in the US…) for a good while now… sending love back to you. xx

  4. I think we can all forgive you for going “off topic” in order to deliver this news! Super congratulations to you both and enjoy this new chapter in your life…. (I know, I know… but I couldn’t resist the pun!).

    Such a cool way to let your fans/readers/online buddies know!
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    • Thank you! πŸ˜€

      When we told my Granny that we were going to put the baby scan photos on Facebook, she didn’t like the idea (“fancy showing your unborn baby to the world!”) But we thought everyone would like a peek — weird as it is to be showing you all the inside of my womb!

  5. Hi Ali,
    I really can feel the excitement in you as you wrote this post and respond to comments.
    I really wish you the best as you step into another phase of your life… And please send my love to your baby… We can’t wait for February to see the baby…

    • Thanks so much, Kelvin! We’re very much looking forward to seeing the baby too — and we’ll be sure to post some pictures in February. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Laura! I’ve been using the baby as a great excuse to have mid-day naps… πŸ˜‰ (Have recovered my energy in the last couple of weeks, though.)

    • Thanks so much, Birdy! And well guessed. πŸ™‚ One or two of our friends and relatives had a little inkling of the news to come, too!

  6. Nice, very surprising for me πŸ˜€

    I think you must think about opening a new blog for parenting tips and guidelines, it will rock πŸ˜›

    • Thank you! πŸ˜€ I’m kinda looking forward to growing a bump (I’m sure I’ll get tired of it before long though ;-))

    • Thanks, Prime! It’s been tough to let go of the coaching (mostly because I felt bad telling my clients that I had to say goodbye) … but I want the Huddle to get as much of my time and attention as possible. Thanks for affirming my decision! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Tom. πŸ™‚ I was very excited about being mentioned on Michael Hyatt’s blog, too — just not quite as excited as I am about the baby!

  7. Ali:
    Congratulations. Thanks for sharing this news.

    I hope all goes easily for you the next few months. I wish you and your husband success with the challenges of being new parents.

    • Thanks so much, Shlomo. We’re both feeling a tiny bit daunted, but we know we’ve got many wonderful supportive family members who will be there to help out. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Lexus! (Hey, another Luke! I don’t think I’ve met anyone outside my husband’s family with the same surname before…) πŸ™‚

  8. Oh, how precious! Being a mother is the greatest job on earth, and sometimes it is the toughest also. But to see your children turn out well because you took time to be a real mother who is there for them in tough times and good…there is no greater reward than that. Congratulations on your new Aliventure!

    • Thanks so much, Lois! My own mum has been a fantastic and constant support to me — I only hope I can manage the same for my own kids. πŸ™‚

  9. Congratulations, Ali! I’m 19 weeks pregnant myself so totally understand the drop in posts recently. My blog went pretty quiet for a while too. Hope your pregnancy progresses smoothly. πŸ™‚

  10. I’m so excited for you Ali,

    I mean that. Having a baby is one of the most amazing things me and my wife have ever experienced. I’ll definitely be adding you to my prayer list and I hope your pregnancy is a smooth one. If you are registering anywhere please let me know as I would love to get something for your littlre guy or gal.

    Best wishes to you and Paul.

    Bridges

    p.s. you’ll be tired, but a baby is the best reason to be deprived of sleep

    • Thanks so much, Bridges. And thanks for your prayers too — that’s so much appreciated. We haven’t really thought about registering anywhere for the baby (it’s not something that happens so much in the UK!) but I will let you know if we do. Thanks so much for thinking of us.

      Luckily, I’m someone who naps easily during the daytime! Gonna do my best to sleep while baby is sleeping, in the early days. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Karen! We don’t know yet whether it’ll be a boy or a girl (Luke’s our surname … it confuses a lot of people…!) Hoping to find out in a couple of months’ time, though. πŸ™‚

  11. Blessings and health your way….. Awesome! And what an adventure this will be and will continue to be. More prizes, hidden treasure and special moments await you and Paul. My mom is now 84 and I’m the baby for her line of children, I turn 50 this December . And our adventures are still joyously delicious.

    • That might be a bit much for me…! But it’s a nice idea, might take some photos to keep for the future at least. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Peter! Yeah, we figure the sooner we start getting things prepared and organised, the smoother everything will go…

  12. Congratulations Ali to you and Paul! Scan pictures are so wonderful and help you get to know the bundle before the arrival. Blog all you want about baby topics, you can never get too much baby! My boys are now both 18 and 21 and I’m looking forward to the day I can be a grandma (though not too quickly) I’m still enjoying playing mum with them both at home.

    Really excited for you.

    Blessings,

    Amanda
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    • Thanks so much, Amanda! We’re ever so excited too … and I’m sure I won’t be able to resist sneaking in an update or two about the baby, as things progress.

      When Paul was 18 and starting university, his mum told him in no uncertain terms that she wasn’t ready to be a grandmother just yet. Ten years on, she’s thrilled about the news, of course. πŸ™‚

  13. Congratulations! How wonderful to be expecting your first child. I am happy for you and your whole family, and it would be fine with me if you added a few parenting updates now and again. πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks Gerty! And I’m sure I’ll be updating the blog with a bit of baby-related news from time to time… πŸ™‚

  14. So, if I had been doing a better job of keeping up with the blog I would not have been surprised by the newsletter announcement. Congratulations to you both (again). I agree that a life change of this magnitude is the perfect time to re-evaluate; it helps to focus on what is really important in one’s life. I wish you and your (growing) family all the best and look forward to sharing in the excitement!

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