a grateful heart: a secret {oh baby} | olive june
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a grateful heart: a secret {oh baby}

my heart is exploding with excitement as i write this post {on our second wedding anniversary- the best two years.} mr. monaco and i are expecting our first baby on january 14, 2016! it's our biggest and most exciting endeavor yet and we couldn't be more thrilled. my entire life, i have wanted to become a mother... it's always been a calling and my ultimate desire & hope for this one life. when i was a young girl, playing with my dolls, nannying, and helping my mom with my baby brother were all things that made my heart most happy. i adore kids and love being around them. i know it's not an easy job, but for me, it's the most important job in the world {and the job i have always wanted most}. it's been so hard to keep the news in since may 5 {the week of mother's day}, especially as i was feeling so sick, nauseous, and exhausted {hence the lack of blog posts- i knew you would all understand/thanks for reaching out... i missed you all, too} i am so excited to be able to tell you!! i will be sure to keep you posted when we find out the sex {on july 12!} and other fun news along the way! simply love won't turn into a baby blog {completely!} but considering my new circumstance, i will be sharing my journey with you all {along with my usual content!} 
thank you so much already for all of the love and support…
baby monaco is so blessed.
and our hearts are so grateful.
a few photos from our wedding day on june 29, 2013- the best day {so far!}
wedding photos by melissa tuck photography 
she's the best... if you are in the d.c area, i highly recommend her! 
one of my previous students {she has always been very near and dear to my heart} took the photos on a friday evening in june {we are so thankful- as it was about 95 degrees!} she was so, so sweet and did such a wonderful job! i will be blogging more about her business soon, but here is her page: emmerson studios! she is entering her senior year of high school and is a talented young woman! 
thank you, emmie! 


and baby makes three
lindsey at ljdesigncompany made the adorable signs - she was so fantastic to work with!
telling our family, close friends, and loved ones was one of the best experiences of my life- every. single. time. i will be sharing how we told soon! everyone has been so loving, supportive, and unbelievably amazing. i have been really homesick lately… however, telling everyone has been so special. how lucky are we to have so many special people in our lives. although there is a lot of distance between us-- my parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and forever friends have been there for us- in more ways than i ever imagined. thank you. xo
sweet baby monaco- we can't wait to meet you!
mr. monaco has been SO wonderful ...  helpful, loving, awesome. 
i know he will be such a great dad.
again, thanks so much for being part of this special journey! 
...i am so excited to share it with you... 

any advice for the second trimester?
or on entering motherhood?
ps: look for bump updates soon!
...
 ...what is your heart grateful for this week...
Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey
hope your weekend went well!
xo
also linking up with life of meg and b loved boston
 
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70 comments:

  1. Oh friend, you know I am SO happy for you guys!! :) I cannot wait to follow along in your parenting adventures! xo

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    1. thank you so much!! you are so sweet <3

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  2. Congratulations!! How exciting :) Those pictures are so sweet!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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    1. thank you so much! we are so excited... <3

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  3. Congratulations !! So so exciting :) and just the sweetest announcement photos ever!

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    1. awe, thanks so much! means so much and we are beyond words excited! xo

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  4. EEEK!!! I love this post and the photos!! My heart is bursting for you all and I can't wait for the baby posts to start rolling in!! And Happy Anniversary!! xo

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    1. awe, so excited to share this journey with you and thanks for all the love and support already! you are a great friend. your kind words always mean so much! xo

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  5. I love your blog! and great post the pictures are amazing!

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  6. Happy anniversary and CONGRATULATIONS!

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  7. Congrats!!! The hand lettered signs are absolutely adorable!!!

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  8. Congrats!! So exciting! Happy Anniversary too!

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    1. thank you SO much! it means a lot to us! xo

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  9. Congratulations! Such an exciting time! Those little gold baby moccasins melt my heart!

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    1. thank you so much! the gold mocs are a favorite of mine! we really appreciate your kind words!

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  10. Congratulations! How exciting. :) Your pictures are beautiful. What fun memories to keep!

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    1. thank you so much, emily! we are very exciting and appreciate your love

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  11. Congrats, girlie! I love your pictures! I'm in your area so will keep her in mind :)!

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  12. congratulations! I'm excited for your upcoming baby posts! :) I love everything about motherhood & babies! And the second trimester was my favorite!

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    1. yay! so great to hear and thanks for the love! you are so sweet, josie!

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  13. Oh my gosh this is one of the blogs that I have been silently creeping on for a while and I am so so so excited for you! :) :) (also those pictures are amazing!)

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    1. awe, thanks SO much!! we can't wait :) you are so sweet - and thanks for stopping in! you are always welcome and we appreciate your kind words!

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  14. Congratulations!!! I love the photoshoot!

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    1. thank you so much!! you are so kind and we had a great time doing it :)

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  15. Ahhhh! Congratulations, sweet friend!! I am so so so happy for you both. These photos are gorgeous, and I'm loving your dress! Where is it from?

    I'm excited for baby posts!

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    1. thanks SO much!!! so excited and thank you for the kind words. baby is so loved already <3 our prayers have been answered! hope all is well with you- LOVE your new blog!!! ps: the dress is forever 21!! xo

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  16. Yay!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!
    I found your link from the "Grateful Heart" linkup.
    I think it is so awesome that you are sharing this news on the same day that I shared a post about my desire for motherhood!
    I can only image how excited you're feeling. Truly over the moon! So happy for you!

    Hope
    http://www.penninghope.com/

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    1. your post was so touching- i loved it! thank you so much for sharing and sending hugs and prayers to you all! xo and yes, WE ARE THRILLED!!!

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  17. Congratulations! That is wonderful! And I must say your wedding dress is stunning!

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  18. What gorgeous pictures!!! Congrats!

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  19. Congrats to you!!!! I am so so so happy for you! And, Your photos are gorgeous!

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    1. thank you so, so much! so excited for you, too!!! xo

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  20. Happy anniversary and congratulations!!! how exciting!
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  21. What an adorable announcement! Congratulations to you both :)

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    1. thank you so much! we are thrilled! :)

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  22. Congratulations!! This is so super exciting! Hope you had a wonderful anniversary!

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  23. Ahh congrats! This is so exciting. I look forward to following along. :)

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    1. thank you so much, mary!!! so sweet of you ;)

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  24. Beautiful pictures! And congratulations! That is such an exciting and unbelievable feeling---especially the first time around. All the best to you ALL :)

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    1. thank you SO much!!! we can't wait - xo

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  25. This makes me so excited for you! The pictures are gorgeous and I look forward to more baby updates :) congratulations!!

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    1. thank you SO much! updates are on the way... appreciate the love and support <3

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  26. Happy two year anniversary! So exciting. And congratulations on the baby!! There is nothing in the world that beats parenthood!! I’m excited for your journey and can’t wait to follow along. When is your due date? My birthday is January 18th. Those are adorable announcement photos! Your wedding looked beautiful. Your dress and flowers are stunning!!

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    1. thank you SO much!! so many sweet and kind words... means so much to us! my due date is the 14th... maybe baby will share a birthday with you! thanks again! hope you're well! xo

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  27. You were a BEAUTIFUL bride!!! :-D And congratulations on the new member of the family!!!

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  28. Congrats! The photos are BEAUTIFUL! :)

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  29. Congratulations!! The photographs are beautiful. Wishing you a healthy pregnancy!.

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  30. Best news. Beautiful photos. So thrilled for you! Hope you're feeling well! xoxo

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    1. thank you SO much, sweet friend! means a lot to us... you are incredible! xo

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  31. Congratulations! So exciting! The pictures are gorgeous. Can't wait to follow along.

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    1. thank you so much! thank you for your support... so sweet!

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  32. These pictures are incredible! So excited for you! You're going to be a lovely mama!

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    1. thank you so, so much!! and sorry for the delay :) you are amazing.

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