I haven’t quite been myself lately…

We're having a baby!

I haven’t quite been myself lately.

I feel like I’ve been absent from my own life, distracted by something. Something wonderful, yet slightly anxiety-inducing.

Let me start at the beginning. Well, actually the middle.

Late last year my little family and I flew to Singapore. Our days were jam-packed with stuff to do. There was hardly time to think, and seriously I mean that. It was like going on a holiday with adrenalin junkies – we jumped from one thing to the next. We also had our lovely tour guide with us the whole time.

It was on our third day in Singapore that I found a moment to whisper to Hubby, “I think I might be pregnant. I need to find a way to get a test.”

We’d wanted to add to our family for a while, but with a few health problems in the way we only had the green light to try in December, so before our trip I did about seventy early pregnancy tests to check before we left for overseas, with all turning negative.

Do you know how hard it is to find a chemist in a foreign country when you’re looking for one? Hard. Almost impossible.

We miraculously stumbled across one on the way to dinner and I asked Toon Hee {our guide} if I could quickly run in and grab something. I shot Hubby the look to keep him preoccupied, and in I went. Secret squirrel mission. $50 later, tests jammed into my handbag, we went on.

“Everything OK?” Toon Hee asked.

I nodded and smiled.

So it was with much excitement that night when I saw a positive. We may have danced around the hotel room.

For the past few months I’ve tried not to get too excited. Doctors said that I had a really high chance of miscarriage, so I tried to protect myself from any potential heartache. By this stage with Lacey, I’d painted her room, decorated it, decided on her name and kept a journal of every single moment. This time I’ve been really restrained.

But yesterday I finally saw our little baby wriggling about on the screen and it was perfect. Little toes, little hands, a little nose, perfect little spine… just perfectly perfect. And I couldn’t be happier. Ecstatic even.

So, yes… we’re having a baby! Due in August. I haven’t been myself. I’ve been a bundle of contained excitement and nerves all together. Oh, and that morning sickness thing thrown in. But I’m growing a baby.

We’ve been keeping it a secret from Lacey {so hard to do} and told her yesterday when we had the scan. To say she’s excited is a super understatement. And so are we. xx


  1. Notsuchayummymummy says

    How wonderful! I’m due at the beginning of August. Took us a fair while to conceive as well so I can understand your excitement. Our 4 year old is super excited & is already planning to name the baby Ultimate Spider-Man Ben 10 or Thomas the Tank Engine if it’s a girl. :)

  2. Liza@lifewith3under3 says

    so unbelievably happy for you all, tears of joy here – another beautiful bebe to love, and praying etc for a sleeper :-) xoxoxo

  3. Katie Rainbird says

    Seventy early pregnancy tests ~ ha ha! I do that when I’m trying to conceive too :) How wonderful for you to get a positive on the fifty dollar one! Congratulations, x

  4. Cheri Marks says

    Congratulations!!! I had my second baby in August too. I remember the fun of telling big brother. I’m so excited for you.

  5. Stavroulaki A says

    Soooo happy for u!!! I ve read your previous post several months ago about planning a second little cutie. So congratulations on your new perfect baby mama!!!

  6. Reen says

    I don’t know you Chantelle but I have tears in my eyes. Wonderful news. Wishing you all the best for this amazing journey ahead xx

  7. says

    You know, the world glows a bit brighter when people bring more love into life. Today, it is positively radiant. As are you, I’m certain. Congratulations, Chantelle. Makes me giddy, this. :)

  8. Kirsty S says

    Yay! August babies are divine! Well, any baby is divine, really… milky breath, petal soft skin, tiny toes to tickle. <3

  9. LeahCrowe says

    how exciting! SO SO happy for you and your family. Huge congrats and may your pregnancy be nothing but joy and happiness.

  10. says

    Oh Chantelle I’m SO happy for you all! I’m sending love and no sickness vibes and happiness and oohh, it’s exciting! Having had four of my own I’m at the enjoying-other-people-being-pregnant stage, like a grandma!

  11. libbywilko says

    Congratulations ! That is terrific news, hope you are feeling less sick with morning sickness. Best wishes for a healthy happy baby in August. Hugs.

  12. says

    Hi !
    I’m a french reader and everyday i’m reading your blog.
    I’m so happy for this good news, congrats
    I comment your blog sometimes only but i don’t have a really good english, but i try to understand your articles and you take beautiful photo
    Congrats again xx

  13. isabelle says

    Oh wonderful news !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations ! All the best for the next few months. Before Baby shows up ! Bises from France

  14. Jane Hassett says

    Congratulations. There is nothing more exciting then the miracle of life. I wish you a safe pregnancy. I hope all goes well for you and your family

  15. Jen L. says

    How wonderful!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so very happy for you. Wishing you smooth sailing for the rest of the pregnancy. Hooray!

  16. says

    I am so happy for you! I can only imagine the happiness & fear you’ve been experiencing these past few months! I know when I was pregnant with my son, I was scared to death everyday that something would go wrong. I’ll pray for a healthy & happy pregnancy for you & that baby you are growing!!!! Can’t wait to see pictures!

  17. Aline Lima says

    Congratulations! I dont know you personally, but I really enjoy to read your texts and this new is just awesome! I`m really happy for you. All the best for this new little star in your life :)

  18. Sally says

    As someone who struggled to have my 2nd – I just cannot tell you how beautiful, complete and full our lives feel since he was born. It is magical to see my two children together, even though they are 6 years apart. May you have the most beautiful pregnancy.

  19. says

    Congratulations!! I have a close friend that has gone through several miscarriages, so understand when you say you were trying not to get your hopes up. It’s a thin line to tread. I’m so glad things are going well though!

  20. Linda says

    Congratulations! I was so happy when I conceived after a miscarriage but I, too, was cautious. I am very happy for you, your husband and daughter.

  21. Nyree Thomas says

    How exciting for you Chantelle, good luck with the rest of the pregnancy and can’t wait to hear what you have!

  22. says

    Oh my gosh! That is SOOOOO exciting. Congratulations lady! I know you’ve mentioned a few times that you wanted to add to your little family. That is amazing news! Glad everything is going well.

  23. says

    Oh how incredibly exciting!!! I’m so happy for you and I know exactly how you feel. I suffered a miscarriage with my first pregnancy, so when I was pregnant with my daughter we waited until I was well into my second trimester before we told anyone. Can’t wait to hear all about your pregnancy and the arrival the newest addition to your family!

  24. twopointfivekids says

    Congrats Chantelle! What beautiful news to wake up to this morning – wishing you all the best on your second journey. xxxxx

  25. mary_j_j says

    Oh, I was hoping this would be the case!! I am so happy for you, here’s to a healthy few months before this baby comes into the world!! Congratulations xx

  26. Jules says

    How wonderful. I hope this can happen for myself and my husband as they have told us he can’t have kids..

    Enjoy your wonderful experience, and treasure every moment! :) :)

  27. says

    What a lovely surprise! Well done for keeping it a secret for so long! So happy for you! Massive congrats!

  28. Dawn Regan says

    I’m so very happy for you and your family, Chantelle! How exciting! I’m so glad everything worked out they way it did and your baby is healthy. :) Bless you and your beautiful family. xo

  29. Sonia says

    Hi Chantelle,
    I’ve been a silent follower of your blog and everywhere ;-) {You motivated me throu #fmsphotoaday how to use Instagram more creatively}.

    This news forced myself to write down my words here. A hearty congratulations! So happy for you gal! :-)

  30. christine says

    oh how wonderful… i love hearing peoples stories about the excitement, it brings a tear to my eye. congratulations. x

  31. Girllovesnewyork says

    Wonderful news. I’m always really excited when a couple really want to have a child get that all exciting ‘positive’ result. Positive in more ways than one – eh? Congratulations and wishing you an easy pregnancy. Love your photo a day Instagram thingy. Loads of my friends are waiting to start on 1 March. X

  32. Kim says

    I am so so excited for you and your family and know this is such a wonderful special time. Please treasure it as I know you are and take time out for yourself when you need. I have a huge smile on my face. Yippee! And I loved the way you told the story about the preg test etc…very clever. x Kim

  33. Kate says

    Nawww … Wasn’t expecting tears when I opened this today! Tears of joy for you guys of course! *C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S* !!!!!

  34. Kymmie @ a day in the life of says

    Oh, this is THE BEST NEWS! I’m so excited for you. CONGRATULATIONS! Another Lacey, another baby. My, aren’t you clever. I know we haven’t met, but this has made my day! xxx

  35. Laura says

    CONGRATULATIONS! That is wonderful news! That makes 9 babies that I know of coming this year :) Such an exciting time for you and your family

  36. Pippi says

    Congratulations!!!!! How thrilling!! Sending heaps of strength, good vibes & love your way. Fantastic news!!!oh! & I’ve never heard anyone else use the term secret squirrel mission!! :D xx

  37. Natasha Nelson says

    Congratulations!!! I’ll be sharing this journey with you – due September. Though found it hard to keep this one a secret for long.

  38. says

    Oh lovely, That’s the best news!!! Congrats to you Shane and Lacey! I’m so happy for you all hun. I remember you wanting another little bundle and chatting with us over at Kidspot. You deserve every bit of happiness and know I am praying for a safe pregnancy and an ultra smooth labour gorgeous gal. Lacey will be like a little Mummy to her new brother/sister.
    All the best and take kind care of yourself. Don’t work to hard.

    Lots of love and hugs your way xoxox :-) Super happy for you!

  39. Jess F says

    That is super exciting. Congratulations. We are having our second in June and I completely understand and sympathise on the morning sickness front. Wishing all the very best for a healthy pregnancy. Jx

  40. Stephanie says

    Tears in my eyes – tears of happiness of course! – reading this! Congratulations Telle!!! So so happy for you!!!! Hoping the rest of your pregnancy is smooth sailing!! August is a VERY good month for babies – I’m the 23rd, my daughter is the 24th and several friends and cousins are also in August! Congratulations again lovely!!!

  41. says

    Congrats Chantelle!! This is awesome news :D I’m due in about 4-5 weeks so am a little baby-gaga at the moment :D

    All the best for the coming months!! Lacey is going to be a GREAT big sister!

  42. Carola says

    That is super exciting!!! Though its been a bumpy, uncertain road till now, I’m wishing you all abundance of joy and happiness in the months and years to come!!!

  43. Linda - lulufroufrou says

    Yay!! So happy for you…. watching your 1st be a big sister is the best. Looking forward to reading about the journey xx

  44. mamabok says

    oh congrats! and you were in my hometown – you should have said something ! i would have gotten a friend to show you around.

  45. Alina Camiller says

    Brilliant. Does this make you SLIMMUMFAT….??? My rollercoaster pregnancy year was last year…hmmm. We now have Ben, our beautiful little 4mth old who is 4yr old Lily’s little brother. I found it amusing that you had Lacie named so early – we did the same with Lily…and with Ben but he was Ivy…ooops – so thought he was a girl.

    I’m a personal blogger and wrote about my year. Looking forward to reading more about your year. Cheers, ali

  46. Jill says

    Ah, so precious, Chantelle! Thank you for sharing your good news! Praying for a wonderful pregnancy ,easy birth with a perfect little one to love at the end! Best wishes from Canada!!

  47. Kim says

    Oh wow! Congratulations, Chantelle!! Such exciting news. What a wonderful surprise and I can’t imagine ow hard it must have been to keep that all secret:) xxx

  48. Denyse Whelan says

    Congratulations Chantelle..I am absolutely thrilled with this news… what a wonderful ‘life change’ you made when you moved to the Nth Coast. xxx

  49. Trudi says

    Brings a tear. Enjoy every moment and be realistic about what you can or can’t (or shouldn’t) be doing. I am sure many people want a peice of you. CONGRATULATIONS

  50. Kim says

    That is so wonderful! As a mother of two who suffered several miscarriages between babies, it warms my heart so much to see another couple succeed! Congratulations and a few tears of happiness shed on your behalf!

  51. Maddie ColourMeThere says

    Chantelle, I am so happy for you and your family. You deserve every happiness life can bring and I hope this little bundle adds even more joy to your world xxx

  52. Tiia says

    Congrats to your family, Chantelle!! I’ve had a hunch for a while now. I don’t know how. But I knew the moment I saw the headline that you’re now ready to tell the world :) such wonderful news! xx

  53. Amy {The Misadventurous Maker} says

    Oh congratulations Chantelle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Such an exciting time for you and your whole family! My bub is due in May, so we can chat online throughout our middle of the night feeding schedules! So thrilled for you all. In my experience a second baby is even more magical, as you get to see this teeny newborn from a more relaxed, experienced state and soak in all the wonderfulness with the confidence that you know even the hardest parts will pass but the good parts will be that much sweeter.xoxoxoxoxoxxo

  54. Erin says

    Oh gosh wow congratulations!!
    I understand your uncertain excitement. After many miscarriages I finnaly had a little baby girl last May. Up until the moment I held her in my arms (actually probably a week later) I couldn’t believe she was really here.
    Enjoy enjoy enjoy :)

  55. samstone76 says

    Congrats Chantelle! That is wonderful news.
    We have just had our 2nd bubs, he is now 6 weeks old. We struggled to get pregnant with both our little ones. It took nearly 2 years with Bubs#2, so the excitement of seeing that first ultrasound is just amazing!

  56. foxinahat says

    Yay another Leo for the world!
    Thank you for sharing such an intimate part of your life with all of us :-)

  57. Nataliep says

    congratulations! I know that feeling of relief when you have the scan and everything is well :D Im expecting mine in July :D Good luck and congrats again x

  58. sammycatmeow says

    Congratulations chantelle. I can totally understand your excitement. I left a comment on your post a few months ago for I heart my body saying that I didn’t love my body because I have pcos and it was affecting my ability to conceive – I am happy to say I am now pregnant with my first child due in july.

  59. says

    Big congratulations Chantelle & family!!
    That’s excellent news and I can understand it’s been hard to keep the secret until now. Best of luck and I’m looking forward to updates on this new life as well as your regular fun input here on the blog, on FB and IG.
    LOVE the photograph, by the way – such a fantastic way of illustrating the future!! :-) <3 <3

  60. TheotherElla says

    Congratulations Chantelle! What wonderful news – HOW EXCITING! Sending all our love the good thoughts from your old Sydney work gang. Ella xxx

  61. says

    Oh I have goosebumps reading this Chantelle…..congratulations to you all. Very exciting times ahead.
    My little prem miracle just turned one yesterday. I have a 7 year gap between my two. Children are truly wonderful blessing in our lives xx

  62. Kelpad says

    Absolutely delightful news. This is one lucky baby, it’s going to be welcomed into a beautiful family that’s going to love it to pieces, congratulations to all 3 of you.

  63. zeitverschwender17 says

    Aww. I am so depressed at the moment, after a big break-up and two weeks of tears and breakdowns, and this is the first time I have smiled in a morning ever since. I am truly happy for you and pray that everything goes right!

  64. Steph - Sassmouth Mama says

    Such beautiful news! Congratulations to you and your family Chantelle. Sending you virtual hot chocolate and foot rubs. xxx

  65. Marlene says

    Congratulations with the new addition! You will have much to comment and photograph – I look forward to the pictures!

  66. says

    Congratulations lovely! We also have baby number two on the way, due 29th August (my birthday!). I wondered if I would be just as excited having my second as I was with my first, and I absolutely am! It’s the most magical, precious time. A x x

  67. says

    Hi Chantelle, now I can share my secret:))) My eldest daughter told us on Christmas Day that she was pregnant but also that we weren’t allowed to tell anyone until they said we could…longest 2 months and hardest secret to keep in a very long time. She is due mid to late August as well…so very exciting.

  68. Claire says

    Wow, congratulation. When ever I hear someone is expecting I cry! So I had a few happy tears for you. Big love. xox

  69. says

    Congrats to you and the family. I know how much you have wanted this. What joy your post brought to me, so happy for you. Enjoy and cannot wait to see the posts about baby number 2. Hope all goes well and take care of you.

  70. says

    Ok, so just having found your scan pic today and realising I was slow on the uptake I had to go back through your blog (felt like I was stalking you!) ….
    Well Done gorgeous, very happy for you, Shane and Lacey. Happy Baking xxxx

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