Tuesday, January 8, 2013






We are so excited to be welcoming a new little Jones to our home on July 10th!

In April we will be celebrating our 4 year anniversary and preparing to move to who knows where. Cree has applied to 14 PhD programs all over the country—so everything is up in the air until March. That said, it just felt like the right time for us, and we're over the moon excited to begin preparing for our little one.

Since this is my first pregnancy, I've been fascinated along the way how my body just knows what to do to make way for the baby, and I have been so grateful for the advice and tips from family and friends.

Through all of the ups and downs that have come this first trimester, I'm so grateful for a sweet and supportive husband.  He's been a joy every step of the way. Cree is the one holding my hair each day while I battle to keep my food down. He's the one eating potatoes and popcorn (two of the few things that seem to stick), and taking over my share of chores when I don't have the energy. He always says, "We're such a good team," but I know it's him that makes us great.

We feel blessed and humbled with the privilege to bring new life into the world, and are so excited to meet our new little addition in July.

126 comments:

  1. congratulations!! *throws confetti*

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  2. ohhhh Amanda! (and Cree!!) that's soooo exciting! I'm just giggling for you two over here & I don't even know you personally;) that's the internet for you! congrats, can't wait for your little one to be here!

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  3. Such a blessing. Congrats you two!

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  4. Congratulations, Amanda and Cree! What a wild and incredible time! xo.

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  5. Yay! I still feel the same joy for you both as when you told T and I! I can't think of two more loving parents for this child to have. Hugs to you, friend!

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  6. Yesssssssssssssssssssss. I'm so happy for you guys and I know Kesh will be too.

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  7. congratulations! that's so exciting!

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  8. Big hugs to both of you! This little person is already so lucky! Welcome to the most grand and illuminating journey! Hurray Jones!

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  9. Amazing news! You're starting the most wonderful adventure x

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  10. Congratulations, Amanda + Cree! What exciting news!!

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  11. oh amanda, I'm so happy for you and cree! what exciting news! I am looking forward to following along during this wonderful time of your lives. :) (hopefully that doesn't sound creepy...haha!)

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  12. eee! honestly the squeel of joy is my most favorite way to such joyous news! fistbumps of eee!

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  13. how thrilling!! congratulations amanda & cree ♥

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  14. ohhh, amanda! so excited for you and cree! congrats, sweet lady!! :)

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  15. Yay! Congratulations! Wonderful news!

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  16. congratulations to you two (soon three)! such good news!

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  17. Wonderful news! Congratulations to you both!

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  18. That's wonderful news, Amanda! Congrats to you and Cree!

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  19. congratulations, Amanda & Cree! such wonderful and exciting news!

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  20. Wonderful news! Enjoy this time together = )

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  21. Such a cute announcement, such lovely words about your better half. Congratulations!

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  22. so incredibly excited for you two, amanda! congratulations on the newest addition to your family...can't wait for the reveal! hehe :)

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  23. congrats friend! we are way excited for you and cree!

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  24. So exciting - we are thrilled for you two!!!

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  25. oh, good gracious! my heart is thump thumping over here!
    july 10th was bee's due date (she came on the 9th...max on the 8th)! i'm particularly partial to july babies! haha

    sending so many congratulations to you and your cree! now the pressure is really on to meet for a hug before spring comes and you three go where the wind takes you!

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  26. ooooooh man, I am so excited for you guys!
    We have absolutely loved our last three months as parents, and I know you will love it too!
    I hope that somehow before baby comes, or shortly after, that our paths cross so that I can congratulate you in person.

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  27. so stinking excited for you two! congratulations!

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  28. yaaaaayyyyy amazing news!
    Massive congratulations and I'm so pleased you have such a good guy to help you through
    x x x
    PS seriously digging the green coat and hunters - one stylish, yummy mummy to be!

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  29. WOOHOO! such great news, you two!! all the best with the rest of your pregnancy! :)

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  30. Oh I am so very exciting for you! I can't wait to see the little babe...I know he/she will be absolutely beautiful!

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  31. Oh congratulations, Amanda and Cree!!! That is so very exciting!! I've been checking your blog almost every day and I've been worried as to why you hadn't blogged lately. Just when I was fearing the worst, you shared this exciting news!! I wish you two the best of luck. You'll make amazing parents!

    (And congrats on the due date -- July 10th is a very good day. I'll share my birthday with your baby!!)

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  32. Congratulations! What a bunch of exciting prospects!

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  33. Congratulations to both of you! I cannot wait until July now!

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  34. Congratulations, Amanda - how exciting!

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  35. YOUR BEST DIY YET :)
    it is the BEST chapter in the book of life!
    enjoy, lisa

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  36. YAY! Congrats to you and Cree! So happy for you two! xo

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  37. I'm so thrilled for you!!!!!!!!!!! I'm due with my second May 30 so I'm just a couple months ahead. Congratulations!

    Kacie

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  38. big congratulations to you and cree! being a parent is amazing! :)

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  39. A million congrats to you both! So exciting! It'll be perfect timing if a move is needed, just in time for the baby. Fingers crossed for Cree too! xo

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  40. Congratulations! I am so excited to hear this. My husband and I are also expecting our first baby, and my due date is July 10th as well!

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  41. congratulations amanda! so happy for you and cree – I am secretly hoping that you might end up on the west coast ;)

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  42. NO WAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! Many congrats~~~~~~~~~~~

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  43. YAY! Congratulations to the two of you! What happy news indeed.

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  44. Fantastic news! Congrats to both of you!

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  45. Congrats! That is some very exciting news!

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  46. wow, congratulations!! wish you both all the best!

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  47. congratulations!!! such wonderful news!! :D

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  48. Congratulations! Wish all three of you the best!

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  49. you guys are adorable. congratulations!

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  50. Congratulations to your little family! I'm so excited for you!

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  51. You two are going to be the best parents. Can't wait to see what the little one's going to wear, haha! ;)

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  52. Hooray!!! Congratulations you guys! :)

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  53. Congratulations you two! Such wonderful and exciting news! Wishing you a wonderful rest of your pregnancy, Amanda!

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  54. Thrilled for you both! What wonderful news! Enjoy every single moment!

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  55. how very exciting--congrats to you both!

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  56. Congrats! Babies are so magical

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  57. this is simply beautiful & wonderful. all the best to you two
    xo

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  58. how exciting. congrats, congrats! :)

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  59. Congratulations, you guys!!! That's sooo exciting. Crossing my fingers that you guys end up in DC :).

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  60. CONGRATULATIONS! If you see a mobile you like I'll send it your way! just let me know!! xox

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  61. I am so happy for you both! First trimester can be rough, but second trimester will be full of energy!

    Having a child will be the best time of your life! So excited for you! xoxoxo

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  62. Cree's is really sweet! Congratulations to the both of you! :)

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  63. happy happy happy pregnancy to you two!!!

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  64. Just found your site through Cup of Jo. I'm due July 12 with #2. Growing bellies together! Very happy for you. Adding a new member to the family is, well, amazing. You have much to look forward to.

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  65. Congratulations! What wonderful news. I'm pregnant with my first baby as well (due in May) and everyday I'm amazed at my body. And when you first start to feel those flutters and kicks... well, there's no greater joy :)

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  66. Congratulations to you and Cree! What amazing news for the new year! So sweet that your husband steps up and helps with your share of the chores!

    Theresa
    http://bomamma.blogspot.com

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  67. Congratulations!

    Dani // andbubblegum.com

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  68. brilliant news! so pleased for you! love elisa x

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  69. i still think back of the way you guys talked about starting a family last summer, can only imagine the joy you must feel right now! we are seriously so happy for you guys! matti and i wish the three of you all the best for 2013! x

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  70. Just a word of warning it's having babies is addictive ha ha ha. No matter how hard it is all I can think of right now is that I want another one ha ha ha. Such a special special blessing Amanda & Cree. I love that you guys are just able to move from one state to another and all that adventure! Congratulations once again! Sending you lots of hugs.

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  71. Such wonderful news! Congrats to you both!
    Sara x

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  72. Congratulations! :)
    And a wonderful 2013!!

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  73. Congratulations for the two of you!

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  74. this just made my day!! so thrilled for you two. congrats!! ox

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  75. Congratulations!!! you make such a lovely couple, i'm sure you are going to be great parents! :)

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  76. Oh my goodness, congratulations!! That's going to be one beautiful, well loved baby!

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  77. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and you'll see how your life is going to change in a day! Those babies bring so much happiness!!xx

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  78. Congrats to you both! Awesome news! xo

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  79. Love this. We are so so so excited for you...we have regular dinner conversations about whether it's a boy or a girl. Cannot wait to meet your new one...

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  80. Congratulations Amanda! You and Cree will be such wonderful parents :)

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  81. That is a wonderful news! Congratulations Amanda & Cree!

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  82. Congratulations! I just had my second baby and there is no other love like it…. you guys will be great!

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  83. Congratulations! This is exciting news and a great way to start the new year! :)

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  84. aw, congrats!!! such wonderful news!!!

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  85. Congratulations! Marvellous news.

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  86. Oh Amanda, just saw this exciting news! Congrats!!!! You two will be wonderful parents. Hope you're feeling better; can't wait to see baby bump pics ;)

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  87. Soooo exciting! Congrats congrats congrats!

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  88. congratulations lady, i'm so excited for you!!! it's such a beautiful time, enjoy it :)

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  89. That's so exciting! Congratulations on your pregnancy, hope all things go well :)

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  90. SO so very happy for you both, I can't even imagine how great of parents you will be! Hooray!

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  91. congratulations!

    much love!

    great blog <3

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  92. I'm an admirer of your work and your writings...and send along my happiest wishes for you both!

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  93. That is a wonderful news! Congratulations Amanda & Cree!

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  94. AHHHHHHH! Awesome. :) Congratulations!

    http://bloodstre.am

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  95. What a miracle the internet is! I'm a new follower to your blog, I don't know you in real life - and I'm so happy to hear these news :)! Best wishes and a wonderful time!

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  96. CONGRATUATIONS!!! How exciting for you. And good luck to your husband with the program application process.

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  97. congrats!! excited for you...having kids is incredible.

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  98. What a blessing from the Lord! Congrats you two : )

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  99. CONGRATS! I know the feeling about the PhD waiting time line.... at least you have this to keep you going! So sweet!

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  100. You have exactly the same due date as me - how exciting!

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