Hello from week 12 of pregnancy! It seems crazy to be writing these posts!
I’m so glad you’re all in on our secret now. The past month and a half has been fun, exciting, and a little wild. I feel like a constant science experiment, and it’s absolutely fascinating to me. (And, to be honest, I’m not totally sure this has sunk in, even though we’ve seen the baby twice.)
People tell you that hearing your baby’s heartbeat for the first time is super cool, and it’s so cool. At the 8-week appointment, we heard the heartbeat right away, and my eyes started to well up with tears, but I was too excited to cry, and I was doing this weird laugh/cry thing. (The ultrasound tech asked me to hold my breath because he said I was messing him up. Oops.)
The second ultrasound was even more exciting, because I was nervous for that one. I was, like many women I’m sure, worried about miscarriage after the first ultrasound, because I know so many women who have had missed miscarriages during that time period. So it was an amazing relief to witness the strong heartbeat at the 12-week appointment. (I also hated the first doctor we saw and am absolutely in love with the second one. I’m very happy and relieved to feel like I’m in great, super capable hands now.)
With that, here’s a lengthy look at the past eight weeks!
The question everyone keeps asking: WERE YOU TRYING?
People love to ask this! So I give them what they didn’t necessarily realize they wanted: so much information about our sex life! But no, we were not exactly “trying” and this was not planned. Surprise!
HOW I FOUND OUT
I woke up the morning after Valentine’s Day and realized that my boobs had been super sore for a few days. Usually they get a little sore for a day before I get my period, but they had been sore for longer than seemed normal. I had gone to Orangetheory that morning and was practically holding my boobs down while I ran on the treadmill (despite wearing a very supportive sports bra) because they were so painful. I decided to take a pregnancy test when I got home, just to see. And it was positive. I was right around 4 weeks when I found out.
WHAT I DIDN’T REALIZE
That pregnancy isn’t measured from the day you conceive. You can roll your eyes or think I’m stupid, but that’s what I always assumed! But it’s measured from the first date of your last period. Science.
HOW I TOLD BRIAN
Brian works late most nights, and I was really hoping he wouldn’t work late that night! Fortunately, we’d been out late the night before, boozing it up for Valentine’s Day (such a good mom already!), so he wasn’t up for a late night at the office. I told him I forgot to give him his Valentine’s Day card, and on the inside was a super short message. At the end, I wrote, “P.S. I’m pregnant.” He read it, laughed, and put it aside. I just kind of stared at him while he dove into his pizza. So I said, “Did you read it?” And he opened it again, read it, laughed, and put it down. He thought it was a joke, so I said, “OK hang on, let me get some props.” I showed him the positive pregnancy test, and he was all, “Wait… What?! Really? What?!” He was shocked and excited and then we were both giddy and excited all night. It reminded me of the night we got engaged. Fun and silly and celebratory. But with a lot less champagne.
THE FIRST PERSON I ACTUALLY TOLD
I had just been talking to my friend Kristan, so as soon as I saw the positive test, I FaceTimed her and was like, “HEY, CAN I SHOW YOU SOMETHING?” Then I told my friend Ashley. I was on my way to meet her for a run and took the test right before I left. I saw that it was positive and then took it with me to meet her for a run. I don’t know why I did that. And so when I saw her, I kind of shoved it in her face (not the part I peed on), and was like, “LOOK AT THIS.” And she freaked out and cried and it was great. And then we ran five miles and I was struggling and made her take a million walk breaks the whole time. (If I hadn’t already taken a test, I think I would’ve after that run. You hear about women who say they “knew” because they had a really bad run. That was me that day! It was uncharacteristically bad!)
HOW WE TOLD OUR PARENTS
We finally told them this past weekend! We knew we wanted to tell them in person, and wanted to get them together to do it. They haven’t seen each other since our wedding, so it was fun to have them in one place. We went out to the North Fork on Long Island and planned a winery-hopping weekend. We figured that would throw them off. Once everyone arrived on Friday night, we showed them a little video we made. We told them I was launching a video version of the Ali on the Run Show (not true), and had filmed a fake episode together. It was only four minutes long, and we talked about how we’re really excited to be collaborating on a fun project that we’re launching in October (they didn’t get it at that point). I said, “I’m really excited to tell our parents about this,” and Brian responded, “Don’t you mean… grandparents?” And then we both look at the camera, cut to black, cue freakout. My mom screamed and burst into tears. My dad got weepy, and I had to go all, “LOCK IT UP, DAD” on him. And this is Brian’s mom’s first grandchild — and it’s due the day after her birthday! — so she is of course thrilled. It was a super fun weekend, and I was happy to be the designated driver for it.
Another question everyone keeps asking: IS IT A BOY OR GIRL?
We don’t know, and we don’t plan on finding out. Right now, I think boy. Though I went for a short run with Ellie on Sunday, and at one point I was like, “Aw, look at me, out running with my girls!” So obviously I have no idea. My mom thinks girl. My dad says boy. Brian hasn’t made his declaration yet. And Tyler and Abby both hope it’s a girl.
We have a definite front-runner if it’s a girl. (Right, Brian?) If it’s a boy, I’m less sure. We have loads of time to decide. But I love playing on the Kinder app that lets you swipe through names like a dating app. And again, for this one, we went to the experts: Tyler and Abby. Tyler likes Sparkle if it’s a girl and Zack if it’s a boy. Abby wants Rainbow for a girl or “Mawness” for a boy. I don’t know what Mawness is, but I’m sold. (And my friend Feeney’s spunky little niece, Biella, suggested “Fint,” so we would have an Ellie and a Fint. Get it? Ellie-fint. Elephant. She’s six, and I think that’s brilliant.)
CRAVINGS & AVERSIONS
I can’t think of any “OMG I NEED THIS RIGHT NOW” cravings, but one day, I ate an entire family-sized bag of sour cream and onion chips, and I don’t think anything has ever hit the spot more. Cantaloupe is amazing to me, and most fruit sounds excellent. Meanwhile, that salmon I was loving and was making at least twice a week? I don’t think I’ll ever have it again. (I’m sorry, Anne!) The thought of the sauce makes me gag a little now. And one of my previous favorite foods — spaghetti and meatballs — might be off-limits forever. There was an unfortunate incident with eggplant parmesan while I was out to dinner one night (I took one bite and had to spit it out into a napkin — super classy), and cooked vegetables and I are on a break at the moment.
HOW I’M FEELING
Good! I always thought I would be miserable when I got pregnant. (There’s still time for that, I know!) I figured I’d be puking and sick and grouchy and generally uncomfortable. I blame that assumption on a lifetime of my body betraying me. So I’m shocked and relieved and psyched to find that, for a very welcome change, my body is cooperating with me! I kind of can’t believe it, and I’m so grateful. My boobs are giant and sore all the time, and I feel nauseated when I first wake up, but once I have some food (dry cereal) and water, I’m good to go. My skin is a mess; I don’t think I’ve ever had acne like this, and I am prone to hormonal and cystic acne. Not quite a pregnancy glow, but I can roll with that.
ON THE WORKOUT FRONT
My workouts haven’t changed too much, but they’ve slowed down. I’m still going to Orangetheory, but my paces slowed down pretty immediately. My former base pace is now my push pace. My push pace is now my all-out pace. So I’m making some adjustments, but for the most part, I feel good when I work out. Running outside is a bit of a toss-up. Some days I feel great, and other days I can’t put one foot in front of the other. That’s kind of me with running always, though!
Oh, and modifications. We do so much ab work at Orangetheory, and I’m overwhelmed by the modifications (and, to be honest, don’t trust all the coaches to give me the “right” advice here). I talked to my doctor about it, but there are so many different ab exercises, from crunches to Russian twists to planks and so many variations, and I just want to make sure I’m modifying wherever necessary. I know eventually having an actual stomach bump will force me to modify, but right now, the information is a little overwhelming. (I’ve already gotten so much conflicting information from different professionals! Feel free to chime in with whatever expertise you have, especially if you go to Orangetheory and are familiar with some of the usual suspects!)
ON THE CROHN’S FRONT
Good to go! And again, feeling very grateful. (The plan is to stay on the Stelara I’m currently taking. I’m a little torn on that, but maybe that’s a discussion for another day.)
WHAT SURPRISED ME SO FAR
How tired I was right away. I feel pretty good right now, but those first few weeks, I would make it to 4 PM and need to hit the couch for a while. Very thankful to work from home right now! It also surprised me how chill I was right from the start. I haven’t had any freakouts. This was not planned and I am a planner. You know that. I always thought Brian and I would eventually say, “OK, let’s do this,” and go from there. But that’s not how it happened, and I think that’s super cool. It feels really right, and I’m so happy to feel like I’m in a good place physically and mentally for this. I feel ready! (Crazy!)
It also surprised me how willing I was right away to ease up both the intensity and frequency of my workouts. I think I used to hope I’d be the kind of woman who is able to run throughout pregnancy, right up until the day I deliver. But now I don’t really care about that. I just want to be healthy, and provide a healthy place for this little one to grow. If that means running with a 39-week fetus in my stomach, cool! If not, OK! (Easy to say that now when I’m very able-bodied, I know.)
WHAT I’M LOVING
Going for walks. Taking naps. The Lululemon Enlite bra, which is officially the only one I can squeeze into right now, and the Lululemon Align pants, which have always been my favorite and are now in even heavier rotation in my wardrobe. These Gap pants. This pregnancy pillow, which is great until I wake up at 2 AM to pee and Ellie steals it from me. (I know I don’t need a pregnancy pillow yet, but my god, everyone should have one. It’s awesome.)
THE BIGGEST LESSON I LEARNED DURING THE FIRST TRIMESTER
Step away from the message boards. Stop Googling. Stop going to that website that tells you your chance of having a miscarriage.
The last most popular question: DOES ELLIE KNOW? DOES SHE HAVE A “BIG SISTER” SHIRT?
Yes and yes. OK, I kid you not, as soon as I found out, Ellie started sleeping with her head on my stomach every night. Brian says she can smell the change in hormones. Also she’s brilliant, so I’m sure she knows. And she loves her Big Sister shirt, which was the first thing I ordered.
I am feeling incredibly lucky and fortunate right now, for so many things. The fact that this happened by surprise is not lost on me — the fact that this happened very easily for us is something I do not and will not ever take for granted. I know that’s not the case for many, many families, and for that I feel truly fortunate. More on that in another post.
So that’s all for now! I don’t know if I’ll be doing weekly updates or just checking in every few weeks, but I think I’ll document this because I know I’ll want to look back on it someday.
Onto the Second Trimester! Crazy!
We have the same due date!! And have seemingly had the same first trimester… god I hope my acne clears up. Between being super queasy, tired and bloated and my face, I have had a HARD time feeling like pregnancy has any “glow” ha. Love your podcast and am so happy for you!!
AHHHHHHH! I’m so glad I had a chance to read this today. 🙂 🙂 🙂 I’ve been reading forevvveeeerrrrr and I’m so, so happy for you!
–If it helps: My coaches were among the first I told about my last baby. I fully intended on rowing through the pregnancy and, thankfully, they were on board. (Okay, the older, unmarried, male coach was maybe a little weirded out, but he totally supported me all the way.) I did read Exercising Through Pregnancy and found it helpful…especially when everyone’s second question was, “When will you stop rowing?” I was willing to stop if my doctor told me to, if my coaches said I was risking injury, or when I outgrew the boats. Lung capacity eventually became an issue, as well, although there was a complicating factor I didn’t know about at the time. The difference between my first (2013) and second (2017) pregnancies was tremendous, and I completely credit my stubborn determination to stay on the water. (But I couldn’t have run during either. Rowing is gloriously non-load-bearing.)
–Ellie totally knows. She probably knew before you did. Dogs are the BEST.
Congrats, this is SO EXCITING!! So happy for you and Brian and Ellie! Have to share a quick story. My friends named their girl Ella and boy Fin. A lot of their friends told them they should have named him Fint so it would be Ella & Fint haha! I hope everything continues well for you!
So very happy for you!!!!
YAY! I am so happy for you! I have been reading your blog for years (since pre-Brian!) and I’d be thrilled under any circumstances, but even better I just found out I’m pregnant too! I’m a few weeks behind you, due November 17 (haven’t announced yet). I’m so excited that I’ll be able to read your updates and kinda see what I’m getting into. I too couldn’t believe how quickly I slowed down — I was actually training for a late April marathon and at first I thought I could easily do it, why not, right, it’s not like I’d have a bump… but I quickly realized that wasn’t happening. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I can’t wait to follow along!
I have never commented before but I am fellow Crohnie and also a mom, found your blog a couple of years ago during a horrendous flare. I have never felt healthier than when I was pregnant. No idea if it’s true, but my gastro (who I love) told me his theory is that those of us who struggle the most generally have the easiest pregnancies. I very much hope that is true for you! And I agree with others too – parenthood Is awesome. Be sure to enjoy it!!
Congratulations Ali and family!!
Congratulations! I have been following your story since I was diagnosed with Crohn’s in January 2013. I am also on Stelara (and Imuran) and I am almost 7 weeks pregnant. I don’t have any children, so I am a newbie at this as well. I will definitely be following along on your journey! So happy for you! 🙂
Congrats! I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to follow along on this journey with you. I’d love to see regular updates!
First off – Congrats!! So exciting! I’ve been following your for years now and I also have Crohn’s. I just wanted to say that I understand your worries about being on your Stelara during pregnancy – I was on Humira during mine. But my son is now almost 4 and so healthy! He was 3 weeks early but other than a bit of jaundice because of that he has always been super healthy. He has yet to have a course of antibiotics and is growing like a weed! I was very worried about my meds while pregnant but my doctor was actually doing extensive research on biologics during pregnancy and she said that it truly was much more important to stay flare up free or as healthy as possible during the pregnancy than to go off the meds. Just wanted to let you know that my kidlet has seemed to be completely fine even though I was on a biologic! Hope you keep feeling good!!
Congratulations! I am sooo sooo happy for u! I love your blood and have been following for a while now. Love your podcasts too! My son was born on oct 23rd! Great day
I had to laugh at your food aversions. Everything I ate on a regular basis and loved…fruits, veggies, even water; were absolutely gross to me and I could not eat for at least the first 4 months of all 3 of my pregnancies.
WOW!!! So exciting and so happy for all of you! My son is 14 – still can’t eat salmon. Oh well! Best wishes for a super easy pregnancy and labor!!!
YAY congrats!!!! so happy for you!!! Ellie is going to love to have another buddy!
Such a wonderful surprise! Congrats! Babies are the best. My daughter was born in mid October 2016, so yay Oct babies.
I worked out my abs all through pregnancy with directions from a personal trainer. By 20ish weeks pregnant, twisting ab workouts or laying on back at all are not great. I did tons of planks, side planks, thread the needles, bird dogs, slam bells and walk outs pregnant. Nothing else really and I was able to avoid a c section (dr said) because my abs were strong enough to push baby out fast. Just listen to your body though… you will be able to tell what doesn’t feel right.
Hi Ali! Congrats – I am so happy for you!
I had a baby 10 months ago and can share some of my experience re working out. I was sick and exhausted for my first 18 weeks, and then had excruciating back pain for my last 2 months, so I had a hard time with a lot of cardio. I did a lot of power walking on an incline and I kept (heavy) weight training twice a week throughout my pregnancy, no matter what. I consulted a trainer I totally trusted and did what he said was safe – basically everything non-core from pre-pregnancy but without pushing myself quite as hard and with slightly longer breaks for recovery. I had a really hard pregnancy symptomatically but a relatively fast and easy delivery, which I largely credit to my weight training – strength and endurance is so important!
So glad you’re feeling well! Hope it keeps up. Looking forward to more updates on the blog!
Congratulations to YOU! And thank you for chiming in!! Much appreciated!
This is seriously so exciting and wonderful and while I know absolutely nothing about pregnancy and therefore have nothing to add, I just want to say I am so happy for you and Brian (and Ellie obvs). This is one lucky baby!
Congrats!!! We just had our first in September and it is SO much fun! People always tell you the crappy parts, but no one ever mentioned how truly fun it is!
Also, that pregnancy pillow is life. Honestly. My husband hid mine after baby came (rude), but trust me. You will love that thing. Trust me.
Oh, and the best advice I got was actually from my OB: “don’t be an idiot.” Meaning, listen to your body. A glass of wine or a beer on occasion is fine. Not every night. No gas station sushi but high end poke was fine a few times (and a HUGE craving of mine. Basically common sense will get you pretty far. And for the love, Stay. Away. From. Google. Goes for after baby comes too!
You guys will be great!!!! It’s seriously the best thing ever!!!!
I love this advice. Thank you! (And congratulations to YOU!)
Congratulations! My niece didn’t want to know the sex either and had her baby on Valentines Day.
I found your blog after having a bad stomach thing a few hours after arriving at a vacation spot and they never figured out what it was. I started looking online and found your blog. That was 5 or more years ago and I’ve been reading every since.
Congratulations! I don’t know you, but as a recently-pregnant person I will go ahead and offer my advice.
– Abs: I read a lot of conflicting advice, got confused, and went ahead and did my normal exercises until about halfway through, when my bump started getting in the way. Then I modified as needed. So far my stomach hasn’t fallen off.
– I did a lot of yoga during my pregnancy, especially in the final trimester, and I think it really strengthened my body and helped me recover from a difficult birth. If/when you don’t want to schlep to yoga classes, I really enjoyed Sara Beth Yoga videos on youtube – there are some prenatal ones as well as many general ones.
– Buy a changing table. Many, many people will tell you that you don’t need one because you can change baby on the floor. Except maybe you’ll have a hard time getting down on the floor in the early postpartum weeks, or have parents and other relatives who don’t get up and down so easily. And floors don’t have straps or shelves. You are going to change your baby six to twelve times a day for at least two years, so after the crib it’s probably the thing you will use the most. It’s worth it.
– You’ll probably want some sort of baby carrier, possibly more than one. I know it seems very early to buy baby gear now, but once you have a bump it will be hard to test carriers, and many people find they have strong preferences and end up with one or more carriers they never use. Look up Babywearing International in your area to find out where you can try lots of different styles.
This is great! Thank you so much!
Congratulations!!! This is so so exciting! Also, I completely relate to the “surprise” aspect– I’m currently 27 weeks with my second and this pregnancy was a total shock. We were NOT trying (we were actively trying not to get pregnant, actually) and my first was only 6 months old … so here’s to two under two!! Like you, I know how fortunate I am, so I try not to whinge about it too much. There are so many people who would love to be in my same position.
My only advice as far as exercise goes is to just listen to your body. Every woman is so different. Running was a no-go for me almost right away since I felt like my bladder was carrying a baby way before I felt it in my uterus. But I did weight training, HIIT, and core stuff for as long as I felt up to it. I also didn’t worry about too many core modifications until almost the third trimester. I definitely attribute a super fast labor to having stayed active. This pregnancy is a lot harder since I’m running around after a one-year-old, but I’m just doing what I want, when I want. It’s working great so far!
So exciting!! Congratulations! And thank you for the advice!
This is so awesome!! Please document I love reading your blog and I just can’t wait to hear all about this wonderful journey❤️
Congratulations! How exciting!! My first baby was born last October 16th with a due date of October 20th so almost the exact same timeline as you!
Yay October babies!! I love it! And congratulations to YOU!
I love this post! We also told our parents that I was pregnant at a winery! It was a great cover. And then instead of wine I had a bottle of sparkling grape juice, which I then threw up. Good times.
I was drinking alcohol-free “red wine” when they arrived! Totally threw them off any suspicion!
Congrats! I’ve been a long time reader of your blog and am so happy and excited for you. Just wanted to chime in that I have a cat with whom I share an Ali-Ellie type mutual obsession, and he started sleeping on my belly before I knew I was pregnant! (and I too found out at 4 weeks). He did not stop even when the bump made it nearly impossible, and now that my son is 10 months old, they are great friends. Animals are amazing, and I really believe they can sense the change (and the heartbeat!) early on, and when that little one arrives, know it is part of you. 🙂
Ugh, animals are the BEST. I love this so much!
Aww congratulations, Ali!! Long time blog reader, I think I’ve commented twice on your blog. Once to ask a question about your wedding format, and once when I went for a colonoscopy haha.
I’m currently pregnant with my first as well! I’m due end of July/early August. I hear you on so many of the things you said! I think we’re having very similar pregnancies so far!
So exciting! Congratulations to YOU!!!
Congratulations!! I love your whole story! So awesome and exciting!! 🙂
I found out I was pregnant on 2/19, and it was also not expected and a surprise! I am due 10/26. So funny we are so close!
I hope you have a smooth 2nd trimester! And again, CONGRATS!
Oh my gosh, we are twinsies! Congratulations to YOU!!! How are you doing and feeling?!
Oh my gosh, so excited!! Irrationally so since I’ve never even met you. But I’ve loved reading your blog and running along to your podcast so I feel like you’re an old friend. So happy for you!!
We ARE friends!!
Lululemon align pants are amazing for pregnancy! I literally wore them to the hospital when I was in labor- same ones I had pre pregnancy and wear now 5 months later. Also I did orangetheory until 36 weeks! I became a power walker pretty fast and my base pace dropped pretty seriously but it was always a good workout. Ab stuff… it was hard. Sometimes I just did squats for everything. Planks should be good the whole time so that’s always a good modification.
Ah, I love this so much!!! Congrats to you & Brian & Ellie! Hoping to be in the same boat in the coming months, so I can’t wait to follow along. 🙂
I have wanted to be your best friend from the first time I heard your voice on your podcast. Now I’m realizing I could be your baby’s grandma from afar. I have a 6 year old granddaughter, and a new grandson arriving about September 27th. Let me be another grandma!! Congrats!!
Let’s be best friends!
Congrats to your whole family!! Super exciting news! I feel like it is completely normal to be bombarded with information the first time you are pregnant (never been so have no idea really haha). And now that everyone (like the whole internet) knows I am sure it just got even more intense. But enjoy the time with your family and just soak it all in.
Yay!! Can’t wait for more updates!
Congratulations on your pregnancy! I’d love to hear more about what people say regarding OTF and pregnancy. When did you start telling your coaches? I’m extremely competitive and found it hard to go less hard even though I knew I should. I’ve miscarried twice the past year and didn’t tell my coaches and was glad after I miscarried. Now I’m pregnant again and wondering if I should tell them earlier. I don’t trust myself to slow down as much as I need… Also do you try to keep your HR at a certain level? I’ve heard 150 bpm which would be green zone for me and I’d hit that by doing hardly anything.
I didn’t tell my coaches until this week! I felt comfortable enough modifying as needed, so I didn’t get to the point that I felt I needed to tell them. (I’m super close with one of my coaches. Less so with another.) I also don’t wear the HR monitor, so I just base my effort off my breath and how I feel.
I’ve been reading your blog for years! I couldn’t be more excited for someone I’ve never, actually, met. Congratulations!!! You are in for the most amazing journey of your life! Enjoy every minute!
Congrats!! This made me weirdly emotional. Maybe because I’m at 33 weeks right now…
Only input on the abs thing, is that I think for my first pregnancy, I didn’t really have to do anything differently until 5-6 months, since your abs aren’t impacted much. Then basically forever after that (third trimester, post-partum, subsequent pregnancies), there’s all these ab exercises you just shouldn’t do anymore. I have zero expertise in this though, this is just random stuff coaches have told me.
33 weeks!! So exciting! Congratulations to YOU! And thank you for the ab input! Much appreciated!
I love this so much!
Haha I can relate so much! I HATE salmon right now, just the smell makes me gag. Same with cooked vegetables. I am also loving fruit to the next level! And I’m with you on the running/workout part: I thought it would be a struggle for me to reduce the frequency/intensity of my training. Instead, I got used right away to my “new routine.” I just take it day by day.
Re: abs, I go to barre twice a week and I was told to avoid exercises that require for my legs to be off the ground (I believe those that target mainly your lower abdomen). Personally, I’m good with crunches and planks, but everyrhing that is specific for the lower abdomen bothers me a bit. My dr said not too worry too much and that, once some exercises will become off-limits, my body will be able to tell me (as it happened for the lower abdomen exercises).
YAY FOR OCTOBER BABIES! So excited for us!
PS: I don’t know how you will be able to wait until October to find out… I literally cannot wait to know 😉
YAY OCTOBER BABIES! So fun!! Congratulations to YOU! And thanks for sounding off re: ab exercises!
So excited for you!! And I can’t believe there’s an app named “Kinder.” lolololz
IT’S SO FUN. I love swiping!
Congratulations!! Thank you so much for bringing total strangers into your life and letting us share in the happy news. I’m a mother of a 13 year old and he will be running his first half marathon in January. There is nothing better than being a proud parent. Sleep while you can!
This is so much fun!!
So excited for you! Lol on the salmon – I was like that too when I was pregnant… I’d be really obsessed with something for awhile and then absolutely couldn’t stand it. You’ll like it again later. 🙂
I’M REALLY SORRY ABOUT THE SALMON! (But glad you understand! Haha)
Congrats, you guys! Fantastic news, very excited for you!
OMG, I started crying like a baby when I read the part about you telling your parents <3 so happy for you, friend! And Ellie, obvs.