WOW—it’s been so long since I’ve had a blog post for you all but I’m back and, honestly? It feels GREAT to be able to share and connect with you again.
Since I took so much time off—and if you’ve continued to follow me on Instagram—I thought it was only right to share a bit about life lately, my pregnancy, and what how it’s been for me the past few months.
Plus stick around until the end of the post for a great giveaway opportunity I think you’ll love.
First off, in case you missed the news, I am PREGNANT!!
Yes! Mike and I are having a baby at the end of the year (or beginning of the new year) and we could not be more excited to be growing our family! I also announced on my IG stories that we are indeed having a baby BOY!!!!
AHHHH I still cannot believe it myself! I’m over the moon and can’t wait to meet our little guy!
I first found out I was pregnant around the first week in May. After feeling all of the “usual” pregnancy symptoms—but not wanting to get our hopes up—I followed my gut and took a pregnancy test.
The first trimester was awful… like SO awful. I was way more sick this time than I was with Ariah, with nausea so bad I couldn’t keep anything down.
It finally started to ease up around the 15-16-week mark, which is when I started feeling more like myself again, getting more energy and finally an appetite.
We decided to do an early blood test around 11 weeks so we could find out the sex of the baby sooner… and then announced to our friends and family on July 4th. Needless to say, it was a very exciting day!
Now I am at 27 weeks and feeling great! Day by day, I’m getting bigger and can feel baby boy moving constantly. If you ask me, that’s the best part about pregnancy—all of the kicks, hiccups, and movements—and I know the third trimester is going to slow me down a lot.
It’s crazy how quickly this pregnancy is going… but that’s perfectly fine with me!! The girls are SO excited to be big sisters—especially Ariah, who loves rubbing and kissing my belly. She is constantly telling people “baby brother is in mommy’s belly!” which I think is so sweet. Mackenzie is excited too but this isn’t her first big sister rodeo so she’s keeping it cool!! I can’t wait to see how they react to a little boy being around. They’re going to think he’s their little baby doll and I’m sure they’ll want to help out a lot!
While I don’t know everything to expect, I do know it’s going to be fun and interesting in the Evans household, party of FIVE!
As for an update on the rest of the family.. Ariah has finally started preschool and it’s going great. While of course it’s difficult at first (especially with your first), I think it was a good decision to put her in school to let her interact with the other kids and give this mama a break for a few hours a day! She’s learning so much there and loves her class and teachers!
Football season is in full effect and we’re getting ready to go to London next week to play the Carolina Panthers as part of the NFL’s International Series Games. It should be a fun trip, so I plan on doing a blog post all about it when I get back. GO BUCS!
And now for the surprise!
Since it’s been a while I wanted to host a giveaway for everyone who continues to show love and support for my family and I through it all.
I hosted one a couple of weeks ago on my IG page for Bucs fans to win tickets to a home game… but now on my blog, I plan to do more giveaways that are perfect for everyone!!
So today’s giveaway is to win an Amazon gift card for $300—and there will be THREE WINNERS total! I will NOT publicly announce your name, so you will get an email/or DM from me that you have WON on Sunday 10/6!
To Enter You MUST Do All 4 Steps For a Chance to WIN:
—->> You have to be following me on IG
—->> Tag a friend on my latest IG post who you know that would love a chance to win, too!
—–>> You have to be subscribed to THIS blog!
—–>> And, you have to leave a comment on this blog post telling me what you want to see more of!
Good luck everyone!!
Love Always, Ashli