Yes, you read that right! I am beyond excited to announce that my husband Mackenzie and I are expecting our first baby. It feels so surreal even to write this, but as my belly grows a bit each day it’s becoming more and more real. It’s been such an amazing journey to this new chapter of our lives; Mackenzie and I want to thank each and every one of you for following along. So many of you have been there since the beginning – from the Plain Jane days, to starting my blog Front Roe, to getting engaged, and then finally getting married last year. You have no idea how much it has meant to have you cheering us on (we both love reading all your kind and hilarious comments!). I wanted to take some time to share with you the story behind our pregnancy – it’s been so hard not to share this news with you sooner, but for the safety of myself and the baby we wanted to wait a few months before announcing. Did any of you guess this news from my recent pics?! It’s been lots of billowy dresses for me as of late! Let me know in the comments below, and read on for more on this special news – plus, watch my latest pregnancy vlog below!
As many of you know, Mackenzie and I met on the set of my makeover show Plain Jane, where he was actually the director. The fact that we spent all those seasons setting up couples, and ended up falling in love ourselves, feels very serendipitous. We started out as great friends which was an amazing foundation for our relationship, so when we finally went out on a date, it felt very natural. Lots of you know Mackenzie through our vlogs and Insta stories – and I can guarantee you that he is equally (if not more) hilarious and fun in real life. He always has me cracking up, and has the ability to instantly brighten my mood no matter the circumstances of life. I can’t wait to see him with our little one! Before long, he had moved from London to LA and we were living together. A few years later he proposed to me during a blizzard in Aspen (on a gondola I might add!). We were married on October 1st of last year, and it’s been 10 months of pure newlywed bliss. I just love him!
Fast forward to early 2017. We were living as happy newlyweds, remodeling our home, traveling, and just enjoying each other. Mackenzie and I had chatted about trying to get pregnant for a few months, and while we weren’t actively trying yet, I had started to think about getting as healthy as possible should anything happen. I started going to an acupuncturist, who encouraged me to get on a regular sleeping schedule to improve my chances of getting pregnant. With my crazy travel and work schedule, this is something I knew I really needed to work on. Did you know that if you have an erratic sleep pattern, you can actually trick your body into thinking that it’s not in ideal conditions to conceive? It’s supposedly an evolutionary mechanism leftover from the days when we were living amongst predators – so interesting! I was just starting to prepare for the trying process, not thinking that it would happen anytime soon. So it came as a HUGE surprise when…
OMG, I’m Pregnant?!
One morning in May, we were literally an hour away from getting on a plane to France and I was at home with a horrible cold. We had just gotten back from a trip to Hawaii where Mackenzie had gotten super sick, and before long I had gotten it too. I was just about to take some Dayquil when I thought – you know what, I should probably take a pregnancy test just to be sure. I took it casually, expecting it to be negative so that I could pop some meds and get rid of my horrible cough and headache. When I picked up the test, I thought I was hallucinating – there it was… PREGNANT! I showed Mackenzie, then frantically sent him out to pick up about 5,000 more tests for me to take. Each one came back the same. We looked at each other in shock, which turned into giggles, hugging, freaking out – and turning around to immediately head to the airport for Cannes. It was insane!
My Pregnancy So Far
The early days of my pregnancy were the hardest. Once I hit about 6 weeks, I had horrible morning sickness – which in reality was just round-the-clock sickness. I was horribly nauseous and more fatigued than I’ve ever been in my life. Not being able to tell any friends, family or even coworkers was extremely lonely and difficult during those days. I didn’t feel like myself and knew that I wasn’t performing to my usual standard, but I couldn’t tell anyone why. We decided to share the news with our parents and two people on our team, because I desperately needed the extra support. Cancelling shoots and meetings is so not me, but I had to come to terms with the fact that my body was in hyperdrive, creating a life and needing all this extra energy. I took a few weeks to slow down, rest, and give my body what it needed. I’m now well into my second trimester (can you believe it?! I still can’t!), and I’m so happy to say that I feel great. The sickness is gone, I have much more energy, and I am back to working full force – though I’m slowly learning how to dial it back a bit. I’m definitely a workaholic, which to me is a sign that I love what I do. It’s been a learning process to take on less projects, work shorter days, take napping breaks (which I’ve become professional at), and generally altering my lifestyle a bit. While I’m trying to pack in as much as I can before the baby comes, I’m also trying to be extra aware of my energy levels and give my body the rest that it needs.
When Am I Due?
I am currently just over 5 months, meaning I’m over halfway there! Baby Hunkin is due in January 2018, which will be here before we know it. We’ve not started any work on the nursery yet (eek!), and we have a crazy few weeks coming up with NYFW and the Emmys. Once we return from our travels and winter comes around, we’ll really start prepping – buying clothes, equipment, baby-proofing the house and so on. I can’t wait to share tons more pregnancy content with you guys on the blog. I’ve learned so much over the last 5 months, and I hope I’ll be able to help all you mamas to be out there.
What Are We Having?
We are having a… just kidding 😉 While we do know the sex of the baby, we are keeping it to ourselves for now. We’ll definitely be revealing the gender to you guys soon, but right now we’re enjoying these last few moments of having it just between us two. It won’t be long before Baby Hunkin is introduced to all of you!
Thank you so much for reading, and stay tuned for my first trimester Vlog coming this week! Make sure to leave comments below if you have any questions or recommendations – I need all the pregnancy advice I can get from you amazing mums out there.