Explaining my absence (including an announcement!)

You may have noticed my blog posts have become sporadic; I’m not blogging as much these days. It hasn’t been by choice. I have a perfectly good reason for being otherwise occupied.family + 1

We’re expecting a new little traveler.

That’s right, in July of this year, our traveling family will expand by one.

The Working Dad and I were surprised in late November 2012 to learn that our little Lucia was going to become a big sister. My blogging tendencies slowed down shortly thereafter, not because I didn’t want to write – I couldn’t. I spent most of December either asleep or too nauseated to be upright. (There was vomiting involved but I’ll spare you the details. You’re welcome.) January saw much of the same but by mid-February, I started feeling better – and that meant it was time to start getting the house in order and ready for a new baby. Hardwood floors have been redone; carpeting has been pulled up; laminate flooring installed. In other words, my house is a hot mess. Our comfy and cozy travel-themed TV room has been dismantled and is now known as “the baby’s room”. Let’s not forget that The Working Dad and I still have our every-day obligations, like our jobs and Lucia. Yet, there is still much left to do.

So that’s where my free time, aka my blogging time, has gone these last few months. Here are answers to more of the burning questions I know you have:

  • What is my due date? July 28th
  • Do we know if it’s a boy or a girl? It’s a boy!
  • Do we plan to still travel once Baby Boy is here? You better believe it! We already have two trips in the works for August and September (provided that Baby Boy and I both are healthy post-delivery).
  • Do you plan to keep blogging? Absolutely! And I hope you plan to keep following along on your expanded-family adventures!

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27 Responses to Explaining my absence (including an announcement!)

  1. Raul (@ilivetotravel in Twitter) March 29, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    Good to hear from you, Francesca! Congratulations on the news and I am glad all the work at home is well underway!
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    • Francesca March 29, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

      Thank you so much, Raul!!

  2. Mary {The World Is A Book} March 30, 2013 at 1:56 am #

    Congratulations! What wonderful news and glad to hear everything is a bit better for you. I’m sure your Lucia is so excited to be a big sister. My son was born on July 28 almost 8 years ago 🙂 Summer wasn’t the best time to be 9 months pregnant with the heat and humidity so just stay cool and hydrated. Wishing you a safe delivery and a healthy baby boy.
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    • Francesca March 30, 2013 at 8:36 am #

      Thanks, Mary! Wouldn’t that be something if our boys end up sharing a birthday?? I’m not looking forward to being 8-9 months pregnant in the heat of summer, but I’ll just have to stay inside in the AC as much as possible. Lucia is excited about being a big sister – somewhat. She really was hoping for a baby sister 🙂

  3. lola March 31, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    so so happy for you! such a nice surprise 🙂 Lucia will make an amazing big sister (little mommy in training)

    glad you’re feeling better!

    xo – LOLA
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    • Francesca April 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

      Thank you, dear lola! Lucia totally is going to be a little mommy in training – you don’t even know!!

  4. Kieu ~ GQ trippin April 1, 2013 at 1:24 am #

    Ahhh.. a very good reason to be absent – I forgive you. LOL.. and OMGgggg congrats!
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    • Francesca April 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

      Whew, so relieved you’ve forgiven me! 😉 Thanks, Kieu!

  5. the lazy travelers April 1, 2013 at 2:54 am #

    this guy isn’t even here yet and he’s already taking over the tv room and putting in hardwood floors!? he sounds bossy, we like him.

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    • Francesca April 2, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

      lol… thank you! Totally bossy, right? Wait til he gets here and meets his big sister… he’ll learn who the real boss is!

  6. Fiona April 1, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    Aw congratulations Francesca! Looking forward to reading more about the new addition and you future adventures together 🙂
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    • Francesca April 2, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

      Thank you so much, Fiona!

  7. Traveling Ted April 1, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    Congrats FF. Will you name the boy Pauley after Paul Konerko?
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    • Francesca April 2, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

      I’m sorry, Ted. Paul who?? 😉

  8. Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids April 2, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    Congratulations! Hope all goes well with the rest of the pregnancy and life as a soon to be family of four!
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    • Francesca April 4, 2013 at 8:30 am #

      Thanks so much, Val! Nice to hear from you 🙂

  9. Craig Zabransky April 6, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    Such fantastic news… Congrats! And so glad you’ll still be traveling and blogging…too. I totally believe travel is the best education possible.

    stay adventurous, Craig
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    • Francesca April 17, 2013 at 11:19 am #

      Thanks, Craig. I agree – I’m a firm believer that travel is the best education possible. That’s why I’m already planning to take the new little guy on the road with us ASAP!

  10. Anita Mac April 6, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    Wow – how exciting for your family! A new little traveler to initiate! I am sure he’ll come ready to hit the road as a newbie! Congrats.
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    • Francesca April 17, 2013 at 11:20 am #

      Well, at first, he’s not gonna have a choice 😉 Thanks, Anita!

  11. The World Wanderer April 9, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    YAY!!!!! I don’t know how I missed this post, but at least I knew the good news already. SO excited for you and your family. 🙂

    • Francesca April 17, 2013 at 11:21 am #

      Thank you so much, Erin! Big hugs to you.

  12. Kiera - Easy Travel Mom April 17, 2013 at 7:45 am #

    Great news! And totally understandable! Glad I’m not the only one that can’t do it all 🙂 as a mom! More importantly, take care of yourself and that new little one you are growing – it’s exhausting work!

    • Francesca April 17, 2013 at 11:25 am #

      It IS exhausting work! Especially at my age… I’m still trying to do it all, but in reality, something needed to take a backseat for the time being. Thanks for the support!

  13. Traci May 11, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

    Congratulations! One of each is a nice combination!

    • Francesca May 11, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

      Thank you! We’re looking forward to adding a little boy to our family.

  14. Crystal Lewis June 30, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    Congratulations!!! I think babies are easy to travel with, except they take a lot of luggage! LOL But when they are just carried around all the time its so easy to get out and about. Now once they start walking, its a whole other ball game until they are a bit older. 🙂

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