Umm…so you guys think I’m pregnant?

Is that what I’m getting from all those comments I got after yesterday’s post?

I don’t know if I should be offended or confused or…

I mean, what in the WORLD could possibly have given you that impression???!

I don’t see how you could have possibly misconstrued my symptoms SO grossly that…

okay, Okay, OKAY!

I’ll quit.

I just had to have a little fun with it for a minute (because way back when I was pregnant with my first, and I didn’t tell my Spanish students until I was 5 months pregnant, and one high school doofus boy asked me outright if I was, I totally chickened out on what I actually wanted to do—which was fake bursting into tears while wailing, “Are you saying I’m FAT??—and I still regret not doing it to this day).

Did I have any of you worried?

Probably not.

After all, you picked up on all of my (rather obvious) hints so handily (although I did get a couple of hilarious responses from some folks who were a little worried about me at first! : )) that I really can’t have carried on my, “I’m so outraged!” charade for too long.

So. um. yes.

I’m pregnant.

And can I just say THANK YOU that not even one of you asked me if I knew how such things came to be.

(I got asked that when I was pregnant with my second, believe it or not; but probably mostly because my first was only 9-months-old).

Because I think I know what my answer would have been if you had asked me that question:

Yes, I know how it comes to be: I’m a baby-making machine, that’s how!

But really, your kindness, sincere congratulations, and funny responses pretty much (okay, TOTALLY) made my day.

You guys are the absolute best!

So, you’re probably all itching for the classic sideways belly shot (because I would be; if you couldn’t care less, free to scroll on), but don’t get too excited because I snapped this one early in the day, and my “pregnant look” is pretty much directly proportionate to how much food is in my tummy these days.

(I would also like to point out that I’m not usually a “progress shot” every week kind of girl—and probably still won’t be—but I’m making efforts just for you guys because I like you so much).


Aaaand…there you go.

A lovely, slightly blurry makeupless, glasses-wearing, wet-haired shot for your first real glimpse of Lil’ Bit #4 (who shall henceforth be dubbed “LB4” until we have established gender and decided on a name). 

(By the way, I was already contemplating turning that striped tank above into one of the maxi dresses I was drooling over yesterday, and then Della stuck her hand in my lunch pasta, and then wiped it all over the front {lower part} of said striped tank, so I think that decision has been made for me! Look for a tutorial soon! : ))

And now for the REAL reason many of you are actually here!

To see last week’s features and to link up whatever new fabulousness (fabuliciousness? fabulosity???) you’ve whipped up for this week’s party!

All right then!

Here we go with the fabu-flippin’-goodness!

So, you guys probably already know that ottoman knock-offs are kind of dear to my heart (if you don’t, take a look at the upper left hand sidebar), and I think this Ballard Design inspired tufted ottoman shared by From Gardners Two Bergers is just killer!


By the way, I had never put together, when I stumbled upon this great ottoman, that I already knew its creator and that she read my blog and had a fantastic one of her own, even though I’ve enjoyed reading her comments for quite a while now.

If you are a reader with a blog, please let me know so I can stop by, follow along, and put a face with a name. I LOVE that!

I’m also a little envious of this awesome reclaimed wood tabletop + porch spruce-up from 52 Mantels. I want my back patio to look that cute! (My internal voice of reason just said, “But then you would have to make it look that cute!” and I answered, “Okay, I’m good with how it is then”).

And can you imagine how much better your fence would look if you hung a few of these little planter pots like The Life and Times did (well, now you can do more than imagine, right)?

This Psalm 1 subway art from The Delectable Home is so crisp and inviting and such a fantastic reminder!

And this simple salad + homemade crescent rolls (she shares her recipe) from It’s Just Laine has my mouth sprinkling leaks (‘scuse me while I get a napkin). Good bread and any kind of salad that involves cranberries, feta, and nuts is pretty much food heaven for me!

This chicken wire faux mantel display from Queen of the Creek is such a perfect example of working with what you have to make your home beautiful. LOVE it!

And I just can’t get over how consistently brilliant the girls over at My Sister’s Suitcase are. I mean, an old chair converted into the world’s cutest planter? Stop it. Just stop it.

Finally, speaking of great ideas for chairs, I really love the simplicity of this stenciled burlap chair redo from Superfluous.

(Plus, her curtains are made from the same fabric I’ve already bought to make our bedroom curtains, so I appreciated the visual : )).

Thanks for making my job so easy with your awesomeness!

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  1. Nice blog. I have just bookmarked this page so I don’t miss any more of these.I would never have normally come here to read the blogs but I’m really glad I did.I will definitely be coming back.

  2. Congratulations on your impending arrival! 🙂 Thank you for hosting. 🙂 You’re at 16 weeks, so I’m hoping/guessing that means the nausea part of things is going to end soon? (Or has ended, I do hope!)

  3. Abbie, First of all…YAY! SO excited for you!! I hope it’s a sister for Della because everyone needs a sister! Wait, am I allowed to have a hope for your baby’s gender?? That might be overstepping the boundaries a bit… 😉

    Second, I’m SO sorry I missed your party and your SWEET feature!! My hubby came back into town (boo work travel!) and my thoughts completely left all things blog for 2 blissful days. He’s back on the road (major sad face!) and I’m catching up on all that I’ve missed. But, thank you so much for the feature!! Such on honor to be on your beautiful site! 🙂

  4. New around here… excited to link up and add you to my par-tay list. I have a free for all party too, they’re just so much more fun!! Hope you’re having a great weekend 🙂

  5. Thanks for featuring my scripture subway art, Abbie! Once at a party someone said to my husband (in reference to my pregnancy), “Man, you really need to get a hobby!” Charles just smiled and said, “oh, I have one.” I almost spit my drink out on the floor. Hope you’re feeling okay!

  6. Congrats on LB4! 🙂
    Thanks for hosting too!, this is my first time linking.. 🙂 (I am #180)
    Also, been following and getting email subscriptions for a while, but never managed to get in on a linky party! 🙂

  7. 52 Mantels table top and room is excellent’e and Delectable Home makes awesome subway art. So much talent huh? You make babies, that’s an art too.


  8. Congrats Abby! How exciting! I don’t know where I’ve been, but after following your blog for awhile, this is the first link party that I’ve noticed. Oy. I’m glad I finally noticed. Thanks for hosting!

  9. Hi Abby – Love the picture you posted – and if it makes you feel better, my daughter has not let me take her picture to post every week either! I love linking up every week, so thanks so much for hosting! (I can’t believe that it has taken me this long to become a follower – but I am now!) Would love for you to come visit me when you get the chance!
    Thanks and have a great weekend!
    Hugs –
    Carol @arewethereyet

  10. You are too adorable!! Congratulations! And keep up the “everything and the kitchen sink” parties! I love looking at all the creativity, and am excited for all the crafts I will have a chance to link up during my break coming up!

  11. Well, congratulations to you! I was pretty sure, considering all the obvious hints! Thanks for hosting — this is my first time to join, so I’m excited! I’m a new follower.

  12. Congratulations on LB4! That is very exciting news! Blessings on you all (and your garage door is lovely [pic from yesterday…I’m a little slow…sorry; I have a tendency to drool over the oddest things 🙂 ])

  13. Abbie! First, congrats!! Second, thank you so much for the feature. Based on the other features and all of the link ups so far, I am in great company! Thank you for hosting!

  14. You really do have the BEST readers. I love all the positive comments. I’m expecting #4 and you wouldn’t believe (or maybe you would) the rude comments and questions I’ve gotten. It’s refreshing to read all the excitement! Congratulations and prayers for a healthy pregnancy!

  15. You know, you look really adorable in glasses! And with an ever-so-slightly-pregnant belly. I love the ottoman you featured! And the reclaimed wood table! One of these days I’m going to have to take advantage of my brother’s skills as a journeyman welder and make an industrial/reclaimed-looking table like that one.

    PS: I have tried to have your comment form link to my blog, but it won’t let me! Because I also have a wordpress profile, I guess. So here is my blog:

  16. You are hilarious. I just read yesterday’s post and probably would’ve been totally worried about you if I hadn’t read today’s first. So happy for you and your family. Congratulations~

  17. Huge congrats! Lol, we’re expecting our second, and we’ve definitely had people ask if we know how that happens. They two kids will be 2 years apart, and that’s what we were aiming for, so we’re not really phased.:) That tank is going to make a great dress:)

  18. Congrats on the pregnancy!!! And fun features, I am in love with Emily’s redone patio!!

  19. Congratulations!! That is such exciting news!! And thanks so much for the feature…I really hope you like the salad. It was one of my very favorite things to eat when I was preggo with my own #4, who’s now 4 months old. Pregnancy is so exciting, looking forward to watching your bump grow! (And you’re so tiny BTW, wow!!) Congrats again!!

  20. Congratulations Girl! 🙂 I’d say you are brave (I’m pregnant with #3 and still wonder at my sanity. LOL) Following your instructions, yes I have a blog. And yes, I read your blog too! Hope you have a marvellous weekend! 🙂

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