Chocolate Nutella Berry Cake … and a Big Announcement

I was one of the lucky ones who married her best
friend. Without my husband, I’m not sure where I would be or who I would be.

He has been with me through all of the ups and
downs, laughs and tears, smiles and frowns. He has lifted me up when my spirits
were low. He has been the calming force in my driven lifestyle. He has been the
supportive backbone in this life that we have created together.

He knows exactly what I’m thinking and can predict
my every move. He loves me for who I am. He is my companion, my confidant, my

As we approach our five year wedding anniversary in
just a few months, I can’t help but think of all of the wonderful memories that
we have made and shared together. I also look back on the years and realize
just how much we’ve grown both individually and as a couple.

With a couple so full of love for each other, as
one would guess, we were often asked, “So, when are you going to have a

Well, here’s a clue.

After years of dating, years of marriage, and years
of trying to get pregnant, we are beyond thrilled to announce that we will be
welcoming a little bundle of joy into our home in December. Words simply
cannot express just how overjoyed we are with the news.

From countless pregnancy tests, to a myriad of
discussions with family and friends about fertility, to private conversations
with my husband about the possibilities of infertility and how we would
overcome the obstacle, a pregnancy test finally came back positive.

I will forever remember the moment when the test
revealed a positive sign. My husband will forever remember the moment that I
bounced onto the bed, woke him up, and told him that he was going to be a dad.

From a small blur on the sonogram machine to an
image of a baby, we have been able to see our little “Nugget” grow so
much in such a short period of time.

From a heartbeat to a hand movement, our
“Nugget” has already filled our lives with an insurmountable amount
of love and joy.

From fitting comfortably in my jeans to having my
husband kiss my growing belly every day, I can’t help but think of
everything that this new chapter will bring into our lives.

The Big Reveal 

This past week, we packed up our car, drove to Michigan, and were giddy with excitement at the thought of revealing the big news to our family and friends.

Our first stop was my parent’s house. After arriving at their house, I was trying everything in my power to avoid having my mom notice the changes of my body. About an hour into the visit, my husband and I were finally able to get my parents to sit down long enough to be presented with a gift.

Before we began the night’s festivities, I told my mom that I bought her a present that I hoped that she would like. I gave my mom a little box and inside was a claddagh locket. I asked her to open the locket and that’s when she discovered a folded piece of paper. After asking her to read the note out loud, she paused halfway through the letter and her eyes filled with tears. Since my Dad was reading the note over her shoulder, he immediately yelled, “Yes!” and threw his arms up into the air.

On the piece of paper was a note written to my Mom that said, “You’re going to be a Grammy … again!” Tears, smiles, hugs, kisses, shock, thrill, and excitement quickly flooded the room as we celebrated the pregnancy.

The following day, we hopped in the car and headed to my husband’s parent’s house. A few weeks ago, when my father-in-law was visiting us, we revealed the big announcement to him. Knowing that my mother-in-law so badly wanted a grandchild, we had huge plans for her big reveal and he was in on the big secret.

Thinking that my husband and I were on our way to Mexico this past weekend, she was looking forward to a visit from my husband’s brother. We made sure to be at the house before she arrived home from work. As her car pulled into the driveway, my husband and I hid upstairs. When she walked in the door, my father-in-law told her that he bought her a little gift. Once she opened the box, she saw locket with a dragonfly design on the front (she loves her dragonflies). She immediately said that she loved the locket and thanked him for the gift.

At that moment, my father-in-law told her to open the locket. She pulled out a piece of paper (thought to be the receipt) but then my father-in-law instructed her to open it to see what it said. She read the following, “You’re going to be a …” and couldn’t read the word “Grandma” due to the shock, confusion, and excitement that overwhelmed her. When she looked up at my father-in-law in sheer confusion, that’s when my husband and I walked down the stairs to give her the full surprise. Screams, tears, hugs, excitement, and shock were shared by all.

The next few days of our trip were filled with phone calls, texts, and messages announcing the pregnancy, as well as receiving loving, supportive, and kind words from all who shared in the journey with us.

To all of our family and friends who have been so
supportive over the years, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We can’t
wait for you to meet our little “Nugget.”

To celebrate such a joyous moment in our lives, I couldn’t help but bake a cake. To get the recipe for this Chocolate Nutella Berry Cake, please be sure to visit The Pioneer Woman’s layered cake recipe.

I can’t wait to share the journey with you!

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  1. I am sitting here bawling. Thanks! ;) I am beyond thrilled for you and Chris. I absolutely cannot wait until December… and really every month before and beyond. This is such a fun time and a baby will make your lives better in every possible way. Yayyyyyy!

    And PS: What a perfect post/recipe/reveal story! Love it!



  2. What a beautifully thought out reveal. I can tell how special your family is to you by reading this story. Your little one is so lucky to have you and Chris as parents. Congrats! I am so excited to see your cute baby belly in August and I wish you the happiest of memories as you anxiously await for the arrival of your sweet little one.


  3. I have tears in my eyes reading this post… I'm so happy for you and your husband. I can relate to years of trying to get pregnant and all of the ups and downs that go with that. We had a similar story with Madison (though, I have left most of the details out on my blog). I'm so incredibly thrilled for you that you have a happy end to your story. Sending all my best!

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