My super exciting news

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I’ve been keeping a little secret from you guys for the past few months. Actually, it’s not a little secret, it’s probably the biggest secret I’ve ever had.

I don’t even know where to begin so I’m just going to blurt it right out…

I’M PREGNANT!!!

Yes, I’m having a baby. A baby!

It still feels like such a strange thing for me to say. Each time I even think these words I can’t help but do a little jig and let out an excited squeal.

I am having a baby!

I’m not even just a little bit pregnant, I’m five months pregnant!

20 week scan | The Travel Hack

I had my 20 week scan on Monday and found out the baby is happy, healthy and progressing perfectly. I’m due in March and we even know the sex (I’ll be revealing it soon!)

I have, of course, known about the pregnancy for some time now but I wanted to make sure everything was OK before announcing it to the blogosphere.

This is by far the strangest and most exciting and most overwhelming blog post I’ve ever written. I’m half way through my pregnancy and it still doesn’t feel real!

I will be going into more detail about my experience and tips for travelling while pregnant and what my plans are for the future.

Nothing is set in stone but I do know I’ll still be travelling, I’ll still be blogging and this baby is going to be a little jetsetter!

82 Comments
  1. Sabine 7 years ago
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    Wow, this is really exciting news. Congratulations with the pregnancy. Soon you’ll be travelling with an extra person. How exciting!!
    Good luck the coming months and keep us posted 🙂

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago
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      Thanks Sabine, I will do!
      I’m a little bit terrified about travelling with the extra person already!

  2. Olivia 7 years ago
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    Congratulations Monica! Such exciting news x

  3. Neil 7 years ago
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    Amazing news, congratulations Monica (and Sam) 😀

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago
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      Thanks Neil! I should really say ‘WE are having a baby’ shouldn’t I. I didn’t do this all on my own 😉

  4. Congratulations! V excited for you and looking forward to reading the upcoming posts! X

  5. First things first its not a secret anymore and secondly CONGRATS!!! Happy for you and your family. Having a little one in the house is always filled with joyous moments. Last Xmas we had a new one(girl) to play with via my older sister and this year we have a little boy from my brother and sis in law who yesterday welcomed a new addition to the family so forget opening prezzies this xmas because we will all be cooing over the baby. Can’t wait to read more of your updates on this happy news. x

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago
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      It definitely isn’t a secret anymore! Congrats on the new ones in your family too. My family are already excited for next Christmas, it’s going to be so nice to have a little baby around!

  6. Congratulations! Can’t wait to see all the fabulous adventures you have with Baby Travel Hack 🙂

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago
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      Haha, thanks Jessi. I think Baby Travel Hack will have to do a few guest posts for the blog!

  7. Jess 7 years ago
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    Wow, congrats! Fantastic news 🙂 I have a lot of fun travelling with (and without) my daughter, it will only add joy and new possibilities to your future.

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago
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      Thanks Jess. My parents are already very keen to babysit while I’m away so I hope there’s going to be lots of travels both with and without baby!

  8. Renuka 7 years ago
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    Awww…love that baby photo! God bless him or her! 🙂 I am going to take this idea from you and I am going to do the same whenever I get pregnant – post a scan picture just like you did! It’s so exciting! Congrats!

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago
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      I did the same on Facebook to my personal account and it was such a shock for my friends. They had no idea!

  9. Sally 7 years ago
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    Congratulations! When you said in your competition post “I’ve got some exciting news” I guessed you might be pregnant…Wonderful news! I will look forward to reading more about your plans. Sally 🙂

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago
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      I thought that might be a giveaway. I’ve been dropping little hints for a few weeks now but you’re the first person to say you picked up on one!

  10. Congratulations Monica! That’s so freaking exciting. I’m so happy for you. I had a feeling that’s what your big news was. Hoorah!
    So pleased mother and baby are doing well. Hope the second half of your pregnancy is wonderful.
    x.x.x

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago
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      Thanks Elizabeth! I don’t want to jinx it but my first half has been perfect so I really hope the second half is too. Keep your fingers crossed!

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  12. Emily Ray 7 years ago
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    Absolutely incredible news, Monica – congratulations! I think this is going to be one well-travelled baby 😉 x

  13. Christine 7 years ago
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    Congratulations! I took my first flight when I was 3 months old and haven’t stopped…hahaha. (I’m 44)

    Christine

  14. Claire 7 years ago
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    Congratulations Monica!

  15. Farrah 7 years ago
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    Oh my goodness!!!! Congratulations! I was expecting the surprise to be “I’m moving to new york” or something haha 🙂 all the best Monica!

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago
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      Haha, I thought people would think that too. Or ‘I’m taking a RTW trip!’ Maybe in the future…just with a baby in tow!

  16. yvonnelaura 7 years ago
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    Congratulations! I am so happy for you!

  17. Ayla 7 years ago
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    Congratulations Monica! Such exciting news! I would never be able to stop travelling either when I have kids so I’m looking forward to finding out how your new adventures go with a baby 🙂

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago
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      Thanks Ayla! In my mind I’m thinking it’s just a teeny tiny little bundle. It can’t be that hard to travel with….right? I hope I’m not being naive!

  18. Oceana 7 years ago
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    Wow that’s great! Congratulations! How exciting for you and your jet-setter in the making 🙂

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago
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      Thanks Oceana! Let’s just hope he baby doesn’t hate travelling, that would really ruin my plans 😉

  19. David Kellock 7 years ago
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    Congratulations Monica! We are team Trtl wish you all the best! Who knows, maybe we’ll even have a kids version soon enough for your little jetsetter to try out! 🙂

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago
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      Hehe, that would be amazing! Anything that helps a little baby to sleep on a plane will be welcomed with open arms!

  20. That’s fantastic news Monica. Congratulations and a huge hug from me! xxx

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago
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      Thanks Kat! Hopefully I’ll see you soon and get that hug for real!

  21. Hayley @lovepuffin 7 years ago
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    Amazing news Monica! A baby and a French Bulldog? Your house is going to be the absolute cutest! X

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago
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      Or the most chaotic house ever? The dog is so spoilt he definitely thinks he’s the baby so I’m not sure how we’re going to cope!

  22. Sophie Davis 7 years ago
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    Congratulations! Such amazing news, your baby is going to be a little jetsetter! Hope the pregnancy goes well xxx

  23. Veronika 7 years ago
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    So exciting! Congratulation Monica! Wish all the best to you and your little jetsetter. Cannot wait for the new stories 🙂 xxx

  24. Mrs ATWWAH 7 years ago
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    Congratulations and soon it will be a welcome to family travel blogging 🙂

    I look forward to reading about your adventures

  25. Ali 7 years ago
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    Congrats Monica! I’m glad you’re still planning on traveling with the baby, gotta start them young!

  26. Tash 7 years ago
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    Oh oh! Such lovely, exciting news!
    Will be very interested to read coming posts about how you coped with recent travels through your pregnancy – great angle to travel stories, and prep for your next adventures! Have fun, and enjoy this time!

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago
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      Thanks Tash! It’s been hard keeping it a secret all this time so I’m looking forward to being able to blog about it!

  27. Becky Padmore 7 years ago
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    Congratulations Monica that’s lovely news!

  28. Pam @Skinny chick travelling 7 years ago
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    Ha, this is crazy, that was like one thing that never crossed my mind that’s the secret 😀 In Croatia it’s a custom not to say anything for first 3 months not to jinx it so everything goes well 🙂 Sending some good vibes for you too <3

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago
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      Thanks Pam. It’s kind of the same over here too. We usually only tell close family and friends up until the 12 week scan.

  29. Natasha 7 years ago
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    Congratulations ! Can’t wait to see how you travel with a baby – Best Wishes !

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago
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      Thanks Natasha. I’m really looking forward to it too but a little nervous. No more quick and easy, spontaneous trips with no luggage!

  30. Nina 7 years ago
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    That is so exciting! Congrats! I look forward to reading about your travels with the little one!

  31. Marta Kulesza 7 years ago
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    Congratulations! I wonder how many countries has the little one already visited? 🙂

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago
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      I’ve just worked it out and the little one has travelled to 12! (if you count England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales)
      It’s going to be a jetsetter alright!

  32. So unbelievably exciting Monica – has it sunk in?! Hope it is all going smoothly for you and from the sounds of things, you’re doing really well with it all, still managing to travel as much as you have done over the last few months! What an exciting time it must be for you!

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago
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      It hasn’t sunk in at all. I’m not sure when it will. I can feel the baby moving and it still hasn’t really sunk in!
      Everything has gone wonderfully smoothly so far so fingers crossed it stays that way.

  33. Lula Belle 7 years ago
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    Congratulations Monica! Such happy news. With all your travelling lately hope you haven’t been suffering.

    Here’s to the next chapter on The Travel Hack x

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago
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      Thanks Lula. I’ve actually been very lucky so far and had an easy, trouble-free pregnancy. Let’s hope it stays this way because I have a few more trips lined up before I’ll be stopping travelling abroad for a few months.

  34. Jana 7 years ago
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    Wow!!! Congratulations!!! That sounds awesome!!! It is great to know that you will still be traveling! I never thought that having babies should keep their parents from traveling! Traveling with kids is different but I am sure it can be just as great!!!

    I look forward to more posts about your future plans and travels!!!

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago
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      Thanks Jana. I’m going to try and squeeze in as much travel as I can while we have a little baby. From what I’ve read, travelling with a little baby is easiest but it gets tough when they’re toddlers!

  35. Constanza 7 years ago
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    Hi! I’ve been reading you for a short time but CONGRATULATIONSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! <3

  36. Amanda Kendle 7 years ago
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    Wow, big congrats Monica, not what I was expecting as I clicked through but way more exciting! Travelling with little people is the best. Very excited for you!! Hope you’re feeling well.

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago
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      Thanks Amanda! I’ve been reading lots of your posts about travelling with little ones and it’s making me feel much better!

      • Amanda Kendle 7 years ago
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        Oh yes – don’t let anyone put you off travelling with a little one in tow! It’s a totally different way of travelling but equally as fun. And slower, which is often good, right?!

  37. Rachel 7 years ago
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    Congratulations Monica! Such exciting news I’m really happy for you! Can’t wait to read about all your new adventures. Having a little one is an adventure in itself. The scan picture is awesome too!! Xx

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago
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      Thanks so much Rachel. I have a midwife friend who said it’s a really good picture but having nothing to compare it to I don’t really know. I’m obviously a little biased too and think it’s the best 20 week scan I’ve ever seen. I’m already telling people how well behaved the baby was for the scan. I need to calm down!

  38. Sarah Shumate 7 years ago
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    Congratulations, Monica! That is such exciting news! I wish you a very healthy rest of your pregnancy!

  39. nicole gallagher 7 years ago
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    That’s so exciting Monica! I only met you very briefly in Cyprus (I’ve been checking out the site ever since and attempting to blog more of my travels myself! #inspired) but I found this new exciting enough to pipe up here! Congratulations!!! I hope everything goes well!

    • TheTravelHack 7 years ago
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      Ah I remember. You were just about to leave on an amazing honeymoon! Thanks so much and I’m so glad you’ve felt inspired to blog more too!

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  41. Sara Hardman 7 years ago
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    Congratulations! Sorry I’m a bit late to this news, just saw your tweet.
    very exciting and no doubt the best adventure ever 🙂

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