Thank you @fitpregnancy for such a sweet cover shoot and for allowing me to feel so comfortable talking about some of the most intimate and exciting moments of my life. And of course, thank you for including @bayouwithlove and encouraging a discussion on sustainable fashion and the positive impact that has had on my journey to becoming a mama :) (link in bio)
“One month of silence”
Nikki said she and Ian are planning a complete social sabbatical once their baby arrives. They’re determined that their new family will have plenty of time away from prying eyes, so they can get to know one another in peace. This means no phones or social media – and absolutely no family or friends allowed – for one whole month!!!
“We’ll take the baby’s first month for ourselves. After the baby arrives, we’re doing one month of silence. Just the three of us, no visitors, and we’re turning off our phones too, so there’s no expectation for us to communicate.”
This privacy please approach is nothing new for the pair. They took their own good time to reveal they were expecting their first child, too.
“We waited months to tell even friends and family that we were expecting. It started out with us not knowing how long we’d keep it private. Then it started to feel like we had this really cool thing, a secret with just each other.”
Hi Little One I know you, but only because I feel you. How is it possible to love someone so much already? All I know for sure is it's the strongest feeling I've ever felt. We've been sharing this body for quite some time, and we've already experienced so much together. We can't wait to meet you… Love Your parents
Nikki says she’s still getting to know her pregnant body – and is finding the human-growing transformation pretty compelling.
“Being pregnant has given me this new and powerful appreciation for my body. Why do I suddenly have this layer of fat? Oh, it’s because my body needs to create breast milk. Why am I hungry and thirsty? Because my body is creating amniotic fluid. I want to write my pregnant body love letters, it’s so f*cking cool!”
She notes that she feels calmer and fulfilled, even though she’s had to temporarily shelve some things she was formerly passionate about.
“Pregnant, I’m a better version of myself,” Nikki reveals. “I’m really chill and relaxed, which I think is the greatest blessing.”
“The hardest part of being pregnant, for me, is not being able to do some activities that I love: mountain biking, AcroYoga, and riding my horse. I can either feel frustrated or I can learn to have a different relationship with those things.”
My guy, my man, my honey, my partner in this life, my better half in every way. At exactly this time two years ago today we walked hand in hand into the next chapter, our chapter, together. Every day gets better, every moment calling for even more. Navigating the waters of life with you is the greatest and most rewarding adventure I've ever known. We climb, we grow, and we laugh at all of it. Thank you for being exactly who you are, and for loving all of me. Thank you for your willingness to go even deeper. Until you, I had no idea what could be. Until you…Happy Anniversary ❤
“Are there any more lines?!”
The mum-to-be says she took her pregnancy test very early one morning, enlisting Ian’s help to confirm the positive as she hadn’t put her contact lenses in.
“I was squinting, thinking, ‘Are there any more lines?’ [Ian] ran into the bathroom, read the test, and we were so excited. We watched the sun come up together, just thinking, ‘Wow, we’re going to have a baby.’ ”
You can read the full interview at Fit Pregnancy magazine.