I have something VERY exciting to tell you.

Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 2.01.14 PMI’ve been holding onto some big mama news for a liiiiiiittle too long, and it’s time to spill the beans.

(So here come the beans.)

In this special announcement video, you’ll learn:

  • THE NEWS
  • The fun facts about the news
  • The heavy stuff that kept me from knowing how to SHARE the news
  • How the news affects YOU + me + our (biz) relationship

Click below to watch (or take a listen):

Click here to watch directly on YouTube.

IN OTHER WORDS

If you skipped over the video to get straight to the goods,

1. I get it. I probably would have TOO ;), buuuut……

2. BEFORE you read on, humor me, will you?

If I had gone the simple Facebook announcement route, I would’ve opted to share the news in my primary love language – EMOJIS.

More specifically – emoji magnets.

See if you can connect the refrigerator dots + solve the riddle yourself: 

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Backstory on the magnets: My sis-in-law Courtney is the BEST gift giver I know, so it’s no surprise that once she spotted these gems at Nordstrom, it wasn’t long til they made their way into my kitchen. She knows me too well.

Inspired (+ too emotionally invested to check Pinterest to see if somebody had already come up with this idea), I quickly got to work, crafting the news as clearly as possible (given the surprisingly limited selection that comes in the 96-pack).

This is how I told my ACAC fam the news earlier this week ;)

Can you guess the answer yet??

…..I’m pregnant!(!!!!!!!!)

(That’s right. There’s never been a better time for exclamationpointitis.)

 

FUN FACTS

I’m just wrapping up trimester one, which means this lil Brownie (that’s what I have called our kiddos since they were twinkles) is due Christmas week. YAY :)

Big bro was 2.5 weeks early, sooooo who knows. I’m just happy this due date gives me a legit excuse to indulge in my annual Christmas creep. (I love you, Thanksgiving, but your decorations just aren’t nearly as fun.)

Baby rocked the stage with me at Off the Charts Live in Dallas (when I was about eight weeks along), but I couldn’t make it public yet becaaaaause I hadn’t been able to tell my husband yet. YES, that’s right. It’s a weird life we lead over here.

It’s too soon to know if this little one is a baby bro or baby sis. Even though I’ve always felt like “a boy mom,” my first VERY strong hunch was girl. (My fave girl name for years happens to be perfect for December. I’ll fill you in on that one if she is, indeed, a she ;)).

Bryson’s first vote was sister too. We were pretty confident til we tried the ol’ ring-on-a-string test, and that seemed to suggest BOY.

Once we introduced some doubt, B began to suggest that there’s a baby brother named Leonardo (#ofcourse) growing in my belly.

Have no fear – I will totally find out because 1) I’m just not that patient, and 2) if I need to buy girl clothes, I want advance notice.

Either way we are THRILLED (genuinely), and you can bet your booty I’ve already searched for tiny tacky Christmas sweater onesies. They’re out there.

 

THE HEAVY STUFF

Once I was finally able to tell Jeremy and yet STILL felt resistance to sharing with you, I knew there was something else going on.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized I felt that by sharing this happy news, I’d somehow close the window of opportunity to share about my losses last year.

In short: I had a chemical pregnancy in May, then a miscarriage at 7.5 weeks in October due to a very rare, non-hereditary chromosomal abnormality called triploidy. It happens in 1-2% of all conceptions, and it’s always lethal. The test results didn’t take away the pain of the loss, BUT it was a huge blessing to at least have an answer and some hope that it wouldn’t happen again. So thankful for that.

After experiencing that second heartache in October, I unfollowed a lot of friends who were getting pregnant and having healthy (second and third) babies without even flinching.

I didn’t even like reading stories from people who had healthy babies AFTER loss because I thought, “YES, but it’s easy for you to say – you know how the story ends.”

I felt like a grinch (which didn’t help matters at all), but I just had to guard my heart.

And I didn’t want to stir that up for people when I shared my news. I needed more time to think.

I’m just so much more aware of the layers of emotion that bubble up with announcements like these. And Mother’s Day. And Father’s Day. And commercials. And questions from well-meaning strangers. (There’s DEFINITELY a blog post brewing on that one. Whoa baby.)

I hesitated to share the news because I wanted to be thoughtful and leave room and space for ALLLL of that.

Mostly I want to acknowledge that if pregnancy + baby stuff is a trigger for you right now, I totally understand if you want to turn down my volume a bit. I will be here whenever you’re ready to connect again.

I’ll share more detail about my stories when the time is right – possibly this October, which is pregnancy and infant loss awareness month – because I did find comfort in knowing I wasn’t alone.

I DID find hope knowing that women were able to move on while still honoring the little spirits they carried, even for just a little while.

(And if you’re one of so many who reached out after I shared in December, thank you. Meant so much to me that you trusted me with your story.)

Truth is, even while the miscarriage was happening, I knew that God could transform it into a beautiful silver lining by using my voice to offer honesty and hope to a subject that nobody wants to talk about. And so He will. Already has.

Bottom line(s): I’m more aware than ever that life is precious, and at every age and every stage – it deserves to be celebrated. There’s balance in all things, and staying quiet about the happy things doesn’t take away the sting of the sad things. It just keeps us from fully enjoying the happy things. And what’s the point in that?

Now that I’m finally ready to fully enjoy this happy thing (the peach-sized miracle currently taking place in my womb), I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity to share the journey with YOU.

We’re in for a very interesting year :)

 

HOW THIS NEWS AFFECTS YOU + ME

I’ll definitely share more about the pregnancy as we go, but reeeeeally the biggest shift is that I’m taking FULL ADVANTAGE of the second trimester energy + focus (that I just knowww is coming ;)).

I’m inspired to add more value to you than ever before.

I’m taking the next 90 days head-on (even hired my first biz coach, Todd Herman, to hold me to it!).

Time to hire an assistant.

Time to hire a video editor.

Time to document exactly what we need to do to keep this ship sailing.  (Slash get the ship sailing again because it’s been anchored for a lil while.)

Captain Obvious Confession: When it comes to creating fresh weekly content, Inconsistency has been my middle name. For most of my two plus years in business.

While that used to be freeing (i.e. I’m “honoring my creative flow” which often meant “just being lazy”), for the past several months it’s been disheartening. I just didn’t have the energy + motivation to change it til now. (Thanks, Brownie!)

This upcoming game-changer has inspired a serious craving to create *several* months of helpful content to make sure you’re taken care of, even when I’m in and out of consciousness caring for our new roomie. So that’s what I’m gonna do.

And THAT’s what (finally) leads me to….

YOUR HOMEWORK

In the comments below, tell me:

What Qs can I answer for you in future videos? What would you like to see MORE of from me moving forward?

Can’t wait to see how this “consistency” thing actually works!

ALSO: If you’ve had a newborn while running your biz and you’ve got any tips, leave those gems below. I’m all ears. Eyeballs. Whatev.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the love, excitement, and prayers you’re sending our way. I can feel ’em already, and I’m soaking ’em all IN with Texas-sized gratitude.

This is a beautiful, crazy, special time, no doubt…and I can’t wait to see what (who!) comes from it all :)

To babies, balance, and batching,

nik

P.S. If you liked this post + want to help me spread the word by using the links below to share it with your buddies, I would greatly appreciate it! You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel if you’d like to see new videos before I’ve had time to turn them into blog posts ;)

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LET’S TALK ABOUT IT.

  1. Parijat

    Congratulations Nikki! I’m so sorry for your losses but I’m so glad you’re talking abou them so others know they aren’t alone. That bitterness or “heart guardedness” is something I know well personally. And something I work with my moms on frequently. In fact I have a blog post coming out about it on Monday! Ha! ;) (I work with moms with high-risk pregnancies or babies in the NICU.) Anyway, I want to wish you a very happy, healthy pregnancy ahead! In terms of future videos I’d love to know more about how to write sales pages that are totally irresistable as well as how to really balance that line between professional and personable without losing your voice. Thank you so much and again heartiest congratulations! Wishing you, your family and your little Brownie the absolute best. <3

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Thank you, Parijat! Please come back to link up that blog post when it’s ready. I’d love to see it and have it as a resource here for those who know the feeling <3

      1. Parijat

        You’re so sweet Nikki. Thanks for allowing me to share it. You can find the post here: http://bit.ly/1HiZhk5 It’s part 2 of a 2 part series on the mask of grief. I hope you are feeling well!

  2. Jess

    Congratulations Nikki!! xxxx

  3. Kelly – Project Me

    A very quick one from me as TECHNICALLY I was not meant to be in my in-box when your newsletter popped in…. NOR am I meant to be now reading / watching blog posts… But I couldn’t resist hearing your news (I had a feeling there was a bun in the over) and sending my HUGE congrats :)

  4. Lane Rebelo

    Nikki! I KNEW IT! And was reeeeeally hoping I was right. SO happy for you. Congratulations!!! :)

    Lane

  5. Jo Michael

    Oh what wonderful news! Congrats, Nikki; what a precious gift. Blessings! (exclamation point!)

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Haha YES so many exclamation points!(!!) Thanks, Jo :)

  6. Hitha | Hitha On The Go

    This is SO SO EXCITING! Congratulations, congratulations, congratulations.

    And boy, have I been there. Right when my son was born, I was deep in development for my startup AND got a book deal. The book is due next week and we’re onboarding charities for the startup, so I get where you are.

    Use the second trimester to GET SHIT DONE. That superwoman feeling you have right now is the best time to get organized (90 Day Year, what what) and put all sorts of systems in place to keep things running for your third trimester and beyond. Practice good self-care (long walks with a podcast kept me going, along with prenatal massages), eat well, and indulge in a little something naughty (chocolate, bad TV, baths) every single day.

    And a ‘do as I say, not as I do’ tip for you when the little one is born – don’t be in a hurry to get back to work. I had no choice, with the tech build and book deadline, but I wish I put my foot down and told people I needed more time. Make sure to give yourself at least 6 weeks dedicated to your family, with only quick check-ins for work.

    Again, a huge congratulations and a hug from NYC. What wonderful news.

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      You just described my DREAM second trimester, Hitha. Thank you! :)

  7. Ailish

    CONGRATULATIONS! What fabulous news!
    I would love to know more about email content and if there is a format that should be followed? Also, some info on subject lines would be fabbo too!
    Thanks so much for all your help so far and congrats again!

    Ailish. :-)

  8. Reina

    Nikki,
    CONGRATULATIONS!! It’s tough when you’re in such a joyous place and you know others are struggling like you have. You made a perfect video to celebrate life and honor your tough journey. It’s so touching.

    Homework:
    I’d LOVE to know about your behind the scenes process of how your run your business (assistants you hire, designers you work with, etc) to help you spread your message! Love all that you put out into the world!

    Yay you!
    Reina

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      YES can’t wait to share that (because that means I’ve DONE it! – thanks, Reina :)

  9. Lauren Dobey

    Congratulations, Nikki!

    I am so thrilled for you! Best wishes for you and your family (and your teeny, tiny baby)!

  10. Kat Bern | Dream Home Creator

    Congratulations Nik!

    I’m very happy for you and all the new exciting stuff coming your way. :)

    Sending lots of love, Kat

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Thanks, Kat! When we move to a bigger house, B and I may have to thumb wrestle over the “bonus” room – nice, quiet office or Ninja Turtle HQ? :P

  11. Ginger Dean

    This is awesome news! I totally understand about needing to turn things down until you get back to yourself. I’m excited to watch your journey!

  12. Nakia

    Nikki I was totally thinking this would be the news and I’m super happy for you. I too suffered a miscarriage so I know how hard that can be and the anxiety you feel when you get pregnant post-miscarriage. I’m sending you lots of love and sending up miracle prayers for you and that sweet baby (and your boys). Christmas is going to be a extra special, magical time for the Browns!

    1. Nakia

      *an extra special…

    2. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Thanks so much for sharing, Nakia – and YES. Just when I thought I couldn’t love twinkly lights more ;)

  13. Kristin Savory

    Best news eeeeever Nikki! XOXOXO

  14. Lucy

    Congratulations! I must say that I suspected this news, but it’s still wonderful.

    I’d love to know more about how to write a home page please!

  15. Marie Masse

    You sharing your real journey in addition to your WONDERFUL news is so cool! I’ve not been a part of your course, but follower for several months now and what I love most about you is how real and relatable you seem to be.

    What I would love to learn (or see) from you would be a community of copy-checkers. I feel like I can usually communicate well to my clients… I’ve build a close-knit, positive community in my business and have steady sales… but sometimes, having that extra pair of eyes to help you look at your copy differently would be such a help… It would be so cool to see you have a team of copy-matchmakers – even if it’s only offered for paid course members (I would so be in if I felt like I was having ongoing, personal help). For example, I would buddy-up with someone where we can trade copy to review for each other – I’d read her sales page if she read mine, type of thing. This all probably sounds silly, but all I know, I have thrived my most in business with an accountability buddy… sometimes it can get a little lonely working all alone, ya know?

    Andddd one tip for you on beginning your adventure in being the boss mom with two little ones: schedule yourself time regularly to get tasks done without the kids around. It’s amazing how much you can accomplish. So for me, that meant childcare 2x a week… 3 x now as business has grown (fantastic for them to socialize, learn, and find their independence being separated from me) and occasionally (once a month or every 2 months) I will kick my hubby and kids (which are 3 and 21 months) out for a day of fun while I rock it out at home. Often this means blogging like a champ all day mixed in with knocking out the piles of laundry and/or meal planning (I plan meals for a month… I’m crazy).

    Also, if you are anything like me, guilt will set in when you are working that you should be with the fam and when you are with the fam, your BEST ideas will come to you… making you want to stop what you are doing immediately and get the creativity out. Voice to text has been my life saver in this situation. I email myself my thoughts and go back to them later when it is work time.

    Felt compelled to write to you today. Congratulations to your entire family – babies are the best blessing!

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Well THANK you for writing today, Marie!

      And YES we do have a community of feedback-givers + encouragers: ACAC Study Hall! That’s our FB group with a delightfully positive yet honest vibe. It’s one of my fave bonuses of the course :) We’ll save you a seat!

  16. Holly

    Yay!!! I had a secret feeling this was the case especially when I saw the image just now about celebrating life! How frickin awesome is that!!!
    Enjoy this journey and everything that it brings -very happy for you.
    I would love love love some help with writing Facebook ads (I spent a long time writing what I thought was pretty damn good copy for a sales page that hardly anyone got to!!)
    Also, landing/home page of your website- tips for headers/banners (that first ‘impact’ statement or tagline and call to actions for your freebie opt ins to make them so irresistible people just have to sign up to your list.

    Thanks Nikki xx

  17. PollyAnna

    Yay! Congratulations Hunnie! That’s amazing! Prayers and love for sure! As far as batched content, I’d love to hear how you do your videos. You are so eloquent and hands down my favorite person to watch on the internet because you’re just so stinking authentic and I love it! I’ve used scripts and tried teleprinters. I really like speaking from the heart, but I don’t want to miss valuable content my peeps really need. So, how do you touch on everything and keep it streamlined without things coming off like they’re contrived? So much love! :)

  18. Emylee

    Hi Nikki,

    I can’t answer to what’s it like to have a tiny human around while running a biz because that’s been something we’ve been earning for for over 3 years now. So I can speak on those other feelings. Those feelings that come up when you hear your best friend is pregnant…again. When your cousin complains of the terrible twos that you just freaking WISH you could go through. Even if you already are blessed with one tiny person it does not make those feelings any less real and painful. So those I understand. It’s nice to hear when others have them also. Sending love and support for a healthy human.

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Sending you so much love, Emylee. Thank you for sharing, sister <3

  19. Heather Allen

    Thank you for sharing so candidly, Nikki. Congrats on the bun in the oven. Excited to hear how you’re preparing your business for this exciting time as I hope to be in the same boat soon! :-)

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Thanks, Heather! Will be happy to document the best practices for sure :)

  20. Hannah Ransom

    Congrats! I had a feeling you were pregnant :)

    I’m looking forward to hearing about you setting you business up for a baby. I still have no kids but continue to get closer to the time I might try so it’s really nice to soak up that knowledge.

  21. Melissa Burkheimer

    Sooooo happy for you and your little ninja turtle. Keep on shining, cause that’s what you’re best at.

    Congrats again. :)

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Aw Mel that felt like such a HUG :) Thank you, friend!

  22. Eliezra

    Dear Nikki, you just brought tears to my eyes as you made me go back to that painful time of loosing a baby. We humans are able to do so many amazing things that we tend to forget we’re not thy ones that control everything… Your mail couldn’t have come at a more perfect time, the same week that I got to celebrate my baby’s….. High school graduation! I pray you enjoy your pregnancy ( you are glowing already) and share a beautiful healthy life with this baby and that too you get to celebrate many milestones together.
    As for my homework… I started ACAC being a style coach but swiched to something completely different ( healthy baked goods) so I would looove to hear you talk about writing for product based businesses .
    Lots of love and good vibes.

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Eliezra this gave me chills! Thank you so much for sharing and YAY for graduation! Congrats all around.

      Have you checked out the ACAC for Products bonus I sent y’all back in March? If you have any trouble finding it send us a note at support (at) nikkielledgebrown.com and we’ll make sure you’ve got it :)

  23. Alix

    Congratulations Nikki! So happy for you! It’s great of you to bring light to something that’s rarely discussed. I had no idea how many women experience this until I had a miscarriage myself. It’s a dark time, as you said, but the light emerges again. I appreciate your vulnerability in sharing all the complicated feelings that go with it, and I’m thrilled for you that you have a new one on the way! Big Yay!! :)

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Thank you, Alix! Yes – it’s definitely like a secret society, and you have NO IDEA how many women are part of it until you know the password: “Me too.”

      Sending you love, lady :)

  24. Denise

    Nikki!

    Congratulations. I am so happy for you. I am sorry about the miscarriage and the possibilities that you lost with the miscarriage. Sometimes, God has an odd way of putting us where we need to be when. Maybe this is your “when”. Again, congratulations.

    What do I need from you? I could use ways to stay motivated to keep writing good copy!

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      I’m on it, Denise! And thank you :) All in perfect timing. I’ve got a few theories on why this little one took his/her time…and I also have a very strong feeling s/he’s READY to join the party now :)

  25. Christy

    Congrats. What amazing news. I have no doubt you will continue to serve up awesome content. I would love more behind the scenes stuff, how you meet challenges of your business, as far as communication tips to stay motivated and inspired and maybe writing cheat sheets. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself.

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Love sharing the behind-the-scenes stuff, Christy! Will do :) And thank you!

  26. Ashley

    Congratulations, Nikki!!! I have a guess as to what your baby girl name might be, but we’ll see! XO, much love, and healthy wishes for mom and babe.

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      I bet you’re right on track with it, Ashley ;) Thank you!

  27. Joy

    Congrats!!! So happy for you and the fam. :)

  28. Chantelle

    HUGE hugs from Canada!!!!! Big congrats on your precious little one and so much love to your little family. I had you in my prayers when I found out about your losses and hope you felt supported by all the women who adore you. You have touched so many people’s lives and continue to every day! I am so excited to see the new addition and also to see how you so beautifully dedicate your time to your family while still being an incredible business woman and friend to so many! xoxox

    My question is: I would LOVE a behind the scenes peak at how you run your amazing ACAC program as this evergreen machine :) I am looking at doing more evergreen work and finding it hard to let go of the group coaching/launch format I have been doing for fear of not being able to serve my ladies as well and yet I know you are incredible at over-delivering and supporting and so just wondering how you keep up with 300+ women and serve them and continue to invite new people in and still feel like you are on top of all that amazingness. I hope that makes sense :)

    Thank you for being a shining light in this industry and always being so real and honest. Love yah!

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Ooh that’s a great idea, Chantelle! Will add that to the list. Thank you and THANK YOU! :)

  29. Jessica | Blisskeeping

    Hi Nikki!

    This is such great news – I’m so happy for you!!!

    As far as content goes I’d really love to learn more about how to create copy for a brand (rather than you as your brand) – like taglines, etc. How do I do the one sentence for my brand?

    Since I work full-time while running my blog, I realized I had to pull way back from posting every week, but to be consistent, I just changed it to posting 2x/month with a monthly email update. But when I do post I make them jam-packed with goodness. Maybe something like that will work for you? Maybe not, just thought I’d share.

    On the newborn baby advice side, while I don’t know about this first hand, I just happened to pull together a post with tips from several work at home moms, in business just like you. It went live this morning (perfect timing!) – I linked it to my name as my website.

    Well wishes for a happy and healthy pregnancy, birth and baby!

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Perfect and thanks for the link, Jessica!

      At this point I’m ready to commit to weekly content as I have a backlog of *hundreds* of ideas that could be helpful to share, and I’m feeling pretty selfish sitting on ’em depending on my mood. Time to get ’em outta my head (and spreadsheet) and into the world so they can be serving even when I’m on hyper-focused mama duty :)

  30. Pamela

    Nikki,

    I’m SO excited for you! As soon as I saw the “news to share” in the email, I said, “she’s pregnant”. Of course, the pics of the cute stickers reinforced even Before I read your post. I’m so sorry to hear of your miscarriage and the pain you endured and God is continuing to heal. I’ve had friends and friends’ children experience that several times. Blessings to you for having the courage to share and help others so soon after your own painful journey.

    But, on a more exciting note – what a precious gift you’re carrying! But, you already KNOW that one. I will be praying for you as you prepare to welcome you new little one and balance your toddler, family, business and Life in general!

    As far as videos are concerned, encouragement to write great copy as someone said earlier is always good. But, at times I still struggle with being concise, even though I’m a pretty good writer. I’m capable and have done it on many occasions but my gifting is much stronger in the area of narrative versus expository writing. So having a video about that topic would be great.

    Love to you dear Nik!

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Love right back, dear Pamela! Thanks for all of the above :)

  31. Aly Meech

    Nikki!

    How exciting for you! Congratulations! I have to tell you my heart is with you on your losses + now your most beautiful new baby! My husband and I have been trying to conceive our first for over a year now, so I know where you were at with hiding friends + feeling the layers of emotions. So congrats to you again, and thank you for sharing your whole story. Gives me hope!

    All the best to you,
    xoxo,
    Aly

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Thank you for sharing that, Aly <3

      I can think of at least two friends who had a hard time conceiving their first little ones...now they've each got THREE! It's as if once their bodies believed it was possible...it was so VERY possible ;)

      Hope abounds when we're ready to look for it. And when we're not, support and understanding are always there too.

      Sending you love!

  32. Gracie Ruth

    congratulations!! How wonderful news!!! What a blessing! ❤️❤️❤️

  33. Kelly

    Hi Nikki,

    Congratulations! I introduced myself at OTC – I’m sure you met so many people though. I’m right there with you on all the feelings. I had a stillborn son who would now be a 2 year old toddler, and 3 months later got pregnant with my now 1 year old daughter. So many emotions – bittersweet. I know complicated pregnancies, loss, and all that jazz. I was fortunate enough to have all 3 of my kiddos home with me for the first year of their lives while running my own biz. It’s a blessing and a curse. I cherish the time I had with them, but to be honest, there were times I really struggled.

    Don’t be too hard on yourself whatever happens. Your family comes first. Your tribe will be here waiting for you, so don’t get down on yourself if you don’t make progress as fast as you’d like. In 8 years of running my biz, I’ve experienced 4 pregnancies and 3 babies, and I’m SO hard on myself for not being further along than I am. But when I stop and think, I’ve been pregnant and caring for babies nearly that entire time. No wonder I haven’t gotten as much done as I wanted.

    Just some words to let you know you’re not alone. Here’s hoping you have a happy and healthy pregnancy!

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      Thank you so much for sharing your story, Julie. I’m so sorry for the loss of your son and so thankful for the three little ones who have been around to bless (+ challenge) you since!

      Thanks also for sharing that perspective – y’all aren’t gonna leave me if I need to go into stealth mode for a while ;) That said, I’m seriously ready to capitalize on this 2nd tri energy and set the stage for future me to take PLENTY of time off while still growing the biz!

      #challengeaccepted ;)

  34. Debbie Spellman

    Hi Nikki,
    Such exciting news! Congratulations!!!
    I was literally thinking of you two days ago and the thought popped into my mind ‘now is her time to be pregnant with baby #2’ – random!
    I’m currently 8 weeks into newborn life (a.k.a I have lost all independence/time/normality) with my first. All I can say is use that 90 days of superwoman energy to set everything up and don’t waste a minute. I wish I had taken full advantage of that time… Instead I have taken a step back and asked my list (lovingly) to honor this time as I take a break to focus on my new little man.
    Check out Denise Duffield-Thomas website – she wrote a brilliant post on baby proofing your biz.
    Take good care of your beautiful self.
    D xx

    1. Nikki Elledge Brown

      CONGRATS, mama Debbie – and thank you so much for the confirmation not to waste a minute of the superwoman energy. I know the work I do in the next 90 days will pay dividends for the months and even years to come – and I’m reeeeeady. Time to put my money where my mouth is and get a big girl business foundation built :)

  35. Morgan Gist MacDonald

    Congratulations, Nikki!! And, yes, life is made of difficult moments (miscarriages and death), right next to celebration moments, and we have to be open and honest and vulnerable about all of them! (Ever read anything by Brene Brown? She speaks to this open-heartedness in just the most beautiful way.) So, yes, celebrate and embrace this new little one! So happy for ya’ll!

    Mama + entrepreneur is a crazy hat but totally wearable. I had baby #3 as I was finishing up my second year of business, and anticipating a big third year of business.

    My best advice? Go with your energy. If you’re feeling super cruddy, tired, and hungry/nauseous don’t force yourself to work. But, if you’re feeling jazzed, run with that energy and create, create, create. Your pregnancy energy will ebb and flow, so don’t get too schedule-happy. Just roll with the waves. :)

    And don’t compare yourself to anyone, not even your previously pregnant self! Every mama and every pregnancy is a completely different ride.

    There’s an old Irish saying, “When God made time, He made plenty of it,” meaning plenty of time in LIFE to create families and create businesses. You’re never behind or running out of time—there is plenty.

  36. Carole

    Fantastic news Nikki, Congratulations and happiness for you and your family

  37. Lisa

    Nikki, you were so, so generous to share your story. I am so sad to learn of the losses you have experienced, and simultaneously so excited that you are carrying a new bundle of joy! (And when you said that your favorite girl name coincides with the holidays…well, I couldn’t help but thinking that it could be Faith, Holly or Joy!) :)

    Sending you my best and heartfelt wishes for a beautiful pregnancy!

    With Legal Love,
    Lisa

  38. Barbara

    Woo hoo! Congratulations, Nikki! <3
    How exciting!

    Best Wishes,
    Barbara Foxworth

  39. Shagufta

    So happy for you:)))))
    Congrats, and God bless and protect your lil one n rest of your family.
    Hugs xoxo

  40. Lisa Porter

    Nikki, do the Ancient Chinese Birth Chart (google it), it told me the sex every time and I have six babies!

    Congrats to you and your husband.

  41. Henna

    Yay! So happy with you!

    Sending blessings of bright days and frequent smiles ahead to you, brownie in the oven and your entire family,

    —> Your fav happy emoji parade goes here ;-)

    Henna.

  42. Paulina

    Amazing news!!!! Congratulations love!! <3

  43. Marsha from YesYesMarsha.com

    YAYAYAYAY!

    I think it’s a boy…no – a girl!….. no – a boy!… I don’t know!

    What I would LOVE a video on is TAG-LINES. You helped me come up with my very brilliant current one a few years ago, which I use on my site and my videos. But as my business is morphing into including “What do you do?” answering – coaching and (more prominently) storytelling coaching, I need a new tag-line…. and coming up with one is killing me!

    I know you have the “One Sentence” workbook. But my struggle is how to get that into something even zippier!

    WELL DONE AGAIN! I’m EVEN more pleased for you about this than I was about your “guest appearance” on Orange Is The New Black – which is saying something!! :)

  44. Ann

    Woo hoo! Congratulations! So happy for you Nikki! Thanks for sharing and being so open with us. You’re such a sweetheart!
    I would also like to see a video on taglines. TIA

  45. Kristel Kayser @ Coffee Break & Chocolate Cake

    Congratulations Nikki, I couldn’t be happier for you :) Excited to follow you and your journey – I’m guessing Kimra might have a tip or two on how to run a biz while having a baby in the belly :)

  46. Gina Fresquez

    congrats Nikki! That is so exciting and I can relate on so many levels. I was in business for 3 years when my son was justw born last August. I definitely ramped up my biz and offered a few different programs to save up and then have the ability to have 3 months of down time. I stopped working with clients during those months but stayed engaged with my FB group I host.

    Good luck, many blessings and can’t wait to hear more.

    xoxo,
    Gina

  47. Amy

    Hi and congratulations!!! I have a question. I’m about a year into my biz and do the occasional blog post thing as well and very rarely talk about my biz on Facebook and share cute pics of my kiddos on Facebook. How do you manage your Facebook posts? I know its a necessary tool but not quite sure what to share.

  48. Kathleen

    Nikki… Forgive me for being so late to this post, but…. CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so happy for you and your family!

  49. Diana Malerba

    Congratulations! What an amazing news!

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