I’m 30 and have some very, very special news

Yesterday, I turned the big 3-0. I’m officially in my 30s! If you asked me how I’d be spending my 30th birthday four months ago, I would’ve told you, “At a club with my friends, sippin’ champagne!”

So what changed? What happened these past four months? Well, I’m certainly not drinking alcohol. Heck, I’m not even drinking coffee!

Have you guessed it yet? My very, very special news?



Err, WE’RE pregnant!

Yes, we’re pregnant! Lu and I are expecting! We’re having a baby!

I’ve dreamed of the day when I’d tell my family and friends that I was having a baby with the love of my life. I didn’t know who the love of my life would be or what he would look like, I just knew I’d be 30 (yes, I used to be a huge planner!)

What I never imagined in my wildest dreams was having hundreds of thousands of people to share the news with and that’s all of YOU. When I first got pregnant, my initial reaction was to call my family, but then, I thought, “I can’t wait for my Inspiralized family to find out!” It was a whole new level of excitement!

Lu and I are over-the-moon joyful right now. We have been holding this huge secret from our friends for these past few months, and are now so happy to share the news! We’re a bit over 15 weeks pregnant.

I’m currently in Florida with my three best girl friends, my sister, her fiancé, and my parents, celebrating. We’re celebrating the start of my 30th year, but most importantly, this new baby boy or girl that’s going to be joining our family in September!

I’ll be sharing more about the pregnancy (like how we found out, if we’re finding out the gender, how the first trimester has been, etc), but not on this blog. Inspiralized will continue to be an online community and resource for spiralizing. I’ll be sharing all pregnancy related updates on my lifestyle blog, inspiralizedali.

If you want to stay up to date on our pregnancy/know a more personal side of the woman behind Inspiralized, then make sure you bookmark inspiralizedali and if you’d like, subscribe to the newsletter for e-mail updates.


In the meantime, anyone expecting? Better yet, anyone due in September?

And for those mamas out there already – TELL ME EVERYTHING. Favorite products, helpful pregnancy websites and accounts, maternity brands, best advice you ever got while pregnant. Lay it on me!

Thank you in advance for all the kind birthday wishes and congrats! All of your love means the world to me!

Now back to that mocktail on the beach!

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Kay says:
Congratulations Ali, you and Lu will be amazing parents! Have a great vacation!!
Claire Bibbee says:
Enjoy every minute of it. Times flies by, I blinked and now my boys are 14 and 91/2. Always, always remember that no matter what books, people and "experts" say, the most important is and will always be the love you give to your child. Becoming a parent can be hard but it is extremely rewarding. In my opinion the best thing to do is to find the right balance between being a parent and being a spouse. Finally, just trust your guts. You and Lu got this, I have no doubts.
Vickie says:
Dianna says:
An exciting time! Congratulations!
Chantelle says:
Amazing new journey for both of you. Congratulations
Karen Maloney says:
Yippee! What great news! So happy for you and Lu!
ruth Detroit area says:
CONGRATULATIONS to both of you!! I knew it a few wks ago when you said something about "a special announcement is coming soon". It would've been a letdown if the 'special announcement' had been: "I'm getting my own show on the Food Network". (That's coming, for sure, and it'll be great, but that baby is far better!) I know how corny this sounds, but the love you'll feel towards this little darling you and Lu made when he/she arrives is like nothing you've ever experienced! I'm SO happy for you ~ ruth p.s. Back when I was expecting my little darlings - 40+ years ago - we didn't have the choice to find out the baby's gender, but I loved the surprise of it all.
Heather says:
Congrats!! I actually know three people having babies in September! December must have been a lucky month for getting pregnant! I know that it isn't for everyone (& you don't get pain meds), but having a midwife and delivering at home with my second child was an amazing experience. The pre and post natal care was outstanding! I hope that you have a smooth pregnancy!
Carol says:
Thanks for sharing with us! And all the best.
Linda Freitag says:
Maria Consuegra says:
Congratulations!!! Nothing like a child in our lifes. All the best for you and your husband.
Steph says:
Congrats! Go on lucies list website and sign up for her newsletter! It was absolutely the most helpful and informative email I received!
Anonymous says:
Congrats!!! I don't know how you kept the secret for so long...you're good! I'm just a little ahead of you, 18 weeks today and due in September with my first :) So far, my AG maternity jeans are my favorite thing in the whole world. GETCHA SOME!
Melody Cole says:
Wonderful! Wonderful! wonderful!
Karen says:
Mazel Tov! Thrilled for you and wishing you good health throughout your pregnancy. I hope you continue to stay committed to doing yoga once a week throughout your pregnancy and once you're a mother. You motivated me to get back to it and I am deeply grateful to you for that. Congratulations again...
Val. R says:
Congratulations to you and Lu and your families , very exciting news !?
Claire Bolger says:
Congratulations to you both! Delight in the present?
Congratulations! I'm very happy for you!
Julie Bever says:
Oh Ali- I am so happy for you and Lu. Congratulations to you both!
Amy says:
Congratulations!!! Thank you for sharing this exciting news. :)
Kim Winkelman says:
Oh my goodness congratulations!!! I'm right behind you, due in October with my first. :) so excited to follow along!! And you look FABULOUS!!! I'm starving all the time and gaining weight rapidly (haha at the top of what I should be)!
Tricia Roderick says:
Happy birthday, Ali. And congratulations to you Lu! What an exciting, joyful time. I suspected that pregnancy would be your news when you were cleaning out and re-decorating your apartment... you were nesting, mama!!! All the best to your family. Enjoy your special time! Much love from Oregon. (I miss Florida!)
Alison C says:
Wonderful, joyous news for you and Lu!! So happy that your sweet family is expanding. Raising children has been the most inspiring and rewarding experience of my life. My "kids" are now 22 and 19yo, and one big lesson learned: my most important job is to discover who these beings are, support their individual, unique needs, and be their cheerleader. Or, in short, it's not about me, it's about them. Best wishes on this terrific news!
Elizabeth King says:
Happy Birthday Ali. Congratulations on your exciting news. Have a safe & happy pregnancy.
Susie says:
Dear Ali and Lu, All the very best to all 3 of you -- what wonderful news!!!:o) :o):o) The greatest advice I can give you is to take your child on your lap even when he or she is just a few months old and begin reading to him or her -- especially in this day and age of computers and touchscreens and video games that fill up childrens' time all too soon, there's nothing like the fun of reading to your child and doing all the silly voices and goofy noises! And the miracle that happens when you realize your child can read, too -- wow!! Blessings to you all and prayers for safe arrival of your little one in September!
Jill says:
All the best, Ali — sending best wishes to you! Thank you for sharing this news with your Inspiralized family.
Nadia says:
I'm so excited for you! I'm pregnant as well, with my second baby and I'm also due in a September! I haven't publicly announced it yet ha ha. But I definitely should. This is so exciting!!!!
Congratulations Ali and LU having a baby is wonderful even the sleepless nights! My babies just turned 40!!!
Tammy K says:
Happy 39th! And congratulations to you and Lu!!!
Tammy K says:
Yikes! That should be 30th!!!!!!
Anna says:
Congratulations!! My coworker's wife is due in September with their first.
Diana. says:
Congratulations! And best wishes. Lots of changes to come. Excited for you and your family.
Congratulations!!!! So Happy to be part of your Inspiralized family!!! You will be an Amazing Family!!!!
Mary Ann says:
Bundoo seems like a good site. Best wishes!
Laura says:
Happy Birthday! And congratulations on your pregnancy! Super awesome!
Katy says:
Congrats - so exciting!! I had a baby girl in December - #1 piece of advice - keep up the workouts, it helps so much to keep you feeling good and with labor. As for gear: Aden and Anais Muslim swaddle blankets are amazing, love our ergo 360 carrier, the mamaroo swing is great, skip hop makes great bags and stroller accessories. If you're willing to splurge check out the Doona car seat that turns into a stroller - pretty genius.
Stephanie says:
Thank you for sharing your happy news! Sleep now, rest as much as you can, and enjoy the beach. There is a prenatal yoga class on YouTube that is very easy, and only 20 minutes. Check it out. Mazel Tov!
Diane says:
Diane 1:55PM April 2, 2017 Congrats to you both. With all the succes you've had with Inspiralize.... becoming parents is the icing on the cake (so to speak)
Kathryne says:
Congrats, Ali! Yay, so happy for you!!! And happy belated birthday, too!
Elizabeth says:
Congratulations!! All the best to you and your pregnancy and soon-to-be baby girl or boy!! Blessings to you!
Kate says:
Congrats!! How fun! And Happy Birthday! :D
Elizabeth says:
PS, Zulilly has great maternity attire! Blessings and Best wishes to you and your family!
Daryl says:
What wonderful news. As someone else posted back in the day we didn't know until delivery the gender of our child. Before our son's birth I was sure he was a girl. When the nurse asked for the baby's name, thru my post-Caesarian haze I told her it was Cynthia Diane. When she said "for a girl?" I quickly corrected myself and gave her our son's name. And what a blessing he has been.
Iris says:
Happy Birthday and Congratulations on your Baby News. From everything I read about you, you will be amazing parents. Lucky Baby?
Marina says:
Congratulations on experiencing the miracle of a new tiny human ...I'm now a grandmother of 2...1 who is 4 and 1 who will be born on May 19th..2 days after his brother turns 5. I have 3 children of my own...my oldest daughter is mom to my two tiny human grandbabies...one small piece of advice...babies are like puppies...they need training. Babies have no concept of night and day, nor do they have a digestive system that's been processing food...their digestive system is basically sterile right now...so be sure you "train them to sleep" and "train them to eat " giving them an opportunity to process what they've been fed. Wish I had known this for my first daughter, but for my 2nd and 3rd I totally did things differently...Instead of wake, play, feed, sleep (often with baby falling asleep at the breast) , I switched it to wake, feed, play and sleep - and made sure my tiny human was placed in the spot I wanted them to continue to sleep and as awake as possible (newborns sleep alot) when I put them down..I breastfed my second two on a schedule instead of "on demand" and WOW what a difference it made as they had time to fully digest the meal I had given them...and gradually I was able to reduce feedings until they were on a schedule like the rest of the family (of course they were on solids by this time) ...Also, night time feedings are the first to go...and if tiny human sleeps through the night...LET THEM please! Don't awaken a sleeping baby to feed them at night...I promise, they'll be fine and they will awaken and scream if they need to be fed...trust me! :) My poor first daughter...she suffered "colic" (due to on-demand feedings I'm sure) and didn't learn to sleep through the night until she was two years old!
Marina says:
P.S. Happy 30th Birthday! I had my first at 36, second at 39 and third at 42...No matter your age, it's a wonderful time, and so nice to see and your husband so very excited and happy!
Eugena says:
Congratulations Ali and Lu! I've been waiting for this news to be announced! Bless you both that things go smoothly and you have a beautiful healthy baby! Also, Happy Birthday1
Mary says:
Ali and Lu, congratulations! I'm so excited for you. Another young woman I follow on YouTube - Bella Coco crochet site - is also pregnant. My "kids" are 40 and 36, so it's been a while, but I'm overjoyed to share in this great news with you. What an adventure you will have!
Lorell says:
Happy thirtieth and how wonderful you are expecting! Maybe you can come up with some baby foods made with the Inspiralizer...?. Being a mom changes so much about your life and you as a person, some of it is amazing, and some of it will require all the patience you have in you. It is so worth it, though! All the best to you and Lu...♥
Deana Murchison says:
Congratulations and 30 and baby. May all your dreams come true.
Carol Conway says:
Congrads! Congrads!! How very wonderful for you both! (hmmmmmm, actually - all 3 I guess to be technically correct). May your pregnancy be a healthy one and may you enjoy every moment of sleep you are getting now ... :)
Denise says:
Congratulations! Your lives will never be the same (for the best!). Hope you have an enjoyable pregnancy getting ready for that precious gift. Take good care of yourself.
Adele says:
How exciting! Congratulations on being pregnant and turning 30!
Jill Patterson says:
So happy for you! Some advice: you are your baby's first teacher. Children live up to our expectations--our down to them, so aim high and lovingly. Read now, because you won't have time or energy after the baby is born. Appreciate each moment, because when you look back, you'll realize how fast time has gone. And don't buy things for the kids, spend time with them. They need you, not stuff.
Joy Warth says:
Congrats you two. Be Blessed.
Lou says:
Congratulations both, great news xxx
Francesca says:
Congratulation!! Becoming a mommy is the most gratifying, rewarding, and sometimes scariest experience!! I personally loved Isabella Maternity clothes, Pink Blush, and H & M. Isabella Maternity clothes are a little pricey for things you will only wear for a few months, but they fit well and are stylish which is hard to find with maternity clothing! Enjoy this new journey :)
Big congratulations to you both Ali, what a great year you'll have, ecoming a mommy for the first time :-D You'll be such a fit and trendy mom-to-be, excited to follow you along and how your little bump grows in the coming months :-) *big hugs*
Donna Ross says:
Congratulations Ali (and Lu)! What wonderful news! Enjoy every moment of your pregnancy! You'll make a wonderful mother!
Frances says:
Congratulations to both of you ... and to baby-to-be because baby is fortunate to have y'all as parents! Can't wait to follow your new and even more life changing journey! Blessings to all!
Kat says:
Congratulations! I was pregnant with my son when I turned 30 but didn't know until about a month later. Great birthday gift!
Jannie Turczyn says:
Nothing like finding out you are going to have a baby, SO exciting! COnGraTULatIoNS!!!!
Jackie Cooper says:
Congratulations! Kids are awesome and amazing, plus tiring and frustrating - but so worth every single minute :) Oh, and by the way, your boobs will get even bigger (LOL!) - and, unfortunately for those of us with "larger girls", they just go back to the same size pre-pregnancy (I was hoping mine would be smaller - but apparently that just happens to women with smaller boobs! ha ha ha). Enjoy the next 5+ months!
Alison Hayes says:
Congratulations!! All the best!
Patty B. says:
That's wonderful. There's nothing that brings a family closer than a baby. Congratulations.
Adina says:
Congratulations!!! I'm so excited for you and your husband! This news makes me even more excited because I'm also due in September and although I don't personally know you, I feel like our kids will grow up together. :)
Marsline says:
Congratulations to you and Lu!! With your healthy eating lifestyle, this baby will be introduced in the womb to loads of yummy veggies and delectable recipes you whip up. Hopefully, this will save you from the battle of getting him/her to eat their veggies :) The best advice I can give you is to RELAX! I know it sounds contrite, but as new moms we stress over everything and add undue burden to ourselves. Learn to relax and not try and be a perfect mom as none exist. So, yes, do research and prepare as best as you can but know that some things are not written in a book or blog. Just go with your gut! Your intuition is your best tool! It all works out.
Melody says:
Congratulations. How exciting for all of you.
Kelley Stier says:
Congratulations! You look so beautiful! Pregnancy certainly becomes you :)
Cathy says:
Congratulations on your new adventure. As a pediatric nurse and lactation consultant I agree with Marsline totally. Relax and enjoy the time you are pregnant. There is an overwhelming amount of information about baby care. One author I recommend to parents is Elizabeth Pantley. When that tiny human comes into your life they have no idea about night and day and the sleep deprivation is real. Elizabeth just came out with a sleep solution book for newborns. It is a great addition to her series of books. Lots of people are going to give you advice - some will be amazing and some, not so much. Practice your "thanks, I'll remember that" response and then tune them out. You live much of your life in real time with social media and as much as I love that quick connection with people it can make you feel insecure when your life doesn't look like that. Chart your own course and don't compare your life to anyone else. Having a baby can leave you very vulnerable. As much as you would like to schedule and plan this tiny human is going to upset the apple cart. I also love Lisa Jo Baker's book Surprised by Motherhood. I hope you have a group of women you are connected with who are set to video chat with you in the dark of the night when your little is up. I live in the UK and am 5 hours ahead so when you are up in the night you can message me :)
Karen Grunow says:
Congratulations!! I'm so happy for you.
Karen K says:
Ali, that's wonderful news, congratulations to you and Lu and thank you so much for sharing your news with us all. Karen xxx
Carly says:
When I read your news, I actually let out a 'whoopee' on the bus, and several people turned around to see what was going on. Why should I react this way to just a post from a blogger? Because those of us who follow your blog really feel the person behind it, and enjoy sharing in your joys as well as your frustrations. So happy for you and Lu and baby-to-be. Stay well!
Mary Beth says:
I couldn't be happier for you and Lu! That's such great news! Aren't you glad you entered pregnancy in such good shape? I already knew you were going to love your 30s, but now, as a mom, you'll love them even more! Best wishes to you!
Laura says:
Congratulations! Babies are a very special gift! Enjoy! Blessings to you and your family!
Brie says:
Yayy!! Congrats to you three!! The first piece of advice that we really took to heart, we got from my OB actually. When we were pregnant with our first and the doc could tell my husband and I were happy, excited but also very new to this, he said to us both 'be ok with letting some things go, be ok with the laundry waiting a day, be ok with not doing the dishes every day, be ok with just being with your baby'. It helped me relax a little, acknowledging that I will be supermom, but not right away :) My husband also had some great advice that we followed through with on both our children: spend the first week after he or she is born just the three of you. Everyone will want to see you and squish your little, but the first week should be just for you three to get to know each other, to snuggle and breathe with each other and to get some what of a routine down before you have to be ready to be with anyone else.
Judy says:
Congratulations! You are entering into the beautiful world of motherhood! I wish you all the best.
Kara says:
Congratulations! In terms of my advice, I would say that it is good to be prepared, but that you cannot control everything. I remember taking my birth classes and they said at least a few of us would have a c-section. I thought "who could that be?" Well, naturally it was me! My boys are both healthy and BIG! The most important thing you can do is to roll with the punches. Everyone thinks they know what they want to do, but that changes based on your baby and your own body. I didn't breast feed and I didn't beat myself up for it. Not everyone is able to do it, and that's totally okay! There are some things you will need and a lot you won't. Get a baby book and record your earliest memories! A good sturdy (but not expensive) stroller is a necessity. I laugh when I see these folks with these $1,000 strollers. Not needed! There are fabulous books that tell you the real story about what to expect (Girlfriends Guide - a must!) What else? A pricier high chair with a wipeable surface was very key. And lots of burb cloths - more than you ever think you will need! Good baby bottles that are dishwasher safe. It's all coming back to me now! My two boys are 12 and 9. Life with older children gets crazier. Enjoy this time and focus on your health and well being and your baby! :-)
Sarah JC says:
Congratulations!! No joke, I have been waiting for this for two years. We started inspiralizing when I was pregnant with my son and gaining weight at more than twice the recommended rate. (I dont know if you remember but I was the one posting photos of my bump with sweet potato noodles during the #30DaysInspiralized on Instagram) The spiralizer combined with your recipes and guidance was truly an answer to our prayers. However, once baby came around managing the time to spiralize and eat healthy became trickier and I was so excited for the time when (and if) you were going to have a little one running around and seeing how your recipes evolved as a result. As for the advice, I'm a pediatrician (hence the crazy time crunch) so if you just need someone to tell you that cough is all right at 3am, just let me know :) And the best advice for someone else who grew up in an italian family, you put the healthy food on the table, kiddo decides what they're going to eat and how much. As long as they're growing fine, which the pediatrcian can show you on that little curve, dont stress that he only ate a few bites and feel like you have to whip him up some mac and cheese stat. Involve him in the process as much as possible and your little will grow up with the same passion for good eating that you've been generous enough to share with us :)
Pressly Yost says:
Congrats to you & Lu! I am pregnant too - Due 10/1 but a first timer so I don't have much to add as far as advice :)
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Jemmais Keval-Baxte says:
Congratulations on the pregnancy! I am getting ready for the launch of my new book Meditations on Ho'oponopono for Pregnancy and Childbirth. I would love to send you a PDF copy of the latest draft. I am hoping to collect some positive Reviews, Testimonials and Quotes for the book. So if you find it useful and/or inspiring please make sure to tl me. Let me know where to send it. Infinite Peace Infinite Love Jemmais

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