Big News: I’m Pregnant!

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i'm pregnant

My husband and I decided that it was time for us to expand our family. Therefore, Jerome and I are happy to announce that I’m expecting a baby boy. I can’t wait for the end of February to hold him in my arms.

As you can imagine, I already know which stroller I want, which furniture and bedding will decor the nursery. Where I need more help is with clothing. There are not many maternity stores near downtown Montreal. I do not wish to shop in a suburb mall because I will waste 1 or 2 hours driving in a car for the return trip.

I was thrilled to hear that Mexx launched a maternity collection but frankly, I was very disappointed. Boring style, no patterns. They do not seem to recognize that being pregnant is a happy time and that we also wish to wear colors and patterns.

What are the Best Maternity Stores in New York?

I will be in New York next weekend. I already know about Macy’s, Gap Maternity (which is not available in Canada) and Motherhood (which are only in the suburbs). Therefore, I am asking you for suggestions. Where should I look for fun, reasonably priced maternity clothes? I’m looking for a warm knee-length fall coat, a few dresses, tops and pants.

  • make my day
    October 3, 2010 at 23:13

    Congrats kim! exciting times for you! cheers kari

  • Annie
    October 3, 2010 at 23:38

    Félicitations à vous deux! Bonheur, joie!
    Quel plaisir nous aurons à te suivre tout au long de cette aventure!

  • Annie Martineau
    October 3, 2010 at 23:52

    Connais-tu la boutique Apso Bibi dans le Mile End, c’est pas pire, un peu plus original que Thyme, mettons!

    Bonne grossesse, félicitation!!


    ps: et si tu trouves des bonnes adresses pour des vêtements d’allaitement, j’en cherche…Maman d’un bébé de 5 mois et un peu tannée de porter des t-shirt-en-cotton-de-couleur-unie….boring!!!

    • Kim Vallee
      October 4, 2010 at 12:48

      Annie: Non, merci du tuyau. Si je vois des vêtements d’allaitement intéressants, je te ferai signe.

  • Nicolas Roberge
    October 4, 2010 at 00:09

    Congrats Kim and Jerome! I’m very happy for you!

  • Hicham Souilmi
    October 4, 2010 at 00:41

    Congrats on your pregnancy 😉

  • Cathe
    October 4, 2010 at 00:43

    Congratulations, Kim! What an exciting new year for you and your husband.

    As for maternity clothes, have you tried Japanese Weekend and Peas in the Pod? I am not sure if both brands have retail stores in Montreal or NYC, but they are both online. Good luck with the maternity clothes quest. It was my one headache with both pregnancies.

    • Kim Vallee
      October 4, 2010 at 12:47

      Cathe: Japanese Weekend is available at speciality stores in NYC. It’s cool because it gave a list of small boutiques to visit. Thanks!

  • Monica Hart
    October 4, 2010 at 01:01

    Congratulations! Very happy for you! Boys love their mamas!

  • hearttypat
    October 4, 2010 at 01:06

    Congratulations!!! Happy shopping!

  • tiina { sparkling ink }
    October 4, 2010 at 02:21

    Oh, that is wonderful news. Congratulations! xx

  • Vanille
    October 4, 2010 at 03:40

    Congratulations Kim ! Really happy for you and Jérôme !

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites
    October 4, 2010 at 06:39

    Kim this is wonderful news!!

    Congratulation to both you and Jerome; I’m so happy for you!

    I hope you are feeling well and the pregnancy is going smoothly. All the best.

  • Anouk
    October 4, 2010 at 06:42

    Big news indeed!

    Félicitations 🙂

  • Lucie Octeau
    October 4, 2010 at 07:16

    Félicitations à vous deux!

    En voyant la photo, ça m’a tout de suite arraché un sourire. Mais au lieu d’essayer de voir si c’était un garçon ou une fille, j’ai essayé de voir ce qu’il avait dans les mains : iPhone? iPad? un code QR déjà tatoué sur la fesse?

    Too much la photo de l’écho dans ton blogue!

    Merci d’avoir partagé la nouvelle!

    • Kim Vallee
      October 4, 2010 at 12:42

      Lucie: I will go take a picture this afternoon of a greeting card that I saw yesterday. It will make you laugh.

  • gabrielle
    October 4, 2010 at 07:17

    YÉÉÉÉÉÉ!!!! Félicitations à vous deux!!!! Que de bonheur!

  • Charlotte
    October 4, 2010 at 07:36

    Félicitations future maman !!!!! Et aussi à futur papa !!!!

  • Barbara Ryan
    October 4, 2010 at 07:59

    Congrats, how exciting!!! Liz Lange sells a line at Target, you’ll pass a few on your way to New York City. Honestly I’ve never looked at it, I was done with pregnancy before she started selling at Target or before we even had a Target. A Pea in a Pod in the city too would have real nice stuff.

    • Kim Vallee
      October 4, 2010 at 12:41

      Barbara: someone else suggested on Facebook that I check Target and I forgot about Pea in a Pod. I will visit them.

  • Heather
    October 4, 2010 at 08:15

    How wonderful! Félicitations Kim & Jerome!

  • mayssam
    October 4, 2010 at 08:30

    Congratulations Kim and Jerome! So happy for you both and can’t wait to read all about this new adventure! 🙂

  • Kim
    October 4, 2010 at 08:47

    Congratulations Kim! Wishing you a happy and healthy little one!

    Hugs! Kim @ Frost Me!>
    party inspiration

  • Maya
    October 4, 2010 at 09:07

    Congrats Kim! So very happy for you!

  • Nicole
    October 4, 2010 at 09:14

    Félicitations à vous deux!
    Je vous souhaite une belle expérience de nouveaux parents. Une belle grossesse pour toi Kim et un magnifique garçon en pleine forme!
    Février arrivera très vite et avec un enfant le temps file, profitez donc de chaque moment durant cet attente!

    • Kim Vallee
      October 4, 2010 at 12:40

      Nicole, I know. I can’t believe that I basically did half of the pregnancy.

  • Kelly Bock
    October 4, 2010 at 09:56

    How wonderful for you and your husband! Regarding materity clothes, I found most of them horrible! The one thing I loved were my Paige denim materity jeans. I also bought lots of Ella Moss non-materity empire waist knit tops and dresses; very comfortable!!! Best, K

    • Kim Vallee
      October 4, 2010 at 12:39

      Kelly: I often buy empire waist tops or dresses. They have been a life saver so far. I will go check a small boutique that I adore because they carry Ella Moss. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Kelly Bock
    October 4, 2010 at 10:01

    sorry, someone made off with my letter “n”

  • Lex
    October 4, 2010 at 11:02

    Kim & Jerome,

    I can’t wait to meet the little one, better parents it could not ask for.
    I hope the pregnancy is going well, that you are comfortable and enjoying it!
    and more aptly, YAY!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Adele {modernemotive}
    October 4, 2010 at 11:02

    Aww congratulations Kim (and Jerome!). What wonderful news.

  • Mrs Kim @ the Event Essentials
    October 4, 2010 at 11:17

    WOW!!! A very very big congratulations!! It’s one of the most fascinating times in your life 🙂

  • Jean-Pierre Levac
    October 4, 2010 at 11:20

    Congratulations! What great news for you! Bringing a child in the world is a big change to your lifestyles and worth every minute of it. I was so satisfied with my experience that I’ve just had my second one this September (a daughter) with my son being 19 already!


  • Aurélie Alaume
    October 4, 2010 at 11:20

    Félicitations à vous, Kim! Et bienvenue au p’tit gars!

  • Vania
    October 4, 2010 at 11:23

    Big and very exciting news indeed! Congrats, Kim. Very happy for you two. I am sure he would be gorgeous!

  • Jen L.
    October 4, 2010 at 11:52

    Congrats Kim & Jerome! Wonderful news. I just gave birth 4 weeks ago to a beautiful baby boy myself. Can’t wait to hear about more updates on your baby and see how you decorate the nursery 🙂

  • Kim - The TomKat Studio
    October 4, 2010 at 12:09

    Congratulations, Kim! How wonderful!!!

  • Stephanie Dickison
    October 4, 2010 at 12:50

    Hi Kim,

    Congratulations – how exciting! Sending warm, blissful wishes your way!

    I thought of a couple of places to try:

    A Pea in the Pod –

    Belly Dance Maternity –

    H & M, 34th St @ Herald Square (Broadway), (646) 473-1164

    A Second Chance Designer, 1109 Lexington Avenue, (212) 744-6041

    Mimi Maternity,
    2005 Broadway, (212) 721-1999
    1125 Madison Avenue, (212) 737-3784
    2 World Financial Center, (212) 945-6424
    225 Liberty Street, (212) 945-6424

    Veronique Maternity –

    Huge congratulatory hugs,

    Stephanie Dickison

  • Lorena - Sueños Encantados
    October 4, 2010 at 13:01

    Congratulations Kim!
    Wishing you a happy pregnancy and a healthy little boy!

  • Michelle Blanc
    October 4, 2010 at 14:31

    Suis “folle comme d’la marde” pour vous deux. Méga bisou

  • Nicole
    October 4, 2010 at 14:32

    Congratulations I am so excited for you:)Keep us posted .

  • Stephanie
    October 4, 2010 at 14:39

    Thrilling news! Congrats and wishes of happy long healthy lives for the whole family!

    As per maternity clothes… good luck! Any effort to look stylish is usually wasted by depressing trips to specialty stores. I ended up going to second hand shops where (in Montreal) you will sometimes find French maternity designer clothes (Formes being one of my favorite).

    Moderately priced and styled basics can be easily found at (their store locator allows you to find a store that carries the Maternity line in NY). Most bothersome though is not the clothes but the underwear….. all fugly as heck! Soon you won’t stand your old panties and the bras will be too small. I remember every time I bought a nursing bra, I cried…. and there… I have no solution.

    Can’t wait to read all the pregnancy and mom-related posts 🙂

    • Kim Vallee
      October 4, 2010 at 16:01

      Stephanie: I found a solution because I can not wear those ugly maternity bras. At my satisfaction, I still fit in the t-shirt bras from Chantelle, one of my favorite bra makers. They produce generous sizes. Some models, probably on special orders, goes up to H. I am far from there yet. And the cup material is thick enough for the needs of a pregnant woman. I still feel sexy wearing the C Chic model. I selected it in soft pink and in a rich burgundy brown. I understand why you cried when you bought a nursery bra. I need to find an alternative because I refused to wear something as ugly as this. One salesperson at the lingerie shop suggested to ask a sewer to add attaches to the cute straps of a Chantelle bra.

  • Sandy
    October 4, 2010 at 16:23

    Congratulations, Kim! All the best to you and Jerome.

  • Diane Nadeau
    October 4, 2010 at 16:34

    Woohoou! Toutes mes félicitations à toi et Jérôme! 😉

  • Line Atallah
    October 4, 2010 at 17:02

    Kim, je te souhaite tout plein de bonheur dans cette belle aventure!

  • Happy Hotelier
    October 4, 2010 at 17:13

    Thumbs up!
    By my last post I shared my first granddaughter:-)

  • Happy Hotelier
    October 4, 2010 at 17:15

    Thumbs up!
    By my last post I shared my first granddaughter:-)

    Sorry for the dup…I made a typo in my twitter ID

  • Allison
    October 4, 2010 at 23:28

    Congratulations!! Little boys are so much fun – I have two of them myself! 🙂 Great suggestions for mat stores/clothing, not too much to add, but here’s a couple:

    – the Bay – not for mat clothes, but just general clothes that are funky and cut in a way that you have have a bump in! I’m sure many other stores can fall into this category too, but I had particular luck at the Bay!

    – if you are ever visiting in Ottawa – Red Velvet is great!

    – definite must: invest in a good pair of mat jeans! for my second pg, I spent good $$ on some high end jeans – but they were sooo worth it! Looked great, and felt great too!

    All the best!!!

    PS – shopping for boys clothes is super fun too! 🙂

  • Margarida Seiça
    October 5, 2010 at 08:31

    Congratulations, Kim! All the best for the three of you!!!!

  • love and smile
    October 5, 2010 at 09:03

    Hello, Congratulations 🙂
    Your blog is very nice.. my english isn’t good sorry 🙂

  • Rowaida Flayhan
    October 5, 2010 at 09:15

    Congratulations on your pregnancy, it is the greatest joy of life! wish you all the best and great success. Love your website full of ideas and so inspiring.
    Thank you for being an inspiration

  • suzanne vachon
    October 5, 2010 at 17:03

    Hi Kim,

    Fantastic, when I met you at podcamp you were thinking of it, and it worked, great thinking. félicitaion pour le garçon, a real joy.

    All the best to you and jerome.


  • Catira
    October 5, 2010 at 19:20

    Félicitations pour cette belle nouvelle!!

    Pour les vêtements maternité, j’ai découvert les vêtements de Isabella Oliver ce printemps… et j’ai adoré les morceaux que j’ai commandé!(

    C’est un peu dispendieux mais ce sont les morceaux qui sont restés les plus beaux après avoir été portés et lavés plusieurs fois dans les 6 derniers mois!!

  • Isolde
    October 6, 2010 at 11:43


  • Sam
    October 6, 2010 at 18:00

    Congratulations to You and Jerome.
    Enjoy NYC
    Tam and Sam

  • Caroline
    October 7, 2010 at 15:47 does mail order and is fantastic. they are located in Ottawa and are fantastic to deal with.

    Also look for a brand named Boob for nursing wear later on. They are both sylish and practical, an important factor for a new mom! I think Bloom Maternity on Sherbrooke carries it:

    Congratulations! I am due in March myself (our second child). Looking forward to reading about your adventure!

  • Fanfan
    October 26, 2010 at 09:53


    A wonderful little soul choose you to come on earth,

  • Blog bebe
    July 4, 2011 at 23:21

    Article tres instructif merci pour toutes ces informations. Il est vraiment super ce blog 😉