The Big Reveal – It’s Going to be a Lunar New Year’s Eve Like No Other

(A Video)

Lanterns and Blue Skies the Week before Chinese New Year
Lanterns and Blue Skies the Week Before Chinese New Year

Thanks for Your Patience

First off, thanks to all those who left comments on my previous post 2016 & Life’s New Direction. I really appreciate you all taking the time to comment and let me know your guesses. I kind of avoided replying to your comments because I didn’t want to give anything away.

And seeing that I promised to let you know ‘next month’ [which is this month], I guess I shouldn’t make you wait any longer.

The Cutest Red Envelopes for the Year of the Monkey - Lunar New Year in Taiwan
The Cutest Red Envelopes to Give Lucky Money during the Year of the Monkey – Lunar New Year in Taiwan

The Big Reveal

For those of you who guessed that I am having a baby, you hit the nail on the head.

You are right.

I am, indeed, pregnant.

A little over four months to be exact.

And I like to refer to myself as a ‘Preggy Princess.’  🙂  I even joke around with my husband and tell him I am going to dig my wedding tiara out of storage and prance around the house, waving like a beauty queen and acting like a million dollars! 🙂

But, my attitude has only been like that for the past month. Before that, it was two months of fatigue and morning sickness all day, every day! [Hence, the lack of blogging.]  There were some days that I was so sick and tired [and I was so sick of being sick and tired] that I cried. I blame the tears on the hormones!! 

With that being said, we do feel extremely blessed.  We are so happy and beyond excited that it hard to express and explain using words. 

Looking Up at the Lanterns - Taiwan [unaltered photo]
Looking Up at the Lanterns – Taiwan [unaltered photo]
It’s Gonna Be a Lunar New Year Like No Other

And if you are reading this before Sunday, which is Chinese New Year’s Eve, you should all feel very, very special.

Why? You may ask.

Because you know about the baby before my in-laws do. We couldn’t think of a better time to share our wonderful news. Chinese New Year’s Eve is a time for family. It is a time for joy and happiness. It is a time of coming together. It is a time of good luck and fortune. It is a time of new beginnings.

Plus, my husband and I have something up our sleeve to make the announcement all the more special. I am sure my in-laws are going to be surprised we are going to be parents and shocked that we waited so long to tell [more on that in a later post.]

But, my husband and I are known for throwing in an element of surprise every now and then. We are also known for doing things our way – even though our way may be considered slightly unconventional.

And don’t worry! I will tell you all how it went down in a future post.

[Oh, and I am only four months in and I have oodles of stories to share, so that is why this blog may take a shift from Taiwan travel to more about pregnancy and child birth in Taiwan.]

HappyYear of the Monkey - Sign I Found in Taichung, Taiwan
Welcoming the Year of the Monkey – A Sign I Randomly Found in Taichung, Taiwan

Happy Lunar New Year

So, let me take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a Happy Chinese New Year!

Gongxi Fa Cai! Happy Year of the Monkey!!

[And thanks for reading and letting me share my joy with all of you!!]



45 thoughts on “The Big Reveal – It’s Going to be a Lunar New Year’s Eve Like No Other

  1. Congratulations!! So you are going to have a little monkey 😀 It is a very popular horoscope animal and in China lots of babies are going to be born this year!

    I hope you are feeling better now that you are in the second trimester! And please post all of your pregnant in Taiwan stories, conversations and “weird” traditions!

  2. Many congratulations, Constance. You didn’t quite tell us in your last post but one get the feeling that you are expecting a child as one read between the lines.

    Thank you for sharing the news with us. Wishing you and your husband a very Happy Year of the Monkey.

  3. Congratulations! (That’s what I guessed you were going to say.) My oldest daughter was born in the Year of the Monkey, and if she’s any indication, it’s a good year to be born. She’s as smart and sweet and energetic as they come.

    1. Thanks so much, Nicki! I hope my child possesses the same qualities as your daughter.

      And BTW, you have already helped me immensely with your information about pregnancy and RH negative blood. I plan to write a post about it because it is so rare here that maybe I could provide some extra information surrounding it here in Taiwan [and maybe Asia.]

      1. Wow! It was so long ago that they developed the antidote for RH incompatibility. But since RH negative is so rare in China and Taiwan, I can see that even doctors in Taiwan may not know about it.

  4. Congratulations! Very happy and excited for you and your family. Sounds like your in-laws are going to be in for one big surprise and that should be interesting 😀 Happy Lunar New Year and best wishes for the festive season, and the year ahead 🙂

    1. Thanks, Mabel! Happy Lunar New Year to you as well.

      We are excited to share the news with them. I know my MIL is going to be over the moon with excitement when she finds out. She is convinced our baby would [and I guess now will] be the cutest ever.

  5. Congratulations! I thought this would be your big announcement! From a monkey to a future monkey, it’s good to be a monkey!

    Wishing you a very happy Lunar New Year xo

  6. Oh my gosh! I saw your comment on my blog yesterday and I’m jogging Derek’s phone now to comment.

    Congratulations on your pregnancy! I can’t wait to see the cutie pie you guys have! And to read up about how pregnancy and childbirth is in Taiwan since I have a feeling we might be moving there for a few years and most likely will have a baby there! 🙂

    May the rest of your pregnancy go smoothly!

    Have a wonderful New Year!

    1. Thank so much. It is true – my blog took a backburner because of morning sickness. None of my friends were ever as sick during pregnancy as I have been, but luckily things are much better now.

      I must admit that I am quite excited to meet our little bundle of joy as well. And I am lucky as well because my doctor is amazing and I feel very comfortable with having a baby here.

      Happy Lunar New Year!! Hope you have an amazing time welcoming the Year of the Monkey!!

    1. Thanks, Hilary. I think many women can relate. My sister-in-law compared one of her pregnancies as being constantly seasick for nine months. Now, I have never been seasick but my husband has – it was a good analogy because he suffers from severe seasickness.

      I am looking forward to sharing how the news was received. The surprised was better than I could have ever imagined!! 🙂

      Happy Lunar New Year!

  7. I guess most of us got it right, but I was appalled when some of the comments really blurted “a baby!” out. I don’t know if it is the same in Taiwan, but among the Chinese community in Malaysia, it is a taboo (for those who observe tradition) for the expecting couple to mention the pregnancy to friends in the first trimester.

    Anyway, now I can officially congratulate you and also wishing you a Happy Lunar New Year! Gong Xi Huat Cai! 😀

    1. Thanks, CL!

      I think it is customary for most people to wait until the first trimester is over [which is three months.] All my friends in Canada waited to announce the big news as well. However, as I will explain in a future blog post, some people do things differently – I am speaking of an incident that happened recently which still has me shaking my head.

  8. Congratulations future fellow monkey mom 🙂 If all goes okay, I’ll be having a little monkey of my own next month or in April. Stay healthy and well rested and don’t let pregnancy horror stories and books scare you 🙂

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