You may or may not have noticed, but I have been absent.  Not blogging.  Not really facebooking.  Not tweeting.  Not Instagraming.  Not pinning.

And I have missed you.  Missed your kind words and your blogs and your awesome pins and seeing what you are up to on twitter.

And soon, I am hoping to get back in the groove again.   The separation anxiety has been too much.

pink rose cake

Well, I might as well tell you why.

In about five months we will be gaining another member to our family.  We are pregnant!  Well, *I* am pregnant.  But my dear hubby has been picking up the slack like crazy for the last few months so he gets full credit too.

Although we are thrilled and beaming and so, so thankful for this blessing, it has not been easy.  I have been very sick.  Its been severe nausea/sickness and exhaustion and migraines and some other not so fun stuff.  For someone who suffers from motion sickness even when not preggers, this nausea has been debilitation for me.   I would look at my computer screen and get sick.  It got to the point where I had to hide my computer because the mere idea of being on it would make me sick.

blue rose cake

But, as of the last couple days, things are starting to look up.  I am typing and not dizzy.  YAY!

The idea of baking doesn’t make me want to set my kitchen on fire so I will not have to go near it.  I mean, not that I thought that.  That would be crazy.

So hopefully, over the next five months, I will be able to get back to what I love.  Baking. Blogging.  And hanging out with you.

gender cake

For the first time ever, we are planning on not finding out the gender of our newest miracle.  This being our fifth child, I think we will be able to handle it.  I mean, logistically.  Emotionally I might be in the fetal position in my closet eating cool ranch Doritos and ceasar salad (that has been my cravings of late) because I CANT TAKE THE SUSPENSE.

I might need to lean on you for support.  Please tell me you have done this and it didn’t make you crazy.  Because if there is the slightest chance it will be stressful I might start stalking our ulstrasound tech.

pink slice cake

My husband and children have unanimously decided that its a girl.  However, we currently have three boys and one girl, so I think the odds are in favor of a boy.  I have no idea.  I have never guessed right with any of them!

But no matter what we are blessed with, we know he/she is already so completely and utterly loved.

And I just want to really apologize for how absent I have been.  I know I mentioned it before, but I sincerely miss you all.  Your comments and interaction in the iambaker community has been such a delight!  Getting to know you better is a true joy.

Oh, and one more thought. In making this cake I got to thinking… not only is this is fun “We’re Pregnant!” cake, but could also be a fun Gender Reveal cake!

Maybe I will just update this post when our new addition arrives! 🙂

***Just in case you want to know, I call this cake the Rose Cake.  Its an original cake the I created in Feb. of 2011 and have made many since!  You can see my full tutorial here, or my video tutorial here!


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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. I’ve already congratulated you on Instagram, but I’m congratulating you again!

    I think we are due around the same time (April?) I too was very sick. I started out nauseous and then for about 3 and half weeks I was vomiting every day. I know, gross, but really it’s worse than ‘just’ nausea. I am 18 weeks along today, with my first, and doing fine though still taking unisom + B6 at bedtime to kill off daytime nausea.

    We are not finding out the gender either, and I like the idea of my husband getting to announce it 😉
    Yay! Cheers (& cake!) to babies!

    1. Congrats Maggie!!! Sounds like we have a heck of a lot in common! 🙂 Glad you are feeling better and I hope that continues!

  2. We were “old-fashioned”, too, and did not find out the sex of our babies before they were born. The best part was that my doctor knew this, and the instant each one was born she looked to my husband and asked HIM to tell me what we had! It was very exciting. (Warning: you will get a lot of pressure from others who think they just HAVE to know, but it’s kind of fun to think that a “secret” can’t be pried from you because you don’t even know the answer!) Here’s wishing you a healthy baby! 😉

  3. Oh my GOODNESS!!! Congratulations! Baby & book in the same year!!!

    We did not find out what we were having and it was really fun and exciting! 🙂 Hope you continue to feel better! Take it easy, girl!!! Let your hubby pamper you!

  4. Congratulations!! Sending lots of prayers your way. Awesome looking cake by the way. You are very talented.

  5. Don’t find out the sex! For our third child (already had a boy and a girl) we decided to not find out the gender. Getting names for both sex was difficult, but the surprise was so worth it! My husband was able to announce the sex of the baby girl and it was SUCH a wonderful moment! You can do it! You can wait! 🙂

  6. WooHooo!!! What happy news! Always sooo exciting. I had four and we went for the surprise everytime! It was fun! It added to the “gift” aspect of a new child. I will say that it kept my oldest, my daughter, from being disappointed with her last sibling. We lived where three roads in our neighborhood converged, and all three of us girls were expecting that spring. I had Natalie and her two brothers. Needless to say, she wanted a sister. Well, Heather had a girl,two weeks later Beth had a girl. I figured the odds were against Natalie’s wish and I was right. She got brother 3. But, he made up for it by getting her on tv and notoriety at school by being born in the car en route! Ha ha! Happy times! Best wishes and I look forward to hearing more. (Secretly I hope your daughter has better luck than mine did and I hope she has red hair like beautiful Eddie)
    Kathryn BTW my hubby is one of eight!

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