Pregnancy Q & A

Pregnancy Q & A: Lisa Allen Pregnancy Style

How much longer: Less than 3 weeks to go…

How did you find out? So I get this really loud laugh when I’m pregnant, but only during pregnancy.  If you watch my Instagram story, you have heard it and I am sorry for that. It sounds more like a rumble. I can’t explain it. About a week before I took the test it came out and scared Jeff, he had never heard it. I had been feeling super bloated, my pants were tight, so when that laugh came out I had a hunch. A week later Goldie wanted to go to the dollar store to get some light up watch she saw and I bought a few pregnancy tests. Fancy huh? I honestly think they work just as good or better than brand name tests. I’ve used them with all my kids. Went home, took the test and I had double red lines within 5 seconds. No joke. So bold, I didn’t have to question if the line was real or not. So I took two more and same thing. 100% pregnant. I went into the garage and showed Jeff (super romantic;). Stunned. Both of us.

Were you trying? When Jeff and I started dating he had asked if I wanted more kids. My answer was the same I always gave a guy who asked ” if I end up with someone who already has kids, no. But, if they don’t I’d have one or two more” Jeff is a natural with kids. He and his sister ran summer babysitting camps when they were in Jr. High. For real..a total natural. We knew we wanted kids together and had been discussing over the summer that we should start trying around January. Little did we know during a couple of those conversations that we were already pregnant. It happened earlier than either of us planned, since we are still in full renovation mode. I’m not sure anyone is every really ready. Right?

How much have I gained? 42 pounds and counting. To put into perspective how large I get during pregnancy, let me give you a back story. When I was 6 month’s pregnant with Avery I moved and started going to a new church. I gained 45 pounds with Avery and lost the weight within the first 6 months after delivery. Around the time I lost all the baby weight I was asked to teach a health and fitness class for my church. When my leader approached me for this idea his words were ” we think you’d be so great for this calling because you’re a weight loss success story” I laughed and told him I was always this size except while pregnant. The look of sheer panic on his face was incredible.

Have I selected a name? No!! We need new ideas! I had originally loved the name Lemon, but Jeff and the kids didn’t. I still love it. It’s not happening, so someone else use it and tag me so I can see your sweet Lemon. Another name we liked but have decided against: Clementine. Both great names, just not going to happen with this baby. We like fun names that are uncommon and happy. On our list as of now: Birdie, Kit and Monroe (after my grandpa). Leave a comment on my Instagram with any ideas!

Is the nursery finished? ALMOST! Jeff finished Goldie’s loft bed. The wallpaper was hung thanks to family. We teamed up with Pottery Barn for the crib and dresser. Jeff is now building a rocking chair and light fixture. It’s coming together!


Will you and Jeff have more kids? I get asked this the most. The answer is I don’t know. Yes. Probably. Depends. Of course. I’m not doing this again. I’ve always wanted 5 kids. I don’t think I can handle 5 kids. Maybe. So..time will tell. But, if we do it’ll have to be quick. I don’t want to be delivering another baby the same night Avery graduates high school.;)

What are your cravings? Now that I’m in my third trimester of pregnancy I don’t really CRAVE anything except Juicy Fruit gum as of lately. I literally hadn’t had it in 15-20 years. A flood of childhood memories came back with that first stick. First trimester (okay he still gets them) Jeff would get texts from me that said BWW now. Translation: Buffalo Wild Wings. We were going once a week, just he and I. Our order was always the same: chipotle bbq, lemon pepper and salt and vinegar traditional wings with fries, extra carrots and celery sticks. I LOVE raw carrots and celery in buffalo sauce. He actually might get that same text tonight.

Were you disappointed you’re having another girl? Tough to answer because we are having a girl. FOUR girls is a lot. All of us, kids included were hoping for a boy. When the doctor called to tell Jeff and I we literally could not make eye contact. Haha. We’ve all processed it and the excitement has built up around this little girl coming to our family. It’s a great blessing. Plus, it’s really all I know as a mom.

Are you nervous? I’m nervous in the sense that it’s been so long since I’ve had a newborn. At the same time I’ve done this three other times and with Goldie I did it on my own from day one so I know I can do it again. It also helps seeing how incredible Jeff is to Avery, Poppy and Goldie so I can only imagine how much he’ll love having his own to love on. Plus, the girls are so much older now and beyond excited to add a baby to the mix. So am I.


  • Reply Kelli March 19, 2017 at 4:17 PM

    We liked some uncommon names with our second baby girl (almost 7mos old already!) Her name is Everley and we just love it! Birdie is ADORABLE and that would be my vote for you! Also Ivy was one I recently saw and loved . Beautiful family you have! Best of luck with your delivery ?

  • Reply Cheryl March 19, 2017 at 4:17 PM

    I reallay like the name Monroe for a girl!! Very cool! One of my daughter’s names is Kaitlyn – we call her Kit!! Kit is super cool too!? If you don’t have a middle name either…you could do Kit Monroe!

  • Reply Kady fuller March 19, 2017 at 9:43 PM

    One that would be cute with your other girls names and is uncommon is Beatrice which means she who brings happiness, happy, blessed. Birdie is adorable and was Sandra bullocks character name in one of my all time fav movies hope floats, so that’s always a winner. Frankie and Josie or Joss are cute too as is Dottie. Good luck!!

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  • Reply Amy March 20, 2017 at 6:12 PM

    Monroe!! Love love it! It’s the name of my hometown. But also Birdie goes flawlessly with your other girls’ names. Avery, poppy, goldie, and birdie. Has a nice ring to it ❤

  • Reply Ellen March 21, 2017 at 8:57 AM

    Kit & Birdie are my favorite!!. Evie, Edie, Cottie, Francie, Frenchie, Kitsey, Louise (Weesie) , Dolley, Henny (short for Henrietta??),
    Peaches ?? Haha

  • Reply Kelly March 25, 2017 at 10:04 AM

    My little girls middle name is Clementine and her first name was a toss up between Winnie and Birdie, but since I won the middle name, my husband won Winnie for her first. Monroe is still unique and a beautiful honor to your father. All lovely choices.❤

  • Reply Carolyn Markling March 26, 2017 at 7:14 PM

    Love Birdie! I also love Quinn for a girl!

  • Reply Jesse March 27, 2017 at 7:41 PM

    I’m with you on the uncommon but fun names. My 8 month old little girl is Bennie <3

  • Reply Ashley March 28, 2017 at 7:04 AM

    All such great name choices! We just had our first baby in December and named her Annie which I have always loved because it’s happy, a little old school and not super common. Not short for Ann either…just Annie. Having said that, my nickname my entire life has been Bird/Birdie. I adore it!! Growing up we’d be in some crowded place and if my dad wanted to find me he’d yell “Birdie?” and literally no one else would turn their heads because I was the only one.

  • Reply lynn April 12, 2017 at 6:44 PM

    Congratulations on your adorable baby!! hope you are healing and enjoying! i remembered you saying something about a thyroid medicine you were taking and thought it had caused weight gain? i have been taking a compounded one from a more natural doctor and have been debating whether to stop or not… any suggestions? did you think it caused weight gain instead of loss? did you stop taking or switch to a different kind?

  • Reply Cassie February 18, 2019 at 7:02 AM

    Hello! Late to the party- where is this top from Lisa?

    Thank you 🙂

    • Reply Lisa Allen February 18, 2019 at 8:58 AM

      Free people 2 years ago when I was pregnant with Ozzy. 👍🏻

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