a story, an announcement (or two), and a giveaway


Hey, you.

With the face.  Yeah, you.

Guess what?

I have something to share.

I have a little story to tell you.

Four years ago, I accidentally got pregnant, but miscarried.

We had told everyone I was pregnant and it was crippling to me to have to one by one, announce the end of what we thought was going to be.

Three years ago, I got pregnant again.  We told no one.

We miscarried again.  I was crushed by the pain–physically and emotionally–but so relieved not to have to “take back” the pregnancy news again.

Two and a half years ago, I got pregnant again.  We told no one.

We found out I have low progesterone.

We fixed that.

At 10 weeks, we told everyone.

Almost 21 months ago we had Eddie.


So why am i telling you this story that so many of you already know?

Because Cort and I have made a decision.

We have an announcement.

Qe have decided to let me blog about trying to get pregnant when we decide to get pregnant again.

Cort (and my therapist) understand that the best way for me to process things is to be able to put my words here for you.  for me to be able to reach out when i have joy and pain.  For me to have you.

It’s my way to tell all of you I know in my real life things the way I want and need to say them too.  I hate the phone.  I get befuddled and don’t get my words straight.

Here,  I can put down the exact words I want to use.  I can pace things.

I am so grateful to all of you for being that support and for reading my words.

And I feel so lucky to have a husband who understands my need and is willing to let me put something so close and personal out here.


But wait…we have one more announcement.

We have decided to try to get pregnant again!

Get ready for some of this (God willing!):


oh yeah, rocking the flowers ALL OVER!


Guess what else?

I get to give YOU something in celebration of our announcements!

Have you used Shutterfly to upload and print photos?  They are AWESOME!

Since I am feeling all annoucey lately, I was looking through baby announcements, but then because of the 800 weddings we have this year, I was also looking at save the date announcements and remembering how fun it was to be in those planning stages.

Pretty sweet, huh?

You want some, don’t you?

Yeah you do.

Shutterfly gave me a coupon code for 50 free announcements each, and I am giving it to one of YOU!

To enter to win, just leave me a comment!  That is all!  I want to hear from you about my announcements!

To get a bonus entry, tweet something like the following and then come back and tell me in a separate comment that you did:

i’m helping @ksluiter celebrate her awesome announcements by entering her #cleverspring #shutterfly giveaway! http://wp.me/p1qChn-zb


This giveaway will close on Tuesday, April 19 at 4:00 est.  A winner will be chosen at random and announced Wednesday, April 20.


Are you a blogger, too? Click here to register for a chance at 50 free announcements!

This post is part of a series sponsored by Shutterfly. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Ooh, good luck! Sending sticky vibes your way!

  2. That’s wonderful Katie! Wishing you every success and looking forward to reading about the journey on your blog.

  3. You know I have two little ones just 27 months apart and whew they run me ragged…but I love their little faces and I wouldn’t change either one of them.


  4. So exciting!! Happy baby making. I wish you appropriate and not Suleman amounts of fertility… no one needs a litter- that would bring all kinds of post pardum crazaay! Heart you!

  5. Yay!!! That’s so exciting! Bebe vibes your way.

  6. I am SO very excited for you! Sending good wishes and baby dust your way!

  7. Oh happiness! I’m so excited for you. Happy trying and good luck!
    May you be nausea and heartburn free. May your feet not swell to the size of skateboards and may your skin remain stretch-mark free.

  8. OMG, so exciting! Praying for good news for you soon.

  9. I just wanted to let you know that I read this this morning (you are heard) and I’m sending you and Cort and Eddie all sorts of good thoughts and love (you are adored). XO

  10. Mrs. Jen B says

    So exciting!!! Sending up a prayer for you guys, I hope good things happen really soon!

  11. Fun! Good luck! Can’t wait to read about your journey. What an exciting time for you!

  12. Oh Katie – I’m so over the moon excited for you!! Your womb is in my thoughts.

    You know what I mean.

  13. What a fantastic pair you both are, Katie! Best of luck to you my friend. Hugs from across the pond!

  14. This is amazing, and lots of luck to you!! I would love to win this, I am working on ordering bday invites for my LO right now!

  15. This isn’t an entry–just my warmest wishes for easy conception, safe pregnancy, and joyful birth. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

  16. YAYAYAYAY! Such a happy announcement! I wish you the best this time around!

  17. Oh, that is exciting, exciting news! Good luck 🙂

  18. I’m so happy.

    Go fight win, spermies!

  19. I just wanted to say how happy I am for you and your family. What a wonderful decision AND announcement. Sending fun “get pregnant soon” vibes your way!

  20. YIPEE!! Time to make more cute bebes!!!

  21. I’m so happy for you!! Happy baby making 😉

  22. I’m so happy for you. And Cort and Eddie! Congrats! I hope everything goes well.

  23. Congrats & good luck to you!

  24. tweeted! @BekaBooMN

  25. Awesome news! Congrats and good luck!

  26. tweeted @tonilb16

  27. Good luck! I hope you are printing annoucements soon.

  28. Awesome! Have fun trying!

    I’ll send my super fertile vibes your way.

    And ‘Announcey’? I love made up words.

  29. Heather M says

    That is awesome news! Sending prayers and good vibes your way!! And you are right you do have an amazing husband, it is awesome that he understand urs needs. Best of luck to u and ur family!!

  30. Yay!!! So I want you to know it took me 2.5 yrs and 3 m/c’s to get pregnant with my oldest son. It then took 3 cycles to get pregnant with my youngest son. So keep a positive outlook!

    Also, if you want to get some awesome support from women that have been there (with struggling with ttc) please please please visit the forums at http://www.mothershideaway.com. It’s a great support site with answers to all questions (nothing’s TMI) AND there’s something in the water because *everyone* gets pregnant. (I’m not kidding we just had 4 women accidentally get pregnant…we Blame the MH water!)

    Good luck and I can’t wait to follow this exciting and nerve wracking time!

  31. mrshiggison says

    Holy exciting announcement, Batman!

  32. mrshiggison says

    I tweeted:)

  33. Katie!!!!!! I have tears! I’m at work with tears!! You are gorgeous in that photo. I’m so excited for you and Cort and Eddie!
    I know your fears and your excitement.
    This is going to be a tremendous ride. So much fun.
    We’re here for you the whole way!!

  34. SOOOOOO excited for you…that is fantastic news. Wishing tons of GOOD JUJU baby dust!!!!!!
    I can’t wait to be able to see you on this trip this time.

    and that flower shirt, YOU ARE TOTALLY ROCKING it. 🙂

  35. You rocking the flowers. Cutest ‘deflowered’ picture ever! Hope to see you looking like that again soon! Exciting times!
    all the best to you,

  36. Yeah for babies…20 weeks in I was just thinking today how much I have NOT spent time enjoying this once since I am chasing a toddler but I truly believe the best gift you can give your child is a sibling…so I am baking this one for Brady! 🙂 And us too! Have fun!

  37. Very exciting! Good luck!

  38. Good luck! Can’t wait to read about it!

  39. tweeted.. 😉

  40. Sending good vibes your way 🙂 I am so excited and happy for y’all!! Lots of love and luck!

  41. Always inspiring and always true.

    Thanks for the great article Katie.

  42. How exciting. Many good thoughts, prayers, and baby dust going your way 🙂

  43. Woo hoo!! This is exciting!

  44. Congrats! That is all very exciting!!

    Did I share with you that during my fertility issues, we decided to try progesterone suppositories as a last ditch effort before trying IUI, and I got pregnant that very same month? It could have been a coincidence, but I believe it was the progesterone that made all the different.

  45. This is such wonderful news, katie. i am thrilled for you and Cort (and Eddie!) and hope you are telling us about your morning sickness soon! xo

  46. good luck trying to get knocked up – and i love me some shutterfly!!

  47. No I’m not entering but was curious if I rubbed my belly on the screen if that would be good luck. And yes, I do hope the progesterone does the trick. (And pray that you don’t have to take it by intermuscular injection…owee.)

  48. Leaving good thoughts for you keeping the bun in the oven full term and having another wonderful child!

  49. Exciting!! Wishing you tons of luck and a happy, healthy pregnancy.

  50. Here’s to good vibes being sent your way via the interwebs!
    Thanks for the giveaway too!

  51. Aww.. how exciting!! 🙂

  52. Good juju for you. Lots of luck!

  53. TheNextMartha says

    Pssst, I’m excited for you.

  54. I don’t care if I win or not!! But Congratulations and best of luck to you both!!

    I can’t wait to read the journey!!

  55. Yay! So excited for you! I was a CRAZY person when we were TTC. Absolutely nuts. Not sure people would have wanted to follow me on that journey. LOL Although I have written all about it in great detail for my book.

    Can’t wait for your good news, my friend!

  56. Oh, that’s wonderful! Wishing you the very best, good luck TTC!

  57. Good luck! So excited for you guys! Will be saying some prayers along the way.

  58. HA! I knew it was something like this. I was close on Twitter 😀

    Seriously, good luck and remember PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT 😀

  59. Mackenzie says

    That’s great news!!! I hope we have babies together! Can’t wait to have another neice or nephew!!

  60. Go on vacation! Or just get down in any room but your bedroom. Apparently my old bed was baby kryptonite.


  61. Trisha V. says

    I am officially entering! And.. I don’t tweet but I feel I should get a bonus entry for being pregnant with twins?…. no? well I tried!! You know I am so so happy for you guys!

  62. so glad you’re sharing your story. i’m sure it’s tough after all you’ve been through, but sometimes support is just what you need. praying for you thru the process. can i encourage you to begin your exercise routine now? makes the preggo process easier… and for me, it kept me sane!! 😉

  63. thinking of you as you start this journey and glad you will be blogging through it 🙂

  64. This is so exciting Kate!!! I can’t wait to have another niece or nephew!! I love being an Aunt! We will be praying things go smooth with this pregnancy, much love.

  65. Holy Moly!!! Katie, this is so exciting!! I’ll be praying!

  66. You know I love you and I am so priviledged that you want to take us all on this journey with you. I’m sending all my love and all my baby fairy dust your way. I’ll hold your hand excitedly and will be praying for twins so that I can selfishly have one…hee hee.

  67. Good Luck! Very Exciting!

  68. That’s fab.

    Sending you my fertility! Make good use of it.

  69. Good luck with your exciting plans!!


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