Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon is going to be a mother once more. The Mama June: Road to Redemption actress, 21, is expecting her second child with husband Joshua Efird in July, according to “PEOPLE.COM”.
“I think all of us, we’re excited, but it’s also nerve-wracking in the same sentence,” Pumpkin says.
The couple, who also have a 3-year-old daughter named Ella Grace, found out about the pregnancy in November, much to their surprise.
“We weren’t sure what to expect. We weren’t trying either, but we weren’t preventing either “says the reality star who is expecting a child. “Ella is now three years old, so it’s taken me that long to get pregnant. Because I was on birth control for a while and then went off for a year and a half. Then I discovered I was pregnant.”
Learning she was pregnant for the second time “was definitely a shock because we had been trying and I’ve been buying pregnancy tests and they kept coming back up negative,” Pumpkin says.
“And Josh simply said, ‘Oh, don’t take any more.’ And all I could think was, ‘Well…’ I had a strange feeling one day, so I took one and it came back positive “she claims.
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Pumpkin and Josh “had already come to terms” with the fact that “Ella may just be our one and it just being us and we’re going to be okay.” before learning of the pregnancy. They had “had just come to terms with that,” when they found out she was pregnant again.
“That, for sure, was a big deal, because Josh doesn’t work at home,” Pumpkin says. “He works in South Carolina, and it’s difficult to work long distance while pregnant and caring for two children. It’s undeniably a lot.”
Following the arrest of her mother, June “Mama June” Shannon, in 2019, the TV personality took on a new role as legal guardian of her younger sister, Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson.
Alana, 15, has mixed feelings about becoming an aunt again.
“”I think Alana is excited, but Alana also feels like a burden because now we have Ella and she wants us to be able to move on with our lives,” Pumpkin says, adding that she occasionally forgets Alana is “grown and she thinks like an adult.” And it’s like, those aren’t the things you should be concerned about.”
Pumpkin and Alana met Mama June, 41, for the first time in a year on Friday’s episode of We tv’s Mama June: Road to Redemption. During a tearful sit-down with their mother, the two daughters reconciled while also discussing the pain she had caused due to her previous drug addiction.
Pumpkin says she told her mother, who celebrated one year of sobriety in January, about her upcoming bundle of joy, and that they are now in communication and on the road to healing their fractured relationship.
“I did inform my mother of my pregnancy. ‘Well, you don’t need another one,’ she says at first. But she says it all the time. But I think I’m doing pretty well in terms of caring for Ella while also managing to care for a 15-year-old. But she’s ecstatic “She explains.
Pumpkin, who plans to find out the gender of her baby while she’s pregnant, says she’s more energized this time around than she was with her first.
“This one feels different because I’m able to get up. I get a lot of energy in the mornings. I can get up at seven o’clock and work all day. But with Ella, I was constantly exhausted. I had no desire to do anything. So all I can say is that I hope this trend continues “she claims.
Ella was pregnant at the time “‘Oh, I’m not going to do this again,’ I thought. It’s exhausting.'”
“But this time, it’s okay,” she says. “I can actually do stuff and get things done.”