PHOTOS RHOC’s Lydia McLaughlin pregnant with third child, writing a book

The Real Housewives of Orange County returns for its 9th season Monday night, but fans won’t be seeing Lydia McLaughlin, who left the show after one stressful and dramatic season. So what will Lydia be doing with her time? Writing a book… and giving birth to her third child!

“Both Lydia and Doug are so excited to be adding to their beautiful family,” Lydia’s rep reveals to Us Weekly. The tabloid (and Lydia) shared the photo above taken by photographer Rod Foster in which Lydia can be seen showing off her small baby bump along with husband Doug and their sons Stirling (5) and Maverick (3). (Oh, and their mini Australian shepherd Sonny.)

So is Lydia hoping for another boy or is she hoping to mix things up a bit with a little girl? The 33-year-old mother to be was asked that question by a fan on Twitter, and she was anything but coy with her response:

Lydia was also rather direct with her wishes when sharing this next baby bump pic on instagram by captioning it, “Baby number 3! Praying for a GIRL.”

The response on Twitter has been overwhelmingly supportive and congratulatory and Lydia thanked everyone for their well wishes:

In addition to the pregnancy announcement, Lydia also revealed that she is currently working out a deal for an inspirational book that Us Weekly says “doubles as a personal memoir and a Bible study course.”

Congratulations to Lydia and her family! It sounds like her eventual “Where Are They Now? special is going to be quite a positive one! 🙂



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