Shower of Joy… a.k.a. picture overload

Alrighty, well I finally got a copy of the baby shower pictures–I know I’m behind! The reason being is the pics were uploaded onto my MIL’s Costco account and the nearest Costco to us is 45 minutes away!! Therefore, I had to wait a week for my mom to bring me a copy of the picsies. 

But I won’t bother you with details. You’ve waited patiently long enough! 

P.S. 
The order of uploading the pictures got messed up, and it would take too long to fix it, but you get the picture… 

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Two days before the shower, B and I asked his oldest sister, Ann Marie, to be Baby Girl’s godmother. We asked her by giving her this shirt. 
She said YES!
Little Miss has got some good genes 😉

L.O.V.E. 

My best friend since kindergarten flew in from NYC! 
Mother-in-Law
 Baby Girl’s first polo from her Auntie Michelle (clearly! looovveee it!)
Of course I love this! From my bff, Lauren, in the back 🙂
My friend/sorority sister Cata made this diaper wreath! Adorable!
My third grade teacher gave Little Miss this basket. Look at the next pic to see what I pulled out of it….
 It kept going…
 ….and going! SO COOL!
Our 2 year-old nephew Lucas gave the chickadee her first Indiana Jones toy. 
Looks like she’ll have to fight Daddy for it!
{If you didn’t already know, this is how Indy got his name}
So happy Cata could make it!
College ‘sweet’ mates!
He’s gonna be the best daddy!
Blessed pins my MIL made for people to take home. 
{I have them scattered everywhere around my house!}
Start of the shower…

 Newly engaged pretties! With mimosas, of course!

Spoiled much..?! 
What would a shower be without games?!
 Sorority sisters throughout the years…
 It means so much to me that they were all there to celebrate the “little legacy”!
Beautiful handmade quilt!
My “Little” Sister <3
My Daddy and me comparing bellies 😉
Beautiful Mama!
“Wish Tree” for guests to write little love notes to the babe.
{I got the idea from Arrie @ The Lugar News. We coincidentally have the same nursery bedding!}
My Third Grade Teacher came to my shower!!!!!
BFF Lauren 🙂
 Co-host and amazing family friend…
no.explanation.needed.
Obsessed In love with my Vera diaper bag from my sister-in-laws! 
It’s perfect.

 Baby’s first Longaberger basket to put her footprints, hospital bracelet, lock of hair, etc… throughout the years. Such a thoughtful gift!

So there you have it!
It was such a blessed day filled with lots of love for our little girl! 
Blake and I couldn’t be more appreciative. 
We’re truly humbled, and thankful for each and every person who made this day so special for our family!

All is Good in the Hood….

…and WOMB!

Just got back from our ultrasound and Little Miss looks p.e.r.f.e.c.t. She’s weighing in at a whopping 4lbs 11oz (almost as much as her fur-brother, Indy!) Now, I know these weights aren’t always accurate, but it still gives me peace of mind.

I was anxious to see if she was positioned how I imagine her. I told y’all before that I feel her hiccups really low, and jabs to the ribs, so I assumed she’s head down. And sure enough, she is! I know she could twirl around a few more times in the next six weeks, but for the last two she hasn’t changed at all. {Fingers crossed she’ll stay down}

We got to see her cute widdle face and what seems to be chubby cheeks and Blake’s nose (yes!) She was also opening and closing her itty bitty fist… right in my hip, like always! We also saw her feet kicking my ribs. It was so cool, y’all!

Baby Girl is in the 27th percentile and the tech said she’s just going to be a smaller baby. I was 6lbs 12oz and Blake was 6lbs 7oz so I can’t see her being all that big any way. Plus, I’m cool with that… might make for an easier eviction, right?! {we can only hope!}

Thanks to everyone for their advice, encouragement, and prayers. I appreciate it sooo much! You guys are the best! And if you can keep my cousin Holly in your prayers, too. She’s being induced tomorrow at 6am with her second boy, Will!

Have a great night everyone! (Grey’s is on!)

xoxo

Sneaky Peaky

Here’s just a little taste of my heavenly baby shower! 

Fortunately for Blake and me, we had so many people taking pictures for us. 
Unfortunately, that means I don’t have very many pictures to share right now. 
As soon as I do, I’ll be sure to post them!
But for now… ENJOY
{I know I did!}

The beautiful diaper cake my best friend/sorority sister/bridesmaid, Lauren made me:

My newborn hospital picture, and ‘Baby Blake’ 
{I could die over how cute he looks!}:

My bestie forever (since kindergarten!), Aunt Dana, flew in from NYC:

(most of) The Aftermath:

Oh! And what’s that I’m holding? 
Oh, just my new SLR, nobigdeal
Chrismakah came early this year, thanks to my amazing parents. They knew we’ve been wanting this little bad boy and knew the importance of having it before the chickadee makes her arrival. {And this far in the game, you just never know when that’ll be.} All the pictures above were taken with this camera (no edits, yo). Now y’all won’t have to suffer with crappy iPhone picsies 😉 I just gotta learn how to use it!


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The baby’s shower was absolutely amazing. So many important people in our lives came out to celebrate our little girl. I feel truly blessed. I can’t wait to share more about it!!
 [And I’m sure some of y’all are dying to see all the goodies]

**In case anyone is wondering more specifically, the camera is a Canon EOS Digital Rebel Xs Black 10.1 MP Digital SLR with an 18-55-IS lens. 
My parents also got us a Canon EF-S 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS Optical Image Stabilizer Telephoto Zoom Lens**



“I Wanna Be a Billionaire…

…so freakin’ bad.”
Then I could buy my soon-to-be daughter e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. I want!!
Especially, everything from Etsy.
Here’s what I’ve been swooning over lately…
Source

But most of all… this is a MUST! After this month, we’re getting it! Like for reals. You can’t put a price on pictures of your little one. Am I right?! The only problem is that it doesn’t have video. So what to do? Upgrade to the next model that does have video? Or buy a separate recorder? Say like a Flip? And these things ain’t cheap, peeps!

[Canon EOS Digital Rebel Xs Black 10.1 MP Digital SLR With 18-55-IS lens]

Source

Now if you could tell me how I could become a billionaire and buy all these fabulous things, I’d love you forever. kthanks.

29 Weeks’ Belly Pic

*Warning: Sorry about the pic quality. I accidentally locked my camera and don’t know how to unlock it. lol But we’re getting an SLR in October–can’t wait!

Here’s my 29 week belly to go along with my update from yesterday. 
Check it out here:
[Indy had to make a little appearance]


One piece of advice I recently received was don’t compare yourself to other pregnant women. I was starting to get concerned that my belly wasn’t big enough. However, at my last well check-up I was measuring right on target. Nothing to worry about. Every woman is different, carries differently, and grows differently. So lesson learned… I shouldn’t listen to people saying things like, you’re still so small… yada yada
Nothing is wrong with me 😉

A LOT of changes have happened over the last few days:

{I have to bend over to see my feet now…very weird!}

{Putting on shoes is difficult}

{Bending over period is difficult}

{Getting out of bed is not.so.easy. anymore}

{I get tired a lot faster}

I mentioned yesterday that the babe’s foot has been glued to my right hip for the past few days, but as of last night, she is now wedged between my hip and ribs. It’s such a strange feeling. It actually takes my breath away at times. It took a while to get comfortable all last night because she was kicking so much!!

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As you probably know, we got our crib… YEA!!! 
While I was home over the weekend, I brought back the mattress and obviously could.not.wait any longer to set up Baby Girl’s bedding.
I think it’s so precious and l.o.v.e it! 
More fun things to come, that’s for sure!




Nursery Update

Things are finally coming along in the nursery department. Thank goodness my sister-in-law called us Saturday night to tell us about a great deal at Target: Buy the crib, get the matching changing table for F-R-E-E! Yep. That’s right. The crib converts into a toddler bed, and full-size bed.
She’s a beauty in “Espresso”:
[The mattress is still at my parents’ house so I couldn’t fully set everything up yet]

[will hopefully get my baskets off my registry to go on the shelves]


Thank goodness my awesome in-laws were in town visiting for Labor Day to help us set it up. I’m so happy it all worked out 🙂

We also went ahead and set up the playard in our bedroom so Indy would get used to it. I thought he’d growl or bark at it, but he could care less. I guess that’s a good sign!
[L.O.V.E. this pattern! And works for a boy one day, too!]

AND….. our car seat/stroller arrived today (thanks to B’s aunt and uncle) WAHOO!! Silly me thought it would come already assembled (just folded up), but ha-ha… yeah right. I opened it up and it’s all.in.pieces. 


If you have a baby I’m sure you know there are a bazillion many different products out there to choose from and it can be terribly overwhelming. We’ve received a lot of advice/suggestions, and I’ve read a ton of consumer reports online. It’s seems that for every several “Excellent” reviews, there’s always a complainer. We did the best we could and know that people like/dislike products for different reasons and there’s always going to be “something” that “someone” doesn’t like about it. In any case, we chose this stroller for a few different reasons: 
{one} 
I could maneuver it easily through the aisles/It wasn’t unstable 
{two} 
I could easily collapse it/pick it up/open it back up
{three} 
There’s a lock on the front wheel if you choose to jog down a straight path
{four} 
The car seat handle made it easy to hold from every angle
{five}
 …and this might be the most important reason… 
You can hook your iPod up to its speakers!!!
[okay so maybe that’s Blake’s fav part about the stroller]


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Overall, I think we made a great choice about everything, but I guess we’ll find out when the little chickadee comes. She’ll be the real critic.


I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Labor Day!




Lately.

Just a little sumthin’ sumthin’ I’ve been working on for Little Miss this past week. Thought y’all might want to see.

Now, I like to think of myself as crafty because I like it and think it’s fun and all, but I’m no expert and I mess up. A lot. But I have fun through trial and error. (most of the time)

I knew I wanted to add a little pizzazz to the babe’s onesies, so I went out and bought a regular boring white pack of 0-3 month’s since I knew I was just experimenting, and was likely to mess up given my track record 😉

This is what I came up with:

Not bad for a first-timer, eh?
These little pretties are made using these bad boys:
[source: Google]

They’re called ‘yo-yo’ makers and I stumbled upon them at Michael’s Crafts. They come in all sorts of sizes (I have the largest and smallest). The directions are SUPER simple.
You can make all kinds of things with them…
[source: Google]

The possibilities are endless. I was surprised to see what all was out there when I googled “fabric yo-yo”

I also crafted this little baby to hold all her new hair clips.
Just a $4.00 picture frame from Wally World, minus the glass. I hot glued ribbon to the back and voila! 
p.s. They’re all made by yours truly 🙂

AND they match the onesies I made.
They just clip right onto a headband, but I can wear them myself in the mean time!

So now that I’m a big-shot expert and all, I think I can move on to 
bigger pizzazz-y projects!

What do you think??!




25 weeks

How far along?
25 weeks 
[sorry pic quality is so bad… it’s from my iPhone]
Total weight gain:
11 lbs… went to the doctor this morning
Maternity clothes?
yep! still can fit into some shirts (width-wise, just not length-wise), but shorts are basically a no-go. I tried the hair tie trick and it works, but maternity shorts are wayyyyy more comfortable.
Sleep:
Not too bad. After peeing umm 3 times in a matter of hmm 10-15 minutes, I’m finally able to get comfortable, thanks to my maternity pillow no less.
Symptoms:
Allergy-free (this week!!) yipee! Just slight nausea every now and then, but it’s usually brought on by waiting too long to eat.
What I’m looking forward to:
Putting together Little Miss’s room. I’ve been crafting and will share pics soon!
Cravings:
None, although I swear my husband’s the one who’s pregnant. He’s had a Slurpee craving for days, and finally went out and got us some last night (while watching So You Think You Can Dance, of course)
Aversions:
None.
Best moment this week: 
Baby Girl’s bedding came in this week!! It’s GORG! I’m obsessed in love with it. 

Movement:
TONS!! Especially when I’m trying to go to sleep, and then first thing in the morning. She even actually took my breath away last night, it was such a strong kick. 
Gender:
Bows & pearls 😉
Belly button in or out?
Slowly flattening out
What I miss:
Laying on my back. I’ll let myself rest on it for a few minutes, but gosh, I really miss it.
Milestones:
She’s finally starting to plump up and is about 13 1/2 inches long. According to babycenter.com, she’s growing more hair on her head, but since she’s our child, she probably isn’t… both B and I were bald when we were born! I don’t think our daughter has much hope =/ LOL
Favorite moments:
Hearing my sweet baby girl’s heartbeat today. 145bpm.


Tour de livery (said with French accent, of course)

Yesterday evening we toured the Women’s Center at the hospital I’ll be delivering Little Miss at. It was just your average general information session, where we were able to tour the hospital as well as sign up for classes. The hospital is just a ten-minute car ride from our house, although I’m sure on D-Day it’ll feel like ten hours! What I like about the Women’s Center is that they have private labor, delivery, recovery, and postpartum rooms. I wish we could have taken pictures, but there were so many people around. Inside each of the rooms is a private bathroom, bed, baby warmer, bassinet, recliner for Dad, and small table and chairs.

We went ahead and signed up for all our classes, too:

We opted to do the Prepared Childbirth Weekend instead of the 5-night series because of B’s school schedule. We weren’t sure if one of the 2-hour classes would be the night before a big test. We’re also taking Training for Labor Coping, Baby Care Basics, Breastfeeding Basics, and Infant Safety & CPR. Basically, every one they offer 🙂 They also have prenatal yoga twice a week, which I’ll be sure to take advantage of! The tour was very exciting, but also very surreal. This baby is coming in three months—WHAT?! CA-RAY-ZEE I tell ‘ya!

**Nursery update… Her itty bitty clothes are being washed as we speak. We’ve encountered so many generous people whom have already helped out so much. I can’t wait to separate and fold her freshly washed onesies. On an even better note, we finally have a place to put all her clothes. B and I went to Target (said with French accent, too) last night and bought a shelving unit with canvas baskets to store some of her clothes, blankets, and books. I would put it together myself if it didn’t weigh a b.a.z.i.l.l.i.o.n pounds.

And for no real reason at all, other than to have a picture… because let’s face it, posts with pics are better than posts without pics, here’s my furbaby, Indy… just chillin’. 
He helped me sort through the baby’s clothes before putting them in the wash this morning, and I may or may not have tried on all the little hats on him. And he may or may not have participated consensually.



Swoon over it.

We’ve finally decided on bedding for our Little Miss! Even before I knew I was pregnant, I flipped through a Pottery Barn Kids catalog at work and fell.in.love. with this baby girl bedding.

Once we found out we were having a girl, I rushed back on to the website to drool over look at this precious set. But of course, why do I have to fall in love with something that’s a bazillion dollars from Pottery Barn

Go figure.

So, we shopped around Babies R Us and Target, and I looked on Amazon, but there was nothing that I was completely sold on. We went ahead and put one on the registry (a sort of vintage/shabby chic theme), but my mind still kept going back to the PB one.

Well, it must have been my lucky day, y’all, because last night I thought, hmm I wonder if PB has anything on sale? Ah ha! Right there in the second row of the sale section was my dream baby girl bedding…


Swoon.

I love that it’s yellow. And I love that it’s babyish, because after all she’s not going to be a baby for long, but it’s also not your typical baby girl bedding. It’s a little more original. 
[Well as original as you can get with Pottery Barn.]
The only difference is that her crib is a medium-dark wood. Should look great together since there’s brown accents in the set.

And I found this little DIY project that I think will go perfectly above her crib. Thank you, Martha.

What’s really ironic is that for the majority of my life, I’ve been afraid of birds. Like, terribly and anxiously afraid of anything with feathers. In fact, my fear was so bad that two years ago I had to be hypnotized because I wouldn’t even walk around a lake if there were ducks. Seriously. But it worked. And now, I want a bird theme? Weird. LOL.

What do y’all think? Honestly. I can take it.

P.S. Thanks, Mom! 🙂 you’re the best!!