Happy Monday, all! Can you believe there are only nine more days until Christmas? And seventeen days until little Miss C’s due date?!! Eek. I just can’t believe it. So many different emotions now that we’re in the home stretch. Mostly, we’re just so excited to meet our little lady, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was a little nervous as we anticipate her official debut. All we can do is just take it day by day and embrace these last couple of weeks together as a party of two. It’s just been the two of us for the past 14 years so it’ll be a welcome change as we transition to a family of three. My last day at the office is this coming Friday and I’ll be on maternity leave until spring so I’ll have a couple of weeks to myself to get situated and get some rest (hopefully). We’ve been uber busy these past few months, as you can imagine, and the holidays are always full of social events. Pregnancy (or my swollen feet) have not slowed me down. Also, I’m so thankful to John for getting the majority of our Christmas shopping done for us this past weekend and really going above and beyond this entire pregnancy to help me out any way he can. Kuddos to the best husband and soon-to-be dad. Seriously. He’s been so amazing and I can’t wait to see him with our sweet girl.
A few weeks ago we shot our winter maternity photos that we used for our Christmas cards this year and I’m so happy with how they turned out. A special thanks to Sheena Ann Photography for capturing our last Christmas photos as a party of two. I’ve also linked both of my dresses below (the white sweater dress is non-maternity).
Happy Sunday! I hope you all had a great weekend. We spent the entire weekend “nesting” and getting everything in order for little Miss C’s arrival in about 6 weeks. It makes it so much more real now that her room is ready, her clothes are washed, everything is organized and in place and our car seats are installed. It feels good to get all the important things out of the way so we’re not scrambling last minute. Tomorrow is my 34 week appointment and I just have to order some wall decor, her crib sheets and some misc. items, but otherwise, we’re pretty much ready!
On a side note, I did a mini fall maternity shoot a few weeks back thanks to my girlfriend Lauren so I wanted to share some of my favorite photos from that shoot. My maternity dress is from PinkBlush Maternity who were kind of enough to gift this dress to me. My dress comes in several colors and they have a ton of cute dresses for photo shoots, baby showers and casual everyday items. You can shop my dress below.
Happy Tuesday!! I hope your week is off to a great start. This past weekend was filled with family, good friends, laughter and a whole lot of love at our beautiful baby shower honoring little Miss C who will be making her debut in just eight short weeks. My incredibly kind, generous and thoughtful mother-in-law went above and beyond (yet again) to make this day extra special for us. She kept everything a surprise until the day of and wouldn’t let me lift a finger when it came to the planning, setup or cleanup the day of.
My MIL always does such a wonderful job planning parties so I knew she wouldn’t let this day be anything less than perfect. She also planned our luau theme gender reveal party this past summer and our display bridal shower five years ago. Since our display bridal shower was such a hit and allowed for more time to visit with our guests, we decided to host a display shower this time around as well.
Our special day was more than we could’ve asked for thanks to all of our family and friends who were able to attend and who so generously showered us with their love and generous gifts for our little one. We’re so grateful to be surrounded by such loving people and we’re so lucky to have each and every one of them by our side.
You can see some of my favorite photos from our baby shower below and shop my sequin dress, in addition to a few other fun styles. Also, thank you to Basic Invite for gifting us our baby shower invitations and allowing me to create the invites that I wanted.
Happy Tuesday and happy fall y’all!! My favorite season of the year is finally here and now I’m just waiting for the weather to catch up. I can’t believe it’s already mid-September and I’m only two weeks away from third trimester! Eek. I’ve always loved this time of year and the next few months are going to fly by. Baby girl will be here before we know it.
Now that we’ve transitioned away from the summer months and into fall, September is always a great time to stock up on items like fall apparel, gadgets, home decor and baby items because of all the great deals and retailer events happening in-store and online. Walmart currently has their semi-annual event, Best of Baby month, happening now through the end of September with over 700 deals online and a handful of Rollbacks available in store. This is the perfect time for all of you soon-to-be mommas to stock up on all of the best baby essentials on the top brands and more since Walmart’s semi-annual baby event is like a mini Black Friday with similar or even better pricing. We just went to Walmart the other day and picked up a few necessities since we’re in the process of decorating baby C’s side of the room (our spare room was converted into my dressing room a while back so it’ll be half nursery, half closet). If you prefer to shop online, Walmart.com even offers next day and 2-day delivery and you can save on hundreds of items.
A sweet little girl is on the way!! She’s already loved so much and we can’t wait to meet her in a couple of months. Deep down I’ve always known that I’d love to have a little girl one day and I just always pictured John as a girl dad so it was a little extra special to learn that our first born is going to be a girl. Bring on all the frilly dresses and bows!!
We decided on a Hawaiian luau theme for the party as a fun way to say goodbye to summer and find out our baby’s gender surrounded by our closest friends and family members. My in-laws hosted the party at their house because they have the perfect backyard for throwing parties and my mother-in-law is a rock star organizer/party planner who did such a wonderful job putting everything together for us. She also put together our display bridal shower a few years ago which you can read about here and she’ll be hosting our baby shower this fall. I can’t wait.
We had our 20 week anatomy scan the week before the party which is a level two ultrasound that looks at the baby’s full anatomy to make sure everything looks normal, as well as the baby’s sex. We did not do any genetic testing early in the pregnancy which can also determine the baby’s sex as early as 11 weeks with a simple blood test so we really had no clue what was going on in there. Unless you’re carrying multiples or are having a difficult pregnancy, they only offer one ultrasound in each trimester so the last scan we had was back when I was only 9 weeks along. All we really cared about was that our baby was developing as she should and for a healthy pregnancy. All expectant parents will tell you that a healthy baby with all ten little fingers and ten toes is what they wish for and finding out the sex halfway through is just an added bonus. We let the tech know ahead of time that we did not want to know our baby’s gender so we closed our eyes while she snooped around and then she sealed an envelope with a sonogram photo with the words, “It’s a girl” typed across that she handed to my MIL after our appointment. I know. How did we not want to rip that envelope apart? Well, we like surprises and it was only another week so it wasn’t hard, plus my MIL is one of the most trustworthy people I know so it was a no-brainer that she would be able to keep this big secret from us.
We purchased some of our decor from Party City like the table skirts, door curtain, mine and John’s leis and some other miscellaneous items, and then my MIL ordered the majority of the supplies from Oriental Trading like the pink and blue leis for our guests, plates/napkins, a vinyl banner she hung on the gate, wine bottle labels, labels to put over the Hershey’s chocolate bars she handed out after the reveal that said, “Thank heaven for little girls,” as well as the pink smoke canisters we put inside the volcano. Her good friend’s granddaughter made our volcano with papier-mâché and put an empty tin can in the opening for the smoke canisters. My MIL had our cake made at Mariano’s and we ordered all the food from a local catering company that we’ve used for other parties, and then some friends brought a few appetizers. Her friend put together the pineapple palm tree center piece for the fruit plate below. You can view a tutorial similar to the one he used here.
Guests were able to choose pink or blue leis for the gender they thought the baby was and we held a raffle for our guests to enter by purchasing a ticket for $1 and putting it in a pink or blue bucket for the gender they thought we were having, and after the reveal, we pulled a name from the pink bucket and one winner took all the money from both buckets. Our friend Kasey won $196! Woohoo!!
Our gender reveal party was probably the best day of my life so far and a day I’ll always remember. I’m looking forward to showing baby C these photos one day.