Feb 082016
 

I’m so overwhelmed with all the generosity! Our friends were amazing and came out to celebrate this little guy. I just feel really touched at all the love I felt at my shower.

My friend Dawn, my mother-in-law and mom spent a few months planning a baby shower for me. It was a brunch theme. There were fluffy buttermilk pancakes with all the toppings (various syrups, blueberries and raspberries and lemon curd), plus a ton of fruit and two egg casseroles that were a big hit. There were mimosas, tea and coffee and my sister-in-law made these AMAZING lemon cupcakes with cream cheese frosting:

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My mom and Michael spent Friday night finishing up the nursery (hanging the curtains, etc) and I’ll share the nursery pictures soon. Saturday morning came and I had contemplated going to the gym before but decided not to. And I’m glad. It was a really long day.

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There was a diaper raffle for the shower. Anyone that wanted to participate brought a bag of diapers and their name was entered into a raffle for a prize. It was a great idea by my friend Dawn and we got tons of diapers of various sizes! I’m told by other parents we’ll go through that stash pretty quickly LOL, but still, we’re set for diaper for a bit! Plus a friend gave us a TON of clothe diapers of various sizes so I need to figure out how those work for when the baby is a little bigger.

I think there were like 18 or 20 people at the shower. The turn out was wonderful and it was sooo good to see everyone! We ate and socialized and then moved into the living room for presents. Baby boy got so many wonderful, cute and helpful things. I think we are pretty much set.

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Lots of clothes and baby toys, teethers and blankets and towels. So many things! It was overwhelming and chaotic in good way. I feel spoiled. 🙂

My sister-in-law Julie made us this gift basket with tons of things. It was such a cool idea I had to share what she did. So she got a bunch of clothes, a few baby shoes, bibs, toys, etc, then attached them all with clothespins to a clothesline, folded them up inside this cute basket with the monkey blanket, then as you started to pull the items out they were all connected.

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It kept coming and coming:

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And it stretched all around the entire room. It was such a fun idea!

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My mom made little goodie bags:

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And then the party ended. It was a lovely, lovely day. After everyone left my mom and mother-in-law helped sort through all the gifts and organize the baby clothes by sizes. It was nice to just sit in the glider and relax and let them take over. 😉

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Michael’s favorite baby item:

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Diapers!

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Here are just a few of the cute outfits we got! And we got a LOT of clothes! This kid won’t need clothes for awhile.

 

So many cute things!

I had considered going to the gym after my shower but I was truly exhausted and in kind of a daze! I was so worn out and hit the wall at about 4pm that I decided to skip it. My mom and I went to Target to get some storage bins for the nursery, Michael kindly made us dinner (frozen lasagna and sauteed kale), which hit the spot and I was in bed early early early.

Sunday morning my mom gave Michael and I an infant and child CPR/First Aid lesson. She teaches CPR/First Aid for her job and it was great that she was able to teach us. It was quicker and easier than taking a class and saved us about $300! It was a good refresher for me.

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After my mom left I went to the gym and then met up with a friend for a walk. It was a sunny, very warm day and it was so nice getting outside! Bella was excited to go for a walk, too.

It was such a wonderful weekend. I wouldn’t change a thing. It was a truly special thing for Michael and I and I am just so happy that our friends could share it with us!

Feb 032016
 

I knew I wanted to get some maternity photos done. I waited until the last minute (I think the end of November) and then realized…oh crap, I think I need to do some research on hiring a photographer! The type-A/planner in me apparently took a vacation once I got to the end of the 2nd Trimester.

I shopped around and got some quotes and chatted with a few different local photographers and in the end wasn’t super enthusiastic about it and was honestly feeling a bit overwhelmed. Suddenly I couldn’t make any decisions about anything. In the end we asked our friend Christi, who does amazing work and took our engagement photos, and she said she’d love to do them! I don’t know why we didn’t just ask her in the first place– pregnancy brain fog is such a real thing!

The day we had scheduled for the photo shoot…Michael got up early (he’s an early riser anyways) and then woke me up to tell me it was snowing. Um…what? Totally out of left field. We hadn’t seen any snow predictions in the news so it was definitely a shock.

What’s funny is that when Christi and I originally talked and planned the photo shoot, she wanted to go up to Mount Hood and take photos in the snow. I loved the idea, but didn’t want to take advantage of her time because it would be at least an hour to drive up there, set up, etc, then take the photos then an hour drive back. I felt like that made it an all-day function and I felt bad for asking anyone to sign up for that. So it’s kind of nice that it ended up snowing in Portland!

We decided to take advantage of it and go for the photos. It was snowing and occasionally rain/sleet was mixed in during the shoot. I am really happy that we decided to go for it and get snow pictures! They turned out so great. 🙂

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I totally understand that a lot of people think maternity photo shoots are kind of silly. They are definitely the “thing” to do these days. But I’m really glad we did it. I wanted to have some pretty pictures done by a professional to remember this magical time.

For so many years when I was obese I avoided the camera and then losing weight, still I avoided having my picture taken. Once I lost the weight I was much better about having my picture taken but it was still hard sometimes and in the beginning I would end up being overly critical of every photo I saw. As I got bigger during this pregnancy I started falling into that trap again. Instead of feeling magical and “glowing” I was critical of photos and focused on the extra weight, how big my bump looks, double chins, etc.

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My hope with doing this photo shoot was to kind of boost my body image in a positive way and help me focus on the magic and the glowing instead of being critical. I think Christi took some wonderful shots and I wanted to share a few of the favorites from that day!

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I love how they turned out. Christi took great photos and our friend, her boyfriend, Stu did the photo touch ups (that’s his day job) and we got the finished product about a week ago. I had some prints made for all the future grandparents and I had some prints made to put in the nursery and baby book. 🙂