Sunday, July 27, 2014

Links :: Best Mom + Baby Posts / Weekly Roundup 2

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How to fly with your baby and no help.

Tips for starting solid foods.

Early, I know, but the cutest homemade valentines.

The problem with growth charts.

Lessons learned in the first year of motherhood.

The cutest first birthday party.

On being disappointed about the gender, and why it's okay.

What to pack in your hospital bag.

The motherhood of Kristin Rogers through Instagram.

I can't wait to start my own 52 week project.

Toddler essentials parts one and two.

I love this shower gift idea.

On boobs and breastfeeding.

How to prevent sibling rivalry.

I had so much fun sharing my pre-baby bucket list and what I've learned from pregnancy this week.

If you haven't heard about my Indiegogo campaign yet, I'd really appreciate you taking a moment to check it out! Thank you so much.

Have a great week, everyone!

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Life :: 7 Things I've Learned in 7 Months of Pregnancy

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Within the past 7 months of being a sexy pregnant lady, I've learned that...

1) No one cares. Obviously your partner, family and friends should care, but random people when you're out and about are not going to fawn over your pregnant belly like a lost puppy. Don't expect special discounts, help with groceries or compliments on your glowing cheeks. Most people are doing their own thing, running errands and not paying attention to you. For awhile this really bothered me, because I felt a sense of entitlement -- like, because my body was doing this miraculous thing and I was going through this stressful time with grace, I deserved hugs and high-fives from strangers. But the truth is, no one knows your situation, and no matter how pregnant you look they are probably not thinking about it because they don't know you. And that's okay! It's not their responsibility to care. Turn to the people in your life who do, and most of all, turn within to yourself.

2) It's disgustingly fun. My favorite hobbies have become the following: farting, burping, peeing my pants, blowing my nose, not showering for days, studying my zits, eating fast food, and wearing oversized t-shirts. I also can't see my crotch anymore, so I don't even want to know what that jungle looks like. I've become a gross, fat, hairy beast. I might as well be a dude with leaky nipples. Basically, I'm turning into a boy as I'm pregnant with a boy. Now I just need to brush up on my comic book characters and video games. Anyone wanna pop some sodas and play World of Warcraft?

3) I should conceive in September next time. If you want to become a psycho pregnant lady, conceive in December so that by the time summer hits and it's 105 degrees in LA you're in your third trimester and want to pass out and/or throw up every time you exit the front door. I don't think I've ever consumed more fluids in my life, except for maybe that time I tried to join track in high school and was the slowest one and hyperventilating by the time we finished our first sprint.

4) Men love mommies. I don't know if this would be considered Freudian, but I've been hit on more since becoming pregnant than ever before. Maybe they're blinded by my boobs and can't see the belly, or they just think I'm a whole lotta woman -- more cushion for the pushin' as they say.

5) My mom is Superwoman. Speaking of mamas, I give mine SO much more credit now that I'm pregnant. I can't believe she did this three times. And had all three of us without drugs. My baby brother was the most painful at over 10 pounds, but he also turned out to be the best kid. Go figure.

6) Birth plans are useless. Or, you know, any plans in general. The biggest thing I've learned from this pregnancy is that you can't always count on your plans. No matter what you want, God knows what's best for you and His plan will override yours. Anything can happen and you just need to roll with it. We are planning on a vaginal birth with an epidural, we are planning to breastfeed, we are planning to circumcise and we are not planning on co-sleeping, but our plans could change and I'm not going to stress about that. Also, if you're wondering why I'm being so open about these things, it's because I've already been asked. I might as well post them here in case others are curious. Leave your judgments at the door, please.

7) No alcohol = no problem. Just kidding, duh. Someone sneak my flask into the hospital. We're pouring tequila shots once this guy is out!

Less than two months left. Let's do this!

*Disclaimer: Every post on this blog (minus those by guests) are based on my personal experience, opinion and point of view. Your journey through pregnancy and parenting might be different, which doesn't make either of us wrong. Thank you for reading!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lessons :: Pregnancy Update / Week 31

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This post is late and it's going to be shorter than usual, too. Oops. We've had a busy week!

DUE DATE: September 20-22, 2014

HOW FAR ALONG: 31 weeks

GENDER: It's a boy!

WEIGHT GAIN: 45 lbs (I'm guessing here. I purposely don't own a scale. I was supposed to see my doctor today but he was stuck with a patient at the hospital!)

STRETCH MARKS: I finally discovered a few small ones on my butt. At least I know it's growing. #whitegirlproblems

MATERNITY CLOTHES: Living in them now and loving it.

SLEEP: Apparently I'm not supposed to be sleeping on my back. Thanks for the info, y'all. Between the negative judgments and catty remarks, I could've used that tidbit. Anything else I need to know? Like, does the baby actually come out my butt? Please advise.

CRAVINGS: Nutella... jars and jars of it.

SYMPTOMS: I think I'm getting Braxton-Hicks contractions (?). I'm a little worried that I won't know when it's the real thing, but people are telling me that when you know, YOU KNOW.

MOVEMENT: Yes, this night owl still likes punching me in the hip and/or bladder.

MOOD: Feeling more prepared and empowered lately (see below).

BEST MOMENT THIS WEEK: Pre-natal yoga! Lamaze classes! Hospital tours! I thought all this information would make me more nervous, but I'm more excited than anything else. Plus, Christen telling me she hopes she looks like me when she's pregnant almost made me cry. Thanks also to those of you who emailed me to check in this week! So sweet of you!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Life :: Pre-Baby Bucket List

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Lately I've felt the urge to create my own pre-baby bucket list.

Most "normal" couples put together something like this years in advance, like when they're first married, but as you know B and I did things a little differently. Nevertheless, now that Baby Loudmouth's due date is a mere two months away, I figure it's better late than never. Though I won't be rock-climbing or sky-diving like someone I know, I'm planning to enjoy these last weeks to the fullest.

I've attempted to choose items that are cheap or free; budgeting is something I've always struggled with, especially since moving to expensive LA, and with a little one on the way it's time to cut corners. Even when I did have a corporate day job, my salary was less than average which made it hard to save. We're hoping to get our own place and have a wedding within the next few years, so there is much to plan for! I even sold my DSLR and tablet recently, and we've cancelled our December trip to Florida. Sacrifices must be made and though it can be disappointing, it's all worth it and we can still have fun! I've chosen 8 items because there are 8 letters in our son's first name, and that's the only hint I'm giving you. :)

1. Take a day trip to Santa Barbara.
2. See a drive-in movie (I never have).
3. Make a romantic meal together.
4. Watch Away We Go and Knocked Up.
5. Spend a day at one of my favorite LA beaches.
6. Visit The Getty (B has never been).
7. Have dinner at Downtown Disney.
8. Donate unnecessary possessions to Goodwill.

That last one isn't too thrilling, but crucial -- plus, I love going through my stuff and weeding out the crap, especially now that the nesting hormones are kicking in! Speaking of which, I can't wait to decorate our son's nursery. I'm sure you'll see plenty of photos of that soon. I'm also thinking of making a post-baby list for experiences we can share with him once he arrives. Any suggestions? Happy hump day!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Loves :: Maternity Photo Inspiration (for Couples)

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Although I had some maternity photos done solo in Michigan (see here + here + here + here + here), I do want to get Brandon in on the fun. In fact, we're scheduling maternity shoots with more than one photographer here in LA because I like to play the field like that. As it goes for most dudes, he's not really into pictures, but he's sweet and plays along. Someday when he's old and gray I'm sure he'll be grateful. I'm really excited to incorporate some of the ideas that I've been collecting on my Pinterest board.

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I still have the banner that my sister made for the baby shower she hosted in my hometown, so I would love to use that for some shots. I also like the idea of incorporating our son's ultrasound pictures, too.

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I'm not ashamed to admit that I like romantically cheesy poses in fields or parks with natural light, but I do want to make sure they're candid-looking and real. I want to capture these treasured moments as we're falling even more in love. Don't worry, I won't be posting mine with any annoying watermarks.

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*Photo sources: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Links :: Best Mom + Baby Posts / Weekly Roundup 1

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Hey gang! Over on TLL, I do a weekly roundup of my favorite bookmarks. I decided that it'd only be fair for me to do the same here, focusing on links about baby mama stuff. Enjoy!

It's a little last-minute, but I totally want to make a pre-baby bucket list.

If you're jealous at all of my pregnancy, just go here and the baby fever will disappear.

I'm relieved to hear that depression during pregnancy is normal, though it's more taboo than postpartum.

Women, newsflash: You're allowed to be angry.

"God is showing me, time and time again, there is not a one size fits all solution for training children." More here.

Nine surprising things about motherhood (yes, your hair falls out).

What to wear for maternity photos.

"There are so many challenges these days that we cannot go over, around or under. We just have to go through them. One day at a time, we go through them. Sometimes, we go through them twice." More here.

10 things for surviving the first month of motherhood.

The blog/life/baby balance. It's a fear for many of us.

What to bring with your baby for the beach.

Tips for more consistent naptimes.

The secret to raising a toddler.

The awesome awkwardness of pregnancy.

On loving your post-pregnancy body.

This birth story made me cry.

The cutest birthday invites for kiddos.

Some arm and upper-body exercises. Gotta be strong to lift that baby!

How to create a schedule using Babywise.

The cutest letter from a blogger to her now 8-year-old.

The truth about traveling with a baby. (Hint: It ain't a vacation.)

And, lastly, Booby Bites. Because the name is freakin' awesome.

Oh, and just in case you missed my announcement on Twitter the other day... Megan was the e-book giveaway winner! Congrats, lady!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Lessons :: Pregnancy Update / Week 30

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This week definitely had it's ups and downs. I wish I had posted more updates during the second trimester because it was definitely the happiest one, as most people say, and I hate to be a downer on y'all. Nevertheless, I am continuing to focus on the good and look forward to meeting our son in just 10 weeks!

DUE DATE: September 20, 2014

HOW FAR ALONG: 30 weeks

GENDER: Cute little swirl boy. Watch out, ladies!

WEIGHT GAIN: 35+ lbs (I purposely don't own a scale, so I only find out my weight when I see the doctor)

STRETCH MARKS: Nope! *crosses toes*

SWELLING: My feet look a teeny bit bigger but it ain't bad.

MATERNITY CLOTHES: That's almost exclusively what I'm wearing now, and it is such a comfy way to dress.

BELLY BUTTON: Still in, still stretching!

SLEEP: The frequent urination and obnoxious back pains are still occurring, so I've been making an effort to get to bed earlier so I can try to make up for lost sleep throughout the night. It seems to be working!

CRAVINGS: Pizza, hummus, fruit... all my favorite things :)

DREAMS: I don't think I've been sleeping enough lately to even get to REM!

SYMPTOMS: Nothing new...

MOVEMENT: Bigger baby = harder kicks!

MOOD: Still ugly-crying. I feel bad that B has to deal with the waterworks. He's a trooper.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO: Being in our new home without roommates and finally feeling like a family.

BEST MOMENT THIS WEEK: Getting taken out to dinner by my amazing friend Dina. So much love.

*Photo of my hairy belly from Instagram.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Life :: 3 Things You Shouldn't Say to a Pregnant Woman

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It really amazes me how insensitive people can be when talking to a pregnant woman. I recently wrote about receiving judgment and unsolicited advice about my pregnancy, but today I want to specify some obnoxiously rude, specific statements. I know I'm not the only one who has experienced this, which makes me glad that I'm not alone, but also sad that people can be so blunt and nosy. There will always be people like that, but for some reason, they really come out of the woodwork when a pregnant person is around. Without further ado, here are some things you should NOT be saying to me -- or any other pregnant lady, for that matter!

1. "OMG, pregnancy SUCKS! I hated it!" When I first found out I was pregnant, I got a lot of negative comments about pregnancy in general. Other mothers loved to tell me about how sick, tired, and miserable I was going to be. Seeing as my situation was unexpected, I was already anxious, and it was really hard to stay positive when I was told how shitty I was going to feel. Also, I was already sick and tired as it was, so reminding me of those feelings was not helpful or encouraging at all. Here's what you should say instead: "Pregnancy has it's ups and downs, but you're a strong woman and I know you can handle it! I'm here if you need anything! Congratulations!"

2. "Raising a kid is a LOT of work. Like, it's REALLY hard. And you won't sleep for the first six months, and your nipples will bleed from breastfeeding, and you'll have to deal with explosive diarrhea, and he'll cry and you'll cry and you just have no idea what you're getting yourself into!" Well, no duh. These are all things I already know. Again, I think any pregnant woman (even if they were planning on getting pregnant) is already stressed and scared. Reminding them of the challenges they're about to face is just plain mean. They have probably thought of every possible scenario and don't need to hear about it from anyone else. Worrying about what's going to happen after giving birth takes away from the joy and excitement of pregnancy. It doesn't help or prevent the hardships from happening. Plus, every baby is different. Some people have easy babies, some have difficult babies, some babies are healthy and some, not so much. Not everyone's baby will be exactly like yours, so if you are going to say anything at all about raising one, it's best to be objective and encouraging. Here's what you should say instead: "Raising a child takes work, but you are already so hardworking, I'm sure you'll be fine! Every baby is different, so just enjoy the ride and learn as you go! If you have any questions, I'm all ears." (It's always nice to make yourself available for advice, but don't give it out unless you're asked.)

3. "My cousin's friend's sister just had a baby and almost died! She was in labor for 57 hours and the epidural didn't work and her vagina ripped so bad she can barely walk and her baby was in the NICU for weeks!" I'm pretty sure every pregnant woman's worst fears have to do with the birthing experience, and for some reason, people like to increase those fears by telling every horror story they're ever heard about birth. Hearing these stories does not prepare your poor pregnant friend, instead, it scares her and stresses her out! Again, she is probably already having nightmares about this stuff (I know I have) and hearing that these terrible things can actually happen doesn't do anything positive for her. If she does end up having to deal with a difficult birth, there will be plenty of doctors and staff to take care of her. Let her cross that bridge when she gets to it -- why think about it now? Here's what you should say instead: "Childbirth is different for everyone, but no matter what happens, it will all be worth it when you see your baby's face! I can't wait to meet him myself!"

These are the three most common scenarios I've experienced -- negative, discouraging comments about what could possibly happen before, during and after birth. A few bonus ideas: you also shouldn't hit on a pregnant woman (I seriously think men are blind to the belly due to my boobs), and you shouldn't say things like "hope it goes well" or "hope it's healthy" (this is equal to a back-handed compliment). Think about what you would want if you were in her shoes! Don't comment on her size, even if she looks like a walking whale. Request to touch her belly. Offer help whenever you can, and if you don't know how to help, just ask (though food is always a good choice). And if you're totally at a loss for words, take Shauna Niequist's advice and tell her she's glowing, then change the subject. Easy peasy.

*Photo is an outtake from this maternity shoot.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Loves :: What to Expect to Wear When You're Expecting

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1. A maxi dress. Who doesn't love a good maxi? Something like this is loose-fitting and can grow with you if it cuts above the bump (and if not, a belt will be your new bestie). Most of these items, especially this one, can be found in places other than the maternity section -- which gives you a wider variety of options to play with. Wear with a jacket or sweater, or layer with a crop top over it. source / source

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2. A form-fitting dress. On the other hand, sometimes you'll want to show off your lovely new lady lump, so feel free to wear a frock that's a little more form-fitting. Unfortunately it won't last as long as something looser, but if you can find a stretchy one with ruching on the sides, that helps. source / source

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3. A maxi skirt. Like the maxi dress, a long skirt is versatile and will last for most of your pregnancy. Plus, they're super comfy. I live in mine! source / source

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4. A long sweater. Get an oversized sweater (or simply size up) and you'll have an excellent staple for your top half. Wear it with shorts, skirts, leggings -- you name it! If it's too hot where you are (it's 100 degrees here), long tunics and loose tees get the job done as well. source / source

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5. Loose-fitting shorts. I prefer pairs in cotton or linen with a drawstring. That way, you can buy it large in the beginning and cinch the waist until your bump grows. Don't be shy of your pregnant thighs; they'll need to be big and strong in order to carry your little boo. source / source

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6. Clingy (but stretchy) leggings. I've already sung the praises of these, so I'll make this short and sweet: I'm pretty sure they were stitched by God Himself. The end. source / source

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7. Sweatpants. To quote Karl Lagerfeld: "Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life, so you bought some sweatpants." I'd like to respond with a quote from Kendrick Lamar: "Fuck that." I believe sweatpants are a sign of confidence. If you're not afraid to leave the house in them, then you probably care more about your own comfort than what other people think of you, and that is awesome. Plus, as you can see above, sweats don't have to look sloppy. I've worn them myself on TLL (here and here). Take that, Chanel! source / source

PS: It's your last chance to enter this giveaway to win a copy of my e-book! Winner will be announced tomorrow!

*First photo found here. I'm obsessed with the entire shoot. Gorgeous!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Lessons :: Pregnancy Update / Week 29

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Seeing as I haven't done a pregnancy update in over a month, there is much to report! These past couple weeks have been, well, strange. I had to get my glucose level checked, which is normal, but now I have a bruise where my blood was drawn. That's never happened before so I'm a little worried, but it doesn't hurt so I'm going to ignore it until I can see my doctor again. However, my blood sugar was over the line (too many cupcakes, perhaps), so I do need to go back and get the test done again. I also found out that my blood type is negative, so I need to get a series of shots to turn it positive while I'm pregnant. Basically, I'm being poked and prodded so much that my fear of needles is pretty non-existent now, so at least there's that. I know things could be worse, and as far as I know Baby L is healthy, which is all that matters. So, I am just going to continue trusting God with all of this and move forward!

I feel like I said "so" about 80 times in that paragraph. My apologies.

DUE DATE: September 20-22, 2014 (my doctor says he might be early now!)

HOW FAR ALONG: 29 weeks

GENDER: It's a boy, yes we have a name, no we're not telling ;)


STRETCH MARKS: Nope! *crosses fingers*

SWELLING: Only after getting off the plane in Michigan.

MATERNITY CLOTHES: Yes! I finally picked some up from Target and (my favorite thus far) Motherhood Maternity. I also have a new bra from Soma (but if my lady lumps get any bigger, I'll have to get a custom-made one).

BELLY BUTTON: It's in but stretching!

SLEEP: I've been having to pee more often which is pretty disruptive. I'm talking every 1-3 hours. I wish I was joking. I guess it's just preparing me for when I'll have to do night feedings!

CRAVINGS: Sometimes everything, sometimes nothing. I came down with a bug over 4th of July weekend and after a headache and scratchy throat, I threw up for the first time since month four. But right now I'm craving pizza after seeing this, if you're wondering.

DREAMS: I'm starting to get nightmares about the birth, and I also had one where my body was totally lopsided because the baby keeps only kicking my right side and I'm scared that he's stuck there and I'm going to grow all weird.

SYMPTOMS: Same as before, a little bit of cramping and back pains. Nothing new here, but nothing excruciating.

MOVEMENT: Baby L is still kicking away, especially before/during/after eating, and when I'm laying down at night. So, pretty much always. It's still magic to me, even when he jabs me in the ribs :)

MOOD: Crying almost daily, but not angry. I'll take it.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO: Seeing this little guy! I'm already bored of being pregnant!

BEST MOMENT THIS WEEK: Brandon reminding me that there's no "I" in team (because I like to believe I'm alone in this for some reason), and yes, tears were shed. I love him so much!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Life :: Traveling While Pregnant / 5 Tips

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As you know, I jetted off to Michigan last month for my baby shower, towards the end of my second trimester. Before leaving, I made sure to research tips on how to make my plane ride more comfortable, but guess what? None of it helped! So, I'm here today to provide my own list of pointers, and hopefully if you're in the same situation one day, these will be of use.

1. Before you leave, invest in a pair of compression socks. I didn't even know these existed until it was too late, and I ended up with fat feet for the first half of my vacay. They're surprisingly easy to find and even if you're not prone to cankles, it's a good idea. This was the first time my feet swelled and I was a little freaked out. Better safe than sorry! (By the way, I don't know why plane rides do this -- something about the compression in the cabin and the altitude -- but I'm sure it could be googled if you're curious.)

2. Stay well-fed and well-hydrated. I'm always thirsty and downright starving whenever I get off a plane. It never fails. Make sure you eat a big meal before you get to the airport so that you don't have to spend $10 on a fast food dinner that would normally cost $5 (though if you do end up having to do this, don't feel guilty -- listen to what your body needs). You're not allowed to bring a significant amount of liquids on planes anymore (boo) but you can bring all the snacks you want, so pack some in your carry-on. Don't forget to buy a big water bottle once you get past security, and if there are any free goodies offered during your ride, be sure to take advantage (though most airlines don't do this anymore, so if you're really hoping for pretzels and soda, do your research).

3. Bring pillows and a blanket. I brought one small pillow on the flight to Detroit, and I was freezing and uncomfortable. It was a red-eye and I ended up getting about two hours of sleep. On the way back to LA, I made sure to pack a neck pillow, a cozy blanket, and another pillow for my back. If you're worried about paying for an extra carry-on, wear the neck pillow as you're going through security, wrap the blanket around you like a shawl, and carry the back pillow under your arm. If they make you pay for that, just tell them you're pregnant and hormonal, and if all else fails start crying. Fortunately I didn't have to do this, but it's always good to have a plan just in case. Traveling is expensive these days. But anyway, I ended up being a lot more comfy on my return flight.

4. Splurge on one of the big seats in the front. This is a necessary expense for any pregnant woman (especially if you're close to or in the third trimester and feeling like a beached whale). Again, I didn't do this on the way there but chose to on the way back, and I'm so glad I did. I was in the very front row close to the bathroom, and was even able to put my feet up and stretch my legs. My back has been hurting more and more as I get bigger, and hunched in my tiny "normal" seat was so painful I almost teared up. If there's ever a time to treat yourself, it's now, so spend the extra and save yourself the torture.

5. Bring something that smells good. The only issue I had on my flight back to Cali was... flatulence. Not from me (though I wouldn't be surprised), but from someone sitting behind me. Clearly, this poor person had indigestion, and I was the victim who had to suffer through the stench. About every half hour, I would forget that it had even happened, and then it would happen again and I'd have to bury my nose in my pillow. If you're pregnant (or have ever been), you know how bad smells can be. Fortunately I was no longer in the first trimester (those first four months were full of gagging), so I didn't have to vomit, but I came pretty close. I hope this never happens to you, but if it does, bring a travel-sized bottle of lotion or, better yet, body splash. Then turn around and spray it in the general direction of the culprit so they get the hint.

PS: For those of you who are new to my story and would like to read more about my journey through pregnancy, be sure to check out I Think God Knows I Love Surprises, The Truth About Pregnancy, How an Unexpected Pregnancy Changed my Life, and Mind Your Damn Business.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Loves :: Baby Shower / Guests + Gifts

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Of course, the best part of this day was getting to catch up with friends and family I hadn't seen in awhile (as in, years). My last trip to Michigan was in December 2012 and I specifically remember telling my Uncle Frank that I was never going to have kids. Ha! A few months later I met Brandon, and here we are.

As always, I have more photos than this but most of them were very candid and awkward with poor lighting. Let's face it, a church basement is not the most conducive for blog photos, but obviously we were having too much fun to care about that. There were 45 people in attendance, which included friends of mine from high school, friends of my mom, aunts and cousins from my dad's side, my former flute teacher and dance instructor, and many more women from different areas of our lives. We went the traditional route and kept it to females only (except for my father and a few kiddos).

I was especially thankful that Anna helped me open gifts while my sister wrote down what was received and my mom ran around with her hands full of other duties. I was a little embarrassed with all eyes on me so a bit of blushing, nervous giggling and awkward comments ensued but even more than that, I was amazed by the gorgeous and thoughtful presents that were given me. We now have tons of cute little outfits, cozy handmade blankets, adorable stuffed animals and too many gift cards to count, along with a car seat, play swing, and bathtub which make all of this much more real.

*Photos by Liz Shar, Michael Shar, Gabriel Lindow, Shelly LaLonde and from the Instagram accounts of Malorie and Kara.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Life :: Baby Shower / Food + Decor

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My shower was completely planned by my mother and sister, along with my mom's friends Shelly and Flo. Besides a few texts or calls here and there to run ideas by me, I really had no idea what to expect, and it turned out to be absolutely perfect. The decor was a perfect blend of Disney nods and soft pastels, and when I specifically requested Mickey-shaped pancakes I didn't know they would actually be possible.

Coincidentally, June 14th marked 100 days until my due date, which Liz tied into one of the games that she hosted after brunch was served while my mom passed out prizes. It was an incredible morning full of love that I think will only be topped by my wedding day. I truly didn't think that many people cared about little ol' me and I'll be sharing photos of those lovely guests tomorrow.

*Photos by Liz Shar and myself. Invitations designed by RoCoCreatives and printed by LaLonde Photography. Decorations from Debbie's Dollar, Dollar Tree and Michaels. Centerpieces from Van's Valley (straws + stickers added). Balloons from Party City. Favors from Avon. Sausage and Mickey-shaped pancakes from Romeo Family Restaurant. Quiche from Costco. Fruits, veggies, and sweet potatoes from Vince & Joe's. Vegan + regular cupcakes from Cupcake Station.
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