Monday, April 27, 2015

Baby Shower #3

My third and final baby shower was so spectacular!
This baby shower was hosted by our "second family" in Cincinnati who couldn't have been more generous and loving to us throughout our marriage - and with the news of our new baby! I absolutely loved the sweet shower they threw for me - with all of CV's family and my Cincinnati friends.
Since a lot of my guests didn't know each other - a cute little game was created to meet someone new. When guests arrived they were asked to pick a sock from the bowl....after drinks were served and the mingling began....they were asked to find their sock partner! It gave everyone a chance to meet someone new - then - all the socks were paired and went back into the bowl that I got to take home! :) Yay for all these precious socks!
After mingling - we had a fancy sit-down lunch. Our meal was a chicken, beet and spinach salad, topped with pears, candied walnuts and a delish dressing.  We also had an assortment of bread on the table. It was such a delicious lunch and I loved that everyone got to sit down and eat together!
(There were also personalized cookies and other personalized things at the shower - but since they give away the babies' name I chose not to share those pictures!) :)
 Then, there was present opening...
 Followed by the best part of all - a baby food demonstration!
A chef was there who showed us how to make our own baby food.  We made acorn squash & apple puree with a pinch of cinnamon! I even got to blend it up! It was so much fun and definitely a different spin to a baby shower!
I had such an amazing time showering little baby V the last three weeks. We have so much love pouring from our family and friends. I seriously can't wait for her to arrive and to meet all these amazing people!!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Memphis Weekend Photo Dump

My friends took so many (iphone) pictures from the baby shower - I just had to share them all!
So, in addition to the baby shower recap I posted yesterday - here are some additional photos from the party and the weekend overall! Enjoy!!

And I guess the gig is up! I'm not sharing the name with the blog just yet - but here is her monogram to keep you guessing! :)
*Me & my sweet monogram!! And hubby stopped by to say hi!
*My girl Candice, one of my party hostesses who traveled in from Nashville.
 *My girls, April & Kimberly, who both traveled in from Nashville and Texarkana.
 *My Maid of Honor and Matron of Honors from my wedding!
A.K.A. Stephanie & My sister, Liz
*My bestie, Natalie who hosted my fabulous event! And my sweet little niece!
*My girls Kimberly, Lauren & Stephanie.  And Kimberly giving little baby some love!
 *Opening presents!
*All my favorite girls in the whole wide world!! Besties forever!!
 ....and later that night we all met back up again for a delish BBQ dinner downtown!
As for the rest of the weekend, CV and I also went to a Memphis Grizzlies basketball game with my bestie and her boyfriend. We had box seats which were amazing!! Grizzlies won!!
We also spent time with family...and even had time for a little walk around downtown Memphis.
We had such a great little weekend and I can't wait to go back.....of course next time will be much different as I will have a tiny baby in my arms! :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Memphis Baby Shower

My Memphis baby shower was perfection.
I mean...just look at the invitation. It was picked out months before I decided to DIY a painting for the nursery - yet somehow they ended up matching perfectly! Hooray for pink and gold!
The Memphis baby shower was a small intimate shower with just my closest friends and family - just around 10 people which is the perfect size to be able to mingle with everyone! I had friends come in town from Nashville and Texarkana for my little event - and I couldn't be more lucky to have friends who would do that for me! Thanks girls!!
The baby shower had a delicious brunch spread filled with biscuits, several types of Jams, fruit salad, shrimp and grits...and personalized cookies!
We ate, mingled, opened presents and had a little photo session in the backyard with my besties! 
I couldn't have had a better day with the girls I love the most!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Pregnancy Journal: Weeks 31-32

Weeks 31-32

Size of Baby:  Pineapple (31 weeks), Squash (32 weeks)...about 4 pounds! :)
Gender: It's a Girl
Feeling: Happy/Lucky/Appreciative....and a little achy!
Weight: +25.5 pounds total
Maternity Clothes: Still a mix of both maternity and non-maternity items, although I know I need to buy more maternity items. It's getting too hot for pants!! :)
Sleep: Sleep is pretty good. It's hard to get comfortable initially - but once I am comfortable I fall right asleep. And no, I'm not waking up 3x a night to use the bathroom like everyone else I've talked to/read about...I usually wake up once around 6am to use it - and that's it.  I must have a strong bladder! :)

Symptoms: A very achy body and lots of tailbone pain. I've been eating a banana every day so I think that (the potassium) helped my leg cramps because I've only had 1 in the last month! Yippee!
Stretch Marks: None so far!! I've been lathering up every day - and sometimes twice a day.
Movement: Lots and lots of movement. It's fun to watch my stomach move and dance around.
Highlights: My baby showers....and all the love that everyone has shown us lately.
Looking forward to: Finishing the nursery! I've already washed/folded all the clothes and everything has their own special place....we are just waiting on the glider & ottoman to be delivered and a few more things and then we will be done! :)
See my previous weeks here:
Weeks 4-12 // Weeks 13-14 // Weeks 15-16 // Weeks 17-18 // Week 19
Week 20 // Week 21-22 // Week 23-24 // Week 25-26 // Week 27-28 // Week 29-30

Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Five

Five Random Things for this Friday:
1. Hot Tub!
I don't think I ever mentioned that we got a hot tub for Christmas! Well, surprise - here it is!!
It's been so cold and snowy since Christmas that we couldn't get the electrical work done - but now that it's spring time we are doing more things around the house! Our electrician came last week and had to add a new electrical box to the backyard along with new wires and everything! And this week we had a hot tub service guy coming to add a few new features to the tub so the water is safe for a baby (obviously it will be a room temperature tub for the baby!)! (but less chlorine/chemicals,etc) :) Preggo people can't get into a hot tub - but I can guarantee CV will be in here tonight!!
2. New Babies!
Two of my close friends had their babies in the last week!! I was lucky enough to go to the hospital to meet this little cutie right after he was born. And of course I had to snap a quick photo.
Aren't these two adorable!!
3. Our Kitchen Renovation!
Our Kitchen Renovation is completed!!!!! Stay tuned next week to see the final images AND I plan on sharing how much all of it cost too.
Here's a blurry iPhone sneak peek of the before and after in the mean time. :)
4. Workplace Count Down!
Remember this post.  Well, I feel like I'm not only counting down the days until our baby due date (56 days left, ya'll!) but I'm also (regretfully) counting down the days until I will be out of a job. The workplace is already starting to feel weird since a lot of people already left the company. Most of my work days are pretty boring since I'm not taking on anymore big projects at this time - and my number of meetings per day have decreased significantly. I guess that's what happens when you are closing an office!
On a good note - these boring work days gave me enough time to write all of my baby shower thank you cards and pin a lot of things on Pinterest! :)
5. Home cooked Meals!
Just wanted to give props to my hubby for making me some healthy home cooked meals this week.  This day - he made grilled salmon with a combination of brussels sprouts, fingerling potatos, onions and bacon! Thanks hubby!!
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!
P.S. I'm 32 weeks pregnant today!!!!