Baby Shower #2

Do you guys know what month it is?

BABY MONTH!

How exciting is that?!

To kick off Baby Month, I had my second baby shower, hosted by my wonderful friend, Remy!

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Remy did such an amazing job with the shower. It was beautiful, fun, and relaxed – everything I could have possibly wanted. As someone who is not a natural ‘hostess with the mostest’ I’m always beyond impressed by the way Remy puts a party together.

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We spent the first hour or so mingling and chatting, which was great. During the winter, we all tend to hibernate and go to bed early, so it was such a treat to get together with my sweet friends!

meaghanThe second half of the party was spent playing two quick games, followed by opening presents. If you ever find yourself in the position of hosting a baby shower, these two games were great. The first one, “Wishes for Baby” wasn’t so much of a game, but an activity/keepsake. All the guests were handed a super cute print out and asked to fill in the blanks. They were then collected and given to me to read over when I got home, which is something I throughly enjoyed. Some were heart-felt and so sweet, while others catered to my special sense of humor ;)

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The second game was “The Name Game.” Each guest was given a print out and it was a race to see who could come up with a name for each letter of the alphabet the quickest. My friend, Paula, finished in, like, 30 seconds!

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Next up was present opening, which always makes me sweat. I’m an extrovert who hates being the legit center of attention. It’s a conundrum. That said, I do tend to warm up after a few minutes ;)

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Our little baby is already so spoiled. We received such amazing gifts; from functional to precious, all the bases were covered. I honestly spent the rest of the weekend on Cloud 9. Here’s to enjoying our last few weeks as a family of two!

Some Things I Didn’t Know about Pregnancy [Until I Got Here]

You’ll flash back to being 13 and wear pads again. Not because you’re bleeding, but… you’ll still need ‘em. If you haven’t been there yet, I won’t ruin all the surprises for you.

You’ll consider purchasing adult diapers. You don’t know how many times I’ve read about buying Depends, but it’s something I really just can’t bring myself to do. I breathed a sigh of relief after talking to my cousin who just gave birth, and she assured me that they are not necessary. Suck it, Pinterest lists.

You’ll sleep with approximately 900 pillows and barricade yourself from your spouse. I have three pillows for my head/back, one for between my legs, and two pillows for each side of my body. [I’m pretty sure I look like I’m wrestling an anaconda every time I attempt to roll over.] I’m a hardcore spooner, but ain’t nobody got time for that these days.

My friend, Caitlin, suggested buying a body pillow very similar to this one, and I’m kicking myself for never getting around to ordering it. If you still have enough time in your pregnancy left to justify the purchase, I’d DO IT.

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haters gonna hate // cookies gonna bake #newlifemotto

You’ll make weird noises. And I don’t mean the inventible farting and burping. I’m taking about grunting like an old man every time you sit down, stand up, or roll over.

You’ll spend an ungodly amount of time watching your belly. Once it gets to the point where you can see your belly moving when the baby moves [which is so cool, yet so weird], you’ll just sit and stare waiting for it to happen again. Sometimes you stare at yourself when you’re alone, annnnd sometimes you’ll be in a business meeting…

You’ll legit pee your pants at least once. It’s true. Wait for it.

Your ankles will disappear. Dude. Cory and I were in the car for several hours last weekend, and when we got to our destination and I looked down at my feet, I gasped. My ankles were gone, and my feet looked like a popped tub of rolls stuffed into my Toms. It was unsightly to say the least.

You will be so excited. Think of the most excited you’ve ever been. Now multiply that by a million. It’s no secret that I’m not a glowy pregnant lady; I really haven’t enjoyed pregnancy. But I promise, the closer you get to the end, the pure excitement overrides all the pad wearing and weird noise making and uncomfortable sleeping and you’re left finding yourself counting down the days; not because you’re miserable and you want it to be over, but because you simply cannot wait to meet your little one. It all becomes happy and exciting, even when you pee a little.

A Little Bit Rant-y

Okay, I’m going to get a little rant-y today.

Since we got rid of cable, I’ve been watching some of “my shows” on my computer. I was catching up on Pretty Little Liars yesterday (because I totally fall within the target demographic, I know) and every commercial break, they ran the trailer for the new movie, DUFF.

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I guess I live under a rock (?) but I didn’t know until I saw the trailer, but DUFF stands for Designated Ugly Fat Friend.

Okay, wait. What?

I think it’s a sick, fucked up day when Mae Whitman is considered fat or ugly. It’s not like she even pulled a Charlize Theron Monster move for this film. She wears overalls.

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I mean, seriously?!

I don’t know anything about the movie other than the typical ‘girl is friend-zoned’ plot, which is not a novel concept at all, but I feel like this has taken it a step further. Rather than a gorgeous actress wearing glasses and being dubbed a nerd, (only to put in contacts at the end of the movie for everyone to realize she’s ~*hot*~) this movie is flat out calling a totally cute girl FAT and UGLY, two words I wish could be banned from the English language.

As a 27-year-old, this doesn’t affect my self-confidence; but as a pre-teen, teenager or a young 20-something? Uh, yeah, that message would be been read loud and clear: if that girl is fat and ugly, I’m really fat and really ugly. 

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I know the media is constantly sending us messages of “you’re not good/skinny/pretty/smart enough” so this isn’t new, and I get that it’s a comedy, and I understand we can’t take everything so seriously but I don’t like this. Not at all.

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Chime in: I’d love to know your opinion.

Weekly Reads Wednesday #3

My days are messed up this week with Monday being a holiday and yesterday being a snow day! I literally checked my calendar twice to make sure I was posting this on the right day. Sometimes, I think I’m losing my mind…

Anyway! I linking up with my friend, Clare, again this week. I hope you guys enjoy this weekly post as much as I do! 

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 2.39.52 PMIf for some odd reason you haven’t checked out Clare’s blog, I highly recommend you go there now. Well, after this of course.

Life + Lessons 

The Best Thing You Can Do for Yourself – And ALL the Women Around You <– YES!

This is What Post-Pregnancy Bodies Actually Look Like

5 Reasons to Stop Comparing Yourself to Your Facebook Friends <– Because we ALL need this reminder from time to time

10 Things You Need to Learn Quickly in Your 20s <– I’m 27 and still learning these, sooo I guess I’m not a quick learner.

Humor + Happiness

21 Things Girls Who Love Swearing Just Get, as Told by Khloe Kardashian <– Story of my life, pretty much

10 Times Reporters Asked Female Celebrities the Wrong Damn Question

5 Phrases That Only Make a Bad Situation Worse <– If you are a person who ever says, “well this is awkward…” I can’t stand you. 

Love + Relationships 

Wedding Details that Make Your Big Day Uniquely Yours <– For my engaged readers :) The pictures alone are worth pinning! 

Couple Leaves a Note Behind for a Man When They Realize He’s Out on a Date That’s Not With His Wife

These Couples Played a Game of Truth or Drink, and the Results was Hilarious

Dating Myself was the Best Rebound I’ve Ever Had

 

 

Registry Items for Baby #1

I’ve had a few people ask me to do a post on “what the hell to put on a baby registry” and I couldn’t be happier to oblige, because it was something that I found to be completely overwhelming! As someone who has very limited experience with children, it was almost impossible to know what was what.

It took hours of research and reading reviews and asking close friends and family members what they recommended, but we finally came up with a registry that we feel is realistic. I know I’ve mentioned them before, but BabyList is hands down the coolest registry ever. [They don’t know who I am, and they don’t pay me to say that, I’m just a fan.]

Clearly, this is not the be-all-end-all (nor is it our entire registry), but I’m hoping it can serve as a starting off point for couples who are starting to compile their registry.

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Diaper Bag

bagSkip Hop Chelsea Diaper Bag via Target ($99.) I’ve been adamant on finding a diaper bag that doesn’t look like a diaper bag, but is still functional. I also wanted tons of pockets, and I feel like this bag satisfies both of those desires. My brother and his girlfriend got it for me, and I am so thankful! At the shower, several non-moms said “I would carry that as a bag!” which sealed the deal for me ;)

Baby Gear

sleeperFisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, My Little Snugabunny via Amazon ($58.) This contraption came highly recommended from several close friends. It vibrates, you can rock it, and some parents I know have said it’s the best thing they owned for the first few months. I know all babies take to things differently, but I’m hoping we have similar success!

evenfloEvenflo Exersaucer Jump & Learn Bouncer via Target ($89.) Honestly, I had no clue what the hell an exersaucer even was until I Googled it,  but apparently these things are good to have.

bumboBumbo Floor Seat via Target ($39.) Again, WTF is a Bumbo? Apparently it’s a great seat for little ones, if their legs aren’t too cubby too to fit through the leg holes.

woombieWoombie via Babies R Us ($25 – $27.) I hear that swaddling you baby is the shit, but having never actually swaddled a baby, I registered for these (as well as swaddling blankets) because they seem pretty fool proof.

bjorn Baby Bjorn via Amazon ($152.) Oh, the Ergo vs the Bjorn debate is one I found to be as old as time. I think you’d be fine with either, but we ended up choosing this one because of the reviews on The NightLight (an extremely helpful website for parents and parents-to-be!)

nyc mommaThe New York City Momma changing pad via Patemm. From the Patemm website: patemm inc proudly introduces the original, new and improved, mom-invented, patented*, award-winning portable patemm® pads, a round design that allows you to place your little one in any direction. You can store diapers, wipes, and even a set of clothes in the cleverly-placed inside pockets. When not in use, the patemm® pad folds into a compact carrier without the use of ties, buttton, snaps, or Velcro®

dropcamDropcam via Dropcam ($200.) We got the Dropcam as our baby monitor; it’s one of the higher-end items that we asked for, but it’s pretty damn cool. It hooks up to an app on your phone, and you can see the whole room, not just the crib. I love it.

Transportation

strollerBritax 2014 B-Agile Stroller via Amazon ($229.) Don’t stress about picking the right stroller; there’s only forty thousand out there to choose from. WTF. Like, isn’t a stroller a fucking stroller?! Apparently not, my friends. I hear that the BOB stroller has a cult-like following if you’re a runner, but I don’t get the hype. Maybe it’s because I’m not a runner, nor do I plan on ever running or jogging post-baby.

carseatChicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat via Target ($189.) I learned in an “infant care and safety” class that kids these days are in some sort of carseat or booster seat until they get their learner’s permit (ish), but we didn’t bother with a convertible car seat just yet. I wanted a carseat that I could carry into a restaurant or something like that. This carseat also fits into the stroller we chose, so that’s good.

Feeding

high chairKeekaroo Height Right High Chair with Tray via Target ($199.) Kind of like wanting a diaper bag that doesn’t look like a diaper bag, we wanted a chic-looking highchair. We know we won’t be using this for some time, but we also know it’s inevitable.

feedersMunchkin Fresh Food Feeders via Target ($7.) Again, not something we’ll need right away, but I’ve heard good things about these mesh feeder things. I also hear they’re good for teething if you freeze them.

food processorCuisinart Food Processor via Amazon ($169.) I plan on making my own baby food because I’m cheap as hell. We own a tiny food processor, but this one is much bigger (14-cup) and newer and nicer and I’m looking forward to making mushy food with it.

boppyBoppy Newborn and Infant Lounger via Target ($29.) My cousin, Sarah, told me she found this contraption to be helpful, and I trust everything Sarah says. My cousin, Sam, also swears by the original Boppy for breastfeeding, so we got that as well! I have a feeling that this kid will have so many different things to lounge in…

So there you have it! A list of the items on our registry that required the most thought and research. I hope my moms-to-be found this to be helpful!

Moms, what are some of your “gotta have it” items?

Penny Takes a Tumble

Happy Friday! Do you need a good giggle today? I think you do. Check out this ‘just so happened to be recording’ video that Cory got of our sweet, graceful Penny the other day. She’s going places, my friends.

 

Totally Truthful Thursday

Totally Truthful Thursday

// Earlier this week, we took a tour of the hospital where I’ll be delivering. Leading up to it, I just considered it another run of the mill ‘check the box’ type thing, but when I walked into an actual delivery room, I kinda sorta couldn’t breathe.

// To keep my anxiety at an all-time high, I scheduled our first tour of a daycare facility for the following day. SHIT IS GETTING REAL, and I can’t really take a deep breath.

// So, we officially cut the [cable] cord and are surviving on Netflix, Hulu, and Sling TV/RokuI’m really missing Downton Abbey, Dance Moms, My Big Fat Fabulous Life, and Sisterwives more than I should admit. Like, how am I supposed to LIVE MY LIFE without knowing how Maddie the ALDC performed in LA this week?!

// Do you know what annoys me? When I unsubscribe from getting emails, and then the company sends me an email confirming my unsubscribing.

// Does anyone else think Kanye needs to STFU and sit down? My skin crawls when I read about his Beck “incident” at the Grammy’s. What’s his deal with Beyonce anyway? [If I’m asking these questions, it probably means I’m old and irrelevant.]

// Waxing hurts double-time when you’re pregnant, just FYI.

// It’s no secret that we’re always looking for fun ways to work on, improve upon, and nurture our marriage. I read about The Love Dare and it seemed interesting, but I have some reservations. Is anyone familiar with it? Yay or nay?

// I’m stalling on your requests for a video blog, because I cannot think of anything worth talking about.

 

Weekly Reads Wednesday #2

Happy Wednesday! How’s everyone’s week going?! I’m in a place where the days seems despairingly long, but the weeks (and weekends) seem short. Does that even make sense?

Anyway.

I’m linking up again with Clare and her Weekly Read Wednesday brainchild. Enjoy some of my favorite reads from the past week!


 

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Life + Lessons

Life: More Than the Counterfeit 

20 Signs that You’re Doing Better than You Think You Are

4 Steps to Quit Comparing Yourself to Other Women

27 Life Lessons I Learned Before Turning 27

Why I’m All for Aging

Humor + Happiness

21 Dogs Who Would Like Everyone to Just Not

Chris Pratt and Chris Evans Make Good on Their Superbowl Bet and it was Adorable

Parenting 

Here’s Why Steve Jobs Didn’t Let His Kids Use iPads + Why You Shouldn’t Either <— very interesting! 

STOP Doing That for Your Kids! <— Totally agree

“Mommy, Will You Lay With Me?”

10 Rules of the Mom Club

Love + Relationships

17 Expert Tips to Help Couples Actually Solve Relationship Issues 

11 Things that are Supposed to Happen on Real Dates that Don’t Anymore

56 Years of Marriage – Now She Hears THIS From Her Husband <– O.M.G. please watch this video! It’s so precious (and it’s not even 2 minutes long)

 

Made in Mechanicsville

I’m always so pumped for my friends when they follow their dreams, and my friend Lauren is no exception. Not long ago, she and her husband, James, opened an Etsy shop, Made in Mechanicsville, to sell their handmade jewelry.

Lauren has always enjoyed making cute jewelry for herself, and after tons of compliments got through her thick skull ( ;) ), she decided to start selling her pieces!

She was kind enough to send me two sets of earrings, which totally made my day. I don’t know about you, but free jewelry (that’s actually cute) is one of my favorite things.

CollageIf you follow me on Instagram, you know know that I’m not kidding about jewelry being one of my favorite things, because these Hartford earrings were a genuine pick-me-up last week. I had yet another sleepless night and I was just over it. Like, cried-before-I-even-went-to-work, over it. But I’m so serious when I tell you that these new earrings put a little pep in my step that day.

Life really is about the little things, isn’t it?

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Made in Mechanicsville is offering 20% off your order when you use the coupon code BLOGLOVE. I will absolutely be applying that code to order myself these Lark earrings (you get two pairs – silver and charcoal!)

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So, go treat yourself to a little Valentine’s Day present. I mean, why not?!

 

Baby Shower Recap

I woke up on Saturday like a kid on Christmas morning. Despite my body being the vessel for this whole baby-growing phenomenon, there’s nothing that makes the pending birth of your baby seem real like a baby shower. 

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My house was buzzing with excitement that morning as Emily, Jamie, and my mother-in-law (the amazing hostess trio) came over to transform my home into a winter wonderland. Emily had chosen a “baby it’s cold outside” theme, and they went to town with it! It was perfect! 

CollageRemember Kate’s cookies from this post? Her cookies made an appearance, and I was so pleasantly surprised!

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Emily and my mother-in-law are both such sticklers for detail, and I was beyond impressed with how well everything came together. I was somewhat nervous about the showering being at my house and not having any idea (read: control) about what the plan was, but that was just wasted energy on my part. They had everything covered, and all I had to do was relax and enjoy myself. 

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Emily asked our moms to bring a baby picture of each of us, and it was so funny that of the pictures they brought, Cory and I were in same car seat, just different colors!

Not only did our local friends and family make it to the shower, but my brother and his girlfriend Erin made the trip to Richmond, as did Bobby and Whitney, our good friend Ashley, and my mom! 

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At some point, the boys made it outside to smoke cigars, and I found myself wandering over to the gift display. Since it was a co-ed shower, we planned on not having a formal “unwrapping of the gifts” ceremony, but somehow all the ladies ended up in the living room oohing-and-ahhing over all the adorable baby gifts. 

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It was honestly such a perfect day, and we felt so loved. Having a baby is the most exciting thing to ever happen to Cory and I, and we are so fortunate to have so many people in our lives who genuinely share in our joy and excitement. 

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February will be a whirlwind of baby showers and baby celebrations, and we’re just overjoyed! I cannot believe it’s a little over six weeks away until we get to meet this little one!