Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Showering Chloe Grace!

This past Saturday, JP's mom, sister and aunt hosted a shower for little Miss Chloe Grace! It was so wonderful to spend a little more time celebrating this little girl and visiting with family and friends.

Everything about the shower was perfect. Auntie Annie's super swanky Montrose town home was an intimate setting for the close group of people that attended. The cake was made my Acadian Bakery in Houston (The fresh strawberry cake, oh my yum! So light and fluffy!) and the flower arrangements were done by my seester-in-law Kate! She used her stellar high school floral design skill to create amazing arrangements. But seriously y'all. Do you see how pretty those flowers are?!

While I was opening presents, Kate was capturing the moments from the other couch. Let's just say that there were lots to choose from and it's safe to say that I am a woman of many facial expressions. Well I'm passionate and everyone just knew what to get for Chloe because I clearly loved it all!

We have more adorable clothes, shoes and accessories (this girl will never go without a bow) for every occasion. The Disney, Aggie and football ones take the cake. We also got her bouncer, a Baby Bullet, my diaper bad, toys, books (dinosaur books to be more specific), a Baby Bjorn carrier and important bits and pieces to get us through day to day life with a baby!

And most importantly, we got our stroller and car seat travel system! Along with a ton of other goodies from JP's parents, grandparents and sister!

As you can see, I loved the card as well...

"It has cat elbows!" - Kate

After presents and cake, of course we had to have a photo shoot!

Me and JP's grandmother, Pepi

My seester-in-love Kate

Mom (Donna) - Kate - Amy - Mom (Jody)

I actually got Auntie Annie to take a picture with me!

I love these girls! Maggie - Kate - Amy - Ashely - Alison

My best girls...A^3

Our signature "We love Chloe" pose.

Maggie - Amy - SaraLee

Me and my Miss Robin!

My Aunt Dianne - Me - My Momma

Me and Aunt Bonnie!

Thank you to everyone who has shown Chloe, JP and I so much love and support. We couldn't get through this crazy milestone in our lives without each and every one of you. Whether it is in forms of words of advice and encouragement, offers to help when she arrives or showering her with love, we cannot thank you enough. Only one more month until she is due to join us and we're getting more and more excited each and every day. I know that our lives are about to change forever in the best way possible. Now it's time to enjoy the last few weeks as a family of 4 (we couldn't forget our fur babies, Maggie and Moose!) before we meet our baby girl!

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Friday, June 26, 2015

35 Week Bumpdate

I'm not sure how it happened, but 35 weeks have come and gone, and we're rapidly approaching Chloe's due date! I feel like 35 weeks is some sort of milestone to celebrate! Only two more weeks until she is full term and hopefully about five weeks until I get to see her sweet face!

I received my maternity pictures from my wonderful photographer, Marci from Three Peas Photography. All the pictures in this post (besides the weekly bump pics) were taken by her!

How Far Along? 35 weeks 

Size of Baby: Canary Melon (what?) or a Coconut! At this point, she's probably close to or has reached the full length she'll be at birth (on average 19-21 inches). She could weight between 4.2 and 5.5 lbs. My doctor told me that it's likely that I'll have a small baby. Not unhealthy small, just petite! I think I'm okay with that as long as she's healthy and mine :) Of course she still has several weeks to get bigger!

Weight Gain: I was up 26 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight at my appointment on Monday, so somewhere around 26-27 lbs gained.

Maternity Clothes: Same, Target and PinkBlush!

Stretch marks: My belly is still stretch mark free. Continuing to lather up with cocoa and shea butter!

Symptoms: Mid-low back pain (especially in the evenings), HUNGER (but then not being able to eat much because I have no room in my stomach), exhaustion, clumsiness (tripping on everything, running into walls/corners, not remembering how big my belly is)

Cravings: Ice, peanut/almond butter, toast, grapes, smoothies, no new changes. Peanut/almond butter is still a food group. And it's my favorite one.

Gender: A Little Princess

Mood: Ready for baby girl to arrive :)

Nursery: Post coming next week! It's pretty, pink and princess-y!

Movement: Still my tiny ninja dancer! I have a feeling this little girl will come out movin' and groovin'! I'm carrying her very high so a lot of her movements are up near my rib cage, especially in the evening. As the day goes on, her movements get more uncomfortable. Despite the aches she gives me when she's trying to escape her tiny home, every movement makes me love her more and more. If only she would stop stretching out so much when I'm trying to wind down and go to sleep!

Sleep: I sleep well every other night. I think I'm so exhausted after sleeping terribly the night before that I zonk out. Still just waking up with cramps and for potty breaks. I just have trouble falling back asleep once I wake up!

Workouts: Starting to slow down. Most of my workouts involve walking these days. I try to walk for 30 minutes every day, sometimes broken up into two 15 minute sessions. I love having an indoor track to walk around at work! I'm also trying to workout with my classes 1-2 times doing 50-75% of what I tell them to do!

What I Miss: Feeling comfortable and without back pain!

Belly Button in or out? It's an outtie!

Wedding rings on or off? On. I don't wear them to work anymore because they get a little snug when I workout or if I'm hot.

Labor Signs: No, let's keep it this way for a few more weeks! Any time after 38 weeks is fine with me Chloe!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Still meat. I do eat some, but never by itself.

Best Moments The Past 2 Weeks: Road tripping to the mountains for Caitlin & John's wedding in NC/GA! The car trip was long, but the time spent in the mountains was so perfect.

Looking forward to: Chloe's second baby shower tomorrow!!! We're having a family shower at Auntie Annie's house and I can't wait :)

Time for our every 10 week comparison! My tiny dancer is growing big and strong. It's funny because it's sometimes hard for me to remember what my body was like before I had this bump! I was so tiny, but of course then I didn't think I was!

In case you're interested, check out some of my other bump posts:
We're Pregnant!
15 Week Bumpdate
16 Week Bumpdate
18 Week Bumpdate
Gender Reveal Party
20 Week Bumpdate
22 Week Bumpdate
24 Week Bumpdate
Bump Around the World
29 Week Bumpdate
31 Week Bumpdate
33 Week Bumpdate
Couples Baby Shower

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

GNO: Pampered Perfection

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to meet up with a bunch of other Houston area bloggers for a fun week day Girls Night Out! Seeing as though I'm pretty pregnant and work is exhausting, a fun, relaxing night is just what I needed. Not to mention I hadn't seen my Houston blogger friends in months! They hadn't seen my giant belly that's for sure.

**Before I tell you all about how awesome my GNO was, I wanted to note that all photographs were taken by Nicki Evans. Check out her amazing work and follow along on social media: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter**

Our girls night out was in Katy at The Wellness Center and Well Polished Salon. We were given a card with information about the night including what tasty treats were available and where different treatments were held. We also received a "relaxation passport" to write down the times of all of our mini sessions throughout the evening. At the end of the night, we were able to put our card into a drawing for prizes!

Printing done by Agave Brothers

So here's how it all worked out...when we arrived, we were able to sign up for 15 minute time slots for various different treatments (I'll tell you all about those later!). As the night went on we went to our treatment sessions as planned and in between we were able to meet new people, catch up with old friends, snack on delicious goodies and just relax!

The food provided was delicious and so well presented! 

They had mini strawberry salad cups, shrimp ceviche, fruit, cheese, crackers, Nothing Bunt Cake mini cakes, fruit infused water and wine! I definitely wish I could have partaken in the wine, but my time will come. I'm pretty sure the Nothing Bundt Cakes surpassed wine on my current craving list. This pregnant lady was excited about cake! Mmmmm sweets...

The Wellness Centre and Well Polished had tons of options available for out mini sessions. Here are the ones that I took advantage of:

  • Neck and shoulder treatment
  • Hot stone foot treatment
  • Chair massage
  • Hand treatment
  • Acupuncture demonstration

You also had the opportunity to try out:
  • Eye or Lip Treatment
  • Skin consultation
  • Chiropractic adjustment

I would say that anything that involved rubbing my back, feet, neck and shoulders were my favorite by far! The massage therapists at The Wellness Centre were amazing. They all worked with me to make sure that the right pressure was being applied, prenatal rules were being followed and modified anything necessary to make sure I was comfortable. We definitely had to adjust the chair to account for my protruding belly! And it was oh so worth it!

I also really enjoyed the acupuncture demonstration. I was really intrigued to learn about acupuncture and the science/theory behind it. Some of the ladies opted to try out some needles, but I decided to stick with some of the small pressure beads. They are tiny hard beads attached to a bandaid like material that are inserted in specific places in your ear. The different locations effect different systems, muscles and joints in your body. I had one placed for lower/mid back pain and my digestive system. The theory is that you press the bead when feeling pain in that area and it helps to relieve it. They also stay on for up to three days! I'm not certain how well it worked since it was my first time, but I'm really interested in learning more!

Girls Night Out at the spa was pretty wonderful and oh so needed! It was great to catch up with some ladies that I've met over the past few years and meet several new faces! Some of which I had read their blogs or seen on our Facebook group! It's always fun finally putting a face with a name...or a blog in our case!

If you're in the Houston or more specifically Katy area, you should definitely check out The Wellness Centre (Facebook | Instagram) and Well Polished Salon (Facebook)!

I will definitely be going back that's for sure! In fact, I was chosen as one of the winners and I'm getting a free Spa Facial! I'm super excited and might just get a mani/pedi while I'm out there!

A big special THANK YOU to Breanna at The Thing About Joy for putting all of this together for us! We all appreciate the hard work that went into this lovely GNO! You're the best :)

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Mountain Wedding Weekend

Yesterday, I spent 15 hours in the car traveling back from the mountains in Eastern Georgia/Western North Carolina! That's right, ROAD TRIP! And at 34 weeks pregnant. Pretty impressive, I know. More importantly, those traveling with me were troopers and they never complained about the stops! We traveled through the night on the way there and needed 6 stops, and needed another 6 to get us home. Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

Now the reason we traveled half way across the country and back for a long weekend was for Caitlin and John's wedding! Lauren and I were Caitlin's Matrons of Honor, so we arrived around lunchtime on Thursday to help out with the festivities!

Thursday we went up to The Highlands, NC as soon as we got into town. We wandered around Main Street for a bit sipping milk shakes and shopping! Naturally, I ended up buying something from the store that John's sister is the fashion buyer for! She helped me find some cute pregnancy dresses that will also be adorable when I'm not so large, and I had to narrow it down to my fave. Then we went down the mountain into Sky Valley, GA to hang out with Caitlin's family at the cabin they rented! We relaxed until about 7pm and then we were worn out after traveling through the night. We were all in bed and passed out by 8pm...no complaints here.

Friday started the best way possible...mani-pedis in The Highlands followed by an outdoor lunch at the Wine Garden!

Later that evening we had the wedding rehearsal at St. Helena Catholic Church and the rehearsal dinner at the Dillard House, which happened to be where Lauren, Matt, JP and I were staying! The rehearsal went well though it was so hot in the church! They didn't turn the A/C on until we got there to save energy, but they promised it would be a lot cooler the next day! The rehearsal dinner was amazing! The food was absolutely delicious and we all stuffed our faces. Oh and there were about 15 dessert options. Heaven for this pregnant lady! I had to choose just two since I didn't have room for more. The peach cobbler and carrot cake were to die for!

The second best thing about the rehearsal dinner (besides dessert of course) was the petting zoo! We had been itching to go since we got to the Dillard House, so we went over to see the animals after dinner to walk around and digest :) The miniature horse was pregnant too, so I had to get a picture with her!

Saturday morning we were up bright and early to start getting ready! We got prepped for the big day at the reception site, The Vineyard at High Holly. They had a barn for the guys to get ready in and an adorable cottage for the ladies! We all got our hair and makeup done and finished up last minute preparations.

By 12:30, we were off to the church to get John and Caitlin officially married! It started raining on our way to the church, but it stopped during the ceremony at some point and the sun was out and shining! They do that that rain is good luck on your wedding day!

The ceremony was definitely different than the rehearsal which made all of us laugh, but it was beautiful! And much cooler...thank you A/C! I did the first reading and crushed it. :) It's safe to say that public speaking has never been an issue for me. After pictures, we headed back to the Vineyard for more pictures before getting the party started!

The reception's view was gorgeous. This was probably the most beautiful wedding location I've even been to. We were sure to wander around the vineyard and snap lots of pictures. We also danced a ton with the live band that Caitlin found. They had a great vibe and played some awesome songs. JP requested Shout which is his favorite wedding song to dance to and it was a big hit. I think the dance floor was the most crowded for that one!

The reception went down without a hitch and I'm pretty sure the bride and groom had the time of their lives! As they should :) Later that night, there was an after party up in The Highlands, but we opted to go back to our hotel and hang out for the evening. I didn't want to drive up and down the winding mountain roads in the dark and we had to get up early to go get back on the road. I heard the after party was a blast though! Since that came from the mouth of the bride, that's all that matters. As we left the reception, we stopped at the Piggly Wiggly to grab some beer and snacks to take back to the hotel where we sat outside in rocking chairs, played horse shoes and visited the petting zoo one last time!

Side story: This llama was not a nice llama. He thought that he was too good for us. I tried to get him to take a picture with me several times and he was not having it. JP was able to snap this picture really quickly and as you can see by my surprised/big cheese smile, I was pumped. Take that Mr. Llama, you're not too fancy for me! I'm pretty fabulous myself!

Overall, it was a wonderful trip! We spent a lot of time in the car, but it was so worth it. We took too many pictures, ran around like crazy, danced like fools and spent time with some of the most awesome friends ever!

To John and Caitlin: I am so, so happy for y'all. It was an honor to stand by your side as you committed yourselves to each other before God, family and friends. I can't wait to see what God has in store for your marriage. I know he will work amazing miracles through y'all. Here's to many years of happiness and hopefully a friend for Chloe! ;) I love you both!

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