My pre-baby To Do List is getting dangerously short.
The nursery will be finished today. (!!!)
The baby monitor is in place, his clothes are hung, and everything is put away.
My thank you notes are written, our taxes are filed, and every major purchase has been completed.
Our freezer is stocked with double batches of easy recipes, so Chad does not starve when I stop cooking for two or three weeks.
(There will also be lots of take-out involved.)
My hospital bag is packed, at least to the extent that it can be, given that I will inevitably need my camera and makeup and cell phone charger between now and April.
And yesterday, after work, I managed to have time to pick up a bunch of fresh flowers and paint my nails. (The pink shade is OPI from a fashion week gift bag, and the sparkly shade is Butter London ‘Anorak.’)
I am almost (almost) ready for this baby to arrive.
It’s a little funny, but I had a lot of anxiety over my baby shower. (Is that normal?) For my bridal shower and basically every wedding-related event before Chad and I got married, I was so happy and excited to have “my” special day and to have it all revolve around me.
For my baby shower? Weirdly, I was sort of uncomfortable with it.
It may just be that I’m at a different place in life than I was four years ago (almost five!), when Chad and I got married. Sometimes, I wonder if having this blog has actually made me less interested in attention in my day-to-day life — since I’m constantly posting photos and stories about all the things that are happening to me, when I’m off the internet, I’ll happily blend into the crowd. My capacity for attention is just about maxed out.
But, thankfully, I have a wonderful, amazing family who wanted to celebrate this special moment, and I am so, so grateful they did. And in the end, my mom, sister and mother-in-law threw the most amazing baby shower I could have possibly imagined, and I loved every second of it. In retrospect, all those nerves seem totally silly — having a baby shower isn’t just about focusing everyone on the mom-to-be, it’s about gathering your friends and family and celebrating the little person who’s about to enter this world.
I always say that the most amazing part of our wedding wasn’t the party itself — it was having all the people we care about together in one place, even briefly. And I had the same feeling about this shower. It was a wonderful way to reflect on how grateful I am for all of our friends and family, and how much love there is waiting for our son when he arrives.
So, with that, I thought I’d share a few pictures with you guys! I know that many of you saw some of my pictures on Instagram right after the shower, but I also took a ton of video clips, with the hope of putting them all together to capture how beautiful and lovely the day was. So please take a peek at the video above, or scroll down for photos!
Also, I have to give a special shout-out to our amazing balloon bear decorations! Our housekeeper, Leonor, made them for us, and she is so incredibly talented and they were such a special addition to our party! (You can see more of her designs on her Facebook page here!
Alice and Olivia Fierra dress, BHLDN Luna Moth earrings, Jimmy Choo Abel pumps.
Tags: baby · life · parties
First of all, thank you all so much for the comments (and reassurances!) on my last post. I felt SO much better after reading them — I do have a lot of trust in my doctor, and I know that she and her team will be doing everything possible to keep me and the baby healthy. And, ultimately, I’m going to try to not sweat my lack of a formal “plan” — but I’m still going to make sure that I’ve done the research into my options and that Chad knows what I want as well.
I was looking through old folders on my computer this weekend, and I found these from early February (at almost six months pregnant) and realized that I’d somehow never posted them! I need to keep better track of my maternity outfits, because in a few weeks (!) they’ll all be extremely dated. (I may post a few after the baby is born, since outfit photos will probably be the last thing on my mind during those first few weeks with a newborn…)
I remember thinking that I was “huge” when I took these, and now that makes me laugh. (This Instagram photo, where I claimed to be ginormous? Oh, that makes me smile…)
Little did I know, “huge” was on the horizon right… about… now. And I still have five more weeks to go!
When I first got pregnant, people asked me a lot whether I thought that my style would change with the baby bump, and now that I’m eight months in, I honestly don’t think that it did. Sure, my options were a lot more limited — it’s hard to suddenly lose 95% of your wardrobe because nothing fits — but ultimately, I gravitated to the same bold colors, easy silhouettes, and polished, relaxed vibe that I’ve always loved.
Still, though… gosh, I’m looking forward to getting to wear my clothes again. For a girl who loves fashion, the last few months have been a bit of a bummer — I hardly fit into anything from non-maternity stores, and the selection at maternity stores is just dismal. Even if I don’t lose the baby weight right away, I’m really looking forward to picking up a few new fun pieces for Spring and Summer!
Sabo Skirt knit sweater (old, but a very similar one here), Splendid leggings, Free People, Land’s End and Ann Taylor necklaces, Ann Taylor and Tiffany & Co. bracelets, Chanel purse.