Thursday, May 16, 2013

it's a baby q!

i had so many fun ideas for our baby shower {thanks to many sleepless nights browsing pinterest} and finally landed on one! we didn't exactly want a traditional baby shower. we wanted to make sure there was something for everyone. guys, ladies and kids! we planned a vintage themed baby q and had everything from a photo booth, to a bubble machine, a kids corner with coloring books, a custom made corn hole set, {thanks dad!} a killer homemade bbq meal & our favorite...sprinkles cupcakes! it was a family planned shower and was so much fun to do together! from the decor to the food, everyone pitched in and made it an amazing day for us! thank you to everyone who came and for all of your sweet gifts. we are so grateful for the love you showed to our little family!

we made our own stencil for the corn hole.

my mom working on the center pieces in the background while dad prepped the corn
hole set for its first coat of paint.

...and it's done! how cute is it?! 

found these at the $1 section of target. i put them on skewer sticks and put them in a burlap wrapped vase with gerber daisies  for the table centerpieces. the burlap was an old moving blanket that my grandma and grandpa had for over 20 years. we cut it up and covered glass vases with it. cheap and easy!

mason jars and kraft bags stamped with a "C" that held the wooden forks. 

loved this idea from pinterest of old photos of us as kids. it was a fun way to
welcome the guests!

we made our own penant banner! a simple touch that really dressed up the fence.

this was my favorite thing we did! i made this on cardstock and entitiled it "wishes for cruz." all of our guests filled it
out. it was so fun to read them that evening! i cant wait to put them in a book for cruz to read when he gets older.

our photo booth props made from felt and skewer sticks! again CHEAP and easy. :)

found these buckets at the $1 section of target and dressed them up a little! looking back i probably should have used something bigger so we didn't have to refill so many times but i still love how they turned out.

opening gifts

photo booth fun! we made this photo booth with red polka dot fabric from joanns and found a super cute
app called "wedding booth" to create these pics on an ipad and stand! i loved that the guests could leave
us a message!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

thirty weeks

its hard to believe I am thirty weeks along now! it's been a while since I last posted anything. i'll blame that on the pregnancy and planning of our baby shower :) {post to follow soon from the baby q!} the last few months have been absolutely amazing though. cruz is moving around so much and its so fun to feel and watch his movements. i have been blown away with the love and support from our family and friends and by people's generosity. there is no doubt that our little man is loved and as his mommy that makes me so very happy! here's a little update on my pregnancy:

How far along? 30 weeks!

Total weight gain/loss: i am at a total of 10 pounds gained so far and have 10 more to go before july to be where my doctor would like me to be. cruz is super healthy and everything seems to be right on track. trying to just enjoy, eat healthy (don't get me wrong i cheat ALOT. that's the best part of pregnancy right?!) and have fun during this process!

Maternity clothes? yes! not so much with shirts yet since flowy things are in style and easy to find but i definitely had to buy a few pairs of maternity jeans. the belly band just didn't cut it anymore, haha.

Stretch marks? not really. my cream has worked wonders!!!

Sleep: for a while i was doing great but this last week has been tough. i NEED a body pillow!!

Best moment this week: feeling the biggest kick yet from cruz! he has really been showing off the last few days and it is amazing to feel and watch. i tear up almost every time. what an incredible journey!

Movement: oh yes 

Food cravings: nope

Gender: BOY

Labor Signs: no but in just a few short months i will say yes to crazy is that?!

Belly Button in or out? out and its SO weird. i definitely have an "inny" so this is a new thing. im anxious to see what happens to it after he is born. tmi?

Wedding rings on or off? ok ok ill fully admit it...they are off. yes im in the third trimester which brings along joyous things like swelling in my hands, feet and ankles. 

What I miss: same answer as last time...sleep & caffeine

What I am looking forward to: finishing up his room. now that the baby shower is over we can start putting his room all together. so far we have bought his changing table, dresser and are buying the crib this week. i love to just go and sit in his room with his little toys and clothes and just dream about the days and moments i will spend with him and eddie here. oh boy here i go tearing up again...what can i say he melts my heart already. he is not even here yet and i am still so aware that the greatest thing i will ever do and the greatest privilege of my life is being his mommy.

Weekly Wisdom: faith not fear. we heard an amazing sermon by joel osteen and he talked about speaking faith instead of speaking fear and the power that comes when you speak something into existence. i tend to deal with fear in a lot of areas. fear for my families safety, fear over the future, fear over finances, etc. but God has not called us to live in fear. living in fear is not really living at all! naturally since i struggle with fear, the fear of childbirth and of being a good mom in general has been a daily battle for me. i probably say "faith not fear" out loud at least five times a day. anytime a thought or situation arises that causes me to fear i speak it! so much so that i was in line at a grocery store the other day and had an overwhelming sense of fear come over me and in that moment i felt the Lord say to me "speak it." i was like, really? no not in line with all of these people i'll just "think it." i mean you know my thoughts right? yes i knew he did but i also know the power in speaking it so right there in line i said "faith not fear." ill admit it wasn't super loud, i mean im not a crazy person haha, but it was enough for my spirit to settle and to know i was doing my part to live a free and fearless life. so, if you are like me and struggle with fear in any area i encourage you to speak faith NOT fear over your life! i promise your faith will begin to grow and your fear will start to decrease. 

Milestones: reaching 30 weeks!

Queasy: no

Hubby: is amazing! he cooked the BEST bbq pulled pork for our shower...i mean he's handsome, AND he can cook?! i'll keep him. :)