Our Backyard Baby Shower

Monday, August 12, 2019

Almost immediately after I told them I was pregnant, my mom and sister started planning a backyard baby shower for B and me, and we started looking forward to it instantly. During cold March days when I couldn't imagine it ever being summer, I pictured all of our friends in my parents' backyard, the sun shining, music playing, our Moosh coming soon. Last Saturday was just that and absolutely perfect. The afternoon was super relaxed and low-key, and we just chatted and hung out. I can't wait to introduce our baby to these people that make our lives so full. The three of us are truly the luckiest <3

Our First Sweet Baby Shower

Sunday, August 11, 2019

I mentioned in my latest bits and pieces post that our weekends have been filled in the best way possible lately, with so much love and generosity for Brian, me and baby. My inlaws hosted a baby shower for our little one a few weeks ago, and it was the loveliest afternoon with dozens of wonderful women (and Moosh's most important men ;) I've had an easy pregnancy, so much so that I'd often forget I'm pregnant until the past few weeks (until my worries would rush in at night, of course). This little party made everything feel so real (Onesies! A snot sucker! A stroller!), and while I don't think I'll ever be ready, these women sure left me inspired and a little bit more confident :)

Bits and Pieces

Monday, August 5, 2019

Oh, what a week it has been. The highest of highs, some lows and a lot of unknowns (so, life, I guess).

We've spent the last two weekends in the suburbs being showered with love from so many family and friends. I wasn't big on having a baby shower (like our wedding showers, I didn’t want my friends to feel pressured to buy us gifts, and I felt shy about opening presents while everyone watched), but our families graciously offered to host two, and I'm so thankful for those Saturday afternoons. Up until then, I didn't realize that pregnancy had felt a little isolating (you're own your own when you're gripped with anxiety or lying awake at night with heartburn), but I suddenly feel bolstered and empowered by a community of supportive loved ones who have been through these stages before or are simply excited to meet our baby. It's such a wonderful feeling.

On the other hand, and at the sake of too much transparency, we thought we'd be meeting our babe sooner rather than later last week. Some pre-labor symptoms had us in the hospital Thursday evening, unsure whether I would be sent home (what I was begging for) or upstairs to begin the delivery process. At only 34 weeks, it was scary (and now I feel strange walking around in this limbo, a job to go to daily on one hand, contractions every 2-7 minutes on the other). We're taking it one day at a time for now, and I'm grateful for every day the moosh stays cooking. No rush, little one.

And because, downloading all of the baby apps last night for the gadgets we were gifted (side note: nothing will make you stop procrastinating and pack a hospital bag and put in a car seat faster than being told you are, perhaps, in labor), I realized there are so many photos from life lately I've kept on my phone, here's a big photo dump. Between the fear and dozens of daily trips to the bathroom there have been some really great times <3