I popped! I popped! All of a sudden around 30 weeks I started to get round, and now a day shy of 34 weeks there is no denying I-am-mama-hear-me-roar! With that came an even more uncomfortable belly and my first itty bitty stretch mark. I’m doing my best to follow the “sleep while you can” advice even though I have to pee constantly, and embrace the chaos of the next couple weeks. Before my maternity leave begins I’m shooting three weddings, an elopement, and a few family sessions. We just had our baby shower last Saturday (photos below!) and next weekend we are combining my out of town wedding with a camping trip. In the last three weeks things will finally settle down. Maybe then the “nesting” will begin? And I’ll pack my hospital bag… have my last couple OB appointments… and install the car seat… Whoa.
Sam and I have reached a point where we are so ready for baby girl to be here. We keep reflecting on how very, VERY long 9 months is. We can hardly wait to see what she looks like and finally settle into our new roles as mom and dad. She is going to make everything so much more fun + special; from our weekend road trips to a simple night watching the sunset at the beach. Sometimes it feels like the baby is all we want to talk about. We are still fighting over her name (lovingly, of course), who will get to play with her after work, and who will feed her in the middle of the night (we both want to, not the opposite! haha).
A giant baby shower seemed like the best way to celebrate this incredible light that’s entered our lives. I envisioned an eclectic, 70s inspired, beachy affair with good food and everyone that we love in one place. With the help of my mom, mother in law, aunt, and friend Andrea, my vision came to life! It was a perfect summer day with tacos, donuts, the most amazing friends and family, and wicker + macrame + tropical flowers everywhere you looked.
Let me just preface the photo portion of this post with this: we were still getting ready when guests started to arrive (so out of character for me!) and it was 85º out. So the combination of stress + heat + running around like a crazy person at 33 weeks pregnant = me quickly snapping some detail photos before I sat down to recover/ try not to make myself go into labor. Kidding, kidding….. sort of 😉 There are a few things missing and definitely not enough photos of our guests BUT it was the best I could do.
Baby girl has the best Grandmas!
And finally, our amazing family! They did so much to make this day happen, and the THREE of us are so grateful!
Rentals: inJOY The Party
Taco Bar Caterning: Iconic Catering
Invitations: Kirra Reyna Designs
Guest Book: Starboard Press
Donuts: Jay’s Donuts (seriously the best donuts in the South Bay!)
Flowers + favors + design by me, but all of other insanely cute details were done by my friend Andrea and my aunt!