Week 31 Update [Baby Shower #1!]

October has already been a busy month and we are only a week or two into it! My mom and I traveled over to Moore County this past weekend where some of Robb’s family were hosting a baby shower for me. It was a whirlwind of a weekend but a great one! It’s about 3 1/2 hours of solid driving from our place to Moore County but it was worth it.

We started out the weekend by stopping to the Carolina Premium Outlets in Smithfield. I picked up a few items for my baby shower this upcoming weekend and my mom purchased a cute, flowy blouse for me from Destination Maternity.

Front Pocket Maternity Shirt- Dot Print | Destination Maternity

After arriving in Moore County, we walked around for a little bit in Southern Pines but a lot of shops had already closed for the evening so we skipped over to Pinehurst so I could show my mom around Bump & Baby – one of my favorite baby boutiques. We were tuckered out after that so we decided not to go to Southern Pines’ First Friday and headed on to my boyfriend’s grandma’s for the evening to relax.

The next morning, we got up and headed down to AutumnFest to check out the vendors and to listen to my Robb’s dad’s bluegrass band – South Ridge Bluegrass. You should definitely check them out – they are fabulous and even Lil Bean started to boogy some!

Then it was baby shower time!

Mom and I | 30 Weeks + 6 Days Baby Bump Picture

Robb’s family did a fabulous job with everything. There were pictures of us as babies everywhere and his mom had a game where people cast their vote with a checker whether or not Lil Bean would have red hair or black hair. I don’t get to see the result until after Lil Bean gets here but I know which way I’m leaning! Let’s just say that I think Lil Bean may be a spitting image of his daddy.

To eat, we had a fruit tray, a vegetable tray, jello salad, chicken salad sandwiches, turkey and cheese sandwiches and more. We also had cake and punch – I LOVE baby/wedding/shower punch.

I absolutely adore my dress (from PinkBlush Maternity, of course). In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ll wear it again for my second baby shower. It’s comfortable and I love the print. I think that it’s a very flattering dress.

Navy Blue Watercolor Floral Fitted Maternity Dress | PinkBlush Maternity

Our Lil Bean is blessed to have so many that love him already. We received a lot of great gifts that will certainly help us out when Lil Bean gets here. One of my favorites has to be the handmade hat and booties knit by his grandmother. I also loved the little Smokey the Bear t-shirt as well. Both of those items are ones that will certainly be placed in Lil Bean’s hope chest one day (do boys even have hope chests?).

Opening gifts with my handy dandy note-taker by my side.

In this picture are two great-grandmothers-to-be, three grandmothers-to-be, and ME!

The bottom dropped out of the sky when it came time to load up my gifts and my poor mom got soaking wet. It ended up raining pretty much all the way home but that didn’t put a damper on our day!

This super blurry picture is the one I sent to Robb on our way home. The back of the truck was full as well. His response? “Awwww…. shit….”

23.5 Week Update

I have been told that during the second trimester, I would suddenly regain some of the energy I lacked during my first trimester.

Well… I’m still waiting for that to happen…

I’m exhausted and it could be that I’m not sleeping well at night or it could be because I’m pulling extra hours at work. I work at a community college that has just started its fall session which means we have been busy. Hopefully things should start getting back to normal though. It doesn’t help that I’ll wake up in the middle of the night, my lips dry, my bladder full.

But I wouldn’t change anything for the world.

I received my first “official” baby gift. This lovely NC State (my alma mater) piggy bank from the generous couple I petsit for on occasion. I’ve already plopped it on one of the shelves in the nursery. Go Wolfpack!

I apologize for the graininess but Robb wanted to snap a quick picture of me on his cellphone after work last week when my baby bump was looking prominent. It’s funny how my bump looks so different under certain article of clothing. I’m actually wearing a maternity top for the first time today and I have to say that my bump doesn’t seem to be nearly as noticeable!

While I was away petsitting, Robb took the opportunity to finish painting our bathroom and to paint the nursery. It’s still a work in progress and this picture does the room no justice, but I am in love with the color of our nursery. We chose “May Apple” from Olympic paint which is this lovely color that works well with our idea of a more rustic/woodland theme. It would also be a great color if we had went with a beach theme as well.

Robb did such a great job while I was gone and he even arranged items on the shelves. He thinks that the color might be a bit too bright so I am going to work on finding wall accents to help tone it down a little for him.

Our Lil Bean will be here before we know it so it’s nice to feel like we have actually started on some sort of preparation!