Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Baby // My Portland Shower

Today, I am SO excited to share some photos from the absolutely lovely baby shower I had here in Portland this weekend! Although I did already have a wonderful baby shower back with my family and friends in Michigan last month, I really wanted to celebrate with the people I love here in Oregon as well. So when my friend Rachel offered to throw me a baby shower here in Portland, I was really appreciative! She knows me really well and we have similar taste, and she did a really fabulous job putting everything together. It really meant a lot to be able to share the excitement about our baby boy's impending arrival with my family and friends here and it was such a fun afternoon!

What's really amazing to me is that many of the friends at my shower this weekend were people that I've just met within the past year. For only knowing each other a relatively short time, I'm incredibly grateful that we've already built such solid friendships. And yes, a lot of these girls I have met through blogging! Say what you will about it, but blogging can really bring people together and my shower was a definite testament to that. (I've also included their blog links, if applicable.)

My friend Kelsey took photos at my shower, and she did such a beautiful job of capturing the day. Plus, it was really great to be able to focus on visiting with everyone instead of snapping pictures! I had a hard time narrowing down which ones to share though, so get ready for photo overload...

The adorable invitations Rachel sent set the perfect vibe for the shower.
I'm 33 weeks pregnant, so heading into the home stretch!
Gorgeous spread!
My sweet friend Rachel is the one who hosted the shower, and I really can't thank her enough for her thoughtfulness and hard work putting everything together for such an amazing day!
All the cute little decor items were very "me" and proof that Rachel knows me really well :)

The bump is definitely growing by the day!
Everyone signed a book with sweet messages which was really cute!
I have to give a special shout out to Rachel's roommate Kristi (she's the one in the blue dress and I totally blanked on getting a photo together, whoops!) because I know she put in a ton of work getting ready for the shower as well, and she also made really awesome favors that I loved!
She made these sets of coasters for each person that had four different designs on them and they were all so cute! She is also starting an Etsy shop called Brown Paper Bow so look out for that!
My friend Meredith (left) made the food for the shower and it was all fantastic!
Delicious smoked salmon
Butternut squash and bacon mac and cheese - so yummy!
My mom flew out from Michigan for the weekend for the shower, and it was really fun for her to get to meet the friends I've made since moving to Portland!
Cam's aunt, his cousin, his mom, and my sister-in-law (and our adorable nephew!) were also at the shower and I'm so glad they could be there! It's so nice having his family here in Oregon :)
 I loved catching up with so many of my friends like Bee and Sarah!
Plus, Rachel's cat Winston did a great job of entertaining everyone :) 
My friend Linnea just had a baby recently and so she's been awesome with giving me tips!
I've actually known Brianne since elementary school and coincidentally, we both ended up in Portland! She's moving out of state soon, but it's been so nice getting to hang out this past year :)
My adorable friend Chloe clearly got the stripes memo :)
Kelsey is not only an amazing photographer, but she's also a really great friend :)
Getting ready to open gifts...I got so many thoughtful things for our little guy!
This cute onesie is from my friend Erin who couldn't be at my shower because she's currently traveling around Asia with her husband for the next few months! (Thanks though Erin!)
My good friend Kristi (who I didn't get a picture with either, whoops!) got us the Fox in Socks book along with some adorable fox pajamas (that have foxes on the feet!) - too cute!
The cake came from Palace Cakes (courtesy of Cam's mom) and it was so good!
The vanilla bean buttercream was divine and I loved the simple yet sweet look of the cake.
Rachel got the adorable cake topper which I just loved :)
Clearly I was excited about the cake, ha!

My Portland shower was absolutely perfect and I had the best time celebrating!
Thanks again to Rachel for hosting, Kristi for the favors, Meredith for making food, Cam's mom for providing the beautiful cake, and Kelsey for taking all these lovely photos of such a special day!


Friday, October 17, 2014

In PDX // PCS "Dreamgirls"

Happy Friday everyone! TGIF, amiright?


Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of going to see "Dreamgirls" at Portland Center Stage


I saw the movie version of this musical back when the Beyonce one came out, but it had been quite awhile so I completely forgot just how great all the music for this show is. I love the Motown vibe of the songs, and PCS did a great job with all the fun costumes and colorful sets for their version.


I had the opportunity to attend a performance of Dreamgirls thanks so an event Rachel put together with PCS for some local bloggers, and I was mainly just looking forward to a fun night out with my friends as I figure I need to take advantage of doing things like this before the baby gets here! 


However, I ended up being really blown away by the talented cast for this show! Seriously, every single person had such an incredible voice and I was extremely impressed by the casting!


And I'm happy to share that right now, PCS is offering a special discount to Dreamgirls if you use the promo code 'PDXBLOGS' when you purchase tickets online! This code gets you  $20 tickets for Tuesday night performances as well as Halloween night, and then $5 off other nights, which is an awesome deal, especially given the talent of the cast!  If you live here in Portland, I'd highly suggest checking it out before it closes. The show runs until Nov. 2nd at the Gerding Theater at the Armory and it's such a great choice for a date night or girls' night out. (Plus the location of the theater in the Pearl District makes it ideal for making an evening of it and getting dinner or drinks too!) 


Although I did receive a complimentary ticket to attend Dreamgirls, I was not required to write a post about it. However, I wanted to do so because I genuinely enjoyed the show so much, and so all thoughts/opinions expressed are 100% my own :) If you live in PDX, go check this show out!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!


(All photos by Patrick Weishampel and courtesy of Portland Center Stage)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bumpdate // 30-32 Weeks

I love this shirt! :)


How far along:
32 Weeks, 6 days...which mean I'm officially 33 weeks tomorrow!
(Seriously SO crazy!!)

Baby's size: 
According to my app, he weighs over 4 pounds already and is over 17 inches long.

Weight gain: 
At my 32 week appointment, I was 21 pounds above my average pre-pregnancy weight...but I'm pretty sure that number has already gone up thanks to all the cake and donuts from this weekend

Gender: Baby boy!

Movement:
Still feeling lots of big movements and they're pretty visible from the outside too. When I was in New York, I was getting a pedicure and the baby was moving around and the person doing my nails could see my stomach moving - it's still really freaky to me! At my 32 week appointment, the midwife said that he's currently in a breech position (which I had a feeling was the case because I can see/feel that his head is up near the top of my belly) but that I shouldn't be concerned at this point because there is still plenty of time for him to turn over the next few weeks.

Food cravings: 
I've definitely been eating my fair share of fall treats like candy corn and cinnamon sugar donuts over the past few weeks, but not necessarily because of any sort of pregnancy craving. Honestly, it's more just because it's fall and that stuff is around and I feel like I have a good excuse to indulge a little :)

Sleep:
Sleep has been hit or miss lately. Thankfully, I can sleep through the night without having to get up to go to the bathroom, but I still just randomly wake up on the middle of the night and have a hard time falling back asleep. I've heard that's pretty common though, as it's sort of your body's way of getting you ready to get up with the baby. I've always been a person who can get by on not much sleep, and I'm hoping that all those all-nighters I pulled in college will help me in the months to come...ha!

Miss anything?
Although I do love having a bump, there are days that I do miss having my "normal" body and being able to do things like bend over to put on my shoes without it being annoying. Now that we're getting closer to the due date, I feel like time is sort of running out a little and so I miss just being able to do what I want without feeling like there is a constant to-do list hanging over my head. I'm working on prioritizing what actually has to get done before the baby arrives (aka installing our carseat, setting up the crib, etc.) vs. things that would just be nice to do but aren't necessary.

Workouts:
I walked a ton when I was in New York City, but I've definitely been slacking on walking since I've been back home. I did go back to prenatal yoga though, and I'm hoping to keep that up until the baby comes!

Maternity Clothes?
Pretty much all I'm wearing these days - I'll be sharing a post with some of my favorites next week!

Symptoms:
Overall, I've still felt really really good and I'm so thankful for that! The only weird symptom I had this week is some acid reflux/heartburn - I haven't had that at all during my pregnancy (or ever in my life really) so it was a little weird, but it was really only one day and then it disappeared.

Mood:
Overall, I'm feeling really good! It's definitely a mix of emotions right now though as I do feel really excited and eager for the baby to get here, but at the same time I'm also feeling a little bit of wistfulness every now and then over the fact that this chapter of just me, Cam, and Lola is coming to an end. I'm not really feeling too anxious about labor (yet...ha) but I suppose I am feeling a little uncertainty just over the fact that we're about to embark on an experience that is totally foreign territory and there is no way of truly knowing what it will be like until it happens.

Best moment from weeks 30-32:
I was in either Michigan or New York for pretty much this entire chunk of my pregnancy, and it was really great to spend a lot of time with family and friends. (I'm hoping to share some more photos this week!) My baby shower in Michigan was definitely the highlight for me though!

Looking forward to: 
I'm actually having another baby shower here in Portland this weekend and I can't wait!!

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