December 20, 2012

B is for Baby: Baby Language

This lady has supernatural hearing/baby powers!
She is legit.
Check this out:

I may have taken notes...
Baby C will be here in 6 weeks or less come tomorrow!

Oh and she has a pretty cool website.


December 17, 2012

C is for Clothes: Black Tie on a Budget

Recently Mr. C and I attended a black tie party for Barnaby,
a non-profit, strictly social women's group in Fort Worth. 
It's basically like a grown up sorority without the drama and we just throw the parties! 
Um, yes please! 

They had a photo booth and super cute props at the party 
and here are some snap shots of me and some of my girls:

(aren't they the cutest?!)
{I wore a long black dress from ASOS : Faux leather jacket with chain detail from Maya in ATX :
Feather Earrings from F21 : Gold Glitter Shoes from Steve Madden}

Basically the whole outfit cost about $175!!!
(which means more goodies for you Baby C!)


December 13, 2012

R is for Random: Citrus Lane

Ok get ready for it...
because this is pretty cool:

Citrus Lane

It's pretty much the Birchbox for mommies and babies.
Maybe Baby C will be sweet and I'll have to treat him me to this!
(and if you don't know what Birchbox is, then I have some serious 'splaining to do!)

You basically sign up for a monthly subscription (as low as $21/month for 6 months)
and receive a cute little box full of the "so hot right now" baby/tot products.
I google image searched "citrus lane" and here's some examples of people's boxes:

So cute right?!
I think this would make a unique shower gift for my gf's who are preggo too!
And besides, who doesn't love getting a little package on their doorstep every once in a while?!


December 12, 2012

R is for Random: Best Explanation of Birth EVER!

Thought this was flat out hilarious! 
(I wish birth was like this...)

Why don't they make TV like this anymore?!

F is for Friends: Kendra and Kristin

Hello Baby,
Let me introduce you to two of my favorite people...of all time:
(and soon to be your favorite too!)

This is my sneaky best friend Kendra:
Loves (any type) of olives & craves Freebirds burritos, 
Sweet Auntie to little Mark and Baby Eliza, 
Most generous and compassionate person I know, 
Hilarious and slightly awkward sense of humor,
Lived in London and Egypt, 
Perfectionist (in a really good way!),
Over achiever and super hard worker,
My first true friend @ TCU & ZTA sister for life,
My Maid of Honor.

This is my sneaky best friend Kristin:
Ms. Organized Chaos,
Lives out of her car (not literally),
Loves to help people, especially kiddos,
Super Fly Dancer (we used to have dance parties in the dorm to James Brown),
Colorado Native but true Texas lover,
Obsessed with Music (especially live music),
Used to survive on wheat bread, Nutella, and chocolate sprinkles,
Lives life to the very fullest,
ZTA sister for life & Bridesmaid.

{side bar: aren't they pretty?!}

They are super sneaky because K & K surprised me this past weekend
when they both showed up at a "date night" Mr. C and I had planned last Thursday.
(Mr. C was gets points too since he knew all along!)
Even sneakier was the fact that Kendra flew in from Jackson Hole to attend my shower. 
Kristin lives in Dallas but kept it a secret...

I pretty much have the best friends ever. 

Get ready Baby C, these girls will steal your heart!

December 11, 2012

D is for Design: "Shower" Hostess Gift

This past weekend I had one of my first baby showers
and boy oh boy! was it INCREDIBLE!
My best friends really out did themselves...
They could rule the party planning world if they wanted! 
(details soon!)

In honor of my BFF's: 

I wanted to give them each something super special,
something they could keep for always as a sweet reminder of my appreciation;
especially since they made my shower so memorable for me and Baby C.
Here's what I came up with:
{monogrammed "shower" needlepoint ornaments}

I had the ornaments custom made and am thrilled with how they turned out!
Also, I believe how you wrap the gift is just as important as what's inside,
and besides, I'm practically OCD when it comes to color coordinating so I took extra care into the details;
such as those cute little handmade mustache paper bows. (Tutorial here)


December 06, 2012

D is for Design: Nursery Progress

I've been busy busy in Baby C's nursery this week. 
All that's left is the crib (minor detail)...oh, and Baby C of course...
Sometimes I find myself sitting in the rocker,
and thinking about how freaking cool it's going to be playing with little man in here!

I hung this cool Western painting:
{thanks to "Ninjie" for letting us borrow!}

I painted this:

And worked on the gallery wall:


December 03, 2012

P is for Photos: Maternity Sneak Peak

I was having a typical (busy and boring) Monday,
until I heard from my sweet and uber talented friends, the Peekaboo Ladies!
Baby C and I are happy to share a quick sneak peak of our close ups...

{And this confetti may also make an appearance!...}

Thank you Kate and Amanda for capturing this special time for us!

November 30, 2012

P is for Pregnancy: 31 Weeks

Hello Baby,

Happy 31 weeks to you today! 
from google images.

So an update from yesterday...
We are still waiting to hear back from the Doctor Lady on your official status, 
but the sonogram yesterday went really well and they said you're growing perfectly! 
(sigh of relief)
You were quite the character though and put on a little show :
from left to right:
#1. Face Side Profile
#2. Face Side Profile- you yawned twice during (which was so cool) 
and here you're sticking out your tongue! (you're definitely our son!)
#3. Face Front View- eyes wide open and you smiled a little!
#4. Right Hand Profile- giving us a "thumbs up"!

And in other news....
It just so happens that today we closed on our NEW LOT!

Not too much longer until I get to squeeze you!

November 29, 2012

P is for Pregnancy: Nerves

Hello Baby,

Yesterday I had a doctors appointment. 
We will continue to listen to your little heart beat (which was very strong!)
and check up on you every 2 weeks until you are born. 
The doctor worries that you may be a little tiny, so we scheduled a sonogram for today.

I couldn't really sleep last night because my mind was all over the place. 
I guess this is what being a mommy will be like. 
Thinking and worrying about you all the time!
I'll be thinking good thoughts until 2 pm today...
(at least we get to see you another time!)

I pray that you are happy, healthy, and growing in there. 
from google images.

See you soon,

November 26, 2012

C is for Clothes: Must Have Hospital Shirt

In the spirit of Cyber Monday,
aka the day my email account shuts down due to spam overload,
I've found the perfect little "I'm going to the hospital to deliver this watermelon baby" shirt. 
Just in case I need a friendly reminder that day:

From here.

Isn't it cute?!
Now if only I can find one in the USA...

Happy Shopping!

November 25, 2012

F is for Food: Blue Cheese Puffs

Every year, Mr. C and I alternate between families for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
(wish we had a teleporter so we could be with both!)
This year we were in Weatherford with Mr. C's sweet family.
And oh my gosh, did I eat too per usual on Thanksgiving.
One of the culprits were my blue cheese puffs. (recipe below)

We also watched TCU beat UT!!!

And I got to spend a whole Friday funday shopping with
Auntie Julia and "Ninjie"!
(Mr. C's Sister and Mom)

And now for THE blue cheese puffs:
(these are a real crowd pleaser, I promise)

(makes about 40-45 puffs)
  • (Almost) One loaf whole wheat bread, sliced, cut into 2-3" rounds
    (I use a mini biscuit cutter or shot glass turned upside-down)
  • 1 c. mayo
  • 2) 8 oz packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 c. fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 c. crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 tbsp. dried minced onion
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Paprika, sprinkled as a garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all above ingredients, except for paprika, in small bowl. Cut 3-4 rounds out of each bread slice and place on a baking sheet. (No need to spray with non-stick cooking spray; but you could line the baking sheet with foil for easier clean up) Top each bread round with approximately 1 tbsp. of the cheese mixture. (Does not have to be perfect!) Bake for 12-15 minutes- sprinkle with paprika and serve immediately. Enjoy!

*You can make these in advance- Once bread is topped with cheese mixture, cover with plastic wrap/foil and refrigerate until ready to bake. 

Feeling SO Thankful!

November 21, 2012

R is for Random: Keep Austin Weird

This is in no way related to this blog 
other than the fact that this is down right hilarious
and I just remembered I had this on my phone...
so I HAD to share.

The premise of the video:
Where: Austin, TX 
When: This past weekend
Why: Formula 1 Event
Who: Random (very) drunk lady on the KVUE evening news

I was casually watching late night news with Mr. C's sweet Aunt Kim and Uncle Mark
when we almost fell off the sofa we were laughing so hard.
And yes, don't judge me, I made a ghetto recording on my iPhone to remember this. 
Ok, I so hope you think this is as funny as I'm making it out to be!

{enlarge the screen, and turn up the volume}
(original footage from here)

7 1/2 months later, I'm definitely not missing the booze...
but sure do enjoy a little (light hearted) laugh like this every once in a while!


P is for Pregnancy: A Little Light Reading

I've been really sick the last few days...
some sort of nasty stomach bug.
So I've been corrupting Baby C and trying to make myself feel better
by watching non-stop episodes of Revenge on Netflix. 
(I just finished Season 1...OMG! what am I going to do with my life?!)

Our sweet Pip has been by my side all day long. 
Loyal little thing.

Anyways, I haven't been a complete vegetable lately...
I've also been reading a lot from my "go-to" baby books:
(two Mommy-to-be points for me!)
In fact, I finished a couple interesting sections last night 
on "The Scoop on Newborn Poop" and "Labor & Delivery"...lovely. 

My mom was right. I should have listened to her when she said: "Do NOT read ahead!"
I like being prepared and everything...but TMI!
Overall, these books have been very informative, (to say the least!)
reassuring, and honest. Would totally recommend to anyone looking to start a family. 
(These are very well known and respected books for a reason!)

Also, I found this amazing site a while back 
and have been reading up on it again lately. 
I basically used this as a compass before I started registering.
It's been a lifesaver too!


November 20, 2012

Rockabye Baby

Look It!
The rocker is finally here!
(Baby C and I are doing a little jig!)

By the way, I think as part of marriage counselling
couples should have to put together a piece of furniture.
There was some light assembly required for this rocker
and Mr. C and I put our patience to the test. :)

I must say, I'm liking the way his little room is coming together...
just a few more things to cross off my list:
(in this order, I hope)

1. Crib
2. Artwork
3. Side Table
4. Ottoman
5. Baby


November 19, 2012

F is for Friends: Kate and Hunter

Hello Baby,

One of my favorite holidays is this week: Thanksgiving!
There's lots of yummy food, sweet family, food, good friends, and food...did I mention food?!
In all seriousness and in the spirit of the holidays, 
I've been thinking a lot about all the wonderful blessings I have to be thankful for lately.

I came back from Austin this past Sunday
(maternity shoot sneak peak coming soon!)
just in time for us to spend a nice long lunch 
with our dear friends Kate and Hunter, who were visiting from DC.
Hunter was Mr. C's Best Man at our wedding. We've known them since college.

I hope someday you have friends like K & H...
The kind that you know you'll have for forever. 

Plus, they are a lot of FUN!

And they brought you this thoughtful gift:
(Ferdinand was one of Kate's favorites growing up)

{we will fill your name in once we have it picked out! haha!}

It's rightful place on your reading wall:

I can't wait for you to meet them!

November 15, 2012

Duke vs. "The Rocker"

I give myself an "F" this week on my blogging report card. 
But I have a way to make it up to you...

Yesterday I came home to this on our doorstep from our generous Nana & Popie:

And when I opened it, this sweet thing was inside:

{cute baby not included}

And this is how the dogs reacted:

{The Rocker = 1 ; Duke = 0}

Guess that's one way to keep them out of the baby room...

November 13, 2012

Tuesday To-Do's or Not To-Do's

A new sense of urgency has set in with the arrival of the 3rd Trimester. 
People politely remind me that "he could really come any day now!"
Cue awkward smile/in-shock face now. 
(Um, NO... I'm not ready)
So I politely remind Baby C to please wait until February 1st like Doctor Lady said.

It seems as though a lot of major life decisions all need to be made within the next few weeks. 
Or probably should have been made weeks ago...high five for me!
I'm usually a control freak about these things (in a good way!),
but for some reason this feeling of being overwhelmed has enabled me to procrastinate even more. 

All I can not think about lately are questions like: 
"What are you going to do about child care?", 
"What is it going to be like when you go back to work?", 
"Who is your pediatrician?", 
"Is your life insurance and will in order?"

Riiiiiight. About all that...

I'll answer those after my bubble bath. 

November 09, 2012

P is for Pregnancy: Week 28

Hello Baby,

Today you are 28 weeks old!
We are officially in the 3rd Trimester!
From google images.

Week 28 Milestones:
  • Belly Button is STILL an technically an innie, although it's actually just more flush with the rest of my bump. 
  • According to my pregnancy tracker, you are the size of a Cauliflower and are approximately 16 inches, 2.5 lbs.
  • Cravings are different every day. (Tonight I'm thinking Chinese food!)
  • Mint Tums are my new best friend. 
  • I'm starting to have the occasional Braxton Hicks contractions. They basically feel like short, sharp pains right under my rib cage. Not really as painful as they are uncomfortable. 
  • Your room is coming together...Really the only things left are the custom crib and artwork.
  • I need more closets/drawers/stuff to organize...nesting has officially set in!
  • My clothing options are starting to slim down (no pun intended)
  • Sometimes I can see your kicks from the outside of my belly, not just feel them from the inside! 
  • So far I've gained about 16 lbs overall.
  • Mr. C and I still have not decided on a name. And we get asked every day! 
  • I get out of breath faster than usual- room in there is getting tight and I can really feel the pressure on my lungs these days. 
  • However, I still have a ton of energy and am feeling great!

You got a special treat this week from your Auntie Lisa...
She loves you so and brought you my favorite cake balls from Louisiana! 

T-Minus 12 weeks! 

November 07, 2012

A Message of Unity: Election 2012

Hello Baby.

A mix of emotions this morning.
And it's not just for me. I'm thinking
You can't speak for yourself yet.
So it's my privilege to have a voice for you and your future.

Regardless of last night's election results, 
I remind myself that faith endures
and pray that one day you will understand the importance of these words.
Growing up, we would say this every morning before school announcements:

"I pledge allegiance to the flag 
of the United States of America
and to the Republic
for which it stands
one Nation under God
with liberty 
and justice for all."

And I couldn't of said it better myself:
Read This.
And This.


November 06, 2012

P is for Photos: Maternity Photo Shoot Prep

I'm not going to lie, there are moments when I miss my pre-pregnancy body.
Simply because I've probably just stood in my closet for an hour trying to decide what to wear 
and then finding out (the obvious) that I can no longer fit into my waist-cinching outfit of choice.
Vain moments aside, I've never been happier with my pregnancy body. Seriously

I truly believe pregnant women are some of the most attractive women. Ever. 
Something amazing happens...This is what the female body is intended to do.
Now I'm not calling myself pretty by any means; I'm just saying I've embraced my new figure. 
Every time I look at my round belly,
(and other miscellaneous, not to be named, expanding body parts!
I'm reminded of the miracle taking place within.

So, to capture the last of these special moments, I've decided to have a maternity photo shoot.
I've scheduled one with some sweet and very talented friends of mine, Amanda and Kate
Technically, they specialize in some drop dead gorgeous and tasteful boudoir photos.
(I've included a little snack of some of mine they did last year!)
But, they've kindly agreed to photograph my pregnant body one day next weekend instead!

Here are some inspiration photos for my maternity shoot:
 All images from here.
(Isn't she darling?!)

Getting ready for our close up. 

November 05, 2012

C is for Clothes: A Night Out

Happy Monday!
Mr. C was hunting (and gathering) all weekend,
(or as he likes to say, "providing for his family"...very manly of him)
so I was very productive around the house. 

I finally finished clearing out and putting away all the random stuff left over in the baby room, 
organized the old files and paperwork from the (hilarious) file cabinet, 
put together his dresser and installed new knobs,
and hung a shelf and additional closet rod in his closet. Just to name a few things...
(all by myself, thank you very much. Ty Pennington, look out!)

Surprisingly, I did have time to sneak away for a friend's 30th birthday party on Saturday night. 
Here's what I threw together wore:
Skinny Jeans: Old Navy Maternity (been super happy with these!)
Blouse: Francesca's (old) : Purse: Kate Spade : Shoes: Steve Madden @ DSW
Bracelets: Vintage : Earrings: Lauren Conrad : Arrow Necklace: Stella and Dot
So according to my pregnancy tracker, I'm 27 weeks, 3 days today!!!
aka, I've arrived in the 3rd Trimester. 
Which probably means this is the last time I'll be able to see my toes...and cute shoes...
Small sacrifice to pay for my sweet Baby C. 


November 01, 2012

D is for Design: Nursery Update

I love making lists
(yes, I felt the need to bold and underline that)
What do I love even more? I love crossing things off my lists!
Well, I've made major progress in Baby C's nursery this week. 
Here is a little sneak peak!

1. Have room painted. check!

*I used Sherwin Williams Harmony Paint (low odor/VOC's)
Color: Creamy 7012
(please disregard the random (hilarious!) file cabinet...that's going to go...)

2. Install "reading wall". check! check!
I'm so loving how it turned out!
Lots more to do though...
so I think I'll watch some reality TV, order these pillows and some pizza instead.
Baby C is craving pizza, I can't help it.

Pillows from here and here go with my new
Nurseryworks rocker from here.