oh JOY!

I am slightly obsessed with Target’s “OH JOY” line which was curated by blogger and girl boss Joy Cho. it’s colorful & bright & beautiful, just as the world should be. These are also some amazing baby shower gift options to wrap up alongside diapers &  pacifiers & all the necessities. You’ll definitely see baby Peachy in a few of these in 7 short weeks (or sooner, tick tock…)

 

oh joy

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1.) newborn nightgown mint dots 2.) muslin swaddle set – dots 3.) newborn sleep & play 4.) muslin swaddle set – flamingo 5.) newborn nightgown camo 6.) diaper backpack 7.) newborn hat, bootie, bib set 8.) newborn hat, bootie, bib dot set 9.) diaper bag

baby peachy…

I wanted to write to you to apologize mainly. It isn’t that you’re an after thought, because you most certainly are not, it’s just that this time is different. I simply don’t have the luxury this time around to dote over every milestone. I can’t just lay around for hours on end resting and admiring your little kicks, or taking photos of my growing belly every time another week passes. When people ask me how far along I am, I often hesitate before I answer because I don’t remember. This time is just very different. We have another little, very active human that takes up most of the hours in our days that aren’t already devoted to work. Your sister. And she simply can not wait to meet you. At her ballet class last night, she stopped and ran over to me simply to kiss my belly (aka you) and then run back to her position. So I want you to know that even though it’s different this time, you are so very loved. Probably even more so because now there is not only 2 of us to love you but 3 of us. Your sister is going to teach you everything and probably try to capture the stars for you. She has an entire agenda of days on end planned for you both. While she doesn’t fully grasp the concept you won’t be able to do all the things she is hoping for right away, her eagerness melts my heart. She’s even agreed to help change your diaper. I want you to know now that you will never be loved by anyone more. That the 3 of us will do anything for you. Our family won’t be complete until you are here and I promise that I will make sure somethings are reserved just for us. It’s still hard to imagine that there is enough room in my heart for both of you when she takes up so much of it currently. But one thing is for sure, if I ever falter as a mother to either of you, you’ll now also have each other. I want you both to remember that, and to promise me you’ll never let anything come between the two of you. And I’ll make sure to remind you of this often.

we can’t wait to meet you

happy mother’s day

 my dress (on sale now) / her dress (similar here)
photo credits: tony d photography

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she is the exclamation mark in the happiest sentence that i could ever possibly write

first of all this video, sob fest. i mean really

and it’s true, i wish i could slow down time and somehow bottle up all of her right now and preserve it forever. and i wish i could stop panicking over every moment that counts down to September. every last moment with just me and madison. my last mother’s day with only her. my last time to spend time just us. and i wish i could stop worrying that she is going to feel less special when this baby comes. that my already limited hours are going to be cut in half, if not more. and to be honest, i worry that it’s not possible i could love another human as much as i love her. that i hope i have it in me to love them both this much, but it just seems impossible. and because of this i want to capture as many moments together as possible. i am so grateful to have a great friend who was able to take these photos for me to remember this day. thank you uncle hulk🙂

i am also grateful for my own mother who has supported me through every decision i’ve ever made (well most of them) and who continues to support me daily. i am beyond grateful she was able to be there for the birth of madison, that she has been able to watch her grow, and that i’ve had her guiding me through all of these stages. i wouldn’t be half the mom i am today without her. her voice flows through my actions and i find myself thinking about her and what she would do in the ordinary moments each day. she may not always realize it but i am constantly trying to do things in a way that would make her proud. her approval is everything to me, and has shaped the way i think, and act.

and i am grateful for a mother in law who i’m pretty sure has never said no a day in her life. brian and i would be absolutely lost without her help. she has enabled us to do so many things and is been such a big part of madison’s life. we are forever grateful for date nights, for being able to attend classes and work trips, for moments to ourselves and nights out with friends. the transition to parenthood is a difficult one and because of her we have been able to keep apart of ourselves as well.

i am grateful for a grandmother who paved the way for us girls. who raised my mama. and who passed on that southern soul to us all. madison won’t understand it now but i am so grateful she can grow up knowing you granny and that we have four generations that can share in these memories. it means everything.

i am grateful for two sisters by marriage who have taught me a lot about family. we sometimes even fight like real sisters🙂 which makes me realize how important they are to me. we still love each other and we don’t have to. that is the joy (and sometimes the pain) of extended family.  the potential expend-ability. but we continue to choose each other. and we learn from each other. in ways that we probably never thought we would. we make each other better and we help each other. it’s exactly what i hope for madison & this new baby. that they always have each other. and in case you don’t hear it enough… you are wonderful mothers.

being a mom makes everything different. happy mother’s day to all the beautiful women in my life. your collective stories and our friendship have enabled me to be the mom i am today. i wouldn’t trade one minute.

pink or blue?!

we all know what madison is rooting for…

and i know i said we weren’t finding out, but being in the room yesterday and looking at “baby peachy” on the screen, i had to know. i looked at brian and i asked if he wanted to know. we still struggled with our decision but in the end my curiosity won this time and we DID find out. you can see the results below

we couldn’t be happier for Madison to have a baby sister on the way. brian is the best pig tail maker on the block and there is so much love in our hearts for these two. i already have visions of them holding hands and causing trouble. i can not wait for them to meet. this is the greatest gift we could ever hope to give them both – each other. and this is my prayer. that they grow to be best friends and learn to lean on each other. that they always have each other and never ever feel alone.

also that they share clothes and don’t scratch each others eyes out when they’re teenagers, but that is neither here nor there

this is our family and we’re ready for you sweet girl

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yay moms (mother’s day gift guide)

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because YAY moms!!

for everything we do. for everything we have endured.

for all the love that we have given and continue to give.

for the late nights and open arms.

for never wanting to trade a single second of the chaos.

there is nothing like your mother and there never will be.

no one will ever love you more.

don’t forget that.

appreciate her.

always.

1.) tote bag 2.) dear mom mug 3.) cravings cookbook 4.) tea kettle (more colors available) 5.) motherhood wine glass 6.) mom necklace 7.) swell bottle 8.) mama bear sweatshirt 9.) locket 10.) pajamas 11.) mom bracelet (available in silver & gold) 12.) mom bangle (available in silver & gold) 13.) picture album 14.) dollface mug 15.) personalized calendar (15% off with code xoxo) 16.) vase 17.) wireless earbuds (on sale now) 18.) mom picture book (15% off with code xoxo) 19.) coloring book 20.) sleep shirt 21.) pretty & witty candle 22.) mama bear mug 13.) love tote

lockets with pictures of children inside – my favorite are here and here 

matching mother/daughter robes /more here

personalized (pink for me) sneakers (choose a cute phrase for the NIKE ID like “love you” or a pet name / or let you kids choose and it’ll be hilarious)

mom graphic tees / my favorites are here, here, here and here (here too)

i also just really love this sweatshirt 🙂