Friday, July 12, 2019

Charleston Maternity Photos

Now that I'm back from my blogging hiatus (here's my last post with all of our baby photos, if you missed it!), I figured I would go back and share all of the things that I skipped out on, not blogging regularly for the last few months of my pregnancy.  What better way to start than with our maternity photos!  Ashleigh from Following Seas Photography (who took our newborn photos and did a 3 year anniversary shoot with us a couple years ago), spent an afternoon around Charleston with us about a month and a half before Calvin was born.  Looking back on it, I have no idea how that belly kept growing for 6 more weeks after this - I look huge
One of the best pieces of advice I got from one of my friends in regard to photos while pregnant was to wear short or long sleeves.  I planned on wearing a sleeveless dress, and I'm so glad I didn't because I felt a little self-conscious of that specific weight gain - haha!  I absolutely loved this dress and felt so confident in it - totally necessary with thirty pounds of weight gain!  Here's a link to the dress I wore (they also have it in lilac here).  Old Navy was my go-to for maternity dresses when I was pregnant, and I got this one and this one, too.  One thing I will tell you is not to be afraid to order more than one size at a time.  Their dresses all fit differently (some have tags that say "fitted" on them, but that's not noted on the website, so you don't know until you get them).  Even though they don't carry the maternity line at their stores (except for a few items in the clearance section that are returns), you can return it there.  I hate the post office and returning online orders!  As for Mike, he wore a button down that he got when we went to the Masters the week prior

Monday, July 8, 2019

Welcome, Calvin Michael

Hello, friends!  It's been a hot minute, huh?  Well, if you've been following along on Instagram, you know why I've been so MIA - Calvin Michael arrived 6 weeks ago on May 22nd at 2:21am, weighing 8 lbs 6oz and measuring 22 inches long.  I was induced beginning on May 19th, and it took two and a half days for our little guy to decide he was ready to make his appearance. 
Mike, Calvin, and I have had the best 6 weeks at home, and we are loving our new normal.  I thought I would share a few of our newborn photos (knowing full well that I need to go back and share a bunch of posts, even including our maternity photos - haha).  I hope to get back into blogging over the next month or so, but it will probably be at a much slower pace.  If you want to see more photos of our Cal Pal and keep up with what we've been doing, I would definitely suggest following on Instagram - click here
Photos taken by Ashleigh at Following Seas Photography and name swaddle from Sugar House Swaddles.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Charleston Baby Shower

As y'all might have seen a couple of months ago on this little blog (here's the link if you would like to check it out!), my mom hosted the sweetest baby shower for me when Mike and I were in Connecticut for our last pre-baby Northeast trip.  Well, she is so kind and also wanted to do something for Mike and I with our friends in Charleston, but being a thousand miles away in Rhode Island, she started scheming with one of my best friends and coworkers to put together the perfect co-ed party for all of our friends.  Obviously, the word "shower" was not used at all (in fear of scaring away all of our male friends haha), and this party came together as the perfect bbq-eating, beer-drinking, lawn game-playing event to bring all of our friends to one place.  To put the "theme" in perspective, even the traditional "diaper cake" had layers of Bud Light cans, which everyone loved!

If you are interested in any of the vendors, make sure you scroll all the way to the end for a full list!
When guests arrived, they signed two of the sweetest "guest books."  My mom bought a second thumbprint page to frame alongside the turtle print from my shower in Connecticut.  Both prints definitely have plenty of character, and we can't wait to hang them in the nursery!
Charlie also bought a copy of Mike's favorite childhood book, Fox in Socks, and guests all signed different pages.  We cannot wait to read all of the messages the first time we read our little dude the book!
With this crowd, personalized koozie favors and plenty of beer were must-haves.  The food was all catered by one of our favorite spots, Home Team BBQ - who doesn't love a taco bar and tons of queso?!
As if that wasn't enough food, we also had two cakes, and both were delicious!  One was even made by one of our kickball friends, and as you can see from the photo below, our kickball family is definitely the absolute best!!
Thank you so much to Charlie and my parents for hosting such a perfect event for Baby Taylor, Mike, and me!

Vendors: alligator thumb print guest book ||| "a baby is brewing" koozies ||| catering ||| golf-themed cake ||| alligator cake ||| my dress ||| all other details DIYed by the amazing Charlie!

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