Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Baby Brunch

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The six lovely ladies in the photo below were hostesses with the mostest a few weekends ago. They sure do know how to make a mama-to-be feel loved... Each of these women has had an impact on my life and are very special to me in all different ways. I still feel overwhelmed with gratitude that they would take the time and effort to celebrate the birth of our little one in such a beautiful {and delicious} way.

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I love a good brunch. Maybe because breakfast food has always been my favorite...

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Also on my plate {but not photographed} was egg and sausage breakfast casserole, french toast casserole, cheese grits, berry fruit salad and scrumptious petit fours. I guess I gobbled it down before Mom could get a picture! But enough about the food...

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The guests who came to celebrate were my favorite. There were many that made the drive over from Mississippi and Florida which meant so much. Mrs. Vickie and "Pop" {Aaron's mom and grandmother} weren't able to come when Mrs. Vickie came down with the flu just two days before. We sure did miss them! My mom took some snapshots around the party and I know I'll be so glad to have these one day.

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I know it's hard to tell but believe it or not, there are SIX people in the photo above! ;) ;) How fun is that?!

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It was fun to have so many little ones present at the shower... the ones in our arms and the ones still in the womb! This has been such an exciting time and phase of life that we are entering into/in the middle of now.

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Our little one got fixed up!!

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I went to bed that night thanking God for the blessing of such loving family and friends. I didn't even sleep well because my mind kept replaying conversations from the shower and thoughtful gifts I received. Our little bambino is more blessed and loved than he/she even knows. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Baby Love

Ummmm.... where do I even start?? I think I've avoided blogging the last few months because every time I sit down to write and share photos I get pregnancy brain overwhelmed by everything I want to share that I just close the window and open up someone else's blog to read... that's easier and more entertaining... ha!

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But- since this is my little online scrapbook of sorts, I would like to share some photos from the last few months including the basketball I've been carrying around my baby and my friends' babies. I would like to write a post about this pregnancy of mine to share with those of you that are interested, but mainly to be able to look back and remember. Carrying around this little one has been such a special experience and I can't wait to share it with you.

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But today I want to show you my friends and their sweet babies!

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Being able to spend all this time with Courtney and baby Harlan has taught me SO much and definitely eased my anxieties about caring for a newborn... I mean, it's just not everyday you are responsible for keeping a newborn little person alive! I'm so thankful for all of the "practice" I've had with this little sack of sugar...

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I've become quite popular with all of my friends babies thanks to the "built-in boppy pillow" I have around my middle section... Harlan loves to have a seat on the ledge of his friend, even though it does come with a few kicks in the booty every now and then. My mom has also enjoyed getting some practice in as well...

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Another little one we have enjoyed loving on is Tanner Michael Corley. Remember when his big brother was born?

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These photos were obviously taken the day after he was born and he's such a big boy now! I totally stole this photo from Emily's IG but can you blame me?! Their little smiles make me so happy!

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Being surrounded by my friends and their pregnancies/babies has definitely helped amp up my excitement for my own little love to arrive... and being able to watch them "mother" has taught me all kinds of things that I know will help me make it through those first few months.

I'll leave you with mine and Harlan's idea of "tummy time"...

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Sometime before I deliver, I would like to post a blog about my experience carrying this little one Aaron named we call "Gerber". Hopefully it'll be in this next week or so because March 1st is coming sooner than later!

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{And yes, my blog has a new "look"! It's all my fave colors and I'm still in the process of getting all of the links {and kinks} worked out- Lord knows I am technologically challenged to say the least!- Thank you Rachel Cox!! -see the bottom of the page for a link to her site}

Monday, October 27, 2014

Harlan is here!

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John "Harlan" Calhoun entered this world on October 16, 2014 at 7 pounds 11 ounces and 21 and 1/4 inches long. Courtney and Clay have made the transition beautifully... little love has as well. 

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I was scheduled to work on his birth day but thankfully all I had to do to see Court was walk through a set of double doors. I was able to spend some time with them that morning before my work day started and right before Harlan decided to make his debut. My little bambino must have sensed that Harlan was on his way because he/she was kicking up a storm! {Which is one of the sweetest feelings in the world I must say.}

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Courtney handled the delivery {and everything that goes with it} with such poise. She was smiling, calm, and instinctively started mothering as soon as that baby was in her arms.

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Clay was such a proud Dad!

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Family and friends came from far and wide to meet the little guy. He's been quite popular since his birth day.

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The new family of three have made it home and Courtney says it's been a "living and learning" kind of transition... I can only imagine. Look at how beautiful Harlan's nursery turned out...

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The "brothers" have had to do some adjusting as well... they have learned they have to be "gentle" around the baby... and most of the time you can tell they are reeeeeally trying to be and it's hilarious.

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We just couldn't resist getting a picture of this little punkin' with Court's fall decor ;)

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I come over to see this little man and his momma every day that I can... He loves his Aunt Jill to hold him and his Mom loves the coffee and treats I bring her ;)

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He has been just the sweetest baby. So far, he has his Daddy's chin and his Momma's laid back temperament. {I'm knocking on wood as I type this} I told Aaron not to expect our little one to be quite this chill... ha!

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Sometimes when I hold little John Harlan my heart literally swells and starts to ache because I just love the little bug so much... I think it's because of how much I love his mom. Seeing her go through this major life transition so gracefully has been inspiring. Every time my little one starts kicking Harlan while he's on my belly makes me so thankful my heart could just burst. Maybe they will be best friends just like their Mommas and Daddies are.

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You are so loved John Harlan Calhoun.


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