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Week 31 Update [Baby Shower #1!]

October has already been a busy month and we are only a week or two into it! My mom and I traveled over to Moore County this past weekend where some of Robb’s family were hosting a baby shower for me. It was a whirlwind of a weekend but a great one! It’s about 3 1/2 hours of solid driving from our place to Moore County but it was worth it.

We started out the weekend by stopping to the Carolina Premium Outlets in Smithfield. I picked up a few items for my baby shower this upcoming weekend and my mom purchased a cute, flowy blouse for me from Destination Maternity.

Front Pocket Maternity Shirt- Dot Print | Destination Maternity

After arriving in Moore County, we walked around for a little bit in Southern Pines but a lot of shops had already closed for the evening so we skipped over to Pinehurst so I could show my mom around Bump & Baby – one of my favorite baby boutiques. We were tuckered out after that so we decided not to go to Southern Pines’ First Friday and headed on to my boyfriend’s grandma’s for the evening to relax.

The next morning, we got up and headed down to AutumnFest to check out the vendors and to listen to my Robb’s dad’s bluegrass band – South Ridge Bluegrass. You should definitely check them out – they are fabulous and even Lil Bean started to boogy some!

Then it was baby shower time!

Mom and I | 30 Weeks + 6 Days Baby Bump Picture

Robb’s family did a fabulous job with everything. There were pictures of us as babies everywhere and his mom had a game where people cast their vote with a checker whether or not Lil Bean would have red hair or black hair. I don’t get to see the result until after Lil Bean gets here but I know which way I’m leaning! Let’s just say that I think Lil Bean may be a spitting image of his daddy.

To eat, we had a fruit tray, a vegetable tray, jello salad, chicken salad sandwiches, turkey and cheese sandwiches and more. We also had cake and punch – I LOVE baby/wedding/shower punch.

I absolutely adore my dress (from PinkBlush Maternity, of course). In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ll wear it again for my second baby shower. It’s comfortable and I love the print. I think that it’s a very flattering dress.

Navy Blue Watercolor Floral Fitted Maternity Dress | PinkBlush Maternity

Our Lil Bean is blessed to have so many that love him already. We received a lot of great gifts that will certainly help us out when Lil Bean gets here. One of my favorites has to be the handmade hat and booties knit by his grandmother. I also loved the little Smokey the Bear t-shirt as well. Both of those items are ones that will certainly be placed in Lil Bean’s hope chest one day (do boys even have hope chests?).

Opening gifts with my handy dandy note-taker by my side.

In this picture are two great-grandmothers-to-be, three grandmothers-to-be, and ME!

The bottom dropped out of the sky when it came time to load up my gifts and my poor mom got soaking wet. It ended up raining pretty much all the way home but that didn’t put a damper on our day!

This super blurry picture is the one I sent to Robb on our way home. The back of the truck was full as well. His response? “Awwww…. shit….”

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today I rolled out of bed as a 30-year old. Literally, rolled. Robb laughs at me because I usually need a little momentum to get myself out of bed now, so I have to kick my legs or I’ll swing them over the edge of the bed and slide. Once I get bigger and start needing help, I know that he’ll be right there to pull me up.

So yeah. I rolled out of bed as a 30-year old, 31 weeks pregnant. I’ve been so fortunate to have the life that I have. I know that every life is filled with its ups and downs but I’m blessed that as of today, I have had so many more ups than anything else. I can only hope that with all the changes that are coming soon, the ups keep on coming.

How could I resist a 30th birthday bump picture – even if it’s a dreary day and the lighting is off?

My mom called as I was fixing myself breakfast. For as long as I can remember, she’s played this special birthday song for me from “Captain Zoom”. We both know all the words (and for the most part, it’s the first words that pop into my bed come the morning of October 12th). She purchased it as a cassette many, many years ago but as cassette players started to fade away, she started to panic about finding a way to play it so I surprised her one year with a CD.

I love traditions. We don’t have very many in our family really, other than “Captain Zoom” and my mom giving us pajamas or something similar on Christmas Eve. But all it takes to start a tradition is for someone to make that first move. With Lil Bean joining us, I look forward to starting even more traditions.

What are some of your favorite family traditions?

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