My Storybook Baby Shower

You know that feeling when you just want to burst because you feel so very loved. I hope you do. It’s such a wonderful, awe inspiring and humbling feeling. I had 4 very dear friends of mine gather together to throw me a baby shower back in May. And this was 1 of what ended up being 4 showers! Yeah, seriously, that loved feeling is just amazing.

Because of my extreme love of books, the girls planned a storybook themed shower. So perfect. And they got so creative with it. From book page banners to the book character themed matching game… it was so adorable! Even the food was themed after books like Green Eggs and Ham! Leading up to the day, especially the drive there, I just kept smiling thinking about it! 

Let’s start with the invites… they were so perfect! Designed by Etsy shop, PennyAnnDesigns

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I really wanted to start off with a full library for Isaiah so the invite requested everyone to bring a book instead of a card. Then at the shower, there were library cards for the guests to leave inside the books.

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I think one of my favorite parts was this fun backdrop to take photos in front of!

Storybook Baby Shower Photo Backdrop

Or maybe it was the clothesline of baby boy clothes!

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Or maybe it was the dessert table… with my favorite Oreo pops! AND chocolate chip cookies! Yum!!

Storybook Baby Shower Dessert Table


Also on the dessert table was a guessing game that they creatively paired with the “Guess How Much I Love You” book!

The whole shower was so creative, I loved walking around snapping photos of the details.

Storybook Baby Shower Centerpiece

Storybook Baby Shower Hungry Caterpillar

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The favors were bookmarks that the girls let ME design! I was excited to get to contribute to the day since they were doing so much for us!

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Game time included a competition using play-doh make a baby and its bassinet and then a fun book character guessing game. I just love this photo of my mom holding the game board.

Storybook Baby Shower Group Game

Storybook Baby Shower Games

Then it was time for presents!! There were so many sweet surprise gifts and thoughtful handmade treasures. Our family is so loved.

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Storybook Baby Shower Group

Thank you ladies for hosting such a wonderful day!

Storybook Baby Shower Friends

And thank you to all who came and even just sent gifts. I appreciate each and every one of you more than you will ever know!

P.S. You can see my friend Jess’ post on the shower here. It was an honor to have her host a shower for me, she’s a master shower planner!

One Month Old Isaiah

Sam Allen Creates Handlettered Isaiah Baby One Month

Before I catch up on my (amazing!!!) baby showers, and his stunningly adorable newborn photos… I wanted to post about my baby boy’s first month—since today is his one month birthday!!

Our sweet little Isaiah William arrived 12 days early and we couldn’t have fallen harder in love with him. From day 1, we affectionately called him Squishy or Monkey Toes. And on the rare occasion when we would get a glimpse of his eyes at high alert, Big Eyes. From all his extra skin that is just waiting to be filled with chub, to his extra long toes that can grab your finger (or even your lip!), to those giant charcoal blue gray eyes… we love every bit of him!

We also learned quickly that he likes to fart, and loudly! One late night while I was nursing him, he let one rip and Andy actually asked if I was the one that tooted! Oh no, that was your son!

He loves to stretch out as big as he can go, throwing his arms up high over his head with a big arch in his back. He hates to have his diaper or his clothes changed, I just think he’s a little modest—and I’m okay with that! He also hated baths, but is coming around to them.

When he gets scared or startled, he really shows us his Big Eyes along with all the wrinkles in his forehead. We all laugh though as it is the funniest face.

We’ve made it through the circumcision, a clogged tear duct and have begun the battle with baby acne.

He flashes us those sleepy grins which sure makes me melt. I think he might even have a little dimple above his mouth.

He loves to keep us up all night long. He struggles to fall asleep because he just doesn’t want to miss a thing! He’ll fight us for hours just pushing his head up with his strong neck to keep looking around. And even once he falls asleep, he keeps on making noises that may sound cute during the day but sure are hard to sleep through!

He’s taught me that a lot can still be accomplished each day on just a couple hours of sleep and one good 15 minute nap. He’s taught me to get ready for the day before he wakes and to never ever procrastinate because you just never know how long that nap of his will really last.

He’s fought over by all the stream of visitors we’ve had. They all graciously pass him off but only with the hope to hold him again.

He loves to have his hands by his face, even in the womb, and ends up falling asleep with the cutest poses that his mommy has to document. Each and every adorable pose, which of course change throughout his nap.

Due to his jaundice at birth, we learned quickly that he loves to be outside to feel that sun on his skin and the breeze on his face. If he’s fussing, he’ll calm right down outdoors.

After spending the first week of his life in one house, we then moved to our new house in the same town. He’s spent every night by our side in his bassinet but just these past couple days—now that his new nursery is complete—he’s been sleeping in his crib. That first night, he slept better than he had in days… I just held him close after one of his late night feedings, crying, knowing that my baby boy has grown so much in such a short amount of time. He truly is my heart, living outside my chest.

My sweet Isaiah, my little love, here’s to the many more months and years to come.

Isaiah One Month

Maternity Photos with Janet Rayne Photography

I had the longest list ever of things I looked forward to doing while pregnant. Many of those came and went as I mentioned in my last blog post, but taking maternity photos was top priority.

So thankfully I LOVE THEM!

And a big thank you to Janet, of Janet Rayne Photography, for her patience on my unrelenting demand for the golden hour light—as you can see, she definitely delivered on that.


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Pregnancy Update

28 weeks pregnant

So apparently getting pregnant meant abandoning my blog!

I always thought I’d be one of those adorably put together pregnant mamas that took gorgeous weekly photo updates that incorporate the baby size fruit of the week with glowing light and compositions. Or that I wouldn’t bail on all other aspects of life except the things that *have to* be done everyday.

But I am so not.

Gender Reveal

I didn’t start taking weekly photos until halfway through the pregnancy. I am over 2 months (or is it 3 now?) behind in my pregnancy devotional and even further behind in my pregnancy journal. I get my shop orders done and anything outside of that for friends and family takes me forever and a day and absolutely nothing personal has been worked on like my daily lettering or THIS BLOG. Oh and the house basically became a disaster of clutter (I literally just finished unpacking from our big trip last fall this past month!). Oh and the bills that I have missed paying (multiple times) and the other random mail that I keep finding from December and January… I can keep going but I think you get the point.

Baby Isaiah at 17 Weeks

Having that awful morning sickness, from week 7 and on, left me drained and constantly behind.

But guess what? I LOVE being pregnant and am going to miss it sooooo much!

With a less than a month left to go, I’m already getting very sentimental about missing my baby bump. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait to snuggle my baby boy in person… but I will miss this easy way of always having him near and knowing he’s safe. I’ll miss the pregnant happy glow and the sweet looks from strangers. I’ll miss feeling his crazy kicks and what can only be some amazing dance moves as he moves from one side of my tummy to the other in one fluid movement.

So now here we are, coming up on week 37… dilating and effacing away! Ah!!

Maybe the next post will be introducing my little boy to the blog world… or maybe it’ll be my maternity photos or the amazing baby showers. Expectations are out the window so we’ll just have to see!

Isaiah's Coming Home Outfit