hunter's baby shower

Back in June I threw a baby shower for Hunter, Emily and Joe's precious baby boy. I had lots of help executing the big event and it turned out fabulously, if I do say so myself! Here are some pics:

The invite. It took hours to assemble these suckers, but I think it was worth every hour!

The entrance. This was a last minute addition, but it matched the balloon on the invite. I may have been the only one who noticed...
Proud parents
Proud grandparents
Proud auntie and uncle
Hot uncle :) {soon-to-be hot daddy!}
Rob's mom and dad getting some Hunter love {getting practice, too}

The food spread {which included gluten-free items for Joe}

The dessert spread {it was a cupcake bar with lots of topping options, with a handful of gluten-free cupcakes, too}

"Hunter Hugs" - this was an area for people to take a picture with Hunter and then scrapbook the picture. Many people did scrapbook their picture, others just took a pic and I'll scrapbook for them. We printed 2 pictures - one for the guest and the other for the album. Mommy and daddy will always remember this special day!
Mel, one of my besties came to celebrate!
One the way out, everyone took with them some monkey bread {aka: banana bread}. To make a long story short, Rob and I were up nearly all night making this bread, as the recipe sucked! Thank God for my husband! This is a pic of the bread on our counter, I guess we didn't get a cute pic of the actual set-up.

I had so much fun putting everything together. I absolutely loved coordinating all the details - playing with paper is one of my favorite things to do. More than anything, I loved being able to honor Emily and Joe with a wonderful baby shower. They deserved to have the best shower to celebrate their perfect little guy.

I'm just happy we planned to have the shower when we did. If it would have been even two weeks later, I would have been sick and pregnant, and without the knowledge of Zofran in my life.


itsy @ 13 weeks

I took a blogging hiatus. It felt like I didn't have anything exciting to share, despite doing some fun things with some great friends. You can read about some of those events on Jolene's blog.

The biggest news in the Tucker world has been the conception of "Itsy". We are 13 weeks, due Valentine's Day!

We are so excited, however the excitement has come with many other pregnancy symptoms. According to the "What to Expect" book series, at the end of my third month, I may feel:

- Fatigue {check}
- Frequent urination {check}
- Nausea, with or without vomiting {check and check}
- Excess saliva {check - which I think brings on the nausea, with or without vomiting}
- Constipation {check}
- Heartburn, indigestion {rarely, thank God}
- Flatulence, bloating {check}
- Food aversions and cravings {check - if you put Asian cuisine in front of me, I'll vomit. If you put cheese or a sandwich in front of me, I'll scarf it down}
- Increasing appetite {check, but only because of the Zofran that doctor put me on to stop the vomiting}
- Breast changes {check}
- Visible veins on your abdomen, legs, etc. {no, thank God again}
- Occasional headaches {check}
- Occasional faintness or dizziness {check, but only once, which led to vomiting}
- A little more rounding of your belly {check - but I'd say more than a little}

Okay, so this list may be a little TMI, however it's the reality of pregnancy that I've experienced. Week 10 introduced us to Zofran, the miracle anti-nausea drug that has definitely taken the edge off. I still get night sickness sometimes, but I'm praying it ends soon. Many women say it ends around week 16. While my summer vacation has been mostly spent on the couch trying to keep whatever food has been in my stomach actually in my stomach, I'm thankful that each day I know our baby is growing. I have read so much about having a miscarriage, and while I did and do worry about this, I have had so many symptoms that I can't help but be thankful for feeling sick.

Rob has been beyond amazing, affirming that this is the perfect time to be venturing into parenthood. It melts my heart when he tells me how much he loves his family - me and little Itsy inside me!

I'm hoping that I'll continue to feel inspired to update my blog...we'll see...