Gift basket for the newly pregnant Mama-To-Be!

I love making gift baskets for people for any occasion; engagements, birthdays, weddings, etc. But when it came to pregnancy baskets or for moms to be, that was harder for me. Partly because of the season of life we were in with trying so hard but also because I’ve never been a Mama so it was hard to know what one would want!

I’m constantly asked “what can I get someone who is newly pregnant to show how excited I am?!” and I just love that y’all are thinking of others and how you can celebrate them! I’ve been meaning to share this with everyone so they can get some ideas and inspiration but #pregnancybrain

My sweet friend, Steph surprised me with this cute care package after we told them I was pregnant! We have been so fortunate to have some really great friends who have been SO supportive of our journey to become parents!

How cute is this mom-to-be care package?! She picked things that she used throughout her pregnancies and things that would be beneficial to me! And who doesn’t love a sweet gift package??

Everything in it was so thoughtful and totally practical and it was just so fun to go through!

  • She had the following items in the box:
    • Cute pineapple cup for mocktails (and it’s Lilly colors even!!)
      Cocoa butter lotion – to help with dry skin
      Travel tums – to help with heartburn
      Bath salts – to help with muscle aches
      Chapstick – to help with dry lips
      Photo album – for baby’s first pictures!
      Thank you notes – for all those thank you notes you’ll write 🙂
      Goldfish crackers – to help with morning sickness
      Journal/notepad – to help with pregnancy brain (it’s a real thing, y’all!!)
      Pregnancy journal – to help with keeping memories
      Candy – to help with cravings!
      Candle – to help with foul odors

    I haven’t been the best at gifting others with these cute baskets but it’s on my list for what Mamas-to-be would love!

    It was one of the sweetest gifts I’ve gotten because it is just nice to know you’re thought of 🙂

    Have you made baskets like this and if so (or not even!) what else did you include?! Or what else could be included for future Mamas?

    Kristi

    36 Week Bumpdate!

    I feel like all I post lately are “life lately” blog posts and bumpdates! I swear I’ll get more creative once I have more energy 🙂

    I swear this whole pregnancy has just been surreal! How are we under 30 days until we get to meet our precious little Baby?!  I still don’t feel 100% pregnant most days (even though I’m very clearly pregnant haha!) and I don’t think it’s hit either Logan or myself completely that we’ll have a little baby by the years end!  We are just SO excited and thankful for all of this!

    Alright, now onto what’s been going on!

    How Far Along? 36 weeks!

    Size of Baby:
     A Cantaloupe! or it says Baby G is as big as a 2-liter of soda (crazyyyyy)

    Gender:
     Getting more and more eager to know! I still think Boy 100% and Logan is saying girl! So we’ll see….

    Weight Gain: 
    I’m up 30 pounds…. but have my doctor appointment this morning so I’m guessing it’ll be up a bit more since that was my last appt at 34 weeks!

    Maternity Clothes:
     Yes and no still – thankfully I can still fit in some of my non-maternity sweaters and tops so I’ve been able to just wear maternity leggings with those! I do have a pair of maternity jeans as well but think I’ve worn them only a handful of times because leggings are just so much more comfy! I also like the under the belly leggings – over the top are just too itchy for me!

    Nursery:
    We are almost there people!! We just have to put things on the wall and then I’ll be ready to share it 🙂 Are you excited or what?! ha! I’m hoping to figure out where I want everything – and what I even want to put up since things have changed since we first started and I first started collecting! All I can say is it’s VERY gender neutral – it’s a soft gray and white/cream and it’ll be nice and cozy for Baby G.

    Movement:
     So much movement most of the time, which I love! I finally got a video of Baby moving since I always forget to and figure we’ll like to look back at Baby moving so much! I think I can feel when Baby has his/her heel in my ribs by pressing on my belly and it’s just been so sweet! The Baby was crazy Thanksgiving night – just wouldn’t stop moving for almost an hour! Logan was going nuts over it 🙂 And my Mama got to feel Baby for the first time and she was just in awe!

    Symptoms:
     Hmm well, I might have overdid it a little the day before Thanksgiving – I took off work and yet didn’t sit down ONCE all day with cleaning, cooking and helping Logan with the basement (that is almost finished, kind of!).  On Thanksgiving, I had swollen ankles/feet for the first time and they were legit cankles and it was SO uncomfortable. Also, the round ligament (or so I’m guessing) came around and it hurt to even move in my groin/lower stomach area! Thankfully I sat most of the day with my feet up and then it was OK on Friday! I also have my first cold with Baby G this week and it’s been terrible! SO MUCH CONGESTION! We laid low all weekend (literally did nothing) and I’m still not feeling too great. I even passed up getting our Christmas tree… who am I?! That’s how bad I felt!

    Sleep:
     Sleep has been tricky since having a cold – I can’t breathe out of my nose and my mouth is comfortable, and it’s not draining down my throat so then my throat hurts… you get the hint! Hoping to be on the mend though and able to get more sleep (minus all the bathroom breaks!).

    Cravings: Apple juice, Apple juice, Apple juice! That craving is real! And also, craving mini candy canes (my favorite!).

    What I Miss: I miss wearing my wedding ring… it became too tiny a few weeks ago and I just miss wearing it! I miss being able to take medicine that will help versus the VERY small “approved” list from the doctor! But thankful I can take something versus nothing!

    Best Moment This Week:
     Feeling Baby G move around SO much lately! I don’t know if I’ll miss being pregnant like most people say but I do like feeling Baby G in there! Also just taking the day on Thursday last week to really reflect on our grateful we are for this whole experience.  It’s not lost on me how lucky we are to be having this little Baby shortly and even though our experience “getting here” wasn’t the easiest – we’re just so grateful for it all!

    Looking Forward To:
     Feeling better and rejuvenated! We are less than 30 days out and I definitely don’t want to feel sick or exhausted going into labor – that sounds terrible, doesn’t it?! I’m also looking forward to snuggling our little one! SO terrified for labor/delivery still but I absolutely cannot wait to see if Baby G is a girl or boy and to just have him/her here with us!

    Thank you so much for following along and all the kind words always! It’s so amazing to have such a supportive community around us 🙂 Also… I’ve been packing my hospital bag (I realize it’s a little late!) and if you have anything that you thought was a MUST, let me know! Or if you’d like to see my list of what I’m bringing, let me know that too and I’d be happy to post and share! I checked with two of my good girlfriends to see if my list was a bit “extra” but thankfully they both said not at all – and it looks great!

    aKristi

    Life Lately!

    Happy Friday!!

    Well, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve shared what’s been going on in our world! We always seem to have something going on – and if we don’t then we do because we’re also finishing our basement before Baby arrives… A little ambitious huh?!

    I’ve been trying to fill my weekends with Holiday events or at least something fun once a weekend!

    So here’s a little look at life lately in the Griedl world:

    A few weekends ago, I attended a fun Holiday Boutique event downtown Minneapolis with Jess!

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    We shopped and made these fun little succulent hangers…

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    spoiler alert… I had to throw mine away because it was just bad… and it wouldn’t stay inside the actual container! #fail

    Later that night, Logan and I attended a friend of ours Halloween Party!

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    Our first of MANY family Halloween costumes! Logan came up with this one!

    Amy always goes ALL out and outdoes herself every time 🙂

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    Bats galore all lover! Such a fun party!

    I wish I would have taken pictures of it all because even the magazines in the bathroom had funky eyes on each person on the covers!

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    How awesome are their costumes?! Elaine is always SO creative and made these! Their little boy was Abu but he was sleeping at this point 🙂

    They even had signature drinks… and let me tell you – they looked and smelled SO good! Logan sampled them all of course and I’m hoping she makes this an annual thing so I can enjoy some cocktails next year 😉

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    The next morning we had our sweet little Niece, Nora’s baptism.

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    We feel so honored to have been asked to be her Godparents!

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    Just a little pictured out I’d say 🙂 Love time with my siblings (above!)

    Contrary to these pictures, she is always smiling and such a happy girl! She did SO well during the baptism and service that we were all so happy to be there with her and my Brother and Sister-in-Law to celebrate!

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    Such a sweet girl!

    I attended the infamous Bachman Holiday Idea’s House with Jess last week!

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    And we got just a bit of snow the same night!

    I was going to share all the pictures but I’ll save that for next week since it’ll be even more picture overload otherwise!

    This past weekend, we had a double date with our good friends, Ashton and Ryan!

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    We went to the movie, The Grinch and then enjoyed some great Mexican food after 🙂 Recipe for a perfect night!

    Funny note – it showed up on my timehop (or whatever it’s called) on facebook that the same weekend last year, we saw the Grinch at the Children’s theater with these same friends!

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    Too funny! I was shocked when I saw it happened to be on the same weekend!

    We are hosting Thanksgiving next week since we can’t travel and I’m excited!  We usually travel to either my side or Logan’s for the holiday – the only time we didn’t was when we had our first Thanksgiving together and neither of us had off for Black Friday! So instead, my Mama visited from FL that year and stayed with us for a few days so we weren’t alone!

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    We look just a little different now a days, don’t we?! Haha!

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    That’ll be the same this year – my Mom, brother, SIL, niece, friends will all join us which makes it easier not traveling (and not feeling like you’re missing out!). So we’re thankful to have people visit us instead!

    Well that’s about all that we’ve been up to lately!

    Baby G won’t stop kicking around near my ribs so I’m going to go enjoy this time with our sweet little one all snuggled up inside of me! 🙂 Oh yeah.. and get to work!

    Have a great weekend! I’m planning my hospital bag list – and I’ve asked a few of my good friends who are Mama’s for some must haves… but if you have some too, please let me know!!

    aKristi

     

    34 Week Bumpdate!

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    Happy Thursday!

    I can’t believe that we’re a week away from Thanksgiving and tomorrow is Friday! Last week went incredibly slow so I’m happy this one is going a little bit faster! It’s been a while (again) since I did an update and have had so many people reach out and see how it’s going SO I thought I’d share a fun bumpdate 🙂

    This picture is from last Friday when I was 33 weeks but we take our bump pictures on Fridays so I’ll have to update this one with my 34 week picture tomorrow evening!

    Let’s get started!

    How Far Along? 34 weeks!

    Size of Baby:
     Acorn squash (getting biggg!)

    Gender:
     Clearly still waiting…… we’re down to 5.5 weeks though so hopefully it’ll be here before we know it!

    Weight Gain: 
    I’m up 30 pounds…. which is what I would like to have maxed out at for weight gain but oh well. The doc isn’t worried about it so I’m trying not to!

    Maternity Clothes:
     Still wearing both – maternity and non-maternity. I just realized that I only have about 4 shirts I bought that are maternity so thankfully my sweaters are still fitting and the majority of my tops (it helps that I didn’t wear super tight stuff before I guess!) so I’m happy about that. I’m definitely only wearing maternity leggings though…. 99% of the time 🙂 I’m in the office today though and normally we have a “dress for your day” policy so leggings are good but I have a meeting with an agent in person so finding something to wear that is more professional looking has been a bit of a challenge…

    Nursery:
    Oh my… we’re getting there!! We have the crib, dresser and glider all up and ready 🙂 I’ve washed all of baby’s clothes and the majority of the blankets and have started organizing everything.  It’s the BEST ever! Logan is still working on the closet for me and then we’ll put things on the wall (still deciding on all that) and it’ll be perfect!! I’m LOVING the nursery and find myself just sitting on the glider for no reason at all dreaming of holding Baby G in there 🙂

    Movement:
     Definitely on the move a lot! We had our 34 week appt earlier this week and the Doctor was laughing because Baby G wouldn’t stop moving, kicking, rolling from side to side! We got to listen for a long time (normally it’s just a few mins) since he was waiting for Baby’s heart rate to go back to normal…. Baby was just so happy apparently and wanted to show off 🙂 Baby’s heart rate has been pretty stable in the 130s the last few weeks BUT this week it was 145-150s he said!

    Symptoms:
     Heartburn is still there… thankfully I do still have the meds which are helping but it’s a daily thing… and not just for a little bit but for the whole day! So I’m learning to live with that! Baby better come out with a lot of hair with all this heartburn – although Logan and myself were both pretty bald for a while so we’ll see! A new one has been my hands cramping SO bad at night! When I get up to go to the bathroom at night (multiple times), my fingers hurt so bad just moving them! They’re find during the day but it’s always in the middle of the night and when I wake up in the morning. Of course, I forgot to mention this to the doc because #pregnancybrain so I’ll have to follow up with him on that one.

    Sleep:
     Sleep has been good… for the most part! I’m up peeing like 3-4 times a night which is a pain but otherwise, I’ve been able to sleep for a few hours in between! I am definitely having the WEIRDEST dreams ever but that’s normal with all my hormones!

    Cravings: Nothing too crazy – still loving pizza, cereal, ice cream and #allthesweets!

    What I Miss: I miss not having to pee every half hour and having clothes that just fit “normal” without this big belly! But I’m soaking it all in since Baby G will be here before we know it! I also miss being able to sleep on my back… my hips are a little bit sore from always laying on my sides!

    Best Moment This Week:
     Hearing Baby G’s heartbeat so strong and sweet 🙂 That’s always the best! And all the movements from Baby. It’s amazing to look down and see my stomach moving while feeling it all. Also, still seeing Logan’s face when he feels Baby G move or kick after talking to him/her 🙂 literally the sweetest thing ever!

    Looking Forward To:
     Getting the nursery completely done and hospital bag packed! I know I still have a little time and Baby will most likely come late since it’s my first but I’m a planner and since I can’t plan for Baby’s gender/name/nursery for gender, I can plan for these things! I’m looking forward to meeting Baby G – while I’m still very nervous about the whole labor and delivery/recovery/breastfeeding part, I absolutely cannot wait to hold our little Baby in my arms and know he/she is safe and healthy!

    We have accomplished so much lately… we’ve finished our birthing classes, had our hospital tour last night and we have my breastfeeding class tonight (yes Logan is coming!) and it’s just so surreal. I know it sounds INSANE but it really does not feel like we are having a baby so soon! I don’t even feel pregnant 90% of the time (minus the big belly and peeing so often!).  I’m not sure if most people feel that way – it doesn’t seem like it when talking to others – but I just think we’ve prayed and wanted this for SO long that it coming to fruition just doesn’t seem real! God is SO good!

    Logan and I were talking the other night and I asked “Did it feel like this pregnancy has gone fast or slow?” and he said “extremely slooooooow!” and he’s so right! Sometimes I’m like, “how am I almost 35 weeks pregnant?!?!” and other times it’s like “Ok, we’ve been doing fertility treatments for forever so how come we still don’t have baby here?!” but we are just so blessed and excited to meet our little Baby that it doesn’t matter how long it’s taken to get here! But please Baby G…. grace us with your presence a day or two before Christmas so we can be home with you for it 🙂

    Baby G, we are SO excited to meet you and feel so honored that God chose us to be your parents 🙂

    aKristi

    Maternity Pictures!

    If you know me, then you know I’m borderline obsessed in love with pictures!  I like pictures for special events, special people and even the mundane events (I mean, who goes to Paris and contacts a photographer for some professional pictures on vacation?! I’m pretty sure 99% of people thought I was crazy when I said we were doing that.. my husband included!) of every day life but these are pictures I will forever cherish and love!

    I know I say this often, but there was a time I didn’t know if we’d have this special moment of expecting a little one and because of that, these pictures are even more special.

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    It was SUCH a cold morning (33 degrees!) and SO incredibly windy.  Thankfully the rain held off but the dew on the ground was beyond wet.  I envisioned red, yellow and orange leaves all over but with the weather this fall – going from 90 degree days to 40 overnight – the trees just didn’t quite turn as beautiful as they usually do.  This just seemed SO fitting with our journey, that we wouldn’t have a beautiful colorful day with warm, dry weather but we persevered and ended up getting some really good pictures!

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    We even almost didn’t do a second outfit because I was beyond freezing and my feet were drenched – I wore sandals since you couldn’t see my feet and I didn’t want anything too bulky underneath just in case.

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    Jess kept saying – I think if we don’t do any in the second outfit, you’ll regret it… and I just want to make sure you get every picture you want! I’m so glad she kept saying that! I think it’s a nice change up from our dressier outfits and I really wanted to make sure we got a picture with our sweet book!

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    We need to decide which ones we’ll blow up to a little bigger for the Baby’s room since I’d like a picture or two in there 🙂 Any help with which are your favorites would be great!

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    This was also the one photoshoot that Logan was SO cooperative during! He didn’t make any faces and kept saying “if you want to do another pose or another outfit, whatever you want!!” but I was just SO cold that it was hard to focus on staying out there longer than an hour!

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    The picture above was in standing water… we didn’t realize it when we walked down the hill to it and into the swamp but as soon as I went further in, I was completed sunken in ice cold water! We walked back out a little bit but anything for a good shot 🙂

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    Don’t mind the bruising on my arm from the glucose test! Those bruises stuck around for a little bit!

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    There have never been more truer words than this book…

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    We will always remember our journey and how hard it was to get Baby G  here and we’ll always be incredibly thankful for this opportunity to be Baby G’s parents ❤

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    We just ordered our Christmas cards – yes I know it’s early – and it was hard deciding on the picture to use!  We didn’t use any of these ones though so it’ll still be a surprise when people receive them after Thanksgiving!

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    Baby G, you are loved beyond words!

    Let me know which ones are your favorites for us to put in Baby’s room – Lord knows I have a hard time making those decisions!

    Photography: Jess Nolan – photographer if you’re in the Minneapolis area!

    aKristi

    31 Weeks Bumpdate

    Excuse the no filter, no makeup, just rode in a car for 5 hours with no shower bump picture 😊 Also we take my bump pictures on Fridays so this picture is from last week (even though tomorrow I’ll be 32 weeks!).

    Only a few more weeks of these updates – well more than a few – since we’re almost to the home stretch! The biggest obstacle this week?! Telling everyone they have to get a flu shot if they want to see or hold the Baby! We haven’t told friends yet but we started to tell family and while most understand and have already gotten it for us – some aren’t so thrilled… Sorry but we are definitely going to be those parents in the beginning! The docs say the flu is going to be pretty bad this year so we need all the protection we can get for Baby G to stay healthy!  Did any of you have to do this?!

    Moving on to our bumpdate and all the info!

    How Far Along? 31 weeks!

    Size of Baby:
     A bunch of asparagus 🙂

    Gender:
     Dying to find out!! We’re waiting and still have another 8.5 weeks but I can’t wait to see if we have a Baby Boy or Baby Girl!

    Weight Gain: 
    I’m up 25 pounds (at least at my 28 week appointment, I was!). I was hoping I’d only gain the recommended 25-30 pounds but have a feeling I’ll be a bit over since I still have a bit to go!

    Maternity Clothes:
     I’m wearing both maternity and non-maternity still! Pant wise.. give me all the maternity leggings and jeans! But dress wise.. most are non-maternity! I have a few maternity tops (like the one I wore in the last life lately post) but thankfully I can still wear a lot of my non-maternity tops since I never wore too fitted of tops!

    Nursery:
    The crib is up!! I repeat.. the crib is up! We had our carpets cleaned last week so we could finally start doing more in the nursery! Logan put the crib up last Sunday and now we’re just waiting to order our glider and dresser to figure out where I want things to go! I’m such a visual person so I need to see it before I decide (something Logan hates!).

    Movement:
     Baby G is moving around like crazy! Some days  more than others but almost always at night. Baby moves and more than just kicks but full ripple effects 🙂 It would be SO interesting to see what Baby looks like while he/she is doing all those  movements since at our 19 week ultrasound, Baby didn’t move a whole lot! I love feeling it though – it’s like Oh hi Baby G! 🙂

    Symptoms:
     Thankfully my heartburn has been a bit more under control thanks to the Doc prescribing me some meds to help! But I’m hoping it means Baby will have lots of hair! Logan and I were pretty much bald so it’ll be interesting to see what Baby comes out with! I’m exhausted almost always and have to pee every 10  minutes but other than that I’m doing good with no symptoms! Still feeling good so that’s been nice!

    Sleep:
     I’ve been sleeping pretty good… weird dreams galore but otherwise pretty good! Thankfully I’ve learned to like my Snoogle pregnancy pillow – not quite at LOVE yet but I like it and it’s been more comfy for my hips when I use it! I still get up to pee all the time but Logan and I switched sides of the bed (begrudgingly but since I was so sick that one week, I agreed to get to the toilet faster!) so it’s been easier to get to the bathroom to pee! I’m happy if I only get up twice!

    Cravings: I haven’t really had any cravings where I was like “I HAVE to have it!!” but I still do love sweets and pizza! Thankfully I haven’t had any weird ones either because I’m not sure I could handle that! haha!

    What I Miss: Hmm I miss sleeping on my back!! OH my, does it feel good when I lay on my back for even 2 seconds before rolling back over to my side.  I miss wearing a lot of my clothes that I love for fall. I miss caffeine – and a good cold sub sandwich! But I’d give up anything for this baby so I’m good! And honestly, since I passed my glucose test, I’m more than happy to give up anything else (aside from all sugar!) 🙂

    Best Moment This Week:
     My baby shower with my in-laws was pretty great! And seeing the crib in the nursery! It still feels SO surreal but slowly it’s feeling more real!  We also finished our birthing classes this week which is crazy! I know not everyone does these but they definitely made us feel more knowledgeable and I’m all about the more I know.. the better!

    Looking Forward To:
     Getting the nursery together! And also having NO plans until Baby is here! I mean, we have a few things here and there but nothing that we’re traveling too far for or for too long! I’m excited to relax and start getting the nursery more put together little by little!

    I can’t believe that I’m 32 weeks tomorrow which means after that it’ll be less than 8 weeks – haha! Thank you all for following along over all these weeks and for all your support! I truly am so thankful for this experience and definitely am not taking any of it for granted!

    aKristi

    Life Lately!

    It has been a whirlwind… we finally have time at home with NO PLANS since June and I can’t wait to just relax!

    Want to know what we’ve been up to lately?!

    A few weekends ago, we had our maternity pictures taken by Jess Nolan and even though it was a whopping 33 degrees out and freeezing (it was at 8 in the morning keep in mind since we had other plans that day!), I think we’ll get some good ones! Here’s the preview we received 🙂

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    We got our pictures back Tuesday night this week and oh my gosh do we love them?! I’ll be sharing them next week on this space so be ready 😍

    After our pictures, we headed back to Wisconsin for a wedding!

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    So good to see them all! 🙂

    I have known Derek for probably close to 20 years as family friends!

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    The cakes… oh my… were those good!!

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    The bride’s Mom made all of these!! Aren’t they amazing?!

    Such a fun night getting together with family!

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    Clearly the groom looks thrilled with more pictures 🙂 HA!

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    Sister… Sister! 

    Last weekend, while in Oshkosh we headed to Little Farmer – which is a cute little apple orchard with a gift shop, caramel apples, HUGE muffins and animals to see!

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    How cute is all that Christmas stuff?! I could have bought it all!

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    They add just a few toppings to your caramel apple! It’s nice they cut them up instead of trying to eat them on the stick…

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    I wasn’t kidding about those muffins… talk about HUGE!

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    Unfortunately the weather was rainy and very COLD so we didn’t take any pictures outside of the grounds but we did get a big picture inside – haha!

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    It’s always a fun place to visit – we haven’t been in YEARS but were happy to get over there!

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    Somehow my SIL turned 18 last week – I can’t believe she’s a senior!! And that I’ve known her since she was 9… I said that and my MIL said “That’s half of her life!” which is just crazy!!

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    We were able to celebrate her a little bit after my shower with ice cream cake and a thanksgiving meal (turkey, buns, mashed potatoes, stuffing.. umm yes please!).

    While in town last weekend, we were able to hit up my favorite pizza place, Rocky Rococos and my BIL posed as a ghost #spookypizza

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    And finally Logan put our crib up 🙂 It’s the sweetest sight to see when I walk by the room! Now we just need to order our glider and dresser so I can decide where everything will go!

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    That’s been life around here lately!

    I also just realized that maroon must be my favorite color since I’m literally wearing it in every picture I’m in on here! hahaha

    I’m starting to go through everything we got for Baby G and what all we still need!? What were must haves for you Mama’s that I need to make sure I have on hand when we bring Baby home?!

    aKristi

    Christmas Themed Baby Shower!

    Happy Tuesday!

    I can’t believe that at the end of next week, it’ll be November!  This whole year seems to have flown by (although I certainly didn’t think that at the time) and now I’m hoping the next 8.5 weeks fly by too #letsmeetBabyG

    This past weekend was our last weekend of plans and traveling since June so from here on out, it’s home home and more home time for weekends!

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    Such cute gifts for the games too!!

    We were in Oshkosh this last weekend with  my in-laws for my final Baby Shower before Baby G arrives!

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    My sisters-in-law and mother-in-law!

    I wasn’t given any details and not even an invite so I had no clue what to expect but seriously… it was SUCH a cute shower!  First of all, it was at a place called Caramel Crisp Corner which was a gift shop/gourmet popcorn cafe/ice cream candy shop and it was SO cute!

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    It was Christmas themed and it even snowed a bit in the morning 🙂 Right up my alley for the holidays! The theme was in part because I love mildly obsessed with Christmas and also because of Baby G’s due date!

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    There were Christmas trees, Christmas signs and even Christmas garland with lights!

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    They served grilled cheeses and cups of cheddar broccoli soup (I had chicken dumpling though since I can’t do broccoli since being pregnant) which was so good! Oh yeah.. and there was buttered and cheesy popcorn for everyone.. um yum!

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    We chatted while we ate and then played a few games; one, guess the baby! They had pictures of me, my siblings and Logan and his on a board and you had to guess who was who.  They also threw in a few non-family members that people had to guess to… I will say, I guessed Rickie Fowler and Reese Witherspoon pretty quick… well Rickie pretty quickly!

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    I’ve been SO excited to start new traditions with Baby G even before Baby G was inside me! I can’t wait to read this book every year on Christmas Eve 🙂

    Next game was “What did Logan pack in Kristi’s Hospital Bag?”.

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    My sister and niece were able to make it – which is always a good time to have some family from each side! 🙂

    I had never heard of this game before (though i’m sure you have!) and the night after my shower in town here, Logan’s mom and sister told Logan the following scenario – Kristi just went into labor and needs to get to the hospital ASAP.  She has not packed anything – you have 3 minutes to pack her hospital bag… what do you pack?

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    It was funny to see what he picked!! #threelillypulitzertops

    For the game, they listed a bunch of things and said to pick the 5 things he put in my hospital bag.  It was fun to see what people thought he’d pack – was he sensible or had no idea?!

    Logan stopped by the shower about an hour in and helped me open gifts which was really nice.  And it always helps take the spotlight off of just me while opening gifts (it’s always SO awkward! Anyone else?!).

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    Logan’s aunt made us the most beautiful baby blanket to match the wallpaper in Baby’s room! It’s literally perfect and looks great on the crib right now 🙂

    Everyone brought a book for Baby G (which is something I always love – in lieu of a card bringing a book and writing to Baby a sweet message) and I can’t wait to read them to Baby G when he/she gets here! We started to read to Baby so maybe we’ll read a few of those before he/she comes! My sweet SIL Delaney wrote the SWEETEST note to Baby in her book “God Gave Us You” and I literally bawl tear up every time I read it!

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    Everyone got to take a favor (or two) from Bath & Body Works and if you know me, I’m all about giving away favors for ANY party so I loved this! 🙂

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    Oh yeah.. and for dessert?! Actual Christmas sugar cookie cut outs – Christmas trees and all!

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    It was all so thoughtful and sweet!

    Baby G sure is loved 🙂

    aKristi

     

    Baby Shower Brunch

    Happy Thursday!!

    Last weekend was literally the fastest weekend EVER!  Let’s do a recap… Friday was the longest thing ever with  my 3 hour glucose test.  THEN I came home and felt crappy since I didn’t eat for like 16 hours plus I was just SO tired so I took the rest of the day to relax and wait for my results..

    I waited, waited and waited more and never got a phone call! So I worried all day and night as usual.  Logan took me for some chori queso dip that night in case I got the word that I didn’t pass and chips and queso wouldn’t quite be in my diet for the next 11 weeks..

    Just looking a little bit tired after my day 🙂

    Y’all.. he is not a huge fan of getting Mexican so that was so sweet of him 🙂 #itsthelittlethings And if you saw my Instastory, I mentioned that I rented a dress and unfortunately our pictures were cancelled due to the rain and we couldn’t reschedule before the dress had to be back… Logan kept saying “let’s just take one or two to see if you even like the type of dress and you could rent it again…”

    These might not be the most flattering pictures for non-pregnant people but I worked really hard to have this bump!

    …so I obliged finally and his photography skills isn’t too bad! #husbandoftheyear

    My in-laws arrived late Friday night in time for the shower Saturday!

    We woke up Saturday and got ready for the shower…

    how cute are these invites?! The theme was definitely little pumpkins 🙂 My favorite!

    One of the sweet hostesses! 

    And the other hostess!

    The shower was SO nice! It was laid back, fun and nice to visit with so many great friends!

    My sweet mother in law!

    Both grandmas to be!

    I LOVED the cookies – they were SO sweet and they tasted amazing too!

    Gift opening time!

    Baby G is definitely loved!  It was so sweet to see so many people excited for us and to meet Baby.

    Baby G’s aunts!

    And Baby G’s other aunt and cousin ❤ 

    Y’all know my LOVE of Paris after our trip last year and Elaine just came back from there and brought Baby G this onesie! I’m officially obsessed! 

    Does anyone else feel extremely awkward opening gifts in front of people? Also please note my sweet sweet niece helping me open gifts 🙂

    Next up this week in Baby related news… our first childbirth class was last night! 🙂 Crazy to think we’re down to 10 weeks on Saturday already!

    aKristi

    Fall Bucket List.

    Happy Wednesday!! I had every intention of blogging about my bridal shower on Monday but life happens and somehow I came down with the flu! I don’t know the last time I was SO sick… it was bad! So I’ll share my shower with you tomorrow instead 🙂

    We’re already into the second week of October and I just can’t believe how quickly it’s flying by.  I feel like I say that often but this year has just gone… swooooooosh! I mean, I’m not complaining.. it’s almost Christmas (and baby) time but it’s just crazy when I think about it.

    I made a short bucket list for things I want to do this year before the snow comes:

    Bucket List 2018:

    – Drink as many Pumpkin Spice Lattes as possible yessssss. Decaf of course but still perfect. favorite time of the year!

    – Visit a pumpkin patch.

    – Bake Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins  I‘ve already made them twice and don’t see it being the last time!

    – Watch as many Hallmark fall movies as possible

    – Watch Hocus Pocus

    – Burn fall candles  all day.everyday.

    – Make s’mores

    – Dress up for Halloween; Logan wants to paint my stomach this year so we’ll see if I let him… 🙂 

    – Eat Candy Corn

    – Decorate for Fall

    – Carve pumpkins

    – Visit Pumpkin Nights

    – Wear #allthescarves and get cozy!

    There’s so many more that I’d love to add but I need to be more realistic since we only have a few more weeks without snow… or maybe we’ll get lucky like last year – and the snow will stay off until December 🙂

    I’ve also started Christmas shopping… I mean, I bought a few things in August and now am starting my lists and crossing things off.  It’s the best way for me to truly enjoy the season without having to run out for gifts at the last minute!

    What’s on your bucket list this fall?!  What am I missing on my list?!

    heartKristi