Baby Shower – TX

This weekend we celebrated Baby Jacob one more time with friends and family here in Texas. Thanks to all the hard work from the wonderful hostesses and their helpers, the shower couldn’t have been any more perfect. We enjoyed delicious food, wonderful company, and entertaining activities. I love you all! A sampling of photos are provided below, but click here for the full album (with captions for a change.) There were just so many good photos to choose from.

hands on the belly

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Beautiful set up including an amazing diaper wreath made by Megan:

diaper cake by Ashley - so pretty! diaper wreath made by Megan - gorgeous!

Onesie decorating station led to impressive results:

hard at work more onesies drying onesie station in progress

Guess the contents of the paper bag was a big hit, especially for Stefany who got them all right (way to go!)

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Homemade vanilla cupcakes by Lisa to round off the morning – Yummy!

delicious vanilla cupcakes made by Lisa

A special thank you to Genny and Deirdre for making the trip down from Chicago and NYC respectively and adding Texas to your list of states visited. Hope you had a good time! Here are some favorite shots from our stroll in downtown Grapevine.

a natural cowgirl! IMG_7759.jpg stuck in the Grapevine jail

Month 8 Belly Pics: Third Trimester is Here

We’ve grown so accustomed to speaking in weeks that it hadn’t dawned on us we’re actually well into month 8 of our journey now and have been in the third trimester for a while. Of course now there are the increased potty breaks (really, when did they ever decrease?), feeling (and seeing) the stronger kicks that are reminiscent of the show Fringe where there’s an alien trying to escape the belly, and the growing pile of baby gear people have kindly bestowed upon us that is taking over our dining room table, but even with all that and more, the fact that in no time at all our lives will be permanently altered still seems a bit surreal.  The weekly sonograms where we see increasingly chubby cheeks, more defined features and a personality developing before our eyes haven’t exactly made it sink in (we made that little smiling face?), but they certainly don’t hurt.

August 20, 2012: Start of week 28. Hand under chin and a little smile at us in the bottom picture.


August 27, 2012: In the bottom picture of three she is pointing her finger up to say hello.


All the articles say the third trimester is when you are supposed to slow down and start taking things easy because you get tired more easily. I guess I missed that message somewhere between constant work travel, weekly yard work, baking, house chores, tennis tournaments, water aerobics and daily walks. Not to mention how much progress we’ve made the last month and a half on the nursery (post with full before and after pictures to come once we’re a bit farther along). Maybe that’s how the third trimester was able to sneak up on us. I’m sure it will continue to pass us by in a flash now that football and tennis season are both in full swing (she is learning to be a sport spectator at a very early age to support her daddy).  At least we finally made an appointment with a prospective pediatrician and will be able to report that progress to the doctor (he was not impressed with our nursery progress since “that is for you, not for the baby”).  Did anyone else find that their pregnancy went terrifyingly slow and then surprisingly fast, or are we the only ones in la-la land?

Updated photos of the ever expanding belly.

August 24, 2012: 28 wks 3 days

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September 6, 2012: 30 wks 2 days (Picture taken right before we went to our first baby class where we learned all sorts of baby care basic refreshers and new tips, more classes to look forward to in October!)

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September 9, 2012: Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad! Did you know it would take 34 years to become grandparents, or have your first “face-time” chat? And happy birthday to Grandma Cronin who I know is smiling down on us from above. Love you!