26 November 2018

Happy Due Date, Baby Girl!


I've never been particularly good at waiting or being patient. I'm more along the lines of instant gratification most of the time. But you know what? I can be good at waiting when I know exactly how long I'm waiting for. Waiting for baby is much harder because there really isn't an official end date in sight.

Could I go into labor any minute now? Sure, technically I could. Has baby girl made any moves towards making her grand debut? Absolutely not.

... but, our house is spotless.

Our hospital bags are all packed.

The car seat is installed in my car and the extra base is installed in Patrick's car.

Our parents are all in town, done traveling for the time being.

All of the laundry is done {thanks to a fancy new washer and dryer that Patrick came home with last week!}

I had plenty of time to do some serious Black Friday shopping on Friday and throughout the weekend.

We made a dent in our Christmas shopping.

Our house is decorated and ready for the holiday season.

So, baby girl, we're just waiting on you. I never actually pictured you arriving on your due date because I always thought you were going to surprise us all and come early. Still being pregnant today wasn't anything I ever considered. Here I thought that we'd already be at home, snuggled up on the couch watching some Christmas movies, learning how to change diapers, and figuring out how to survive on a few hours of sleep.

Happy due date, baby girl! We can't wait to meet you and you're more than welcome to introduce yourself any time you want. But seriously. Any time you want.

23 November 2018

Breaking From Tradition

Happy Solid Orange Friday!

For the first time in thirteen seasons, I won't be at the annual rivalry game between Clemson and South Carolina.

I've been to twelve straight games in the series and throughout the twelve years, I've seen an even split of wins between the two teams. Patrick and I have been to the nine games together {and our relationship has survived all nine!} and it's going to be weird to watch the game on TV this year. We're so used to spending the Saturday after Thanksgiving tailgating with our friends before watching our teams square off against one another.

Let's take a quick trip down memory lane...

2006: Freshman year of college
{USC win}

2007: Sophomore year of college & first game in a really long time at USC. Also the coldest game I had ever in my life been to.
{Clemson Win}

2008: Junior year of college & the most miserable game I had ever been to. It was so cold and was sleeting during most of the game. Our Interim Head Coach {Dabo} beat USC's HOF Coach {Spurrier} and it was awesome. Patrick actually attended this game to and at the conclusion, swore that he was never attending another Clemson game again {little did he know!}
{Clemson Win}

2009: Senior year of college and our first rivalry game.
{USC Win}

2010: Year 2 of our rivalry relationship.
{USC Win}

2011: Year 3 of our rivalry relationship. This was a long day of tailgating that culminated in walking down railroad tracks, cutting through an abandoned warehouse, and me falling down a set of stairs.
{USC Win}

2012: Year 4 of our rivalry relationship. The tailgate was exceptionally fun, but the outcome of the game? Not so much. USC notched win #4 in a row.
{USC Win}

2013: Year 5 of rivalry relationship. It was the year of the Chicken Bog, being picked up and dropped, and another Clemson defeat.
{USC Win}

2014: Year 6 of our rivalry relationship and at least the 4th year in a row of Patrick and his Gamecock flannel and the FIRST TIME that Clemson won while we were dating! It was the beginning of excellent things to come.
{Clemson Win}

2015: Year 7 of our rivalry relationship. Hands down the warmest Clemson/Carolina game to date - we were all rocking short sleeves rather than scarves, coats, and hats.
{Clemson Win}

2016: Year 8 of our rivalry relationship. It was our first married game and one of the best Clemson/Carolina weekends. We had rented a house just outside of Clemson with a group of friends and spent the whole weekend together.
{Clemson Win}

2017: Year 9 of our rivalry relationship and another Clemson win! I also absolutely froze during this tailgate because I accidentally forgot to pack a pair of leggings for when it got cooler after the sun went down.
{Clemson Win}

The irony of having a Clemson / Carolina weekend due date was not lost on us when we found out that we were expecting baby girl. It's only appropriate for two people who built their relationship during football season, who have season ticket's to both Clemson and Carolina, and for two people who have always been distinctly Clemson and distinctly Carolina.

Our friends know us well, too.

They've already prepared baby girl for next football season!

It's just weird to think that we might be watching the game this year in the hospital if she decides to come this weekend. I know that she's going to come when she decides to come, but it would be truly appropriate for her to show up just before kick off. But, just as likely, we could be watching the game from our living room tomorrow night as we hang out waiting on her grand debut.

There are very few reasons why I would ever miss a Clemson / Carolina game. This little girl is at least a very good reason to miss it!


21 November 2018

A Celebration With the Girls

Earlier this month, some of our long time family friends got together and threw us the sweetest baby shower. This group of friends is one that Patrick and I both love to celebrate with - we have celebrated all kinds of events throughout the years with them.

There have been engagement parties, wedding showers, weddings, baby showers, baptisms, birthdays, and more. If there's something to celebrate, we like to get together and party.

Baby Girl was no exception.

The hostesses knew that Blue Flour Bakery cookies were a must, along with cheese straws. They even pulled a recipe from my blog to make, too!

The gifts at this shower were definitely some of the most thoughtful ones that Baby Girl received. One of the girls that I work with handmade three gorgeous baby outfits. My aunt handmade two baby blankets. One of the girls found the most perfect outfits for her that look like something I would wear {with the exception of that Gamecock one!} Another girl I work with collected shells along the coastline and arranged them in a shadowbox for her low country / beach themed nursery.

These mothers know how to put together a party, y'all.

And this great-grandmother-to-be knows how to party. She might be 93, but I think she's got more energy and more things on her social calendar than the rest of us combined.

& this group of girls? They're pretty awesome. Some of us have known each other for nearly 26 years! We've been there for each other's milestones throughout those years... engagements, weddings, & babies. Here's to adding one more celebration to the books!

20 November 2018

Baby Bumpin' in Downtown Charleston


While I haven't documented too much of my pregnancy here on the blog, one thing that I really wanted to do to document it was to have maternity photos taken.

Enter in Caitlyn, of Caitlyn Motycka Photography and the blogger behind Home Sweet Ruby. I've been following along with Caitlyn for years and have watched as she picked up a camera and began to take absolutely stunning pictures of her family and friends. I was so excited to see that she decided to start her own business earlier this year, and immediately messaged her about taking maternity photos in downtown Charleston.

Fast forward a few months, and Patrick and I met up with her early on Sunday morning in October to document this ever growing baby bump of mine.

Fun fact: this particular Sunday was the very last day that I was able to squeeze my engagement ring and wedding band on my finger. My Clemson ring had to be ditched a few weeks prior and I've been rocking my Enso ring ever since. I'm just glad that I was able to wear my regular rings in these photos!

We took the majority of our photos in downtown Charleston on Chalmers Street between Meeting Street and Church Street. Fair warning: this is hands down the bumpiest, roughest road to ever drive down! Extremely picturesque, but extremely bumpy. If we lived in Charleston, I'd probably make several trips down this road to try and get labor going.

You also don't have to worry about being in the way of cars on this road. It isn't well-traveled, and when it is, the cars are going so slow that you can easily hop out of the way.

We also ventured into Washington Square Park for a few photos.

And of course, it wouldn't be a photoshoot with a professional photographer if Patrick and I didn't have at least one dancing photo. These always end up being some of my favorite and we have quite the collection going these days.

If you live in the Charleston area, or if you're traveling that way, and need some photos taken of your family... I highly recommend Caitlyn! She was super easy to work with and I love how our photos turned out! You should see some of the sessions that she does down on the beach - they're stunning. Am I already mentally planning another session with her sometime next year when Baby Girl is here? You bet.

As for now... now, we're just counting down the days until we get to meet this sweet little girl!

19 November 2018

A Kiawah Island Baby Shower

There are a lot of things that make Kiawah Island so great and a place that I love to visit.

There's the beach, the miles and miles of bike paths around the island, the beautiful places to explore, and the endless alligators to spot. But what makes it extra special are all of the people down there that have become close family friends of ours over the last 5+ years that my parents have had their house there.

One of those couples' {who we've actually known for close to 30 years} asked if they could host a baby shower for us for all of our Kiawah friends to attend. Everyone wanted to celebrate Baby Girl and we were totally on board.

Becky and Satch hosted the shower in their home and prepared some delicious food {including plenty of sugar cookies and goldfish for me!} and even turned on the Clemson football game for those of us that were interested in catching the 2nd half of the Clemson   vs Wake Forest game. All of our friends there completely spoiled us with presents for Baby Girl. From handmade Clemson and Carolina afghans to clothes, books, and more, there was so many wonderful things to open up.

{I have no idea what's so hysterical in this photo... but I'm willing to be it has something to do with the tutu we found in this present}

Our hostess even remembered the grandmothers, and got them each a gift, too!

It was wonderful to be able to celebrate with our families, too! Not only did both sets of grandparents-to-be make it, but my brother and his family, as well as my aunt and uncle made it out to the island for the celebration.

It's crazy to think that the next time we're down on Kiawah, we'll have a little one in tow with us. I sure hope she loves the beach as much as Patrick and I do. Between Kiawah and Edisto, it's safe to say that she's going to grow up spending a lot of time out on the sand and in the waves. It won't be long before she's hooked up in some form or fashion on the back of my bike for bike rides around the island!

18 November 2018

Life Lately

There have been subtle hints. A few nudges. A few straight up "why haven't you been blogging lately?" questions.

I hear y'all. Let's get this thing rolling again, alright? But first... we need to catch up a bit before I dive back in. What's been happening since the last blog post back in August?

We technically kicked off the first weekend of September in August with the launch of the Fall issue of Fig Columbia at Hotel Trundle. It was hands down my favorite launch party to date and I absolutely love any time that I get to spend at Hotel Trundle. I'm just trying to figure out how to work a staycation there into my very near future.

From there, we ventured to the upstate for John and Kayla's wedding weekend and an extremely hot Clemson game.

There was always a super sweet baby shower hosted by our friends... that I have zero pictures from. How this happened? I have no idea. The photos I took all ended up corrupted.

The other highlights of this month might have been finally finishing furnishing our bedroom {including adding a new carpet!}, beginning to work on the nursery, and starting to make our front entry way closet actually usable.

{just need to find something to hang above our bed now that we've taken down what used to be there when we got a new bed frame}

October started off with a weekend down in the low country where our Kiawah friends hosted a baby shower for us {more on that later this week}.

& the next day, we followed the shower up with maternity photos {more of these this week, too!} and brunch in downtown Charleston.

We continued working on Baby Girl's nursery...

We attended the Gervais Street Bridge Dinner with the team that I work with. This should probably be an entire post of it's own one day, but let's just say that the bridge dinner is a lot of fun and I'm hoping to go back next year when I can enjoy the drinks, too!


...baby month!

It's been a solid few weeks of getting ready for Baby Girl's arrival. We had our last baby shower, we've pretty much finished up the nursery, we've had our house cleaned from top to bottom, and now we're just playing the waiting game until she decides it's time to show up.

This whole waiting game though is giving me plenty of time to catch up on blog posts that I've wanted to write over the last few months. Are you ready to be bombarded this week? Because you're definitely going to be bombarded this week with all things baby.

We haven't been traveling. We haven't really been to football games. It's been a very different kind of fall for us. The last time I packed a suitcase? The first weekend of October. I have not stayed put in one place for this long since... high school? Maybe freshman year of college? The next "trip" that we take will be to the hospital.

And that's only freaking me out a tiny bit.

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