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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Orlando Baby Shower

My girlfriend Lauren and my mom threw a baby shower for us in Orlando on July 30.

It was our last trip to Orlando to visit my parents because they sold their house and were in the process of packing up to move here in Atlanta. Thankfully, it was perfect timing so we could still have the baby shower with furniture still in the house!

The house was wonderfully decorated...


My parents provided all the clothes that were used as decorations. My girlfriend Jess made the elephant diaper cake - it was so impressive! My mom put together two diaper basket centerpieces where all the food was laid out and made the cute watermelon carriage.

There was a book that all the guests signed with their best baby advice and after some eating, drinking and mingling, we all settled in the living room for Philip and I to read it aloud.

Everyone had such great and really funny things to say. It was so fun to read the excerpts out loud - we thought it could potentially be awkward, but it turned out great and everyone seemed to enjoy it. It really brought the room together and we have such a great keepsake for us and Ella.

We then opened the gifts and got some really cute things...

Philip was especially excited about these flower shoes.

We hung out a bit after all the presents were opened (some highlights: handmade sweater, beanie and blanket from my Grandma, hand-stiched and crocheted burp cloth, socks and washcloths from a family friend, a bouncer and tons of cute clothes and baby basics) and then ate red velvet cake.

We loved hanging out with all our Florida friends - it was fantastic getting everyone together to celebrate such a fun time in our lives.

Cara, Alex, Lauren, Philip, Kiana, Jess, Becca, John

We especially miss my best girlfriends a ton - they're all super special and we wish they lived near us.

My brother, Daniel, drove down from Tallahassee for one night (3.5 hours each way!) to be at the shower also - it was the first time (and probably only time) he got to see me pregnant. His initial reaction to seeing my enlarged stomach: "Whoa, you weren't kidding."

We ended the shower late and our closest friends left even later. We had a wonderful time just talking and catching up. The next time we see them all will hopefully be soon in Atlanta to meet Ella for the first time!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

September 29, 2011

At our last doctor's appointment, Ella's due date was mentioned by the doctor. Curiously, an unknown date was given to us: September 29th. When she said that date, I corrected her, "September 25th."

She gave me a confused look and grabbed my file as I added, "September 29th is my birthday."

While obviously confirming her thoughts, she told me, "I wouldn't have even known that's your birthday," indicating that information was not included in the file she has. Again, she said, "September 29th."

I looked to Philip. He's been in EVERY SINGLE appointment I've had. I'm not crazy, right? We've been going with September 25th as the due date for the ENTIRE pregnancy - he had heard that date as well in the very first appointment.

Instead of getting in a back-and-forth match with the doctor over something trivial like a 4 day difference, Philip smoothed over the conversation and transitioned back to whatever the due date was brought up for in the first place.

So, now Ella's due date is my birthday. I've even made it official by changing it on the side of this blog. Of course we know this date is likely not going to be her birth date as I'm not planning a cesarean, so she will come whenever she is ready (hopefully on her OWN day!)

Either way, since Philip's birthday is September 30, she will be arriving some time around those days and I don't think anyone will ever be able to get us better birthday gifts for the rest of our lives!