Saturday, April 6, 2013

First Baby Shower!

Words can't express how blessed I'm feeling today.  My mother-in-law's friends hosted a beautiful baby shower for me and I'm feeling so grateful for all of the incredible love and support we've received as we celebrated our impending bundle of joy.

(The entire party!)

I was so lucky to find the perfect baby shower dress---but I can't take credit for it at all---the beautiful Kristen over at Love, Lipstick and Pearls (we are a week apart in our pregnancies!) wore it to her baby shower and when I saw how beautiful it was I knew I had to get it!

Kristen shared with me that she got the dress on Zappos.com---it's the Gabriella Rocha Hally dress in "mint" (buy it here).  It is the most comfortable dress ever! I had been searching for a long time for a dress to wear to my baby shower since I had ordered one from Forever21 but was disappointed that half of the bottom of the dress was sheer.  I absolutely love the simple style and fit of the Gabriella Rocha dress.  I purchased it in two sizes---small and medium and tried them both on when they arrived just two days later (Zappos has the BEST shipping ever).  I stuck with the size small, which is what I would have purchased pre-pregnancy.  I found that the medium had a lot of extra fabric in the back that was just gathering and bunching on me.  I think this dress will fit great post-pregnancy too and I'm considering purchasing it in a second color when I send back the size medium. So size-wise, I would say it fits TTS for anyone contemplating a purchase.  It's super stretchy too, which is a bonus for anyone with a larger chest.

(Before we left the house)


I finally wore these gorgeous J.Crew earrings. I had been wanting to save them for a special occasion and they went perfectly with my mint green dress.  I kinda want to wear them everyday...ha!


(with my mother-in-law before heading to the shower)


The baby shower was so much fun---it was nice to catch up with a lot of the ladies I hadn't seen in awhile and just to share excitement about the baby.  It was also great to get tips from everyone---a lot of the ladies care for their young grandchildren all of the time so it's great to hear their feedback about the best products for baby as well as their parenting wisdom!

(the sweetest idea---the ladies got this for my mother-in-law as 
a "grandma-to-be" essentials kit!)


Towards the end of the shower, my husband came to the house to say hello and thank all of the ladies for their generosity.  Once the guests had left, we took a few photos by the pool since we realized we hardly had any photos together where I'm pregnant.


...and then I took a few with Candice since she and I literally don't have even one photo together during my pregnancy! I love these photos! Such beautiful scenery...



...and here's a group shot of the three shower hostesses, me, MIL and Candice:




When we got home, we opened the trunk of our car and wow...



We just feel really thankful and blessed.  I've already unpacked most of the items in the nursery and some of the bigger items (like the swing, bouncer and pack n' play) will stay in their boxes for the next few weeks as we finish the nursery and figure out a place for everything.

Next weekend Candice is hosting my second shower for my friends and I can't wait! I also can't believe there are just seven and a half weeks left until we meet our baby girl...

Thank you for reading and hope you're having an amazing weekend!

44 comments :

  1. aww looks like it was a fabulous shower!! congrats!!

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  2. I loved this post! The pictures with you husband are incredible-- so filled with love and genuine excitement. I can't want to "meet" your precious baby girl. She will be an angel, just like you V. God bless you and your new little family!

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  3. What did the Forever21 dress look like? Just curious. I absolutely love the dress you have and wish they had it in my size. I'm going to order it in another color.

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  4. you look beautiful!
    great photos, looks like you had a wonderful time
    xx
    http://anoddgirl.blogspot.com.au

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  5. Yep, that is going to be one attractive child. I love the photos of you and your husband together...and your MIL - she is adorable!

    So glad you were given such a great party, your little one seems to be so loved already!

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  6. The dress is already sold out! Your fans moved quickly :) Beautiful family!

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  7. That dress is so incredibly beautiful - I ADORED it when I first saw it on Kristen - and it looks equally gorgeous on you!

    Your first baby shower looked so beautiful - and I love the couple and BFF pics at the end.

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  8. Looks like it was a lot of fun! I love your dress and you look amazing as always!

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  9. Everything is so beautiful and that dress is stunning on you! So happy for you!

    Xo
    Kayla

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  10. You look gorgeous! LOVE your mint dress, and the earrings look perfect with it. ;)

    Marissa
    thesimpleswan.blogspot.com
    A Fashion, Beauty, and Mommy Blog

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  11. Yayyy!! SO glad you posted pictures of your baby shower. You looked beautiful. It looks like your holding a basketball in your tummy haha. You look great and what a special moment. So happy for you! <3

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  12. This post made me so happy! Congrats and thanks for sharing :)

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  13. I don't think I've ever seen a more beautiful pregnant lady in my entire life! I'm so happy for you guys! :)

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  14. I absolutely LOVE that mint dress! So gorgeous.

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  15. you look absolutely beautiful!!! i'm so excited for you!!! aahhhh, a baby! that's amazing.

    :)
    Carrie
    http://readmylifeascarrie.blogspot.com/

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  16. Lovely post! Your dressed looked so pretty and you looked beautiful. Not long now xx

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  17. This made me smile! You are glowing and the dress is perfect! I will have to steal that idea for my maternity pics this summer!

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  18. You look beautiful - I hope I look that good when I reach that stage of pregnancy

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  19. You are stunning- love the dress & earrings & your bump is so cute! What a beautiful shower. This is such an exciting time- enjoy every moment.

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  20. You look beautiful! Love that backyard as well :) I'm enjoying reading your pregnancy journey - thanks for sharing :)

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  21. So beautiful! Your Mother in law looks like the sweetest!

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  22. You look beautiful and I love those earrings! So happy for you!

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  23. love your dress! you look amazing! looked like a beautiful shower :) congratulations!

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  24. That dress is absolutely gorgeous! You look so beautiful. I can't wait to meet your little girl!

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  25. Love the dress and the photos of you and Kevin! You're nearly there, girl!

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  26. looks like a perfect shower love and you look beautiful!

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  27. You look more and more beautiful each day! I seriously am contemplating getting that dress, it's perfect! I'll just need a good hemming :) gorgeous photos V!

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  28. You look absolutely stunning! Looks like you got a great haul! :)

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  29. So excited and happy for you. You look lovely. Thank you for blogging. Love you lots.

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  30. Your dress is amazing and I love the earings! Enjoy your pregnancy!

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  31. what a gorgeous shower! the dress and earrings are beautiful on you and those earrings are the perfect match! i love that idea for the grandma to be, i'll have to copy it!

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  32. You look amazing girl! Love that mint dress! And you have such a sweet MIL! Your shower looked beautiful :) We got the hooded pink towel set this weekend too from pb kids, isn't it adorable? I can't wait to snuggle her in it !

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  33. Eeeeeek I love this dress even more since it's in one of my favorite colors, and the shape and style is so flattering. You're inspiring me and I think I might want to buy myself a new dress for my baby shower now, hehe.

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  34. I love the idea of a "Grandparent's essentials" kit! Would be perfect especially for those who visit the grandparents house often like we do :) Not currently pregnant but I think I need that dress! SO pretty!! The earrings are perfect with it too :)

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  35. Ohhh you shoudl do a baby shower haul video on YT...I love watching what cute baby items people get. =) Your dress looks amazing and the yard looks so lovely too!!

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  36. you look beautiful! i'm glad you had a great time at your shower :)

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  37. Love the pics & the dress is so pretty, great shade. I am 16 weeks pregnant & can't wait for the nicer weather to wear dresses.

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  38. Gorgeous dress on you. The baby gifts are always so cute.

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  39. OMG you look GORGEOUS in that mint maxi and the photos are beautiful by the pool! SO NICE.

    WHat an AMAZING shower! Look at all those women!!!! Holy cow! Sooooo sweet and looks like an AMAZING day.

    (Saw the pix of your second baby shower by Candice, and that too looks wonderful!!)

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  40. V, that mint dress was made for you! You look beautiful!

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