Our Housewarming/Baby Celebration + Maternity Photos

I wasn’t 100% sure what to title this post, or call our ‘party’–but on Valentine’s Day we had about 70 adults and 25 kids roll through our house for a ‘housewarming/baby celebration’ and it was such a blast! Kristin Byrum graciously came a bit early to take some maternity photos of me and our little family and shot some pictures of the party too! Sabrina of Be Pretty did my hair and makeup! Here’s just a glimpse in to the day–I was EXHAUSTED when it was over! Thank you to these vendors for helping me pull it off :). We all can’t wait to meet this sweet boy and feel so much love for him already. xo

Photography: Kristin Byrum Photography
Invitations/Paper Goods: Elisabeth-Rose
Catering: Best Impressions
Cake: Wow Factor Cakes
Cookies: Sugar Bomb Sweets
Rentals: Party Reflections
Local Brews: Good Bottle Co.
Hair+Makeup: Sabrina of Be Pretty
My dress: Sew Trendy Accessories
My boys :)
I’m not sure if anyone had more fun than Cal!

Caitlin - March 4, 2016 - 5:02 pm

Stunning photos of you! So excited for you guys and your growing family :)

Adventures with Baby Hutch 2: Month 8

Today marks the official 5 week countdown (I am 34 weeks, but having a c-section at 39 weeks). I can’t believe we’re so close to meeting our little man #2! Yesterday we had a housewarming/baby celebration (not sure what to exactly call it…) and it made it that much more real that this baby is coming–and soon! Here is my top 10 of the month!

1. The party! I am SO exhausted but it was SO fun. I’ll share more pictures from it soon :).
2. I have just a few things left to do…like get his going home from the hospital hat monogrammed, his Easter basket monogrammed (and fill both boys’ baskets well before my due date otherwise it won’t get done!), get a few more items for the nursery and then I should be all set! We’re getting so excited!
3. The nursery is just about finished…waiting on his window treatments to be made/arrive. They will look like this but with grey trim–can’t wait to see them installed!
4. And speaking of window treatments–the playroom Roman shades are in and I LOVE them. *Note: Shout out to the CFO for installing these among so many other things around the new house. Jack of all trades!
5. And speaking of window treatments…here is the wallpaper in the playroom. Me and Cal both screamed when we saw it (literally!). I found this paper online and couldn’t find it anywhere but Paris, France–so I went ahead and imported it. Totally worth it.
6. Kristin Byrum was nice enough to come and take some maternity pictures in the nursery before our party yesterday–she is a doll. I can’t wait to see them :). I even got to get all pretty courtesy of Sabrina with the Be Pretty team!
7. I’m going to try ‘a bit’ harder to breast feed this time. I had such a traumatic and unexpected birth injury with Callahan, that I was VERY quick to throw in the towel despite producing a ton of milk–it was just too much for me to handle all at once. I’m going to give it the olé’ college try this time around…now that I wrote it down, I have some accountability, right?
8. Cal needs a haircut. I am still protesting. Where should we take him? Hutch might kill me if he gets called a ‘girl’ one more time.
9. Callahan is also getting tubes put in his ears–on February 29th. This is a MUST to check off the list before the baby comes. He has had 3 ear infections in less than 2 months, so it’s time. Please say prayers, I’m sure he’ll do great!
10. Any suggestions for activities with toddlers would be awesome–trying to soak up these last few weeks as just a family of “3” :).

And here I am…34 weeks. Large and in charge. My back and pelvis are just about done…but hoping to hang in until my scheduled c-section! I’m up 16lbs…definitely going to gain more than I did with Cal (only 19).

Adventures with Baby Hutch 2: Month 7

Time is just flying. As I type this I have AROUND 62-ish days until another little one is gracing us with his presence. I feel like I’ve been as proactive as humanly possibly lately…which is good, since I know soon I’ll be way too big to be proactively doing just about anything. Let’s recap month 7.

1. I finally caved and bought some maternity clothing. Literally NOTHING was fitting so I hit up Target–they have some decently cute stuff! I’m so much happier in my new shirts and sweaters that don’t show half of my belly.…
2. Baby Boy Hutch 2’s room is really coming together nicely! Wallpaper is actually going in TODAY as we speak, bedding is here, bookshelf is in, accessories have been ordered/some are here. Sarah Catherine of SC Collective ordered the dresser and light fixture (can’t wait to see them)
.…I need to figure out window treatments and then we’re just about there! ALL of the shutters for the house are coming on the 28th but I plan on doing panels/cornices in both of the boys’ rooms as well. I got Cal a new chair for his room so I can swipe his glider (shhhh don’t tell him) for the new baby.  It’s just a simple chair that I’ll dress up with a blanket and his pillow already in existence!
3. I can’t stop eating cookies.
4. We’re hosting a little housewarming/baby celebration on Valentine’s Day so I really need to plan that…invites are out thanks to Elisabeth-Rose!
5. Random/super odd thing that has happened to me…my WISDOM TOOTH is coming in! How strange is that?! At my last visit it was WAY up there (I still have 3 of them) and now the top left one is coming through! I went to the dentist 2 weeks ago and they said it’s harmless but laughed that pregnancy can really do anything to you–and by ‘you’, I mean ‘ME’…name any odd symptom, I’ll most likely get it.
6. On that note, my SPD is back in full force and I’m in a lot of pain.
7. I MUST plan maternity photos. Like, yesterday. On the list of to-dos! Cheyenne of The Schultzes captured all of my ‘pregnancy’ moments with Cal but she just had the sweetest baby, Grey…so I’ll have to go bug someone else :).
8. I am VERY happy to report that the big-boy-bed transition for Cal has gone really well! (I hope I’m not jinxing it!) He loves his bed and is really proud to show it to anyone who asks. He climbs right in and out all by himself. He goes to sleep just as normally as he did in the crib and we wake up to him playing with his nightlight, riding his elephant or reading himself books every morning. It’s quite hilarious.
This nightlight is awesome. I highly recommend it for kids! He really loves it!
9. I have severe sciatic pain down my left leg…any good remedies? It’s hard to walk!
10. We’ve started to tell Cal about his ‘baby brother’ who is coming–he knows that his room is next to his and runs in there when we ask him to show us ‘baby brother’s room’. He runs up to the crib and says ‘hi hi hi hi hi hi!’–it’s cute :).
And here is the bump at 30 weeks! Up 15 lbs…and not sure how I’m going to make it full-term. I am getting VERY uncomfortable already, but I know he needs to hang in there!

Featured: Carolina Bride — Caroline+Austin’s Ritz-Carlton Wedding

Thanks so much to Carolina Bride for featuring Caroline+Austins’ wedding! This was an absolute blast to plan…such a great vendor team to work with as well! Photography: Kristin Byrum Photography.

{Inspired} Napa at The Ritz-Carlton

It feels sort of crazy that we’re already designing for clients in Fall of 2016…only to realize it IS 2016 already. Time is just flying! Lauren+TJ are getting married at The Ritz-Carlton here in Charlotte and tomorrow is design day–I can’t wait :). Here’s a little peak in to the rose gold-Napa-goodness we’re working on over the next few months!