Adventures with Baby Hutch: Month 7

A (few) day(s) late and a dollar short…month 7 was a busy one! I cannot believe that ‘next month’ we’re having a baby…I’ll attempt not to panic now. Top 10 of the month:

1. On June 22nd, a group of family and friends gathered to spoil our baby boy at my baby shower! Cheyenne from The Schultzes ever-so-graciously shot the shower, so I’ll spare you with only a few iPhone photos for now :). It was such a great day at The Duke Mansion, and we are so thankful for all of the love and support as we journey to parenthood. A full recap to come…but here are a few little ‘details’ that Melissa from Atheneum Creative (she really is beyond creative!) put together for it! Her gift to me were these awesome onsies–how hilarious are these?!

2. The nursery is coming along! I find myself finding any excuse to go in to that room to ‘tinker’. Truly the only ‘complete’ item I have is my teepee…which is super practical for newborns…
I love the stools I got from Serena & Lily, I’m using them as side tables next to my glider. The teepee was a gift from LRT off the registry from The Land of Nod! I accessorized it with this adorable heirloom lion blanket (Baby Boy Hutch will be a Leo if he’s born on/near his due date!), a “Ragamuffin” pennant flag (I can quickly see this becoming his little nickname!), and a Happy Flags garland. I have received at least 30 blankets (hooray!), so I purchased this basket to store them next to the glider. His dresser came in and I love, love, love it. Waiting for his changing pad cover and then this will be all set! Lastly I got this giant orange lion head to go above the wall where his crib is–can you tell Etsy has been my best friend in this process?
There’s definitely one guy excited to hang with his new brother in the teepee! He runs under it at every chance he has. Melts me.
There has been SOME practical stuff happening in that room. Recently, I nested like a mad woman and did some major drawer organization. I love these drawer dividers from The Container Store (cheap and cute–and orange, of course).

3. Hutch has been really great about putting together and setting up all of the gifts we’ve received! He’s going to be an amazing dad. Here are a few that I’m really excited about–the stroller (orange, yay!) and these 2 seating/swing options!
 4. The dreaded acid reflux has taken over my body. I have been waking up all night, super uncomfortable and can really barely eat anymore. I posted a picture on Instagram last night of my desperate attempt to avoid it by eating plain pasta and got an overwhelming response about Zantac! My doctor told me the same thing yesterday so off to the store I will go. Thanks guys :)
5. We took maternity photos a couple of weeks ago…I can’t wait to see them and share them :).
6. Breast feeding class — the CFO and I went to it. Terrified, but will give it my all and feel armed with some useful tools.
7. Baby Boy Hutch lives in my ribs. It hurts. Badly. 6 more weeks of discomfort…
8. I have to find a pediatrician–any tips on this from other moms? Good thing I completed the teepee before I did this…priorities.
9. I think I found the cutest baby book, ever. I will be doing a full review post on it with a discount code next week! Stay tuned.…
10. I started to rash on my belly and can no longer use my stretch mark creams (now is when I really need them!). My doctor fears that it might be PUPP, but it seems to not be getting any worse so I’m praying it’s not! RIP delicious smelling oils and lotions.

Here’s a 33 week bump picture. I’m really not good at keeping up with these…I am up 14lbs now and definitely feeling large and uncomfortable. Here are 27 weeks, 20 weeks, and 16 weeks for comparison. He is absolutely insane inside of my belly, so I am super thankful for a healthy and active baby! Month 8–let’s do this.

Mint Museum Uptown Wedding: Natalie + Evon

Natalie+Evon were married back in March on a rainy day–but nothing could keep this crazy-in-love couple down. It was a total party. I am SO missing my time with Natalie and “Mom” :). We had such fun planning and they were just dream clients! Thank you so much to these great vendors who made all of their dreams come true. xo

Photography: Kristin Vining Photography
Church: Myers Park Methodist Church
Venue: Mint Museum Uptown
Catering: Best Impressions
Band: Heather Hayes Experience
Florist: The Bloom Room
Rentals: Party Reflections
Draping: Party Tables
Settee: Old South Vintage Rentals
Necklace: Kristin Hayes Jewelry
Dress: Vera Wang
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Bridesmaids: Dolly Pearl from J.Majors
Tuxedos: NY Bride & Groom
Videography: Isabel’s Corner
Transportation: Rose Limousine
Invitations/Paper: Elisabeth-Rose
Cake: Wow Factor Cakes

Engaged: Brittany + Joey

Meet Brittany+Joey. Brittany has a love for all things vintage, and Joey has a ‘thing’ for cars. Put the two together and this is what you get :). These two are so fun and quirky–I can not wait for their Biltmore Estate wedding come December. We’re in the midst of putting together some great vendors and (you guessed it!) vintage design for this one. Can’t wait :). Photography by The Schultzes…love them.

The Ritz-Carlton Urban Garden Wedding: Britt + Andrew — The Video

Andrew + Britt | The Urban Garden from Crown Alley Films on Vimeo.

Thanks so much to Crown Alley Films for capturing Britt+Andrews’ wedding! We can’t wait to share pictures and a full list of vendors soon :).

Adventures with Baby Hutch: Month 6

Hello month 7 and 3rd trimester—how did that happen so fast?! Month 6 was full of lots of excitement and changes…and learning. Let’s get down to my top 10 of the month.

1. One thing I’ve definitely noticed is that continuing to dress up (as much as I can), doing my hair and makeup daily (LRT told me this!) and trying to feel as ‘normal’ as possible helps when dealing with all of the ‘changes’ my body is going through. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to look in the mirror and not recognize the person looking back at you after 27 years of seeing yourself one way. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very cool to see that bump–but to say there aren’t moments of ‘what happened to my body?!’ would be a lie. I’ve personally found that the more ‘fitted’ clothing makes me feel better. I tried on some looser, more flowey dresses when prepping outfits for maternity photos (next month!) and to say it was ‘not my best look’ would be an understatement.…
Here are a few of my favorite things (and outfits that I wear on repeat…). 1. Nicole Miller Striped Dress 2. Isabella Oliver QUICKLY became a favorite of mine– this snakeskin number is now a wardrobe staple 3. I’m sticking to 1-piece bathing suits praying I can avoid stretch marks…the only problem is the actual maternity ones are pretty heinous. I’ve resorted to buying normal ones in larger sizes which seems to work well! I love this one from Ella Moss. 4. 5. 6. and 7. are all Isabella Oliver :) 8. is a favorite by Tart–so comfy! In addition to these numbers, I love that some of my favorite ‘normal clothing’ designers ALSO do maternity. Love my 7 for All Mankind jorts, Splendid tops, and this Bella Dahl top might be the softest thing, ever. Also attempting to wear as many non-maternity dresses as I can…but they’re getting a little short :).

2. In April, the CFO and I ventured to the other side of the world to Thailand! It was the trip of a lifetime–which I fully intend on blogging (one day). The bump shot opportunities were endless. Here are just a few of my favorites :).

3. I think I’ve finally finished registering (all with out ever stepping foot in to a store–SCORE! Thanks to lots of advice from friends with kids). Another struggle session has been with baby ‘stuff’–a lot of it is just simply not cute. Why does everything have puppy ears on it?! As I perused the internet finding things I like from 35 different stores, I realized a traditional registry was not going to cut it. Enter MyRegistry.com. This site is genius. You can add things to your registry from ANY store online that you want. One of my past clients did this for her wedding (works for any type of registry!) and I knew that I must partake. You install a ‘registry button’ on your tool bar, much like the ‘Pin’ button that you use for Pinterest. And voila–easy as pie. Both brides and soon-to-be-moms should check it out.
4. The only book on child-rearing that I had planned to read (other than 1 book exclusively about sleep that I was gifted by my good friend, Lynette–she SWEARS by it) is called Bringing Up Bebe.
It’s an American mother’s take on French parenting. I was raised by a European mother, and my very best friend happens to be French (being primarily raised in France)–so this book really appealed to me. Not saying it’s ‘right’ or that I will be an expert mom because of it, but it’s a completely different way of looking at pregnancy, babies and children compared to how Americans ‘do it’. Interesting read if you’re looking for one! It’s very much how I’ve approached pregnancy so far. Here are 3 passages that I took pictures of while reading that hit home to me and how I’ve looked at pregnancy.
5. Prenatal Pilates has been a life saver for me. I have a dysfunctional pelvis (who knew these things existed), so strengthening my pelvic floor has been key to finding SOME level of comfort when possible. Molly is so so good, I can’t recommend her enough for both regular and prenatal Pilates–I will definitely continue post-baby!
6. The nursery is starting to take a bit of shape…and by that, I mean the crib has arrived (and that’s it…). I DID however, make a design board! That has helped me shape the direction I want to move in. In addition, I know I can always count on input from my favorite SCSD :).

7. In addition to obvious wardrobe changes, I now officially live in Hanky Panky’s boy shorts. Life saver and game changer.
8. This past weekend I had my first experience with Braxton Hicks contractions. Very interesting to say the least. I have a funny feeling that this baby will come sooner than his due date…here’s to hoping and praying he holds on to full-term!
9. My belly button points to the left, as Baby Hutch favors my right side–it looks really silly :). He is also head-down (he’s flipped since our last doctors appointment!) so his legs are in prime position to kick me non-stop in the ribs (and he does…).
10. I passed my Glucose Test (for gestational diabetes)–woohoo! It is not nearly as bad as everyone makes it out to be and I actually enjoyed the drink! I chose fruit punch and I guarantee there are drinks on the shelves of Harris Teeter that are WAY sweeter!

And finally…a picture of the bump. I might have missed a few weeks (oops. mother of the year!). Click to see 16 weeks and 20 weeks.…It has REALLY grown. There is no mistaking it, I am pregnant. I’m up a total of 7lbs now and have a very, very active baby boy in there. Very thankful :). Hoping and praying for a healthy 3rd trimester.

Margaux - May 22, 2014 - 10:59 am

Umm first off, NOT OK with #8. This baby WILL be full-term!! But I love Bringing Up Bebe, I’m so happy you read it! If you like that one, you should also check out French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon. Similar read, but more specific to food. Cause us Frenchies now how to eat :)

Margaux - May 22, 2014 - 11:00 am

But clearly I dont KNOW how to spell :) oopsies