bump watch:: 25 weeks


# weeks: 25 — baby is the size of a rutabaga! 
Measuring approx 9″ long and weighing 1.7 lbs.

Best moment this week: Having a long weekend in town, time with friends, and getting to snuggle with my friend’s brand new baby!

Miss anything: An icy Blue Moon poolside would have been nice over the holiday weekend, but otherwise, not missing much!

Cravings: Oh, just getting my fill of sweets and watermelon this week.

Feeling good/bad: Feeling great, other than being extra sore after an outdoor family session last weekend… it’s getting harder and harder to bounce around and crouch down on the ground like I usually do at my sessions!

Baby purchases/gifts: My coworker Bill gave us the cutest Viking knit hat, which I’m sure will be adorable when she’s big enough to wear it. And thanks to Memorial Day sales, we ordered both the dresser and the glider for the nursery, which finishes off the major purchases for the room. I’m glad we got the glider when we did, as upholstering it is supposed to take up to 12 weeks — yikes! (After much deliberation, we went with this one.)

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Looking forward to: One more somewhat lowkey weekend in town before mine and Craig’s travel schedules go nuts in June.

A Few of My Favorite Things (119)

[Stella & Dot outfit of the week:: Elodie Necklace // Bardot Spiral Bracelet // Old Navy maternity tank // Ann Taylor Loft maternity jeans]
[nursery gallery wall prep]
[toothy toddler smiles for a 1yr session]
[tiny baby mocs!]
[Memorial Day cookout success, courtesy of chef Craig]
[the littlest Dawgs fan]
We spent the long Memorial Day weekend in town, and oh, was it nice. I got to spend lots of time with my newest buddy, Nolan, who was just born 2 weeks ago (see a photo from his newborn session above), and Craig’s dad and brother came in town to catch a couple Braves games early in the weekend. We also hosted a Memorial Day cookout on Sunday with about 15 friends, and Craig’s 10+ lb brisket was demolished in no time. The holiday sales meant that I was able to convince Craig to go furniture shopping with me on Monday, and we ordered baby girl’s glider to finish out the nursery… which will only take about 12 weeks to arrive. Hope it makes it here before she does!

travel:: Puerto Rican babymoon, part 2

Although we didn’t venture too far away from our hotel during this quick trip to Puerto Rico, I did enjoy being able to explore the Condado Beach area. On one morning walk, we crossed the bridge heading over to Old San Juan and found part of this old fort, which is now closed to the public. We also saw a cute little public beach right off the street, and it included an outdoor gym, which we thought was a playground – haha. Maybe I’d be more inclined to work out if I got to do it on the actual beach?

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Panoramic view from our balcony::
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23 weeks and a few days — loving our Stella & Dot beach tunic for an expanding belly this season!
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Before dinner one night, we headed into Old San Juan to wander the streets and see the historic part of the city. I’d heard about these blue cobblestone streets, and they were so pretty in person! From what I found online, they were cast from iron slag, which is the waste from iron smelting, and were brought over in the 1700s. There’s your historical fun fact for the day.
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Old San Juan is apparently known for its feral cat population, which we noticed as soon as we started walking the streets of the historic area. They are not at all phased by people walking past them as they lie on the sidewalks or in doorways. We joke about the neighborhood stray cat at home being a “street cat,” but these guys are serious. Coco would be terrified.
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No better way to bid ourselves adieu than with a final meal at Ola — and a giant breakfast buffet, at that. I would love to have my yogurt and granola served in those adorable, chilled glasses every morning. Craig, can you help me out with that? 
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We had the most wonderful visit to Puerto Rico, and I can’t recommend our hotel enough. Everyone we met was so friendly and hospitable, the food we had throughout our stay was delicious, and the views of the ocean were beautiful. It was the perfect way to unwind for a few days and enjoy each others’ company on our last real vacation as a couple before baby girl arrives this fall. Eeek!

bump watch:: 24 weeks

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# weeks: 24 — baby is the size of an ear of corn!
Measuring approx 8.5″ long and weighing 1.5 lbs.

Photo location: Old San Juan in Puerto Rico
We took a little trip down to PR for a babymoon/anniversary celebration last weekend, and what a relaxing trip it was. While we didn’t have much time to explore the area other than Old Town and walking through Condado Beach, we thoroughly enjoyed spending most of our time lying by the pool with the most beautiful ocean view — and eating, of course.

Best moment this week: Vacation, of course! Read more about our trip to Puerto Rico this week!
And we had a good 23 week appointment at the doctor last week, so that is always a relief! I have gained about 11 lbs, which is apparently good… although I’m sure I probably added a couple pounds after this trip. 😉

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Miss anything: I had my fill of virgin frozen drinks on our trip, so I didn’t really feel like I was missing out on vacation. 🙂

Cravings: We ate our fair share of desserts while in PR — and they even stocked our room with free Snickers bars every day (!!) — so I guess we’ll go with sweets this week.

Feeling good/bad: Feeling fantastic, and I finally have a tan, which doesn’t hurt!

Baby purchases/gifts: My mom and dad each got us some adorable miniature clothes for baby girl, so her closet is coming right along! I’m pretty sure she’s going to become the most stylish person in the family very quickly. Now I have my fingers crossed that there will be some Memorial Day sales to take advantage of so I can check the dresser and glider off our list!

Looking forward to: Another long weekend, thanks to Memorial Day! Other than a newborn photo session for one of my closest friends, I plan on spending a lot of time at the pool.

travel:: Puerto Rican babymoon, part 1

We’re back from our babymoon/anniversary trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico and feeling rested and happy! We haven’t been on a trip by ourselves that pretty much only consisted of relaxing by the pool and being lazy since our honeymoon 6 years ago, and it was much-appreciated. I’d heard such great things about PR, and I can see why. The weather was perfect (cooler than Atlanta, if you can believe that), the locals are so incredibly friendly, and the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel was incredible — top notch service… probably the best we’ve ever received while traveling.

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The historic property just re-opened in December after a very large renovation, and every aspect of the hotel is really nicely done. The view of the ocean from the lobby and lounge area is so inviting, and the moment we arrived, we were handed glasses of champagne to enjoy while we waited on our room to be ready. (Don’t worry — I only had a little.)

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We ended up eating lunch at Ola, the casual onsite restaurant, every day. We tried something new each time; the fancy wood fired pizzas, Cuban sandwich, and brisket quesadilla were among our faves. And I loved their slate plates. 😉
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This was our view for 3 days. There didn’t appear to be a lot of open beach along the coast, and our hotel was situated right against the rocks. We had a beautiful, unobstructed view of the ocean crashing against the rocks from our beach chairs, as well as from the infinity pool. (Craig wouldn’t let me near the pool with my phone, so no photos…)
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Our oceanview room, while not directly facing the ocean, did still have a great view of the water — and about a 15′ balcony along one side. The other side of the room had a view of the harbor and bridge leading over to Old San Juan. I loved that all the windows in the room (and bathroom!) opened up… something I don’t think we’ve seen in most other hotels. 
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Dinner our first night was at a trendy oceanside restaurant, aptly named Oceano. We got a great seat on the deck right off the beach, and we loved our meal. I really enjoyed the grilled pineapple starter I had, and Craig’s pork and corn dish was one of our favorite meals of the trip. 
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We may or may not have then gone back to Ola at the hotel solely for the purpose of eating this amazing Chocolate Bread Pudding dessert (complete with coconut sorbet, salted caramel sauce, nuts, and caramel corn). And we went back again the next night, too. I’m a bad influence. 
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Stay tuned for the rest of our Puerto Rican babymoon!

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[Stella & Dot outfit of the week:: Rebel Pendant // Engravable Necklace // Renegade, Colorblock, and Love Bracelets // JCrew cardigan and tank // Old Navy maxi skirt]
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[the cutest baby shoes ever]
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[22 weeks and change]
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[Mother’s Day weekend]
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[mani/pedis and mimosas/mockmosas]
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What a lovely (and busy) Mother’s Day weekend we had! Craig and I had a little date at Bocado, home of one of our favorite burgers in Atlanta, on Friday night before my full day of photo sessions on Saturday. My sweet dad flew my mom up to spend Mother’s Day with us since he’d be out of town for work, and we had a great time, even though she was here less than 2 days. We got to take her to two restaurants she’d never been to (Agave and Ink & Elm), and then we treated ourselves to mani/pedis at this cute nail salon near our house called Polished. We also made a last-minute trip to my aunt’s house to visit with our grandmother, who was in town from Alabama. Always a treat!! To finish off a busy, fun day, my SIL’s parents hosted us for dinner at their beautiful home-turned-art-gallery. It was a perfect, jam-packed weekend celebrating our mom (and thinking of Craig’s mom in Nashville!) — and enjoying my day as a mom-to-be!

bump watch:: 22 weeks


# weeks: 22 — baby is the size of a spaghetti squash! 
Measuring approx 8 inches and weighing 1 pound! 

Photo location: Rosemary Beach, FL
We spent the weekend on the Gulf Coast for our friends Erin and Chris’s wedding, and it was a much-needed vacation! Rosemary and all of the little beach towns along 30-A are such charming places to visit — can’t wait to go back!


Best moment this week: Our weekend at the beach! I grew up spending time on the beaches in St. Augustine and Siesta Key in Florida, and being by the ocean is one of my favorite things in the world. We had such a fun time with perfect weather, great friends, and a beautiful wedding.

Miss anything: It would have been nice to partake in some beach drinks along with our friends, but I enjoyed the wedding cake (I chose the chocolate peanut butter layer, which was divine) — and a Krispy Kreme donut that was passed out at the end of the reception!

Cravings: There’s nothing that I just have to have right now, but I still have a major sweet tooth. And I try to get as much fruit in as possible.

Feeling good/bad: Feeling great — and enjoying the tan I got while at the beach!

Baby purchases/gifts: Our neighbors gave us the sweetest little ceramic lamb and “Blessings for Baby Girl” book, and a friend who is also a mama-to-be gifted us with the most adorable Bla Bla Dolls rattle and Honest Company shampoo. It smells so good that I want to keep it for myself! We’re also moving along on the nursery… we got a faux sheepskin rug and have ordered blackout curtains. Here’s hoping that white, furry rug won’t immediately be covered in Coco’s hair… wishful thinking, right?

Looking forward to: My mom coming in town this weekend to celebrate Mother’s Day! We’re planning some fun meals out, as well as mani/pedis for us girls… and I’m sure we’ll do some shopping for baby H.


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This week’s “favorite things” post is all about our trip to Rosemary Beach, FL. We spent the most fun long weekend there celebrating our friends Erin and Chris at their beach wedding. The weather could not have been more perfect, the food was delicious, the house we stayed in was drool-worthy, and the company was fabulous, as always.

One of my favorite moments at the wedding was when Erin entered the ceremony at the top of a large staircase leading down to the beach. She looked breathtaking and SO happy. The reception was on one of the lawns within the Rosemary neighborhood, and we had a great time dancing to the 80’s band and taking funny photos in the photo booth — and they gave out light-up tambourines, which were so fun!

Biggest congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Bober — it was a weekend to remember!


[The Pearl Hotel in Rosemary]

[Bud & Alley’s in Seaside]
[baby’s first beach trip]