A Rainbow Baby Shower

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My sister threw me a beautiful baby shower for this little rainbow baby girl! It was amazing, and as usual Amanda went above and beyond-it was such a special and beautiful gathering. 

food and drink bar-yummo!

the party favors-made by our friend Ashley with Giggle Forever Naturals just for the baby shower! Rainbow soaps and lip balm (she is the one who makes Trek’s Lavender Baby Wash :)

Amanda had some newborn paper diapers that everyone wrote on-they were so cute and funny. My favorite one someone wrote, “This one is for Daddy”.

a baby playdoh game

and my special gift from my sister Amanda.

This little statue family means more to me than almost anything I own. Peyton and Conner love it and stare at it all the time. Its so special to see all 6 of us represented in some kind of physical form, since we will never all 6 be together physically earthside. Peyton is the green little boy, Conner the red, Trek the little yellow angel, and our daughter the rainbow baby in mine and Jarrett’s lap. I love how we are all looking at Trek. I found this statue on an Etsy shop online, I messaged it to my sister to show her how special it was and that I was going to order one, and she responded shocked. She told me she had found it and ordered it for me the week before and the lady was already making our family!!! It’s now in the center of our living room. The Midnight Orange Etsy Shop

everyone making their playdoh baby-I picked who made the cutest one:)

the orange baby on the bottom right won (my sister-in-laws:), but it was close with my friend who made the middle blue baby that had the placenta attached! I loved that:)

Amanda Jean holding my sister’s baby-Dawson

Speaking of my amazing sister-in-law. She also got me a very meaningful and special gift.

She crocheted our baby this beautiful bubble rainbow blanket and found the perfect pillow to go with it-Trek and his sister floating in the clouds together:)

getting little pink things totally blew my mind!!!

it’s seriously waaaaay too much fun!

thank you so very much to all my wonderful friends and family who came to love on us and our new baby girl!!! We love you so much!

thank you to my AMAZING sister Amanda for the BEAUTIFUL rainbow shower!

Yes, we are super dorks. On right was from one year ago at the baby shower I threw for Amanda for baby Dawson at the same beach house. And yes, we purposely wore the same dresses because we are cool like that. This photo made me giggle, as Jarrett says, I have blossomed:) It’s nice to know its the kind of “blossoming” that will disappear in a couple of months;)

We can’t wait to meet you Rainbow Baby!!!

comings and goings

The last two weeks have been busy and nice, and full of love and fun. The next two weeks hold more of the same with some sadness mixed in. Trek turns 3 years old in two days on April 11th. To say we wish he was here to celebrate him and throw a big party is a major understatement. But we will still celebrate him in many ways, part of which we are going to Great Wolf Lodge next week for his and Conner’s birthdays, which will be so much fun and a little bittersweet.

We have had a few beach days since the weather has been nice, we are so ready for summer and warm weather every single day!

The boys swam in the ocean for an hour even though it was freezing water! I had to brave it myself to wade in far enough to call them back in-they were a little too far in for this mama’s nerves!

We have been trying to make all the homeschool group activities, the boys really enjoy them and I enjoy hanging out with the moms. Plus they always do the best learning and fun activities. The boys are in full baseball mode right now. They have practices or games 3 times a week. Thankfully they are on the same team so its pretty easy, next year will be harder when Peyton moves up and we will double the practices and games. Jarrett’s work schedule is perfect and he can make all practices and games and helps out-it has been a fun season so far.

Galveston National park

Bayou Animal Park

the boys loved the goats, they want a pet so bad

the park was so much fun-you could feed the animals right from the tram

Peyton at pitcher with Jarrett helping out in the field after he got off of workPhoto: Go my little Astros!

Go Astros!

We took a trip up to our Granny and Granddaddy’s cabin last week. It was a wonderful break and so nice for Jarrett to be physically distanced from work. He works so hard and often, its sometimes hard for him to stop thinking about it, so it felt like a real vacation for all of us.

kite flying

helping Granddaddy plant his garden

The boys had their first Major league baseball game-it was a lot of fun. I got a hot dog and my sister and her family came too. It worked out the boys are on the Astros for Little League, so we already had lots of fan gear to wear.

I am 31 weeks pregnant. I feel great, which is so nice. I am still enjoying being pregnant, but I am very excited to meet her in 2 months!

my sister threw a baby shower for me this weekend-I will share all about it in the next post! 

Have a great day and rest of your week! xoxo, Chelsea

mornings

Our mornings are so slow. I love them. The days we have to be up and somewhere totally throws me off, and is only made better by the fact we always get a Starbucks on those particular days. But mostly we have no where to be in the mornings (and most days), and that is just how we like it.

We all wake up between 8 and 9 am, long after Jarrett has gone to work. The boys come into my room and snuggle with me for a little while and then I get up and make coffee. I let the boys have some milk coffee with me, they love it. Conner woke up the other morning and said, “Mama, is the coffee ready? Coffee is my life”. Haha, I totally get it. 

These pictures were from Monday morning. I woke up that day and the first thing that popped into my head was that I needed Apple pie, like right then. So while the coffee was brewing, I started on it, knowing even though I wanted it right then, that it would be done before I knew it, if I would just get it going.

Thankfully the boys are not hungry for breakfast right away after we all have our coffee. So we have about 1 hour where we all just relax, talk, and play, and drink our coffees. 

This morning I was on a mission to get the apple pie done, so there was no lounging about for me. I did play about 10 games of Connect 4 while making the pie though, Peyton was insistent. 

After I got the pie in the oven, we started homeschool. I have never timed how long we homeschool for. I think somewhere between 1 1/2-3 hours, depending on the day. It’s one of my favorite times of the day. I have learned that I cannot get up (except for a drink or the bathroom), the boys do so much better when I just sit there with them. They are so funny and fun, and I am getting to know them in a whole new way as I teach them and we learn together. 

And then the pie was done.

28 weeks-maternity shoot

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I received a message a couple months ago from a friend I had met through the blog. She asked if she could offer our family a photo shoot either after the baby was born or for pregnancy photos. I was so thankful and excited! It worked out for her to get down to Galveston this past week. I met up with her (and met her officially!) at the beach on the first truly warm evening of the year. It was wonderful and I felt ‘for reals’ pregnant! If someone else is taking maternity photos of you, then you must be truly pregnant!

Thank you sooo much Tonya Underwood Photography!!!!

on my machine, camera, and heart

On my machine-

a potholder (with many more to come-I have none to speak of right now-ouch!)

handkerchief curtains (they were my Granny’s)

On my camera…

Baby Dawson-6 month photo shoot

I have 3 photo shoots waiting to be finished up editing on my camera right now. I had my first wedding (soo fun and very nerve wracking-no re-do’s!), met a new family for a shoot, my nephew, and a newborn photo shoot this weekend. So many beautiful people, I really enjoy being able to peek inside of, and being apart of people’s love for a moment.

On my heart...

-Friends who lost someone so dear to them…Wylder Nation-No Words

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**our little girl**

getting ready for the baby-PINK!

I am 27 weeks today. Still plenty of time, but feeling ready to get a few things done. Thinking and talking about her name every day. And just loving on her as she grows inside of me. I am amazed, yet again, that there is a little living person inside of me-I really enjoy growing children.

**Trek**

It’s a wonderful, yet hard cluster right now of Trek. His 3rd birthday is coming up exactly one month from today. I am having an easier time around 2-3 year old boys-I almost enjoy it, taking a moment to imagine Trek and how he would be. We booked a weekend at Great Wolf Lodge for his birthday and Conner’s (they are 7 days apart). We spent his 1st birthday there, and that’s all I could imagine us doing this year.

The baby is due just one week before the 2nd anniversary of Trek’s death. She is due on the 13th of June and he died on the 21st. I know its meant to be for so many reasons, but it keeps me thinking. Her day of birth will always be days from his day of death.

I am going through all of Trek’s things, and since we only had him as a baby, all his things are baby things. It has been special and tearful. What can she use that is not too boyish, what can I re-make that was his to fit her, what do I save, what do I give away?

This is our last baby, so there is no reason to keep the tubs of little boys’ clothes anymore. Thankfully Jarrett’s brother is having a son soon, so they are going to a special place, but I am still a big boob about it.

I know mixed in with my Trek sadness is also this is the last baby sadness. I do feel ready to move onto our next phase, I am ok with this girl being our last, but I think every mother mourns a little when its all officially over. 

6 little boys wore these clothes-they are full of soooo much love, onto baby #7 for a little more lovin

I have more clothes and things to go through. Trek only grew big enough to wear 9 month clothes, so getting rid of bigger sizes is not as painful. I saved Peyton and Conner’s special outfits if they want them one day for their sons. I am packing things of Trek’s for Peyton and Conner to have, and for our daughter to use-to wear or maybe her baby dolls to wear. I have a couple boxes of his things for Jarrett and me to save forever, and go through any time we want to ‘feel’ or ‘see’ him tangibly (when we have a bigger house, I can put it all out).

I put more and more of his things around the house every day. The boys talk about him more than ever since he is everywhere in their sight-there have been tears and many conversations the last few months about their brother. He is soo very loved. I wish more than anything his sister could live with him as we did. Even though I know in a very special place, that they already know each other, and have met before I will ever meet her myself.