Wednesday, May 29, 2019

GENDER REVEAL

We hosted a gender reveal party in our brand new home just two weeks after we moved in. Not sure if that makes us crazy or not, but it definitely motivated us to unpack and organize a lot quicker! Matthew and I were able to find out the gender of our sweet little one at our 16 week appointment. Somehow we were able to keep the secret TWO whole weeks until our party. 

We invited our close family and friends and ended up having just a little over 30 people. We are so thankful to have everyone so close and to share that day with. I told Matthew that this is probably going to be the same group for Hudson's first birthday next year- so exciting!!

We had originally planned on doing the confetti poppers, but with rain in the forecast we quickly changed our plans to a gender reveal cake. I popped into a local bakery in town that we love and placed the order at the beginning of that week and they were go great to work with. As I mentioned in my inspiration post, we weren't really going with a theme, just the colors, navy and pink. The bakery was able to do watercolor navy and pink on our cake with blue icing in the middle. It turned out better than we could have hoped for and was absolutely delicious!
Since we were hosting our party in the morning, we did brunch foods. We kept our menu light and we ended up loving the combination of foods we chose
- Sausage balls
- Spinach dip with Hawaiian rolls
- Mini country ham biscuits
- Fresh fruit 
- Donuts from our favorite local donut shop
- Gender reveal cake!

We also served lemonade, sweet tea, and water

On our invitations we asked everyone to wear blue or pink to cast their vote. It was so fun to see what color everyone showed up in and as you can see, boy won the vote! 

After everyone arrived we all ate and mingled. We didn't have much planned other than eating, hanging out with everyone and cutting the cake to reveal the gender. After the party, Matthew and I both agreed this was the perfect plan. If it had been a little nicer outside we might have played cornhole, but we did not see the need for a lot of games. Everyone was content mingling and eating!

We asked a sweet friend of ours to take pictures of our party so I didn't have to worry about running around snapping pictures of everyone and it was one of the best ideas we ever had. We will definitely remember this for birthday parties in the future!
Everyone's reaction was priceless! 
I love this picture! Both of our mom's and my mema in the background.
We also revealed his name to everyone right after the cake cutting with an outfit we had made. We had his name embroidered on it.


And then we went outside and took more pictures!

We also brought out the ultrasound pictures we had been hiding for two weeks to show everyone!

And that's our gender reveal party! 
We could not have asked for a better morning with family and friends! 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

IT'S A....


BOY!

We are so thrilled to share that we are having a sweet baby boy. 


More to come on our gender reveal party that we hosted this past weekend. 
We are so thankful for this sweet gift, our family and our friends that helped us celebrate!

In the meantime, I will be researching all the darling boy outfits and how to be an official #boymom.


Hudson Thomas Coats, we can't wait to meet you!



Thursday, April 25, 2019

GENDER REVEAL | INVITATION + INSPIRATION

We will be finding out the gender of our sweet little one very soon and we have planned a gender reveal party for early May. We are so incredibly excited and I have been planning away! We decided that since this is our first time, we want to find out what the gender of our baby is just the two of us. So we will find out and then reveal to our close family and friends at the party. I will say, we are finding out a few weeks before so it will be quite the challenge not to spill the beans, but we are so excited to share that with everyone on the same day while we are all together. 

I have been searching Pinterest/Blogs for the past few weeks collecting ideas. There are so many cute themes out there, but we decided to keep it simple and just go with a navy and blush "theme", if you will, also what our wedding colors were! 

I decided to search Etsy for our invitations and didn't have to look too far. I came across this design and instantly fell in love. Stephanie at Duffy Design Co was great to work with and she does beautiful work! So many cute things in her Etsy Shop.  The colors, font and watercolor background caught my eye and I knew instantly that these were our invitations. 


I'm thinking a cute banner on our white mantel and a few fun other navy and blush pieces around the house. We also love the confetti cannons, they just look so fun!




We are doing our party mid morning, so we will be serving brunch foods. I am still working on putting the menu together and such. There are so many choices when it comes to brunch foods (and I love 99.9% of them) and I just want to make it all. We are so excited and can't wait!


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

PREGNANCY INSOMNIA THOUGHTS

I have never really experienced insomnia. I could drink a large coke, full of caffeine, at 10pm at night and then fall asleep within the hour and sleep all night with no problem. I could also wake up to use the restroom in the middle of the night and go back to sleep pretty instantly. However, now I am experiencing insomnia pretty frequently, I've been told it's a fun pregnancy thing ;) I'm not complaining here, just wanting to document things like this so that I can remember these little things. Plus, maybe this is preparing me for all the sleepless nights to come once our little one is here!

So if you're wondering what my brain is like from the window of around 2:00am - 5:00am here you go...

Did Jesus give Mary heartburn

Does Reagan know I’m pregnant

Does Reagan ever get heartburn

Does our baby get heartburn

When will I fall asleep

Is our baby awake right now

What’s the least amount of sleep I can get before dying

Did Mary have trouble sleeping

Should I give up caffeine

Did Mary have caffeine or give it up

Was there even caffeine back then
Chocolate?

Was Jesus a dog or cat lover

If Jesus had a dog, what would he have named it

Did I send the follow up email after my last call today

How many more projects can I finish at work before maternity leave

Will I get new clients in late September or will I not be assigned new ones just in case I go into labor early

Will it still be hot in early October or starting to cool off

What should our baby be for their first Halloween

We need to order a personalized stocking for Christmas once we know the gender and nail down a name

Light as a feather, stiff as a board

Graco or Chicco

Can you die from heartburn

I shouldn’t have had pasta for dinner 😑