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Big Baby Shower Weekend

This past weekend my aunt Sarah graciously hosted a wonderful baby shower for me out here in Seattle. She has been working hard for the last few months to plan this shower from afar {she lives in Minnesota} for baby Allen. We had several family members travel out here to celebrate our babe – my aunt and my mom came from Minnesota and Alex’s mom, aunt Chris and nana came from Illinois. Given the family in town, we planned a lot of activities to spend time with them and keep them entertained, in addition to attending the baby shower.

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Everyone was essentially on their own to explore the city during the day on Thursday and Friday but met us at our house for fondue on Thursday evening and dinner at Bottlehouse on Friday night. We had a great time catching up and getting acquainted. Since my family is from Minnesota and Alex’s is from Illinois, they don’t get too many opportunities to spend time together.

{Nana was in love with our pets...}

{Nana was in love with our pets…}

{She even got Henry cuddles!}

{She even got Henry cuddles!}

{The two grandmas were enjoying coming up with the name they want the kid to call them... Donna, we're still waiting on you!}

{The two grandmas were enjoying coming up with the name they want the kid to call them… Donna, we’re still waiting on you!}

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The ultimate purpose of everyone’s trip was to attend Saturday’s baby shower honoring our little babe. The shower was held in the dining room at a hotel in downtown Seattle. Everything was lovely – it was a nice small, intimate group and space, which made it quite enjoyable. The room was tastefully decorated with photos of both my family and Alex’s family to show the genes that our babe is coming from… Hopefully the kiddo gets the best ones from both sides!

{The mama-to-be with the grannies-to-be.}

{The mama-to-be with the grannies-to-be all heading off to the shower.}

{Based on my due date, I've got great grandbaby #11 cooking, though I've got a feeling #12 will appear first. Alex's cousin Tara's due date is just a few days after mine.}

{Based on my due date, I’ve got great grandbaby #11 cooking, though I’ve got a feeling #12 will appear first. Alex’s cousin Tara’s due date is just a few days after mine.}

{Photo op with my mom and aunt Sarah}

{Photo op with my mom and aunt Sarah}

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The food at the shower was delicious – we had a spread of appetizers at the table, followed by the entree of our choice. Knowing that princess torte cakes are historically my birthday cake of choice, my aunt commissioned the restaurant to bake me a princess torte cake. It was beautiful!

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Already baby Allen is quite spoiled. His family and friends stocked us up quite well with baby necessities, goodies and adorable outfits. At this point, I think other than the car seat and stroller, we have everything we truly need. A baby could survive in our house right now!

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{New clothes for the little babe!}

{New clothes for the little babe!}

{During the shower, Alex and Ryan had some guy time with Ryan's 5-month old twin boys, Oliver and August... Alex is getting some great practice!}

{During the shower, Alex and Ryan had some guy time with Ryan’s 5-month old twin boys, Oliver and August… Alex is getting some great practice!}

The rest of the weekend went by really fast but we spent it continuing to enjoy spending time together. We had a nice dinner on Saturday evening, then met up early on Sunday morning for breakfast out in Woodinville, followed by a wine tasting. The weather was spectacular on Sunday and we spent most of the afternoon sitting outside in our backyard.

{Woodinville wine tasting on a sunny patio - not a bad way to spend the day!}

{Woodinville wine tasting on a sunny patio – not a bad way to spend the day!}

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Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and between late Sunday night and Monday morning everyone headed back to the Midwest. It was so nice to spend the time with our moms, aunts and the only grandma we have left between us. Alex and I are so appreciative of them coming out to celebrate our little man and spend time with us and each other. It was a really memorable experience and we’ll be forever grateful to our family members who came out and my aunt Sarah for hosting such a nice baby shower.

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Room Transformations

For the last couple months Alex and I have been planning out how we were going to transition the media room into the nursery and combine the office and media room into one space. We managed to create a solid plan of things that needed to happen in order for the transition to take place and we scheduled it out quite perfectly, if I do say so, and we officially have a “nursery” and a “den” now!

{My same old desk in the office - the only change here will be new things on the walls and a nicer table for the printer. Oh, and a pillow for my chair!}

{My same old desk in the office – the only change here will be new things on the walls and a nicer table for the printer. Oh, and a pillow for my chair and sore back!}

Other than the not-so-simple feat of moving around all of the furniture with a strong husband and his pregnant wife, the last big thing we needed to do to get prepare for the room transition was get the den painted. We took care of that last week and had the den and stairwell painted, along with the ceiling and a couple walls downstairs in the hallway. The colors we went with are really similar to what they were to start with but it’s amazing how much cleaner and brighter it looks down there.

Once Saturday morning came, Alex got straight to work and we started moving furniture from the media room down to the den to clear the upstairs bedroom to become the nursery. Last weekend we had sold the loveseat that was in the office previously and that made space in the new den for the sofa from upstairs.

{This is now officially the den! The TV is on the wall opposite the sofa.}

{This is now officially the den! The TV is on the wall opposite the sofa.}

I was a little skeptical about how the new den space would look because our sofa from the media room is a little bulky and big. Turns out it feels super cozy in the new den and we really love it! I love the combo of the office/TV area and it’s a very comfortable work space for me too. Of course we still need to hang things on the wall, and that will come soon enough.

The nursery is very much a work in progress, but we were excited to get the crib set up and we also managed to schedule the delivery of our rocker for Saturday, so we’ve got that too!

{The proud dad-to-be testing out the rocker... it passes the comfort test for sure!}

{The proud dad-to-be testing out the rocker… it passes the comfort test for sure!}

It took a little bit of playing around with the configurations, but I think the crib and rocker will stay where they are. We had an extra bookshelf from the office that would have fit with the nursery furniture, but it seems to be too big for the not big room, so we’ll be doing without that. Right now it’s acting as a placeholder for the dresser, which will be delivered in late April or early May.

{True to form, Henry and Jackson both played the role of curious big brothers when we got everything set up.}

{True to form, Henry and Jackson both played the role of curious big brothers when we got everything set up.}

Once the furniture was in place we decided on decor for the nursery and got most of that ordered. We’re opting for a mountain-theme nursery using soft blues, grays and whites. Now all that’s left is ordering the rug and some storage solutions, along with a side table for the rocker and probably 100 things I haven’t thought of yet, and the nursery will be more put-together.

{Already protective of the crib! He's going to be such a good big brother to this little boy.}

{Already protective of the crib! He’s going to be such a good big brother to this little boy. And dear goodness this rug is not staying – in fact, it has overstayed its welcome if you ask me.}

{The nursery is such a bright room - we absolutely love it! We've got some floating shelves to hang to the right of the window to store books, then over the crib will be a mountain garland I found on Etsy. On the wall above the dresser will be some cute outdoor-themed prints. I'm on the hunt for some fun storage baskets for baby toys and gear, then we'll find a small side table for next to the rocker.}

The nursery is such a bright room – we absolutely love it! We’ve got some floating shelves to hang to the right of the window to store books, then over the crib will be a mountain garland I found on Etsy. On the wall above the dresser will be some cute framed outdoor-themed prints. I’m on the hunt for some fun storage baskets for baby toys, blankets and gear, then we’ll find a small side table for next to the rocker. I also found a cute mountain print pillow for the rocker, and we’ll eventually get a throw in there for once it’s chilly in the fall. Once we make some more progress I’ll share updated photos.

Things are starting to come together in this little old house! Other than having diapers and clothes on-hand, I think we could safely house a baby here at this point…