Showering Charlotte James

Charlotte James is one loved girl already! While the shower was almost a month and a half ago, we are still riding the high from all of the love we received that weekend. Not only did some of the most special women in my life threw the most incredible shower EVER, but friends and family traveled from all over to share in the excitement of this time in our life.

Since it was a weekend full of activities and excitement I made a conscious effort to be present through out the entire weekend. I stopped myself from looking forward to the next event in the weekend but rather I made sure to enjoy where I was and who I was with in that moment. I also managed to keep a handle of my emotions over the weekend. I typically am a firm believe in allowing yourself to feel and experience things in the way you need to; and for me, that more often than not means tears. However, with pregnancy hormones I knew that during a weekend like this it would not have been just a few sweet streams of tears; it would have been an ugly ocean of sobs.

All this to say, while I may not have shed any tears, it was a such a beautiful and memorable weekend. B and I were left beyond grateful for the people we are surrounded by in our life. We cannot wait for Charlotte to meet our incredible community that has already supported, loved and encouraged us thus far.

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*Photo credit Myah Firch.

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Target – A Little Piece of Heaven

Target is a little piece of heaven… And all the ladies said “Amen”!

We all know how ridiculous the Target obsession is but at the same time it’s what keeps us half sane. Yes of course I am exaggerating just a bit but Target provides a little escape from the mundane. I’m sure many of us can remember when our love for Target first began.

I have specific memories from high school, of my mom and I making Target runs. We would “row-to-row it” as we called it. We would make our way to Target because we were out of hair spray and body wash, yet we would browse each isle, even the gum isle (I know, random, but true), turning a 10 minute trip into a whole day event. Walking through Target was about so much more than just looking at all of the cosmetics, home decor and clothes. It was time to download on all the happenings of my high school life, while connecting as we gushed over how cute the items we stumbled upon were.

I then graduated high school, went off to college and the same types of Target trips continued with my roommates and friends. I specifically remember my Freshman year, we practically lived there! We would go to Target for no reason what-so-ever just to browse the isles and see what we would wind up with. I wish I would have kept notes of the odds and ends we picked up over the years. Again there was more to our Target trips than spending unnecessary money; it was a way to feel comfort when we were homesick.

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Now as a mom-to-be, the Target experience has a whole new ritual to it. Once I walk through the doors I know, I won’t make the whole trip without my bladder almost bursting, so my first stop is the ladies room (I know, TMI but this is my reality). Next I grab my cart and my iced tea from the Target Starbucks and make my way through at least a few departments, if not the whole store. In this particular season of life, my Target trips are an escape from the heat, time to daydream about Charlotte, and a way to continue to feed my need to nest.

I know there will come a day, in the not so distant future, when I will be anxious to make it out of the house for a Target trip alone; but for now, I look forward take Charlotte on a Target trip for one of her first outings.