Magnolia's 1-Month Stats
Weighing 9 lbs 9 oz
Measuring 21.5 inches long
Magnolia has stolen our hearts, but we haven't seemed to mind. This first month with her has been a blissful blur. Time has flown by (a little too quick if you ask me) but watching her grow and change every day has really been so special. I know she's going to keep growing, so even though I hate how fast it all goes, I'm doing everything in my power to just enjoy every step along the way.
When I turned eight years old I distinctly remember the love and effort my mom put forth in finding me the perfect white dress to wear for my baptism. She even found me a pair of white dress shoes, with a peep toe and a kitten heel. And I distinctly recall that they were the most wonderful pair of shoes I had ever seen. I felt so special to be dressing in all white for that occasion, and my mom made that experience even better with her careful planning and preparation.
Liliane is coming up on her 8th birthday, and with that she’s made the decision to be baptized as well. I’m beside myself with excitement for her decision as it also means that I get to plan and prepare for her special occasion just like my mom planned and prepared for me.
First things first, I need to find Liliane a white dress. The timing was perfect when Maria Communion contacted me about a collaboration. Maria Communion is an online shop specializing in firstcommunion dresses. Since we hold the tradition of wearing white when we are baptized, I was excited to take a look at the white communion dresses that they offer to get ideas for what Liliane might wear for her baptism. I love that the girls communion dresses are modest, elegant, and beautiful. These communion dresses would make any little girl feel like an absolute princess. Below are a few of my favorites from their online collection.
This dress has a simple silhouette. I love the lace detailing on the sleeves, and the delicate details of the hem.
This option has a full skirt which makes for the perfect 'princess' dress. I love the scallop hem detailing and really like the neckline on this dress and how it compliments the other lined details in the dress as well.
I love the overlay details on this third option. I could totally see my daughter living in this dress, even after her special day. It pairs the slender silhouette with a bit of a fuller skirt, and I'm sure my daughter would love it.
School is back in session after a short three-week summer vacation. Getting out the door Monday morning was pretty stress free, until I realized that we needed to follow through with tradition and take some photos to mark and remember the special day. I was in a bit of a hurry that I didn’t set my camera settings to reflect the outdoor conditions, so I ended up with some over-exposed images. Thankfully the photos weren’t a complete bust - I had to change them to black and white to save them but it was nothing a little tweaking in Lightroom couldn’t fix.
Enough on the photos. Look at these beautiful humans.
It will never get easier, their getting older. I have to pinch myself back to reality that they are not so ‘little’ anymore. I have a 1st grader and a 2nd grader, and it’s just plain weird… Weird to think they’ve been a part of my life for this long already… Weird to think that they’re learning to read and building educational foundations in preparation for the rest of their lives. It’s crazy and wild, but being a mom with a front row seat to it all is also pretty dang wonderful, too.
These two starting school was the last ‘big’ thing on my list before my due date approaches. Now that they’re back in school, its just a waiting game to see when my next little munchkin decides to join this Gray clan. Here’s to a good start to a wonderful school year, and to having patience as I wait for our new baby’s arrival.
Pregnancy plays with your head. When I saw that stick turn pink in early January, suddenly 9 months felt like an eternity, and September was never going to come. It felt like such a long time to have to wait for this baby to join us on the outside. And yet, here we are, about to enter August; 33 weeks down and another 7 or so to go. I go from feeling anxious to excited to impatient to calm and back to anxious again, and it all happens so fast. I guess that is what you call ‘feeling all the feels’ of pregnancy. One second I’m up, another second I’m down.
Looking back and how far I’ve come, I can honestly say I had a distinct surge of energy during my second trimester, and now that I’m 5+ weeks into my third trimester, I’m feeling tired. But it’s a good kind of tired, and thankfully it’s only the physical kind of tired. My brain still feels sharp, and emotionally I’m feeling good. Though I may lack on the energy part, I’m constantly thinking of things I need to do before baby comes. Most of the shopping is done, thankfully, so now we just wait. I’m sure I’ll send Jordan to the store for those inevitable baby items I forgot I’d need, but for the most part we’re covered. We have diapers, wipes, clothes, blankets, and a car seat. The rest should fall into place rather easily.
I’ve been thinking about how intentional I want to be about documenting the first few months with our new addition, and naturally using my big girl camera will play a huge role in that process. I’ve been pinning photography tutorials and all sorts of newborn photo ideas so that I can capture as much of her newness as I possibly can. To say that I’m a little excited just doesn’t quite cut it, but for lack of a better word, I’m so excited. To contain my excitement, I’ve been dusting off my photography skills and getting familiar with pairing my camera and my phone so that I have a chance at getting in front of the camera, too.
A few weeks back I was contacted by StyleWe to review a product from their website. I had never heard of their shop before, so after I took a look and did a little digging, I figured, 'Why not? This should be a fun little adventure.' I worked with one of their reps to find something that would suit both my growing belly and my post-baby body and I found this yellow chiffon dress that was a must-try!
I was worried about sizing but figured this one would be forgiving, and it is! Much more so than I anticipated. I'm wearing a size large, even though a medium would have suited just fine for both my baby belly body and postpartum figure. Given the versatility and quality of this dress, I'm sure it will remain in my closet for years to come.
I was impressed by how quickly the dress arrived, and was even more thrilled to get to see the craftsmanship of the dress in my hands. StyleWe is an online fashion shopping platform featuring independent fashion designers. They claim to provide original high-quality pieces, and that claim is spot-on. The dress was free of excess threads and arrived in mint condition. I've worked with other companies based in Asia before, and was no where near impressed with those as I am with StyleWe's quality.
StyleWe's website is packed with lots of options to choose from, at a variety of different price points. Variety in both cost and piece is important when it comes to personal style and fashion, as we all have different tastes, and in my case, different phases of life to cater to. Given the Las Vegas heat, the chiffon is a great pick as its breathable and allows for plenty of airflow. Don't mind me while I live in this dress for the next 7 weeks until this baby makes her debut.