Signing the book at Caioti Pizza.
Well, I’ve finally made it to the week of my due date. And by finally, I mean ALREADY?! I swear this has been the fastest pregnancy of all time. It feels bizarrely surreal, but at at the same time, incredibly exciting! John and I keep looking at each other and saying “yeah, so we could totally have a baby this week.” W H A T.
In an effort to move things along, I tried the famous “labor-inducing” salad at Caioti Pizza in Studio City last night. It was awesome and even if it doesn’t do the trick for me, it was wonderful to squeeze in last minute one-on-one time with my husband. There are moments that I temporarily mourn the loss of our lives as a twosome, but after almost ten years together, I am SO READY for the next chapter in our ongoing adventure. John is SO READY. And hopefully, sometime this very week, the baby will be SO READY.
P.S. As I head into full-on baby mode, my posts here may get a little infrequent. Once the baby arrives, I plan on popping in sporadically, but not on a regular basis for at least a few weeks OR until I figure out what in the world I am doing. (Whichever comes first.) Stick with me. I promise it will be worth the wait ;)
My idea of the perfect party involves breakfast food, a laidback atmosphere, a fun outfit, and great company. Thanks to my good friend Val and my amazing mom, my second baby shower fit all those criteria and then some. Aside from the awesome theme (desert bunny for the win!), I think that my most favorite part of all was that Val made this event a mother / daughter celebration. Even though my friends and I still see each other fairly often, seldom do we get to spend time together with our precious moms in tow. It was such a great way to bring everyone into the mix and celebrate the next generation of moms + daughters!
Gorgeous tablescapes and a chance for me to put my wedding glassware to use again!
A black and white striped skirted onesie?! You’re too good to me, Janelle.
I was also the lucky recipient of so many incredible handmade gifts that my daughter and I will treasure for years.
Bunny garland, hand-dyed cheesecloth, and painted desert plants! DIY elements never go unnoticed by me.
Trying to stay cool in the shade. (Again, whose idea was it to have a summer baby? ;))
My wonderful mom, my amazing Espinoza family, and my gigantic 35 week bump. I never realized just how pregnant I look until I went through all my baby shower photos over the past two weekends…WHOA THERE.
I was so caught up in the moment that I failed to take all of the photos that I wanted to get, but this is one I will always cherish. I’ve grown up with a tight group of nine girls and learned so much about the mother / daughter relationship as a result. I can say that all ten moms (including my own!) are the epitome of unconditional love and selflessness. If I can be HALF as good at motherhood as they are, my daughter will be one lucky gal.
Invitation designed by JayAdores
Despite the fact that my heartburn has reached a whole new level of crazy and my feet + ankles (okay, kankles) have grown about four sizes overnight, I feel completely overwhelmed with love and gratitude for all of my closest friends and family members. This past weekend marked my second baby shower and much like the last, it’s hard for me to articulate just how special it is to be surrounded by loved ones who already have such a vested interest in Baby Espinoza without ever having met her…! I received some incredible gifts, but truly (and as cliche as it sounds), the best gift of all was the presence of so many of my favorite people packed into my parents’ backyard on a warm Sunday afternoon. Having a baby really is the best. Heartburn, fat feet, and all.
P.S. More photos to come!
How gorgeous is the Espinoza gene pool?? Holy moly, I chose well! ;)
Bridal showers are fantastic. They are the perfect excuse to wear a tight white dress, indulge in cocktails with your best friends, and squeal over latte bowls, lingerie, and linens that help to get married life off on the right foot.
But then there are baby showers.
I never realized just how truly special these kinds of get-togethers are until I had my first one this past Saturday. Since my sister-in-law and I are both expecting girls this year, our amazing family threw us a beautiful backyard double shower to celebrate the forthcoming members to the Espinoza clan. I love that baby showers are not just about the moms-to-be, but more importantly, they’re about the new lives that will be here before we know it.
As John and I unpacked our car full of baby gifts last night, we couldn’t help but revel in just how lucky our daughter is to have such an incredible group of people who already love her so much. I often look back on our engagement and our wedding and think about how I thought things couldn’t possibly get anymore fulfilling than they were in that moment. Ha! I was so naive. I am here to report that having a baby takes the concept of fulfillment to a whole new level.
So what if my body’s nowhere near as fit as it once was or I can’t enjoy a glass (or three) of wine just yet? Everyday of pregnancy is a welcome reminder that there are much more important things in life to celebrate :)
lllustration by Lisa Congdon
Even though I work from home and Mondays and Fridays are virtually the same thing, Friday is definitely my favorite day of the week. I love the last minute rush to get projects completed before John picks me up from my walk on his way home and we discuss our weekend plans (or even better, our lack thereof). With just a few short weeks to go before a certain someone makes her debut, I’m savoring every last moment that I have with my husband all to myself ;)
Here are links to fun things that caught my attention this past week:
– My friend Eva’s gorgeous family + nursery on 100 Layer Cakelet.
– Jess Lively’s interview with Victoria Smith on the latest episode of The Lively Show.
– This Ron Swanson quote which perfectly sums up the way I feel 99% of the time.
– An impossibly cute dream catcher tutorial.
– A Paper Party! Can this be the theme of all of my birthdays from here on out?
– The adorable video promo for what I imagine to be an adorable book! (So many kids’ crafts books that I want!)
– This round-up of bunny love. (P.S. Have you seen this site before? Incredible!)
– Oh Joy’s beautifully colorful recount of her trip to London.
– These pastel wedding bouquets! They couldn’t be more opposite than the arrangements I chose, but SO STUNNING.
Happy Friday! Have a wonderful weekend!
Happy Memorial Day! As the unofficial first day of summer, I thought it was the perfect time to share a fun printable to celebrate plans for the season. Right now, my summer agenda is very much segmented into “before baby” and “after baby,” with the former being far more full and organized than the latter. I’m trying to squeeze as much work, as much alone time with my husband, and as many naps as possible in (sometimes twice a day!) before a tiny little human arrives and changes everything. I’m making a conscious effort to keep the weeks and months that follow her arrival as plan-free as possible. Unless it’s work-related or a once in a lifetime experience, everything else will be a game time decision ;)
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While historically, summer isn’t in my top three seasons, something tells me that 2014 just might be the year it breaks through and tops my list!
P.S. 20% off all items (excluding sale) in my shop until Tuesday 5/27 at 11:59pm PST!
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. Mine was filled with brunch in Los Feliz with my BFF, working an awesome event with Amy, spending quality time with family at home (the baby’s first Easter basket…!), eating more than my fair share of egg-shaped candy, and of course, crafting up a storm (the weaving obsession continues!).
In other words, a perfect weekend.
My good friend Lindsey is sharing my tutorial for creating your own stamped wrapping paper on her blog! (There may or may not be a heavy dose of hot pink involved…) While you’re there, be sure to check out her awesome shop full of impeccably-designed printables. Enjoy!
These past few crazy weeks, I became completely fixated on getting myself to the ocean. I wasn’t overly concerned about which beach I ended up at or if I even put my toes in the sand. All I needed was to be in close proximity. I wanted to smell the air, feel the breeze, and soak in those negative ions.
So on Saturday, John and I decided to venture up north to Santa Barbara where we spent the first part of the day at the zoo (we both hadn’t been in years!) and then the second half wandering around State Street, stopping for some pho and major Anthro sales. It was perfect. Not only did it do wonders for my own mood but it helped to get our relationship back on the right track. Whenever we feel disconnected as a couple, we go on a day trip. Without fail, we always head back home feeling reconnected and happy to be in each other’s company.
Maybe one of these days, heading back home will mean heading back to our beach house. It can be in Santa Barbara or San Diego…I’m not picky! ;)
My brand new planner from Target! Nothing quite like a colorful, empty agenda book…
My workspace is currently drowning in CHA projects at the moment (I’ll spare you the photos), but my mind is 100% engrossed in trying to find a way to freeze time. I’ve got three months to pull this wedding together and time is a-slippin.’ The truth is, planning and I have a tumultuous relationship. You need DIY details and all that fun stuff? I am your GIRL. I can do that all day, everyday! With my eyes closed, even! Contacting vendors, working out prices, organizing who goes where at what point? I am SO not your girl. (Insert procrastination tactics here.)
I know that everything will come together in the end, but oh man, I can feel the stress getting more + more tangible as the days go on. I kind of just want to linger in the “dreaming + scheming” phase of throwing a wedding for bit longer. Not forever. Just long enough to have a moment to gather all my ideas, streamline my vision, and get down to business! #aypapi
Calling for back-up! ;)
This past weekend my brother graduated from college with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering, so we spent the better part of Saturday exploring the Cal Poly Pomona campus (beautiful!), taking tons of photos (740 to be exact…lord help my hard drive!), and celebrating Andy’s hard-earned accomplishment (heyyyy, brother). It was a reminder of the good things in my life: lots of walking under the California sunshine, big camera + empty SD card in hand, quality family time, an opportunity to wear a new dress + a giant hat, lots of laughter, exploring a new-to-me place, and a chocolate chip Pizookie for good measure.
Not only is my brother a whip smart, hilarious, human calculator, but he is also one of my best friends. Cheers to all your successes, Andy!