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Here We Go Again

I’m pregnant . . . and terrified.

Terrified the baby will die again.

Terrified every time I use the restroom I will see blood.

Terrified to have hope.

I am truly grateful that it was so easy for me to get pregnant again.  I absolutely do not take fertility for granted.  I know each month a couple tries to conceives and “fails” only adds stress and heartache to the situation.  All I can say is after all we went through last year maybe we do deserve to have this part of pregnancy go smoothly.  We have a long, stressful road ahead of us.  If this baby has the same birth defect as Haley did we will not know until around week 23, well into second trimester.  There is no test we can do.

Now it is just a waiting game.  Wish us luck, we’ll take all the prayers we can get.

(Originally published July 17th, 2016)

How to Throw a Bridal Shower

I love to host parties.  I love to host parties for selfish reasons; all the guests come to me and I can drink as much as I want since I don’t need to drive afterwards.  Also, I get to pick food to serve that I enjoy eating and (as always) planning is my forte. Recently, I planned my sister’s bridal shower and thought I could pass along some suggestions for planning a bridal shower without spending a lot of money.

Pick a Theme

I always like to start planning a bridal shower by selecting a overall theme.  A theme doesn’t have to be that specific, it could be as easy as selecting certain colors to feature, picking a meal time to plan around, or types of gifts the guests should bring for the bride-to-be.  A theme doesn’t have to be all-encompassing, it just helps give you a starting point.

For my sister’s bridal shower we chose to go with a brunch theme.  We thought brunch foods were much easier (and cheaper) than a lunch or dinner.  Plus, who doesn’t like mimosas? This theme helped me determine what foods I wanted to serve and the time of the day to have the shower.  Did I incorporate the brunch theme into every part of the party? Definitely not.  I gave flower seed packets away as favors, super cute – nothing to do with brunch.

Doughnuts and a yogurt bar.
You can’t go wrong with doughnuts on a stick and a yogurt bar.