a new meaning to mother's day

With only 9 weeks until I welcome baby boy thompson into the world, this mothers day is extra special! Ever since I was a little girl, I have longed to be a mama. I spent my childhood playing with babydolls and dreaming of having babies of my own one day. I got my love of children from my own mama who taught kindergarten for 30 years and is the most warm and loving mom to my brother and I. Now that I am pregnant, I have a whole new appreciation for motherhood and the incredible love and devotion that a mother has for her child - I can only imagine how much more I will feel once I actually hold this baby in my arms!

I am still in such awe at the whole process of pregnancy. It has been the most amazing and fascinating thing I have ever experienced and with each baby kick I know we are closer to the day when we will finally meet, me and this baby boy of mine. When we do finally welcome this baby into the world, I will begin the journey of motherhood and take on the incredible honor of raising this child. I will finally know why my mom cried when I pierced my own ear, why she wouldn't let me go to sleepovers unless she knew the parents, why she made us wear matching outfits and take endless pictures. There are so many moments from my own childhood that I reflect on, now that I am becoming a mama, with a fresh perspective. My mom always said, "one day you will understand!" and she was right. I do understand and I now see the incredibly amount of selflessness and love and devotion that motherhood requires, more than I ever could before.

To my own mama on mother's day, it is an honor to be your child. Thank you for all of the selflessness and patience, the love and care, and the lifetime of support and guidance. I am so humbled and excited to pass on the love and kindness you have shown me to my own child.
To my mother in law and my aunts and all the mamas who have loved me and helped raise me, thank you!

To all of the wonderful mamas that I work with, who have checked on me and cheered me on throughout this pregnancy, you don't know how much it means to me to hear your encouragement and have you share in my excitement. And to all my girlfriends near and far, who are new mamas or mamas to be, it has been so wonderful to be by your side as you have taken on this incredible experience of pregnancy and motherhood - thank you for making it so special and memorable for me.

Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful mamas out there! I am so honored to join you in motherhood.

Life Update // We are moving back to Birmingham!

Life has been full of changes around here and I am excited to announce that we are moving back to Birmingham!! We bought this precious little cottage in Edgewood (all the details coming soon!) and we'll be loading up the car to make the cross country trek in just two short weeks!

Shortly after we found out we were pregnant, Max was offered an amazing job back in Birmingham. Despite our love for California, raising our baby close to family and friends is so important to us so we knew moving back South was the best thing for us. With the help of our families and wonderful realtor we were able to find a great little house and get everything in place to make the move. Now, as we enter into this next chapter, we are excited to have a home to call our own and be near family and friends as we welcome our baby boy this July!

When I reflect on this past year, it's hard to believe how much has changed and the wonderful ways that life has evolved for us. In a years time since we moved to California, I got a dream job at Anthropologie, developed friendships with some of the most amazing women I have ever known, and got pregnant with my first baby.

When we moved to California we knew it would be a year of adventure - we didn't know where it would lead or how long we would be on the west coast. After a whirlwind job experience in my first few months here, I found myself unemployed and unsure of what was next until I found myself at Anthropologie, a company I've always admired, as the new home stylist. Not only has this been my most fun and inspiring job, it's also led to friendships that I never dreamed I would make here in this short amount of time. Women that inspire me, make me laugh, and that I am heartbroken to say goodbye to. Being pregnant so far from home could have been a lonely experience but instead I have had the opportunity to share my pregnancy with two of my dearest friends from work - the three of us are each two weeks apart which has been the most incredible thing to experience together.

As we wrap up our year here in California, we are so thankful for the incredible experiences that we have had. We have met so many wonderful people, had many fun visits from family and friends, adventures and vacations and so many memories that we will cherish forever. 

Life has a funny way of working out and leading you where you need to be. As we make our way back south, we're excited to see what is in store for us. We are so thankful to be able to plant our roots, make our house and home, and grow our little family!

Boy oh Boy ...

WE ARE HAVING A BOY!!! We could not be more excited to welcome a sweet baby boy to our family this July! From the moment we found out we were pregnant, Max and I couldn't wait to find out what we were having. I would have been thrilled with a boy or a girl but Max had his heart set on a boy and thought that's what we were having from the beginning. I wasn't sure but with dry hands and a low baby bump I had a suspicion he may have been right. We opted to find out the gender when we did our genetic testing and were so excited to find out that a baby boy was on the way!

I am 26 weeks pregnant and my pregnancy has been happy and healthy so far, of course I've had some nausea, exhaustion, cramping etc. but am thankful to have found more energy as I've gotten farther along and now that my baby bump has really made it's debut it's feeling more and more real every day. I can feel our little man moving and kicking away in there and Max can finally feel him too! We love feeing his kicks together and talking to him. My main pregnancy craving has been apples, of all things, and honey crisps are my fav! I am the type of person that has food cravings normally so during my pregnancy it's actually been more food aversions than cravings (like smokey flavors, some meats, sweet potatoes, onions - yuck!). My sweet husband has been incredibly helpful during my pregnancy - taking on extra chores, giving out back rubs, and taking extra care of bruce. I am so thankful to share this exciting journey into motherhood with so many close friends who are also pregnant right now and so many that are having boys! It's funny how life works out like that. There is just something so special about little boys and I am so excited to be mama to our little man. Max can't wait to have a little buddy and Bruce is so ready to meet his baby brother!

My sweet and incredibly talented friend Nikki of @shewillrunaway (photog, stylist, and creator of neon dive bar) took these maternity photos of us and I could not love them more!! They are so genuine and real and she did such a wonderful job capturing the joy of this amazing moment in our lives here in beautiful California.

Thank you to our amazing friends, family and everyone who has shown us, and our little man, so much love and support! We could not do this without you! Baby T is a lucky BOY!!


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