My Baby Shower


Has it really been 3 months since I've written a blog post?

I'm not gonna lie...I was tampering with the idea of just shutting down the blog since I've obviously been neglecting it but I'm glad I changed my mind because now I can share all the amazing details of my BEAUTIFUL BABY SHOWER with you all:)

This past Sunday Baby girl Scarlett and I were showered with all things pink thanks to the hard work of my mom, my sisters, my mother in law and my best girl frands.

The shower was held at the same country club where my surprise sweet sixteen was held.


As Mike and I were walking up the front ramp to enter the building I stopped and told him to wait a second.

I was having a total deja vu.

About 12 years ago I was walking into the same building to celebrate being sixteen by dancing, drinking mountain dew and laughing with friends.

Today I was walking in with a 32 week pregnant belly ready to shower my baby girl with gifts!


When I walked through the doors there was an explosion of all things PINK....just was I envisioned!
It was beautiful and I can't thank the ladies who threw this event enough for their hard work!!!

Check out all the amazing details....

Adorable gift for Scarlett from my dad:)

 Mom, me and my mother in law Irene:)

With my mom and sissys:)

Nana P!

College roomie love<3

FYI this tutu headband combo was handmade by my sister, Brittney!!!
She is opening her Etsy shop this week and I will be sharing the info on here and instagram so all you mamas can check it out!!!


18 Week Bumpdate!

How far along? 18 Weeks (although this picture makes me look more like 28....I only ate one bowl of chili before this I promise! Also please don't mind the way I look. I had just cleaned the kitchen and when I ask Mike to take these pics for me I get one shot to get it right before he's moved onto something else!)

Maternity clothes? This is a maternity shirt from Old Navy! I can still wear regular tops, they are just getting shorter and shorter every day.

Sleep: Last night I didn't sleep well at all. Mainly because lately I wake up around 2 am STARVING and I can't fall back asleep because all I can think about is what I'll eat for breakfast the next day.

Best moment this week: As I'm typing this I'm waiting for my mom to come pick me up so we can get some coffee and await the arrival of my nephew, Jameson!!!! He's arriving via C-section later this morning EEEKKK!!!!

Miss Anything? WINE!!! and deli meat surprisingly.....veggie subs at Subway are getting kind of old.

Movement: YES! Especially when I'm laying down, ready to relax at night. She's like a baby gymnast in there!

Food cravings: Ice cream, Sour Patch Kids (as always), cookie dough iced coffee from Dunkins

Anything making you queasy or sick: Quesy-ness is GONE! So bring on the food...unless there's garlic in it!! BLAHH!

Gender: Baby GIRL Scarlett:)

Labor Signs: Nope

Belly Button in or out? In but officially have removed the belly button ring. I hadn't seen my belly button in 13 years and Mike had NEVER seen it before! Feels very strange!

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: Overall happy

Looking forward to: Meeting Jameson this afternoon:)


Baby Rooks Gender Reveal!

This past weekend was one of my favorite weekends EVER!

Not only did Mike and I spend the weekend in Portland, Maine listening to Darius Rucker and Eli Young band and relaxing in a gorgeous hotel room at the Westin.....we also celebrated our baby's Gender Reveal Party!!!!!

Friday night 20 of our closest family and friends came by my parent's house after work where the results were waiting.

Mike and I had an elective early ultrasound at 16 weeks at a place called Goldenview Ultrasound in Boston on Thursday this past week.
It was amazing! We got to see our little peanut swim around in 4D and got lots of great new pictures to hang on the fridge.

The ultrasound technician had us shut our eyes for about 5 minutes as she checked to see if our little munchkin was a HE or a SHE! 
I closed my eyes SO tight so I wouldn't tempt myself to peek! It was torture holding onto those envelopes that contained the results. 

There were about 3 instances where Mike looked at me and said "do you want to open it??" but we behaved and kept everything sealed.

Friday morning we woke up early and brought the results to the local party store along with a box I constructed out of craft paper and glue. 

The anticipation was KILLING us all day. 

Finally it was party time and around 6:20 pm (it was supposed to be closer to 7 but my mom couldn't wait any longer and carried the box to the front yard) we opened this bad boy up while our family and friends watched.

Can't wait for September!!! <3


Easter Chalkboard Printable!

St. Patty's Day is long behind us which means it's officially Easter season!

I remember Easter about 3 or 4 years ago. It was 80 degrees in Boston and I wore shorts to my sister's house. We laid in the hammock while sipping sangria and played several games of badminton in her backyard.

That seems so surreal to me since it's in the high 20's right now and this year it seems like winter is NEVER going to end:(

I have to be thankful though...no snow flurries to be seen at my house today! Just wind gusts so massive that I'm pretty sure my power might go out right in the middle of my 16 & Pregnant marathon I have going on over here while I work.....Mother Nature and I will have REAL problems if she does that to me today!

Anyhoo....I have an Easter Chalkboard printable for you all!

I saw the movie Son of God with my mom, nana, sisters and uncle a couple weeks back and it inspired me to create this season's chalkboard decor....

You can download your very own 11x14 HERE

Enjoy the season of Cadbury eggs, lilies and jelly beans my friends!


14 Week Bumpdate!

How far along? 14 Weeks 

Maternity clothes? Still wearing maternity leggings cuz they are sooo comfy! Bought a couple tanks from Old Navy too:)

Sleep: Tossing and turning pretty much all night - but I think that's because I have been watching too much TV before bed and I can't shut my mind off!

Best moment this week: My sissy officially announcing to the world that she's expecting baby number 3...just 2 weeks after my little teddy graham is due:)

Miss Anything? WINE!!!

Movement: Not yet! 

Food cravings: Sour Patch Kids, Cadbury minis, blueberry coffee and Doritos mmmmm

Anything making you queasy or sick: Queasy-ness is finally starting to subside. I ate a huge bowl of Cheeseburger soup before this pic was taken 

Gender: We'll find out (hopefully) on March 28th!

Labor Signs: Nope

Belly Button in or out? In 

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: Overall happy - although yes it is snowing again up here in New England:(

Looking forward to: Having a fun little photoshoot with my sisters this weekend since all 3 of us are expecting at the same time!!


13 Week Bumpdate!

How far along? 13 Weeks (even though based on my calculations I am convinced I am 14.5 weeks right now but I guess I'll go with 13 like the doctors say:)

Maternity clothes? I gave in and purchased 2 pairs of maternity leggings from Old Navy this week - they are MAGICALLY comfortable and the best $20 I've spent in a long time

Sleep: The last 3 nights I have slept like a rock and I'm pretty sure I never even moved once!

Best moment this week: When Mike arrived home from work on Monday and handed me a "surprise gift" - a weekend trip to Maine the end of this month to see Darius Rucker and Eli Young Band - EEEeeeeEEEEkkk!!

Miss Anything? Not yet but Spring is coming and that typically means Sauvignon Blanc season for me

Movement: Not yet! 

Food cravings: Pancakes, skittles, green grapes and coffee frozen yogurt (my mouth literally just filled with saliva as I typed coffee frozen yogurt)

Anything making you queasy or sick: The smell of garlic, the smell of chicken, the smell of my mint chocolate chip candle, the smell of my cats - pretty much most smells.

Gender: We'll find out (hopefully) on March 28th!

Labor Signs: Noooo

Belly Button in or out? In with belly button ring still intact. I'm having a hard time parting with it.

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: Overall happy (except for the below average temps in Boston - come on Spring!!)

Looking forward to: Going to Orange Leaf for frozen yogurt immediately


How We Found Out...

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a planner.

I like to have dinner plans in my calendar a week in advance and if I've already "planned" to stay at home on Saturday night and watch Netflix in my pajamas, those "plans" aren't changing.

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm creative.

I love surprising people and I love creating memories with well-thought out gifts and ideas.

December was the month that I had a strong feeling we were going to find out that we were having a baby.
I kept my strong feelings to myself and didn't share with Mike because my mind was already starting to spin with fun ideas to tell him he was going to be a dad.

One day in mid December while out Christmas shopping I decided to swing by the baby section and pick up a couple Boston sports onesies.

Suddenly my creative plan started taking form.

I did the math and figured out that I'd be able to take a pregnancy test on December 24th.

CHRISTMAS EVE?? What is more perfect than that?
Anyone who knows me also knows that I am Christmas-obsessed.

I went home with my 2 onesies and put them in a Christmas box and tucked them away in the spare bedroom closet. 
For the next 10 days I acted normal and didn't let Mike in on any of my baby suspicions.

Christmas EVE EVE rolled around and my baby suspicions were beginning to feel even more real!
I was starting to feel very very tired and could barely pull myself together to wrap Christmas presents.
I headed out to meet my friend Melissa for coffee and swung by Walgreens first to pick up a box of tests.

My planning mind was working over-time.

I knew exactly what I was going to do.
I would wake up early on Christmas Eve, take the test and then write Mike a letter to go along with the onesies. The letter would be on 2 pages and on the 2nd page he'd see the words "You're going to be a dad" written boldly in size 48 font.
I'd wrap up the package and place it in the back behind the Christmas tree and pull it out after we were all done opening presents.
Maybe I'd even video tape him opening it and make him read it outloud!

This plan was genius!!!

Anyone who knows me knows that my well-thought-out plans never pan out the way I want.

I woke up on Christmas Eve morning, rushed into the bathroom to take the test and set the timer on my iphone.
Mike was still asleep in the bedroom since he had the day off and I didn't want him walking in and ruining everything!

The timer went off after what felt like an eternity and I looked down at the test.


I couldn't believe it.
Suddenly in normal Shann fashion I was in a terrible mood.
This ruined my whole plan. 

I went along with my day as normal as I could and even got into a few Holly Jolly arguments with Mike about how to clean the house properly and to stay out of the kitchen while I was trying to cook Christmas Eve appetizers. I couldn't help it....I hate when my plans get ruined.

I reassured myself that I still had one more chance to take a test....on Christmas morning. 
That was the new plan.

We went to my parent's annual Christmas eve party and I even told myself to enjoy a couple glasses of Merlot since those would probably be my last for a while. So that's just what I did.

I opened my eyes on Christmas morning and rushed to the bathroom to take another test.
Same drill....


I wanted to cry but I couldn't let this bring me down.
It was Christmas afterall- my favorite holiday and favorite day of the whole year.

I still had that "feeling" since that day in mid-December and I knew I was right about this!!!

Fast Forward to 3 days later

I had no more "plan" 
I had now taken 4 tests that all showed up negative and I was starting to lose hope.

My college roommate Whitney was heading up to visit me for the night.
At this point I had to say something to Mike. I was ready to explode from holding this stress inside.

We were sitting on the couch waiting for Whitney to arrive and making plans to meet a bunch of friends out for dinner that evening. 
I told Mike everything that had happened in the last week.
I told him he'd have to help me sneak around at dinner and drink my alcoholic beverages for me.
I told him not to get too excited though because things hadn't been going as planned for me when it came to all of this!

He smiled and told me he would help me sneak around and not to stress myself out.

We woke up on December 30th
ready to pack and head up to North Conway, NH to ring in 2014 with all of our closest friends. We had been looking forward to this trip for months and I wasn't going to let anything bring us down! 

I rolled over in bed and shoved Mike to make sure he was awake and told him we had lots to do that day and lots to pack before making the 2 hour drive up north.

I slowly walked to the bathroom, splashed water on my face and decided to take one last test.
I stared out the window as I waited for the time to pass.

I looked down at the test...


I rubbed my eyes and looked at it closer.
I looked at myself in the mirror and out loud said "NO FREAKING WAY."

I brought the test into the bedroom and handed it to Mike.

He rolled over to grab his glasses off the nightstand and looked up.

"Well wouldya look at that? It's positive." he said.

He put up his hand to give me a high-five.

This was never part of my plan.
He was supposed to be shocked by all of this and maybe he'd even shed a tear and we'd have it all on video. He wasn't supposed to be EXPECTING this and giving me a high five! 

I high fived him back and pulled the Christmas box out of the closet and threw it at him.

"This was supposed to be one of your Christmas presents." I said

He opened up the onesies and made a stupid joke about how he didn't think they were going to fit.

We laughed and I let out a huge sigh of relief.

Anyone who knows us knows this day was perfect.
It was better than any plan I could have ever come up with.