Our baby shower - another pregnancy after loss milestone that was such an incredible blessing for us to reach. When I started my bedrest journey, this special event seemed unattainable, lightyears away. I remember waking up that Saturday morning in a state of disbelief at - how far along I was in my pregnancy, that we were really going to be showered + celebrated that day, and lastly, my stitch was still holding up strong and compliant. These are all miracles, all blessings, and evidence of God's good, amazing grace! I can cry recollecting the overwhelming amount of emotions I experienced this day.
Our shower was a labor of love from those that love us best. In the midst of a move that my sister, Megan and brother in love, Jeff were going through, Paul recovering from a complete achilles rupture and pretty much limping on one leg, and my parents needing to prepare for travel to another country the very next day - they somehow worked together, hosted, and threw such a memorable event for Paul, our newest little one, and I.
When we found out we were having a BOY very early on in our pregnancy due to genetic testing we got done - we all immediately knew that the future theme of the shower would be basketball related. If you know Paul, then you know how much of a die hard basketball fanatic he is. So you can only imagine the excitement and joy that flooded over him when he found out he was going to have a son! Together, the amazing Julia Kim of Rekindle Creative, my sister, and Paul put together a "modern themed NBA baby shower" - the turn out was much more than I could have ever dreamt up!
My sister printed out the cutest basketball ticket "invitations" that encouraged our guests to come dress in basketball jersey attire. My brother's girlfriend, April coordinated a custom design tank from The All Stop Shop for Paul's family, my family and a few of our closest friends to wear.
The night before, my sister and April stayed up past midnight to organize the some of the funnest baby shower games.
Paul's talented co-worker, Janna, blessed us with the cutest + yummiest treats for our dessert table.
Both of my brothers, DJ and Jeff grilled and barbequed food as part of our buffet meal options.
The dynamic duo that is Desi and Tammy Mendoza of Dez and Tam photographed our special day (all images in this post are from them)! And the lovely, Miss Linda Yoon, had so much patience and skill in helping this mama feel beautiful while keeping me maintained in a reclined position when doing my hair and makeup.
My dress was from Embie Baby and came all the way from Florida. At the time of our shower, the unfortunate events of the hurricane were happening but the owner worked very closely with me to get my dress over on time. My fun, blue "Baby Mama" headband was from Shop Bracket. And my sweet husband, Paul wanted to make sure I was going to be seated and rested for majority of the event and made sure I'd do so in style - so he rented me a beautiful Peacock chair from 6th and Detroit! Julia of Rekindle made sure to style up my special seat and even added mini basketballs!
It was so nice to see so many family members and friends. Some I hadn't seen in years, some last saw me when I was pregnant with Haven, and some were last seen at Haven's funeral. Being in bed and at home pretty much the whole year made it so nice to finally be 'where the people were' (totally referencing to Ariel from The Little Mermaid, haha), to be physically loved on, prayed over, and to see so much excitement and anticipation in others' faces for our soon to be newest MVP. <3
This day was a reminder of how graciously blessed we are to be t r u l y loved by so many. Infinite THANK YOU’s to those who continue to pour into Paul, Haven, baby boy Gavini, and I.
Coordination + Styling: Rekindle Creative | Florals: Rekindle Florals | Dessert Backdrop Rental: Iron Grace Rentals | Photography: Dez and Tam | Desserts: Janna Mamaid | Custom Jersey Tanks: The All Stop Shop | Peacock Chair: 6th and Detroit | Baby Mama Headband: Shop Bracket | Hair + Makeup: Linda Yoon | Dress: Embie Baby | Chair + Linen + Table Rentals + Balloons: Payaso Party Supply