I was so blessed to have so many amazing people come together and throw John and I (and, of course, baby Stillman) a beautiful baby shower this past weekend!

Here’s a little peek at what I wore: (all photos courtesy of my sweet and amazing friend Emily Chappell Photography)
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Comfort and style were key ingredients. I snagged this dress from Old Navy and was able to get a good deal on it with my super cash coupon! The dress served many purposes because the stretchy jersey material of the maxi made the dress a comfortable fit now, but the fact that it’s not actually a maternity dress means many wears in the future! AND, it’ll make a great nursing dress once baby comes, too! Multi-function = a good buy in my book. :)

Now, SO many of my friends came together to help throw this shower. I do have to say, I love the theme they picked. It’s SO hard to find gender neutral stuff since we don’t know whether Baby Stillman is a boy or a girl, but they each did an AWESOME job! Here are just some of the details and photos of the day! :)
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Uhhh yeah, that right there is the cake my SERIOUSLY amazing sister made. She is so stinkin’ talented – not to mention her cakes are UNBELIEVABLY delicious. If you live in North Carolina (specifically the Triad or Triangle regions) you should order a cake from her. I’m just saying. :) Gender Neutral Safari Theme Baby Shower - View More: http://emilychappellphotography.pass.us/stillmanshower

John and I have opted to cloth diaper and so my friend Kristin made this adorable decoration out of cloth diapers!

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Opening baby’s loot.

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My sweet friend Dani brought her TWO WEEK OLD daughter Elle to the shower. She is so gorgeous!

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An AWESOME book for Baby S – a whole book with Carolina / Chapel Hill landmarks.

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Then came the gift that totally took me by surprise. My sister handed me this gift and said, “This is from your mom.” Which, obviously, caught me totally off guard.

I opened it up and in it were two crocheted baby blankets.

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Yes, these are baby blankets my mom made for me before she died. I always knew my mom loved to crochet and I would see her making blankets and things all the time when she was alive, but I never saw her make these. My sister told me that when my mom was sick, she sort of knew in the back of her mind that she wouldn’t be here to see or meet her grandchild one day, so she made these blankets.

My dad had held on to them and given them to my sister to hold on to and give to me when I was pregnant one day. And so, on Saturday, my sister gave me one of the gifts I will treasure most forever.

As you can probably imagine, I had an ugly cry, but it was worth it.

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Just some of my amazing friends and family who came to love on us! (A few friends and family had to leave early so I’m bummed they missed the group photo).

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Another AMAZING surprise of the day: my sister walked in the house with two of my aunts and my cousin Meghan. I was SO shocked that my aunts and cousin drove ALL the way down here to North Carolina for my shower. I was blown away!

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Me with some of the Stillman family. :)

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John and I with my amazing in-laws.

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Me and my mother-in-law.

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Me with the best sister in the whole entire world. :)

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Me and my sweet friend Emily who did all the games!

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Me and my other sweet friend Emily who took pictures. :)

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And, of course, me and the daddy-to-be. :)

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I tell you, there’s a whole lot of love in my heart right now. I feel so blessed!

How was your weekend?! Did you do anything exciting??
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