Monday, February 25, 2013

Baby Kate {Portrait of a Tiny New Yorker}

Here are some pictures of our darling baby Kate. I tried to be as laid-back as possible about getting newborn portraits of our little one, and both times I did a little shoot, neither were planned.  I probably should have devoted more time to capturing more portraits, but you know what they say about the shoe-maker's children...

Welcome, baby Kate.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Baby Shower + Tea Party {New York City}

A group of my friends here in NYC got together to plan this baby shower a few weeks back for our friend Tiffany who just gave birth to twin boys!  She loves tea, so my friend Louise decided to have a tea party so that the mother-to-be could relax and enjoy some girl time before life gets crazy with a 2.5 year old son and two tiny baby brothers.

Every element you see below was DIY and created by one of her friends.  The food, the decorations, the flower arrangements, the favors, everything was made by hand by a friend, and came together beautifully to celebrate Tiffany and her baby boys. I have such talented friends! And can I just talk about the scones and petit fours for a minute? They were out-of-this-world good.

Tiffany was the one who threw my fabulous baby shower the week previous, so I wanted to help, and volunteered to do the favors (my favorite!) and the floral arrangements for the centerpieces.  I put together take-home tea kits, that consisted of a gourmet tea bag, tea biscuits, and sugar cubes.  The centerpiece consisted of mini floral arrangements (hydrangea stems in baby food jars) and candles on a simple craft paper runner.  It turned out so beautifully, thanks to my mom who was in town and helped me pull all of my ideas together.

Oh, and I also went into labor during this baby shower.  At one point, Tiffany turned to me and said "wouldn't it be funny if you went into labor during my shower?"  Ha ha.  Really funny.  I had some pretty hilarious experiences trying to play it cool during some rather painful contractions that I assumed were just Braxton Hicks.  Nope.

I loved spending the afternoon with friends in this beautiful scene.  It was just lovely!  Enjoy the pictures!




Wednesday, February 13, 2013


We are pleased to announce the safe arrival of baby Kate!  The groundhog predicted an early spring, but what he didn't predict was that our little one would arrive 6 days early, on that very night.

We were scheduled for a Caesarean section the following Monday, but our little girl just couldn't wait to get here.  My labor progressed so quickly that my OB didn't even make it in time (I arrived fully dilated!), and little Kate was delivered by the attending physician and resident.  I'm guessing there aren't many women who are scheduled for C-sections that end up laboring un-medicated to a 10 only to get a spinal/epidural in the OR.  At least not many women who would do that on purpose.  It was a pretty crazy delivery, but we are so happy to have her here.

I could hardly believe it when my husband told me we had a baby girl! Up until just hours before delivery, I thought our baby was a boy (at 20 weeks I was positive she was a girl, then switched back to boy with a few weeks to go).  

Isn't she beautiful?  More portraits to come...