Ella Morgan’s Almost Here…

Officially 1 month away from my due date πŸ˜€

Organic Diaper Cake:

amazing job, mom!


Most Delish Shower Cake in the Universe:

… by Leslie, same person who made our unbelievable wedding cake





my sister played photographer, weΒ  forgot to take a pic of my favorite, theΒ  Nuts and Berries Salad…but I assure you it was as tasty as ever πŸ™‚


and lots and lots of presents…

Miss Ella Morgan officially has a wardrobe 10x the size of mine…


My sissys got me an awesome basket….they know me so well:

coolest thing they found:


“Ella’s Kitchen” Organic Baby Food!!!!!!!

By the time we were done with all the presents they made me put on this ridiculous hat:

pretty, but not planning on sporting it while in labor

The surprise for me was that my mom placed this little message inside all of the invitations:

Everyone was to fill up this book case when they arrived:

I can’t wait to sit and read all the inscriptions πŸ™‚

We brought everything back to m house…and ^my mom and I couldn’t resist putting a few things together:


like Ella’s bedding that my Nona got:


I still need to wash it and all…just couldn’t wait wanted to see how it looked πŸ™‚


Munchkin thinks it’s all for him. This could potentially be a problem:

Michael narrated Munchkin as saying this:


“Mom, Dad…this is the most comfortable thing I ever sat on. Why didn’t you get this for me sooner???”

Oh Boy.


We hung this beautiful piece on the wall that my cousins and aunt got:

I am trying to figure out where I am going to put the 500 bazillion adorable blankets my mom made for Ella:

along with Mr. Sock Monkey with his fig leaf πŸ˜‰



My mother in law made this beautiful stool for Ella that will sit next to my chair:

We miraculously fit the book case my mom got. I didn’t think it was going to happen since there was literally no space left in the nursery:

notice the baby Laury picture^

Michael and I were excited to see that Ella is officially geared up for our favorite….baseball season:

she is a Spring baby, you know.

I also have a stack of advice cards to go through that all my lovely guests filled out.


I couldn’t help notice this one…my favorite thus far πŸ˜‰

my sister and I were notorious for adopting kittens growing up.



There is still a lot to do. A LOT of laundry to wash (hence the ginormous wardrobe). We need to do another round of cleaning in the closets to see if there’s anything I can condense or get rid of…since we have truly run out of space and I know the stuff is going to keep coming.


All in all...I am pooped. The shower was a success. I am so grateful to have such wonderful people in my life! It was a wonderful day & Ella got SO much AMAZING stuff πŸ™‚


By the way…my sister took 327 pictures that I have to go through and edit. These were just the SOME of the highlights!



Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! I haven’t been on the computer much since Friday morning….lots of catching up to do today!



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  • Reply Keri

    oh my gosh. So much fun. You looked beautiful, as always! And Ella is going to be one spoiled little girl!! I hope you had a fantastic time!!!!

    March 28, 2011 at 6:25 am
    • Reply laury

      thanks! yes, she’s spoiled already! lots of “princess” stuff which I will retire shortly after she grows out of it, lol

      March 28, 2011 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply Charlie

    Looks like an awesome shower :). That cake looks delicious! Loooove the book idea!
    And your dress is beautiful (and you in it) :).

    March 28, 2011 at 7:24 am
  • Reply Ally (oatsandspice)

    Ella is the most gorgeous name – you must be getting very excited for her arrival! The shower looks like it was a success – MMMmmm the food looked especially good! πŸ™‚ Have a great day chica!

    March 28, 2011 at 7:35 am
    • Reply laury

      thank you, we are super excited!

      March 28, 2011 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply Sophia @ Raven Waves

    What a fun shower!! All the gifts are so beautiful, and I love the bookcase!! What kind of food did you guys serve? I can kind of see it there, but not sure what it is. Either way, looks so yummy!!

    March 28, 2011 at 7:52 am
    • Reply laury

      hmmmm….we had veggies and hummus, shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, a huge nuts and berries salad (my fav), pasta with tomato and basil and chicken, rice and some veggies. My mom did the menu πŸ™‚

      March 28, 2011 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    You look gorgeous Laury!! What a beautiful shower. Looks like a great time – and I LOVE the diaper cake!

    March 28, 2011 at 7:58 am
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    Thanks for sharing the shower pics! Everything is SO super adorable! You have some creative family and friends!! LOVE IT! The diaper cake was my favorite! Oh and munchkin in the baby crib haha so what my cat would do!!

    March 28, 2011 at 8:14 am
    • Reply laury

      haha, he’s out of control with the crib πŸ˜‰

      March 28, 2011 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply Meagan

    Such a beautiful baby shower! I love the name you have chosen! One more month, you’re almost there!!

    March 28, 2011 at 8:41 am
    • Reply laury

      thanks…yes almost!!!

      March 28, 2011 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply kristina @ Life as Kristina

    I want to go comment crazy about all the gifts-I love them all-that bed is gorgeous and that fig monkey guy-hilarious! Love love love the dress you choose;) She’s almost here!!!!

    March 28, 2011 at 8:47 am
    • Reply laury

      haha…my mom made the monkey and put the fig on there to make him “decent” for me πŸ˜‰

      March 28, 2011 at 9:07 pm
  • Reply Holly @ The Runny Egg

    Laury you look so beautiful!

    I love the book idea — way to go Laury’s mom!!! The organic baby food, organic diapers, etc — they know you so well πŸ™‚

    March 28, 2011 at 8:48 am
    • Reply laury

      thanks, Holly πŸ™‚ Yes, they do!

      March 28, 2011 at 9:07 pm
  • Reply Joslyn @ missfitbliss

    I love all of these pics! I was right in my prediction many many months ago: you are a beautiful prego woman!! That dress is so pretty on you!

    March 28, 2011 at 9:03 am
    • Reply laury

      awww, thanks so much, Joslyn πŸ™‚

      March 28, 2011 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    I love the advice card from your sister. so cute. The book idea is really great as well.

    You look adorable- btw.

    March 28, 2011 at 9:14 am
  • Reply Laura

    Looks like an awesome baby shower. It’s all happening now!

    March 28, 2011 at 9:49 am
  • Reply susan

    Oh wow Laury, what a beautiful post. Your baby shower really was wonderful, love all the photos and you look fabulous, your dress is so pretty! We don’t have baby showers over here but I think they are a lovely idea and how see of your mom to build a library for Ella. Love it!

    March 28, 2011 at 9:58 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Susan πŸ™‚ My husband in Jewish and a lot of my friends too in the Jewish religion you don’t do them, so a lot of people I know never had one! Weird because I never heard of that until a few years ago! They are wonderful but you only get it for the first baby πŸ™‚

      March 28, 2011 at 9:00 pm
  • Reply Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

    I love everything about this post! Aw, poor Munchkin thinks he has a special place now! haha I’m sure he’ll love Baby Ella (once he gets over his jealousy)! πŸ˜‰

    March 28, 2011 at 10:58 am
    • Reply laury

      I hope so!!!

      March 28, 2011 at 8:58 pm
  • Reply Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    Haha … what is it about cats that makes them think everything is for THEM? Ha ha… hope he learns to stay off that bedding.

    Beautiful shower!

    March 28, 2011 at 11:31 am
    • Reply laury

      haha, not sure if it’s going to happen but let’s hope!

      March 28, 2011 at 8:58 pm
  • Reply leashieloo

    The shower and nursery look amazing. It’s so funny how cats assume they own everything in your house, poor thing is about to get a reality check. Hopefully he realizes that it’s not for him!

    March 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm
    • Reply laury

      haha, he will probably keep thinking it’s his and wonder why Ella is taking his space

      March 28, 2011 at 8:57 pm
  • Reply Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)

    Omg what a gorgeous baby shower!!! You are so beautiful πŸ™‚ Btw your mom’s cake looks incredible, straight out of a bakery for sure. Congrats babe πŸ˜€

    March 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, it was great! My mom made the diaper cake….the shower cake was professional, and SO delish πŸ™‚

      March 28, 2011 at 8:57 pm
  • Reply Courtney F

    Everything looks wonderful! You are looking great, especially! Glowing.

    March 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Awww, it looks like it was a beautiful shower, have fun with everything and remember, you’re in the home stretch now πŸ™‚

    March 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm
    • Reply laury

      Home stretch is right!!!

      March 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm
  • Reply La.

    You are right, the dress looks beautiful on you! So pretty! Your shower looks delightful! You will just LOVE that moses basket from your sis! How fun, I’m so glad it was a wonderful experience for you! One month…this is so exciting!

    March 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm
    • Reply laury

      yes!!! I can’t believe it’s so soon!!!

      March 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm
  • Reply Caree @ Fit-Mama

    You look stunning in that dress!!! Definitely should be a preggo model! πŸ™‚

    Loved seeing all the pics from your shower!!! πŸ™‚

    March 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm
    • Reply laury

      LOL…I wouldn’t go that far but thanks, heheh πŸ˜‰

      March 28, 2011 at 8:55 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ Hungry Dancer

    Wow what an amazing shower!!! You are a beyond gorgeous mom to be!!! Love the book shelf and bedding!!!

    March 28, 2011 at 3:55 pm
    • Reply laury

      you are so sweet πŸ™‚

      March 28, 2011 at 8:55 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    What an amazing shower!!! That dress looks so awesome on you!!

    all the pressies, cake, food, and gifts..awesome!!
    Congrats on one month left…wahoo!!

    March 28, 2011 at 4:02 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks!! Yes, it was wonderful πŸ™‚

      March 28, 2011 at 8:54 pm
  • Reply Shayla

    What a wonderful shower and I love the bookcase idea!! And I love the dress you chose, you looked beautiful in it! πŸ™‚

    March 28, 2011 at 5:56 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks so much! Yes, I loved the bookcase….my mom did such a great job!

      March 28, 2011 at 8:54 pm
  • Reply Mary @ Bites and Bliss

    My goodness, you’re all set now!! πŸ˜€ I can’t wait for her to get here! We’re all so excited! As no doubt you are too!! πŸ˜€

    March 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ Simply Shaka

    So, I kinda want to get pregnant so I can partake in all the fun gifts!!! Seriously, I love it all from the cake to the stool to the food spread to the book collection to ahhhhhh Munchie in the baby bed!!! I love him so much but lets hope he doesnt get too comfortable. I can’t believe you are due so soon, thanks for sharing this πŸ™‚

    March 28, 2011 at 6:48 pm
    • Reply laury

      LOL, you crack me up

      March 28, 2011 at 8:54 pm
  • Reply Kat

    Everything looks beautiful!!! (including you!!) I love all the organic baby food. Your baby is going to be so healthy and beautiful πŸ™‚

    March 28, 2011 at 7:16 pm
    • Reply laury

      thanks! it was so funny how it says “Ella’s Organic Baby Food”

      March 28, 2011 at 8:53 pm
  • Reply Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun

    You look SO gorgeous! You had quite the nice shower too. Love the books thing. Some of my friends did that and I wished I had thought of it when I had my shower.

    March 28, 2011 at 7:34 pm
    • Reply laury

      aww, thanks! yes, it was a great idea by my mom! loved it!

      March 28, 2011 at 8:53 pm
  • Reply Shanna, like Banana

    Oh please show us more pics, pretty please!

    What a lovely, fabulous, incredible baby shower you had. It looks simply perfect as do you! Ella is going to be very loved.

    And her room looks great too! Gotta say Munchkin looks pretty cute in that crib, lol.

    March 28, 2011 at 8:48 pm
    • Reply laury

      haha, perhaps in time! I don’t want you all getting sick of baby oriented pics πŸ˜‰

      It was perfect…I am so lucky! Munchkin does look cute, that’s why we can’t kick him out hah

      March 28, 2011 at 9:24 pm
  • Reply Pure2raw twins

    how fun! you are a beautiful mom!! love Ella’s room πŸ™‚

    March 28, 2011 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply Valerie @ FreshMutz

    I hope I manage to look as pretty as you do when I have a bun in the oven. Love your pink dress and Ella is such a pretty name.

    March 28, 2011 at 11:14 pm
  • Reply Alisa Fleming

    Oh my goodness, what an amazing shower Laury!!! I love the book idea that your mom had, that really is priceless.

    March 29, 2011 at 12:35 pm
  • Reply Jen

    What a great shower, love your mom’s book idea. I think its natural for your kitty to go in the crib they always gotta check out new stuff in the house:) My male cat is soo curious of everything, but you can always get a crib tent to make sure he stays out when ella comes.

    March 29, 2011 at 12:48 pm
  • Reply Naomi

    OMG everything looks so perfect! and I love that dress you wore to your shower! so beautiful! clearly you are glowing and look like such a mommy to be! πŸ™‚ congrats lady! I cant wait to ‘meet’ your lil munchkin!

    March 29, 2011 at 5:05 pm
  • Reply Trainer Kjirsten

    Oh, what a fantastic wedding shower! The pics are so beautiful! I love that idea for everyone to bring a book! When I threw a wedding shower for my sister, I sent out the same invites you guys used! They are just so precious!

    March 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm
  • Reply Jennifer (The Gourmetour)

    Wow! You look gorgeous!!!
    Your party looks like it was a lot of fun, and like little ella is going to be very loved by a lot of people! Congrats!!

    March 29, 2011 at 6:37 pm
  • Reply Leila @ Spinach and Skittles

    Ahh Ella totally scored! Love the book idea, and the adorable book shelf! Ok, really, I love everything πŸ™‚ You looked quite adorable too!

    March 29, 2011 at 11:50 pm
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    March 30, 2011 at 4:05 am
  • Reply Sissy

    What a nice baby shower, Schlaur! Can’t wait to meet Ella even more!!

    March 30, 2011 at 11:29 am
  • Reply Morgan

    OH MY! Amazing shower! Your peeps TO CARE OF YOU for sure! Love the chair your mother in law made. Looks reallly cool. And the daiper cake. DANG… great job “Laurys mama!”
    Ok, I gotta say, the hat is super sexy mama for sure. hahahaha You totally SHOULD wear it when in labor. Just to, you know, add to the whole vibe in the room. The hat and a bowl of bon bons. And yodle while your at it. Might as well. HAHA
    I cant believe you only have 1 month left. Have you decided really on a natural vs. Epidural or are you unsure still?
    Love the baby food maker to BTW! Your fam and friends totally spoiled you. You are loved! <3

    March 30, 2011 at 1:40 pm
    • Reply laury

      Hahahaha….could you even imagine the nurses if I pulled that hat out of my overnight bag? OMG. That and some vegan bon bons…yup, classic.

      I am a very lucky gal πŸ™‚ The shower was amazing!!!

      March 30, 2011 at 10:57 pm
  • Reply Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner

    Everything looks perfect!!! πŸ˜€

    March 31, 2011 at 11:56 pm
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