This Runner's Trials

Charlotte baby shower

I love living in (err, just outside) Charlotte. The only downside is how far away we are from family; 10 hours from mine and about 3 hours from my husband's. But having wonderful friends really makes up for that. :)

Caitlin threw me the perfect baby shower this past weekend.

See my "Mom" race medal? The theme was "Ironbaby". Incredibly fitting since I'm a runner and triathlete and hubby is an Ironman.



I had to white out his name since we aren't quite ready to go public with it.

Confession: I still haven't taken the race bibs down. I'm obsessed with them and the Giants decorations from my NJ shower. So much so that I'm kind of wishing we painted the nursery blue... but don't tell Jeff. He spent the entire day yesterday doing the rest of the large projects for the nursery- he even missed his bike ride! It's probably not the best time to change my mind.

Just like a triathlon, the shower had three events:


Eat. Everyone contributed delicious dishes.



Play (games). Including the poopy diaper game! Everyone also had to guess how many inches my belly is (39) and how many miles I've run since the second trimester started (254.75).



Love (open gifts). My little guy got hooked up with so much cute gear. My friends are way too generous.

Seriously, how cute and creative of a theme is this? Caitlin really outdid herself! It really was perfect, and I felt so honored that she did all of this hard work for me. Tear. I can only hope she allows me to return the favor one day in the future.

Some highlights:

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Erin's gorgeous diaper cake. I refuse to ever take this apart and display it in baby boy's room until he turns 10. He'll be cool with that.


These incredibly delicious brownie pops made by Nicole. I'm not admitting to how many of these I've eaten…

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Brittney's chocolate fountain. Mmm.

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Cindi's and Christie's adorable baby girls. Thank you both for allowing Nati to cover your daughters in slobber.

Each of my friends truly had a hand in making the day so special. Michelle and Lindsay even took these photos so I wouldn't have to worry about it.


I am so blessed to have such a thoughtful, kind group of friends. Now I hope they don't mind being baby-sitters in a few more months. Kidding. Kind of. ;)

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  1. Such a fun shower theme! I have that same shirt from Motherhood Maternity! Ha :) It looks great on you – I’m a little small (18 wks) and it just looks funny on me still.

  2. I’ll totally baby-sit! Glad you enjoyed everything! I had fun!!

  3. I’m in for the babysitting too! I even have real-life nannying experience ;) !

  4. What fun baby shower! I have been following your story for some time now, I just wanted to say how inspiring I find you and your husband! Thank you for your honesty throughout your rough times, and I wish you both nothing but good things in the coming months. Congratulations on your little boy- he is going home to a wonderful family :)

  5. Looks like a such a fun shower! So glad you had a great time :)

  6. Love your top, and Caitlin’s classy houndstooth dress! So glad you had a fun day.

  7. I LOVE the theme! So creative! And the diaper thing! That would make changing diapers so much more entertaining right now!

  8. yay! I LOVE the theme, I am so sad I can’t be at any of your showers! at least i get to see you next week, yay!

  9. Awesome shower theme! Looks like it was a lot of fun! :)

  10. How fun! The theme is perfect, and it looks like such a good time.

    By the way, that’s a lotta’ miles girl! I’m also impressed with how you’ve kept track of them.

  11. I’m SO happy that you enjoyed the shower and that you love the diaper cake. :) We all love you to pieces!

  12. I love that your friends & family did themed baby showers that were so personal to you and your husband :). That’s race bibs are absolutely adorable and such a creative idea.

  13. Love the theme – so perfect for you! And you’re looking fabulous, too. You absolutely have that momma glow going on :)

  14. oh what a wonderful party!! And the theme is just PERFECT!!!

  15. What an adorable and special shower! You definitely do have some great friends who know you very well :) I love the theme, and the idea of ordering the custom race bibs. So creative! I’m so glad you enjoying your party — you certainly deserved to feel extra special, Jen :)

  16. Looks like such a fun shower. I love the race bibs. So nice to meet you later that night!

  17. I love your mom medal and the race bibs, that’s so you! It’s always nice to have a shower or a party personalized in that way. :)

  18. Looks like it was a blast! What an adorable theme. I’m sad I missed it, but love looking at all the pictures- you’re glowing… like, for real!

  19. Looks like an awesome shower! Caitling did a great job! And, I’m totally not doing this to be snarky but it was just too funny to pass up. I hope you’ll see the humor!

    “since we aren’t quite ready to go pubic with it.”

    lol – LOVE it! Gotta love typos sometimes.

  20. I love the theme! It’s so cute, and very fitting. If I were closer, I would happily babysit baby runnerstrials all the time! I’m just glad you have family up here – because that means you’ll hopefully be visiting at some point with baby boy in tow. And of course I will track you down – I mean, do whatever I can to meet up with you – when you do!

  21. So fun!! Did you meet Caitlin through blogging or did you already know her?? It’s getting so close!!!

  22. What an awesome blog! I love it. :) Many blessings to you and your baby! xo

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