I have received so many gifts from friends and family members for Smudge. I can’t believe how many of my blogger friends sent us things for the baby. I am so humbled and spoiled. I’ve been a little nervous to post pictures of them during the first trimester, but since I am officially in the second trimester tomorrow I figure what better way to celebrate.

Lisanne sent us a pack of diapers, which is awesome because that’s something we’ve talked about stocking up on.


Casey got us the cutest pair of argyle baby socks. They’re so adorable!

baby socks

Connie’s gift totally surprised me. I thought it was the most awesome bodysuit ever. Now I understand why she asked if we’re still calling the baby Lil’ Geek (and we are).

lil geek bodysuit

Liz sent me a wearable blanket and the book “Your Pregnancy Week by Week”. I can’t wait to read it. And, check out the closeup of the top of the blanket. So cute!

wearable blanket

wearable blanket

Our good friends Mike and Suze sent us some cute winter outfits — a hooded sweater and a Christmas bodysuit.

christmas sweater and bodysuit

My parents gave us several things to celebrate the pregnancy — two Christmas onesies, a soft book and a stuffed lamb. Callie fell in love with the lamb when we first brought it home and was a little upset when I took it away, so my mom got her another stuffed animal made from the same material.

van dolson parents' gifts

Joe’s parents gave us the Dr. Suess book “Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?”


Bomma, my grandma, sent Smudge her first Bible. I’ve already looked through it, and it’s really cute.

first bible

Nana, Joe’s grandmother, sent us a box full of baby items — a beautiful blanket, a frog hooded towel, a frog robe, a duckie sleeper that says “Mommy Loves Me” and a duckie onesie that says “Adorable Baby”.

nana gifts

nana gifts

I’m just amazed at everyone’s generosity. It’s only been 13 weeks, and I feel like Smudge is so loved already. She going to be one cuted up little baby!

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Hi! Iā€™m a wife to a wonderful husband, mom to a beautiful and active (to put it lightly) kiddo, and fur-mom to 3 crazy cats. Iā€™m a former journalist. I quit my full time job two years ago. Now, I am a freelance writer and a virtual assistant for several bloggers!

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  1. connie says:

    I’m glad you received the body suit & hope that you guys like it šŸ™‚ I plan to get something more gender specific/appropriate once you find out the gender. You’re right, your baby is already so loved šŸ™‚

  2. Maureen says:

    You’ve started quite the collection- that is great. Looking forward to hearing how things unfold during your remaining months-

  3. Lisanne says:

    Definitely cute stuff! And I’m with Connie ~ I look forward to sending something/maybe knitting something when you guys hopefully find out what you’re having!

  4. Joe says:

    Love the Lil Geek onesie! When does she get here?

  5. LadyGrace says:

    Your so lucky to have some many people who love you with you through this! You have been given so many great stuff

  6. Casey says:

    Despite appearing nisex in person, those socks look masculine. Even though my money is on a Joe Jr., if Smudge is a Josefina, I shall send girly socks. šŸ™‚

  7. Lisanne says:

    Ooooh! I like the name Josefina! šŸ™‚

    By the way, I voted in your poll. For a boy. šŸ™‚

  8. Karen says:

    How sweet! I love all the gifts. Yes, you are truly blessed.

  9. Nice gifts and every bit helps!

  10. Smudge should be aok for clothes at least for a month! LOL!

  11. Linda says:

    Smudge has so many new things to try out.

  12. You are so blessed in so many ways. One of them is that you have loving family and friends. Baby clothes and other items are so much fun to see. When you have your baby shower, wait for all of the “oohs and aahs” that you’ll hear as you open your gifts šŸ™‚

  13. glass beads says:

    good points.I can’t agree any more. thanks very much for that..Well worth to read this article

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