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cathflores Between a 4D ultrasound on Saturday and the standard 32 week ultrasound today, we tried every trick, position, angle, and move to jostle our girl out of hiding in my hip (Saturday) and covering her face while napping (today). She pushed back against the ultrasound wand in a sassy response - and there is no doubt that she reflects us in specific features. As usual, the hummingbird heartbeat sparked my happy tears...weeks until meeting her blazing past us now. Joyful anticipation. @mpflores222 #plusone #notafanofphotos #ihopewecanchangehermind #stillheadoverheelsinlove 4h
  •   cathflores @audreyhandel I read your mind! The u/s pics aren't tremendously clear but we definitely got a glimpse of her chubby adorable cuteness! Thank you for being such a caring sweet soul! 4h

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cathflores Today was for good news and more glimpses of our sweet baby girl. 32 week ultrasound uncovered more of her sass (stubbornness...comes by it honestly from both parents) and her features easily spotted - lips and hair, all Daddy; nose, cheeks, facial expressions - so very mini-Mama. Positive results on all measurements, which brings us comfort and hope for the weeks ahead. I have loved pregnancy fiercely (recent hot magma heartburn aside), even in my grief of losing my mama 17 weeks in...bolstered by the certainty that a love as great as what Mama Jan and I shared awaits us with Floradita. Wearing Mama Jan's blouse for love & luck today, my coat of armor from my hero. 32w3d and seeing the finish line materialize more every day. @mpflores222 #babybump #plusone #mamajanfan #carryyouwithme #bestadventure 4h
  •   audreyhandel Pregnancy really does become you! You truly look fab. Truly! Also, I want you to post an ultrasound pic! 4h
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  •   catday1125 I know I already commented on your Facebook post but this picture is just so beautiful! You are absolutely glowing. Pregnancy suits you!!!!! I can't wait to see you with your little girl in your arms! 3h

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cathflores And baby makes 3 // interval runs are getting tough if not downright uncomfortable in the bladder department (sorry if TMI...it's getting real around here)...but 30% humidity spring nights call for squeezing every last bit of outdoor exercise before summertime rolls in - thick, heavy air not far behind. 31w6d! @mpflores222 #plusone #babybump #bettergetusedtorunningwithalittlesomethingextra! 4d

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cathflores I have all of the love, all of the feelings for the way my talented, beloved best friend @vermillionbeth {Beth V Photography} captured a moment of imagining mamahood. A maternity session steeped in light, beauty, laughter, love. Golden minutes with favorite people to hang on to forever. @mpflores222 #bethvphotography #photographerextraordinaire #goldenhour #babybump #plusone #Repost @vermillionbeth with @repostapp.
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It's baby season! This is my gorgeous 5th grade BFF from our session last week. 5d
  •   audreyhandel Gimme alllllllllll the heart eyes! I want MORE!!!! 5d
  •   cathflores @audreyhandel you make one certain mama-to-be feel like a bajillion bucks!!!! Thank you, gorgeous! Can't wait to see the rest...it was fun and sweet and all the good emotional overflow. 4d

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cathflores Maternity shoot in heavenly and perfect last-hour light with @vermillionbeth Beth V Photography. Only with Beth & Zak could I laugh so hard that round ligament pain cropped up as a result. Beloved friends who can cover the spectrum of hilarity and heartache are rare gems. #wideopenspaces #texasskies #goldenhour @mpflores222 1w
  •   audreyhandel I can't wait to see! I bet they will be beautiful! 1w

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cathflores Baby's first official concert: @blueoctoberband, of course. Started with Mama's favorite song in the history of ever: "Calling You" (has to do with the way Mama feels about Daddy) - and there was no denying her wriggles and rolls to the sound. "You take away the old / show me the new / and I feel like I can fly when I stand next to you." @mpflores222 #babybump #plusone #musictherapy #blueoctober #callingyou 1w
  •   amandamojo I woke up at 5 AM and couldn't sleep. I prayed for your heart today. 1w

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cathflores Baby love: never truer words on this shirt. I fall asleep and wake up thinking about our baby girl, now just 9 weeks away from meeting her. She seems to sense exactly when my heart aches deeply for my mom and kicks to remind me she's there: she has my heart. @mpflores222 #babybump #plusone #mamadaughter 1w

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cathflores Denver tidbits in the Highlands: bright hues among small, fabulous shops and historic homes. A home run in my book. #denverhighlands 1w

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cathflores Shooting iPhone video isn't one of my top tech skills, but this was too cute not to share....Baileydog prefers my attention be directed to her, always. Love this sweet girl. #wirefoxterrier #ilovemydog #persistence #pantingsoundeffectsoverload @mpflores222 1w

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cathflores And just like that, it's Baby Floradita's last commercial flight in utero before she makes her own arrival. A day shy of 31 weeks! Homeward bound from a good trip in Denver with a favorite customer, this long week coming to an end, glad for glimpsing mountain beauties and brilliant bursts of spring. Noticing more babies in wraps and carriers than ever before, and elated to know the next time I fly commercially will be with the same accessories and precious cargo. #babybump #plusone 2w

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cathflores Coconut ginger fizz at Root Down. Enveloped in the most lovely dining experience...a must visit in Denver! #denvereats #locallysourced 2w

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cathflores Do you see the heart shape of this blossom? I was so taken by the purple & white combination (next to a purple & white house!) that my eyes didn't catch the heart immediately. And when I did, I closed my eyes to sense Mama Jan. Everywhere. She's everywhere. #mamajanfan #carryyouwithme #floralfab #springinbloom 2w

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cathflores Went to a favorite Denver gem, @theperfectpetal, as I do every Denver visit. Got to meet the owner (from TX!) tonight and loved it. My wonderful friend Mel introduced me to this shop in 2008, I took Mama Jan here in 2009, and have been coming ever since. I always buy letterpress Mother's Day cards for my mom at TPP, and even without her here on earth this year, I still picked one up for her...holding back tears and smiling at the flowers as cheerful as the fabrics she wore. Baby Floradita has future mama-daughter shopping trips in store, and I know my mom loves this symmetry. #shoplocal #denvershopsmall #mamajanfan #carryyouwithme #illseeyouagain 2w

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cathflores Baby Floradita's second-to-last commercial flight, while she's still on the inside! I chatted with her today while I drove to the airport...thinking out loud through a million things...a few long tough days stacked up behind me, letting those kicks and rolls remind me she's constantly there and every single thing I experience is actually what WE share as mama & daughter. My constant companion...I'm never alone. What a gift...and single digit weeks now until I can kiss her and snuggle her and see full circle how she was knitted within me as the most sparkling and vibrant blessing. @mpflores222 #plusone #babybump #mamadaughter #flyingpreggo 2w
  •   audreyhandel So sweet! Love that shirt too! Where ya going? 2w
  •   cathflores @audreyhandel Thank you, gorgeous! This little gem of a flowy blouse is from my fab sis in law, and it's from Francesca's...I have long loved that place! Just landed in Denver for my last biz trip by plane before baby. She's getting a lot of frequent flier miles early! Hope this means travel is one of her favorite pastimes down the road (after weathering ear pain on ascent & descent!). 2w

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cathflores Very proud of my very talented friend Bri @brianna_land and literally drooling over everything in her Adrift In My Mind etsy shop! Gorgeousness!! #AIMMgiveaway #Repost @brianna_land with @repostapp.
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READY, SET, LAUNCH! The new AIMM Collection is now live on the @etsy shop! And it's time to celebrate with a #giveaway of this #arrow piece!

Here's the deal.

1. Follow my Instagram feed and like this photo.
2. Re-post this photo and tag me with @brianna_land and #AIMMgiveaway.
It's that simple, folks! I'll pick a winner at random this Friday, April 17th. Good luck + XO!
3w

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cathflores In January of 1997, I attended a school trip to Washington D.C. with a small set of classmates during junior year of high school. Two of those classmates, Natasha & Melani, would become two of my dearest friendships; love & memories born out of trip exploring and subway riding and hotel room giggling that week and sailing through the rest of high school. The Ya-Yas were born! We stayed connected through college years in different cities, we celebrated each others' adventures and major life milestones in the years which followed: a doctor, a lawyer, a business lady...moves, marriages, motherhood, tinged with health challenges and loss, but always steeped in love. This weekend the Ya-Yas converged in Houston from SF and Atlanta, pampering me with baby gifts, a swanky hotel slumber party (symmetry to 1997), a spa day for massages and pretty fingers and toes, plenty of queso & cupcakes, and snuggling the first Ya-Ya baby (LC) while knowing my own baking baby is blessed to have these Ya-Ya aunties. My heart was so full with admiration for these amazing women, with delight in our conversation and relating, for the kindness which defines them. What good fortune for DC, for enduring souls, for friendship. Love you both so dearly! #friendship #yayasforever #yayas #halfalifetimeoflove 3w
  •   audreyhandel So sweet! Glad y'all had a great weekend! Good girlfriends are the best! 👭 3w

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cathflores Missing my mama so much in this moment, and went to read some of the sweet comments in the online guestbook celebrating her life. My mom's childhood friend Jill and her husband Bob left amazing words, which I thought of when I stood beside the Atlantic in March (this picture) and again today and many other days. What wonderful people my mom counted as her cheering section. // "Jan's positive spirit was like the ocean -- washing over you with courage and hope, even though her own personal seas became stormy over the many years of her illness. How fortunate that in spite of her trials she was able to experience so much in her life, but we are sure nothing meant more to her than the love and support of her family and friends. We are privileged to be able to count ourselves as two of them.
God now has a very special angel to look down on all of us." #mamajanfan #carryyouwithme #illseeyouagain #loveandloss
3w

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cathflores From the moment I read the wise words of my friend Chad, who suggested my heaven-dwelling mama and the baby inside me were connected by one heartbeat, that phrase has comforted me. I sought out an Etsy artisan to help make this concept an artful reality for the nursery and it arrived yesterday. Carlie Ivie @carlsbarkley3 , you hit it out of the park, and our conversations warmed my heart. We can remain connected even outside the bounds of earth: this I know, this I strive for, this I cherish. #mamajanfan #carryyouwithme #heavenlybond #oneheartbeat #carlieivie #shophandmade #floraditasangel #plusone 4w

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cathflores The wheels of #scarftherapy have begun turning.The incredible outpouring of scarf love at and around Mama Jan's celebration of life is finding its way to those in need, and as my ability to focus more clearly returns (grief fog/numbness/inability to move quickly is so real), there is so, so much more to come. These two fab scarves delivered today to a brave warrior in the first stages of her courageous cancer battling: they connote warmth, brightness, and hope. Follow our journey as it bursts forth & know your kindness is covering others - it reaches far and wide. You, giving ones, are a bright blessing. I'm gratified by your patience. I'm energized by the future. #mamajanfan #scarflove #cancerwarrior #carryyouwithme #warmthbrightnesshope #dreamchasing 4w

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cathflores Look up. Breathe. Today was one of those days which just kept rolling on from the first eye flutter - while sipping the rest of my water bottle before jumping in the security line at the Orlando airport, I glanced up briefly and thought the actual sky was a painted ceiling for a moment. A window, a pattern, a perfect hue, a reminder to look up. #floridaskies #reflect #skygaze 4w

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