cathflores My sweet niece and my baby girl...I can't wait for them to meet and bond as sweet cousins do. The beginning of a beautiful friendship. #plusone #family #babybump #futurefriends 2d
  •   batesjn That dress is amazing 2d
  •   audreyhandel That dress is so cute! Where did you find it? 2d
  •   audreyhandel And this is such a sweet pic, too! 2d
  •   cathflores @audreyhandel Thank you, darling - this dress is sooo comfy and divine! Stretchy fabulous! Found it through @veryjane - a delightful new set of daily deals every couple of days! 2d
  •   audreyhandel Yes! Love Very Jane! It's super cute! 2d

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cathflores Just a tiny snippet of the complete wonder, treasure, delight of today's storybook themed shower given by two women I adore with every ounce of my heart. I have a billion pictures on another camera but these represent a little fraction of today's sweetness. Fabric bunting, an artisan-made wreath crafted from children's book pages, a spread of treats which were linked to books (like spinach quiches next to "Green Eggs & Ham"), a corsage with a book-page rosette nestled against coral-pink roses & teal sparkles. My mom was surely grinning down on this festival of fabulous. The words of gratitude and hope are written on my heart for always. #plusone #luckyfloradita #storybookshower #babyshower #gratefulheart #tremendoustouches 2d

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cathflores Today was a completely astounding day. Showered with a storybook shower - themes built around best-loved children's books (matching books to food, books to games, book quotes as decor). My sis Kristyna & my bonus mama Gail outdid themselves with touches of creative love, and the ones celebrating our lucky baby girl spanned my whole life - my parents' dear friends before my birth, the loving neighbors who surrounded all of my growing up, the wonderful women who comprised my mom's own Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Our baby girl is steeped in a community of love, uplift, generosity - our hearts are filled to bursting. More pictures to come. More love to share. #plusone #luckyfloradita #loveheals #babyshower #storybookshower 2d

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cathflores This is 35 at 35! 35w0d of pregnancy for this 35 year old mama-to-be, wahoo! The bump precedes me everywhere now....I feel like we're approaching full basketball instead of half basketball status....I am loving pregnancy and the wonder I feel on a daily basis (now that hot magma heartburn has been managed somewhat!). Each morning I awaken with a little ache in my back and one in my heart to match (missing my mom) but gratitude seeps into those cracks, instilling hope...inviting love...brimming with gratitude for a new day and the new life bursting within me. 5 (or fewer) weeks to go, when my heart officially becomes too big to fit inside. @mpflores222 #plusone #babybump #gratefulheart #carryyouwithme #maxidressbecomingdailyuniform #stretchyclothesforever 4d

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cathflores Darling pup taking part in nursery prep (or just really enjoying barking out the window at everything & nothing). I just know she'll be at my feet during all-hours-of-the-night baby feelings: my beloved companion who has kept me company through sleepless nights and sick days and lazy snuggle-fests. #ilovemydog #wirefoxterrier #firstbaby #plusone 4d

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cathflores #latergram - from last week's experience at TUTS with @mpflores222 . Houston is...vibrant, daring, brilliant, full of life. #ihearthou #htx #houston #cityhall 4d

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cathflores Loving her ever more at 34 // terrific 34 week appointment with @mpflores222 . Strong heartbeat, positive discussions, impressed my doc by wearing high heels (but reversed that by tripping over a tree gumball at home & nearly falling/getting injured later - par for the course!). We were prepared to be ready to meet our Baby Floradita anytime after 38 weeks (not the full 40 necessarily!) so the coming days are even more exciting. Celebrated with a junior high orchestra concert and angel hair pasta; a truly terrific Tuesday. 34w4d! #plusone #babybump #allstretchyclothesallthetimenow! 6d

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cathflores Showered with love & creativity // my husband @mpflores222 is so lucky to teach at a school full of fabulous colleagues and administrators. His team in particular - well, they're just the bees knees. I've loved that crew since 2011....his first year teaching. Ashantia & Lisa put on an adorable, thoughtful, delicious, heartfelt, and coral & teal shindig yesterday to celebrate our baby girl. We felt so loved by generous friends (and I have endless squeals within for cute baby prints & bags & oh just all of it). @wundermum & Lisa, you make our hearts soar. Your details are so darling. We love you so much - thank you!!!! Best Monday all year! #babybump #plusone #showersoflove #babyshower #luckyfloradita 6d

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cathflores Lucky • luck•y (adjective): having, bringing, or resulting from good luck. // I found this gorgeous ombré crocheted horseshoe during my annual trip to @theperfectpetalboutique in Denver in April. I bought it for our daughter (how lucky we feel to become a family of 3) and also a blue crocheted horseshoe in honor of my mom: she loved blue, she taught me how to knit (a blue scarf), and I was forever lucky she was mine. Gave the blue one to my dad for Mother's Day to hang up for her. I just researched the artisan and learned it was a shop in Tucson (well there's a sign) called Tel•e•gram, which has since closed (sad) but when open had a loom in the shop and sold gorgeous quilts. It was a place my mom would have adored. Couldn't be more fitting. Knitted together in so many ways, we are. #carryyouwithme #signsareeverywhere #mamajanfan #horseshoe #lucky #shoplocal #shophandmade #crochet 1w

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Valencia Catherine Flores
cathflores Our first baby in the crib, which was assembled by @mpflores222 faster than a pizza can be delivered. His handiness = swoon. Sitting in this slowly-coming-together nursery, we talked about the days ahead where our baby girl will dwell here, and how we hope our beloved Baileydog wants to stay near. She has long loved babies & kids, fascinated by their smells and sounds. Bailey will always, always be my first baby, the one we've raised from 8 weeks old, the one who has seen us through so much life, the soulful one who comforts and delights us deeply. #ilovemydog #wirefoxterrier #firstbaby 1w
  •   audreyhandel Jenny Lind crib? Love it! 1w
  •   cathflores @audreyhandel I think my first reply disappeared...yes! Exactly! This crib so reminded me of the one my brothers & I had....only that was the ultra faaaaab shade of 1970s brown! 😀1w
  •   audreyhandel Yes! Love Jenny Lind...doesn't go out of style! I have been looking for a steal on a high chair via Craigslist for a couple years now. Can't wait to see the nursery! 1w

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cathflores 6! 6 weeks to go (a tad under, actually) - each week toting along a slightly bigger belly feels a lot like running through the airport with a bag stuffed full of one too many magazines...and today's run gave our little miss a case of the hiccups! Big props to @mpflores222 who runs his own pace while I figure out what works for my bladder that day, but always loops back to give me a wave, a squeeze, a high five. Best running partner ever! 34w1d #plusone #babybump 1w
  •   vermillionbeth Props to you for running at 34 weeks!! 1w
  •   cathflores @vermillionbeth "run" defined by the unabridged Cath dictionary: jog some, walk some, get a burst of energy and run faster until pressing need to hit a [nonexistent] restroom crops up, walk a lot, jog half heartedly. Ha ha! But completely true. My favorite part is definitely the stretching...though it's good to be out there. 1w
  •   audreyhandel That is crazy that there is so little time left! Soooooo exciting! 1w
  •   daynareyna You are such an inspiration! Love you so excited for you both! 1w

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Normal Catherine Flores
cathflores May surprises & fragrant memories // I seem to forget about the gardenia bush on the side of our house every year until each May when bright white velvety petals burst forth on the glossy emerald green leaves. My mom adored our gardenia bush at my childhood home and she collected the fragrant blossoms every single spring, relishing gardenia-scented treats. These beauties are all just for you, Mama. Keeping you close & loved. #mamajanfan #carryyouwithme #gardenia #springinbloom 1w

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cathflores The colorful heartstrings: @mpflores222 has forever been my favorite person - but in the last months of both some of our highest joys and most crushing lows, he has exceeded everything I needed in a partner. Pictured here: when my dad and I returned to town last week from visiting friends, we walked into the house to the intoxicating smell of cake. Marc had baked us a teal velvet cake (like red velvet) plus purple funfetti frosting (two of my favorite colors) to welcome us home. And lately I've been sick all this week and he brought me dinner in bed last night and set out a special breakfast for me this morning. We are so buoyed by the help we receive in moments which challenge us. To imagine raising a family together with this man, who nurtures my soul: it is the brightest blessing. #caketherapy #lovedoes #hubtastic 1w

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cathflores A tender reminder for Baby Floradita: Mama Jan, her Grammy, is with her...today, tomorrow, always. From our fabulous maternity shoot with Beth V Photography @vermillionbeth @mpflores222 #oneheartbeat #mamajanfan #carryyouwithme #bethvphotography #plusone #maternityshoot 2w
  •   erin_pate Where did you get that?! I miss my grandmother terribly and I would love to have something like that to remember her by. 2w
  •   cathflores @erin_pate - isn't it gorgeous? I knew it needed to be framed and kept. This is from a whimsical company called Natural Life - so many sweet things. @naturallife I found this at a coffee shop who carried their things, or perhaps a Francesca's....bet you can order online, too. Hugs in memory of your grandmother. 2w

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cathflores In June of 2000, @mpflores222 and I were in our early (really early) 20s...dating, joyfully exploring Austin one weekend together, making a run to Target. We walked past the baby section and Marc grabbed this cute pink zebra rattle: "Can we please give this to our daughter someday?" he asked, smiling. He knew then. I think I knew, too. I went back later and bought it, stashed it, and now 15 years later, on another June day, we'll place it in our baby girl's hands. My heart overflows. Captured by Beth V Photography at our dreamy maternity session, April 2015. @vermillionbeth #plusone #babybump #bethvphotography #mamatobe #maternityshoot #whenyouknowyouknow 2w

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cathflores One of my most favorite captures: undiluted laughter courtesy of the 3 wonderful people standing in the field with me, while the last hour of light bathed everything in a magic glow...that same glow is the way my heart could be conveyed, too. This one, @vermillionbeth - you found one of the most important parts of me. Beth V Photography maternity shoot, April 2015. @mpflores222 #babybump #plusone #bethvphotography #mamatobe #maternityshoot 2w

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cathflores Field & Flora(dita) - our light drenched maternity shoot captured by Beth V Photography @vermillionbeth - love! @mpflores222 #babybump #plusone #bethvphotography #maternityshoot 2w
  •   audreyhandel This is so sweet! These are ALL amazing! 2w

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cathflores Light + laughter, our dreamy maternity shoot with Beth V Photography @vermillionbeth . @mpflores222 #plusone #babybump #bethvphotography #goldenhour #maternityshoot 2w

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cathflores Dreamy maternity shoot captured by Beth V Photography @vermillionbeth, every single frame in the image of excitement & love. @mpflores222 #plusone #babybump #bethvphotography #maternityshoot #mamatobe 2w

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cathflores Light in the sky, little one in my belly, love in my heart. Maternity shoot gloriousness with Beth V Photography, @vermillionbeth. A moment to pause forever. #plusone #babybump #maternityshoot #bethvphotography #goldenhour @mpflores222 2w

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