I could easily write a half-dozen or more blog entries about all the incredible things related to my baby shower this past weekend. But I’m doing my best to condense it all down into one!
First of all, I have to say how thankful I am that Floyd agreed to be there for the shower. I knew it wouldn’t be exactly “fun” for him– but his help hauling around packages was so appreciated! And I was glad a lot of people back home got a chance to see him, too, since we don’t get back to Missouri that often.
Floyd's twin brother's wife Shannon, me, my mother-in-law Sheila, and sister-in-laws Sheena and Betty at the shower
The big day: A handful of my mom’s best friends, along with my best friend, organized and threw the shower for us back in my hometown. The decorations were perfect, the food and cake delicious. It was evident they’d spent a lot of time planning to make the day just perfect.
My best friend: God bless her heart! She was hospitalized a few days before the shower and had to have emergency surgery to remove her gall bladder the day before the shower! I had talked to her on the phone several times while she was in the hospital and insisted that she not rush her recovery–her health is most important. But she kept insisting that even if she had to walk in with an IV bag attached, she’d be there. Again, I said not to worry about it and that we’d make arrangements to see her sometime during the weekend before heading back to Iowa. About halfway through the shower, she and her boyfriend and son came in with my gifts. She’s crazy, but I love her! I was really glad to see her and it meant so much to me that she wanted to make sure she could be there to personally give me Drake’s gift. (Which was a couple of adorable outfits and a handmade baseball quilt.)
All the love and support: Wow! There were over 75 people at the shower, ranging from a high school friend I hadn’t seen in at least 6 years, to former teachers, people from my hometown church, family and friends. We had SO MANY gifts!! It was a bit overwhelming. In fact, there was so much stuff that my dad ended up making a special trip to Iowa on Sunday with his SUV to help haul all the loot because we couldn’t fit it all in my car. I can’t tell you how much we appreciated that! We had so much stuff to go through, sort out, and organize (and still do), it was good to have everything at home when we got there. We’ve already made the big returns trip to Target for the things we received multiples of (2 high chairs, 2 pack ‘n plays, 3 extra bath tubs, and lots more!) and swapped them out for some of the things we didn’t get at the shower. I told Floyd that putting away all the clothing and unpacking the boxes makes me feel more prepared to welcome our little guy. Now that we’ve got all the “stuff”– it’s just a matter of putting together all the things that require assembly, and to finish finishing the basement so we can get the guest room stuff out of his room and complete making Drake’s space look cute as can be.
We’re getting really excited about parenthood these days. We’ve got a few more baby classes left to go. And by the time they wrap up, we’ll be at the point where we’ll be having weekly doctor visits. It’s crazy to think that our due date is just a little more than 5 weeks away! We feel incredibly blessed by all the love and support that’s been shown to us right from the start–including from many of you loyal blog readers! We know our lives are about to change in an amazing way, and I’m excited to keep you in on the journey!!
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This post was written by kmashek on October 20, 2011