Sunday, February 26, 2012

Baby Shower, or.... LOTS of Onesies!

Last weekend my Mom, MIL and "sisters" (brothers' wife, fiance and gf) threw me a baby shower.  It was all very "hush, hush" and I had to leave the house for a couple of hours beforehand so that they could prepare (we were down at my mom's place last weekend for a maternity photo shoot, too... more on that to come!).

When I got back to the house, just a few minutes before the party was supposed to start, the place was all baby'd out!

The dessert table.... yum!

Belly cake!


As you can see, there were a LOT of dessert options!  There were also chocolate truffles on a table in the living room.  I was in heaven! lol

As for activities, I told my mom that I'd much prefer some kind of crafty activities than silly party games (and I totally put the veto down on anything that had me eating chocolate bars out of diapers! lol).  So, my hosts set up a craft room with a bunch of fabric paints, onesies and bibs to decorate.

After painting was complete and food was eaten (sandwiches and a variety of fruits/salads.... more yummy goodness!).  We played a game... which I like to call "Guess how fat the pregnant lady is". =)  Each of the guests pulled a strand of yarn that they believed would most closely match how big around I am.  Then, I measured myself and compared to everyone else's guesses to find the "winner".

Some guests really underestimated (these people became my new best friends), and some don't have a very good spatial sense. lol  My MOTHER on the other hand, shoved in about a quarter of the skein as her "guess".  =P  It just kept coming, and coming, and coming out of the bucket (as you can see in the photo below).  She thought it was hilarious. =P

Then it was time for gifts.  Lots and lots of gift bags filled with pastel colored tissue paper... it was like a sea of girli-ness...

... with some really cute stuff inside!  (And a LOT of clothes!)

After the gifts were opened, there was one more surprise for me.  You know that bridal shower game where someone writes down everything that the bride-to-be says while opening gifts and then reads them back has what she may say on her wedding night?  Well, my hosts did the same thing for me... only this was what was "said" during conception.

It is VERY dangerous to make a pregnant lady laugh this hard!

Some examples of what was "said" include:
  • "Feels so soft"
  • "I don't want to tear the bag"
  • "Ohhh!  This is all for momma"
  • "I'm hoping to get good use out of this"
  • "Oh wow!  This is a gift I need... but not one I want to show everyone!"
  • "This is my favorite part!"
  • "Finally, some wipes"
  • "You did a good job"
  • "Ok, getting up for the big guy"

Another ongoing activity that was set up was "Wishes for Baby" cards.  A bunch of fill-in-the blank sheets were left in the various "party areas" of the house for guests to fill out.  I didn't read them until I got home, but when I did, I bawled.  They were just so sweet.  I'm planning to turn them into a book for the little one.  I'll share that at a later date as well, but, for now, here's a couple samples of what my fabulous guests had to say.

Finally, my mom set up a 50/50 raffle for birth date guesses.  Again, she was mean and guessed that I'd be about a week late. =P  Many of the other guests also guessed late.  The ones that guessed right on time or a few days early, I hope, will win this one! lol  My personal guests are either April 13th or the 20th... we'll see how it plays out. =)

All in all, it was a very entertaining afternoon!  And we ended up carting home a car load of baby things.  A friend of mine is throwing me another shower in Portland next weekend for some of my Portland-based friends, and then it will be shopping time for Jacob and I to pick up the rest of the "necessities".  We are registered at Target and, if I remember correctly, the give us a discount within 6 weeks before the due date... which is coming up QUICKLY!  There's also a big consignment sale at the convention center here in Portland the last weekend of March, so I hope to get some good deals on the bigger things there.

Who would have thought that such a little person would need so much STUFF?


Jennifer Williams said...

I am so glad that you had such a good time :) :)
and that you liked the cards we all filled out!

Meghan C said...

Looks like you had fun!

I despised the "How Fat is Meghan" game (this is what I called it). I thought my mom was mean with her guess but it was spot on, lol.