Am currently sat on the lap top with a baby's bottom and feet stuck under my ribs, having a good shimmy about.... has anyone else ever been happy to put up with pain for something wonderful?? It really is a magical thing, totally worth feeling like you've been kicked by a runaway mule with hobnail boots on!
The weekend just gone was so much fun! We hosted our Baby Shower! Using the analogy of the event's title, it was more like a Monsoon than a Shower really, haha! Loads of people came out to celebrate with us! I have spent the past few days coming off of a massive high from all the lovely comments and well wishes from everyone. So much love and support in one room can make you feel so lifted you can touch the sky.... completely made me forget about my back ache, puffy ankles and excessively rotund appearance!
I made my mind up months ago that I never wanted to be a 'All eyes on me!' Mummy to Be at the Shower, where people guess your bump measurement and have games where you 'Guess the poo in the nappy!' or 'Pin the sperm on the egg!'. I can understand a lot of people love all that, but I get anxious if I am the main focus or go to events and get forced to participate in things I don't like the sound of, and I didn't want any of my guests to feel that way either. We held our equivalent of a British Bake Off, where people were invited to bake something for the day and then in turn all would vote for their favourite. The winner would receive a Gift Voucher as their prize and I also purchased a 'Star Baker' apron for the runner up! As a result, the baked goods served as our catering (as well as my sugar fix for the remainder of this week... SO MUCH CAKE!!) and it made such a lovely activity for everyone to get behind and make conversation about. We held a funny little quiz to bring the room together and make everyone chuckle a bit (much nicer than guessing jars of baby food... yeugh!) and there were a few little activities such as 'The Late Night Nappy Stash', where people could write a funny message to us on a nappy to help make those 4am nappy changes a bit more bearable, and we also provided Playdough and colouring books for the kiddies who came so that their parents could relax a bit and enjoy the party. Come to think of it... a fair few adults enjoyed playing on that table too in the end!
|Just a small selection of the Bake Off entries.....|
We just wanted our Baby Shower to be a fun party where all our friends and family could come together for a big ole' celebration and let us soak them all up before waddling off into the void of Parenthood. I say 'OUR' baby shower because that is exactly how I see it. It's not all about me and baby... there is a third person in this team and Paulibear is every bit as important as I am. I do feel for Daddy's out there sometimes, they can easily be forgotten as a bit of a spare part when actually, they are just as vital to everything as Mummies are. We even invited men to the Shower! How against tradition is that eh?! Naughty little rebels we are!
We just had the best time, and it will be a day that remains a firm favourite in the memory bank forever.
|Paulibear and I at the weekend hosting our baby shower.|