03 May 2006

Wild Card Wednesday - a baby shower!

So, I guess it's official now. Sasha is on her way! Last night my friends threw me a baby shower. Sweet, huh? And before I tell you all about it, here's a laugh. The hostess and her family recently moved here from Sweden. I guess her son isn't too familiar with the tradition of baby showers, because he asked her who's baby we would be washing. LOL... he probably wondered why all the fancy food, too! Poor kid! I'm sure he's anxious to discover what other crazy things we Americans do. ;)

Anywho, I totally was not expecting a shower. In fact, I shyed away from it because not only is this my fourth child, but my second girl, and I really have all that I need. But I have had some trouble with my pregnancies and am on modified bedrest for preterm labor, so this was a very thoughtful gesture... and so unique an idea for any subsequent pregnancy...

Everyone brought an envelope containing a money gift and clipped it to this tree, which I got to take home with me after the shower:

The money was collected specifically for a gift certificate to a place in town called The Studio Kitchen, where you can assemble a stock of frozen meals. I cannot tell you how helpful this will be. We have tried both Schwan's Delivery Service and a personal chef, and the cost (on top of a maid service and weekly/sometimes bi-weekly appointments with progesterone shots) has begun to be a financial burden. I still have to hire a mother's helper for when school lets out, too!

I also got to open a few sweet little gifts (because some of my friends just love to shop too much:)). There was a darling little ladybug outfit, some baby toys to spruce up my ancient collection, yet another gift certificate (for an infant massage, yay!), and a sweet little baby pillow made from an antique handkerchief.



What a fun little celebration it was! The goodies table was picture perfect :


And we played some not-too-tacky games, as well. Mi favorito was guessing organs/body parts from various ultrasound pictures. It's amazing how little you learn from having, oh about a bajillion good looks at babies in utero, lol. I think I missed some of the easiest, most basic shots!

Anyway, I am truly feeling like one happy and loved mama today! And hopefully these ideas will get used by some of you out there... this was such a fun and simple (not to mention charitable) way to celebrate baby's coming.

22 comments:

smartmama said...

oh lei- wish i was there- i love a shower!! how fun-- i give showers excessively- i just think all babies should be celebrated in fact soetimes fourth more than 1st!

Amber said...

I love showers!! Sasha is such a sweet name too. Yay for girls! I hope your pregnancy continues to go well. What a thoughtful gesture for your friends to make.

Gabriela said...

How fun! I wish I were there too. And what a thoughtful gift. I was on bedrest with my first. The nice girls in my ward (BYU married ward--way overzealous!) were so sweet, we had meals everynight. I can't imagine what I would do now on bedrest with other kids to take care of.

Sunny said...

HOW FUN! What great friends - I hope you completely enjoyed yourself :)

Char said...

Sounds awesome! Glad you enjoyed yourself....you deserve it!

Nettie said...

What great friends you have! That meals thing is so thoughtful. I love the names Sasha, too. Very feminine and pretty.

Maine Mom said...

What fun, and what a neat idea for a shower! I love the ABC cake!

sheri said...

How fun! I totally wish I were there to help you celebrate!

Julie said...

What fantastic friends! And what a smart gift that will truly be enjoyed and make your life easier!

momofalltrades said...

What a great idea! We've done food's in the freezer showers before, but yours is WAAAAAAAY better!

lackrik said...

How fun! I can't believe your little one will be here soon! :)

QueenMeadow said...

How sweet!! Sounds like a wonderful party :). I'm so glad that you were able to get some help with meals (well, you will once you use your gift certificates and such).

I'm glad you had a fun evening, you deserve it!

kfk said...

Sounds like a great time! And what a great idea for a gift.

Rachelle said...

What fun pictures and what a fun time! It sounds like a blast. All babies shoudl be celebrated!

Melissa said...

That was so cute..Im so excited for my shower! Sasha and Angelina will be great friends and cousins!!!:)

love, mel

Carrie said...

Oh, I love baby showers. They are so much fun. It sounds like you had a fun time. Babies are such a wonderful reason to celebrate.

itybtyfrog said...

I love the meals gift idea. That is just what EVERY new mom needs. So glad you had a fun shower.

Jane said...

I wish I could of been there too! It looks like you had a great time. What wonderful friends you have.

Zoe said...

Oh Leilani!!!! How exciting!!! I wish that I could have been there too!! I am soooooo excited for you!!!! WOOOO hooooo!! You are almost there! :)

maverick said...

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maverick said...

Hello,
Great blog...it sounds like your trying to get a handle on things and that is great! Gotta go, I'm looking for a baby shower cakes for a baby shower I'm going to and I don't know where I'm going to find it. Guess I'll check out www.diapergifts.combaby shower cakes, I've heard that is a good place to start.

maverick said...

Hello,
Great blog...it sounds like your trying to get a handle on things and that is great! Gotta go, I'm looking for a baby shower cakes for a baby shower I'm going to and I don't know where I'm going to find it. Guess I'll check out www.diapergifts.combaby shower cakes, I've heard that is a good place to start.