pregnancy: week 35
Another baby shower this week! It’s fine if you’re rolling your eyes at me, because I am seriously. so. spoiled. So is Rico, and he’ll probably be one of those obnoxious little brats that you don’t want your kids to play with. Because not only is he spoiled (already), but we have yet to decide who has to be the disciplinarian. Jason said his mom was the disciplinarian in his house (Debbie, I can’t even imagine that!), and my dad was definitely the disciplinarian in my house… so we both think that the other should be the enforcer.
Anyways. This week was pretty uneventful on the pregnancy front (i.e., no major changes from last week), but it was super-eventful on the party front…
On my way to Milwaukee (my last solo road trip for a long time!), I stopped in Chicago to shower my BFF with some pre-wedding love. Her wedding is in August (yay!) and I’ve decided that she should get married every year if it means that I’ll get to see her as much as I have this past year! Also, she looks stunning, and is going to make a beautiful bride… I cannot wait!
On Sunday, sister threw a fabulous shower for Rico & I, with the help of mama bear, although I am informed that sister really did most of the work. (Thanks sister! Thanks mama bear! Thanks GGG for letting us use your house!) Sister is quite excited to become an aunt, but I think that this guy (my grandpa) might be the most excited of anyone in our family…
The food table was overflowing with goodies & pretty flowers… Mama bear & sister spent much of Saturday prepping some seriously delish salads. And those cupcakes? AMAZING.
Sister also organized some super-fun shower games, like stack a paper plate on your head & draw baby Rico. One or two of the babies kind of looked like puppies. Slightly concerning.
Sister also had everyone guess how big around I was using ribbon. And let me just say that I was completely unimpressed by how big some people thought I was (ahem, I’m looking at you, cousin Haley!!). My other cousin, Jessica, was only about 1/2″ over, perhaps because of her schooling in engineering? Regardless, she’s my new favorite cousin!
Also! There was scrapbooking! My mom put together little kits to give to each of the guests & everyone put together a page for Rico’s baby book! The pages turned out really cute & I’m glad to have this item checked off of my “to do” list… All I have to do is take pictures of Rico, print ’em out, slap ’em on these pages, and I’ll have a whole bunch of special firsts recorded!
Sister went all out with the party decor, hanging little clothing & accessories from clotheslines, & displaying all sorts of other little baby goods out on the tables. Really cute, and in a few months I’m sure that Rico will be able to put most of the decor to good use!
And, oh my, the presents! Whoa. I was (once again) completely overwhelmed by the generosity of our family & friends. And especially stunned to realize how many talented crafts(wo)men are in my family!
For example, check out this awesome giraffe rocker that (Rico’s) Uncle Trevor & Gramps made…
Let’s just say that if I had known these two were such good woodworkers, I would have put them to work at my house months (years?) ago. So cool! And it looks so similar to one that I had as a little girl!
My gramma, who is a master knitter, made Rico this super-cute sock monkey & matching sock monkey hat! I might have
begged for commissioned this one after seeing a picture online (the free pattern is here for those of you as talented with yarn as my GGG). She also made a beautiful knit ski sweater & hat (and Rico will get matching pants/skirt when we find out if he’s really a he or she).
Sister crocheted the white blanket on the chair behind me, and I was super-impressed because I didn’t even know she could crochet (also? a little jealous, since yarn skillz are something I don’t yet possess).
And my aunt put together this pretty little heart quilt. My aunt made my sister and I each one of these when we were little girls (sister’s was blue, mine was peachy pink), so it was really sweet of her to put one together for Rico, too!
All-in-all, it was a really great day spent with some of my favorite ladies! Such a good way to kick off the last few weeks of a pretty great pregnancy!! Thanks, sister & everyone who attended for making it such a fun day!