Monday, September 29, 2008

Showered with friends, family, love, and generosity!

My family (and some friends that might as well be family) held a baby shower for us on Saturday, Sept 20th and I'd like to blame the lateness of this post on the fact that I have been too busy organizing (and admiring) the wonderful gifts we received. It was a beautiful get together at my sisters' house in Lindstrom and I was surrounded by family and good friends... my Mom and Cliff's Mom, all of my sisters plus an in-law, three of my nieces, two cousins, three of my friends, a baby, a dog, two cats... and even Cliff stopped in for a bit! I felt so special and so honored to have such wonderful people in my life. ...and who else gets to make shrinky-dinks at their baby shower! The guests created shrinky-dinks that will be used to decorate a photo frame for the baby's room. It's a little bit of a souvenir from the day and something special that we will have to remind us of all the people who care so much!

We did a baby name crossword puzzle and enjoyed a delicious meal of hors d'oevres and delectable desserts! I came home with a car packed full of the most thoughtful baby items (and even some things for the Momma!) Cliff and I spent one entire morning trying to figure out the car seat and the pack-n-play. The carseat ordeal confirmed for us that our truck was not made with babies in mind. We had done a bit of research ahead of time and had determined that we couldn't put a carseat in the backseat of the truck, but thought we could still put one in the front seat if necessary. After a couple of hours of reading and re-reading both the new carseat manual and the truck owners manual trying to figure out why the carseat, even when all latched in, still moved about 8" in any direction, we determined it just wasn't going to work. So, we have spent the past week car-shopping. The pack-n-play was another story though! Cliff got it all put together on his own and set it up in our bedroom with the raised bassinet insert installed and the diaper changing station all set up! We had to do a bit of furniture rearranging, but it fits nicely in our room near my side of the bed and amazingly, the colors actually coordinate perfectly with our bedding!

We have been washing newborn size clothing in baby-sensitive detergent and organizing it all by size and non-gender vs. gender-specific so that when the baby gets here, we have a bin of clothing that is ready to go no matter what and another bin of things that we can wash once we know if we have a girl or boy. The bigger sized clothing is sorted by size and in the closet, ready to go when we're ready for it. We've washed all of the crib sheets and blankets and put all the rattles, teethers and other toys in another basket. We've put the bigger diapers in the closet and stocked the smallest diapers and wipes on the pack-n-play's diaper changing station. We mounted the mobile on the crib and hung up the window valances. Our baby is getting quite a collection of yellow and green clothing decorated with duckies, frogs, and giraffes! That's good because I love all of those critters!

I am getting more and more excited to meet this little one ...and to find out if it is a girl or a boy!


Kristin said...

"I am getting more and more excited to meet this little one ...and to find out if it is a girl or a boy!"

Me too!!!!! But they have to stay in there for a little while longer. :) We'll get that frame done this weekend.

Erin J said...

I can't believe we only have six weeks to go! I think it is going to FLY by. Unless I continue to not sleep, of course. Then it may feel like forever!