I went to a baby shower few weeks ago and boy, it reminded me of my own baby shower three years ago. Actually, I had two baby shower parties in 2010. My group of friends hosted the first baby shower in September and the Bible Study group hosted the second in October. I wasn’t expecting those parties because first and foremost, I didn’t know what that was until my two best friends told me about it.
Autograph and portrait
Favors and prizes
Me and my beloved guests. On the left is my best friend and one of the hosts of the party.
I had so much fun because my friends came over to attend my baby shower party. My cousin and her husband also joined us. Everyone enjoyed the food and the company. Baby shower games were conducted by the host and my blogger friend Anne of The Princesses in the Castle was one of the winners.
Anne wins a prize!
My baby is showered with love.
Time to slice the cake. Yum!
I can’t believe how big my belly was during my pregnancy. I gained 40 lbs. total. Anyway, I am so thankful to have friends who care. Those were the memories that I will cherish forever.
It’s been a while since I attended a baby shower party. The last time I went to one was for one of my girl friends in November last year before my family and I went to a long vacation. I was invited to this party by one of my newly met friend. Her friend’s step-daughter is having a baby and it’s a girl.
At the party I was able to see my other friends whom I seldom see. Like me, they are busy mothers. One of them just got a job-hired as a receptionist in a hotel in Dallas. I feel a little jealousy here. I should be going back to work soon, you know. But my dear husband is not allowing it yet. To tell you the truth, I am getting impatient. But there’s a reason why. I have to stay home and be a full time mom and wife until my little girl goes to school. I don’t feel bad about it. It’s just that, I feel left behind. You know what I mean?
Well, everyone had a great time at the baby shower party. Lots of good food. Guests had a great time talking and catching up. Picture-taking here and there. So much fun! The mom-to-be was very happy that her stepmother hosted a big party for her and the upcoming baby. My gifts for her are baby wipes, rattle and teether, and a onesie clothing for the cold months ahead.
Wishes for the baby.
Shower gifts for mom and baby.
As the party progresses, me and the ladies joined a guessing game. We have to guess what kind of baby food is in each jar. Man, I got nothing right! Well, the answers had to be specific. How do I know what food combinations are there. I just wrote down the main and the first flavor I tasted. Oh well… 🙂
Five baby foods in jars.
The hostess checking the answers against her notes.
It’s a girl!
I didn’t stay very long at the party because I had to go home before the clock struck 7 P.M. I had a great time though.
My new niece is 4 months old already. Oh how fast time flies. My sister-in-law gives me updates thru text messages and photos on Facebook. My niece can roll over now but cannot hold her head up very long yet. That’s good that she’s up-to-date with her milestones. My sister-in-law said she’s giving her rice cereal now. But she is still breastfeeding the baby. My mom said baby E doesn’t like the feeding bottle.
I remember when my little girl was a newborn. She started rolling over at three months. And at 4 months, I started giving her tummy time. Tummy time helps strengthen babies’ chest, back, and neck. The newborn musical play gym and infant activity play mat helped enhance her motor skills fast. She reaches, grabs, and feel the toys in the play gym. That moment I told myself, I should be ready for my child’s curiosity. I missed her newborn moments. But now I am enjoying her toddler stage.
Babies grow very fast. I told my sister-in-law to keep memory of the milestones of baby E by taking photos or videos whenever she gets a chance. Also, I shared with her articles on how to care for her newborn so baby will stay healthy. And I wish I was there to help my sister-in-law care for baby E.
Baby E, my new niece, is now 3 months old. She was born in December during our vacation in the Philippines. A healthy big pink bundle of joy. She is the new apple of the eye in the family and the youngest grandchild of my parents.
My sister-in-law had baby E thru normal delivery at a Birth Center in our town. She was already having abdominal pains the day before the due date but still bearable. The next day morning she had contractions again. My mother asked my sister-in-law to get clean up because my mom was expecting the baby will come out very soon. And so, at one o’clock in the afternoon, the new baby girl was born.
It was a registered midwife who attended to my sister-in-law’s delivery. The big hospitals are 30 minutes away from our town and with that quick sudden labor like hers, I doubt she’ll be able to hold it. It’s risky to deliver a baby in a Birth Center because some centers don’t have the facilities that a patient needs. But thank God everything went well. My sister-in-law had safe delivery to a healthy baby girl.
I miss baby E so much already. I wish I am there to help take care of her.
A girl friend who lives in Plano sent us an invitation for her baby shower. The baby shower will be held on January 25 at her house.
Since last week, I am looking for a baby gift on the Internet. I hardly find something at the stores or at the mall because my time is limited during the day. And when I get home from work at night, I just want to browse the Internet for some cool stuff for the coming baby boy. There are designer baby clothes that I like and I hope my friend will be pleased with them. Appaman clothing is somewhat available for toddlers so I cannot buy him these yet. I thought, how about giving jellycat baby toys to be placed in the crib? Or a couple of barefoot dreams pajamas and sleepwear? Storybooks, activity toys, and baby essentials are nice too. That would be a good gift idea. I looked at my friend’s baby registry and seems like I already found a few things she needs for her baby.
I admire her so much. She makes her schedule weeks ahead. January 25? I still have plenty of time to decide which gift to bring to the baby shower.