Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Baby Shower Fun

My baby shower was the last Saturday in January and I am pretty sure there is no way to sum up the blessings we received on that day but I’ll try.  The men vacated the premises and there was a slow build of females that began to arrive at our house.  By the time we really got the party started there were about 25 women and five kiddos in the place.  You can imagine the noise level of that many women in one spot- it was swimmin’ in women as my pal Jeanine would say!

My four-year-old niece was there and she kept me on task. Well, that might be an understatement.  When I began to open gifts she started stacking them up all around me.  She was on a mission!  And when I was not opening them fast enough for her, she would rearrange them at my feet.  Finally, she began helping me open the gifts.  She would pull out whatever was inside, flash it to our audience, shove it back in the package and move on to the next one.  My poor friend Mandy was the scribe and I am pretty sure she had writer’s cramp trying to keep up with the furious pace.

If there is anything we didn’t get, I cannot imagine what it might be.  My two hostesses did an amazing job and I got to see some friends I had not seen in years.  After the party died down and all the guests left it was time to put my feet up and rest.  Brett got home and my mom pulled out some of the items for him to see so we could ooohhh and ahhh all over again.

The next day my parents got up and hit the road early to head back home.  Brett and I looked around at ALL the stuff and decided to jump in and get started.  We sorted.  And sorted.  And sorted some more.  When we were done he looked at me and said “now what do you want to do?”  I just said, right now I need to just sit down for a moment and figure that out!  I admit piles of clothing/bath items/blankets that ranged from newborn to 18 months was a little overwhelming.  Then, my OCD kicked in and we formed a plan.

We kept out the smaller sizes and bagged the other items up by size so I can pull them out later.  This helped tremendously.  Then came snipping off all the tags and washing everything we kept out. Can we talk about the ridiculous number of tags on baby clothes?  I think that was one of the most tiring parts!

The entire day was full of sorting clothes, snipping tags, washing, drying, and putting everything away in Shelby’s room.  When all that was complete it was the perfect time to sit down and write all of my thank you notes – with my feet up of course.

The best part is all of this work gave me a great night’s sleep!  Pretty sure it broke the cycle of pregnancy insomnia I had been battling.  What were some of the fun things you did getting ready for your baby to arrive?

Makala Pollard is a Senior Marketing Specialist for Texas Health Resources and Stepmom to two boys and after a six-year journey of infertility is expecting a daughter in March.

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