Brittney, Cassie, and Rachel were the ones who hosted my shower for me and as I mentioned at the end during my thank you's..I owe them SO much. They literally did everything from ordering the invitations, addressing them, to preparing EVERYTHING. I didn't have to do a single thing except show up and that meant so much to me. I know showers are hard (and expensive) to host, so I am more than thankful to these girls for all the time and money they put into it; I don't know what I would do without them in my life!
Here are the invitations from Tiny Prints the girls sent out. Aren't they adorable?! In case you live under a rock, the colors are the exact colors of our nursery so they are even more perfect. The first insert was the actual invitation itself, the second insert was a request to bring a baby book as part as your gift which the English teacher in me loved, and the third part (not shown) was for a diaper raffle. It basically said if you bring a package of diapers, any size, that your name would be put into a raffle for a prize. My cousin had this done at her shower and swore it was the best thing created so that was my only request for the shower.
The actual day of the shower, I spent the morning lounging around the house and then the afternoon getting ready. Ryan's sister came over and then his dad and Tammy did as well so we talked to them as I finished getting ready and then headed out the door.
**note: I bought a "baby shower dress" the day before the shower and then after trying it on the day of, decided against it. I just didn't feel "pretty" in it and decided I wanted to wear something different..so I recycled a dress I wore to Cassie's shower and also a wedding this summer.
Once I got to the shower I tried to say hello to everyone as they came in and offered to help with anything not done but the girls had it under control. Once everyone was there, we started.
The first thing the girls did was have me play a game. Basically, they had gotten baby food and taken the labels off and I was to taste test each one and guess what kind it was. Cassie stood behind me with the words held up so everyone else knew except me. At this point it became very obvious that I have never had a child before...I literally got ZERO right. ZERO. Can you believe that?! I did technically guess one right only because Grandma Gene helped me though ;). I don't exactly remember all the flavors right now but one was apples I believe and it was actually pretty tasty. There was a green one that was...eeeh...not good.
Next the girls had a game for everyone to play. There were lots of candies and candy bars taped up to a posterboard and questions were asked to the guests and they had to answer with which candy they think best fit the question.
If Audrie and Ryan were to have twin boys, what might the names be? (Mike and Ike)
Mommy's lunch? (take 5)
I had never seen this game played before and thought it was so cute. I didn't even know a couple of them but several people seemed to do really well!
The last game played was also a game for all the guests. Before the shower I was given a list of traits that babies get from either mommy or daddy. I had to go through and pick which person I would prefer she get her traits from. Here's what I chose...
The guests were then asked to go through and select what they think I would choose. The guest with the most amount correct won a prize. Abigal ended up winning this...I guess you can tell she's known me for 24 years ;)
After this we took a small break and everyone got to eat. There were lots of yummies that were available including all of my pregnancy cravings and my favorite cupcakes that Brittney makes! I thought that was such a cute idea and had no idea what they were doing when they asked me for a list of all my pregnancy cravings but it finally all made sense when I saw it. I actually didn't end up eating much at all that day because I felt very strange (my stomach was cramping all day and I was sooo shaky--I actually ended up calling the hospital later that evening but that's a whole nother story) but it all looked wonderful.
After everyone ate I got to open my gifts! I was sooo excited to see what everyone had gotten us; I was like a kid on Christmas waiting to open them all! Without going into too much detail and listing every single thing we got, I will highlight some of the gifts we were lucky enough to receive at both the shower and from people who couldn't make it but brought gifts by anyway...
I have also included links to some of the gifts in case you're curious what kind/make/model we chose for Miss Milania, I know I stalked people's choices along with THOUSANDS of reviews prior to registering for things just to see what was best.
Clothes, lots and lots of clothes :)
Bumbo chair and tray
Bottles--Dr. Browns, Playtex Ventaire, Tommee Tippee, Avent. Any other suggestions, moms?!
Toys (stuffed animals and chew toys both)
Humidifier (that I currently have running in our room because I've been sick the last couple nights)
Baby Baths--Regular pink tub and blooming bath
Rock 'N Play sleeper (I'm using this for the first few months to set her beside our bed due to recommendations from several people of using this over a bassinette)
Sleep sacks and Swaddlers
Books!!! I am SO excited about all of these!
Lots and lots of diapers of all different kinds, and several other things I'm sure I am forgetting!
After gift opening and thank-you's, I said goodbye to everyone and watched people leave as several others stuck around and helped clean up and load up my car. The girls who hosted my shower along with Cassie's whole family (Grandma Gene, Kristan, Brenna, and Jeff) stuck around and helped do sooo much, I could not say thank you enough. They were all so sweet to me and did so much.
Once I got home, I had a pleasant surprise waiting on me...Ryan and his dad had put together Miss Milania's crib! It wasn't a "surprise" I should note, because I knew they were doing it, but it was a surprise that it was all done and furniture moved around when I got home. It was so surreal to walk in and see a real crib in there and all the furniture she needs finally where it belongs.
Ryan began to unload my car and as I went to help him I got a very strange feeling in my stomach and needed to sit down. He was so sweet though and unloaded both of our cars all on his own and began going through everything. We spent the rest of the afternoon and night literally putting everything away and in its designated spot in her room. It was so fun to organize everything and get to share it all with Ryan. Plus, I really got to look over everything more closely once home and admire all the goodies. Several hours later we were both exhausted from the day and Ryan looked at everything we had received and put away and said "I feel totally ready for her now". If that didn't end our day on a good note, I don't know what could have :)
My entire day was so overwhelming....seeing just how lucky we are to have so many people who love us and are a part of our lives makes me so grateful. I felt so so special and overwhelmed with love and thanks. Miss Milania Mae has absolutely no idea just how loved she already is by so many people.
So thank you again to those of you who made it to the shower or sent gifts for us; I don't know where we would be without you! We are so lucky to have you all in our lives and are grateful for each and every thing we received.
And to the girls who hosted my shower--thank you again. You are my besties for a reason and none of it would have happened without you. I love all three of you!
**next week I have a few posts already lined up. Can you believe it?! Check back to see posts about my bestie's wedding, Dezi and Bella, a pregnancy update, and also some questions for mom's.