That's all I can say. Wow.
Well, since this is a blog, I will obviously say more. The shower was amazing.
My mother and sister-in-law put a ton of effort into making it a lovely party and they more than succeeded. The decorations were adorable, the food was amazing, and I was a little overwhelmed by all of the attention.
We got a bunch of really great stuff: books, blankets, onesies, cute outfits, a diaper champ, pack n' play, more blankets, more cute outfits, socks, you name it. I was literally lost in the pile of gifts. Afterward, my sister-in-law took me to this amazing baby store and had me pick out my diaper bag, because she wanted to get me just the "right one."
My best friend went with me and took a lot of pictures - over one hundred. They are dowloading onto the computer as I type this. I have already looked at a few and man, I look huge. But I look happy, too. Glowing, for sure. I also look a little red-faced, because it was really warm in the room and I was a little embarassed having all those eyes on me for the hour it took to open all of the gifts. Also, quite a few of the guests were friends of my mother-in-law's that I didn't know, so I would open the card and see the name, but not know who to look at in the circle of faces.
We played two shower games, but nothing obnoxious like someone trying to measure me with toilet paper, and of course, ate, ate, ate! I was lamenting that my next weigh-in appointment is this week and I had to have gained at least five pounds just yesterday alone. My mother-in-law made these insanely good chicken salad croissant sandwiches, there were platters of fruits and veggies, and this amazing spinach dip, and chips, and candy, and nuts, and yeah. . . it might be more than five pounds.
My friend took half of our loot home in her car and then my husband arrived after the shower so that we could celebrate our birthdays. We had another huge meal and a second cake! Then, my mother-in -law gave us our birthday gift - a video camera!
We are definitely very blessed to have all of these caring people in our lives. I did start to cry when I sat down on the couch and was surrounded by all of the gifts and people. The reality that this was my shower hit me all at once and I was just so overwhelmed by this miracle. Of course, my tears started other tears and everyone was worried that I was getting too warm, so I had to fight them back and get started on my mountain of gifts.
So, even though I think that I look like a big polka dot whale, here are some pictures of the day:
Grandma J's favorite gift.
Crazy cousin K gives me a frosting kiss!