the first was a shower for ashley and her soon to be little boy. they are adopting a baby in may and have known about it for not very long - which is amazing and exciting and also a little scary. i decided there is a reason behind God's decision to make pregnancy last as long as it does - well besides the biological stuff that goes on like growing a baby - but it's to prepare our hearts and minds for the little bundle. i am very excited for them and they will be wonderful parents. jane was also able to meet some people from my youth group/college years and that was good too.
i was going to drive home and eat lunch with jane and pete then drive to lanie's for the other shower but it was going to be a tight squeeze. luckily, pete had made a trip to i.f.a. and was still on 12th street. after i gassed up the civic (part of the reason it would be a stretch to make it home and back) we met pete at i.f.a. and switched cars. jane road home with pete - ate lunch and thankfully slept three hours for him! woohoo. i knew i would eat a lot at the shower so i didn't stop for lunch. instead i went to the local hastings coffee shop (it was on the way) and wrote frantically in my baby journal in attempts to catch up to present day. surprisingly, i did! my journal for little boy and this pregnancy journey so far is all caught up, or was. now i need to write about the shower and my latest dr. appointment. jane's journal that i have been writing since pregnant with her is way back in january still so i need to catch up on that too.
so i arrived at the shower early (a rare event for me when i'm with jane but i am better at being early/on time when it's just me) and was greeted by anasten who's special job was to take the purses to a location that was out of the way of the front door. she did a wonderful job of helping host the party along with her mom and kaytee. the shower was a joint celebration for me and my friend sarah. we are both having our second child and both babies are boys so we thought it would be perfect to share and it was so much fun. i was only two weeks away from my due date and she is due the middle of july so it was a bit early for her and cutting it close for me but we made it work.
lanie and kaytee did a fantastic job with planning the whole thing, sending out invites, decorations, and food. the lanterns were a good touch and the little sandwiches and fruit was delicious; of course i loved the cookies and cakes. as the guests arrived we put the gifts in separate locations and mingled while eating the food. i was surprised by how many people came and very loved too. we truly have a special group of family and friends and i am so grateful to all who showed their support even without the gifts - but wow! thanks for the gifts too.
we had the guests write a birthday card for the little boys for every birthday year up to 15 years old so they can open one every year on their birthday. as long as i can keep track of the cards it will be fun to open them every year to see what people wrote. we also took a picture of "all" the pregnant ladies at the party - my pictures didn't turn out great so i only put one on here. from most pregnant, me, to least: me, katie (due july), sarah (due july), kaytee (due sept.) and meg (due oct.). stacy, due sept., left before i remembered to get the pictures and diana just had her baby two weeks prior.
i told myself all i had to do was make it to saturday and then the baby could come. well, we made it and still no baby. i am actually relieved and we'll see how long he decides to wait but i have already made a few more "make it till this day" goals because i would like to be part of sarah's (sister's) graduation festivities and maybe easter sunday too. if not, it's not like i will be disappointed but those are one more thing on my list. i guess there will always be "one more thing" on my list which is why people say you are never really ready for the baby to come.
i had a dr. appointment monday and she said everything looks good and she'll "see me next week unless she sees me before that" so we are waiting and my next appointment is tuesday morning. the baby room is mostly ready, i have to buy hangers for all his cute clothes and organize a few more things. i packed my hospital bag but i am constantly remembering things i should put in there. i need to pack a bag for jane for whomever takes care of her in my absence and that's about it. i am supposed to be cleaning the house right now (my brother is coming over for dinner tonight) but instead i am blogging which is a nice way of avoiding cleaning. well, good bye. sorry i am so long winded; and once again, thank you all who made saturday so wonderful!