We have made it to week 35! This week was always a big milestone for me because it’s the week we scheduled our baby shower. I kept feeling like it was forever away, and I remember thinking, “Okay, that’ll put our baby shower really close to our due date” when we were picking what weekend we wanted to have it. Now, it’s gone and passed and we’re getting a little “deer in the headlights” feeling now that there are no events between now and our due date. WHOA!
Our shower was perfect. We planned it ourselves, threw it ourselves, and called it “Kate and Rory’s Baby Anti-Shower.” We promised co-ed friendly, football-watching, no game-playing, good ol’ fun. We throw a lot of “just because” parties at our house, so everyone knew what they were in for. It ended up lasting almost 10 hours, and we spent the entire afternoon and evening on our twinkly-lit back patio watching countless college football games, grilling and laughing our booties off with 60 of our closest friends. Our party ended with our best friends being the only ones left, watching our favorite team at nearly midnight (the Texas Longhorns, my alma mater!) go into double overtime against USC. Like I said, it was PERFECT!
Alright, enough gushing. Here’s a few things we learned along the way for those of you who have not planned or had your shower yet:
- Have the shower that YOU want!
We had a few people offer to throw us a party, but we politely declined. We knew exactly what we wanted—and that was a big hang-out with all of our friends on our back patio—so that’s exactly what we did. We are self-employed, so we had no work showers thrown for us, so we knew it was going to be a one-and-done party.
- Invite people however you want to!
We did an invite on Facebook. I only had one in-law make a comment about the fact that they didn’t think it was very classy. I didn’t want to waste postage or energy on something that was easily done on a social media platform in about five minutes. Life is too short!
- Be specific about what you want/need.
We are cloth diapering. We have no interest in disposable wipes or diapers, and we made that very clear. I made jokes about pulling out my luxurious pregnant hair if I had to take boxes of disposable diapers back to the store to be exchanged after our shower.
I am pleased to announce that our awesome friends and family listened to our wishes, and we did not get one. single. diaper or wipe that was not cloth. I am so proud of everyone!
- Have FUN and SIT DOWN.
Mamas, sit on your tushies. Do not go into hostess mode, even if the shower is in your own home. Let other people make sure drinks stay filled, plates have food, and the cake gets cut. This party is for you and your sweet baby. Remember that, and remember to have FUN!
(Oh, and we had the third ultrasound of our entire pregnancy this week! My parents went with us to this one. We found Little Squish sleeping with his fist curled up under his chin, which sent my mom and I both into big gushing tears. This position is exactly how my mother and I both sleep every single night. Swoon!)