Because my husband and I have rather large families, it was decided that we would have three separate baby showers to accommodate our families and co-workers. This week we had the first two. Both were held at our house, which was great because it gave my husband's side of the family a chance to see our new house. It was also really helpful that we were able to carry the gifts right up to the baby's room.
We were entertained with lots of games, including one where my husband and I were each blind folded, given a baby doll, and forced to change a diaper. Ultimately, I was the winner, but� that poor doll! I think I have a lot to learn in a short amount of time.
The following Friday we had another shower at my house given by my co-workers. Again, I offered my home back in January (before this exhaustion set in), eager for my friends to see my house and feel comfortable. Luckily, my mom came to clean my house (bless her heart) and my friends arrived with ALL the food and supplies. They cleaned up afterwards while I kicked my feet up on the sofa.
They were SO generous with their gifts. I feel much more prepared now that we have more than some baby furniture and a mattress! We wondered if there would be much left on our baby registry for the third shower, so we added a few fun items.
I was also urged to get packing my hospital bag "just in case." I had to look in my What to Expect When you're Expecting book to find out what I needed. Then I realized it would have to wait another week-I can't pack any baby items until they are washed in special detergent (so I'm told). That will have to wait until after the last shower.
I kicked it into high gear and attended a hospital tour, read up on
breastfeeding, scheduled a baptism preparation class, lined up a phone
contact list for the hospital, and discussed plans with the family for help
at home after the birth. Although I keep crossing items off my to-do list,
more seem to be appearing. I don't know if I'll ever truly feel ready for
this baby, but I can't wait to see his face!