I loved seeing all the gals sitting in a circle smiling eagerly as they observed the very pregnant soon to be mom opening gifts. We were gathered together to celebrate womanhood, mothering and babies.
Emotions flowed and my thoughts wandered back to my own experiences of carrying a child within and the overwhelming joy that I felt when I held my newborn daughter for the first time. There were some fears that I might not know how to keep my baby happy all the time and would I make the right decisions?
First time mothers are navigating new territory and it is such a comfort having older women who have been here before to reinforce and encourage them to listen to their maternal instincts.
It's enough just to be there and listen,
make a cup of tea, or hold the wee one while the new mom has a shower and washes her hair.
I am getting ahead of myself though...it's the shower!
You know it's a party when there are balloons in the room!
Vintage Silver Cross Pram.
The baby will enjoy many outings travelling in style.
The shower had an owl theme...
and coincidentally one of the gifts that I gave was a velour sleeper with and owl on it and an owl soft rattle.
I knit a blanket for the crib and popped in some receiving blankets and some onesies.
Baby clothes were hung like bunting...
The beautiful christening gown on the left was made by my BFF's French Canadian great grandmother.
It was used for family christenings...and with several of the younger cousins expecting babies it might be used again in the near future.
Ooh la la cupcakes!
The table was laden with delicious treats which disappeared surprisingly quickly!
This wee owl was atop the tiered glass cake stands.
We were given goodie bags with English Bon Bons inside as we departed.
(I ate mine later that evening while reading my novel in bed.)
It was a lovely shower and I am so excited that my BFF will have her third grandchild in her arms very soon.
I can hardly wait to meet the baby...we don't know yet if it is a boy or a girl.
In the spirit of Faux Fuchsia I painted my nails.
OPI Peru-B-Ruby, an oldie but a goodie.
I wore my Eileen Fisher linen scarf.
Hand made earrings by my friend Peggy.
Anne Klein black tunic top and tights with Mee Too ballet flats
My nails looked pretty all of two days...
I am much too hard on polish to keep it on for very long.
I ate a healthy breakfast before heading out the door for my walk in the rain.
Scrambled eggs, pea shoots and salsa on a corn tortilla.
Keeps me sated until lunchtime rolls around.
On the WW front I am on the 6 weeks of maintenance and so far so good.
Fingers crossed I get that golden key and the lifetime membership which means I can weigh in and attend meetings for free!
Hope that your week has some fun packed into it!