Though I was put on bed rest last Thursday night, my OB cleared me to go to my own baby shower – from a wheelchair. Given that I was expecting almost 100 people that Saturday night, this was pretty important to me.
As to how my baby shower got so enormous? It was a mixture of things. I decided from the get-go that, as long as Rob was in, I wanted it to be coed. I know there can be super awesome girl only baby showers, but I just couldn’t get this image of a boring tea party out of my head. Then I just started writing people down. Before I knew it, I had 130 people listed. Whoops? Luckily my mom and my lovely hosts, Jess and Jill, were on board. It was a bit nerve wracking to have such a giant shower, but we had been slowly planning and getting stuff done for months. The last week wasn’t that bad. My mom hadn’t thrown a big party at the house in several years, so she was pretty ready to go all out.
We decided on Dr. Seuss pretty early on. As luck would have it, one of our local party stores was getting rid of their Dr. Seuss baby shower line and had cleareanced it. Mom and I bought.. everything.
Since this was going to be a man-friendly shower, we decided on tacos, beer, and sangria. And absolutely no weird baby games. We still played some games, but nothing that involved diapers or baby food, please and thank you. They aren’t my jam anyway. We ended up with Baby Bingo, He Said/She Said, and The Price is Right.
I was initially worried with how I would greet everyone, but Rob and I just formed a welcoming committee on the front porch. I’m not going to lie, it was not fun to greet everyone from a seated position, but I wanted to make sure I got a chance to see everyone that came. After everyone arrived I was wheeled back to the party, which was well underway.
Well, it went off without a hitch. Aside from having to make a conscious effort to pace myself, I had a blast. I got to visit with so many people I hadn’t seen in ages, including one of my best friends from law school that came all the way from Texas. Jill and Jess were awesome hostesses. They did a great job making everything run smoothly and made the games a lot of fun. I never had to worry about people getting enough tacos or being bored (both of these are things I would normally worry about).
I am not normally an overly emotional person, but the generosity of our friends, coworkers, and family astounded me. Look at this insanity.
Even though I shouldn’t have, I had to stand up and thank everyone after opening all of the thoughtful presents and cards. I cry a lot easier now (hello, pregnancy hormones) but I made it through a brief thank you without welling up too much.
Another huge thank you to my hostesses, my parents, and everyone who came. It was definitely a party I will remember forever.