Showered with Schwag

On Sunday, I had my shower, which was hosted by mamacita. 37 of my closest friends and family members, and the surviving members of my grandma's "Gang" (her best friends for the past 50 years) partied like it was 1999 to celebrate Beastie. There was food. There were lots of laughs (many courtesy of my two cousins who vamped it like Vanna in helping to distribute the prizes during the games, and who did a great job writing down my gifts for me), and there was a delicious cake, of which my guests likely tasted two crumbs due to the assinine way the staff at the party house where the shower was held cut it.

And on that day, I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude. Gratitude for the generosity of my friends and family. Gratitude for my mom and my friend Jenny for putting so much time and effort into organizing and planning things. And gratitude for being there-at MY baby shower. An experience I truly believed I would never get the chance to have.

Okay, now for some pictures!

This is my dear friend Veronica, who flew in all the way from Miami for the weekend so she could be here for the shower. She also gave Beastie the coolest baby clothes I've ever seen. More on that later.

These are the favors we gave to everyone. They are small ladybug magnets, and inside the netting is the story of the significance of the ladybugs during my IVF cycle (minus the details of Beastie being conceived in a petri dish in an egg lab at a fertility clinic to spare the sensitivities of my uber Catholic relations), and some chocolates, all wrapped up with ladybug ribbon.

And this is the cake. Possibly the best cake I've ever tasted. Our nursery theme is ducks, and of course we needed a few ladybugs thrown in there for good measure. I was so excited for everyone to taste this cake. Rich and I drove all the way out to east be-jezus to pick up the cake from this baker who makes all the cakes for special events at Rich's school. He's brought me home pieces of it in the past from his co-workers' birthday/retirement parties, and it was so good, I knew I wanted her to bake my shower cake. So when the serving staff was passing around the pieces, I was so annoyed to see that they cut slivers so thin, you could practically see through them. I was worried that the cake wasn't big enough-until the end of the shower when I saw they brought out this huge wrapped package for us to take home. Inside-almost half the cake!!! I have no idea why they didn't cut bigger pieces. Idiots.

My sister couldn't make it for the shower, but instead sent this lovely card, which she made, of course, an adorable outfit for Beastie, and a gigantic wrapped package (which you'll see down below) inside of which was the crib tent so that my cats don't jump into the crib and smother the baby. I registered for this particular item more to pacify my grandma, who is 100% convinced that my cats will cause the untimely death of Beastie, than my own fears of what they might do.

Here's me opening a gift from my friend Veronica.

And a very small portion of the schwag netted by Beastie. Beastie is a very lucky baby indeed.

And here is me posing with most of the gifts. It filled three carloads, and until last night, an entire room in my house. I had no idea a baby could require so much stuff.

Okay, is this too cute for words? I *heart* this onesie like nobody's business. Veronica was worried I wouldn't dress the baby in black. Obviously she doesn't live in my closet, because that would be all she'd see. She bought the clothes from here. I am so ordering Beastie more clothes from this site.

Here's me channeling my inner Veruca Salt (think Willy Wonka, not Seether). This is a gigantic bag from a certain online retailer that employs my sister. The crib tent came in this.

My mom and I spent all day yesterday washing, folding, and organizing baby clothes and blankets. We set up the downstairs changing table, and organized the nursery. Beastie arrives six weeks from today. Yikes.

*And thank you so much for all the good wishes for my blogaversary on Friday. I'm going to be working on answering all your questions very soon.

16 Responses to “Showered with Schwag”

  1. # Blogger Caryl

    I have been waiting for this post! I can't believe all the loot and that ultra cute onesie! I'm glad that Veronica could make it in for your special day. So, only six weeks until Beastie arrives - I'm so excited! How will you let your blog audience know? We will all be on pins and needles waiting for the official word. Happy belated shower!!!  

  2. # Blogger Binulatti

    Awesomest baby clothes - ever! Way to go Veronica!

    Those little ladybug magnets are on my fridge & they make me smile every day. ;-)  

  3. # Blogger Marie

    It was a very nice shower. I love your family! and you're one glowing momma-to-be!

    Hey, more cake for you, huh? I thought my piece was the usual size -- they cut it like they cut a wedding cake. And tasty!

    Great haul of stuff!! Woohoo! And the stuff just keeps on coming. Wait til the baby's actually here!! And then there's Christmas... birthdays... oy, oy. It's all good though!

    Have fun playing with all the new gear!  

  4. # Anonymous sher

    What a fabulous party!! You look wonderful, by the way. And it's odd the way the servers always cut such small slices of cake--I don't get it. The favors are perfect, not just cute-- they have meaning. And that black onesie is too cool. I can't believe that you're due in 6 weeks! Wow!! The excitement grows.  

  5. # Blogger annelynn

    That onesie is TO DIE FOR!! Video killed the radio star indeed! That's just perfect.

    You look wonderful - so happy and glowing. You make me smile.

    Best wishes for good nights of sleep between now and Beastie's arrival!  

  6. # Blogger Christine

    YAY! and the onesie, so darned cute I can't stand it.

    Party at the Beastie's Crib. 11:30 ;)  

  7. # Blogger Beagle

    Sounds like a WONDERFUL time!  

  8. # Blogger kenju

    Congrats on all the loot! You look so cute and that baby will be dressed to the nines, as they say.  

  9. # Blogger l

    Your friends and family have fabulous taste in gifts pour la bebe. Lucky Beastie! And you should eat all that cake yourself. You did, after all, have to drive *all* that way.  

  10. # Blogger Kristi

    Caryl-I will give the "keys to the kingdom" (so-to-speak) to one of my friends or to Rich, and he can break the news on the big day. Don't worry-I won't leave you hanging!

    Karrie-Aww... good!

    Marie-'Tis true. More cake for me. But I wanted everyone to have more cake!

    Sher-Thank you! 6 weeks and counting...

    Annelynn-I just ordered another cute onesie from that site. Too cute!

    Christine-Let's make it 9:30, and pray for an early night. ;)

    Beagle-I had a really great time!

    Kenju-I think the baby has more clothes than both my husband and I do!

    L-I never thought of that, but you're right! ;)  

  11. # Anonymous Jenny

    All the gratitude goes to your mom. My part was too easy!

    I loved the favors also, and I had a good sized piece of cake (very tasty). I 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) the kudos to Veronica on finding the fun baby clothes. I think your cousins were born to be Vannas. Can't believe just 6 weeks left!
    It seems to me like time is flying. I'm anxious to meet Beastie, but I feel like time really needs to slow down or before I know it you're gonna be blogging about Beastie learning to drive.  

  12. # Blogger maverick

    Great sounds like your trying to get a handle on things and that is great! Gotta go, I'm looking for a baby shower centerpiece for a baby shower I'm going to and I don't know where I'm going to find it. Guess I'll check out www.diapergifts.combaby shower centerpiece, I've heard that is a good place to start.  

  13. # Blogger maverick

    Great sounds like your trying to get a handle on things and that is great! Gotta go, I'm looking for a baby shower centerpiece for a baby shower I'm going to and I don't know where I'm going to find it. Guess I'll check out www.diapergifts.combaby shower centerpiece, I've heard that is a good place to start.  

  14. # Blogger maverick

    I run a website of diaper cake and I'm have a hell of a time getting untracked. I can get traffic to the site but I'm not making many sales. What is the best advice you can give for a site like mine. I would love any help I can get! Don - diaper cake  

  15. # Blogger maverick

    My friend has a baby cakes website...kind of like yours. He's having a tough go of it and is considering giving up. If you get a chance, go to baby cakes and give him a few words of encouragement. I think he has a really great site.  

  16. # Blogger maverick

    With a newborn on the way, I'm checking baby blogs for all the advice I can get. I'm also on the lookout for any baby products which might come in handy. One thing I really surprised my wife with was a diaper cake that I found on the web. She never expected anything like that from me! Here's where I got mine - diaper cake  

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