Baby showers; some people love them and some people loathe them. But either way, they are bloody good fun and it’s a great way for your girls to see you looking semi-normal one last time before you hibernate for the next year buried under shitty nappies and baby vomit.
I think a lot of people miss the point of baby showers and accuse you of throwing a party to get gifts for your baby. But that couldn’t be further from the truth – in my situation anyway – as my daughter already has everything she needs as I bought most of it around the 20-week mark.
My baby shower was a celebration. I haven’t had the easiest of pregnancies (I promise I’ll stop writing that in every blog post as soon as she’s here) and I never in a million years thought I would make it past the 12-week mark let alone hit 34 weeks because of how poorly I felt.
I’m also not planning on having anymore children after my little girl – although let’s be honest, I wasn’t planning to fall pregnant with her so let’s take that with a pinch of salt – so I think my friends and family just wanted me to be able to experience the whole shebang.
Regardless of your opinions on baby showers, I’m so incredibly grateful for everyone who came along for an afternoon of silly games, yummy calorific grub and lots of catch ups!
My mum and best friend Katherine did an amazing job of bringing it together – The decorations were beautiful, the food was displayed perfectly and I felt so calm and elated to be around people who I know will be a positive influence in my daughter’s life.
The afternoon kicked off at 2:30pm with non-alcoholic champagne upon arrival. Everyone was then given baby prediction cards to fill out while we had a catch up and settled down in our seats.
We then played How Big is Mummy’s Tummy and realised that China’s inches are actually half the size of the UK measurement. I was also forced to come to terms with how much my belly has grown over the past four weeks. One minute I was 36 inches, the next I’m 39! I can’t wait to get back to my pre-baby weight and have a nice slim 26 inch waist again (here’s hoping!).
After that we tucked into some delicious food – pizza, garlic bread, fruit, cake you name it – before we played a game of Baby Trivia, Baby Animals and did a baby-themed Word Search.
We finished off the games with the Smelly Nappy Game in which players are blind folded and made to guess what is in the nappy just by sniffing it. This one wasn’t overly pleasant as Katherine had used ketchup, washing up liquid, ginger and all sorts to throw us off scent!
The final game was Baby Charades and this was hilarious as we were split into two teams and we each had to act out a phrase – giving birth, breast pumping, sleepless nights – for our teams.
I’d told people I didn’t want any presents for my daughter but the girls were so sweet and they all came with a little package under their arm. I’m not going to list all the things she got because she honestly was spoilt rotten by every single person but let’s just say I’m going to have the world’s most stylish baby!
So, as you can see, baby showers are super fun and if you want to have one or someone wants to throw you a surprise one then do it! I don’t think anyone has a right to judge you on throwing a baby shower. It’s your baby, your pregnancy, your experience and your friends!
I’m now on the final stretch of my pregnancy and it’s time to unwind – although not before I sort out her nursery! It’s so jammed with stuff I can barely get in there!
Keep your eyes peeled for next week’s post as I’ll be showing you the outfits I’ve packed for my little one’s hospital bag and all the essentials I need for her impending birth!
Peace and love always x