At the end of the month we will be having Owen’s Baby Shower. So, I thought I would share with you some photos, video and the story of my first sons baby shower.
I love a good party. For a long time growing up I wanted to be an Event Planner. I looked for any excuse to have a party. So, as expected I was pretty excited for the chance to have a baby shower. Unfortunately, my dreams of the perfect paper shower were quickly lost.
A little background. For 25 years of my life I have been an only child and even though I have a now adopted 9 year old brother. I still consider myself an only child. So, I didn’t have sisters to plan the party for me, my Mom had recently moved to another state and wasn’t much of a party planner herself and no one else really offered to plan a shower. To be honest, I think a lot of people don’t think about the fact that I am an only child and how that factors in to events like this. I had asked 4 of my closest friends if they could co-host my Baby Shower. 1- Lived in another state and would not be able to make and 2- declined for financial reasons. Which is fine and okay and I understand, but again since I had no other family or friends to do this and these 3 were the friends I had, had the longest… I was pretty bummed out that they all said “No, Thank You.” Personally, I think the fact that I was the first of my friends to get pregnant and they weren’t even thinking about that for several more years..Also, played a factor. BUT thankfully, I had my one friend, a former co-worker who happily agreed to plan my shower.
Since, my friend worked in retail and the planning would take place during the holiday rush.. and okay, I’m a little bit of a control freak. Like I already stated I LOVED to plan parties. I decided to pick the date (I picked 3, so she could choose from them around her schedule) We settled on March 5th, 2016. I also picked the theme and the location. The theme being Beatrix Potter. A way for me to honor my Grandma Thomas, i would read and watch all the different Beatrix Potter stories at her home and it was a perfect unique spring book related shower theme for a boy. And finding the venue was hard. We had a limited budget and most places were at min. $1K. After searching and searching, hours of stress and debating we settled on a local park, that was HUGE and super pretty.
As I said before my friend planning the shower and I were former Co-Workers. We both worked together at a store called Paper Source. Which is like a high end stationary, crafting, party planning store. So, I was super super excited when I got to see the invitations she designed for my shower. They were super pretty and she had, had another one of our former co-workers who does AMAZING calligraphy, address them for me. ( Amore Paper and Ink) and after this is when things started to go a little downhill.
Because my friend worked in retail, she was only able to get the invites out a couple short weeks before the shower. Cutting the amount of people able to come down, drastically. Then I was made aware that the RSVP number was incorrect.
The Sunday before my shower. I caught a NASTY sinus infection. I would end up going to the ER that and then spending the night before my baby shower and of my baby shower in Labor and Delivery because I was so dehydrated that I was having severe contractions. Eventually being discharged around 1AM.
I woke up the morning of my shower to a flood of people asking me, if my shower was still on and if we had a back-up location. Turns out the biggest storm of the year (I wish I was exaggerating) decided to fall on the same day as my very much outdoors shower. I have no info. for anyone, cause I am still feeling VERY sick and my friend throwing the shower has not updated me on any plans being changed. So, to be proactive I head to FB and message everyone that the location for my shower will be changing and to hold tight and i will update you as I find out the info.
Now, mind you we didn’t get A LOT of RSVP’s to my shower. Which I had assumed was due to the fact that the phone number on the invite had been incorrect. BUT then I found out that a majority of the people I had invited NEVER received their invites! So here I am about 10AM, a couple hours before my shower. Watching the rain pour down outside from our window, stressed cause I don’t know where our shower is going to take place, and feeling like absolute crap. Finding out that more than HALF my family and friends never knew they were even invited to a shower, until right then. So, needless to say at this point I sat in the middle of our apartment on the floor sobbing. I just want to cancel the whole shower. My dream shower, had been shattered. To top that off because the storm was SO bad, several people who had RSVP’d were texting to cancel as well.
My poor friend Tim Gunn’d it and had a make it work moment. The party ended up being held in the corridor of her Mom’s apartment. Not IDEAL, since it was still cold, but it was partially covered and it with what she had to work with. It well worked. As stated before, I wanted to cancel and I was feeling terrible sick, while also having contractions. So, Andrew who was not scheduled to appear at the shower. Kindly, took me to the pharmacy to pick up medication and was pretty much attached at my hip for the whole party. A handful of family and friends attended and they made the best of a shitty situation and my friend did a great job with what she had to work with.
Here is a VLog from my Youtube Channel, showcasing the week leading up to the shower and bits of the shower.