Monday, September 22, 2008

Shower Review

The shower was a ton of fun!

Honestly, who needed food & gifts- I was just so thrilled to see everyone.

I have wonderful friends, I truly do. Several of them made several trips to the hospital to visit while Robbie was at the hospital- just to take me to dinner in the cafeteria. But it wasn't the same. I really haven't had a social event since before Robbie was born. For those keeping track- that's 16 weeks now.

So it was great to hang out.

The day had a rough start. Robbie was up ALL night. He finally fell asleep around 6:30am. By the time I pumped, washed bottles and got a few things together it was nearly 8. I needed to be up around 9:30. I debated about sleeping at all- is an hour of sleep worse than none at all. Finally I decided to sleep a bit. Of course, the phone rang at 9:15 after I'd gotten to sleep at 8:30.

45 minutes of sleep... oh boy.

I was hoping my MIL would show up early and I'd slip out. Much to my surprise, David had actually set his alarm to get up early with the baby so I could do what I wanted to do. He actually got out of bed a little after 9.

So I got up and showered and headed out. My MIL wasn't here yet, but she was due shortly. I hit the mall.

Before I got pregnant, I was wearing a 26/28. I've lost a lot of weight since he was born (and only gained 10 pounds while pregnant) so I was grabbing 22/24. I found a dress I liked but it was only in a 18/20. I asked about the next size and the sales girl told me that I needed the one in my hand. I protested. She insisted I try it on.

She was right. I was floored. I haven't been an 18/20 since I was about 20 years old. Go me! That pre-eclampsia, premature infant, gall bladder disease diet really works!

Anyway, I ended up buying a dress that looks good on, but just didn't scream "baby shower" to me.

On the way home, I decided to stop at another place and finally found what I was looking for. They had a whole line of ice-blue stuff that I was in love with. In the end, I went with a sheerish top and pin striped pants. (Pictures below.)

Got home and asked how things went. David was already a little flustered. Robbie had been very cold when he'd changed him and then only took half a feeding. Now I was panicked. I'd been gone less than 2 hours and getting ready to leave for several more. Could they handle it?

I took his temp again- much better. Had David prepare another bottle while I put my clothes on.

The time that I'd intended to write lovely, thoughtful thank you notes to my hostesses was spent feeding Robbie again. (which he took just fine, for the record.)

I worried about leaving again- what if he wouldn't eat for anyone but me. But I had to go.

While I was feeding Robbie, I heard my cell phone beep that I had a message. It was one of my hostesses leaving a message. A very strange message that sounded a little odd.

When I called her back, it seemed there was a bit of a snafu with the restaurant where the shower was to be held. They had booked the location online. Only that location has been closed for a few months. (It's seriously about 5 minutes from my house- I hadn't noticed.) The restaurant had booked the room at another location w/o ever letting anyone know.

So the hostesses were going crazy trying to reach every one to tell them where to go and give directions.

I made a few calls myself, then headed to the corrected location myself.

The shower was supposed to be at 1, I got there about 1:15, but was still one of the first to arrive. Most everyone else (a few hostesses included) were lost.

After a comedy involving "I can see you, but you can't see me" we sent BFF's mom to retrieve the lost party goers and all was well.

From there- everything was great. We had a pizza and pasta buffet served family-style. We played a few games and I opened LOTS of gifts. But mostly we got to visit. It felt good.

I thought about calling home to check in a few times and decided to have faith. They could handle it.

I decided just to enjoy the time.

It was so great to see everyone.

It was funny because only 3 of the party goers were NOT from a message board. At one point my BFF (we've been friends since I was a sophomore in HS) pointed out that she wasn't from "the board." I had to laugh. I suppose I met my husband online, it shouldn't be add that most of my friends came the same way.

Anyway, the food was good. The cake was awesome- white cake with chocolate mousse center and butter cream icing. YUMMY.

After the party, I called home and David sounded tired. I asked if things were okay and he said he was just trying to do some cleaning. You could tell he was worn out.

I got home and things were going well.Robbie had eaten well and was sleeping. My MIL had made David do pretty much everything.

We went through all the gifts and cooed again..

It was good.

By the end of the day, David was exhausted. I asked him if he had a little bit of insight into my day and he said yes. And he's been much nicer to me since then. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.

For now- pictures!


Me and the Cake:



Me and gifts!

Diaper Cake:

Favors and a couple of Seuss books for Robbie:

The Loot:

Sixteen weeks old!


Brittany said...

You look great! Sounds like a great shower, I'm glad everything worked out with the location.

Kim said...

How fun!

And go you! I hope you're not too attached to that new outfit, because you may need a smaller one soon!

The Bugala's said...

So since we are the same size...does that mean that we can go shopping and leave the men with the kiddos for an hour or two...I'm sure we could convince others to join long as someone doesn't leave her lights on :) Love you and glad you had a good time!

T-Mommy said...

You look great, but I MUST admit that the BEST pic on earth is the one of Robbie...

He is just so CUTE that I am sure you will get a lot of attention from "strangers" once you get to be outside with him!

I am glad you enjoyed the shower!

Newt said...

Awww, what a great shower. You look fabulous, especially for someone who got 45 minutes of sleep! I love the blue top, and a good shopping story :)

jmartell said...

I LOVE that picture of Robbie. He looks so chubby!

Elizabeth said...

I'm so glad you had a wonderful day. May there be many more good shopping, good friend, good gathering days to come.

Robbie looks so darned cute too!

AngelsAmid said...

Your shower looked like so much fun... but Robbie's picture was ADORABLE! :) I don't know how it's possible but he gets cuter every single day!

Spork Fashion said...

Sounds like so much fun! Good for you for letting go a little bit... and good for David for coming through :)

Your new outfit is adorable, and you look gorgeous. I love your hair long, and you look slimmer!

Jennifer said...

I am so glad that you had a day out without the hubby and without the baby. You have been through so much and needed that time! Looks like you all had a wonderful time. The cake looks yumy!
Thanks for sharing the pictures, you look great!

Kristin (kekis) said...

Ditto everyone! You look awesome, David did a great job, MIL did the right thing, Robbie's cuter than cute, great friends, socializing - it's all super!

I know we've never met in person, but I'm really proud of you Trish. Life has not been nice to you in the past couple of years, but you have handled it all and come out on top. I know it wasn't easy, but I know that you and David know it was worth it.

Cassie said...

I am so glad you had a good time. And you look great! I can't believe how big Robbie has gotten and he looks like his mommy (to me atleast).

I am with Becca about the shopping if you wouldn't mind me tagging along.

Jen said...

Glad you had such a great shower!!
Jen Rooks

Lisa said...

That Becca sure thinks she's funny :) I'm totally down for shopping and I'm making Becca drive (since she'd just end up jumping my car again anyway!)

Amy said...

Aww what a fun shower! I am so glad that you had a chance to GTG with friends and that--after the crazy restaurant snafu and Robbie adventures--all went well. And wow, an 18/20? That must feel good! :) And you do look great, I love you in ice blue. :)

Amy said...

And oh my word, your latest Robbie pic ... he is SOOOO darling!! Look at that filled-out little face! Congrats on your over-5-lb baby!! :)

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Jill said...

I came across your blog by random chance as searching for my own info on infertility stuff and couldn't believe when I found yours. This is Jill from St. Johns nicu although I didn't have Robbie very much I still recognized you and him and it was so strange that I came across you from google!! It must have been meant to be!! My e-mail is if you would like to respond (If you remember me)

Valerie said...

You look great, and that picture of Robbie is adorable! Glad you had a good time at your shower.

The Maurers said...

You look great as does Robbie. He's getting so big!!!

Me said...

Looks like lots and lots of fun!!!