Me: "Why are you giving me onesies?"
Her: "Why do you think?"
(Later Matt told me at first he thought, "Do they think we're pregnant?")
For awhile this was the hardest secret to keep! I was so excited, but Steph and Gordon found out they were pregnant pretty early on, so I had to wait another six weeks to spill the news.
I mean, here's the thing. I want to be the cool aunt. I want to be the aunt he wants to hang out with and gets excited to visit. Who cares that he won't really form lasting memories of me for the first couple years of his life? I need to start now.
My lifetime plan for spoilage is to send money in all holiday cards (this is a no-fail way to win a kid's affection) and have an ongoing list of books I can send him whenever the fancy strikes, so he always has something new and great to read.
It's important to me that I set an example for being compassionate, forward-thinking, creative, and confident. I want this kiddo to be kind and gentle, but to also follow his own instincts and be unafraid to stand up for himself, others, and what's right.
Aunts are allowed to have that kind of influence, right?!
I also got her a Boppy, which is what I get all my mom-friends because I know it's super useful!
|I individually wrapped each outfit so they could really enjoy opening them.|
I already gave them two board books (I Like Myself and Hello, World! Solar System) because I couldn't wait.
The baby shower was beautiful. Steph and Gordon did a lot of the legwork, coming up with the favors and theme, etc., while my mom and I played Ringleader the day of. Matt was a super helpful brother-in-law, running errands and helping to decorate the night before. Here are some photos from the main event:
|Making the "birch twigs" the night before.|
|The candy may not match the theme, but it screams "Stephanie's aesthetic". The cupcakes were from Parlour Vegan.|
|Besides the trail mix bar, Steph made s'more kits and tree stump tea candles for take-aways.|
|I recorded all the gifts in a copy of Where the Wild Things Are.|
It felt so special to get to do this with Steph. I can't wait to meet the little guy and spoil him rotten!