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Showering Baby B

Baby Shower Pregnancy

Showering Baby B

After a week away, I’m back! Last week was full of down time spent at home with my family and it was quite needed. I took a step away from my blog and social media to regroup and recenter my focus! There was no real rhyme or reason for it except my husband had Wed-Fri off before heading out of the country and I just wanted to be present with him. We went to the movies, had a Chloe free evening, celebrated the 3rd on the 4th with neighbors, put together the nursery, ran lots of errands, went on walks and just relaxed on the couch with each other. Like I said, much needed! Now it’s me and Chloe against the world this week!

Now let’s rewind to the weekend BEFORE the 4th of July. Yes, two weekends ago baby boy and I were spoiled by our friends and family. I was shocked at the number of people that came to celebrate this little nugget of mine! So much love. Several months ago when Ali and my sister approached me about throwing me a baby shower, we decided that my house would be the best location. I have a lot of open space and all of the presents would already be at home. Plus my house was freshly painted back in March and I wanted to show it off. Now let’s show off all of the cute details of my baby boy’s dinosaur themed baby shower!

The Candy Bar

My sister put together this adorable candy bar along the dining room table! She found several dinosaur candies like dino gummies, dino bones and dino lollipops. Then she put a fun twist on some traditional favorites like M&M’s are dino droppings and Hershey Kisses had stickers with dino kisses!

She also put together all of these adorable mason jars for all of the guests to stuff with candies to take home with them! It was definitely a big hit and everyone walked away with their jar of candy. And Chloe ate more gummies than I care to admit, but it kept her happy and quiet all day!

I was also able to use some of the extra mason jars in the nursery. I filled some with cotton balls, ear swabs, baby samples and such. Once I get some good pictures taken, I’ll be sharing with y’all!

The Games

We didn’t play many games because it was really more of a mix, mingle and eat kind of shower. We did have two easy games that everyone was able play on their own time.
First was the Play-doh Make Me a Baby Game. You essentially get several containers of play-doh and some cupcake liners. Each guest writes their name on the bottom of a cupcake liner then they use the play-doh to make a baby! The goal is to make the best baby for the mom-to-be to chose at the end of the shower! That’s why the names are written on the bottom, so momma doesn’t know who made each one. We definitely had some creative ladies at my shower!
The other game was the Pillowcase Baby Item Game. {Yeah, I just made that sweet name up.} It’s another simple, but fun one! My mom filled up a pillow case with about 20 different baby items. Then she and my sister walked around from person to person giving them 60 seconds to feel around in the bag. Once their time was up, they had to write down as many items as they could remember. Just before I opened presents, my sister went through all of the items and the person who remembered the most correct items won a prize!
I loved having these two simple games for people to participate, but they didn’t completely disrupt the ease of the shower!
The Decorations

I loved how they didn’t make everything obnoxiously dinosaur. Instead it had this prehistoric jungle feel with lots of greens, blues and oranges. They used lots of dino clothes and accessories to decorate my mantle that baby boy can use when he gets here!

Another awesome decoration area was the photobooth! Here’s a peek at all of the fun masks, but scroll down further to see us in action!
The Food

All of the host ladies brought different snacks and sweets, so we had lots to choose from! Meatballs, Italian pasta bites, buffalo chicken dip, spinach dip, cheesecake, cupcakes, peanut butter bacon cookies and more! Just looking at these pictures has me hungry again.

Oh and I couldn’t forget the mimosa bar! A baby shower isn’t complete without some sort of champagne drink concoction. Just a few more weeks until I can indulge in one myself!
The Presents

It’s not a baby shower without opening presents and oooh-ing and ahhh-ing over all of the adorable baby things right? Well this one was no different, and I think everyone enjoyed seeing all of the goodies this baby received! I can’t say enough how spoiled and loved we are. We’re clearly blessed with the most amazing family and friends.

I’m really good at making lots of weird and exaggerated faces all the time, so when unexpected pictures are taken, there are always quite a few interesting ones of me.

Needless to say, this little boy will be well dressed! Since we registered for gender neutral colors for most of the main, big baby items with Chloe, we didn’t need a lot of gear. We did need lots of clothes since Chloe’s were incredibly girly and feminine. Oh and nursery gear and decor! I held off on purchasing things in hopes that we would get things at the shower, and we sure did! I spent the next few days washing clothes, blankets and sheets and putting everything together in his room. Now I can’t stop going back in just to sit in the glider! I’m looking forward to sharing how everything turned out with y’all soon.

The Photobooth

My Amazing Friends and Shower Hosts!
Ali – Julie – Me – Emily – Jessica – Ashley

Remember the photobooth I mentioned above? Well my sister put together this adorable little set up for all of us to snap some super cute pics! I loved the greenery in the background, but the masks totally stole the show!

And I couldn’t do a shower post without some sister pics!

My babies are so lucky to have Emily and Kate as their amazing Aunties! Their also lucky to have the most amazing grandparents and my friends who are like aunties to them. We’re beyond blessed to have all of these amazing women in our lives. I know I’ve said it several times in this post, but I don’t think I could verbalize it or write it enough.

Now here we are just over 6 more weeks until my due date! The nursery is almost ready. The stroller, carseat and other baby gear is out of storage and cleaned. His clothes are washed and ready to wear. Big sister is starting to get excited about actually meeting this hypothetical brother we keep talking about. Now all we need to do is cook and grow this little boy a few more weeks and we’ll be as ready as we’ll ever be to meet him! I can’t wait to see his little face and recognize his feet and elbows that I feel on a daily basis.

Thank you to all of my wonderful friends who came to celebrate and an even bigger thank you to the ladies who helped my sister put on this perfect shower!

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