Then I got pregnant a fourth time and no matter how excited we and everyone around us was, I was still very cautious. Who could blame me? And then we had the scare around 21 weeks and we thought we might lose them. Luckily that all worked out and things are progressing very smoothly. I still find it hard to believe! And that's what is so scary about our lives right now.
I actually have a Baptism planned now. Wow what a difference! To actually have the opportunity to plan a joyful event rather than a sad one feels a bit foreign still. In some ways I almost feel a little removed from it. Intellectually I know it is for the children *we* are having, the ones I feel move around in my body, but emotionally I feel almost like I'm planning something for someone else.
Then this weekend my family had a baby shower for me. It was so amazing to have so many people here showering our babies with things they will need, celebrating these little lives with us. I was so touched and overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone. Such a wonderful experience!! I just can't believe it was for us! Even now, as I sit in my family room where some of the decorations are still up, the gifts are piled in the corners, a stack of children's books sits on my coffee table, and the thank you cards sit next to them ready to be written, I have a hard time believing that there will be two little ones here soon, in *our* house! We even have cribs in our house. Cribs!!! In our house!! Who would have thought.
The shower was wonderful!! My sister, mom, and niece came up for it. They along with my other sister who was unable to be here, took care of the cute invitations, the decorations, and ordering a cake. My in-laws took care of the food since they are a bit closer (only an hour compared to six hours). Besides the family members who were here, I got to visit with co-workers and friends some of whom I hadn't seen since February. It was so much fun!
The theme was "Two Peas in a Pod" and it was carried over from the invitation to the decorations and into the food.
In addition to the diaper cake (which has about 50+ size 1 diapers in it) there was also a basket full of diapers and markers on the coffee table. Guests were asked to write a short message on the front of the diaper so that my husband and I have a cute message to read when we are up at 2am changing diapers. We suddenly have lots of diapers and I have yet to actually purchase any myself (with the exception of the few cloth diapers I have purchased for later use). Although, for as many as we have, we know we'll go through them quick.
A few more pictures:
|The spread of food my in-laws put together before we all dug in. The "runner" on
the table is actually wrapping paper! Isn't that a great idea!
|These tiny salt & pepper shakers were too cute to pass up.
And they fit the theme so perfectly!!
|These were the favors: green M&Ms candies in little bottles with stickers on them in the
"Two Peas in a Pod" theme.
Thank you to all who came to celebrate with us! Thank you to all of my family for putting this all together!! It may be hard to wrap my mind around this totally, but I am certain the reality of it all will set in fast once these babies are here.