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The baby shower

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Wow, the finish line is right there! 35 weeks this week!

My baby shower was this past weekend! You want to hear something only a super amazing sister would do? My sister flew here all the way from Washington D.C. with her one month old baby! Her husband took off work to take care of their other two children so she could be here with me! I was so excited to meet baby Elle! She is such a cutie and gave me a chance to practice diaper changing and holding a newborn! My sister and I are so excited to have little cousins so close in age! We had such great quality time just hanging out and visiting fun spots around town.

My baby shower was beautiful and I felt so loved by my friends! I’ve said it before in this blog, but it’s true: the most valuable thing you can give someone is your time.

My friends spent time planning and executing this shower when they each have a million other things going on in their lives. Those who attended gave up their Saturday morning to shower me with love. It meant so much to have people there to celebrate with me! The decorations were just perfect, they thought of every detail. I sure didn’t make it easy on them not knowing the gender.

One special touch they added was that instead of cards, attendees gave baby books signed by the giver. This meant a lot to me because I love reading and certainly want to pass that on to my children. The personal touch of a signed book means I’ll always see their message and name and think of them!

If you’re looking for ideas for baby shower games, they had some great ones:

-The infamous (and so difficult for me) don’t say the word “baby” or your clothes pin gets taken by whoever calls you out on it. The person with the most clothes pins at the end wins.

-Diaper changing relay. While blindfolded see which team can change through baby diapers the fastest.

-We also played through a stack of cards with baby related words on them and had to get our team to yell out the correct word by our description.

Before the shower, they sent Tony a list of questions to answer about personal baby related things like: What’s your favorite thing about pregnant Kelly, What’s one childhood memory that you hope to recreate with your baby? Then I had to guess his answers. This was so sweet and I wanted to cry through the whole thing.

They also had all the attendees fill out “advice cards” for me and decorate diapers, writing encouraging or silly things on them so I can look through them when I’m up in the middle of the night.

There were just so many thoughtful little details that made the day memorable and precious. I’m so thankful for the love of friends.

Click through the above photo gallery to see some pictures!

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