Last weekend I jetted off to Grand Rapids, MI for a whirlwind final farewell to my family and a classy little baby shower. My sister and sister-in-law had organized the get-together from afar, sis flying in from Denver, Colorado and SIL (along with MIL and niece) from Bethlehem, PA. It was a perfect little gathering with around 30 people in all.
The shower was held at a little tapas restaurant in downtown GR, San Chez Bistro. We had an upper banquet area, sectioned off with a curtain to keep it private from the rest of the bustling afternoon crowd. The food was delicious and abundant and seemed to take up most of everyone’s time and attention, which by my estimation was a very good thing. I much prefer chatting and sampling little marinated and skewered treats over a dizzying game of pin the sperm on the egg. And since I’m not showing much yet, it wouldn’t have been too much of a hoot to have everyone guess the square footage of my belly. And to be honest, even with the little curve I have, I think pi would be involved and who wants to bust out HS trig (or geometry?) when there are much better things to do like drag a crust of bread through some garlicky melted butter.
My favorite little detail were these party favor chocolates from Jacques Torres. Four little truffles in the following flavors: hearts of passion (dark chocolate with passion fruit filling), the lovebugs (white chocolate with key lime filling), paperdolls (dark chocolate with chipotle spiked ganache) and missing from this line up, the “got milk” chocolate truffle (milk chocolate with a dab of cognac.) So sweet! And how perfect for a baby shower, right?
Thankfully most guests brought gift cards and books (since I was flying back to DC the next day). One incredibly crafty and talented friend made me this little blanket and block set. Check out the embroidery detail! Plus all of the plushy little blocks have jingly bells inside. Ridiculous! Handmade gifts rock the house. I was absolutely blown away with everyone’s thoughtfulness and generosity, from the leopard print gift bag to the clever book selections. What an amazing send off for me and a welcoming for the little one.
Since arriving home, I’ve had about a week to go about scouring craigslist for the remaining necessities. I rented a ZIP car and traversed the suburban NoVA area picking up a crib, stroller and car seat earlier in the week. Monday I make another circuitous route around the greater metro area to nab a high chair, a mattress, and a bouncy seat. Baby gear central over here and I was so determined to keep it extra simple. Ha! The movers come on Wednesday to take it all away and put it on a barge bound for Africa. A couple of last minute questions for the FS mommies out there…..
1. Did you take malaria meds when you were pregnant? Did you crush them up and give them to your infant? I am so torn on this one! Please help!!!! I know the doctors say it’s perfectly safe for both pregnant women and newborns but it just seems so severe to introduce to their little systems. (I know- a much better option than malaria itself…)
2. Cloth vs. disposables…. in a 3rd world country where there is spotty trash removal and little hope of domestic help. Thoughts? I posted this on the FB group and got some excellent feedback. Anyone else out there care to offer a little wisdom or guidance?
Thank you ALL so much. Everyone. It is such a blessing to be linked to this community and to know that I am able to keep in touch with friends and family through this blog.