My Anti-Baby Shower

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It seems like everyone assumes pregnant people are just hormonally unstable creatures who need to be protected from a world full of emotional dangers, but I’d say I’ve kept my cool pretty much my entire pregnancy (no need to validate this statement from my boyfriend).

However, one thing that has changed during my pregnancy is how assertive I’ve become. It’s as if I’m a CEO running a million person empire, and I know exactly what I want and I won’t let anyone tell me otherwise. This has been a total 180 from my normal self. I’m borderline neurotic.

For example, while shopping for the nursery, I was so set on these gold starburst mirrors that I drove to 3 Targets looking for them, I ordered 4 of them for store pickup (when I got there, their system would have one listed in their inventory and then they wouldn’t be able to find it therefore had to cancel my order). I’m pretty sure I spent 4 or more days dedicated to finding these mirrors. I even went as far as searching Sacramento and Las Vegas Target’s in hopes that someone could bring with them when they came for my baby shower. I remember feeling ridiculous but I couldn’t let it go. I was incredibly determined.

I finally was able to track them down, and I must say–they really do complete the nursery. Is this what nesting is really about?

Fast forward to planning my baby shower. I knew I wanted to plan my own, Sergio and I decided early on that we would plan a co-ed shower so I knew what I wanted from the beginning which meant I didn’t accept much help from anyone who offered (sorry, I totes blame my pregnancy). The godmother, Laura, bless her heart, let me fly my freak flag the entire time and managed to be an incredible help without stepping on these newly assertive toes. People would explain how crazy I was to take on planning my own shower, but I was determined to have a baby shower that wasn’t like most. For me, baby showers are nice but they’re too nice. I really just wanted to spend time with friends and family, and have a good time. I didn’t want to spend an entire day playing games and opening presents, and thankfully I thought the shower went perfectly. There were games, drinks and food–my only regret was not being able to spend more time with everyone.

As for the shower, I opted for a Madeline theme because it was one of my favorite books as a child and it was full of primary colors. So we decided to use red, blue and yellow decorations but keep them pretty subtle.

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The only really decorative part of the house was a candy bar that I was, again, determined to have. I kidnapped Laura and we drove 20+ miles to a candy warehouse so I could buy red, blue and yellow candy. I suppose this is what happens when wine is no longer a regimen part of your life to calm your neurotic tendencies but I just loved how it turned out (and tasted).

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My parents, a huge THANK YOU for providing the food & venue!

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The take away gift, koozies. Our shower was in August, so it seemed like the perfect gift since everyone could use it during the shower.

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The baby fruit carriage. Seriously, how adorable is this? My mom crafted this thing (thank God for Pinterest)!

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My friend Nicole made this diaper tricycle, I told her she should start a side business doing this.
Let me know if you want one and she can make it for you. The entire thing was made up of receiving blankets, diapers, bibs and bottles, all of which were on my registry, so each one is customized to order.

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I just wanted to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for coming out to celebrate with us. A special thanks to Laura & Rick who helped plan the shower with me, and dealing with my OCD behavior. My parents for hosting the shower at their Phoenix rental, buying the food and cooking it for all (Rick, this is a thanks for you, too). Thank you to my aunt, second mom and sister for all the hard work you put in to coming out to Arizona and all of your help with the shower. To all of our friends who had to hop on a plane just to spend a day with Sergio & I [Amy & Chris, Cindy & Nicole, Megan (I know you drove, but ya know what I mean), Danielle, Erika, Jamie, Stef & Jason] and for my amazing AZ friends (old and new) who took time out of their busy lives to spend the day celebrating with us. I also wanted to thank Sergio’s friends and family for coming out, and it means the world to us that this little girl has such a huge family in Phoenix. Words can’t explain how grateful I am for all of you.

I have never experienced so much love in my life.

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