Tonight I threw a baby shower for a neighbor and friend. It turned out to be a great success and I had so much fun that I didn't take a single picture. Figures. But I don't buy the blogging idea that if it doesn't get blogged, it didn't happen so we're good :)
Anyways, the shower was pretty low key as far as decorations go. I was keeping it simple yet sweet and on a whim I decided to add a place where guests could give their one piece of advice to the mother-to-be. After the last guest had left and the last decoration had been taken down, I sat down to read the notes. They touched me deeply and I realized that I had happened upon something that was invaluable. Here were women who had all gone through mothering: some had given birth just months before and others had children older than the mother-to-be! The advice was incredible. And the best part? Most of the advice told our mother-to-be to just trust in herself and her instincts.
Some of my favorites:
"Enjoy each stage and cherish the time you have with your new baby. And when things get tough, just remind yourself, 'This too will pass'."
"Let them be the reason for your day, not the interruption."
"Laugh with your kids. Don't be afraid to be silly. It makes you approachable when they need to talk. Read with them everyday."
I can only imagine how much she is going to love these! I hope she treasures them for a very long time.
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