I don't know what to blog about... our baby class, which we attended yesterday, or the upcoming shower. I cannot express enough how excited I am about the shower! I am not a huge celebrator, and generally avoid the fact, for example, that it's my birthday. Even when I received my doctorate I decided against attending graduation and don't recall that we did anything whatsoever... and then there are anniversaries and holidays... well, we're useless. I don't love the spotlight, either, and it's partly what compelled us to have a tiny, tiny wedding. We had just a few guests, we organized everything the week before, and did absolutely nothing special... well, we did head to the cinema and watched the horror film 'Red Dragon' on our wedding night... The idea of lots of people coming to a wedding whereby I'd (we'd) be the focus was a little horrifying, and yet here I am as excited as can be about our upcoming baby shower!
Jen, David, and Sage are hosting the shower at their home. I really feel so grateful to them... what great friends we have. We have a 'green theme' for the shower (organic, natural, environmental, etc). Jen picked out a few templates for the invitations - all of them based on a woodland theme... all were beautiful but we eventually picked one out. We're having the shower on May 16th, with a rain date of the 17th planned. It's a vegan/veggie potluck event, and hopefully it'll be warm and dry so that we can spend some time outside.
I've only ever been to two showers (we don't have them in the UK), and my sense is that they weren't especially traditional ones. Like the ones we've been to (Jen's and my friend Kate's) it's going to be co-ed, and I don't recall playing games.. so maybe we won't be playing games!! We have registered... and while it does feel a bit icky to list things that we want people to buy us (eek), we're at the same time so very appreciative.
Of course I'm also a bit nervous about the shower. Will people come, will Rich faint or pass-out when he has to open gifts in front of people (he enjoys being in the spotlight even more than me :) ), will my very diverse friends get along... and what will I wear (also read as 'what will I be able to squeeze into)?' At least I don't have to worry about a family member getting very drunk... :)
Even with some of these anxieties - which might ordinarily put a stop to any thought of celebration or festivities - I'm really excited. It feels like such a wonderful, affirming thing to celebrate a new addition to a family.