Monday, November 20, 2006

surprise on a sunday!

Yesterday Josh and I went over to one of his classmates' houses for brunch. As we climbed the stairs to their apartment, Josh and our friend hung back for a second and I pushed open the door to a chorus of very loud screams of "SURPRISE!!!"

I stood to the side for a moment in stunned disbelief before asking, "Surprise for what?" Apparently, for our baby! A surprise shower! That Josh knew about and kept a secret for over a month! With tons of people from his class, and food, and cake, and bloody marys and mimosas (not for me) and gifts! So many gifts! I was shocked, and flattered, and frankly, very overwhelmed by the whole thing. All these people gathered to celebrate this baby and this exciting time. It was almost too much!

We had a fantastic time, and since we had lots of guys along with the girls, there was no talk of labor or delivery or measuring of my belly or anything like that. There were a number of inappropriately sexual jokes, and much talk of movies and travel. It was great fun, and I felt very loved and spoiled.

This baby made out like a bandit again, with soft blankies, adorable outfits, toys, bath items, buntings, and onesies. You'll be happy to know that my "layette" is in much better shape than the last time we discussed. I now have more than 1 wash cloth, in fact, I have 13. I also have a few sleep 'n' plays, and several onesies, and not too many socks, and 3 blankets, and a few hats. Now I'm just trying to figure out whether to keep all of the newborn sized sleep 'n' plays that we got or exchange them for a size bigger. My gut feeling is that this baby is going to be a little bit bigger than average, but this feeling is based on nothing close to proof. Just the insane movements he or she undertakes at regular intervals throughout the day.

During the surprise shower, baby even put on a show for everyone. I mentioned to the friend next to me that he or she was moving, and she exclaimed rather loudly, "Oh my God, I see it!" and when everyone turned to look, baby proceeded to roll and kick so prominently that you could see the tumbling clearly through my sweater. Aren't babies not supposed to have any more room at 35 weeks? This one seems quite comfy.

Once again, my friends, I am so very lucky.

13 comments:

Ninotchka said...

Yay for surprise showers! I'm glad you and baby cleaned up and that baby performed on command. Good baby! :) Que divertido.

Rev Dr Mom said...

Why don't you just wait and see on the size of the onsies. It's hard to tell how many of the NB ones you will use. My kids ranged between 7 1/2 and 9 lbs and they all wore NB size for a while.

Surprise showers are fun!

And 35 weeks already? Wow.

jo(e) said...

I would leave tags on so you can exchange for bigger sizes. Just for an example, my Boy in Black was 8 pounds 5 ounces when he was born. By the time he was three months old, he was 16 pounds 10 ounces. That's right, he doubled in size in three months ....

I am glad your friends made you feel so loved. You are getting close to having this baby! It's so exciting.

Knitting Mama said...

Sounds like you're ready for this baby! Glad you had fun at your surprise shower!

ppolarbear said...

You really are lucky, blessed, whatever you call it. Great friends. (I like coed showers so much more than the single sex ones!)

Butterflyfish said...

:-)

chris said...

My first baby the dr was worried that I was measuring so small and predicted a 5lb baby. I delivered 2 weeks early and he was 8lbs and 23.5" long.

The last one they thought was going to be big, "the biggest yet", but he was 5lbs. Turns out it was all those cool ranch doritos ;-)

yay on your shower. Co-ed ones are always more fun.

Kendra said...

I say take some of the NB stuff back. If you wait and try to take it back without a receipt, you'll more than likely not find the right size or they will be clearanced by then. The baby grows so fast that the NB stuff will be cute the one time they wear it but that's about it. Congrats and it sounds like you have great friends!

Shelly said...

I agree that you should explore getting larger sizes. Our daughter was 7 lb 15 oz at birth, is now 7 weeks old and has been wearing 3 month sizes for at least 2 weeks. We had so much NB stuff we received from showers that she never even got to wear. I definitely wish we had gotten more stuff in larger sizes.

Girl said...

:)

Kristin said...

How fun! And so cool that the guests got a glimpse of your baby!

liz said...

Squeeee!

Maribeth said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed your shower. What fun!!!