Although becoming a parent is not on my personal bucket list, it’s very exciting for me when my closest friends become moms for the first or even third time. I don’t have many friends I see often with children, and those I do have I’m unfortunately not near to see often enough and am not able to be even a semi-large part in their kids’ lives.
I’m hoping to change that a little though, with one of my best friends, Allie, who is expecting her first child in a little over a month with her husband, Donnie. The pair are having a girl! And breaking the trend, they announced the name they have chosen for their new little bundle: Hannah Rose. Perfect, no?
Now that I live in Metro Detroit, about an hour away from their home in the same area, I’m much more able to spend time with them. I was also lucky enough to be able to attend their recent baby shower to help celebrate.
The event took place at a really eclectic Italian restaurant in one of its back rooms. Allie’s family did a great job decorating and planning! Look at some of the super cute pieces that made this shower unique! The cupcake favors added an extra dose of “aww,” as Patty is the baby’s last name. Come on, now!
As for the gift, I chose a different route, since I had given Allie a bag of baby gifts a few months prior. So instead, I chose to focus on HER post baby, because everyone seems to forget about mom once the infant is born. Though I haven’t been through pregnancy, childbirth, or raising a newborn, I can only imagine the toll it takes on the body and mind of the mother after going through such an ordeal. My gifts centered around quick and easy pampering to make her feel beautiful at times when she probably won’t after changing countless diapers, getting spit up on, and barely sleeping through the night. I grabbed dry shampoo, quick-drying pink nail polish, a nail buffer and file, stress-relief bath bomb, a loofah, and a gift card to Tim Horton’s for her favorite iced cappuccino.
I did add a small water rattle toy for baby’s bath time, and we were all requested to bring a book instead of a card. Well, I can tell you it was a successful gift, and definitely something to maybe keep in mind for the next baby shower you attend!
Like I said before: being a parent myself is not for me, but I think being an honorary Aunt is something I can handle. I want to be a strong, confident, loving female figure in Hannah’s life, and even in the lives of my friends’ kids who I don’t get to see on a regular basis. I want to be able to treat them to ice cream and playtime in the park one moment, and give them back to their mom and dad during a crying fit the next!
Allie and Donnie are going to be amazing parents and they certainly have an awesome support system to help them through every test of the job. I personally can’t wait to meet their little one!