Other than my walk down memory lane, the real reason for my trip home was a baby shower being thrown for me and Baby Boy Cline by my mom’s friends. The party was thrown by three of my mom’s friends from school – Abbie, Pat and Melissa. It included them as well as some of her other teacher friends, my “hood mommas”, my Aunt Patty, and two other friends of my mom I have known since childhood.
Hood mommas – I should explain that one. I grew up in one of those neighborhoods with tons of kids running around, where you rode your bike up and down the street to friend’s houses and were just as likely to eat dinner at a neighbor’s house as your own. We played neighborhood-wide games of capture the flag and flashlight tag and each of my neighborhood friends’ moms were as in charge of me as my own mom. Little did I know then that the friendships that the Moms all had with each other was as important – if not more – as the one their kids had. Now that I’m getting close to the stage of having my own kiddo and I call up my friends-with-babies every other day to ask advice about sleep books, registry items and “is this normal” pregnancy questions, I can completely understand the importance of those friendships that formed as they were co-raising their kids together. I absolutely love that the “hood moms” friendships have endured through their kids growing up and moving out, through each of them actually moving from the neighborhood and more. I think about my friends who have babies now and I wonder what it would say about the test of our friendship if I am one day at their child’s baby shower. I hope so! (And can you imagine the types of baby shower gifts we’ll be giving 30 years from now? Hopefully we’ll still be giving “Goodnight Moon” and “Brown Bear, Brown Bear.”)
Anyways! It was an absolutely lovely shower. One of my mom’s friend’s from school brought her 8-month old baby which provided a very welcome distraction for the shower guests as I tackled one of my greatest fears: opening presents in front of a crowd. (Is it just me? I get clammy and nervous and I rush through it awkwardly. At least at my wedding showers I could have champagne to help me through it!)
But look, is this kiddo not adorable?
Baby Boy got spoiled rotten at this shower. Since it was thrown by teachers, I thought it very appropriate that they requested everyone bring a favorite kid’s book so his library got a huge jumpstart! There were so many of my favorites from childhood that I got to revisit – and some new ones that I am sure I will get very well acquainted with. We also got squared away with some much needed essentials like the Ergo, video monitor, swaddlers, bottles….oh and of course, clothes! Buying baby clothes is pretty much everyone’s kryptonite, isn’t it? It is darn near impossible to resist the siren song of a 0-3 month onesie, I am learning. This little boy is going to be one well-read, well-dressed baby when he gets here!
It was a beautiful shower and I was so very grateful for all the ladies who came to it – those who have known me since I myself was a baby and those who I just met recently but who have been great friends to the Grandma-to-be and were equally as excited to celebrate with her. This little baby (and his momma) are already so well taken care of!