For the last few weeks, I have been busy planning
and preparing a baby shower for one of my nieces.
Her due date is July 21. The baby is a boy,
so I went with an alphabet theme, using primary colors.
The shower was scheduled for Saturday.
Friday night, I had the room all set up. Tables were
decorated, streamers were hung, and I was in the middle
of cutting up fresh fruit, when the phone rang.
It was my sister, the paternal grandma, calling to say
that the kids were at the hospital. My niece was
having contractions. Whaaaaat?
The next 11 hours were a whirlwind of text messages,
phone calls, laughter, worry, and wondering.....
would we be having a shower, or postponing?
Saturday morning, my niece and nephew were back
at home. The doctor was trying to stop contractions,
he didn't want baby to arrive for at least another week.
Needing a diversion, the anxious grandmothers decided
they wanted to go ahead and have the shower.
So, we partied on, without the guest of honor.
There was lots of eating, laughing, hugging,
and talking about the new parents and baby.
Saturday night, my niece and nephew
were back at the hospital. It was another
long night of text messages, phone calls, and worry.
Finally, after more than 50 hours of labor,
our newest family member made his entrance.
It's been an exciting weekend! Sunday,
I slept most of the day, and I hope
the new parents did too.