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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Baby shower (and crazy amounts of photos and pink)

So this past weekend, my mom and sister came to Georgia to throw us a baby shower.  Amazing, right?  They knew that at 34 weeks I wouldn't be able to travel to Ohio, but I never expected the support that we had.  We had family and friends come in from SEVEN states!  Holy love, right?  I was so overwhelmed with every one's support and generosity.  Baby girl is so set for when she enters the world (if her daddy and I are, is another question!)

Mom, dad and Kristen came in on Thursday night.  Friday we did some running around and just hung out until my cousins came in from Pennsylvania.  My mom's best friend's (and neighbors in Ohio) drove in as well and they stopped by to see the house on Friday too.

Then Saturday, Tom and I got up, enjoyed a nice long walk with Charlie, knowing that at 1:00, our house was going to be taken over with shower stuff.  It was awesome!

I will say, as apprehensive as I've been about having a little girl and all the pink that goes along with it, I couldn't help but smile at everything.  How can you not?  Okay, so ready for picture overload??? :)
My adorable mom and dad with some of the balloons
My sister and my mom made these chocolate lollipops
Tom surprised me with my favorite craving - iced sugar cookies and Chick-Fil-A lemonade
The awesome Costco cake.  Anyone else in love with these?
Nana-to-be and I
The bassinet and nursing pillow that one of my sister's friends gave us to borrow!
My sister and brother in law bought us a pack-n-play!
This should keep her occupied during floor time!
A portable swing
The homemade gifts from my family - my Aunt Jean made the blanket, my cousin Carolyn made her a stocking, my cousin Laurie made her the "A" and my mom actually cross stitched that picture for my cousin Anna when she was born, who gifted it to me now that she's grown.
Bath Stuff
Girl's clothes - too cute
Personalized gifts. And I'll quote "every Southern girl needs a personalized diaper cover". :)
This is the baby of a triathlete for sure
My mom and sister asked that people give us a book instead of a card which we loved... she has a good collection started on her bookcase!         
I sobbed when I got this.  My grandma bought this for Abigail 5 days before she passed away.  I will give it to her when she is older. :)

My friends Jenn and Matt made us a diaper bike.  Seriously.  It's awesome.
Okay, and then something awesome happened.  I haven't' talked much about the bombings in Boston and everything that went down with that.  It was horrifying and still makes me sick to think about.  I can't tell you how many times I've been at the finish line, waiting for my friends and loved ones.  It hit really close to home.  We had a lot of friends and family running that day and thankfully all were safe.  Tom's mom had finished about 10 minutes before everything went down and was close enough to the finish to see and hear it all.  To say it shook us up is an understatement.  Tom and I were very emotional that day, questioning society and wondering what kind of world we are bringing a little girl into.  I know that we can't shield her from all the bad in the world and that there is way more good than bad, but it's still hard.  So right around 3:30 as the news was breaking, UPS came with a big box addressed to Tom.  I had been putting packages aside knowing that they were probably shower gifts for the weekend, but since this was to Tom, I had him open it.    I couldn't see what it was when he opened it, but he looked at me with tears in his eyes.  It turns out that his old teammates got together and bought us a BOB Revolution jogging stroller, the handlebar console and a hippo toy from our registry as a congrats gift.  We were so incredibly touched by this for so many reasons - Tom is no longer with TNN, but his former athletes were so generous that that didn't phase them.  They are all crazy runners and triathletes so this couldn't be a better reminder of all of them. These are lifelong friends, and we know that.  So Tom now has a way to run with Abigail up the hills of Suwanee (because I will be totally making him do the hard work while we run together!)  It's way awesome!
I'm still, three days later, trying to wrap my hear around people's generosity.  If I every questioned whether or not Tom and I had a lot of love in our lives, Saturday confirmed that.  And what's even more amazing is that this little unborn child has so much love as well.  That's a very very amazing feeling. 


Betsy said...

A personalized diaper cover...I'll admit I had no idea one existed! What an amazing group of people you have in your life!!!

Aunt Nan said...

It was a love-filled, happy, emotional day, and I'm so glad it made you and Tom so happy. I love you, baby! Mom xoxox

Ironman By Thirty said...

Love it all! I was going to say the tri-clothes were my favorite. But then I saw the diaper bike. :)

So excited for you two!

Matthew Smith said...

That was so much fun! Not too many guys can say that about a baby shower, but it really was great to meet everyone and watch you guys too. It's so awesome that you got a BOB. Those guys are great! See ya tomorrow!

Rebecca Thorpe said...

My BOB jogging stroller is the best baby/child item we purchased, still using it for my three year old and the stroller is now 6 years old and works perfectly. What a GREAT gift. I also love the diaper bike, ha! The first baby, such an exciting time. Can't wait to "meet" sweet Abigail.

Anne-Marie said...

Looks like you had an amazing shower! So excited for you, I know you will be a great mom!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

How awesome!! I am with Kevin, I love the triathlon closthing.... till I saw the diaper bag.

Runner Maybe said...

awesome! What great friends and family!

MissFancyPants said...

love it all!!!!! Yeah, this is so exciting, haha, I am registering for the same pack n play with those colors (and I didn't even steal it from your registry). Love the baby tri clothes!!!

Zaneta said...

Sounds like you had a great time!! I love the books instead of cards idea!! :) LOVE all your gifts!! :)

TriMOEngr said...

Congrats on all the fun baby stuff! Looks like you are going to be good to go!

Amber said...

Love the tri gear for baby! :)

Katie said...

YAY for so many awesome gifts! You and this little girl are for surely loved and it is deserved!!!

Glad you had a great shower!