At first I wasn’t sure I should. I mean, technically, she isn’t a mom – yet. It’s really only a matter of weeks, even days, until out little bundle of joy arrives.
But this is a once in a lifetime event. My wife will only be pregnant once, with our first child, and there will only be one mother’s day during that time. Plus, I’m not that guy who makes excuses for not being sappy because I’m a dude.
Now I’m not going overboard, just a little bouquet of flowers, maybe a special lunch, and a little special treatment all day.
Our real celebration for mother’s day happened last weekend when we had our co-ed baby shower at the at a catering company in Westlake. Jenn’s family was there, and my folks drove in from Tuscon for the weekend. Some of my friends came, some of Jenn’s friends, and we all had a great time.
The Harvest room is a new facility that was built by my friends who own a catering company. It’s a perfect place for a shower, an informal get together, or just a great meal. The chef, Dan, is an incredible cook, and takes care of everything. Although he specializes in meat, he knows I’m a vegetarian, and makes special one of a kind dishes just for me. Of course, he also has a little fun with it, and although there isn’t any meat in my food, he always seems to shape my dinner like a pig, or some other farm animal. It’s a running joke between us, but always in good fun.
I just liked the decoration outside the door. It was a simple pot with some native grasses planted in it, and set the theme for the rest of the room. Inside the decorations were rustic, but not dated. There was some great furniture, and custom pieces gathered from around town, and the internet, and it all pulled together quite nicely. We had about 30 or so friends there, and we filled the room perfectly, and kept the bartender busy making mimosas for us all morning long. My mother in law got there early and did some great decorating, hanging a banner, putting out favors, and a few other nice touches for my wife and I.
Everybody got a little party favor of a blue tin with some candy. Debi, even hand cut each of the little flowers, and wrote a thank you note for everyone. I’m not much of a crafty person, but these are pretty cool.
The cake was incredible! Heather, one of my wife’s best friends knew someone who makes cakes on the side, and this was better than most wedding cakes I’ve had. If you don’t know, I’m a little bit of a wedding cake connoisseur, as I have photographed over 400 weddings in a previous career, and sampled each and every one. This cake was more than enough for everybody, not too dry, and not too sweet. Thankfully there was a little left at the end of the day, and we got to snack on it for a couple of more nights.
There was a funny baby shower game that everyone played. I didn’t think anyone would win, but in the end, I have to say that it was because of me that someone got the prize (a Visa Gift Card).
As soon as everyone came in, they got this cool little paper flower that they wore on their lapel. I think I said that Debi make them all by hand. There was also a word you weren’t supposed to say – Baby – if you said that word, and someone caught you, you had to give ALL your flowers to the person who caught you.
Of course some people lost theirs right away. I mean, really, how hard is it to not say baby at a baby shower. Most people lost theirs right away. But two people were hard core, and found all kinds of ways to chat around the word. It went on for a couple of hours between these two. I didn’t think anyone was going to break.
But in the end, I decided I had to think of something to get one of them to say baby. Here’s what I did. I started going around the room, taking pics of all the people. Before I took their picture I’d say something like “On 3 say cheese”, and then then I’d go 1-2-3 Cheese, and take the pic. Pretty standard stuff.
But for the two that had ALL the flowers between them, I had to do something different. So with everyone watching I lined them up and quickly said “OK on 3 say BABY 1-2-3 BABY!” And guess what! Heather didn’t even think and shouted it out! She couldn’t believe it, and neither could we. Here’s the picture with her saying Baby!
Then lunch came. It started with a fantastic cheese plate from Antonelli’s cheese shop. I had to put my camera down, and focus on the good food!
The rest of the day was so much fun, with lots of presents (people are so generous), lots more mimosas, and tons of great friends and family. It was the best shower you could possibly think of, and the perfect way to celebrate together.