Sunday, July 14, 2013

Six years

Six years ago I married my best friend. I am so fortunate. I love him dearly. Thank you for being everything to me.

Friday, July 12, 2013

G's birth

Before I went to Boston for a work conference in June, I told sisterfriend to cross her legs so I wouldn't miss the birth of baby G.

It didn't work so well.

On Friday, June 21, I awoke to a text from sisterfriend, sent at 3:22 a.m. They were on their way to the hospital. I spent that day hovering around my phone, waiting for updates, which I gobbled up and passed on to other family members. At 3:15 p.m., right in the middle of the session I was moderating, GCD was born after almost 13 hours of labor. He weight 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 20 1/2 inches long.

The next few days were so long as I waited impatiently to return and meet the newest member of our family! Finally, on Sunday, at three days old, I said, "hello!"

Sisterfriend did an amazing job at bring pregnant, giving birth, and now mothering her son. She set the bar pretty darn high!
I got to see him again, at eight days old, and he only became cuter, as if that was even possible!

I love you, GCD! You're currently the cutest cousin, and I can't wait for a lifetime of memories with you!

G's baby shower

This is a very belated post, which will become clear with the post that will follow this one, but I can't miss blogging about G's baby shower! My sisterfriend done got herself knocked up, so I threw her a hootenanny. I designed some really pretty invitations and made lots of fun little crafts and bought a metric ton of orange gerbera daisies, and the party was on.

There was a diaper raffle (guests were assigned a diaper size to bring, and then I drew a participant's name to win a fabulous prize).

I made a lot of food. Seriously. A Lot.

Did I mention the party was blue, orange, and zebra stripe-themed? When I get a theme, I run that theme into the ground. Seriously, even the water bottles were wrapped in zebra print duct tape.

I made everyone participate in a craft (which is apparently My Thing. Everyone at sisterfriend's bridal shower had to scrapbook a page. The craft for her baby shower was slightly accelerated).

I painted all 26 letters of the alphabet with the same color she used on parts of the nursery, and then I provided all sorts of papers and tapes and doodads so each guest could decorate her own letter, signing the back, so that the baby will one day be able to judge his loved ones based on their artistic ability (joking. Sort of.).

Then she opened gifts.

My mom made sisterfriend's baby a beautiful quilt to match the nursery colors.

I also made each guest answer questions about babymomma and babydaddy's childhoods, and the winner with the most right also won a fabulous prize (it ended in a tie!). On the back of the quiz each guest wrote their predictions of birth date, weight, size, and so forth, and the person that won received a fabulous prize too!

It was a genuinely lovely day, and I am so happy I was able to give it to her. My mom brought our grandma, and it was so special for her to be able to participate in the day.

I love her, and I love baby G!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Boston 2013

I went to Boston for a work conference in June. We stayed right on the harbor. A very nice, if a bit smelly, city!