Sugar and Spice baby shower

Hi friends!

So much to say. With my baby shower a little over a week ago and our big CD release party and concert on Saturday, I’m quickly falling behind in keeping you all up to date. So let’s get to it: my baby shower was lovely!

My friend Beth hosted and took care of all the food, and Carrie headed up all the decorations, games and activities.

It was great to have all these women gathered together from different realms of my life–my mother and mother-in-law . . .

. . . friends from college . . .

. . . ladies from church . . .

. . . all of them so encouraging and supportive (and three of them also pregnant!).

I didn’t get any great pictures of the food (hitting self on head), but Jessica brought awesome gluten-free cupcakes with pink frosting, and Beth made about half a million delights: some kind of quinoa pie/quiche thing, a fruit bowl, lemon squares, berry tarts, a gluten-free cheesecake tart, quiche, Caprese salad, and more treats that I’m probably forgetting all about.

Oh, and coffee! Her husband David brewed it nice and strong, just like I like it.

I loved all the games Carrie chose. My mom proved fiercely competitive at stealing peoples’ pink ribbon necklaces if they slipped up and said the word ‘baby.’

(you can see above that’s she’d collected 3 at that point–many more were to follow)

I expected no less from her.

Then we played the game involving drawing a rendition of baby Alice on the back of a paper plate placed on top of your own head–without looking.

Beth’s focus was intense.

My friend Sarah kept winning–first, she won the paper plate game (she’s the one with the plate still on her head).

(she drew an adorable singing baby that looked like a snuggly little glow worm)

Then she won the belly-measuring game; her string measured exactly–and I mean EXACTLY–what my belly did. And then she cleaned things up by winning the whose-baby-picture-is-this game. We decided her new vocation should be baby-shower-crasher. She should just waltz into baby showers, win all the games, and collect all the prizes.

She could end up with a lot of candles and soaps, or something.

Then the ladies all prayed for me, my husband and Alice. I was so encouraged by all their prayers, and by the sweet song we sang at the end of this time.

And then, to finish things off, it was time for presents!

The generosity of all these ladies was amazing. There were baby books . . .

. . . adorable outfits . . .

(some of which I wanted to wear myself)

. . . things that made me cry . . .

. . . PRECIOUS girly little socks that looked like shoes with ruffled ribbons . . .

. . . beautifully written cards (that made me realize I need to stop forgetting to include a card with my gifts) . . .

Oh my, you guys.

I’m having a girl!!!

I leave you with a few more pictures. And thank you to everyone who came (or sent gifts and well-wishes from afar) to make that day so special for me and my wee one!

12 thoughts on “Sugar and Spice baby shower

  1. Kimby

    Jenna, the pictures (and your re-cap) truly captured the JOY in this event! What a fun time for you and Alice — she couldn’t help but feel the LOVE with these supportive women in your life surrounding her. Simply wonderful!

  2. Sarah K.

    That was such a fun day! Beth and Carrie did such a beautiful job with everything. I love how my baby belly is featured in more pictures than my face is. 🙂 And I had a slight advantage with the belly measuring game. My strategy was to measure my own and then take about 8 inches off. If I’m gonna win more shower games, I’d better hit them up while I’m still rocking a belly. Haha.

  3. Suzie

    Jenna, it looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time. Love all the teeny-tiny clothes and the games sounded fun. I especially like the drawing the baby on top of your head 🙂 The pictures were wonderful and the one of you crying brought a tear to my eye!

  4. Veronica

    Awwww, loved that one of you wiping a tear away! The shower sounds so wonderful, what a blessing to have so many women who love you and want to share in your joy!

  5. Megan

    Looks like a fun time! Wish I still lived near you and could be there. I’m still trying to decide what to get for you/Alice. I’ll have to consult with my little one and see what he thinks 🙂

    The drawing game sounds fun. The only games I remember from mine were guessing animal baby names (like colts, kids and goslings) and guessing my weight. I also remember feeling totally blown away and confused for awhile because mine was a surprise (of course!) and Andrew got me really good. I thought we were going for a meeting so it was a total switcheroo.

  6. Joanne

    Your baby shower looks like so much fun! Tons of good food, fun games (I played the don’t say the word baby game at my cousin’s shower a few months ago…and lost almost instantly) and good company. LOVE IT!

  7. Tobi bakken

    Aw, so fun and special!! You and your mom look so much alike–both with kind eyes. I really like the prayer idea, I have not really heard of that at a shower.

    1. Jenna Post author

      Aw, that’s so sweet of you Kate! I guess you could send it to my work address (it’s the safest place since stuff gets stolen from our apt complex)–3150 N Campbell Ave, Chicago IL 60618. Thanks for thinking of us!

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