This post will be very wordy and filled with pictures. Please excuse all the blabbing. I am just an excited 'Nana-to-be' so you will just have to over look it...I will be called CiCi. I always wanted to be a Nana but when I had Ashley, I came up with Nana for my mom. Now Brooklynn will have a Nana and I don't want to confuse her. So, I will be CiCi. Once of my nieces couldn't say Aunt Cherri when they were little so they just called me C. So, my daughter came up with CiCi. I like it. It also doesn't make me sound old enough to be a Nana, right? Well, on with the post...
Just a week ago I found out that my parents were coming to visit my aunt and uncle at their 'mountain' cabin. That is only about an hour from where we live so I asked Ashley, my daughter to come with them so that she could visit with us. She is pregnant (due in January) and we don't get to see her that often. She lives about 4 1/2 hours from us. I was last there for her ultrasound that told us that 'It's A Girl' in mid-August. I realize that was only about 6 weeks ago but you all know that 6 weeks can make a 'BIG' difference when you are pregnant. She is now showing and I got to feel little Brooklynn Elaine kicking around in there. It was so wonderful.
Since we knew that this was probably the last time that Ashley would come here before the baby was born, my sister and I decided to try and throw a 'surprise' baby shower for Ashley. Remember that we only had a week to do it in. I immediately designed a baby shower invitation and got them in the mail the next day. Then the other planning began. Now, Ashley was getting to my house on Sunday and the shower wasn't planned until Tuesday night, which meant, all that I was doing for the shower had to be done and over at my sister's house by Sunday afternoon. Yikes!!! I also had to hide all evidence that I had been working on a baby shower. I wanted to keep this a surprise if at all possible.
Well, there were times that I had to 'cover' up for things around my house and I had to be creative when going over to my sister's house on Tuesday night. Ashley wasn't dressed nice and hadn't done her hair. I told her that I wanted to take some 'good' pictures to document her pregnancy and I asked her if she was going to do something with her hair. It was just enough to get her to 'doll' herself up some...She looked beautiful.
When we got there, everyone was standing around the 'food' table as the surprise. Ashley was too buy petting Jackson (her dog that now lives with her cousins) and she didn't realize that it was a shower. I had to lean over and whisper into her ear, 'Happy Baby Shower Sweetheart'. And then, she got it... She has never been truly surprised. We totally pulled it off. I am so proud of all of us. Ashley said that we made her feel so loved, so cherished and so honored. (just what we were going for) She felt very special that we did all of this just for her.
Thanks for taking the time to get through this entire post. Have a blessed day, Cherri