Sunday, January 31, 2010

McBaby's First Baby Shower!

If I were to begin to explain to you how wonderful my friends are, I would quickly run out of words to describe them. I have known for a very long time how blessed I am with the friendships I have developed while living here in Austin, but these wonderful and beautiful women continue to amaze me everyday!

I LOVE the Diaper Cake Lisa made :) The cake topper is a toy that Kristen swears by! It suctions to table tops...that way you won't be picking toys off the floor all the time!

Today included!

Today, Stephanie Bisek, Lisa Denzer & Kristen Becker hosted my very first Baby Shower :) Everything was absolutely perfect about today! I felt like I had just recently been crowned Miss America (pageant was on the day before...)...they treated me like I was a Queen!

Myself with the hosts: Lisa Denzer, Kristen Becker & Stephanie Bisek

The games we played were SO MUCH FUN!

The first game we all passed around baby food and had to guess what kind they all were...I'm REALLY bad at this game! I hope this does not determine what kind of mother I will be, because I didn't do so hot. (I didn't get any right!)...I did have some right names, but just for the wrong jar!

The second game, everyone split into groups of 2 people! They had to fill out a "Mad Libs" game titled: Baby McRae is on the Way! These were HILARIOUS! Every group had to read theirs back to me and I had to choose a winner. Are you kidding me! This was very difficult!

Here is the winning story:

Toward the end of her pregnancy, Cori was feeling like a polar bear. Finally, on the 32nd month, she felt a sudden contraction in her eyes. Of course, the first thing she did was go to the Miss America Pageant and jump up and down to keep her mind off of the discomfort. When the contractions became more frequent, Josh suggested that she slide around until she knew for sure if she was in labor. Cori was sure it was time to go to Woodson and give birth to her bubbly baby.

Before leaving, Cori called the pimp and said she would be leaving right after she hustled up. Within 4 minutes of hanging up the phone, Cori was to the point where she could not even boogie during a contraction. When Josh walked into the Blue Robin Room and saw her on her hands and knees wrestling, he said, "We are going NOW!" He quickly got ready and packed up the Cooper. Cori and Josh rushed to Jamaica, where they were met by a hula dancer.

Meanwhile, family and friends arrived by horse and buggy and gathered in the waiting room. Cori wasn't sure if she wanted to use pain killers, but as soon as she felt the pain in her gluteus maximus she asked for prenatal vitamins. Josh tried to help by counting as Cori raced. This went on for 15 hours. The family kept busy in the waiting room by playing Gestures and eating Steve's Pizza.

Finally the doctor decided to use the monkey wrench with a scream of Ecstasy, Cori gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. The baby was so perfect, with a slippery pinky toe and 9,872 fingers and toes. The baby girl weighed 4,765 pounds and 134 ounches and measured 276 inches in length. Cori and Josh named their baby Chartruse. All the people in the waiting room agreed that the baby had Cori's tongue and Josh's thumb. Cori sang Apple Bottom Jeans as she rocked the baby, and they all fell asleep dreaming about their new life together.

Hilarious! The part that sold it for me was the Miss America part and singing Apple Bottom Jeans :) I'm pretty sure I will have to do that now when McBaby is born!

The third game we played...well, this one was a game just for me! I had to do whatever I needed to determine which candy bar was melted inside the diaper! This was DISGUSTING! Haha...there were 6 diapers, and I got all 6 right-yeah...6 prizes for me :) Here are the 6 candy bars:
1. Butterfinger
2. Crunch
3. Baby Ruth
4. Milk Duds
5. Kit Kats
6. Snickers
I observed, felt, smelt and yes...took a bite out of some of them! was pretty funny :)

The final game was a "relay race" between two teams! We had to put a diaper on baby dolls, dress them, put PJ's on them, swaddle them, and fill a bottle to 4 ounces with water! This was hilarious! It's a good thing we didn't get docked for banging the head against the floor!

First, put on a diaper!Next, get the baby dressed!Next, swaddle the baby
Last, fill a bottle with water and rush back to your teammates!

Enjoy the pictures from today! Again, I am so overly thankful for my friends! You women are all so amazing :)

My mom couldn't make it to the shower, but the moment she found out she wasn't going to be able to make it, she had a surprise gift sent down :) I started crying when Stephanie brought out a BEAUTIFUL high chair for McBaby!! I love you, Mom! You're the best!

The high chair my mom & dad got us (had shipped down!). Stephanie had been taking pictures, so my camera was down when she brought it out...this is what it looks like!

Melissa, Madisyn, Alia Retterath & "Grandma" Sandy Branden (she's our Austin Grandma)

Mary Beth, Sarah & Amy

Dishwasher Basket

Some washcloths!

Baby monitors from the hosts!

Melissa's husband, Andy, built this for us!

Such a beautiful toy chest! I can even sit on it (yes Melissa, I tried when I got home!)
I already have some baby toys in it :)


Alisha gave us this book! It's called, Let me Hold you Longer. It talks about all of your baby's "Lasts"...I read it at home and was bawling!

You can never have too many diapers :)

Seriously - can a girl ask for anything more in this life than great friends!

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