Sunday, August 25, 2013

A Shower of Books

A handful of people asked me if I was having a baby shower before baby #3 came along, but I kept answering that I didn't think I'd want one this time around. Traditionally etiquette once said you only throw baby showers for the first pregnancy anyway, and I'd had a shower thrown for me with both of the girls. We already have plenty of baby gear {sorry it's all pink with teacups, Paxton} and as you know, I'm a boy clothes fussy pants {though less of one now that my baby is here and I think he's cute in ANYthing}, so I decided to turn down the lovely offers that came regarding a third baby shower.

But some people just won't listen...
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Jan & Kellee showed up at Eisley's 5th birthday party with a bit of a "mini-shower" for me. It was the sweetest, most unique way to celebrate Paxton with some of my friends, yet in a simple and meaningful way and without the lame baby shower games.
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Jan even threw a little Pyrex and some of her sewing creations into the mix--it was just perfect.
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Poor Paxton has been brought into a house full of toys that already have Eisley & Violet's names on them. It's really sweet to have something so personal, with his name on it, to start him off with. Behold: a shower of Little Golden Books!
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From all my "Lutheran Texas friends" {none of us are actually from Texas, but this is what I call them since we all met in Texas last year}. No child in America did not own at least one of these golden foil spined books as a child, they are classics and loved by all.
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They each sent Paxton a favorite Little Golden Book.
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Each one inscribed by the giver.
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Along with sweet little notes and cards that I'm tucking away in his "baby box". I have a baby box for each of my children, filled with things like their hospital bracelets, ultrasound photos, Baptism certificates, etc. I'm serious when I say I'd actually felt bad that Paxton had no baby shower cards in his, unlike his sister's boxes. {This is the little sister in me, being the youngest, it pulls at my heartstrings when my youngest child doesn't get what the older ones got. And yet, life is full of different experiences, I know, I know...it's silly. I am an emotional creature.}
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I was sincerely touched, and it was such a sweet thing to open up, to read the notes, and to set aside a nice little book collection {many classics there!} just for Paxton.

Jan sewed him up some darling burp cloths! Babies are so funny. I keep thinking things like, Here is the only gift you'll ever get that is acceptable to vomit on, Little Buddy!
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I never though I'd say this but, what cute fabric with cars on it! Well done Jan! And we actually really needed burp cloths. Perfect.

Along with the Little Golden Book theme, she also made a fabric Poky Little Puppy book.
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Inscribed and everything, how sweet. We will play with it and take it to church lots of times and then when he gets too old for it someday, we'll stick it in the baby box with his other baby treasures.
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Finally, a baby bath towel. With bicycles. Babies. Baths. Bicycles. {Why did I never make one of these for the girls? The store bought ones we had were flimsy and thin, but the one Jan made for Paxton is big and soft, we love it.}
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All presented in a Pyrex dish--the huge, legendary 4 quart casserole--the size and pattern that I've been looking for, no joke.
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Hands off, Violet! These are for Paxton.
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I may not have wanted a full blown baby shower, but what my friends did do was the bee's knees. I was really touched by the unique and personal gifts.
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Kellee brought a little something just for me too. I have to say, when I saw this sitting in my kitchen during and after the party, I thought she'd just haphazardly tossed a teacup on the counter for some unknown reason, she didn't make a fuss about giving it to me, so I wasn't sure what it really was. After Eisley's party was over I picked it up to take a closer look, and it turns out the teacup is glued like this, and it had birdseed inside! A handmade Pyrex birdfeeder!! It's hanging in our tree now. Such a creative use for extra Pyrex dishes. Not that I have much extra Pyrex sitting around. :::cough cough::: This is cute and I might just make some myself. Guess I should go thrift some more Pyrex...
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A huge thank you to Jan & Kellee and my Texas girls for the heartwarming mini-baby shower! I am blessed to have these friends.

Cheers,
Heather

3 comments:

  1. That is so sweet of everyone! Those are some very sweet, precious gifts. And that bird-feeder is adorable!

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    1. Isn't it cute? Just another thing to add to the "I wish I'd thought of that" list ;-)

      Thanks Amber!

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  2. This is a lovely post, Heather! I am so glad you liked everything! Add bird feeders to your list of crafty things to make :)

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