Ladies, Babies, and Little Girls

By Mary

A few weeks ago a stack of pink envelopes with baby shower invitations were sent out to invite people to Nicole’s “Surprise” baby shower. Neither my mother nor myself are particularly shower throwing nor going people. However, having one in honor of the newest addition to the family seemed like a most fitting thing to do for Nicole as a gesture of our love and support to her, and as a way for her to score some useful new things that the baby can put to good use. Before Nicole came over for a supposed visit with me; Clare, Mom and I banished the males from the house and got ready for the party. There was much cleaning to do. Naturally, I was more inclined to focus on the flowers and food than scrubbing floors and doing dishes.

My sister Clare made signs for the food.

My niece Claire made signs for Nicole.

After a frantic morning of cleaning and putting the finishing touches on the quilt that Mom and I have been working on together, things were in functioning order.

Ladies, girls and babies started showing up. The guest of honor coincidentally had her mother in town for the week. What a fantastic addition it was to have Elaine Naugle celebrating Nicole’s soon to be motherhood with us.

A special guest was this little one. Pearl Rose was born to my friend, Mary Marks only a few weeks ago. Isn’t she just a gem of a baby?

A bonus of having a spring shower is enjoying the weather.

Time spent outside in the clean spring sunshine was enjoyed by many.

Well perhaps, not everyone. These girls look like they are having a lovely time. Though in reality, some hardcore Girl War was going on which included tears, cliques and eventually adult intervention. The solution? Dress up of course.

Once the costuming came outside, the fighting died down and imaginary games in the garden proceeded.

When Nicole opened the gifts, the girls all crowded at her feet and jostled for the honor of handing her the presents.

The dual efforts of Moms quilting and my experimental cross stitching was revealed.

Before we knew it, the gifts were all unwrapped, the ice cream, scones and brownies were melting or gone, and there was a trail of dress up clothing lining the garden path. Soon enough the afternoon hours were dissipating and it was time for the ladies, girls and babies to head back to their homes. The only one that stayed firmly put is the little one in Nicole’s womb. Very soon though, he or she will be just as physically visible as the rest of and it will be fun to meet Nicole’s non-baby shower “surprise”. The question is, will it be  Felicity or a Lucus? Time will tell!

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7 thoughts on “Ladies, Babies, and Little Girls

  1. Minnesota Prairie Roots

    The hand-stitched prayer quilt is absolutely precious and will be treasured forever. Beautiful. What a wonderful shower. Loved seeing those little girls playing dress-up. I attended a baby shower on Saturday for my nephew’s wife and will be sharing photos from that soon on my blog. Such fun to celebrate the forthcoming birth of a family member.

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    1. sweetridgesisters Post author

      That’s so funny that we were both involved with baby showers on Saturday. I am sure your post on your family shower will be great. Seeing little girls playing dress up is always a humorous sight to watch.Thanks for the compliment on the quilt. I started it in November and would start and stop on it. Hence, the completion of the project (kudos to my mom) didn’t get done until right before the shower.

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  2. www.emjayandthem.com

    You captivated me with that opening shot in the dining room – the lace, the sheers, the sun peeking in and the table set up so prettily. Ahhh …

    My Grandmother’s name was Pearl; little Pearl is beautiful and she’s the first person I’ve been “introduced” to with the same name.

    Sweet, sweet post.
    MJ

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