In the midst of this unusually rainy summer, we’ve been twice showered by sweet family and friends with baby paraphernalia for Michael Ryan. Baby showers are a wonderful tradition and I am sincerely thankful for each person who has helped us celebrate the impending birth of our firstborn son.
July 28th- hosted by family and friends
My and Cody’s baby pictures
Lovely vegetable centerpieces to go with the Peter Rabbit theme
My dear husband and me (in a not-so-flattering dress). I was thirty-four-ish weeks in this photo.
Michael Ryan’s soon-to-be Grandmaw, Grandma, Nana… she’s not sure yet 🙂
August 11th- hosted by our church
My mother and I in stripes
Delicious cookies with Michael Ryan’s initials
Beautiful aqua blue punch
So many cute outfits! I wasn’t expecting to receive so much clothing for a baby boy!
Now that we’re pretty much ready for our baby’s arrival, I thought I’d share a peek at his nursery.
Big basket of Econobums cloth diapers, covers, and Snappi fasteners
Several photos of his baby bed to come. The Beatrix Potter comforter I found at a local thrift store for $2.50. The green crib sheet was in the same bin, matched perfectly, and cost only a quarter. Mother and I used a $1.00 pattern from Hobby Lobby and inexpensive unbleached cotton to make bumpers and a crib skirt.
An old rocker that’s just my size from my grandmother, another thrift store quilt, and a beautifully soft monogrammed baby blanket.
Geoff guarding our stash of baby wipes.
It suddenly occurred to me a few weeks ago that I had nowhere to sit the baby once I inevitably had to go to the bathroom or cook supper or shower or load the washing machine. Luckily, one of Cody’s aunts gifted us this cute bouncer.
A closet FULL of clothes!
A blogger I follow suggested creating a nursing basket to keep in our bedroom during the first few weeks so that all the essentials are on hand for late night feedings. Mine includes: blankets, thin cloth diapers for burping, cotton and disposable nursing pads, creams, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, Kleenex, and a nursing cover. I plan to add some bottled water and granola bars, too.
My sweet friend Alyson got him this awesomely spacious diaper bag. It is ready to go with several coming-home outfit options.
A bag of towels and waterproof pads for the car and one of our trusty backpacks stuffed with clothing and underwear for our birthday trek to Chattanooga.
The sweetest church outfit ever.
We’ve got to get that car seat installed this week!
Lots and lots of baby blankets and a Moby Wrap that we’re super excited about using.
Teeny tiny socks
More towels and wash clothes than we will likely ever need.
I got these and the larger Beatrix Potter prints on Amazon for a couple of dollars each. The frames are just cheap-os from Hobby Lobby.
Hamper to be used as a diaper pail (and that will probably wind up outside that door on the porch!)