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Monday, September 01, 2008

My Chinese American baby shower

Well for the record, I knew the lovely OB team at work wanted to get me (well should I say Finn) a baby gift. But for the last month or so I've heard NOTHING. I honestly didn't think anything of it until Rosie (our most outgoing and dare I say eccentric midwife) spilled a little bit of the beans a week so ago and announced via whisper in my ear they were planning a surprise baby shower for me (to know her is to love her). All I could think of were gifts of split-crotched pants and them force feeding me fish soup so I could build up my breast milk supply. But it is definitely the thought that counted and I was flattered...although how were they possibly going to surprise me, right?

Well, in comes my lovely American friends Patty and Amy - those sneaky ladies! As I'm telling them all week that I don't know how the group is going to get me anywhere on Saturday - they were in on the whole thing! Well...the day comes that I thought the shower was coming and I hear nothing, NOTHING! So I give up thinking they switched days on me. I'm sitting in my sweatpants and unwashed hair and Will (who is recently back from the US) said he was going to Patty's to pick up my glider chair that she had re-upholstered for me (Oldest trick in the book). For some odd reason (baby brain) I agreed to go with him to say hi. As we are walking next door I see one of the nurses go in to Patty's building. I burst into hormonal tears and turned to my betraying husband and said "YOU WERE IN ON IT TOO!" - I feel so loved by this betrayal but only slightly angry enough to say - you were going to let me walk over in dirty sweatpants, no make-up and greasy hair and I'm going to have pictures of this?? YOU ARE MAD! :)

So needless to say I only had time to change pants, put on some mascara and most importantly a lot more deodorant! I walked over and was overwhelmingly surprised by my lovely co-workers and friends that showed up - close to 30 people!! They wanted to throw me an American baby shower and it was fabulous! I even gave in and let them play shower games and let them measure my very pregnant belly. This shower lasted for about 3 hours!! It was crazy and I didn't even receive one pair of split-crotched pants....I do have to say I was a bit disappointed!

I'm so very fortunate to have such a wonderful group of ladies that I work with as well as just great friends (and husband) that are willing to go out on a limb and LIE to my face in the name of love.


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