Me with my Grandma Marcy’s Better Homes & Garden’s Baby Book from 1951. Photography by Stephanie Russell at Cowgirl Graphics | http://www.cowgirlgraphics.com/
As of tomorrow, I am officially four weeks away from my due date. When you first get pregnant, 40 weeks sounds so far away. Now it’s nearly here and I am excited/terrified/elated/apprehensive/insert emotion here. Basically, one moment I feel an overwhelming sense of love and anticipation for Sweet Pea’s arrival and the next moment I just feel overwhelmed. But, I think that’s pretty normal. Right?…Right?
Well, even if I’m not normal, I guess I’ll forge on ahead. I’m rarely normal anyway.
Clay doesn’t quite know it, but his world is about to be turned upside down by a tiny, pink baby girl. Photography by Stephanie Russell at Cowgirl Graphics | http://www.cowgirlgraphics.com/
One thing’s for sure, I’m feeling much more prepared for Baby Girl Lauck’s arrival after we were showered by friends and family this month. And when I say showered, I mean it was an absolute downpour of love, support, encouragement and generosity!
My mother-in-law borrowed this vintage baby buggy and decorated it with Tyler and I’s baby blankets. It held gifts and was inspired by the antique doctor’s buggy we had at our wedding to hold gifts.
The first shower in Wheatland was hosted by my incredible in-laws. Tyler’s mom, Kim and sisters Sunni and Kristny poured the most amazing amount of love and effort into making the day beautiful and special. Just look at the fun details they put together for the Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice theme!
It was also an incredible turnout! A lot of Tyler’s family lives in Wheatland, so we had family, friends, church family, and P.E.O. Sisters form a crowd of around 55+ people. Talk about a flood of support!
The first table to sort the sprinkles by color won a prize!
We had to call in reinforcements to haul all the adorable gifts home. We thank God for all these amazing people in our lives and are so grateful He is allowing our daughter to be born surrounded by such wonderful spirits.
Mom had her hands full writing down all the adorable gifts.
Mom, Kim, Me, Sunni and niece Skye.
While we girls were having fun at the shower, my dad and Tyler were busy at home with the nursery “to-do” list I left. Aren’t I a good cruise director? I had expected only a few things to be checked off, but when I arrived home, they’d gotten nearly everything done on the list! Grandpa and Dad get a gold star for sure.
The very next weekend my wonderful Aunt Mary and friend Cheri hosted a shower in Colorado where a lot of my family lives. It was a much smaller gathering, but was just as special. We got to enjoy a Peter Rabbit Storybook theme complete with bunnies everywhere and flower cupcakes. It was so precious and a great tribute to my favorite childhood pastime – reading!
I was presented with some wonderful handmade treasures, as well as some practical gadgets and lots of really good advice. I respect these mother’s so much and soaked in all their wisdom.
My Aunt Mary cross-stitched this blanket, as well as finished a quilt my great grandma had started. Including the wool rug she made, I’d say she was one busy woman and my daughter is one blessed girl!
Wonderful friends Kosha, Dell and Leanne with my Mom.
Cousin Emilie and Aunt Alisa look at the baby pictures from Tyler and I’s albums.
As if I weren’t spoiled enough, my amazing friend Kassi hopped on an airplane and flew from Missouri with an 18-month-old just to be at the shower. We’ve been State FFA Officers together, roommates, bridesmaids in each other’s weddings and now we get to share motherhood together. Our mutual friend Megan also was able to be there. Even though she lives in Omaha, Neb., she was in Denver for work and was able to come to the shower as well. Amazing!
Nora put her seal of approval on the gifts.
Nora, Kassi, Me and Megan.
I am so blown away by the love and generosity we’ve received throughout this whole pregnancy. We have people all over the country praying for us and sending us sweet gifts. It’s hard for me to express how truly thankful we are. Praise God for putting all of you wonderful family and friends in our lives!
God Bless You & American Agriculture,
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. – Psalm 139:13-14