Lucky. I don’t often consider myself lucky, especially as a mom speaking around pregnancy after loss, a situation that was quite unlucky. But when it comes to my support system, I am the luckiest.
What was prefaced as a “Bestie date” with my BFF this past Sunday, turned out to be a surprise sprinkle for our sweet baby girl!
A get-together I had not at all anticipated! I walked into my mother’s house and was greeted by my loved ones, family, and friends. I don’t think I stopped tearing up for at least the first 30 minutes! A beautiful mermaid-themed sprinkle. It was a magical day, and I still tear up thinking about it. Our mermaid will be the best-dressed little girl around – from head to toe. She is already so very loved, by so many, and she’s not even here yet. Delilah is the first girl amongst my loved ones to be born in 11 years, and it’s time for all the pink and leopard print!
When I told my bestie I couldn’t believe they did all this, she said they had to – because Delilah needed to be celebrated too.
A new baby, a new little one in our lives. And that made me tear even more. A lot of people will say that moms should only have one baby shower, that they should already have everything they need as they’ve had a baby before. But I personally don’t find that to be the case. While Delilah was “sprinkled” with the most beautiful outfits, a mountain of bows, and diapers galore, that’s not what a shower is about.
When we lost Teddy, we had already sent out the shower invitations. The venue was set. The plans were in motion. All of that came to a screeching halt when the news of our loss was shared. The only celebration we held for Teddy, was in his memory – a beautiful balloon release with our loved ones, a few weeks after his passing. Then came Nathan, who had the most beautiful rainbow and woodland-themed baby shower thrown by my loved ones. Loved ones who didn’t meet our sweet baby for so long as the pandemic hit just weeks later. But he was celebrated nonetheless.
What they don’t tell you about showers is the love – the love you will be showered with.
I may have not had my shower for Teddy, but I was showered with love. Every single person who showed up at his memorial to send off a balloon with us, hug us, and give us their condolences. Every person who showed up to a surely emotional shower for Nathan, as I was finally getting to have my shower after losing Nathan’s big brother. And the surprise sprinkle thrown for Delilah with all of her loved ones. My heart is so full.
Showers may be something different to everyone, but I was just happy to spend the day celebrating our sweet baby girl, speaking her name, talking about how Nathan is going to be a big brother (and Teddy too!), and enjoying the company of her beautiful family she’ll get to meet in just a few weeks time. It was a day to celebrate her, to celebrate the new life joining us soon, and it was perfect. Thank you to my best friend, my mama, and my mama-in-law for the amazing surprise. I’m truly grateful and the luckiest lady to have such wonderful people in my life.
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