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Dawnald and Marcia’s Baby Shower

Sunday was my ol’ pal Dawnald’s baby shower.

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I have blogged about Mark and Dawn’s Jack and Jill, Dawn’s wedding shower, her Ottawa bachelorettetheir Jamaican wedding, their housewarming, and now there’s gonna be a baby!

Usually baby showers are for the ladies, as we all know, but this was a co-ed shower. Not quite as risqué as it sounds…but Evan and the rest of the boys did come and show their support for Mark. And then all the lads hung out in the basement mancave and drank beer. Evan said he had a really good day and I heard a lot of hearty laughter coming from down there, so while we may never know exactly what went on, it sounded like a good time.

We did have male representation upstairs with us though… Chester was there.

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Who is sporting a onesie with everyone’s favourite Dirty Dancing quote.

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(I really miss Patrick Swayze)

And the newest addition to the inflatable family, Kyle.

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Who looooves to smile.

Kyle spent most of the afternoon riding Dawn’s baby’s new rocking horse.

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The rest of us spent most of the afternoon eating and watching Dawn open her presents. The food table was pretty awesome.

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I spent a lot of time hanging around there eating. I brought a taco dip from Eat, Shrink and Be Merry (recipe if you follow that link, it’s awesome! I made it without shrimp though).

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And I need to highlight Joanna’s cucumber topped with avocado, smoked salmon, red pepper, and dill sauce. Because holy moly.

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Delicious.

And that wasn’t even lunch! That spread was followed by Dawn’s mom Brennie’s FAMOUS macaroni pie.

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Also delicious.

And then there was the best baby shower cake I’ve ever seen.

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That even reminded me of Dawn. It is from Kake Kreations in Whitby if anyone is interested. The breast area was chocolate cake and the belly was vanilla. Both were really, really good.

And Emily’s sister made her amazing sugar cookies that have been making their rounds to all the events lately.

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I can’t get enough of them.

Dawn scored some pretty great gifts, and I think she is all set! I like baby showers more than wedding showers because I like to ooh and ahh at all the cute baby things.

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Like baby tutus.

As part of our bigger present, Evan and I got their baby a very attractive soother.

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Not creepy at all.

And as is customary at baby showers, we played some games.

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Put a frozen soother in your drink and be the first to yell “MY WATER BROKE!!!!” when the soother breaks free of the ice. Right up our alley sense of humour -wise. Sherrie won this in like 2 minutes and we called her a dirty cheater. But I also won a game!

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Guess the celebrity baby. I was the only one to guess all the babies correctly and I am very proud of myself for this because there was a trick answer. Babies 1-4 were pretty obvious, but #6 was giving me some trouble. I originally thought it was Samuel L. Jackson, but then I noticed the “It’s a Girl!” sticker so at the last moment I changed my answer to Dawn (who was not even on the list). And Dawn was correct, not Samuel L. Jackson. Though I’m sure you could understand my mistake… Dawn and Samuel L. Jackson are practically twins.

Anyway, here was my prize.

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Probably the coolest baby shower prize I’ve ever received. I would say I think the prize buyer knows me, but anyone who knows me knows that rye makes me uncharacteristically angry… Only in excess though, so I should be alright ;).

It was a really great day with all my friends and the beautiful mama-to-be.

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Who is just glowing and looking fantastic. She doesn’t have much longer to go, so wish that girl luck! 

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Uncle Leon’s Baby Shower

My good friend Leanne (or Uncle Leon, as you may have seen her commenting on my blog) is with child, and has been for quite some time. She is due in early November and yesterday was the baby shower for the beautiful mama-to-be.

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Leon is such a cute pregnant gal. I love her bump, and I am obviously rubbing it in this photo, but it got cut off.

I love showers for two main reasons: games and food. I loved this shower for a third reason. All the ladies were in attendance!

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Leanne is really the first one to have a baby out of all our old friends, so it’s a very exciting time. It was really good to see them and have a catch-up and mustard session.

The food was everything I was hoping for.

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I love giant snack plates like this. Party foods and mini sandwiches may be my favourite food group. Evan saw this picture and was like “Don’t you want to take a nice picture for your blog? That plate is a mess.” And he is not wrong, but my main objective is to fit as much on my plate as possible, not make it look attractive. So I think I am succeeding in my mission there.

There was a sweet baby cake.

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Actually the entire dessert area was pretty awesome.

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Emily’s sister Sara has started making these amazing sugar cookies for various occasions.

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They look professional! She does a really great job. And they taste as good as they look. I could have eaten them all day long.

Everyone also got one of these great chocolate moustaches made by Leanne’s brother’s girlfriend. Joanna and I had some fun with those.

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Moustaches are always a good time. I totally had chocolate underneath my nose after that moustache picture and I didn’t notice until I got in my car to leave. Thanks for telling me, friends.

For one of the games, everyone had to bring in a baby picture of themselves and then had to guess which baby was Leanne. I was not able to pick out Leanne from all the babies, it was quite sneaky, but here is the picture I brought of myself.

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My baby baby photos are packed away in a box somewhere, so a toddler photo had to do. My friends didn’t even recognize me because they said the brown hair threw them off. Interestingly I was born with black hair and it gradually lightened until I was about three and then it was just blonde.

Uncle Leon really cleaned up in the gift department.

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I love giving books as baby shower presents. I remember my parents reading to me every night before bed and it instilled a HUGE love of reading in me. So my present for Leanne consisted of some of the classic Robert Munsch books (of course I included Love You Forever, best children’s book of all time), and also a onesie with a moustache on it. I didn’t even know about the chocolate moustache theme, so that was a coincidence.

Some of the gifts were so ridiculously cute they made my ovaries hurt.

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Aww, baby plaid.

Leanne’s mom made her this gorgeous cloth book.

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It was such an original gift.

And this is my favourite card.

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From Dawn. And that is a photo of Leanne’s husband from high school. He has red hair, so we assume they are having a little ginger.

It was a fun time oohing and aahing and losing it over all the cuteness. I still can’t believe there’s gonna be a BABY!

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Baby Shower WIN!

Man, what a terrible day on the weather front!  Cold rain disgustingness all day…blech.

On the bright side, I made it to my office bestie Lexy’s baby shower, on the correct day!

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(Isn’t Lexy the cutest pregnant gal ever?  I loooove that bump.)

Of course me showing up a day early was a big joke at the party…  But Lexy’s mom made me feel better when she told me that she has done that twice this year – shown up for something on the wrong day!  So at least I’m not alone.

I love showers, for two main reasons.  Random party games, and FOOD!

The shower didn’t start until 2pm, but I held off on lunch in anticipation of shower food, and I’m glad I did.  There was a vast array of veggies, cheeses, crackers, and some deli meat and sandwich fixin’s to make your own sandwich.

That was the route I took!

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I made myself a turkey sandwich on a kaiser with havarti and vegetable cheese,  baby spinach, tomato, and hummus, and some extra veggies and dip on the side.  That kaiser was unbelievably soft and fresh and I was loving it.

I also had some more veggies, a couple crackers with brie cheese, and a cupcake that went unpictured.

There was also Turtle pecan cluster Blizzard cake from Dairy Queen…

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So obviously I snagged quite a hefty piece of that.

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Though I think it looks bigger in that pic than it actually was.

I enjoyed watching Lexy open all her gifts, and loved that this did not take a million years.  Oohing and ahhing over baby garb is a fun time in moderation.  I tend to get restless if the present opening goes on for too long, and I’m pretty sure I speak for everyone when I say that.  But Lexy’s present opening session was cute and interesting, and she scored some good swag.

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I love giving books as baby shower presents.  I remember my parents reading to me every night before bed and it instilled a HUGE love of reading in me.  Every baby needs to be read to!  So my present for Lexy consisted of some classic Robert Munsch books (Paper Bag Princess, I Have To Go, Thomas’ Snowsuit, I Love You Forever), and Sophie the Giraffe!

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Apparently Sophie is a big hit with babies.

We played two games: guess the flavour of baby food by sight and smell (always fun and disgusting), and a quiz game about Lexy’s pregnancy progress, which I actually won!  Lexy sends out weekly emails to a few of her friends and family, detailing how the baby is progressing, how big the baby is, what her body is up to, and how she is feeling.  She is funny in her writings, and it is almost like a little baby blog.  I have read every one of those suckers.  The quiz consisted of questions taken from the info in her emails.  I only won by half a point, it was close!

I scored a sweet prize of a garden in a bag, and a gingerbread baby (and I left it there :().

Lexy is always telling me how good she thinks I am at random games and competitions, so she told everyone that she was not surprised that I won.  I also won the game of who can put on pantyhose the fastest with oven mitts on their hands at her wedding shower.

She is not wrong, I do seem to be good at random games, and I think it is to counteract my lack of coordination.  I think I just like to win, so I put a lot of effort into these things ;).

But I lose at the game of showing up to baby showers on the correct day…

Gotta go start dinner, I think it’s gonna be spaghetti night, woo!

What’s your favourite wedding/baby shower game?
Mine is the one at wedding showers where you and a team have to make a wearable dress for someone out of toilet paper and other random supplies.  Love that game!

Another really fun game I have played at a wedding shower is where you have to guess the name of the love song and artist by the song lyrics.  Some of the lyrics were pretty inappropriately hilarious…

Anyone have any others?

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