Let me start of by saying that Aaron and I are so very blessed and loved. We have been shown so much kindness and thoughtfulness during our pregnancy. Not just through gifts, but through cards, e-mails, and kind words! Being pregnant is hard, I'll be the first to admit it. I've never been known to sugar-coat things. So, it has been really nice to have so many women in my life, who have taken the motherhood journey before me, to give me good, sound advice and just offer up words of encouragement.
We have had 3 showers and I have one more! My side of the family hosted my December shower, Aaron's side of the family and some friends hosted my January shower, we also had a small shower at Aaron's work and I have one more shower at my mom's school a week from tomorrow. I think Mom's work shower is more for her and Elle than for me and Elle...its kind of a grandmother's shower :)
Everyone was so generous with their gifts at all our showers! We have received everything that we will need to get us by for a few months (at least).
I think this is called a bouncy seat...I also have the matching swing. Both were gifts! I know it leans a little to the boy side, but I knew this would mainly be sitting out in our living room so I wanted it to match the colors we have going on in there. Also, I figured if they were a neutral color I could use them for all my children!
Mom and Dad got us our Graco Travel System. I love it. Its a Quattro Tour Sport Stroller in Marlowe print with the matching carseat (its in the car!). So cute, and once again gender neutral! Thinking ahead :)
Elle Louise's Papa Wray and Gigi (Aaron's parents) made her this sweet rocking chair/horse. I love it! My 21-month old nephew sat in it the other night, so I know she will be able to enjoy it for a long time!
Lots of stuffed animals! Notice the cute elephant in the back! Love it! "Elle"phant :)
Another gift from Elle's Gigi...A sweet "10 Commandments" print. Very simply put for simple little minds!
Of course, the Boppy and cover! A must, or so I've heard :)
My cousin got me this awesome Reisenthel Market Basket. I absolutely LOVE it. I plan on putting it in my car to hold diapers, wipes, bottles, extra changes of clothes and etc. For now it is holding all the books we received at the January shower. Everyone was asked to bring a favorite childhood book for Elle Louise in place of greeting cards. Great idea! Elle already has quite the book collection!
Shoes from several different people! She has quite the shoe collection! They are just so darn hard to resist! So cute, tiny, and inexpensive (at least they are when I buy them)!
Sweet knitted outfits that Aaron's sister, Candice, made! Are you kidding me? Just doesn't get much cuter than that! She also made Elle Louise a hat and booties to wear home from the hospital! Love. Love. Love.
And...LOTS of necessities were given. Lots of diapers, wipes, travel changing systems, playmats, play yards, receiving blankets, swaddlers, crib and carseat blankets, diaper cream, lotions, bath wash, wipe warmer, bottle warmer, and you get the point! LOTS of great stuff! We are stocked. Shouldn't have to buy the necessities for a LONG time!
One of my most favorite things. Sweet Lullaby Lamb from Pottery Barn Kids. It is so precious. Hangs on the crib and makes noises. Very soothing and just looks so sweet :)
We also received TONS of gift cards. And, with those, we were able to buy our Co-Sleeper Bassinet for our bedroom and the monitor!
Like I said this is only a fraction of what we received. We truly are blessed and Elle Louise is so lucky to have so many people who love her and are so excited for her arrival. We really do have a TON of great people in our lives that we call family and friends!