Friday, April 04, 2008

Baby Hiatus

Well, we've decided to get me up closer to Gainesville where I can go into labor without worrying about a long commute to the hospital, possibly when I'm home alone. We're using these next six weeks to also get out of our house to make it easier for our realtor to show....so I likely won't be blogging much. Instead I'll be reconnecting with family and friends and enjoying the town we can't wait to go home to while scattering our brood around. We're so fortunate to have friends and family to help us take care of our seven furry kids while away. (you try showing a house with six inside alpha kitties and one 85 lb. dopey lab!). I'll be spending my days waddling around town checking up on my kids here and there and taking advantage of everything Gville has to offer while we await Taylor's arrival.

Speaking of Taylor, I figure it's high time I share some of my jungle themed shower pics and the few shots of her (almost done) nursery. I say almost done, because I decided last night that the last remaining touches (the mounding of a corner bookshelf, the hanging of a couple wall items for decoration) could just wait until we know whether or not this is truly where her nursery will be! Here's to hoping we have a whole new house to decorate before she comes home!

Anyway....the shower! (how perfect is this banner?)

(a few of the girls)

It was truly amazing. As the hostess, (Goddess Marlo, thrower of all great parties)

and my dear friend of over a decade, is the MOST amazing thrower of parties (we met running a party store in college, fitting, no?) has been a vegetarian pretty much twice the time I've known her, the food was stellar. Not everything was vegan, but I told her not to worry about that as I was to be the only vegan in attendance and she was the only veg. Needless to say, there was no shortage of yummy fare for me, and everyone else enjoyed all the other vegetarian eats.

While I don't have pictures of everything, the vegan items to sample were: Regular Hummus with fresh peppers for dipping, sun dried tomato hummus with pita, avocado white bean dip (sooo good!), Jamaican jerk patties (spicy! but amazing!) with a fruit salsa and a coconut cream to quell the heat, tempeh salad finger sandwiches, a plate of assorted olives and marinated mushrooms, and super yummy rice paper wraps with tofu and veggies with a spicy peanut sauce.

for everyone else, on the veg end of things, there were mini pizzas, both veggie and faux pepperoni, and THE most beautiful sun dried tomato savory cheesecake you've EVER seen. I can't wait to veganize this one with a little Tofutti!

As refreshments our amazing host took recycled beer bottles (the large kind with the fancy ceramic contraption tops) and filled them with assorted herbal teas and put them all in a beautiful ice bucket, each bottle emblazoned with a hand-made label with the type of tea, a cute jungle animal, and 'Taylor's Teas'. I so wish we had a pic as this may have been my most favorite little idea. The Ginger Hibiscus (aka Hippie Kool-Aide) is my MOST favorite concoction on earth. for serious. There was also no shortage of champagne and sparkling grape juice.

But what you really wanna see? dessert! and what would a jungle themed baby shower be without a MONKEY CAKE! the cake itself was banana walnut, and insanely good.

but why stop there when you can have LION CUPCAKES! sure, the eyes are m&m's but I ate mine blind. ;) the cuteness is matched only by the creativity and love with these babies.

with the food out of the way, check out these decorations! knowing me all too well, the hostess made sure to decorate with almost entirely items that i could reuse in the nursery. she hand-made jungle-like garlands (the ones already made up in the store just weren't 'jungle-y' enough. hehe), hung up a couple blow up monkeys, had printed the most amazingly beautiful banner (that we plan to hang above Taylor's crib), and scattered the world's cutest rubber 'duckie' safari/jungle animals everywhere. Oh, and let's not forget the favors....jungle print favor boxes full of assorted sweets!

we ate, we drank, we laughed, and I opened a mountain of presents for my little girl.

but my favorite part of the day, aside from chowing down on monkey cake...sooooo good! were the activities. the first one we did was to guess the baby items in the paper bags. this was nice as they were all little nursery/bath/baby things that I now don't have to buy! The next activity was a really cool game where there were animals listed in one column and the appropriate names for their young in the other. the key was to match as many as possible. this one i won! (and my inner wildlife rehabilitator was totally validated :). but the most beautiful activity of all was the making of the birthing necklace. There was a large container of all sorts of beads and every guest was asked to take a moment during the shower and pick out two that spoke to them. Once we were all assembled in one place, they went around the room, stringing up the beads and offering with each one a wish for Taylor and one for me. Many people picked three beads so that they could offer a wish for daddy, too. aaawwww! needless to say I cried the whole time. it was touching beyond words to be in a room surrounded with so much love for this child. I feel so lucky to have so many amazing people in my life and cannot wait for Taylor to meet them! Thank you, Mom, for coming down and helping me to celebrate the next little girl in our loooong line of boys in the family. Thank you to everyone able to attend for making it a perfect day. Thank you to those who couldn't make it for being there in spirit and sending love across the miles. And thank you, thank you, thank you to Marlo for throwing such an amazing celebration (and thank you Robbie for busting your butt to make it happen!) You all are the best!

whew! I'm not used to writing such a novel for a blog post! without further ado, check out the jungle theme nursery that inspired the shower's theme. my friends know me ALL too well. if it's got wild animals on it? i'm so down! I'm thinking that, with this room? Little Taylor will be no different. hehe. the only things not yet up are the bookshelf, the banner from the shower that will hang above her crib, and the crib bumper, which I'm actually planning to hang on the wall. I really don't see the necessity of having it in the crib (and have even read that it's not recommended they're used in that way any longer), and it actually fits perfectly with one panel above her name when you walk in the room, and the rest of it wrapping around to hang all down the wall above her dresser. too cute!

27 comments:

Andréa N. said...

Wow, lovely pictures and colors! Great Taste.

Anonymous said...

OMG! I want a bite of that cake! All that dark yummy chocolate and cute, too. When I saw your nursery pics, I remembered a monkey theme nursery wall mural that I had seen in a nursery that somebody submitted to a baby contest that I had entered. The picture is sideways on the page, but you can see good enough to get some details.

Vegan_Noodle said...

What a fun shower! I just love the jungle theme. And how exciting the possibility of a new house... hope it all works out for you!
Hope you have some time to update us again before Taylor arrives :-)

Episcopollyanna said...

How adorable! I can't believe the cakes - they're fantastic! What a great shower. I got a little choked up reading about the beads, I admit (yeah, I'm a sap, I know) - that was really touching.

The nursery is just the cutest. Wishing you all the best!!

aTxVegn said...

The party food and gifts look amazing! And you look wonderful - completely happy.

Anardana said...

Looks like fun :) Yay for vegan mammas and vegan babies!

Melody Polakow said...

How incredibly exciting!

The shower looked like so much fun..

Enjoy these last weeks...!

pleasantly plump vegan said...

MONKEY CAKE!!! sooo cute!
love the jungle/animal theme. too cool.

Brandie said...

Oh Bry, that nursery is SO cute!!! I feel so behind... I asked DH can we PLEASE get started on it this weekend and he said yes, so hopefully I'll catch up with you (sort of?) Love everything you've done and congrats on the awesome shower!! :)Looks like soo much fun!

Veg-a-Nut said...

I am so excite for you! I do hope your house sells and you can be closer to family and friends. Not much longer and Taylor will make her appearance. I love the shower game (guessing the baby item) and the birthing necklace is wonderful. Do you mind if I incorporate these into Brandie's shower?

hugs!!

Chris said...

Beautiful nursery! Great shower! (really love those cupcakes :-)

Best wishes as you look forward to the arrival of your little one! We're counting down the days now just like you :-)

Anonymous said...

I'm loving the set up in Taylor's Nursery! And everything at your shower sounded fabulous...too bad Jeffry didn't attend...his loss :)

Miss you...but you have to call me sometime soon to hang out.

Joey

Sam said...

That sounds like a great shower! You must have amazing friends and family. The nursery looks so cute! Good luck with everything, can't wait to see pictures of the little one when she decides to arrive!

Wheeler's Frozen Dessert said...

Aw everything looks fantastic! Best wishes!

VeggieGirl said...

best of luck with your delivery!! come back soon :0)

Urban Vegan said...

I got a little teary-eyed when I read this post. What wonderful freinds you have--and what chefs they are. I loev the idea of the birthing necklace--how utterly beuatiful and meaningful.

Can't wait to "meet" the newest addition.

XOXO

Erin said...

What an adorable nursery! Enjoy your time in Gainesville.

madness rivera said...

MONKEYCAKE!

The nursery is adorable.

julie hasson said...

What a fab shower! It looks like it was so much fun, and with all sorts of incredible touches.

Good luck with everything! Enjoy Gainesville.

laura jesser said...

Wow, what a lovely party for you & your little one! Take care over the next few weeks, & I will be thinking of you. :)

domingosiete said...

hi, i'm visiting your blog for the first time and it's always good to meet vegans but even better to meet vegan moms. where I live you can count the total # of vegan moms with one hand. may you have a blessed and easy delivery.

textual bulldog said...

Sounds like a perfect shower! Good luck in the coming weeks; it sounds like you've got a lot on your plate, but it's all happy stuff! :D

Judy said...

Glad you got so many great things at the shower! And I can't wait to see your little one :)

Gaia said...

What a wonderful shower you had... what a dear friend to do all that for you!

Love the nursery! And the monkey cake!

Take care of yourself! I'll keep sending good thoughts!

stonielove said...

it seems like it was a great shower! that's awesome about your new house :)

Celine said...

take good care of yourself and keep us updated whenever you get the opportunity!

Veg-a-Nut said...

Hi kiddo!
Just a quick note to tell you that I am thinking of you and excitedly await for Taylor's arrival.

Hugs