This is just about the cutest thing we have ever seen.
Esther Anderson, YouTube user uploaded the picture of herself and her baby during their morning routine. She writes ‘”Every morning my baby sleeps in my bed with me for a couple hours after she wakes up to eat, and every morning I ask myself why I didn’t just put her back in her crib.”
I’ve just been to my first ever ‘Surprise’ Baby Shower for my friend Rose. Let me give you one piece of very good advice: Never. Surprise. A. Pregnant. Lady.
So, this is pretty much how it began… Rose entered the house, and we all shouted “SURPRISE”, startling the living daylights out of Rose. She proceeded to go through a number of different emotions:
Scared– Shocked – Moment of Realization – Happy – Overwhelmed– Uncontrollable Tears.
Wow. We were not expecting the crying. Now, after a sit down in the kitchen with a couple of us nearest and dearest, we finally calmed our lovely friend down. Up to the bedroom to clean up and dress up and finally the party could get started. Phew! Just keep in mind, if you’re ever to throw a friend a baby shower, notify them at least a week in advance- hormones can make us act crazy at the best of times.
Anyway, after the slow starter, we carried on and the party was absolutely delightful. We had game after game which was organised by our fantastic hostess and the expectant mother had an amazing time. It’s been good fun getting the party ready, I thought I would show you some of the cool things we had organised for the special day.
1. Don’t say baby!
Game one banned any mention of the word baby throughout the night. Should the word baby be uttered you would need to complete a forfeit. A list of forfeits were decided prior to the event or chosen on the spot by the mother to be!
2. Pin My Nappy Game
Guests were given a pin to stick onto a picture of a baby in a nappy. Guests were blindfolded and spun around and then had to try to pin it in the correct place. The winner was the closest to get to the center of the nappy.
3. Baby Charades
This was my all time favorite. We had a bunch of cards with instructions such as ‘Bottle feed’, ‘Water has broken’ etc.. and we had to reenact these for the guests to guess!
4. Make a baby out of playdoh
We were given some colorful playdoh and had to create a baby out of it. The expectant mother then judged them to decide on her favorites.
5. Guess the baby
Prior to the party we were all asked to bring a picture of ourselves as a baby. The hostess then put all the pictures up on the wall with a number next to it. We were then given a piece of paper to match the baby to the person.
The hostess really went full out on things like decorations. She painted baby bottles and dummies on big pieces of cardboard and stuck these all over the walls.
We were also given little plastic babies in ice cubes to put in our drinks (no risk of swallowing these as we were drinking out of straws). We were even given baby bottle favors filled with chocolate!
The games were absolutely fabulous. We had such an amazing time celebrating this new and exciting chapter of our friends life. What is the best baby shower you have ever attended? Or maybe you’ve hosted an amazing one of your own- feel free to share your stories with us!
A few days ago, I met up with Rose, a good friend of mine who is expecting her first baby girl after Christmas. We booked ourselves in for a manicure and pedicure and had a lovely afternoon pampering session. It was then that Rose admitted to me that she was having trouble dressing in anything that made her feel attractive and feminine, and with her due date in just over 2 months time she said she was feeling the least sexiest she has ever felt.
Rose was nervous about the upcoming staff Christmas party with all her work colleagues, she was worried about Christmas day with her husband and family and she was absolutely terrified of New Years Eve with all her close friends. Utter panic was overwhelming her when considering her clothing options. ‘What am I going to wear’ is a statement that haunts us women at the best of times, forget about when we’re dealing with a baby bump and swollen ankles. We decided to scan the internet on how best to dress fancy when in your third trimester, especially during the Christmas holidays! We were pleasantly surprised- there is really plenty out there when it comes to maternity fashion, and a number of decent fashion outlets that do cater to the pregnant woman. We came up with a few suggestions for Rose’s three occasions, taking inspiration from celebrity mothers, shared with you below!
The Staff Party
Kate Middleton (above left) rocks this black lace dress with long sleeves to the Royal Variety Performance, and looks absolutely stunning. You want to wear something comfortable yet elegant to this occasion- something to make you feel fabulous during the evening festivities- but comfortable enough to enjoy the night! We found a similar dress from Tiffany Rose for £140 (above right) which you can find by clicking HERE.
We found Frankie Sandford (above left) wearing this cute blue dress that makes her look absolutely glowing. Rose particularly liked the way the blazer was matched with the dress, completing the style. Here is a beautiful alternative (above right) which is discounted from £225.00 down to £180.00 from retailer Seraphine which will that is sure to look great at your Christmas do, you can buy it by clicking HERE.
New Years Eve
Our party favorite goes to Samaire Armstrong (above left) for this shiny Gold number, perfect for injecting some glam into your New Years Eve. And we have found an equally gorgeous Gold dress in Next maternity clothesline (above right) for only £50, bargain! You can buy it by clicking HERE.