This weekend one of my three wonderful sisters threw us a little shindig. She'd asked if we wanted an official baby shower, but that seemed a little much since it feels like our friends and family were just showering us with gifts before Cricket was born. (They were. She was just born.) So we settled on a small, no-gifts event with a few close friends and family.
My sister throws a great party. She deemed the theme "Welcome to the Beautiful World," and even used some Calm Cradle photos in her decorations (above). Each guest brought along a little note, photo or memento of welcome for the baby, which my sister will be assembling into a book. Cricket and our three gorgeous nieces from my side of the family, along with a surprise visit from one of my DC cousins, kept the occasion quite lively. Looking around, I was overwhelmed by the thought of how lucky our new little girl is to have this community waiting for her. I know she'll fit right into the mix.
The celebration came at an appropriate time; it seemed to mark the transition from being mid-way through this pregnancy ordeal to seeing the light at the end of the tunnel—and desperately needing a nap at all times of the day. I suspect my blogging will slow down as I shift my focus to finishing the ever-growing to-do list and putting my feet up whenever Cricket will allow it (never). I'm getting so ready to welcome this baby into the beautiful world!
I'm Julia Soplop, writer and photographer. I believe there is something profound in bearing witness to moments of joy and pain in others’ lives. My husband, three girls and I live outside of Chapel Hill, NC. You can read more about me here.