A few weekends ago we celebrated our Baby Shower with our closest friends. For the longest time, I really didn’t want one. Reason is two-fold. I think it’s a little strange that we are celebrating something that has not yet arrived. In Asian culture, the emphasis is on the month after the bub is born, after the mother is ‘out of confinement’. But in western culture, just like bridal showers, friends gather to shower them with love and gifts. I also didn’t want a baby shower, because my dearest friend Jess (of What Would Karl Do fame) had already showered me with love, advice, support and presents 5 months ago when I first revealed the pregnancy to her. I’m so blessed to have her as a friend.
But one day, hubby and I realised that since my due date is the end of November, and just as every Asian girl will be subjected to one month of ‘confinement’ after pregnancy, we won’t see our friends until 2014! So it was the perfect excuse to see everyone before the year ended! I’ve never planned this far ahead before but it was so worthwhile. We got a colourful macaron tower from LuxBite, it was such a hit I didn’t get to eat any of it:) My dearest mother-in-law bought us baklava and made us enough yoyos, brownies and cookies to feed an entire sugar-deprived army!
And le piece de resistance? This golden chocolate raspberry cake by Amarantos. The reason for the pyramid cake is because, as new parent-to-be, hubby and I had an Egyptian baby shower (because we’re living in “de Nile”!). Being avid wishful thinkers, we hope that our lives are going to be much easier with an extra person to take care of daily affairs for us.
This is what hubby wrote on the invite: “Come and celebrate our last remaining month of pregnancy before the relaxed and effortless days of parenthood arrive. If our sources are correct, our lives post-baby are about to get incredibly easy due to an extra pair of tiny hands being around to take care of household chores and the repair of fiddly electronic devices.” :)
So you see, we are very blissfully ignorant about our imminent future. But hey, it’s hard not to be when you’re on a sugar high!
Thank you so much to our dear friends and family who made the day so special and memorable. We can’t wait to introduce our MiniKee to you all!
[spoiler title=”中文版”] 几个周末前，我们开了一个party为了庆祝迎接我们的婴儿。其实很久我不想开party。原因是两方面。我一直认为庆祝一个还没有生出来的孩子有点奇怪。在亚洲文化中，强调的是在小家伙出生一个月后，满月才更重要。但在西方文化中，就像给新娘送礼，她的朋友们会聚在用爱心和礼物来为她庆祝。我结婚前没有做这种礼节。第二个原因是我的好朋友Jess已经在早期怀孕时送给了我很多礼物，并同时给了我许多当妈妈的建议和支持。我为她很感谢神。
这金字塔巧克力蛋糕来自于Amarantos蛋糕。为什么是金字塔的形状？因为即将作为新的家长的我们还不肯承认我们的生活会有怎么大的改变。我们希望，生活将会变得更容易，因为很快就会有多一双手来帮助我们。：）这在英文里叫做“in denial”， 听上去像埃及著名的河，叫“The Nile”