The biggest question around planning an adoption baby shower is “When?”.
Do you have the “baby” shower before the Gotcha Day (but then how soon before?), or after you bring your child home (but you need time to bond first before you start to introduce a myriad of people to the little one)?
We decided to have the shower before we bring little Z.Z home–but after we received the Act of Adoption and the adoption was finalized on paper. In essence, it was a celebration of our new parenthood and a great way to prepare us with lots of loot for her arrival as well as show pictures of her to our family and friends.
The timeline for being able to go get her is still up in the air, but we are closing in!! It is more likely than not that we will be on that airplane and Africa bound in the New Year! (So all the 2-year-old clothes should certainly still fit her)
Here are some snapshots of the lovely African-themed baby shower that my friends put on for me…
A children’s book for the guests to sign that will be a special keepsake for Z.Z & a basketful of party favours
Inside the party favours was this custom-made magnet (by http://www.sozo.ca), a lindt chocolate & a bag of African Rooibos Red tea
My dear friend Robynn made a slide show of pictures of Z.Z as well as pictures & facts about Congo, this played continually throughout the open-house style shower
And look hoo showed up at the shower as a surprise all the way from BC! My mum!
A scrumptious smorgasbord complete with gluten-free crepes
baby shower haul!
my sweet niece testing out one of the gifts
Instead of registering for the shower, I made a compilation of adoption-related supplies that would be fun as well as useful for Z.Z’s learning and adjustment:
-bobbles, barrets, headbands and bows (along with a complete African hair tutorial for my mommy!)
-fuzzy, cozy and warm clothing in size 2. (I’m used to the +30’s)
-toys: wooden blocks, duplos, things I can push and pull
-black baby doll
-activity time: puzzles, colouring books & crayons (scholarschoice.ca)
-a library complete with children’s books about adoption
-music cd’s or ITunes downloads (this will help me learn English!) and my own set of headphones (this will be especially great for the long plain ride home)
-toys, stuffies, books or clothing that have a puppy on it that looks like Eddie (French bulldog) so I won’t be scared of him when we first meet
-gift cards or activity passes to local attractions will be good for bonding with my mommy & daddy
-travel friendly games, toys, activities and supplies such as finger puppets, iPad games and a little back pack I can wear on my journey home
Now let’s hope and pray that our immigration gets approved in record time and that we will soon get to use all this stuff!
With love and appreciation for all of you that have shown us your love and support,