On February 2nd, Team Darnell took a trip to Cocoa Beach for a Baby Shower hosted by Debbie Dorfman and Tracy Little. We spent the afternoon visiting with family and friends, playing games, eating and opening the very generous gifts for the triplets. It was so much fun to see everyone that I had not seen in many months. On the drive there, Mike and I were both talking about how we miss living in Central Florida and visiting with everyone and experiencing the out pouring of support made us miss it even more.
As previously mentioned, the doctor's told us to be prepared for bed rest to begin as early as 26 weeks. As such, we were grateful for the shower to be scheduled ahead of this date. Regardless of impending bed rest, I was glad the shower was held at this point as my expanding belly is making it very uncomfortable for me to travel.
Debbie and Tracy did a wonderful job planning and hosting the shower. Mike and I can not thank them enough for everything they have done to help us prepare for the arrival of these babies. From the nursery to the shower, you both have played a very special role in the lives of these babies and they are not even here yet.
The generosity of everyone that attended and even those that could not attend was astounding. We arrived in our expedition without a second thought about whether we would have enough room to get everything home. Well, we grew concerned as we saw everyone arriving with their gifts. The gifts ranged from bouncers to a swing, playpen to an excersaucer, beautiful clothes to diapers, teddy bears to books, diaper champ to baby monitors, baby bath to changing pad and then there were the monetary gifts.
The Team Darnell theme was utilized at the shower and gifts were given to support the teams that Team Darnell currently supports, the Florida State University Seminoles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers! Check out the cake.....
The boys will have pacifiers, socks and a Seminole Book that will teach them to appreciate the tradition and splendor of the FSU Seminoles...........
Now that they had their Saturday pacifiers, whatever will they wear on Sunday while cheering for their favorite NFL team? Grandma Sally and the Spinales took care of this by providing 3 matching Buccaneer outfits, a Buccaneer receiving blanket, a Buccaneer helmet and if all of this does not ensure these boys are Bucs fans, they will be put to sleep each evening beneath a Buccaneer mobile!
We also received diapers that will help us prepare for the babies. However, not all of the diapers were diapers that can be worn by the babies. At least I don't think these diapers are intended to be worn by the babies. I know I am a new mom of triplets but I know we can not keep up this type of luxury diapers provided by the Yeildings and Hicks......
As if the truck was not full enough, we stopped by Baby's R Us on our way out of Orlando. We took this opportunity to quickly spend our "diaper money" and other monetary gifts. We purchased crib mattresses and the crib sets among other things. As we were rolling out of town, there was not a spare space in the expedition. There was not even enough room for me to recline on the ride home. This made for a very pleasant trip (sarcasm) but when I would turn around and see everything, it made the suffering worth it.
Once we arrived home, Mike and I spent the entire Super Bowl, organizing clothes and putting together all of the new baby items. The house is very close for us to add the babies. I continue to be touched by the generosity of everyone as I walk around the house. I will always remember each of you as the babies swing, bounce, sleep, eat and all other activities with the gifts that were provided.
I again express my appreciation to Debbie and Tracy for everything they have done for us. The baby shower was everything I could have hoped for and more.
It should not be too much longer before the babies are here to appreciate everything! We are striving to make it to at least 36 weeks which is April 15th. It's getting rough on Mama but I just keep thinking of the song in the card that Debbie gave us.... "I will survive!"