Yesterday, I thought I was meeting Tania and Sally for a relaxed lunch in Cafe Rouge in Greenwich followed by some wedding make-up shopping for Sally in the afternoon. I even packed a little bag of make-up samples to show over coffee and carbs - you know, cos I'm such a beauty expert and all ;)
However, on arriving at Cafe Rouge I was completely floored by a table of Spoolettes (Re, Lou, Nicole, Fiona, Jo, Emmie, Katie, Sally, Tania, Alison) waiting to throw me a surprise baby shower. Seriously, I thought not only my heart was going to burst but also my pants with an excited little baby wanting to join in on her first sewing meet-up. I was absolutely surprised, elated and sincerely touched.
Oh and did I mention Elvis was there?!
Last night, lying in bed and thinking how lucky I am, I wanted to tweet a big thank you but somehow 140 characters didn't cut it, and had no way of expressing how grateful and overwhelmed I am. So I decided to wait to write this blog post AND to show you all photos of the amazing gifts I received.
So, Shrimp and I would like to say a huge huge huge thank you for our amazing baby shower. It was perfect and despite hormonal sweats I felt amazing! Thank you to everyone for being so generous and big thanks to those who contributed to my gifts but couldn't make it, you were sorely missed - hugs to Rachel, Roisin, Jane, Janene, Kathryn and Ness!
Here's how much Shrimp and I got spoilt:
A gorgeous knitted elephant from Lou.
Beautiful denim dress and Elvis taggy comforter from Alison - so cool!
Things got soulful when Re gave me this incredible book
where I can write letters to Shrimp to read when she's older.
Let's all cry now!
Speechless! This mega cute denim jacket from Emmie complete
with TCB logo and Spoolette embroidery on the back. AND,
inside she sewed in a yoke using the John Lewis fabric I used
to make my Betty dress. AGGGHHH!
Elvis and hot pink! Gorgeous baby taggy made by Katie.
So so cool!
Froggie power! This awesome hat from Tania will definitely make
its debut in Canada in the summer. And check out the
This blew everyone's mind! Sally made Shrimp her very own
Spoolettes bowling shirt complete with name embroidery - this chokes
me up every time I look at it.
This was done by hand. BY HAND!
If Jo doesn't make me a matching pair of knickers, I'll cry.
How cute is this dress and knicker set? I need this!
Ahh Mrs Needles knows me too well. Not only did she find
this amazing Elvis bag, but when I opened my Joan nail
varnish I think I gave the same convulsion-like reaction as
when my parents gave me an Atari STe for Christmas.
This nail varnish is called....ALEXIS. I'm wearing this for child birth. FACT.
Also not pictured is a gorgeous knitted cardigan for Shrimp.
Close up of Joan. This is how you look after application.
Completely in love with this amazing Neals Yard gift set from
everyone! I love this stuff. So so thoughtful...thank you so much
We spent ages in Cafe Rouge - it was fantastic - talk about ladies who lunch! Afterwards we went to the pub and suddenly it was getting on for 10pm. Normally I am in something elasticated and stretchy, beached on the sofa, contemplating the eternal snack vs. heartburn conundrum - but there I was, in a gay pub, drinking soda water with a 9-month baby cookin' away. Thank you Spoolettes! You gave me a lease of energy and a much-needed dose of pre-bump-Szabo revelry yesterday - I'll treasure it forever as another amazing moment in this epic, beautiful, crazy journey of growing the biggest part of me I'll ever have....so now, come on baby, we're all waiting!
Obviously not wearing Joan's nail varnish but some
sort of trailer trash fancy dress costume ;) (And incase
anyone was about to phone EMERGENCY, those curtains are long gone)