Last night I had the fun of getting together with 9 other waiting mommies who live in and around the city! What fun we had!! We are with 2 different agencies and share a variety of LID's but all have the commonality of waiting for our sweet babies. From l to r (back) are Jill, myself, Lea, Chris and Andrea. Front row l to r are Michelle, Laurie, Debbie and Paula. 'D' was there too and offered to take pics for us as she has yet to tell some people of her journey to a family. It was great to see everyone from last time as well as have many new faces join the group!
Debbie is leaving in just 9 (now 8) more sleeps to bring sweet Olivia home! She is sooo excited and we had fun sharing the excitement with her. Her little one is an absolute doll and it was fun to walk into the restaurant and see her wearing a picture of Olivia on a lanyard around her neck. :o) The rest of us are behind her, the first having a LID of October 2005 (and hoping for a March referral) right up to Lea who is still waiting to find out her LID as she was DTC in December.
We shared a great evening of fun, laughter and lots and...lots of talking! Can't imagine what the volume level must have been in our room at times!
Gotta stick in a story here. Part way through the evening Paula started teasing Jill about the guy behind us that was enjoying our group. Ya know the kinda guy I mean, he was well dressed, handsome and let's just say quite enjoying the entertainment at the table next to him. We looked over and he was smiling away at us, relaxing in his chair, one arm casually over the back of it, his leg crossed and swinging away, smiling at us and yup...just enjoying the fun. When we turned to look (as only 10 women can do at the same time!) his smile got even brighter and he said to us, 'Some days it's just your lucky day!' We all laughed and then got that ummm...uncomfortable quiet...for a few seconds anyway. We were quickly back to chatting when he approached our table and handed us his fortune and asked us to pass it around. He handed it to Michelle who chuckled and handed it to me. By now we were all curious to hear what it said so I was encouraged to read it out loud. It said, 'You've a strong appeal for your opposite sex.' We laughed and I quickly said to my 9 married friends...Back off...he's mine! :o) Man did we laugh! By this time he was long gone, but only after telling us he'd be back again tonight if we wanted to join him! We quickly nicknamed him 'Buddy' and I let the girls know that I was not looking to share Buddy. He was mine! Oh yah....you probably need to know at this point that Buddy was 85 if he was a day and as adorable as they come! So, if you're looking for a dinner date tonight, hit the Mandarin restaurant, ask for Buddy and tell him Catherine sent you!!
Oh yes...A great time was has by all! After supper, the gift exchange began. Have you ever been to a baby shower for 10 people all at the same time??? It's fun and can get a little confusing as gifts are handed around and across the table. Here's a quick snipit of the gift exchange chaos!
What little treats did Hannah receive last night? An adorable book from Andrea with all sorts of fun flaps that crinkle and move. Chopsticks from Laurie. (Still have lots of work to do on my chopstick skills before China. Hey, maybe if I went on a chopstick diet I'd lose weight? Ummm...no. I'd probably master picking up chocolate with chopsticks first!) Paula found some adorable Chinese New Year items that even have Disney characters on them! Debbie made each of us a lanyard to put our referral pictures in once we receive them. What a great idea. Lastly, Jill found great scrapbooking paper with an Asian theme. It will be fun to make a page for Hannah using that!
Thanks for the wonderful gifts everyone!
Once again it was a perfect eveing full of fun, dreams and chatter. Looking forward to doing it again in March! Also, if anyone else is in the area and would like to be included next time please email me or leave a note in my comments area. The more the merrier and you are welcome to come along!
Congratulations Debbie...you leave a week from tomorrow! Yeah!! We'll all be watching and reading excitedly as Olivia joins your family.
PS - Went to the site we were talking about last night and it worked perfectly! Thanks for the tip friends! Information is a wonderful thing.