so my little brother and sister in-law are having a sweet little baby girl in late september. who knew that it was Jeremy Choy's dream to be a dad? not me- i'll tell you that! to my surprise he's wanted to start a family for the past couple of years and when the guy wants something he goes full force. earlier this year Jeremy and Laura got married in Maui and some people wondered why there wasn't any alcohol to cheers them during toasts. as it turned out only one month prior to the wedding they discovered that Laura started growing a little Choy gummy bear.
her name is Lily. Lily Ann Choy to be specific. i had the opportunity to be there when they found out that Laura's growing belly housed a little daddy's girl. the moment i heard "girl" i asked if they'd had a name picked out and this exchange happened...
J: Lily Ann
me: oh, i like that name. but did you watch that episode of Modern Family where they said that Lily is the worst name for an Asian baby because they'd never be able to pronounce their own name?
J: uhhh no
me: do you think poh-poh (our grandma who doesn't speak a lick of English) will be able to say it?
J: uhhhh i don't know
meanwhile the ultrasound exam is still going on. i'm sure i was annoying and ruining the moment. whoops! and sorryssss!
to maybe make up for it (not really...i more so just felt like i wanted to) i offered to throw the baby shower. many people will tell you that i'm not a kid person but so many of my friends have been pushing them out that i sort of have no choice but to be surrounded by them. in turn, i have grown to
accept like them more....when they grow personalities. and are cuter. and can communicate. and i've always said i'd like my own kids so it's not like i'm completely opposed to them as a whole. but i mean this is my first niece so i want to be a part of her life even before birth. i threw a baby shower at my house and here's how it turned out.
hilarious-ish mini-story-- some of you have seen this sort of decorating on Pinterest boards, i'm sure. strung up onesies and bibs at a baby shower isn't really a new thing but my grandma is an immigrant and baby showers aren't really a cocept she knows too much about. so when she came over and saw my decorations she turned to my mom and said "why would she do laundry today when everybody is coming over? and why does she have little clothes?" aaaaaHAHAHAhahaha!!
you're wondering what the heads are for right? you'll see...
good thing this shower was held at my house because that diaper cake wasn't the most sturdy thing. it was my first (and maybe last) time making one of those and i only used rubber bands and scotch tape to secure things. i'd say it turned out pretty good but transporting it from my living room to te backyard definitely was cause for potential disaster.
instead of a guest list i made a calendar around the actual due date (sept 29) and had the guests take a onesie sticker and place it on the date they guessed Laura might pop (aka Lily's birthday).
aside from guessing/measuring how big people thought Laura's tummy was, tasting and guessing various baby foods and guessing how many circus animal crackers were in a big jar (which really meant guess-how-many-Regina-guessed because you swear i would spend my time counting cookies), we did a question and answers game.
i read a question out loud and read either J or L's answer and the guests were supposed to hold up the face that corresponded to their guess. whoever got the most right won. sure they could've just thought out loud or kept their guesses in their minds but i thought this would be more fun.
preggers women love dessert. actually,
women everybody loves dessert. also, i needed a standout staging area so that people wouldn't notice my backyard is comprised of a dying tree, dirt and cement cracks. enter the ever so popular dessert table! everybody is doing it nowadays and you know i enjoy baking!
these went quick!
as did these! my grandma wasn't quick enough at snatching up a cookie so when my mom asked if there were any extras or backups, i had to make an executive decision and take one from the two i'd saved for my boyfriend's parents who we're visiting from out of state. of course it wasn't like Sophie's Choice or anything, i mean grandma always wins right? i'm not even sure if she liked it. *sorry Mr. and Mrs. Lin, if you're reading this! (i know you are!)
these doubled as the favors. unfortunately some of them melted in the sun but hopefully the guests let them get back to room temp before eating them up. they're pretty damn delicious if i do say so myself.
no dessert table is complete without the cupcake tower!
lots of presents and present-opening-awkwardness from the guy on the left and the baby shower was a done deal!