BabyHTP’s Shower

in BabyHTP, Pregnancy

Did you read Pat the Bunny when you were a kid? Seriously – most terrifying book ever.  I couldn’t make myself pat the bunny as a kid, and I can’t do it as an adult. 


I am not faking that face of fear.  Pure. Fear. 


Today was BabyHTP’s shower, and not only were the Husband, BabyHTP, and I gifted with love from our wonderful family and friends, but we were also showered in BOOKS!  Each guest was asked to bring us a baby book for our collection, and suddenly, the nursery book shelves went from bare to overflowing. Such an awesome shower idea.


I was also showered with this ridiculous hat.  I’m a huge fan of gentle humiliation for bachelorette parties and showers and whatnot, so my mother made me a wonderful hat, complete with a creepy baby doll waving a British and Miami flag on top.  What more could a momma-to-be ask for?


(And yes – Kristien came to the shower!  I was so happy he really wanted to come because I really wanted him there.  I think he enjoyed eavesdroppin’ on the girlie talk.)


First up: GAMES!  Love me some shower games.  Jen pulled ‘new baby’ items out of a bag, and Kristien and I had to guess what they are used for.  Let me tell you – mommahood is going to be a whole new world.

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Can you identify these four items?


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(Answers at the end of the post!)


Time to eat!


The shower was held at my favorite Charlotte coffeehouse – the always epic and dog-friendly FABO Café, Mellow Mushroom donated the entrees, and the dessert was from Polka Dot Bakery

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There were so many types of pizza – even gluten-free options – and a yummy salad.

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Red velvet cupcakes and cookies for guests to take home.

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And then it was time for gifts.  So, so, so many sweet gifts. 


It’s fun to get BIG baby clothes and crazy to imagine that Little Bee will one day fit into all these outfits. 


And it was very nice to have an unwrapping partner. 


Baby KERF gave BabyHTP these epic prints for the nursery!


The Hus even got his stylin’ diaper bag (and happily modeled it for everyone).  It was my evil master plot to have him choose the diaper bag so he’ll actually want to carry it.  Bawhaha. 


All in all… a truly amazing shower, hosted by my sweet friends Jen and Nicole and my momma.  You know – traditionally, you only get one baby shower, even if you have multiple children, and I have to say – if this is our one and only shower, it was the perfect one.  Couldn’t have asked for more.



Shower Game Answers: 


A PaciGrip to keep the baby from dropping the pacifier on the floor, a nipple shield, a hospital-grade pad, and a PeePee Teepee to ensure you don’t get sprayed by a little peepee if you’re changing the diaper on a boy.  We decided a PeePee Teepee makes an excellent Husband Hat.


Hey, if I’ve got to wear a silly hat, he does, too.



  • Alison April 29, 2012, 10:10 pm

    It looks like it was a truly lovely shower! 🙂

  • jen April 29, 2012, 10:11 pm

    definitely looks like a successful and fun shower 🙂

    that hospital grade pad made me think of something that may be helpful-try to take as many of the lovely mesh panties they give you at the hospital as you can. seriously. i had a c-section with both kids and they were the only “underwear” i could comfortably wear for weeks. but even with a reg birth they are helpful b/c you don’t have to worry about ruining underwear in those first couple of weeks. my husband is an operating room nurse and after i ran out of my stash from the hospital i begged him to try to bring some home from work for me-i was thrilled when he did!

    • Marisa E April 30, 2012, 9:40 am

      Yes, yes, YES!!!!! I was just gonna say something about the mesh underwear!! Bahahahaha!!!
      Caitlin- seriously, they are a must have…take those babies home. Why ruin the undies you have at home??….even with those massive hospital pads ;-P

      • Megan April 30, 2012, 8:33 pm

        I totally disagree with this!!! I hated those mesh things! I have 5 kids, and each time (after the first) I went to Wal-mart and bought a pack of cheap briefs in a size larger than I wear and took them to the hospital with me. It made me feel so much better to wear REAL underwear! The mesh hospital undies are huge and just feel icky to me.

        Just a different opinion…

        • Crystal April 30, 2012, 9:06 pm

          I hated the mesh undies too. So instead I rocked the Depends like an 80 year old lady for a week.

          • jen May 1, 2012, 12:15 am

            oh they are definitely the most unattractive things ever. no question about that..but post c-section every pair of underwear i tried no matter how big irritated my incision in some way.

  • Gina April 29, 2012, 10:30 pm

    Haha! I had fun guessing those baby items! Babies are far off in my future/I’m not around them, but I got 3/4. Hospital-grade pad 🙁 yikes

    You are looking absolutely radiant! Hope you had a ball at your shower!

  • Earthy Nicole April 29, 2012, 10:31 pm

    It’s impossible to not be happy when I read your pregnancy posts. I didn’t get to have a shower but I have been to one and it was a lot of fun so I can imagine how great today must have been for you. I love the idea to start building BabyHTP’s book collection. We read to our daughter every night and she reads (well, sorta!) on her own all the time so I am constantly looking for new books for her. Her birthday was this weekend and I actually got her about ten new books for free using my account. Anyways, so happy for you! xx

  • Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions April 29, 2012, 10:35 pm

    This looks like an incredible shower! What a blessing, or a pile of blessings. 😉

    PS: I didn’t get any of the answers right!

  • Lisa April 29, 2012, 10:37 pm

    What a beautiful shower, you are absolutely glowing! In general I’m inspired by your healthy approach (physical and mental) to pregnancy, BabyHTP will be lucky to have you two as parents.

    ps- Charlotte seems to have A-mazing vegetarian options! …or maybe I’m getting a skewed view through your blog 😉

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) April 29, 2012, 10:39 pm

    What a fun day! Love the idea of brining a children’s book. I am going to steal that one!

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery April 29, 2012, 10:41 pm

    It sounds like an amazing and beautiful shower. You and the husband look so happy 🙂 The husband hat is hilarious. I want to buy a ton of those and give them to people unexpectedly. I’m also probably the only one who will find that funny. Happy Sunday and Happy Shower!

  • erin April 29, 2012, 10:46 pm

    in the first picture (where you can see the hat on the couch)… at first glance it looks like a real unattended baby! at first i thought “this is not good. i dont know much about babies but i know you shouldnt leave them unattended!” LOL!

    it looks like you had a wonderful shower. i have never heard of a peepee teepee- i would have guessed a baby clown hat!

    • jen May 1, 2012, 12:16 am

      yes! i thought it was a baby sitting a bumbo seat at first 🙂

  • Leslie April 29, 2012, 10:59 pm

    What a lovely shower. You look so pretty and happy today. It won’t be long, your little one will be here soon. Enjoy this special time! I’m sure the whole family is just filled with exicitment to meet the baby.

  • Britt April 29, 2012, 11:05 pm

    If you wind up having to use one I recommend a medela shield it’s the best one

  • Stephanie @ Legally Blinde April 29, 2012, 11:06 pm

    Hahaha, that last picture of you and Kristien in your silly “hats” is priceless! The shower looks amazing! All of the food looks delicious, and even as a shower attendee I always think opening the gifts is the most fun part – everything is just too cute. I also love the idea of having everyone bring a book instead of a card to baby showers.

  • Dominique April 29, 2012, 11:14 pm

    What an amazing baby shower. It looks like you were surrounded by good food, fun games, sweet gifts and loving friends and family–what more could a woman ask for?

    Oh and I’m so sad that you don’t like Pat the Bunny. It was one of my fave books as a kid. My parents would bring me to the bookstore and I’d always read Pat the Bunny first. Eventually my fiance got me the book so I could have my “own” bunny.

  • Sana April 29, 2012, 11:20 pm

    You shower looks so epic! You and your family are so blessed!

  • Christine @ BookishlyB April 29, 2012, 11:26 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of baby showers, so I’ve always said I don’t want one UNLESS it’s purely a book shower. Books definitely trump onesies 🙂

  • Liz April 30, 2012, 12:01 am

    I LOVE that everyone brought a book to share! Reading has always been my favorite free time activity and I see a few of my childhood favorites up there (Berenstein Bears! Curious George! Where the Sidewalk Ends!) Looks like a wonderful shower spent with friends & family 🙂

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 30, 2012, 12:30 am

    what a fun afternoon!!!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well April 30, 2012, 1:18 am

    Looks like SUCH a fun shower. I love the idea of giving books. My sister always recommends book(s) as gifts, and I think they are appropriate at any age!

  • j3nn April 30, 2012, 1:48 am

    Everything is fabulous! I knew the answers to everything except the hospital-grade pad. OMG! I heard someone say once that they are the size of a cookie sheet and thought they were exaggerating! LOL Wow.

    Love the funny hat and the yummy food. Glad you had a wonderful shower. Everyone looks so happy and excited. Good times! 🙂

  • Becca April 30, 2012, 7:09 am

    This looks like so much fun! I love the hat 🙂

  • Ashley April 30, 2012, 7:15 am

    FYI, if you have a boy, i have heard the peepee teepees do not work!! you also look beautiful!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 30, 2012, 7:27 am

    Awwww what a fun shower! And I LOVE Mellow, how awesome that they donated lunch! Glad you had a great time!

  • Amanda April 30, 2012, 7:34 am

    What a wonderful baby shower! I love the book idea – I may just have to steal it one day.

  • Shari April 30, 2012, 7:39 am

    I LOVE the idea of everyone bringing a book for the baby. What lovely gifts!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 30, 2012, 7:42 am

    Awww that looks like an amazing day for you! I love that you asked for baby books – I spy some great ones on that shelf. 😀

  • Emily N April 30, 2012, 8:12 am

    I would have never gotten that peepee teepee. I have never seen anything like it! And yes, it is an excellent hat!

  • Verna April 30, 2012, 8:30 am

    What a great game idea!

  • Angie All The Way April 30, 2012, 8:47 am

    Awwww, so lovely! My BFF did the same “bring your favourite children’s book” to the shower as well and I have to say, it will go down as my all time favourite gift/idea/gesture. We read books every day and they all wrote inscriptions in them and it warms my heart each day and I think of that particular friend. Lately our little one has been bringing a book (or two) to bed with him and he snuggles them like a lovey – not exactly the snuggliest cuddle companion, but if the kid loves books that much, I’ll nurture that as much as he wants :-). Recently it was “Brown Bear” that he snuggled with and now it’s “Pajama Time”. Cute prints from Kath!

  • Britt @ BalancedBritt April 30, 2012, 8:58 am

    Oh man, I am due in November and didn’t have a clue what any of those things were. Looks like you and the hubby got some good things, and love the ‘crying is for other babies’ sign!!

  • Carol April 30, 2012, 9:02 am

    So, does that mean, it’s a Boy?

  • Tammy Root April 30, 2012, 9:13 am

    Your shower looked wonderful! I felt the same way you did about my own shower — it was the best and if that was the only one I have, it was perfect. 🙂

    I miss Mellow Mushroom! We used to eat there a lot when I lived in NC. 🙁

  • Hillary April 30, 2012, 9:36 am

    Looks like a truly wonderful day! Glad you were showered with so much love (yep, pun intended!)

  • Army Amy* April 30, 2012, 9:38 am

    Awww, looks like you had a great shower! When my BFF found out she was pregnant, I ran out and bought her some baby books. “It’s never too soon to start thinking about your baby’s literacy!” I told her. It’s true!*

  • Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength April 30, 2012, 10:19 am

    Looks like a great shower. Those pads look scary, but you’ll be so happy to have them later. HAHA

  • Leatitia @ The Sweetest Year April 30, 2012, 10:27 am

    I had no idea a peepee teepee existed! LOL! That’s funny! My little boy would look hilarious with this on, LOL!!!

    I guess only the first item and my baby is 10mo. Don’t you worry mama! You’re gonna be great!

  • Kristen April 30, 2012, 10:31 am

    I’m glad you had such a lovely shower!

  • Amber K April 30, 2012, 10:35 am

    Looks like a great time! I can’t believe how quickly pregnancy goes by. It seems slow day to day, but looking back makes it seem like it’s just flown by! I want my husband to come to the baby shower if I get pregnant. I told him that years ago, but he seemed less than impressed with the idea then, lol.

  • Michelle April 30, 2012, 10:53 am

    If you think Pat the Bunny is creepy, I can’t wait to hear what you think of “Love You Forever”! That book is banned from our home!

  • Whitney April 30, 2012, 11:10 am

    Definitely just choked up a bit when I saw Love You Forever on the babies bookshelf 🙂 All time favorite!

  • Neesha April 30, 2012, 2:07 pm

    Just to clarify, is there a reason to have food donated to a private event like a baby shower?
    Want to make sure I didn’t miss something…

    • Alexis April 30, 2012, 3:31 pm

      Maybe the donor wanted advertisement on the blog?

      • CaitlinHTP April 30, 2012, 4:40 pm

        Nicole has worked with these companies before, and they wanted to donate product for the shower for PR exposure because she told them that we’d both be blogging about the event!

  • Katie April 30, 2012, 2:09 pm

    your face in the first picture is hilarious. I love that you posted it!

  • MaryBe April 30, 2012, 2:37 pm

    I agree, it’s strange to have food ‘donated’ to a baby shower. Is that a British thing?
    Saw the nursery over on Kerf, love the colors!

    • Nicola April 30, 2012, 4:21 pm

      definitely not a British thing!

  • shae April 30, 2012, 2:48 pm

    I need some serious explaining about Pat the Bunny and why it is scary!

  • Claire Zulkey April 30, 2012, 3:01 pm

    I’m sure you’re all set on books but this weekend at a children’s bookstore this one caught my husband’s and my eye:

    Some reviewers think it’s too dark/mean for a baby’s book but we thought it was hilarious and want to buy it for our own nursery. It reads like something we would have written for our own enjoyment, plus I’m not opposed to a little bit of darkness in kids’ books–I was raised on Roald Dahl after all!

  • Brigid April 30, 2012, 3:06 pm

    I am childless and got all of those right. I have a lot of friends with babies already.

    It looks like a beautiful shower. I am not too keen on bridal showers, but ones for new babies are wonderful.

  • Caitlin April 30, 2012, 3:09 pm

    Hahaha I adore the last picture! Looks like a way fun shower. That pizza looks amazing too. I love Jen’s dress!!

  • kristina April 30, 2012, 7:27 pm

    I dont know if its scary or awesome that I’m 22 and knew what all 4 items were!!

  • Emelie April 30, 2012, 10:14 pm

    Great shower Caitlin! But seriously…..pat the bunny?!! Daddy’s scratchy beard? Best book ever! 😉

    • MomHTP May 2, 2012, 1:00 pm

      Oh Emelie,
      Daddy’s scratchy beard is no longer in the book!!
      Can you believe that!

  • Jolene ( May 1, 2012, 12:17 am

    What an awesome shower!!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat May 1, 2012, 2:42 pm

    Ahhhh, I can’t believe that third thing was a pad…scary! Your shower was beautiful 🙂

  • Mika May 5, 2012, 11:19 am

    I love that diaper bag. I love it so much that it’s the same one I gave my Goddaughter’s father at their baby shower back in 2010. Congrats on everything!

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