Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Oh, baby, it’s shower time March 4, 2016

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I designed a BABY banner to hang in my living room. Here it lies on the bed in a spare bedroom.

I designed a BABY banner to hang in my living room. Here it stretches across the bed in a spare bedroom.

GRANDMA. The word slips off my tongue. Two syllables.

Baby. Also two syllables.

In less than two months, I will hold my sweet granddaughter, my first grandchild, in my arms.

Love. One syllable.

This weekend guests will gather in my Faribault home to shower the mom-to-be and dad-to-be with gifts. The other grandparents are flying in from California. My second daughter will drive 300 miles from eastern Wisconsin to be here for her sister. Aunts and cousins will join us for lunch and a few games. Down in the finally-updated basement, guests will stamp designs onto onesies.

It promises to be a lovely day.

Sure we’ll be a bit cramped for space. But we’ll make do as we ooooh and aaaah over baby gifts and laugh and talk and eat.

There will be hugs and β€œI love yous.” There will be the usual questions about how my daughter is feeling. Maybe prying questions, too, about Baby Girl’s name. Not even this Grandma knows.

But mostly, we will celebrate. Simply celebrate this baby girl who is already loved by so many.

Β© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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26 Responses to “Oh, baby, it’s shower time”

  1. Dan Traun Says:

    Rituals have so much meaning; family rituals have even more. Congratulations grandma πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Dan. These traditions are important. I can’t believe all of the things new parents need now days to raise a child. My husband and I got all of our baby stuff at garage sales. I didn’t have a baby shower until my third child, my son, was born 22 years ago. Baby showers weren’t a big thing up until recent years, if recent is 20 years ago.

  2. Beth Ann Says:

    It is such an exciting time for your family. I am thrilled for you and can’t wait to “meet” your little one. Have a great timing try to relax and enjoy each moment. πŸ™‚

    • I’m looking forward to the baby shower. I’ve been in the kitchen most of this morning and am now taking a break from that. Thus far I managed to break a spatula in a cookie dough batter dip. I had to fish that out. Hopefully the rest of the prep will proceed without incident.

  3. It sounds perfect. May it be so in every way!

  4. How EXCITING – cannot wait to see pictures of the shower – Enjoy and Soak Up the L-O-V-E πŸ™‚ Happy Weekend!!!

  5. Mike S. Says:

    Congrats! Grandkids make the world go ’round!

  6. jhc1218 Says:

    I’m so excited to see you, Amber and everyone else tomorrow. – Jocelyn

  7. Laurie at MN Machinery Museum Says:

    Congratulations Grandma and Grandpa too! It is a wonderful time in your lives! Enjoy!

  8. Awe have a great weekend

  9. Jackie Says:

    I am beyond thrilled for you all, enjoy this sweet time to celebrate with family. She will be here soon and your life will be changed forever! Cant wait to hear all about it!

  10. estremdj Says:

    Congratulations!!!!

  11. Don Says:

    Two syllables……….. ENJOY!

  12. Norma Says:

    I really would like to be there. I know it will be fantastic. Each great grand baby is so special.

  13. Marilyn Says:

    Wonderful memories being made!


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