After the shower, it was really exciting for me to sort through everything and wrap it all in pretty tissue paper:
Then I went a little overboard and drew flowers all over the box:
I mailed the package at the end of April, and I started to get really nervous when Katie still hadn't received it after 10 days. Did it get lost in the mail?! I hadn't wanted to mention anything to her about it because I wanted it to be a total surprise when it arrived, but when I talked to her on Mothers' Day, I asked, "Have you gotten a surprise box in the mail lately?" She told me that she hadn't but would let me know when she did. I didn't tell her what to expect--I just told her that it was on the way.
Several days later, I woke up to an awesome text message. (I hope Katie doesn't mind if I share it. I think it is so sweet and really telling of her selfless personality.)
"I wanted to let you know that I finally got the box and how grateful I am! I feel like I'm in some dream world where even though I don't know any of these people, they are so willing to send me something too in addition to what they have already given this baby, which is being there for you and supporting you. It all just seems too good to be reality. You have amazing friends, and I can only hope that one day I'm also blessed with such caring, sweet people in my life. I wish they had given me addresses or emails or something, so I could thank them all personally. Please tell them how much I appreciate their kindness to me, to you, and to this baby. Hope you have had a good time with all of the relatives in town, and I'll talk to you soon. Good night. xoxo!"
Well, Katie--you may not have everyone's email addresses, but many of the baby shower guests read this blog, so consider them thanked. I'm sure reading that text message will mean as much to them as it did to me. It is totally our pleasure to do something to support you--we are so glad you loved the package. You are amazing!