Monday, July 25, 2011

I'm Back... Bigger and Better than Ever!


I owe you an apology for the disappearing act.*  But that's the thing about growing a human.  It kinda takes up all your free time.  Even when you're not actually doing anything, you're too busy staring at your stomach and marveling at the random movements that for once, are not caused by eating too much Taco Bell.  And what solid movements they are.  I'm convinced I'm growing a mini Pele, what with all the kicking.

Rest assured, this will not become a mommy blog.  There will be no long philosophical posts about how potty training prepares ones for the trials and tribulations of the real world and no proud missives about how the little one is clearly Harvard bound ever since he learned to stop eating his own toes.  There will, on occasion, be posts about how growing a mini-me has made me even more neurotic than I thought possible.

Take Baby 'Boo's first party.  Our unwitting family members kindly offered to throw a party to celebrate Baby 'Boo's upcoming arrival.    I saw this as an opportunity for a color-coordinated, themed party worthy of the pages of my favorite party blogs.  No cutesy baby animals, no pastel baby shower signs, and certainly no games involving mashed up candy bars in diapers mimicking you-know-what.  Lord knows I'd have enough of that in the next few months.  I definitely didn't need to start that early.  And really, if I had a candy bar, I'd eat it, not mash it up in a diaper.


No, this party would be an afternoon of hanging out with friends and family and enjoying the summer sun. It'd be our last hurrah before we changed a million diapers and washed a million and one baby bottles.  And really, what better way to celebrate than with a lime green, navy blue, and polka dotted party out on the deck?

And because I firmly believe that the most important thing I can pass on to Baby 'Boo is a love of food, we spent a ridiculous amount of time planning the perfect menu of Afghan food- bolani (potato pancakes), chapli kebabs (beef patties), chicken kebabsqabli pulao (rice pilaf with carrots, raisins, and almonds), borani banjan (eggplant layered with yogurt), and samosas.  And then two days before the party, the caterer "lost" our order.  I'm not sure how a caterer can "lose" an order but the hubster kept me far away when he broke the news to me.  Probably because he was afraid I'd "lose" it on the caterer. Thankfully, we found a replacement caterer.  And suddenly, the party was back on track


Come party day, I became a bit of a drill sergeant.  I may or may not have yelled at some people when my polka-dotted Baby Boy banner wasn't hanging perfectly straight.  I may or may not have waved my fists in the air when the dessert table wasn't set up according to my perfect, easy-to-follow directions.  And um, I may or may not have stomped off in anger only to stomp back a few seconds later when the party chairs weren't set up on time.  And in the middle of barking orders as we set up for the party, I was really glad that these people were related to me.  Because they would've lost my number a long time ago if they weren't.

Even from beneath my tyranny, my darling family members agreed that the dessert table was worthy of my favorite party blogs.  Our favorite cake (Lady Baltimore), lemon curd cupcakes, brownie bites, color-coded chocolates, and the piece de resistance, Gina's perfect macarons in a darling shade of blue, layered with the most decadent ganache.  These babies were so perfect, they deserve a post of their own (and I promise one is coming).  But suffice it to say, they were so good that some party guests admitted to eating six of them.  Which would explain why they were the first dessert to be finished. And that too, before lunch was served.


And when it was all over, I came away with the understanding that the little human I'm growing is already the most loved little man.  Oh, and a set of pictures of my perfectly color-themed party pictures.  Because really, what's the point of growing a human if you can't throw (him) themed parties, right?

*I have truly appreciated your comments and emails asking about my well being.  They have made me smile as I continue to get bigger.  Because let's be real, most days I just feel bigger and not necessarily, bigger and better.

46 comments :

The Mom Chef said...

First thing I did when I came to this page was scroll all the way down to see a picture of you and the little guy. Ok, just a picture of the bigger you. You really need to post that!

I love your themed party! What gorgeous decorations, decadent foods and fun in general. You are so creative, I'm humbled (especially since I don't have an ounce of that kind of style in me).

Congratulations a thousand times on your son and his penchant for soccer. Already a man of excellent taste.

Az said...

Congratulations!! Congratulations!! I was kinda getting worried as to what happened to you. But glad to know that your disappreance was for a good reason...

Jehanne@thecookingdoctor.co.uk said...

congratulations on the pregnancy, and what a terrific party! I'm planning one in 3 months' time for the 1st party, so might even copy ur theme idea albeit in pink! love those blue macarons...

Kristen said...

I feel SO out of the loop. Congratulations times 1,000!!! Like The Mom Chef, I was hoping for a picture. I know that as you get bigger, you feel like a human sausage (ahem, from experience)but to us, you will be gorgeous!

The Duo Dishes said...

Congrats on the baby! Wow, that's some big news! :) You should take all the time you want. What a fun party for the baby!

Nadia said...

so happy for you-you look super cute in the FB pics. Glowing and fab!

amazing baby shower and glad to have you back. :)

Amy Kim said...

Aw...nice to hear from you! the party looked awesome and the menu sounded twice as awesome. enjoy your last several weeks before all hell breaks loose! :-)

Pacheco Patty said...

Congratulations, welcome back and those macarons look amazingly good!

ameena said...

What a beautiful shower...these photos make me even more sad that I missed it! The color scheme was perfect! Just perfect. The green and blue and white is officially now my most favorite color combination - it's super cute.

Wait...how does a caterer lose an entire order? I'm glad you were able to find someone else to do the food and the entire spread looks divine!

I agree with Mom Chef...why no pictures of you? I'm glad I'm privy to your FB photos at least. :)

Kathy Gori said...

Congratulations! That's is so great. All the food looks fantastic and lovin' those macarons. Have you settled on a name yet. One thing for sure, this little guy is going to be getting a lot of great food!

J+K said...

I am so, so happy for you! As a recent new grandma, I am reliving the baby-love and it's so sweet!
Your theme is adorable...I may have to copy it one of these days. Great to hear from you again!
~K

~Lisa~ said...

Congrats fellow pregnant mama! So glad all is well and that you're expecting a boy! Hang in there and enjoy these moments (=

chandana said...

Congrats! That's a great news.

The theme looks awesome. I have to admit I love anything and everything when polka dots are invoved.

Have a great time preparing for Baby Boo's arrival.

The Healthy Diary said...

I was suspecting something was cooking, when you things were this silent. Congrats to you and your husband!!!! Such great news, very happy for you and I second the comments above, we want a picture of you :)

My Inner Chick said...

Congrats!
Love the theme.
Superb.

Devaki @ weavethousandflavors said...

Congratulations!!!! What a wonderful time in your life and I am thrilled that you are back - bigger and better! Pele eh??? I have 2 at home myself :)

What fun and lovely pics.

chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Isabelle said...

Given how bitty you are, "bigger" is all relative. I'm sure my really-big-meal bump is still bigger than your about-to-have-a-baby bump. :)
Congrats on the upcoming arrival. If there's any excuse worthy of not blogging for a while, that would definitely be it.
(PS - Adore the colour scheme for the party. Srsly. Love it to bits. After all the baby-blue and baby-pink showers I've attended in the past couple of years, it's positively refreshing.)

charmaine said...

Welcome back! Wish I was there.

Swati Sapna said...

Congratulations Azmina!!! Your menu order had me drooling :D and absolutely adore the polka-dotted theme... hope you are having a wonderful time :) here's wishing you loads of love, luck and joy!

Gina said...

Congrats Mama-To-Be, so happy for you. Just sorry I had to miss out on all that yummy food and those macs. Your did an amazing job with them, like I knew you would. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness with your upcoming addition.
-Gina-

onelifetoeat.com said...

Congratulations Azmeena! The food sounds absolutely wonderful... which gives me renewed impetus to try Afgani food. Wishing you and little baby 'boo all the very best! Keep eating! ;)

stephchows said...

Congrats!! And welcome back! That party looks fabulous!

Annapet said...

Congratulations, Azmina! What a beautiful spread! And of course I noticed the macarons right away! Welcome back ;-).

Kulsum@JourneyKitchen said...

Congrats!! You girl! Such good news. Mabrook! :-) The party looks great and that Afghani food!? Next party I throw, the theme is afghani for SURE. Take care. And stay around xo

Erica said...

Congrats on the baby!

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Monet said...

Oh my sweet friend. Congratulations! I am so happy for you. And what a great party thrown in your baby's honor. Everything looks beautiful (and delicious). I hope you have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend. Thank you for making my stomach growl and my face smile. Love from Austin!

saltwatercoffee said...

Hey! Thanks for the sweet comment, are you from the bay area too? Yummm I love Afghani food, all those descriptions are making my mouth water- especially borani banjan! Congratulations though on the upcoming arrival of the little one :)!

Evan @swEEts said...

Congrats!! Looks like you had a fabulous little party! Everything looked delicious and I'm sure it tasted delicious as well :)

Nazneen said...

What a beautiful shower! I love the colour theme and all that delicious food..yum. Thank you for stopping by my site, I do appreciate it and your comment!
Enjoy this time in your life.

Jamila said...

Congratulations!!! Welcome to mommyhood! The party looks amazing.

Shabs said...

Congratulations!!!!! What a beautiful baby shower , i was wondering where you dissappeared off to so welcome back :) .

legallymarried said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful shower, and what amazing happiness you have ahead of you!

We Are Not Martha said...

HUGE congratulations!!! We've missed you here and I'm psyched you're back with such wonderful news :) The shower looks amazing and the menu perfect. Yay!

Sues

Aisha said...

WHOOO HOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so excited for you hon, what exciting news! :) And if you did turn this into a mommy-cooking blog I'd read anyways- I love your writing style :) Congrats!

Shirley said...

Aw, congratulations! Your party looks great. Can't wait to see more photos as you get along.

Elle Audrey Marie said...

What the heck... I did not post that comment above ! Gesh, anyhoo, congrats to you, I've been wondering where you've been, how are you feeling? The goodies and the table looks fabulous.

Cooking with Coley said...

Welcome back. I'm glad you come baring such great news. Congrats and pls do post a pic of you!

Priscilla - She's Cookin' said...

So, that explains it! Congratulations! You're going to have so much fun throwing him many more themed parties :) Gina's macarons are beautiful, of course, but WTH no pics of the belly?

Mario said...

Hi and greetings from northern CA! I am visiting your blog and love it. Great title. Great personal narrative. Great writing. All very cool.
Congratulations on your baby. My wife and I have four daughters. They enrich the fabric of our lives.
I write a blog about food and family relationships. Stop by. Visit.
And no great party is ever absent of macaroons.

Erica said...

Congrats and Welcome back!

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Malli said...

Congratulations on the baby boy!! He will be one lucky guy when he arrives with a Mom like you. You did a great job with the party.... we all get awful "preg" cranky ...I remember I did:)

sara @ CaffeIna said...

You have no idea of how sad I was to miss the baby shower! As you can see, I disappeared too and I have no "growing-a-human-being" excuse to throw out there :( so you are fully justified. Enjoy the moment and let's talk soon!!!

Healthy Mamma said...

growing babies is all consuming for sure! I did it four times (whewww! how did I do that?) Babies Rock! Congrats!!!
very very cute party, love the color choices and the food looks fantastic!

Jackie said...

Good Lord, I am a horrific friend - I had no idea that your eggo was preggo! Wow friend, congratulations and what a beautiful baby shower! If I ever have a baby and baby shower I'm going to go your route, too... and I will be a momzilla.

Hope you're doing well - I know at times you feel low and wish that it would just be time to pop the thing out already, but you're an amazingly awesome person and the new addition to your family will be just as incredible, I'm sure. Look after yourself, Mama-to-be.

Jax x

PS: I'm sure you remember I used to work in a baby shop - if you need anything let me know! Discount, booyah! ;)

Kelsey said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! oh its soooo good to have you back <3 <3

Toby said...

I'm still missing that lunching lawyer! Congrats on the little bento box. I hope all is well with you and the new arrival. I hope to see you back in the trenches soon!

Big Hugs

Toby @ Plate Fodder

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