How can it be? I'm going to be a grandma! It doesn't seem like THAT long ago that I was bringing home our own first baby.
I can't lie. My first reaction was to be ecstatic for my daughter and her husband but then it hit me, I'm too young to be a grandma!
But once I wrapped my head around that fact then I began embracing new daydreams of sweet baby breath, tiny fingers that will wrap around my own, and images of pudgy, roll creased little baby thighs.
I am also having so much fun watching our own little girl trying on this new roll of mom as she looks forward to her early 2015 due date.
We are more than a little excited. Just this past week Mike and I went with the parents to be and the other set of first time grandparents to a gender reveal ultra sound.
I HAD to have gifts.
But what to buy? Boy? Girl? Neutral? So I did a little bit of everything. I had to explain to Mike that half of this would be coming back home with us.
I love a thoughtfully wrapped package and I had a great time using up old scrapbook and craft supplies and incorporating them into gifts for our little one. I have seen other blogs and Pinterest boards with gift wrapping ideas so I thought why not share mine as well.
If there is going to be more than one gift I like to coordinate them or have a theme to work with.
This time I went with my usual black and white theme for a jumping off point because it was gender neutral and an easy coordinating element.
This larger gift had some maternity basics for Elizabeth. The gift wrap I found on Amazon and the felt flowers in the dollar aisle at Michael's. Add a green ribbon and I called it done.
This past January the parents-to-be chose a motivational word that they hoped would describe their year this year. The word they went with was Adventure. I wanted to tie that word into one of the packages so again I went with a black and white wrap, some chipboard letters and a bit of card stock. With these simple elements I was able to pull together my take on their word for one of the baby boy gifts.
Sometimes it is as easy as a quote that I had torn out of a magazine years ago, a solid colored paper,and some colorful scraps of ribbon tied into the signature black and white stripe.
But what if it were a little girl?
This package contained a cute little bath wrap and bib that matched the little flower socks so I tied the bootie/socks on to the front of the package and repeated the flower theme with a bit of card stock cut into the shape of the flower and added some stick on letters spelling out Girl.
On this second girl package I used an old Target gift wrap that was black and white but reversed to pink. I cut the paper larger than I needed and pulled the edges to the front and then folded them back revealing the contrasting back side of the paper. I embellished it with a youthful ribbon and a chipboard G for girl.
I often times like the outside to the package to be a hint to what is inside. This was my gender neutral gift ( a Sophie the giraffe teether).
So I knew when I saw this little painted wooden giraffe at Michael's for fifty nine cents that it would make the perfect package tie on.
I tied him on with pink and orange and black and blue polka dot ribbons as a nod to either boy or girl.
So what did I end up passing out at the reveal?
There will be a new little baby boy in our world and he is due to arrive around January 9, 2015.