What can I say?? Where do I begin?
I have waited my entire life for my baby shower!! Many times, I have fantasized as to what it would be like. What would be the theme? Who would be a part of putting it together (outside of my Mother and Sister of course)? Would we be celebrating a boy or girl? Having the father to-be there celebrating as a newly formed black family… And not to mention, what would I actually look like on that special day?
Well to answer the last question, I think we both looked pretty, darn good! (LOL)
All I can say is that our shower was EVERYTHING I have ever dreamed of and more!!!! I must thank my Mother, Sister and “Sisterfriends” for all that they put into planning such a wonderful event.
From the time we walked into the celebration for our “little princess,” we were both swept off our feet. The decorations and layout were all so beautiful and cute, however, the instantaneous feeling of being surrounded in the love of our family and friends, truly “iced the cake!”
Speaking of cake, not only was it fit for “royalty” it was equally as delicious! The catering was exquisite. My somewhat restored appetite and taste buds were delighted! The centerpieces absolutely represented ROYALTY!! Crowns, rhinestones, pearls and gold all about!!! Handmade TALENT at its best!
I mean the room was decked out in pink and gold, and I couldn’t have asked for anything more!
I would be remiss not to mention that the vendors selected by the planning committee were all BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES (with the exception of the Party City balloons lol)! #WEBUYBLACK
Having my 90 year-old grandmother present at our shower was especially sentimental, because as this circle of life continues, three generations were gathered to celebrate the pending arrival of the fourth. We are indeed blessed! And by the way, the eldest attendee was older than 90!! Now that’s love!!
Be it the oldest to the youngest guest and EVERYONE in between, your attendance was certainly appreciated.
As a point of reflection, I remembered looking around the room and thinking about the ways the guests are linked to my/our lives. From the relationships of family, early childhood, high school, college and adult friendships, to the “aunts” that may not of blood relation (but blood couldn’t make them any more authentic as “aunts”) as family can be extended well outside of blood relation. Not to mention those who have mentored me professionally along the way, as they too now fall into the “family” category.
You see, in short, they all have played a significant role in my life and I am so grateful to have them now, to be a part of this extraordinary time for us!
I cannot close this message without sharing the love I have for my fiancé, father to-be, as having him by my side on our day of celebration represents all that is beautiful in black love. We truly aspire to cultivate the renaissance of the in-tact black family!
Little Princess we are all ready for your arrival!!!
Until next time... Be courageous, be encouraged, MELANIN AND MOTHERHOOD is BLACK GIRL MAGIC PERSONIFIED!
Yours On This Journey,
Crystal D. Charley-Sibley, MBA
Founder of Melanin and Motherhood, Co-Founder of Queen Village LLC, is a community activist, women's empowerment speaker, a first-time mother, and wife, chronicling her journey of motherhood!