If you read my last post, you know that I was incredibly distraught Friday evening. After discussing it with my mom and bestie, we decided to opt for the outdoor option. My apartment really is tiny in a sense of hosting a party and it just made sense to have more room, especially since we didn't have a final head count. We had a plan to combat the cold. Several people washed up sweaters and blankets to hand out to my guests and my mom got at 42 cup coffee pot to have set up. Then we crossed our fingers and said our prayers and let it go.
Well, the weather turned out to be PERFECT! There were a few gusts of strong wind that sent a couple of things flying, but nothing that couldn't be handled. Everything was just beautiful. My bestie did an AMAZING job at decorating and really bringing who I am and my personality to the entire thing. The crowd size was perfect. It ended up that out of the 19 that had yet to RSVP, I think maybe 2 finally did (I will NEVER understand that. Horrible etiquette, but sadly, how it is these days.) BUT the guests that were there are so very near and dear to my heart and it was great to see faces that I hadn't seen in awhile. I have pictures from my photographer (Megan Ella Photography) and once I have them, I will show you all the loveliness. Insert shameless plug here: Megan is an incredible photographer should you be in need of one. Several of my guests were highly impressed with her and she even impressed my momma (which can be hard to do as a photographer.)
All in all many fabulous memories were made and I couldn't have been more pleased. I will share one particular moment of the day that left most everyone in giggles and left me, well....with a large and wonderful dose of reality.
In opening gifts, most of the cards were addressed to: Leslie and Audrey, or Audrey etc. Well one particular gift was addressed to "Audrey's Mom." Call it instinct, but to me the word "mom" only applies to one person: my mom. So, I grabbed the present and without giving it any thought, handed it to my mother. "Here mom, this is for you." It took a few seconds but it finally sunk in. "Oh! That's ME! I'm Audrey's mom!" Everyone laughed, including myself, but it actually went much deeper than just a silly mistake. I've never been "mom" to anyone before. Well, Charlie's mom, but she can't actually call me mom. So no one has ever called me "mom" before. When I think about it I'm overwhelmed with emotions; yes, some caused by the pregnancy I'm sure. But for the most part, I know they are just my true feelings. I've wanted so long for someone to call me mom and now it's finally about to happen. I'm humbled and ecstatic at the same time. While I am a woman who wants to hold on to her own sense of self after having a child, I am beyond thrilled and ready to be known as Audrey's mom.