|Some of the ladies at the shower: on sofa left to right: niece-in-law Rachel, my mom (they're looking at pictures),|
niece Katie, sister-in-law Heidi, sister Yvonne, and Osayo's great-aunt Maria Sophia visiting from Ecuador.
It's just amazing how much technology has advanced in regard to giving moms all kinds of information on the unborn baby, including its gender (a girl, so I did not get to do my Shaman Jan act with the pencil suspended from a string to predict the sex of the baby), approximate conception date, approximate delivery date, and even how much the baby weighs before it is born!
This is sister Deb's first grandchild and she and the great-grandmas-to-be went all out. What a haul of gifts - I swear the girl won't have to buy a stitch of clothing until she hits puberty :)
Ah, baby showers. Bridal showers, too. Women-bonding rituals. I imagine they originated back in the times when hunter-gatherer culture first began and the women were left to tend, mend, cook, sew, reap, harvest, trap animals and fish, oh - and tame dogs and horses for later use by the male hunters - and keep the family legends straight. We heard some good ones today, let me tell you - NOT! They are for family ears only :)