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I’m Surprised!! A Virtual Baby Shower… For My Baby Boy and Me!

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Welcome Micah Baby Cake

So, today I decided to wake up a little earlier than usual to work on a blog post – that’s not my norm in case you were wondering. I usually try to milk every minute of sleep I can get, especially lately. Well, that blog post never actually happened. I got a little distracted when I realized I woke up to a Virtual Baby Shower for me and my little guy hosted by my dear friends Julie, Sandy and Liz! To say I was floored is an understatement.

aggie virtual baby shower

(How stinkin’ cute are those little lions??)

I am one lucky girl I have to say. I’ve said this before, one of my favorite things about blogging all these years is the people that I’ve gotten to know virtually and in real life. Each of my friends I’ve met through this blog is so special to me. This amazing community fills me up in so many ways, and I’m so honored to be a part of it. Today feels like a huge hug and I am so incredibly touched!

You all have got to see the spread (it’s listed below with links) that almost 40 of my closest blogging buddies put together for this baby shower. Everyone went all out!! They created an Italian-themed menu full of apps, salads, drinks, main dishes and dessert. I loooove all things Italian so this menu clearly rocks my world. And makes me hungry.

Baby Shower w Julie & Gina

Oh and this same group of friends? Well, they totally surprised me just last month at my real life baby shower luncheon that my local friends threw for me. I was so happy that Julie was able to make it (after changing her flight home from a conference to get back in time for it!!), and with her she brought a gift from this very same group of friends here today – a generous gift card to Target for all of my baby needs! 🙂 Let’s just say, I think we’ve got diapers covered for at least the next year (if not more)!!

Friends, I can’t thank you enough, for everything. I am feeling the love, that’s for sure, and I can’t wait to tell little Micah all about this when he’s here. You all sure know how to make a mama of almost 3 feel good. My family and I appreciate all the kind words and well wishes. And all the amazing food!!!

Julie, Sandy and Liz … you girls are truly the best!! I love and appreciate you with all my heart. xoxo

Goodman Family Baby Shower(The Goodman Foursome- at my parent’s house a few weeks ago enjoying a little family get together)

Speaking of food, please take a little time to visit each of these blogger’s posts featuring their recipes for this delicious Italian-themed baby shower. Now, all I want to know is – how can we make this happen in real life??

Appetizers
Sundried Tomato Hummus from Robyn of Add a Pinch
Melon & Prosicutto Balls from Paula of bell’alimento
Bruschetta from Sheila of Eat2gather
Jalapeno Poppers from Ali of Gimme Some Oven
Grilled Naan White Pizza Bites from Jamie of Mom’s Cooking Club
Watermelon Feta Bites with Basil Olive Oil from Sandy of Reluctant Entertainer
Pesto Caprese Fried Wontons from Julie of The Little Kitchen
Blue Cheese Wedge Salad Crostini from Cheryl of TidyMom

Drinks
Toasted Coconut Milkshakes from Bev of Bev Cooks
Lemon Cream Soda from Angie of Eclectic Recipes
Peach Sorbet Bellini and Spritzers from Shaina of Food for My Family
Non Alcoholic Berry Spritzer from Lisa of Jersey Girl Cooks
Virgin Peach & Raspberry Bellinis from Milisa of Miss in the Kitchen
Italian Basil Sparkling Lemonade from Marly of Namely Marly
Italian Sodas from Laura of Real Mom Kitchen
Cafe Mocha Punch from Amy of She Wears Many Hats

Salads
Italian Chopped Salad in a Jar {with Creamy Caesar Dressing} from Brenda of a farmgirl’s dabbles
Caprese Salad with Mozzarella Crisps from Christine of Cook the Story
Pesto Pasta Stuffed Tomatoes from Suzanne of Kokocooks
Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad from Liz of The Lemon Bowl
Herbed Israeli Couscous Salad with Tomato and Mozzarella from Rachel of Rachel Cooks
Chickpea, Avocado, & Feta Salad from Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod
Lentil and Chickpea Layered Salad from Lisa of With Style & Grace

Entrees
Chicken Cacciatore from Meagan of A Zesty Bite
Zucchini, Bell Pepper & Edamame Stir-Fry from Cassie of Bake Your Day
Potato-Crusted Vegetarian Quiche with Zucchini, Tomatoes & Feta from Dara of Cookin’ Canuck
“Straw & Hay” Tagliatelle in Cream Sauce from Flavia of Flavia’s Flavors
Grilled Italian Chicken with Veggie & Bow Tie Pasta from Katie of Katie’s Cucina
Grilled Naan Pizza with Summer Veggies & Turkey Sausage from Kelley of Mountain Mama Cooks
Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Panini from Kathy of Panini Happy

Desserts
Fresh Blueberry Shortbread with Lemon Cream Frosting from Sommer of A Spicy Perspective
Crostata di Mango from Lora of Cake Duchess
Italian Ice from Kristen of Dine & Dish
Roasted Banana and Nutella S’mores Bruschetta from Jenny of Picky Palate
Italian Cream Cake from Deborah of Taste and Tell
Panna cotta from Leslie of The hungry housewife
Fortune Cookies from Shari of Tickled Red
Baby Vanilla Bean Scones a la Starbucks from Tara of Unsophisticook

 

Oh and for fun…because I know people are crazy about baby bumps 🙂 – here’s my basketball bump last week at 34 weeks. I’m pretty sure it’s doubled in size already by now, the 5 week countdown begins!!

Micah - 34 weeks.jpg

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30 Responses to “I’m Surprised!! A Virtual Baby Shower… For My Baby Boy and Me!”

  1. JulieD posted August 26, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Ahhhhh! Love the baby bump! So lucky to have you as a friend! We had so much fun working on this surprise for you!!! xoxo

  2. Cassie | Bake Your Day posted August 26, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    You are looking AMAZING, my friend! So glad you were surprised today. We love you! xoxo

  3. Robyn | Add a Pinch posted August 26, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    You are the sweetest, Aggie! And Micah makes the cutest little baby bump!!! Love to you and your family. These next five weeks will FLY by!!! xo

  4. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted August 26, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    First of all, you are just the cutest pregnant lady. Look at that perfect bump! And next…I am so blessed to call you my friend. This shower was one big outpouring of love and friendship to celebrate one dear lady, YOU! Can’t wait for little Micah to make his sweet appearance! xo

  5. Erica posted August 26, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    awwwwwwwwwwww! How special! Well deserved. You are look great! SO excited for you and the new peanut

  6. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite posted August 26, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    So glad that you were blessed with so many wonderful posts today celebrating you and that baby boy. I can’t wait for his arrival!

  7. Kristen posted August 26, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    You are so darn cute and I’m so happy you were surprised! This was fun 🙂

  8. Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen posted August 27, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Awww, how sweet! What a wonderful surprise. You look great Aggie. You’re going to snap right back into shape once that little boy arrives 🙂

  9. Catherine posted August 27, 2013 at 12:44 am

    This is such a cute idea! How sweet if all your friends! Congrats on the soon to be new family member.

  10. Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste posted August 27, 2013 at 8:25 am

    What a wonderful surprise, Aggie! Congratulations on the soon-to-be new addition!

  11. katie posted August 27, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Aggie I’m so stinking excited for you and your family! I’m so happy I could participate both virtually and in spirit with your home baby shower! I know I keep saying it but whenever I get a few free minutes I have some custom Gator onesies coming your way!

  12. Amy @ The Nifty Foodie posted August 27, 2013 at 8:27 am

    You look great! 🙂

    Everything in your surprise shower sounds SO awesome, too. Congratulations again!

  13. Rachel Cooks posted August 27, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Your bump is ADORABLE! You’re one of those cute pregnant ladies, huh. (I hate you. No really, I don’t.) So happy you were surprised with your shower! Wish it was in real life — can’t wait to meet you someday! xo

  14. Kathryn F posted August 27, 2013 at 8:41 am

    You are adorable and I love the virtual baby shower idea – so cute! Congrats again!!

  15. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective posted August 27, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Adorable bump! So glad to have surprised you!! Congratulations and blessings on you and your family! 🙂

  16. Christine (Cook the Story) posted August 27, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Wow! Your basketball bump is so cute! I’m so happy that you were surprised and that you liked our menu for you. Yes, let’s definitely try to get together once Micah is born. We haven’t been to that big splash pad and park out there in ages and I know my kids would love it, especially once it cools down a bit. I’ll bring lunch!

  17. Bev @ Bev Cooks posted August 27, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Yaaaay! I’m so excited I got to be a part of this! xoxoxo.

  18. bellini posted August 27, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Oh what fun Aggie whether it is a virtual baby shower or not. What great friends, good company and tasty food creations.

  19. Bruce Fearon posted August 27, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Its cool to see that you have become such good friends with some many people on the web. How fun a virtual baby shower.

  20. Lina Williams posted August 27, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Love it! very cool idea. and I LOVE that baby bump!

  21. Jamie posted August 27, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Is Sammy’s basketball in there???? I’m so glad I got to participate in your virtual baby shower. It was fun and I loved surprising you! Baby Micah will be here soon and we are so excited. Love you!

  22. Flavia posted August 27, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I am so happy that you loved your surprise baby shower, Aggie! I LOVED being in on the secret and was so excited to hit the “publish” button on Monday morning! I agree with you…it would be spectacular to make this get-together happen in real life! Love and hugs to you! XO

  23. Alyssa (Everyday Maven) posted August 28, 2013 at 12:20 am

    What an awesome surprise and how generous!!! That is so sweet Aggie. You look freaking amazing mama!

  24. Amanda posted August 28, 2013 at 9:24 am

    This is so sweet!!! I get all teary thinking about baby showers and good friends and loving gestures. This has all three!! 🙂

  25. Kim | Just For Clicks posted August 28, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Ok, 1st –> You are truly the cutest thing ever! That belly is perfection and you look AMAZING. 2nd, I LOVE that Liz, Sandy, and Julie did this. So sweet of them. And I’m so sorry I didn’t get my blog done in time to participate… They were so sweet to invite me. Without a doubt the biggest blessing of blogging is the friendships that form with those you would never ever have had the chance to meet. And you my Friend are one of the best blessings to me. {Hugs and Love}

  26. Deborah posted August 28, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I’m so excited for you, Aggie, and can’t wait to “meet” your new addition!

  27. Marie @ Not Enough Cinnamon.com posted August 28, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Aggie I’m so excited for you! Congratulations!! I love love love this whole virtual baby shower thing, how cute is that?! You have amazing blogging friends 🙂

  28. debbi posted September 1, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    awww Aggie you are looking awesome my friend!! wishing you the very best!! Cant wait to see the pics of the new addition.

  29. Nicole B posted September 5, 2013 at 11:30 am

    OH AGGIE!!!! Congratulations!!!!!! i am so happy for yall….i havent been on here in quite a while…i had no idea you were pregnant!! You look so good! Hope everything goes well for all of yall!! LOVE YA!!!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted September 9, 2013 at 11:38 am

      so good to see a note from you!! Thank you SO much!! Hope you and your fam are doing well!! xo

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