“A baby sprinkle is just like a baby shower but scaled down. If mom is on her second, third (or fourth) child, consider throwing her a baby sprinkle instead of a full blown baby shower. Although traditional baby shower etiquette calls for showering the first child only, the mom-to-be may want to celebrate each birth. If so, a baby sprinkle is the perfect idea for gathering her loved ones without asking too much of them.” –www.shutterfly.com
At the end of October, I was done planning my Baby sprinkle as well as DJ’s upcoming birthday party. We were all set.
On the 3rd of November, the day of my sprinkle, I woke up early as usual and got ready. Well, in the final trimester, I don’t get much sleep anyway. I had packed DJ’s diaper bag the night before and laid down his outfit for the day. I had to do that otherwise, I couldn’t even begin to imagine what Kobby would’ve put him in. Fashion is usually the last thing on his mind. If he had his own way, he (Kobby) would be in a t-shirt and shorts every day. (Currently all his shirts are in shades of blue, navy blue, grey, white and black. So if you see him in anything else, do know that I had a hand in it). I wore a dress I had gotten from luxoca (@luxoca on Instagram) just the week before. It was very loose fitting and comfortable and the colours were appropriate. I got breakfast ready, ate and left.
I got to Villa Monticello, where the event was being hosted. By the way, I love love love the food there, the ambience and the staff. They are very warm and professional. I had been in touch with one of the managers there who had gotten the space ready for me. I also loved the fact that I didn’t have to pay for the space, I only had to pay for food and drinks. I could also choose the space I wanted and have it decorated. I was also allowed to bring in my cake. Most hotels are very restricting and this was a breath of fresh air.
Ekow, my photographer, had already arrived when I got there. My assistant was also present with the decorative items. There wasn’t much to be done because the space was already chic and I wanted a very minimalistic look. I had my go-to balloon decorator Cynthia (@decorrack_balloons) make a nice simple balloon backdrop and we placed a few pedestals with flowers on them. After an hour, setup was done.
Everyone started arriving at 10am since it was brunch. Aunty Betty from Sugar and Spice (@sugar_n_spicegh) baked the cake exactly how I wanted and even threw in a free chocolate cake because she knew how much I loved chocolate! I particularly love them because their cakes don’t only look beautiful, they actually taste good too. It’s tough to nail both. Oh and her cheese cakes are divine! Mmm I’m getting hungry thinking about it.
Anyway, finally everyone arrived and we took lots and lots of pictures. Kobby also arrived with DJ just before we started.
We took a few pictures and he went in to eat (he is obsessed with their mushroom soup, it’s really good though.) Everyone took turns carrying DJ.
He had just been walking for about two months now so he got to have his own photoshoot which was cute. I was still unsure of his balance, so I stood close by watching him.
After his session, I fed him and then finally handed him over to his dad and they said their byes and set off.
Note: This is what happens when you don’t space out your kids; you end up with your first baby at your second baby’s sprinkle.
We played games, ate and had a blast! I couldn’t wait to open my gifts which is my favourite part of the event. I loved them all. I got some really useful stuff like this portable baby bed enclosed with a net which I could place in any room on top of the couch, on the bed or on the carpet. It was such a thoughtful gift.
We officially ended at about 4pm but a few of us stayed and talked till 8pm. My assistant arrived and packed up and we headed out. I was completely exhausted when I got home.
Exactly two weeks later, my two younger brothers graduated. The one directly after me was done with his Masters (on Saturday) and the youngest was done with his first degree, the day before. Kobby’s mom offered to take care of DJ both days, while we attended the graduation. We all had mix feelings going into the University of Ghana Great Hall and seeing our dad’s bust there. I had completely forgotten about that. The courtyard had all the busts of past Vice Chancellors lined up. I remember my mother and I travelling to Cape coast over 12 years ago to see the sculptor and the progress he was making with the bust at that time. He did a pretty good job. My dad being an academician, would’ve been very proud of my brothers.
The next day, they decided to organize a barbecue for family and friends. It was planned for 50 guests at my parent’s house at 1pm. Kobby and I decided we would attend with DJ and ended up arriving 3 hours late. To our surprise, the entire compound of my parent’s home was filled with people. Cars were parked all the way to the next street and we all looked confused. Apparently, my younger brother knew a whole lot of people and news had spread about his event. There were atleast 800 people there and I could not believe he knew that many people! Atleast they all somehow got something to eat and drink. My mom seemed surprisingly upbeat and in a cheerful mood in spite of the crowd. We stayed for a few hours and called it a night.
On the 23rd of November, I woke up bright and early. It was DJ’S BIRTHDAYYYY! Lord knows I had been waiting for this day forever. I couldn’t wait for him to turn one. Kobby bathed him (I could no longer physically do this) and dressed him up in his birthday outfit. We headed to my parent’s place because my mom had made our traditional birthday meal “3to”. As a family, we eat both yam and plantain 3to every birthday. The celebrant gets two boiled eggs and everyone gets a single egg. Growing up in a modest home, two eggs was such a big deal. I remember our 3to was combined with eggs and groundnut. Eventually we added corned beef but we couldn’t have too much of that because it was so expensive. Later on, we we would have the 3to with chicken, pork, fish, avocado, green pepper sauce, etc. The two eggs didn’t seem like such a big deal to the celebrant anymore and totally lost its value which is kinda sad .We take all these little things for granted. Childhood was fun.
We (my brothers, my mom, Kobby, DJ and I) all gathered around the table, prayed and ate. I had been saving my tummy for the plantain 3to which I love. I had a courier pick up DJ’s cake from Kareena cakes. I had been secretly craving their cake for a week now and so it was perfect timing. The cake arrived and we all helped DJ cut it as we sung Happy Birthday. He had no clue what was happening but he was definitely excited to be cutting something. He even had a bit of the 3to which was a relief because he was and still is, a very picky eater. I packed some of the food to go as well as the cake. I actually finished three quarters of a medium sized Kareena cake all by myself the next day. I’m not even ashamed to admit that I eat like a pig when I’m pregnant. LOL!
Now we were exactly two days away from DJ’s party and I couldn’t wait! I still had 21 more days to my due date….