Why I'm Forced to Face My Fear of Babies

I didn't really grow up with lots of little babies around me. I mean, there was my little brother, who was about 1 1/2 years younger than me, but a lot of my cousins and family were around my age or older. Therefore, my experience with those of the baby variety? Limited. 

Now here I am, a lot of years later and I'm going to just say it. Babies scare me. Like a lot. I mean they're like cute in other people's arms and everything, and they make adorable faces and all that good stuff. But then I hold them and they do that whole "cry hysterically" thing and I'm immediately returning them to their parents since I'm pretty sure I broke it.

A few years ago, one of my really close friends had her first baby, and I had some practice time. Which was mildly successful, but he's about four now and I'm sort of out of practice again. Why does this matter? NO, I'm not pregnant. Seriously, I'm not. But my brother and sister-in-law? She TOTALLY is!! With a GIRL! Which is AWESOME because I was BORN to be an awesome aunt. I think. I just don't know how to be that just yet. Fortunately she's not due until November, so i'm studying up and holding various peoples children, and making extensive "get out of changing the diaper" plans so I think I'll be prepared. 

Back in August, we got together for her first baby shower, which was a blast! I didn't take a lot of photos, as I got elected to be the emcee for the night, but here is what I did get a chance to document...

Birdcage inspired baby shower for Sarah and Scott at Lake Mackintosh.
Orange, coral, yellow and pink set the tones for this birdcage-inspired baby shower.
Diaper cake with bird nest of crinkled paper and blue bird. © Silver Feather Studios, Burlington wedding photographer.
Wooden letters spell out "girl" for this birdcage inspired baby shower in Burlington, North Carolina.
Birdcage centerpieces and yellow runners at Lake Mackintosh in Burlington.
Baby shower games, and green bird covered cake for this Lake Mackintosh baby shower.
Bleach pen used to write names on the back of these solid shirts from Old Navy.
Sarah poses with family and friends during her birdcage inspired baby shower.
Sarah poses with her mother and sister during her baby shower at Lake Mackintosh.
Sarah and Scott with his side of the family after their birdcage inspired baby shower.

Ariana Watts

Silver Feather Studios, Burlington, NC, 27217, United States