As we mentioned in our last post we hurried home from Luna’s confirmation to get ready for Malena’s baby shower. Malena is Ramon and Yuri’s oldest girl. She recently was married, but lives with her husband at the Garcia’s home. Malena and her husband were expecting their first baby sometime around Valentine’s Day and a baby shower was planned for the afternoon of February 1st.
With a large family of aunts and in-laws the shower promised to be a grand affair. Mary and I were once again honored to be invited to share the day with the Garcia family.
Here is a picture of Malena with her aunts and mother, Yuri.
The ladies went all out and really decorated the rooms beautifully.
The baby (another girl for son-less Ramon) was supposed to be two weeks off, but Malena looked to be ready to have that baby at any time. Still she looked absolutely beautiful as she played the perfect hostess. I asked her to pose for this shot to show off her thick shining Ecuadorian hair.
As is the case at all Ecuadorian parties, there was plenty of food and games. Malena received many gifts including this stroller filled with baby outfits from our friends, Jimmy and Susan.
I tried to stay off to the side on the porch with the men, but I did get “volunteered” to participate in a game where one ties a potato to a long string and then ties the rope to his waist. The goal is to use your hips to swing the dangling potato to smack another potato across the room to the finish line. I jumped right in and got the potato swinging!
My off-round potato took a winding course to the finish line, but managed to cross the line first.
Malena presented me with a cute prize which included a pair of socks which will probably sit unused until we travel to the United States again, where people wear those things.
As we prepared to leave we thanked Malena for inviting us to her shower. Yuri insisted that we take home a container of fried rice with chicken and shrimp for our dinner. I told Malena that I was certain she would not have to wait until Valentine’s day for her baby to arrive. I predicted that the baby would be born on Wednesday.
Turns out, I was only partially right. Malena did not wait for Valentine’s day, but she did not wait until Wednesday either.
Sometime between three and five o’clock in the morning of Monday, February 2nd this precious seven and a half pound little girl stepped into the arms and hearts of the large, growing Garcia family!
Somewhere deeply hidden in those blankets, caps, and mittens is the newest member of Ramon’s family. She will be loved and nurtured by some of the most gracious loving people we have ever met anywhere here where…
Life is good in Ecuador!