This past weekend, I helped host a baby shower for a dear friend of mine and I wanted to share her story and some of the photos with you. She is having her second little girl and I am sure she will be just as adorable as her first daughter. My dear friend had a rough time with the birth of her first child, over two years ago. She battled with both pre and postpartum depression. It started about four to five weeks prior to her giving birth and lasted approximately ten to twelve weeks afterwards. I watched a dear sweet, vivacious, spunky friend go into a deep depression and turn into someone no one knew, not even herself. She didn't even look or sound like herself. I knew she needed me, if nothing more than to just be there for her. She knew she could call me and I would do what I could to help her get through it. You see, I too, experienced six weeks of depression following the birth of my daughter. I often felt like the walls of our house were closing in on me. Then one day, I just decided 'it's time to stop feeling sorry for yourself and get out for a morning walk', so that is just what I did, everyday, for about six weeks. Sometimes I didn't want to go back home, but I did. I tried to keep myself busy until my wonderful husband came home from work. We talked at great length about what I was feeling, but unlike my friend who got professional help, I did not. I struggled for six long weeks, but I am very happy to say, the depression lifted and I was able to be a good loving mommy to my daughter. I now have two beautiful children whom I absolutely love and adore. Very few people know this little fact about me, until today, when I decided to write about it in my blog to share with you my family, friends and the rest of the world. It is not something to be ashamed of, many women and families go through this type of depression everyday.

My friend's anxiety and depression grew worse with each passing day, finally her OB decided to induce her five days earlier than her due date. This beautiful baby girl was born. She is now two years old and cute as could be with a great, loving, caring, fabulous mommy - that loves her so much. My friend finally returned to her 'old' self and I am glad to have her spunk back. Congratulations to one of the greatest mommies ever!! I am so super excited to be part of your life and to watch your children grow up. I can't wait to meet the newest member of your family!!!!

My friend has decided to help other women and their families that have gone through or are going through pre or postpartum depression, please refer anyone you may know to her website Wings for Wellness.

Thank you for reading her story and looking at her baby shower pictures.  It was an honor to create and make all the party decorations and I was very pleased to receive compliments on my work. If you like the cupcake toppers or favor tags you see here, please fill out the information form at the bottom of my blog. I hope you will share your comments. If you would like the instructions to make the candy pacifiers please let me know. Have a fabulous day!!