It has been said that living through construction can break a relationship apart. Why my husband Stefano and I thought it would be a great idea to start a gut renovation, move in with his family and plan a baby shower while six months pregnant just shows the type of go getters we are. We are never afraid of a challenge, therefore we always find ourselves in challenging situations.
Thank god we were able to document it all in this episode of "Connected" because I wouldn't believe it if I didn't see it with my own eyes.
I don't even know where to begin with this post because there are so many twists and turns to my story. As an interior designer whose business, Nina Ferrer Inc., handles large gut renovations all the time, I thought this was a no brainer. But Nina Ferrer Inc. has never had to move in with her in-laws before.
I have not lived with my own parents for more than 15 years, so living with my in-laws was a scary thought. In the end it turned out to be just what was needed to bond me and my new family -- because what better way to get to know someone than to live with them?
We thought we would be at their home for a week or two, but that turned into one month. And over the course of that month, there were many opportunities for my mother-in-law and I to have some laughs and tear down the walls that always exist when you marry a woman's first born.
My pregnancy was at its peak. I was at the seven month mark, and looking really pregnant. I fully immersed myself in the finishing touches of the baby shower. The designer in me had been planning the shower since August with Pinterest boards and binders to show for it. I was so excited to finally have the opportunity to show off my party planning skills. My dress, invitations, favors, games, flowers and over all room ambiance all matched. The theme was black and white and I was so excited to enjoy my day.
There was one little thing that weighed on my shoulders: the fact that Stefano's mom and my mom had never met. Looking back on how much I stressed myself out about our mothers meeting, it seems so silly because in the end we are all connected. We all just want to be happy and feel welcomed.