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Thursday, August 30

Peanut's Cookies for the Hospital

A year ago when we were expecting G I decided to have a Birth Day Party for him in the hospital.  I thought it would be fun to bake cookies and give them to family and friends that visited our little bundle.  I also liked the idea of giving my nurses a little treat for helping care for us. 
I wanted gender specific cookies so I baked twice as many peanut butter cookies as I needed.  I made a batch with pink and purple m&ms and another batch with blue m&ms.  Next, I designed two different labels.  One for "It's a Boy" and another for "It's a Girl".  Looking back, I laugh at how much effort I went to for this... but it was very important to me to celebrate our little bundle in a gender specific way.  I really like that I did this and I hope to be able to do it for our future babies.
I finished this project just in the nick of time!  My sister and I adhered the last labels to cookie bags on the evening of August 4th literally seconds before my water broke.  The timing is so ironic to me since this project was something so important to me to have finished in time for our little love.
I printed the design onto large adhesive mailing label, cut them out with a round scallop, and adhered them to paper cd sleeves that I used as a bag for the cookies.

For friends and family

For the labor/delivery and post partum nursing staffs
(I used the extra pink cookies for the nurses)

If anyone is interested in doing something similar- a couple of tips:
I baked all the cookies ahead of time and froze them in a large tupperware container.  Next I printed off labels for both a boy and a girl and adhered them to the cd sleeves.  When we went to the hospital I had a tub of cookies and an envelope of cookie packages ready to stuff.  It took 10 minutes one afternoon to stuff only the boy cookie packages and the remaining girl cookies went into a bag for the nurses.  All of the girl cookie label bags were technically wasted, but I did not mind since I wanted to have a streamlined procress for the hospital.  Also, it would best to not put the cookies into the cd sleeves too soon ahead of time since the greasiness of the cookie will bleed thru the paper after a few hours.

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