Only the best for Gayle King‘s future grandson!
King threw her daughter Kirby Bumpus a “dream” baby shower for the expecting, first-time mama in late July. King, 66, made sure everyone was vaccinated and had a negative COVID test before the party of 16 celebrated the little-boy-to-be.
The three-day trip was held at the Montage Laguna Beach resort in California, and wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Details Details owner Jeannie Young Savage.
“It turned into something that was bigger than a baby shower. Kirby was at the core of the celebration — no doubt about that — but it became a celebration of friendship, a celebration of women, and a celebration of coming together after things have been so hard for so many people,” King shared with Oprah Daily.
“To be honest with you, I didn’t know it was going to be that. I knew it would be pretty and nice, but I think it grew into something much more significant than that.”
“It was the first moment to celebrate a lot of things that happened in the last two years — and Mom definitely went all out and outdid herself,” Bumpus adds. “The thing I keep saying is that I can’t even call this the shower of my dreams because I didn’t even dream something like that for myself.”
Bumpus was given an overwhelming amount of children’s books, a handmade quilt from her Aunt Sharon, and from Oprah Winfrey herself, a BabyZen YOYO² stroller.
King shared why she wanted an ornate celebration, as Bumpus did not get to have the wedding she wanted due to the pandemic.
“When Kirby got married in December, she didn’t have the wedding that she’d planned. We were still in the process of figuring out exactly what that would be, but we knew, whatever it was, it’d be more than six people. That turned out to be perfect, but she didn’t have a bridal shower or any of those events, so I really wanted her baby shower to be more than just a Zoom thing.”
“Not to mention that part of the fun of being pregnant is seeing your friends react to your baby bump, watching them ooh and aah and letting them touch it,” adds King. Bumpus also reveals how she and her husband Virgil Miller are so excited to meet their little boy.
“I’m very excited about a boy. For starters, I think my husband Virgil would be a great dad to a boy or girl, so I just can’t wait to see him become a dad,” she says, adding, “And selfishly, I’m grateful that I don’t have to figure out how to do a little girl’s hair just yet, because I’m not sure I’m ready for that.”
Adds King of awaiting a grandson, “I would have been thrilled either way, but I was so excited when I found out it was a boy because, as the oldest of four girls, I always wanted a big brother for myself. To see your own baby have a baby— it still blows my mind that this is actually happening.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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