I'm starting to think about baby showers now that I'm past the halfway point. (21 weeks tomorrow!) I'm kind of excited to have one, but I feel kind of weird having a party mostly to get people to buy me stuff. Don't get me wrong, we need stuff since this is our first, but still. I'm usually the type of person that will keep my birthday a secret, so it's all new on how to handle this. I have a friend who's offered to help with things, which is awesome. I would feel extra weird doing this by myself but I don't really want to have to ask people to throw me a party. So, the friend and I are going to just do it together, but at my apartment. We have a shared backyard where I live so I figure we can be outside if it's nice out, which would be awesome.
What kinds of things did you ladies do for your showers or are planning to do? I'm vegan, and luckily so is the friend who's helping, so we're making all of the food so we have control over that part of things. I figure mid-afternoon is a good time since people won't expect more than just snacks and stuff in that department.
I want to do a co-ed shower because I have just as many male as female friends. I'm planning to keep it small anyway, but do you think a co-ed shower is more work, less work? Kind of strange? I don't actually know anyone who has ever done that though I hear people mentioning it from time to time.
And, registries. Oh, boy. I'm going to use that one online where you can put stuff from anywhere. MyRegistry.com or something like that, I think. Here's the thing with that. Being crunchy like we are, we really only feel like we need a few things. Mostly, some clothes of varying sizes. We're using a diaper service for the first few months and I need to check into whether they have gift certificates so I can add that on there. The thing is, I really want to be clear that I don't want anything made from animal fabrics (no wool, silk, leather, etc). I don't want pacifiers, plastic toys or pretty much anything that has some kind of stupid slogan on it (luckily with no knowing the gender, we're less likely to get this one). I am going to try and fill the registry with things of various price ranges that are easy to purchase in store or online. I just don't want to come off sounding like some kind of jerk, but I want to be clear and firm about what we don't want/need in the most polite and nice way possible. Any suggestions?
What about games and such? I definitely don't want to do any of those gross melted candy bars in diapers type things. *gag* My friend wants to do a few, but I don't really think I want to do anything too silly, especially with men there, too.
Luckily I have a few months still to get this all sorted out. I'm a planner, though. It makes me feel more settled to at least have an idea of what I want for things like this ahead of time.