Boots suggested I start a thread on baby showers! Here we can share our questions, experiences, stories, gifts, etc. from these events in which our family, friends, and colleagues show their excitement about our babies before they make their appearance in our lives. There are lots of traditions and beliefs around showers that differ from the model in the US, and I have friends and colleagues in whose culture this does not happen until after the baby has arrived. I have also attended and heard about a few different models for showers, including book showers, diaper cakes, and others, so if you've planned, attended, or had your own, please share! Moms with more experience can reminisce about their showers in the past, adding to the wisdom of the group!
(This is the cake that one of my talented colleagues made for my work shower)
Because of the work schedules of me and dh, both of our workplaces decided to throw us showers in May, his will be in a few weeks, and my family and friends back home will do a celebration via skype in a few months. Since I'm a first time mom, and have never directly organized a shower, and since dh and I never had a typical wedding, the baby shower is my first experience with registries and the somewhat awkward prospect of requesting gifts from people, while still in the process of researching many of our needs and wants. I also haven't had a birthday party with gifts since adolescence, so it definitely felt weird to be showered with gifts yesterday at work.
We tried to register for useful items and things we wanted to try out at Amazon, Target, Babies-r-us, and Buy buy baby. At my work shower, four people bought different items from our babies-r-us registry and that's it. The rest of the gifts were overwhelmingly cute clothes, followed by toys, and most clearly reflected the personality of the giver. We got some receipts, which we'll save just in case the sizes are wildly off, but I have to admit I think I'll feel bad if I exchange some of these things. Here is our amazing stash of items, I really feel so grateful for the generosity of everyone who participated! Some people confided that they have hand-me-downs that they want us to check out and others who prefer to wait until the baby is here, which I respect!
Of course, our current "baby" had to investigate everything thoroughly!
I love how she chose to settle down on the animal-footed pjs!
Looking forward to hearing more about everyone's shower thoughts and experiences!