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What is the proper protocol for Thank you's for baby shower gifts? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:<br><br>
How soon after the shower should the thank you cards go out?<br>
I don't want to offend anyone, but with more than one shower there is alot of notes to write! (That's a good thing!!!!) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"><br><br>
Do you ask your DH/SO to help?<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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we had a shower with my first baby (ds) and i did not ask dh to help write thank yous because he just wouldn't have done it the exact way i wanted <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> i had a whole bunch of thank yous to write and i just spent a week doing it not long after the shower - i wanted it to be fresh in my mind. i would do about ten or so a day. i wanted to be sure to not leave it until after the baby was born and i was SO glad i didn't wait. if nothing else, i would highly recommend getting your thank yous out before the baby comes - you will not want to do it after.
 

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Def needs to be done BEFORE the baby comes! I think more than 6 weeks for a thank you is pushing it in terms of politeness (although for weddings the limit is technically a ear - I think showers are different though).
 

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I'm going to try to get dh to do the envelopes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Unfortunately, I haven't finished my thank you cards for our wedding! I got a call from my step mom today asking why her friend hadn't recieved one yet. I just feel like the wedding was a disaster, so doing thank you cards for it just reminds me everything that I though went wrong (course, dh thought it was all perfect, I was there, he was there, our families were there, the cake was there, and I looked beautiful ((so he says)) isn't he sweet?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) I'm going to try to get the rest of them done this weekend. I'd rather burn them all. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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I'd do them right away. Just to get them done and over with. I don't think there is a "too soon" for a thank you card, really.
 

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I agree with pps that doing them asap is the best, for your well-being as much as for politeness. I would also suggest enlisting help with peripheral jobs (i.e. stuffing envelopes, stamps, addresses). Also, one thing that helps me is having everything out in one organized box or tray- If it's laying around I'll see it and do a few here and there.
 

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PS My dh wrote a lot of the ones for his family. His baby too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I always tricked myself into writing Thank You notes by not letting myself use any items until I had written the notes. If I wanted to hang a cute little outfit up in the closet or put a book on the baby's shelf, the note had to be written first.<br><br>
The more you write at a time, the faster it seems to go, especially since they are largely the same at the beginning and end.
 

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I would get them done ASAP! You dont want to wait and have baby in the way when you try to find time to write them!<br><br>
I would also think it appropriate to enlist your DH's help! After all, it is his baby too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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see I always had my showers after the baby was born, and it was next to impossible to get the thank you cards out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I always tricked myself into writing Thank You notes by not letting myself use any items until I had written the notes. If I wanted to hang a cute little outfit up in the closet or put a book on the baby's shelf, the note had to be written first.<br><br>
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Interesting idea...<br><br>
The sooner the better sounds like the best advice. The longer the delay, the harder it becomes.<br><br>
I like Navy Mommy's idea of getting DH to address the envelopes.<br>
DH has plenty of responsibility for this baby, too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Seems there's always something else that needs doing, so I need to get this out of the way. :yawning:
 
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