An American Baby Shower

Earlier this year, while it was still winter, I went to a close friend’s baby shower. It was her and her husband’s first baby, and my first time attending a baby shower.

The weekend included:

  • A hawk killing one of their chickens… while my pregnant friend was trying to chase it away… and the eight of us at her party sat around the table inside, chatting without a care in the world. Some friends we are, I know.
  • Detailed discussion about how to pump and store breastmilk and assemble reusable diapers
  • A list of due date guesses- one woman declared that the winner would get to name the second child
  • Love- it’s lovely to see someone surrounded by people who love them
  • Lots of food
  • Dog cuddles
  • Post-shower, a cold but refreshing walk with just my friend and her other friend who like me, wasn’t local and was staying overnight

It did not include:

  • A game where we smelled different kinds of chocolate in diapers and guessed what kind they were
  • A game where we tasted baby food, including meat-flavored ones, and guessed what flavors they were
  • Tossing a baby bouquet to predict who would be next to have a baby

The first two are real games that my friend witnessed at other baby showers and that initially made her not want to have one. It was her husband who ultimately convinced her to take her sister and friends up on their offers to throw one (though she ended up doing the hosting and organizing, really). The third does not exist, as far as I know, but please give me credit if you incorporate it in the next baby shower you attend.

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2 thoughts on “An American Baby Shower

  1. I think I understand baby showers (your point about love is very touching) but I begged my friends not to throw one for me when I was pregnant. I attended a few baby showers and I hate being the centre of attention, plus possible unwanted advice/comments. I don’t regret not having this North American experience but I’m glad I went as a guest.

    • Makes sense! My friend’s friends and sister didn’t know whether she really didn’t want a shower or if she just didn’t want us to go through a lot of trouble for her. In the end I think she’s glad she had one.

      I remember your posts about lots of unsolicited advice (from strangers specifically)– I asked her about it, and it seems she’s been mostly able to avoid that so far, for some reason. In any case, I have no advice to give her, lol…

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