Monday, June 23, 2008

Baby Shower

On Sunday, my mom generously hosted a baby shower for me. Although hot, the rain storms held off until we went inside to open gifts. It was so nice to see everyone.

My mother-in-law and sister-in-law were there from Ohio. My sisters were also both there and Allie brought my nephew. Lots of guests mentioned they read my blog (mostly family) so that was fun too since I love doing this blog. Also everyone was so polite to say I looked great. I think they don't quite realize I fully expect to double in size in the next two months. :)

There were gifts a plenty - including lots of clothing which is great because I don't really have much. I have never minded being the center of attention but I do hate that showers feel like a "grab" for gifts. Especially because I have seen my mom's friends at my wedding shower, my sisters' wedding showers and baby showers. They are very efficient - they come, they eat and drink and mingle, half watch gifts being opened and leave. Don't worry I always send thank you notes!

As I was looking through the gifts I did get an attack of the nerves. How am I supposed to know what to do with this stuff? I have to dress my babies in gift clothes and swaddle them in gift blankets and bath them in the gift towels with gift baby products. I can barely get myself ready in the morning.

And why is the mom the one expected to sort through it all, pre-wash and organize? I have no better idea than Husband about doing this stuff! I have a feeling this will be an ongoing complaint on my part. There is an interesting article that appeared a few weeks ago in The New York Times on co-parenting/co-chores. I want Husband and me to do a joint blog on a his/her perspective on this article - hopefully some time soon.


Anonymous said...

What do you mean by friends like to see the new baby stuff just as we like to see the new wedding stuff...just because the shower is "efficient" does not mean that the invitees are bored or disinterested. Remember that the average attention span is less than that of gnat! And by the way, I'm exhausted.

Anonymous said...

okay the last comment came from your mother and I am not that computer savy to deal with all the url/id,etc stuff. But I do want those who view this blog to comment on the attire of the father-to-be.

Anonymous said...

just spent some time reading your previous entries...wondering if your readers know that you are a triplet and your mother has been there and done that...despite the 31 really isnt't that different and raising children really is not that different even taking technology, etc. in consideration. For all of you out there reading my daughter's blog... two pieces of advice (1) the worst is yet to come - think middle school and (2) beign neglect - it works wonders.

Anonymous said...

I doubt you are as clueless as you think... And whatever you don't know, you can just make up. The awesome part about newborns is that they have no idea you don't know what you are doing. :-)

As for both parents sharing the load, I think it helps to just have the expectation in place from the start that you'll both be doing all the important child-related jobs. It doesn't always work out precisely 50-50... Sometimes in his faavor, and sometimes in yours. But then again, marriage is like that too.

Nancy said...

Yup, I agree - get hubby to be a part of it from the beginning and it will be all good. Mike does *A LOT* of the work to make it possible for me to stay sane ;)

Your mom sounds like a hoot! This one's for you mom: *love* the apron - it should come in handy when mommy passes a baby over :)