It is a well known fact that I have been to more baby showers than anyone else I know. Either I am way behind because none of them have been for me or I just really love a lot of people, I choose to think it is the latter. I have to admit, I don’t always look forward to them… Who wants to play the same games over and over, watch the one we are showering open the same pink blanket set 5 times or guess just how big mama’s belly really is with a piece of yarn, all while eating finger sandwichs and drinking “punch” made with sherbert (can’t a group of girls get together and have burgers and soda… I digress). Don’t get me wrong, I love gathering to honor my friends and their ever expanding families, to see the pure joy on the faces of the expectant mothers, and to celebrate the new life that will soon be with us, but for the most part many of the showers that I have attended lack imagination to put it nicely.
Although I myself haven’t had a child, I’ve helped raise enough of other peoples to know; the newborn clothes they registered for will not be worn before the baby grows out of them, that the all wood toys are great in theory but lets be real.. kids like bling just as much as grownups do, and that as set in your ways that you are before the child is born….those ways are blown out of the water when you are actually caring for a new baby. I’ve learned that kitchen sinks work better than any plastic baby tub and you can never, NEVER have enough receiving blankets or onesies.
That being said, I often break Miss Manners etiquette rules and stray from the registry. Let’s face it, I know what a new mama needs more than she does, so instead of getting that 7th pack of binkies that she registered for check out one of my Top 5 Baby gifts from the site. It will be more personal and memorable… because honestly – mothers out there – do you know who gave you outfit #4 that your darling child never wore because they grow faster than weeds?!?!