I read an article recently written by a Mum who believed that a baby shower was like celebrating a win before the race is over. She went on to say that women who had babyshower’s were incredibly optimistic, she felt that it seems inappropriate to celebrate before the baby has arrived.
I’d have to disagree on this one.
I couldn’t wait for my babyshower. And it wasn’t about the gifts, it was about celebrating the life that was inside of me, it was celebrating the 33 or so weeks I’d endured, it was celebrating life itself which is always laden with risks. If I relate my experience to what this mum is saying, yes I was taking a risk in having my baby shower but what would life be like if we always held off celebrating because it was too much of a risk? Of course I understand a mother not wanting a baby shower if her pregnancy was in fact a high risk, but in general I just don’t think there should be so much scepticism.
After my baby shower I loved the experience of setting up my baby’s room with all the gifts we received, they were gifts given with love. Still today Elliott has his favourite little blankie named Ellie the Elephant and I can tell you exactly who that gift was from.
Back to the comment by the mum in the article, there are always so many risks in life and when you don’t take risks you often have regrets. My baby shower was going to be the first and last I’d ever have and I didn’t want to regret not having one and not being able to share a special afternoon with family and friends.
I also think that focusing on optimism and positivity during pregnancy is so important, it would be a shame to be pessimistic and miss out on all the good stuff. And, mind you, there was no way I was in any mood (or had any energy) to celebrate after Elliott’s arrival, I struggled to get through Christmas celebrations after getting home from hospital on the 23rd of December let alone having a celebration!
Oh gosh, I’m getting all sentimental now. I need to go and look back at the photos! I’ve shared a few…ooh I miss that tummy!
Did you have a baby shower?
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