Both sides of the family have offered to throw me a shower, but here's the issue: DH's side of the family (and some of our friends) live 5 hours away by car. My side of the family (and most of my friends) live 5 hours away by plane. I'm due April 28th. I won't be able to make the trip out to California to see my family during this pregnancy, and I'm not thrilled of the idea driving 5 hours through the snowy mountains and rural countryside to see my IL during the third trimester. Neither is my doctor.
My SIL offered to help me have an "Internet Shower" I could take pictures of the gifts and the games could be played over the internet, but I declined. I felt it would make me look gift grabby, and that's not what I want a shower for anyway. I want to see people!!
My mom is now hoping to organize some sort of shower for me AFTER the baby is born. She hopes I can travel there with the baby so our family and friends can meet the baby, and have our celebration then. She even thinks it's better this way because people don't want to see my belly, they want to see the baby! Now I'm wondering if we can pull off the same thing in our IL hometown. MIL is gifting us a crib for Christmas, and my mother wants to buy us a carseat, we're going to have the essentials when the baby gets here, and like I said, I'm not in it for new stuff. A few extra things would be nice, but I really just want to see all my family and friends together and celebrate the new baby.
Has anyone seen this done before? Is it called something else if it's done after the baby gets here? Thoughts? Ideas? Complaints? Flames? (Please no flames)