I know a lot of March moms just had (or are having) their baby showers, seeing as we're in the last stretch of our pregnancies! So, what stuck with you about your shower? Any surprises? Things you didn't expect? Favourite/least favourite gifts?
This was the first baby shower I'd ever been to and did NOT know what to expect. Receiving and opening presents in front of an audience makes me very uncomfortable so I stressed about it allllll week. In the end, it was all for nothing because the 20 or so ladies in attendance were all so easygoing and quick to laugh at my stupid jokes and comments. Phew! My SILs did such a great job of hosting and were utter sweetness and light all afternoon.
I came to learn that people don't really like to shop off of registries (only 5 of the 20 referred to our list for big things like high chair, car seat, playpen, monitor, and structured carrier). Nor do they like to buy things like diapers (we were registered for cloth and were hoping someone would appreciate how practical a gift that would be!). However, they do looooove buying bath items (we got five or six hooded towels and/or bath sets).
I wish I'd communicated to my SILs that I'm partial to owls before they picked-out the invites. The day ended up having a jungle theme, and as you can imagine, we received a LOT of jungle-themed stuff because that's just what people assumed our theme for the nursery was after they saw the invite.
Only two people included gift receipts! So anything that we decided wasn't really "us" (or we got duplicates of a particular item), I think we're going to stockpile and use to regift when friends start having babies.
The best gift we got was a little baby driving 'suit', hat, bib, and plush rattle (in the shape of a steering wheel!) by Subaru from the mom of friends of ours since DH is very involved in cars. She obviously had to special order it, and it just meant so much that she went to all that trouble. All I could muster when I saw it was, "OMG, DH is going to DIE when he sees this!". She also made an effort to tell me twice that she was so honoured to have been invited to the shower, which was so sweet.
Oh, and the picture taken of me cutting the cake my SIL baked makes me look SO pregnant. Like, massive. I didn't think I looked quite so huge! That was a surprise. Also, everyone had a healthy respect for personal boundaries because nobody touched my belly! Not once.
Also - slightly amusing for me (though not her daughter-in-law who was also in attendance) - the mother of a good friend of DH's made a point to tell me - several times - that DH and I's "job" was to "inspire" her son and daughter-in-law to have a baby too, because she was "more than ready" to be a grandmother. Egads!