Surviving the Baby Shower

Last weekend, our future daughter’s baby shower was hosted at our house. Luckily we were mostly over the cold/allergy situation from my last post. Side note, unfortunately Abby has caught a worse cold she is currently fighting. Talk about feeling helpless.

To all you future dads out there, let me break this baby shower thing for you. You learn that some of the women related to your significant other (mother, sister, etc) are planning a baby shower for your baby, awesome! You know you typically set up a registry and people buy gifts for your future child. Deciding where you register is relatively easy; there’s Amazon, Target, BuyBuyBaby, and others. They all have their pros and cons, but there are plenty of sites that go into them. Abby and I chose Amazon and BuyBuyBaby.

Now here’s what you don’t know, what should you put on the registry? Well we sure had no idea! After spending hours and hours one night googling what to add, we finally came up with a list. Here’s a few things we found on basically every “Top 10” list out there:

  • Car seat
  • Stroller
  • Crib, mattress, mattress cover and crib sheets
  • Baby monitor
  • Bottles, a breast pump if breastfeeding, formula if not
  • Bibs and burp cloths
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Baby toiletries
  • Baby first aid kit, rectal thermometer and nail clippers
  • Baby bouncer

One thing a few friends reminded us about as we were populating the registry, make sure to have all sorts of price points. There is nothing stopping you from putting that $400 baby stroller on, but make sure to put a number of lower priced things on as well, like bibs, teethers, etc. Not everyone wants to, or can, spend a lot on shower gifts.

Fast forward a few weeks and the shower is here! Luckily (?) for me, I was invited to stay around for the party. Setup starts way earlier than you think it should, but still finishes just in time! Before you know it, there will be 30+ women who all care about your wife almost as much as you! From aunts, to sisters, to friends, to coworkers, there is bond to be a few you don’t know (or remember meeting previously). And yes, if you attend, you must say hi to every one of them!

Most of the party was running around to the different groups that formed and try to talk to everyone. That is, until Abby needed something, then I was a good husband and got her whatever it was. Opening the huge pile of gifts was a bit awkward for Abby, but I just took it all in and made a slight fool of myself showing off each gift to the entire group.

Along with some good food, and help cleaning up the house afterward, the shower was over and we both collapsed on the couch and just relaxed. Now we just having to go through everything, and see what we still need, all before November. No Rush…

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