Sunday, November 23, 2008

Mommy Preparedness Party

Well, today was our "Mommy Preparedness Party"! For those of you currently wearing a puzzled expression and trying to figure out what the hell a "Mommy Preparedness Party" is, it was our attempt to do something baby-shower like without calling it a baby shower. In the Jewish tradition, there are many superstitions around babies (and celebrating babies and birth prior to the actual event), so most people do not have baby showers. They wait for the bris or the baby naming after the baby is born. However, in recent years, baby showers are growing more common among Jewish circles. We debated for a long time about whether we should do anything. DH was very disinclined to have a shower, and I was on the fence. After I ended up in the hospital at 28 weeks, I panicked about not having anything for the baby. So, we decided that if we didn't call it a shower, and if we didn't bring any of the gifts into our home until after the baby was born, we thought we were okay with the whole idea.

DH, however, strongly objected to calling it a shower. So, my mom and my best friend put on the "not-a-shower" today and it was wonderful! We only invited a small group of our closest friends/family because we did not want to make anyone uncomfortable. It was great to see everyone, and I had a lot of fun. It was so exciting to actually be looking at and touching baby stuff, and we got a lot of wonderful gifts to start us out. I'm so excited to actually have things for the baby now! My mom made a gorgeous afghan and a sweater and 2 hats for him. We won't bring anything in the house yet, but it is nice to know that we have access to the things we might need at my parents' house.

In other news, we also got a call yesterday that our baby furniture is in! I'm shocked - I really didn't think we'd be getting it before the baby arrived (since we ordered it so late), so it is a relief that we can have it at any time. The only thing that isn't in yet is our glider, and the store will give us a loaner until it comes in, if we want it. DH isn't sure if he wants to get any of the furniture delivered before the baby arrives, so we'll see what we decide to do.


Chele said...

Glad to hear your Mommy Preparedness Party went well and that your nursery furniture is in earlier than expected. I'm sure both have helped eliminate some underlying stress.

Krissy said...

Good grief girl, I just looked at your ticker and realized how far along you are! It's awesome you are all prepared for the little one because he may be making his appearance any time now.

Congrats on meeting all the healthy baby milestones so far! I know the closer you get to the end, the bigger the sigh of relief each week you make knowing the risks keep dropping (okay, so that's through the entire pregnancy, but even more at the end).