No, we’re not expecting.
For the record, we have no plans to expect ANYTHING (including pets) for the next five years.
But today was the first friend-baby shower I attended.
Bridal Showers? Easy. You’re celebrating a girlfriend who has sacrificed all semblance reason to love and can only do so with a matching-set of coffee mugs by her side.
Baby Showers? Overwhelming. Because obviously whatever baby eats in, sleeps in and plays in will shape their world view. For eternity.
I don’t know about you all, but that’s some weighty stuff right there.
Since they don’t know if little Baby J is a boy or a girl, we rocked gender-neutral themes like professionals.
What I discovered while roaming the Target aisles: There are really great options for boys (predators, galore!), terrible options for girls (some extremely poorly done butterflies in nauseating shades of pink/purple) and if you’re looking for something that’s “gender neutral” (NOTE: it may initially appear to be more “masculine”), you just have to bite the bullet and make it so.
It probably helped that Target just switched out all of their stuff for Easter.
It also probably helped that Target made baby socks one of their end caps. Babies are terribly ferocious at losing That One Sock at the most inopportune moments. For all of their best efforts at de-socking, it’s probably surprising that we don’t see more baby socks strewn about as we go on with our day-to-day living.
After snatching five pairs, instead of having clarity and a sense of inner well-being, I had questions.
- Why aren’t baby socks sold in a multi-pack like adult socks?
- What’s the point of incorporating a slipper-sock component on the sole of a foot that cannot and will not walk?
- When does one make the decision to put a sock on baby versus a shoe?
- Does the socks with sandals rule still apply when your M.O. is attempting to stick your entire fist inside your mouth all day long?
Have you ever been to a baby shower before?
What’s the best nursery theme you’ve ever seen?
I SO wish I could remember what blog I saw this on, but one mommy-to-be was having a little boy and they arranged a Pirate-themed nursery for him. It was freaking adorable.