A baby shower. But this time it’s for dad.
One of my closest girlfriends Trish is having a baby soon and a few of us are planning a baby shower for her. So far, so good. After all, baby showers are a wonderful way for girls to come together and share their wisdom, and bring thoughtful gifts for mum and the new bub. So planning it was all going along really well. Until the other day, when another girlfriend Kate,who is part of our group putting it together suggested we throw TWO baby showers. One for Trish and then organize one for her husband.
Yes that’s right, a baby shower for dad.
I must admit I took a very deep breath when I heard it. My initial response was along the lines of ‘Are you kidding me? He doesn’t have to gain a million kilos, pee every five minutes, and know the next guaranteed night sleep will be in about oh, say three years or so, and that’s if he’s REALLY lucky.” No I did not say any of those things. But I thought them.
So I replied I would have a look into it and get back to her.
It turns out that it isn’t quite the crazy idea I thought it would be. In fact there is quite an industry devoted to dear old dad and the baby shower. There is a beer and nappy shower predictably involving beer, but also several games of a similar nature to those held at a female shower. Apparently it is also something of a way for him to celebrate a last night on the tiles before the baby arrives. How very sweet.
So I phoned Kate back and suggested that we simply invite Trish’s husband to the baby shower we were organizing. That was he wouldn’t feel left out and I was also pretty sure he would decline our kind offer. And he did. Turns out he’s going to a poker night with some friends that night.
Would you organize a baby shower for the dad to be?