'Grandma Showers' Are the Most Ridiculous Thing Since ... Baby Showers
by Mary Fischer
Well, well, well -- what will they think of next? Would you believe there is such a thing as grandma showers? Yes, as in a party for a grandmother-to-be, when either her daughter or daughter-in-law is preggo. You know, to give her tons of attention and get her all stocked up on supplies for the baby nursery that will be set up in her house when junior comes to visit.
And that's all well and good. It really is. And if my own mother had been thrown a grandma shower? I would've been totally cool with it. I'm an only child, and I'm on the "one and done" plan as far as having kids goes -- so having my son was her one and only shot at doing the whole grandma thing. It would've been cute if her friends had wanted to celebrate that with her.
But I can totally see where this sort of thing can backfire and take a lot of the attention away from the preggo in question. I mean, isn't pregnancy the one time in a woman's life when everything is supposed to be about her? (Other than her wedding day, of course. Which often winds up being about her mom or mother-in-law anyway.)
A baby shower is basically her last hoorah before sleepless nights, shirts stained with mashed bananas, and spit-up crust in her hair. Shouldn't she at least be the only one who gets a party thrown in her honor before her little one's arrival?
Huh. I guess I'm a little on the fence on this one. I think it all comes down to whether or not grandma lives nearby, and who is throwing her the shower. If she's out of state and her group of friends want to have a little celebration for her, there's really no harm in that, right? But if she lives right down the road and it's basically the same circle of family attending her party -- I can see where the mom-to-be can feel like granny is stealing her thunder.
What's next? A videographer in the delivery room to film her reaction to the birth? Or people bringing her lasagnas and casseroles after the baby comes home so she can spend more time with him?
And if one of these showers does go down, I don't even want to know what happens when mom gets pregnant with grandbaby number two. (Perhaps a granny sprinkle?)
Would you be upset if your mom or mother-in-law had a baby shower?
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