Baby showers. This new social event that seems to have made its way to the UK is increasingly popular amongst new mums to be. The first time I had ever heard of one was when I was watching some american movie with a beach ball sized, radiant pregnant woman bouncing around with excitement, surrounded by a group of women while she opened up gift after gift. Must be an american thing, I thought while changing the channel.
However as I have approached the baby making stage in life, I have seen more and more friends and family adopt this concept and embraced it as a good girly get together. it wasn’t until I experienced my own surprise baby shower last week that I realised it is so much more.
As a new mum to be, it is easy to get caught up in your own thoughts and fears about this new stage of life that is rapidly approaching and you can easily feel overwhelmed and isolate yourself. Especially someone like me, being independent is generally a good thing but there are times when this characteristic tends to take over me and reaching out to others for advice is somewhat alien. We are programmed to think that motherhood is instinctual and that we should just know what we are doing. As they say, millions of women are doing this everyday right?
As the concept is still quite new in Europe, I know a lot of people that do not understand the meaning behind it, they see it as an american excuse to have a party and receive presents, but I can tell you it is so much more than that. It is the concept of having women from both sides of the family, different generations, sisters and sister in laws, friends who are already mothers and friends who have yet to experience it come together to support you during this life changing moment. To share their experiences and advice, and to just to remind you that you are all connected and you are not alone.
You may have the most supportive husband in the world, but sadly in the end no man can ever understand or appreciate completely the changes your body and emotions go through like another women. It is natures way of connecting us and bringing us all together, so if you have a wife, friend, sister, cousin or anyone who is expecting, please know that no matter how strong and independent they may be, whether it is their first, second or third child, we all need that support from our fellow sisters and a baby shower is a fantastic way to make the expecting mum feel confident.