Posted by thedarwinexception on June 9, 2008
OK – I went to the baby shower. It was OK – they had a lot of food. And they didn’t play a lot of those nauseating “party games”. Which I was grateful for. I would have won the one game they played – but I was embarrassed and didn’t raise my hand.
The hostess passed out a sheet of paper with “scrambled words”. I had the words unscrambled before she finished handing out the sheets of paper. And she hadn’t even gotten to the hint of “THESE ARE ALL RELATED TO BABIES AND BABY THINGS”. So I don’t know how I managed to unscramble them. Everyone had a whole three minutes to do the list of 12 words. It took me about 12 seconds. I was the only one who got them all right – most people were stumped by “kelwar”. But when the hostess asked “OK – did anyone get ALL of them?” and people started grumbling things like “Yeah right – ALL of them – HAHA.” There was no fucking way in hell I was going to raise my hand.
But, I think the guest of honor liked the things I made – who knows? I don’t think she really took in a lot of what she was getting – there was a LOT of stuff, and she didn’t spend a lot of time ooohing and ahhhing over anything, even the things I thought were really special, like a couple of really cute outfits, and one of those “pack and play” things, and a handmade quilted photo album with a place for the baby’s picture on the front.
She got a lot of nice things, and lots of clothes and diapers, and like I said, there was a LOT of food.
I did notice a couple of things that I had to think twice about.
Number one – is it customary now for the father to attend the baby shower? I don’t remember ever being at a baby shower where there were *any* guys there. But it’s been a long time since I’ve been to a shower. I generally avoid shit like that. And I do know that there are “Jack and Jill” wedding showers nowadays -s o maybe the father does go to baby showers now. I don’t know. But the father to be (assumed father to be) was at the shower, and I thought that odd.
Number two – I have to admit, I felt REALLY bad for one girl there. She’s pregnant, too, with the guest of honor’s brother’s kid. OK – now this shower was thrown by the soon to be grandma, the mom-to-be’s sister and sister in law. Okay, got that? But the mom to be also has a brother – and his girlfriend is pregnant, too. In fact, she’s due *before* the girl who had the shower yesterday – she’s due at the end of THIS month. And nobody gave HER a shower. And she looked sad. I mean, I can understand that maybe it’s up to HER mom to throw her a shower – but her family lives way downstate, and she lives HERE, and it seems that everyone who was at the shower yesterday was “family” in some way, which would all be “family” of the brother of the guest of honor, too.
I don’t know, I did say to the hostess, the soon to be grandma – “You know, I didn’t realize that sad girl is due first, otherwise, all the shit I brought today would have been going to her, instead. Your daughter isn’t due until the end of NEXT month, the other girl is due the end of THIS month.” Grandma laughed, but I really wasn’t kidding.
She did say “Oh, we were going to have a shower for her, but time just got away from me.” HUH?? Aren’t we at a fucking shower? Isn’t THIS shower like three weeks before this bitch is going to pop? I mean, the only thing different would be the name on the fucking invitations and a slight game of musical chairs so that the other chick is sitting in that seat over there with fucking balloons.
And I’m not sure about what Miss Manners would say – but why couldn’t this have been a “joint” baby shower? You know, a shower for BOTH of them? Would that have been so unacceptable? What – would everyone have to bring one extra present? What’s wrong with that?
Whatever – but I felt bad. And now I’m going to make sad girl a quilt and a sweater and some other shit. And I’ve got like three weeks to do it. Oh – and she’s having a boy, too, so even the decorations that no one had time to buy for HER shower, but managed to get for THIS shower would have been appropriate. Well, fuck em, I’ll make her some nice shit for her baby.
As soon as I get done all this OTHER crap I’m working on.
I’ve discovered needle rolls, They are cases for knitting needles. I’ve been wanting to try and make one for a long time, and I finally did. I made one this weekend. Then I made another one this morning.. They came out WONDERFUL. I’m so happy with them. I think they’ll make really nice gifts for some of my knitting friends- and who knows, I may even keep one for myself. Here are the ones I’ve finished so far.
If you knit and you’d like one – let me know. We can work something out. “Will Sew for Yarn”.
Oh – and I finished the little train sacque. I did the bias tape bind off on the collar *and* the sleeves on this one. Just to mix it up some.
I think that the cutest things about these sacques are when I can match the buttons to the fabrics. See the little train button at the neckline?? Gotta admit – that’s cute.
And I’ve started on the baby girl quilt for Val’s baby.
And I’m still working on the fair/baby sweater set.
So I have a few things to keep me busy. And three weeks before sad girl pops and I need to have some kick ass stuff done for her baby. Good thing I’m in a knitting and sewing mood.