Gundoo’s Baby Shower
My youngest daughter is now 37 weeks pregnant and due to my recent travels to England to be with my eldest daughter and her premature baby, Dottie, we were unable to organise the Baby Shower any earlier.
I must tell you that I hadn’t seen my daughter since last June and so this was my first sight of her pregnant tummy in real life – I’d been sent photos to keep me up to date but seeing her and touching her bump was very special. Eliza’s baby bump is called Gundoo, Aboriginal for small child.
The last Baby Shower I went to was for my daughter Sarah, who was having my first grandchild, known as Spud, before she became Emilia.
Eliza asked her sister and I to organise the Baby Shower a few months ago and we picked a date just a few weeks after my arrival home from our trip. What with the stress of bushfires at home and checking on family members, the date came around very quickly.
What is a Baby Shower?
A baby shower is a party of gift-giving or a ceremony that has different names in different cultures. It celebrates the delivery or expected birth of a child or the transformation of a woman into a mother.
The term shower is often assumed to mean that the expectant mother is “showered” with gifts. The term “baby shower” is relatively new, but the celebrations and rituals associated with pregnancy and childbirth are both ancient and enduring. Source
I found it very interesting looking at the way various cultures celebrate the impending birth of a baby. I don’t remember having anything like that when I was having my children.
Sarah and I booked our flights from Canberra to Brisbane months ago, chose a few games, bought decorations and organised the food we would need. We flew to Brisbane on the day before the shower with my son-in-law and toddler Emilia.
Can I just say that Brisbane was very hot and humid and very different to the milder weather we had at home, but thankfully it was smoke free – which was a bonus!
My mother drove 2 hours north to be with us and my sister flew from Melbourne for the weekend. I hadn’t seen either of them for a few months, mainly due to my travels, so it was great to spend some time with them both. We also managed to have a family lunch on Sunday with some of my nephews and their families. I had booked a lovely Airbnb for myself, mum and my sister and luckily it had a great deck for us to relax on.
What did we do at the Baby Shower?
The day was warm and humid (surprise, surprise) and I was in full delegation mode – apparently I’m very good at that! We cooked, cleaned and setup for the 20 or so family and friends who were coming.
It was a lovely afternoon with a great selection of home cooked food and everyone had a good time chatting all things baby related. Eliza enjoyed the day which is the main thing, although she was very tired afterwards.
Eliza and Shawn had decided to find out what the baby was and there’s a funny story there! At the first scan they were told it was a girl but a later scan revealed it was actually a boy! I’ll be convinced once I see him 🙂 I wrote more about it here – When the granddaughter you were expecting turns into a grandson
We all had the chance to guess the weight, length and due date, with prizes to be awarded to the most correct entry once the baby arrives. We also had to guess with a length of tape, how round Eliza’s bump is. Well this was quite funny with some over-estimating and others way being way too small.
Another fun game was Baby Present Bingo, with everyone having a bingo style card and marking things off as the presents were opened. Let me tell you there were some very serious bingo players amongst us! Eliza was gifted some beautiful presents and a theme of elephants came through very strongly – Eliza loves elephants and most people seemed to know that!!
It was lovely to have Eliza’s mother-in-law celebrating the fact that she’ll be a grandmother for the first time, very soon. I even bought her a special sash to wear!
How’s Mum-to be?
Eliza is looking fabulous and so beautiful. She has finished work and is enjoying that special time before the baby arrives. She is happy to have less than three weeks to go and I’m happy to be able to help out with this exciting next stage of her life.
The only problem so far is with Gundoo, as he is upside down with his head wedged up under Eliza’s ribs. The next week will decide what the plan is going to be, when Eliza meets with her doctor. There are the usual pre-baby nerves and anxieties that everyone goes through but she’s lucky to have her two big sisters who have been there done that and can offer her helpful advice.
Have you been to many Baby Showers? I didn’t realise until talking to a friend recently, that they’re not all that common outside of Australia and some people don’t like to give presents until the baby is born.
Thanks for joining us for our very special baby shower.
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