29 Apr
No Time for Baby Showers

Dear Mouthy Housewives,

I recently got an email from a friend who wants to plan a baby shower for one of our co-workers. I’m happy to help but she wants to get together to go over the details. Listen, my life is full enough without having to meet-up to plan a baby shower. What happened to throwing out some ideas via email? How can I handle this without pissing off my friend?


Too Busy for This


Dear Too Busy,

Look, I understand having a full life. I’m working two jobs, raising two boys, pleasing my husband, and I still run 99.5% of the household. (Isn’t feminism great?) I am busy, busy, busy!

People nowadays are just so inconsiderate of our busy lives too. Don’t they realize the inconvenience it causes us when they insist on having babies? And here we are, required to celebrate such an event. Gesh, sometimes we’re even asked to sacrifice our lunch hour for things like this! Will their selfishness ever end?

Wasn’t email invented to make our busy lives more simple? Hello? I hope this mother-to-be has arranged for a webcam at the hospital so everyone can see the baby from the convenience of home. Who has time to visit a new baby and welcome him or her to the world in person? This is why technology was invented – so we can disconnect from other humans.

Really, life should be all about our convenience and not serving others, don’t you agree?   I don’t know why we even have baby showers anymore. Have a Twitter party instead. Email your friend back and remind her we aren’t living in Mayberry, NC, in the 1950s. This is 2010, and a Twitter hashtag dedicated to the co-worker’s new baby is certainly the best (and easiest) way to honor her.

Or, you could get in touch with your inner saint and make the time to help plan the shower. Do we ever really regret acts of kindness and giving?


Heather, TMH

10 Responses to “No Time for Baby Showers”


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Comment by Marinka, TMH.

Absolutely! No good deed ever goes unpunished. But then again, I wish that all communications could be reduced to email. Or a tweet.


Comment by Lara.

Unless it involves alcohol. I’d go to a planning meeting with margaritas.


Comment by Wendi.

No, I guess one never does regret acts of kindness and giving. Except for that time I gave my neighbor a plate of cookies and she sprayed me with a hose. That one I regret.


Comment by Jensational.

At the end of the day I also agree with Marinka and would prefer to do all communications via e-mail as well.


Comment by Erin at Im Gonna Kill Him.

My work threw me a baby shower that included two main components:
1. Forced interaction with people who would never hang out after 5pm over pastel colored food nobody wanted to eat.

2. A $300 Visa Check Card. Me like.

The moral: everyone goes home happy with a $300 Visa Check Card. Get the VP to open the purse strings and leave it on her desk with a card.

Done and done.


Comment by dusty earth mother.

I agree with “Kill Him”. Gift card and many virtual hugs via Email and Twitter. What else could she want, that selfish breeder?


Comment by Heather, TMH.

All you people are making the Southern Belle in me go cross-eyed! Not have a proper baby shower with pastel mints and petit fours with an icing-shaped rattle on top? OMG!


Comment by Ashley K..

We’re all busy but we have to find the time to do something nice for others once in awhile. Plan the baby shower over a nice glass/bottle of wine. The mommy to be will appreciate it your kindness.


Comment by Nicole.

Twitter baby shower, great idea. I have a pregnant co-worker, and I swear what crossed my mind was…we should really throw her a shower, but I’m sort of new, is it my job? Shouldn’t the intern or new boss do that…I am so mean. But correct, they were planning one, I just have to give a little dough and show up for cake 🙂

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