Sunday, January 22, 2006

Showers turning to rain

There is something anti-shower in my nature. It is instinctual, a pure gut reaction. Don't get me wrong, I quite like other people's showers--I even like hosting other people's showers--I just don't like them when they're for me.

And it's not just showers. Any event in my honor sets off a buzz of alarm and a low, achey dread. Birthdays, our engagement party, the two wedding showers (one hosted by friends, one at work), and now this. Know what they feel like to me? A job interview. No joke. I get self-conscious, smile too much, can't seem to absorb what people say to me. I just hate being the focus of anything, to be perfectly honest. Hate it.

The dread is compounded when I am informed that my shower, as generously thrown by my sister in Los Angeles, will include, I kid you not, games. Games. May the gods be merciful and preclude anything that involves measuring or touching my belly in any way, that is all I now dare to ask. However, a thousand times worse even than belly-centric games, there is to be a...theme. And it is "floral and pastel." She wants people to wear the theme colors of pale green and rose.

As I don't own any pale-green-and-rose maternity dresses, I guess I'll be wearing black to match my mood.


Anonymous akeeyu said...

She wants people to WEAR the theme colors? *shudder*

Can't you tell her that uber twee stuff like that will make your morning sickness act up, and that you can't promise that you would urp in the correct theme colors?

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord, games? Gag. I will never have games at any party I give. Ever. I'm the one whenever I have to go to some kind of shower always has a clever exit strategy when the games and gift opening starts. It just moves too slow for me.

And theme colors? Don't get me started.


9:29 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

My friend says it best " I don't shower in public!"
Good luck. The games are predictible, but the theme colors is kind of scary! You must tell us how it goes!!

5:08 AM  
Anonymous thalia said...

You need to start channeling miranda from 'sex in the city' - no storks but lots of fried chicken. And of course, black clothes. I hope it is not as bad in reality as it seems in anticipation.

5:38 AM  
Anonymous Jeanne said...

I feel the same way as you about any sort of party where I am the centre of attention.

I already told my mother that there is NO WAY that I will show up for a baby shower. So, she can just forget about it.

However, since I am moving to another country in June, we are having a 'meet and greet' for the baby and a 'so long' for our family. No presents required though. Also, this makes sure the baby is the centre of attention, and my DH will be there as well.

6:23 AM  
Blogger Lindy said...

Eeeek! You're actually making me grateful for the fact that I never had a shower (wedding, baby or other).

Good luck!

9:45 AM  
Anonymous Jen said...

Ooh, games AND a color theme? That's!

Good luck getting through it. We will need to see pictures and hear snarky stories!

9:49 AM  
Blogger Dream Mommy said...

Try to enjoy it. You earned it.

11:12 AM  
Blogger Claudia said...

I am 100% with you about being the center of attention at these sort of things. A buddy told me recently that she'd be throwing my shower whenever I was ready...I asked her if she couldn't just surprise me?

Well, enjoy as best you can. It is a milestone, and really, a joyous one at that.

11:53 AM  
Blogger Donna said...

Gah! The whole thing sounds like a train wreck. Can't you tell her you don't want games? You are the person of honor, after all.

12:06 PM  
Blogger Cass said...

Oy. Sounds, um, great. I guess. If that's your thing. Which apparently it's not. Any chance you can compromise with her on the color thing? I mean, games are one thing, and one that you can probably skip gracefully - being the person of honor and all - but requesting that people dress in specific colors just seems, well, wrong. (Now, color coordinated plates and napkins and balloons and cake - that I can handle.)

12:28 PM  
Blogger Ally said...

You know, I love showers, mine and others', but I hate games. And the theme clothing requirement? It reminds me of my Miss Manners wedding book, when she advises her gentle readers that no one cares if the stamps on their wedding invitations match their theme colors.

1:09 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Oh how I know the horror that is being the center of attention! But you know what? You so deserve a shower--just another 'notch' in the belt of 'normal' pregnancy :-)

Games? Yeah, they're a special kind of hell. There was absolutely no measuring of my belly either. But one 'game' we did was put a note on the shower invite asking everyone to bring diapers for a shower game. Now, what you ask, was the game? Folks piled their diapers up and whoever guessed closest to the total # of diapers received won the prize. I got like 628 of them (no lie) in all different sizes, which lasted for a good long time (we still have size 3s and 4s in the closet since J's not up to that size yet). So, yeah, the game itself was lame, but man, not having to shop for diapers for a while, especially in those early weeks...priceless.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I generally hate games. But what I hate worse than games, is people sitting around quietly watching someone open presents. The last shower I threw we had one game - baby shower bingo. Everyone got a card with different baby items on it and as the guest of honor opened presents, they marked them off their card. It was a huge hit, and it made the gift opening so much less tedious. (The women were getting catty over it too, it was hysterical.)

The toilet paper belly game - SO ANNOYING.

4:28 AM  
Anonymous Day said...

I had two baby showers and dreaded them both. To my surprise, not only did I have a great time but more importantly, I realized my baby would be born into a world where there were lots of people who sincerely already loved him and couldn't wait to get to know him. And that's a really nice feeling.

As for the games? What can you do? Go along, make the best of it. It's a silly tradition, but you can have fun if you put yourself in the right frame of mind.

I happen to love the theme color takes camp to a whole new level. Go with it. Just enjoy! It's going to be a really happy time for you.

6:41 AM  
Blogger amyesq said...

Blech!! Sorry, but blech. I hope you get lots of good stuff, though. You will have earned it after sitting through the blechiness and everyone staring at you.

5:15 PM  
Blogger fisher queen said...

I'm going to a baby shower/cocktail party in a few weeks. That's my kind of shower.

You could probably suggest some changes- you are the showeree after all! This should be something for you to revel in.

5:29 AM  
Anonymous Alexa said...

How about if you play hide and seek? Only instead of "hiding" you load the cake in your car and take off for points unknown...

7:51 AM  
Anonymous laura said...

I'm not even sure where to begin. And your sister! Surely she knows what will drive you off the deep end? But really, often I find that people throw the showers theywould like to have, not what the honored and esteemed guest of honor would most prefer. Perhaps you can practice your "grin and bear it" technique now, so that it's perfect when shower-time arrives?

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Menita said...

oh good lord.
Yep, for a lot of people the showers are about them, not about the mother-to-be.
Wear black, please do!
And make sure someone takes lots of pictures.

1:48 PM  

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