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There Are A Lot of Aspects of Life - Growing is One of Them
I never New I would Come So Far
There are a lot of things in life you never knew you would be ready for. And there those few cases when you thought that you would be ready for them but in fact weren't.
Growing a Family
I have spent the last few years growing my family. And through the course of that time I have realized how much I have grown myself. When you look at the moments that make up your life the ones that matter the most aren't the ones that you expected.
There are so many blessing in our lives that when we stop and think about them they are almost overwhelming.
Here are some of my life experiences.
There are a lot of ways for you to learn. But the most common way is through doing. And when it comes to children there is only one way. Through practical experience.
One of the first experiences that you will experience when you are having a baby is the constant attention that you will be showered with. If you thought that the wedding was extreme you haven't experienced anything like a baby shower.
Thankfully there is an option that takes some of the attention off and shares it with hubby.
The Couples Baby Shower
The baby shower is constantly evolving, and some couples are moving to a non-traditional version of the baby shower: the couples shower. While baby showers used to be reserved just for the ladies, this new take on the baby shower allows the daddy, and fathers to get more involved in the wedding and celebration process. So, if you are planning your first couples shower, here are some great ideas to make your couples shower less girly and truly get the men folk involved! It's becoming more and more common for the daddy and their friends to be included in the festivities. Thereafter, they would hand the simple gifts to the mother. As the person who is giving the shower, make sure the couple is on board with the idea of a couples shower, and get started with your planning.
Try to choose a more coed baby shower. It's okay to go ahead and use the wedding colors your couple has already decided on, but try experimenting with a new, less feminine take on it. You can do that by incorporating less flowers, and romantic hints. Try to have a sampling of beef, chicken and vegetarian fare. Many people will want to bring food to help with the shower. You want all of your guests to feel comfortable with this new type of shower. You can have a variety of salads, chips and dips and burger toppings brought to the shower. This makes less work for the host couple. Topped off with a gorgeous shower cake, the food is taken care of instantly.
Minimize the games. Boil up some pasta. Simmer a huge pot of Marinara sauce and have ample meatballs on the side for the meat lovers, and you are set. There's no need to spend countless hours making fancy foods in order to please this crowd. Too make this meal even easier, many Italian restaurants offer affordable take away for large parties. Couples showers are not too different from the traditional showers. However, presence of men has made certain changes inevitable.
Since men also participate in couple showers, baby shower games have also been adjusted to suit the tastes of both the sexes. For example, in female oriented showers, they would hand baby bottles filled with milk to participants and the one who sucked the bottle empty fastest was declared the winner. The idea is to make sure that everyone has a fabulous time. You need to have plenty of appetizers and finger foods to go around so your guests don't go hungry. Another idea is to have your couples shower at a local restaurant and offer a selected menu for your guests to choose from when they order. While this may be a pricey option, it's a good option if you have the funds and you really want your guests to get plenty to eat.
Depending on your location, you may want to offer the men an alternate route when it comes to the gift opening segment. While your male guests may be interested in the gifts for the daddy, most men will probably become bored since most of the gifts are cooking and decorating related. So, if you have the opportunity you may want to provide your male guests with another option such as a sporting event on TV in another room or a game of horse shoes or baseball outside. Include diapers, wipes, disposable gloves and a clip for the nose. Often times, lab type goggles make a great statement also. A finishing touch that gets affirming laughs from the male crowd would be a few of the new dad's favorite ale. He may need it.
All said and done, couple showers are still a wonderful way to help reduce the anxiety of mom-to-be and present her gifts that she would need to take care of her baby. By having a couples baby shower, you will take the mystique of the traditional ladies' baby shower and make guys less fearful of the joyful event.