Should Grandma-to-Be Get Her Own Baby Shower?

September 5, 2013  |  

I love my mother to death though sometimes she gets on my last nerve! As her firstborn (I am 10 years older than my sister) expecting her very first grandchild, y’all can only imagine how excited she is, and rightfully so. Heaven knows she was “speaking things into existence” by quickly purchasing children’s furniture only months after I said I do to my husband. Though we took a year to ourselves, she surprised me again by purchasing baby boy’s clothes even before we found out we were having a son! Oh yeah, she’s real excited.

Because of this, I have been thinking about doing something special and unexpected for my mother becoming a grandmother for the first time. Would you believe that there is such a thing called a grandma shower? I know, I was a bit shocked to find out about this. It’s like wait a minute; I know you’re excited for your grandchild to come, but please don’t kill my vibe or try to steal shine from my baby shower. However, after doing some research I found out that’s not the case at all.

Grandma showers are actually just a celebratory party for grandmas to be. It’s not like a traditional shower where guests bring gifts for the baby and dote over the expecting mama. Instead it’s a gathering of her friends who want to “shower” her with attention as she makes the transition into a new period of her life– and you know what, I love that idea.

Don’t tell my mother but this child will not be her only grandchild. And while the last thing I need is for her to plan for babies who have yet to be created, I am seriously thinking about throwing her a surprise grandma gathering. In fact, my sister and I are working on a guest list of her close friends and plan to co-host it one to two months before my actual shower (her friends won’t be present at mine). I can only think of how excited she will be the day of and look forward to creating a special day for her to remember.

Ours will be intimate with tasty edibles and some oh so delicious desserts. There will be games, laughter and opportunities for my sister and me to lovingly embarrass our mother with back in the day photos and stories. I will definitely shy away from giving out any of my registry information to guests as I don’t want them to think it’s a secret ploy for me to collect extra gifts. To each their own of course but I would rather them purchase (if they want to purchase anything) items for my mom to use when the baby stays at her place than for me. My special celebration will come soon enough.

I’m actually pretty excited about this and think it will be something special her and I can share for time to come. Has anyone else thought about a grandma shower or party?

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