A co-worker is having her second baby. For her first baby, we gave her a shower at the office. But many here feel that one shower per person is enough. Those of us who work closely with her want to just take her to lunch and give her our own gifts without having a shower that a lot of people will feel obligated to attend. But we're afraid she will be offended if she doesn't get a full-blown shower.
What do you think we should do? (I should add that we've had a lot of new babies around here, so folks have had a lot of showers to buy gifts for).
A shower for one baby has nothing to do with a shower for the next baby. Each child is an entity on its own and is entitled for anything good that comes his way. But if you and your other office friends are tired of making another shower I think as long as you don't let the occasion go by the wayside a luncheon or even dinner after work would be very nice. The latter would be just like a shower since you are planning to bring gifts.
Have it in a restaurant that you will enjoy and you will find that everyone in the place (I mean in the resaurant) will get in the mood and wish her well. Those who don't want to go don't have to go -- the rest of you will have fun whether there will be 3 or 4 or more. Bring along some of your own baby pictures and make sure a few baaby jokes are in place.
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