Shower games, road not traveled edition

22 Oct

We’re going to have a baby shower, because that’s how we roll, and I’ve been thinking about fun shower activities. Obviously taking the labels off of baby foods and guessing what’s in them is huge fun, and so is the ‘oh my god the pendant is circling rather than swaying, you’re so totally having a girl!’ game. So, I was thinking about some games that may be less popular now, but that we should definitely think about.

1) Quiet Anxieties
How to play – blindfold the mother-to-be, and have her sit in a chair. Then, people take turns quietly whispering in her ear all the things that could go wrong with the birth and the baby.
You could die in delivery
The baby will be a monster
It’s going to be a pain without end
You’ll never have your life back

2) “Here’s what you should do”
How to play – everyone gets to corner the mother-to-be, and then tell her all the things she needs to be thinking about, needs to be doing, needs to be buying (or not buying!). The winner is announced when, after everyone goes home, mom gets on the internet to frantically research one of the suggestions.
Bonus play – corner the father-to-be in order to give him advice about all the things you’ve already given his partner advice about. It’s a double-whammy!
(side-note: true story, when my best friend had a kid, he told me that he not only got advice about everything under the sun, he also started getting advice about the advice. “Son, you see, you got to know how to take the advice.” Of course, then he went on to give me advice about how to deal with the family members who come to your house after the baby is born. His own mother came to his house, used the toilet, and then broke it.)

3) New York childcare horror
How to play – freak us all out by telling us, levelly and calmly with no exaggerations, your actual experiences with childcare in New York City.

Who said these things can’t be fun?

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3 Responses to “Shower games, road not traveled edition”

  1. Ivy October 22, 2010 at 8:28 pm #

    Yeah I don’t think so.

  2. Lisa October 28, 2010 at 3:07 pm #

    Ugh. I stopped reading this halfway through…over the top.

  3. Peter October 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm #

    Jeez, you make one little joke about how the underlying anxieties of pregnancy are papered over by social ritual, and everyone’s all ‘you’re a monster, you’re a monster’….

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