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You Better Send Thank You Notes If Someone Throws You A Baby Shower

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shutterstock_80641420This topic may be a dead horse, but I am so ready to beat it again. (Hey-o!) The truth is that not all women are gifted the occasion of a baby shower, but most women are. If you are pregnant, someone in your social circle will probably be kind enough to open their home or rent out a community center in your honor.

They will slave away night and day for weeks, cutting dry crusts off tiny cucumber sandwiches and painstakingly counting the number of jelly beans in a baby bottle in order to give out door prizes, all for you. And what are you going to do about it?

You are going to be thankful. Unless you have no soul, you will deeply appreciate all that your friends and family have done for you to welcome your bundle of joy into the world. I know that I personally was over-the-moon excited about all my close friend did in putting together my baby shower for me. Really, this friend of mine was like Martha Stewart in disguise. She was also nice enough to ask about my personal preferences, where I told her that I would rather die than play any boring baby shower games. She even bought me a bomb ass cake that looked like a slutty Mrs. Clause pregnant belly, but that’s a story for another day.

All I had to do was show up and continue to be pregnant. I ate the slutty cake, I did not play any games (thank you, Sable!), I mingled and socialized with all my family and friends, and ultimately, my husband and I opened up presents. No one was required to attend this baby shower, and no one was required to bring presents. Everyone in my life did this out of the kindness of their heart, and it meant a lot to me.

When all was said and done, I took my presents home, I opened all of the boxes with my husband and set up my son’s nursery, and then I sat down and flexed my right arm and wrote some GODDAMN THANK YOU NOTES.

That was truly all I had to do to show my gratitude for the free party thrown in my honor and for all the free gifts I received. I don’t think I could have gotten a better deal if I had tried. All that is to say, while handwritten thank you notes may be on the way out and no one gives a shit about Emily Post anymore, a free baby shower is one occasion where you can’t fuck this up.

If you go to your local grocery store, a 20 pack of thank you notes costs between $5 and $10. While it may seem like a tedious chore to handwrite a thank you note in exchange for every gift given at your baby shower, this is literally your only obligation, besides bringing your baby into the world. Just do it. Write the goddamn thank you notes.

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