I’ll never forget arriving at a baby shower (and sorry if you’ve heard this story before) and seeing that I was one of only three women who either weren’t pregnant or had kids already.
One was Veronica, an acquaintance who declared that her life was too full for kids – between their travels and their foodie life and her role as a teacher, she just didn’t have the capacity for kids. Then there was my other dear friend who I knew wanted kids but just hadn’t met the right person yet. And me… who was trying to conceive but nobody knew about it. And at that time we just didn’t know that the journey would be so much longer. But that was the start of feeling like an outsider and the start of feeling like I was no longer having much to contribute or receive from the conversation.
Just over a year later, I walked into the supermarket and felt completely ambushed when I saw her…. And then saw her turn around only to discover she was about 8 months pregnant.
I felt like the last person standing and that out of everyone at that baby shower, I was the last man standing.
I attended many more baby showers and first birthday parties (including organising at least one baby shower) while I was working through infertility, and together with my life coach hat – here are 9 things you can do to support yourself at baby showers through infertility.
(And I want to let you know that my advice might be a little different from others in this space!).
You’ll also learn things that can help you before the baby shower and during the baby shower and I’ll also discuss some things you might want to permit yourself for.