Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Babies Still Booming

The kiddos are popping out all over the place. Never fear, Social Security will be fully funded again in 30 years if my friends have anything to say about it, and raise their children into productive adults. During a relative lull in the procreation of people I know, there was an uptick in the people I work with but don't know that well (4 in 16 days about 4 months ago). The lull is over.

In the last 2 weeks, there has been a loud, booming explosion of babies bursting onto the scene. If we include Sarah F. which I do because I read her blog often enough to keep it in my sidebar, even if she doesn't know me from Eve... Then I have received 5 birth announcements and 1 pregnancy announcement in the last 10 days. And I thought 1 every two weeks for 18 months running was a lot... But one every 2 days or more? That's a LOT of babies.

A friend from my last job, my college & gardening pal who put me up in Genova Italy, my brother's goddaughter's new sister, another family friend, Sarah, and another good friend. All in TEN DAYS! Since one of those is still a pregnancy, and I have at least one other pregnant friend, more babies are still to come, never fear. I called my brother yesterday to discuss this situation and in his friend group of guys he's known for 20 years, apparently there are three (now two) kids on the way and three recent or imminent vasectomies. Heh heh. Edited to add that I just found out my online fitness coach is expecting a new child any moment now too.

Now is when I admit to being totally overwhelmed by the etiquette of the new baby. Parents seem not to appreciate glass rattles, so my primary source of gifting is cut off. I have one friend who got 32 baby blankets at her shower so I'm leery of blankets as a gift. I cannot afford something awesome for everyone, and the people I'd want to send awesomeness to already have everything I would think of. Sadly, I'm also behind on just sending a card. Maybe I should start there.

9 comments:

Wade said...

Re: Baby boom. Oh, good, that means I don't have to have any of my own; there will be plenty of them around. Good job, folks! ;)

trudy said...

A hand blown glass ornament in pink or blue glass with "Baby's First Christmas" would make a lovely gift....just thought I'd mention it

janet w said...

Trudy, you rock! What a fantastic idea! Or if the baby's family didn't celebrate Christmas, maybe baby's 1st New Year or something like that. Brilliant idea!!!

Anonymous said...

so the baby blanket is the baby shower equivalent of the wedding/toaster...I did not know that.

How about a photo album for the new parents? http://www.target.com/b/ref=in_se_pagelist/601-7036326-9506501?ie=UTF8&itemsPerPage=18&node=305802011&index=target&field-browse=305802011&rank=pmrank&viewID=leaf&field-pricebin=&store=&size=18&rh=&field-keywords=&page=1&fromBrowse=1 even with digital picture storage I imagine they would like to have a nice photo album for the coffee table. If it is one of those with a cutout in the front you could either put a profound saying or poem...or if the munchkin is already here part of the birth announcement or their photo.

QL

Anonymous said...

eek. I apologize for messing up your blog! I was just trying to add a link to Target because they had several fine looking photo albums that were well under 20 bucks.

QL

farmwifetwo said...

Got lots a blankets and no idea what to do with them. Size 12 to 18mth clothing... that was PERFECT b/c everyone gives you infant stuff.

Only one baby in my group.. there have been numerous men added to the "golden scissors" club lately :)

S.

Lemon Stand said...

I can't believe you didn't think of the Baby's First Christmas Ornament before Trudy. Granted that woman is pretty darn quick, but really...

Ever since my best friend gave our girls a hand blown Christmas ornament a few years ago, they have been collecting them. I would have LOVED to have bought some of the pumpkins as ornaments had I known about them. (Now you know who to contact next time you do another batch for selling... I need four of whatever it is you happen to be making next time!) :o)

CrankyOtter said...

Well now, babies might just be getting ornaments this year. I should try doing some pastels, just in case...

I'm working on the glass production! The new studio is a help.

Noemi said...

Hi Arka! Speaking for myself, I think I have everything I need for the baby, but if you wanted to give me some awesome glass thing you made--not an ornament though, my family doesn't celebrate Christmas and Paul's has far too many ornaments as it is, and with all the kidlets over in Ireland I don't think glass ones are the best choice anyway--I would be truly very pleased. A sea monster?