To baby shower or not to baby shower?

Now firmly into my 3rd trimester, people are starting to ask when I’m having a baby shower. A very American tradition, I’m just not sure if it’s for me… but am I depriving my friends of an opportunity to celebrate with me, enjoy virgin cocktails and lots of cake or saving them from yet another occasion on which to buy presents and talk about babies?
I made the decision, two years ago, not to have a hen party, opting instead to see close friends for individual get together’s before the wedding and spending quality time with them. The idea of plastic willy straws and strippers wearing tea towels filled me with as much dread then as games designed to guess the names of melted chocolate bars in nappies do today.
Nonetheless, the question keeps on coming as to when I’m having one.
For the first baby in the house, and the first grandchild on both sides, the truth is that his wardrobe is already fit to burst with clothes and we have everything we need in terms of “kit” for him.  As first time parents in our thirties, we are in the fortunate position of having planned, and indeed longed, for this baby, so we certainly aren’t unprepared (in a materialistic sense).  This, coupled with the fact that many of our friends have already completed their families and have been more than generous in handing down barely-worn clothes and toys, means that if we get much more “stuff” there’ll be virtually no room left for the baby when he arrives…
As each week goes by, it’s looking less and less likely that it’s going to happen, which is probably no bad thing.  After all, as my sister helpfully pointed out – having never bathed a baby, I shouldn’t try to run before I can walk by committing to a shower…

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