Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Oona mentioned at her baby shower that she loves to think in terms of "it takes a village." I think we agree when thinking of the community of friends who created this shower and how this rang true with this group -- I know that I am appreciative of the friendships I've created abroad. This very special group was formed back when we were all "bumps and babies*;" friendships formed through our firstborns and living here in Stockholm, as we started our families. The baby period is such a special time in one's life; having our first borns over seas felt like it added even more to this life event. When one is so far away from their own family and culture, bonds just grow in a different way.

Did you know that it isn't the custom in Sweden to throw Baby Shower? I think this is an American tradition. Are you living abroad and have you experienced that same? If you're a reader from another country, are baby showers a part of your culture? I'd really love to hear from you. Our hostess and Guest of honor also had their daughters participate in the day. What a special day for us all!

Something you might like:
Nesting Baby Shower
Babies (documentary)

(*Bumps and Babies was an actual group and several met at this American groups)


  1. It's not really a traditional "thing" here in the UK, although I suspect it's creeping in more and more (any excuse for a party). We were lucky enough to have an American lady in our antenatal group of five families, so she made sure that all subsequent babies had a shower - there are now 10 kids in total and another one on the way - so we've well and truly adopted the tradition, nappy cake and all!

    1. I always love to hear from you, --- your Scottish-Singapore experience is fascinating --- there' s just something about the friendships formed through our children aren't they? Showers are such a happy experience -- I'm so glad to hear that they're making their way into your life, as well.

      Lovely to hear about the nappy cake! Leslie's was truly a show stopper. I've never made one. Are they difficult? Thanks so much for adding to this conversation.

  2. To-day, I'm very happy to discover your blog.
    I'm French, writting a blog about parties, children and adults. I've loved your idea of spy labyrinth !

    In France, baby showers are not common because of a superstition (it is not possible to offer gifts to the baby before his birth). Some girls have beginning to do so because they are very fond of American series. I wrote posts about baby showers. Perhaps you can read them in French : http://www.partageonsnosfetes.fr/2012/05/babyshower-a-la-francaise.html

    Happy new year


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