Although pregnancy and parenting don't require a degree, sometimes we can all benefit from a different point of view. Get some down-to-earth advice here from two real-life moms: the wise and witty -- and very opinionated -- Andi and Penelope.
Andi and Penelope

Dear Just Add Baby: I'm 32 weeks along with my first baby, and we just moved to a new town a year ago. I guess we don't have many friends because so far, nobody has offered to throw us a baby shower. I was wondering if we could do it ourselves.

Andi: Every etiquette book we consulted on this matter says no -- it's "simply not done." In fact, mothers, sisters and other family members technically aren't supposed to have a shower for you, either.

Penelope: I don't know exactly why you're not permitted to throw your own party to celebrate an impending birth -- I mean, you can throw your own birthday party or graduation gala?

Andi: Well, even if the rule is old fashioned, there it is. Of course, you can take it or leave it.

Penelope: As I see it, if you had friends who wouldn't attend because it wasn't proper social etiquette -- well, I'd wonder what sort of friends those are.

Andi: Assuming you do want to do this properly, you can't have your own shower. Sorry. But that's not to say you can't have a nice little "meet the baby" party or a naming ceremony shortly after he or she has arrived.

Penelope: Very true -- and everyone will be dying to get a little look-see at this fabulous creature you produced. And since they're unlikely to come empty-handed?

Andi: That makes the post-baby party a win-win for everyone!

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