So maybe we’re a wee bit prejudiced, but Mother’s Day is our absolutely, positively, jump-for-joy, no-doubt-about-it, FAVORITE holiday of the year! We love those Moms–past, present and future! Our mom is the one woman we, literally, can’t live without!
And what a wonderful day for a mom-to-be, waiting with utter excitement to see the little miracle love created and to become the most important person in her baby’s life (with dad a very close second!) It just might be the best day of the year for a baby shower–and it’s less than three weeks away!
Here are some interesting facts about American mothers as recently as 2007:
- Four-million women have babies each year, and almost 100,000 are age 40 or over.
- 24.8 is the median age of women when they give birth for the first time, meaning one-half are above this age and one-half are below.
- The odds of a woman delivering twins are 1 in 33. Her odds of having triplets or other multiple births is approximately 1 in 539.
And in the “yikes!” category, the record for the number of children born to one woman is 69, and it’s held by a Russian woman. In a total of 27 confinements, the first wife of Feodor Vassilyev (1707-1782) of Shuya, Russia, gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets, and four sets of quadruplets. 67 of them survived infancy. (I wonder if they had trouble finding a baby-sitter…)
So let’s get down to it. If there’s a mom-to-be in your life who’s baby shower can be held on Mother’s Day, you’ll want the perfect baby shower favor (and the perfect baby shower gift–but that’s another blog.) Here are three of my favorite favors, and I’m actually going to have the first one on the tables at the baby shower for my niece, Cari, who’s due in late summer!
The “World’s Gratest Mom” is a cleverly packaged cheese grater. I know the guests will love taking these home, but if they’re like me, they’ll never take them out of the gift box, because the packaging is so darn cute! But eventually, we’ll take those graters out and use them again and again. With three hole sizes, the graters will work for nutmeg, carrots and more.
I’m also a big fan of Corner Stork’s “She’ll Soon See Her Feet Again!” Pedicure Kits. Included in the kit are a nail file, scissors, clippers, and cuticle instrument. And the cute flip-flop is the perfect design for a spring or a summer shower–not to mention the fact that it’s sandal and bare-feet weather. Every woman with feet is going to want her tootsies to look their best!
My final favorite is also tailor-made for a spring or summer baby shower. Everyone loves flowers (allergies aside…) and this Personalized Eco-Friendly Wildflower Baby Shower Favor Bag is the guest gift that keeps on giving. The biodegradable bags, which come in several colorful designs, hold 14 grams of assorted, annual wildflower seeds–plenty for the start of a glorious garden.
I’ll leave you today with the words of Indian philosopher Rajneesh
“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.”
Here’s to all the mothers everywhere who are waiting to be born!