The first time, i got it. First time mother, not (yet) married to the father, she and her baby deserve some special treatment and pampering.
It was a lovely baby shower, lots of nice gifts, food, decorations, fun. She broke down in tears when she thanked us verbally, amazed and overwhelmed by gifts and pregnancy hormones.
They married when the second baby was on the way, and i attended the wedding, brought a gift. The second baby shower, i just sent a gift.
Then, the almost break up. She is still talking about his "temper" problems. (No, there are no signs of abuse, and the first daughter, who is in my Sunday School class, does not have any signs of being hit. She is a handful, but no more so than Timmy. If she did show such signs, i would not hesitate to call CPS. Verbal abuse, though, leaves no bruises, and nothing the child says in class indicates it.)
Now, even with that trouble hanging over them, him out of work (for a while now, as she supports the family by working in her parent's business), an invitation to a third baby shower.
When did people start having parties for subsequent children, as the original idea was to gift a mother who had no baby equipment and supplies with a starter set? Maybe around the same time people started thinking it was good etiquette to ask for cash gifts, or wanting huge, lavish 2nd and 3rd and 4th weddings.
No, i don't grudge her the gift, and i want to be supportive and see their marriage heal, their family whole. Will having another child right now help that? (No, i do not know if this was planned or not, it isn't my place to ask, or to second guess anyone else's decision on family size. It's just a wondering if the timing helps or harms the overall situation.)
Poor wee bairn will get a nice something from me, and lots of prayers.
From what i've seen, the whole family need it.
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Constitution Day -- Cayman Islands
Distressed Elves' Creditors' Day -- Fairy Calendar
Family Day -- Lesotho
Flag & Anthem Day -- Curacao
Halfway Point of the Year Day / Second Half of the Year Day (most years, July 1; Leap Year, July 2)
Heroes Day -- Zambia
I Forgot Day (the day to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, or other special days that you forgot during the first half of the year)
National Anisette Day
Palio di Provenzano -- Siena, Italy (horse race and pageant, named after the Madonna di Provenzano, whose church is in Siena)
Remember to Feed the Hummingbirds Day -- internet reminder to be nice to these beautiful creatures
Second Half of the Year Day -- because 2012 is a Leap Year, the second half of the year started at midnight
St. Swithin's Day (Patron against drought; of Stavenger, England; Winchester, England)
Try to Find Your Slinky Day -- the weird holiday of the day!
Violin Lovers' Day
World UFO Day -- unfortunately, a real day observed by many (i believe that if there's life elsewhere, it shows its intelligence by staying away from us!)
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Jose and Ozzie Canseco, 1964
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Richard Petty, 1937
Polly Holiday, 1937
Dave Thomas, 1932
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Dan Rowan, 1922
Ken Curtis, 1916
Thurgood Marshall, 1908
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Italian scientist Guglielmo Marconi obtains patent for radio in London, 1897
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