Stephanie - posted on 04/15/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )
I'm a third grade teacher in North Carolina and I'm 5 months pregnant. I'm dreading questions from administration about having an after school baby shower. I don't want one because I don't want to require anyone to give me gifts. I've also been constantly annoyed over the years over all of the unstated shower-throwing (and gift/money collecting) responsibilities that are thrust upon me whenever people in my grade level get married or have babies. Is this just a "Southern" thing, or does everyone have showers at school/work? Also, how can I gracefully decline the offer when it comes up?