I Asked My Friends to Come Clean My House Instead of Throwing Me a Baby Shower

7 months ago

During the last weeks of pregnancy, women often find themselves exhausted yet strangely compelled to clean every corner of their homes meticulously. Despite the reluctance, an inner sense of urgency insists on completing these tasks, creating a perplexing dilemma. A resourceful mother-to-be opted out of the conventional baby shower but invited her friends to assist with the household cleaning. It’s a brilliant solution that might make you wonder why we haven’t thought of this before.

Pregnancy can be overwhelming.

If you’ve experienced the journey of childbirth or have accompanied someone who has, you understand the extensive preparation involved before welcoming the new family addition. The list includes frequent visits to healthcare providers, the purchase of maternity clothes to accommodate the growing belly, and, of course, an array of baby essentials. Particularly for first-time parents, the sheer volume of required items can be overwhelming. However, as the pregnancy progresses and reaches its final stages, the energy to engage in these tasks might decline.

The best gift to a mom-to-be

A gathering focused on nesting, known as a nesting party, has emerged as the ultimate solution for expectant mothers. It might sound unconventional at first, but how it works is simple — your friends come together, not to shower you with gifts, but to assist in thoroughly cleaning your living space. Consider it a practical twist on the traditional baby shower, prioritizing practical help over material presents.

Nia Lui, a prominent TikToker, recently voiced her disdain for conventional baby showers. She stumbled upon the concept of nesting parties on TikTok and found it a perfect fit for her circumstance. In her own words, she expressed, “I don’t like being the center of attention. I don’t like playing dumb games. I just don’t.”

A great idea for when traditional baby showers aren’t necessary

Expressing that she already had a lot of baby things, her true desire was for some assistance in managing household tasks. With this in mind, Lui approached her best friend to organize a gathering focused on nesting rather than the conventional baby shower, and her friend readily agreed. Setting the plan in motion, the best friend initiated a group chat, rallying a small yet dedicated group of friends and family to lend a hand in preparing Lui’s living space before the anticipated arrival of her baby girl.

Lui carefully outlined a checklist of tasks she hoped to accomplish, allowing each participant to choose a few responsibilities from the list. In a remarkably efficient 3-hour time span, the women banded together to create a nurturing and welcoming environment, perfectly tailored for the impending arrival of the expectant mother’s bundle of joy.

An easy way to leave a pregnant woman happy

In Lui’s words, she reflected, “It went wonderfully. We got so much done, and it made me feel so at peace in my own home.” Beyond completing the chores, Lui found the affection and support of her close circle of friends and family. She emphasized that this gesture need not be restricted to expectant mothers alone. Her vision encompassed the normalization of mothers aiding their overwhelmed counterparts, fostering a culture of communal support.

“I think we should start that trend of just like, being a village and being a community,” she advocated.

But nesting parties still get mixed reactions.

The TikTok video got a lot of mixed comments, both from people who disagreed with the idea and others who found it brilliant. One user said, “Nah, my husband can clean the house and cook. My girls and I will be eating fabulous food, drinking champagne, and celebrating me.” While others celebrated the idea by saying, “I refuse to go to baby showers, but I would show up early for a nesting party.”

In a society often consumed by materialistic celebrations, the concept of the nesting party stands as a heartwarming testament to the power of communal support and practical assistance. Lui’s experience highlights the transformative impact of friends and family coming together to celebrate and help ease the burdens of an overwhelmed mother-to-be genuinely.

Her call for normalizing the practice of moms supporting each other underscores the importance of fostering a strong and compassionate community, one where the spirit of collective care and understanding prevails. Through her story, Lui ignites a powerful reminder of the significance of human connection and the strength found in shared moments of love and solidarity.

Preview photo credit nialui21 / TikTok, nialui21 / TikTok


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