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As soon I knew that there is a bun in the oven, the first thing that I started planning for was how I would make most of this wonderful phase.
Be it from dressing up to be the most stylish mom-to-be to planning a babymoon, what kind of saree I want to wear on my godh bharai, a wish list of the props and dresses for a photoshoot. Ah! the thoughts of all this just kept growing each day giving a rise of excitement to my beautiful dreams.
There was a full-fledged discussion for the lovely baby shower. We invited everyone important well in advance. My parents, my sisters, my sister-in-law, etc. My husband and I kept the planning going. Around the 2nd week of March was when I started sensing that it may not be safe for my dear ones to travel. Again how safe was it for me to stay with someone who has travelled? This got me to rethink my baby shower. My husband kept motivating me that the situation might not worsen in India. I got disheartened more each day, as the severity of this pandemic started flashing on the news and social media too.
Let’s face it! Every mom-to-be has expectations about the baby shower! There are Indian families that don’t have a grand ritual, of course. It’s all about beliefs! I kept getting frustrated, thinking about what to do as the days went by. I thought this is a once in a lifetime celebration and I couldn’t just let it go. One positive thought hit me, and there I was, doing all that I could to make the best of my day.
So here is how we celebrated it!
I was supposed to wear a green saree, which was to be given by my Mother. I had asked for a beautiful patola saree which was with my Mom who was 2000 km away.
- Luckily my Mother-in-law has purchased a green saree to give me post-delivery, which I wore for the function. My neighbour stitched the blouse for me! So I was done with my lovely outfit.
- We got balloon packets delivered at home, in blue, pink, gold and silver colours.
- My husband asked his friend for a thermocol cutout painted for my godh bharai. So the decor was on point for the home celebration. I used some artificial flowers from the house to add to the decor.
- We made proper South Indian food for lunch with the family.
- Above all, we had all my dear family members virtually attend the party, thanks to the Internet! We planned a Zoom call the previous day of the godh bharai, and everybody was asked to wear green on the call to match me on my day!
- I decorated the sagan tray with the materials I had handy at home.
- I got two cakes to cut as well. That was a surprise! One from my husband and the other from my sister-in-law.
- We set up speakers well in advance so that we didn’t miss the DJ.
- We have a photographer living on the floor just above ours, so we got his camera to get the event covered.
Believe me. It was nothing less than a dream godh bharai. There were less people around, but everyone made their presence felt!
So mommy, don’t be disheartened. A little creative brainstorming and family support will get you a fulfilling godh bharai. Above all, remember that the little baby inside us is the real gift and, above all, the actual blessing!
“Stay home. Stay Safe”
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