Anyhow, the shower itself was nice and lowkey. There were about 25 people there- mostly high school & college friends plus a few of my mom's friends, relatives, and the family I used to babysit for. An eclectic mix, but it worked.
We didn't really "need" anything so I mostly registered for updates of things we had. New washcloths, a new bather seat, pump supplies, etc. It was more about seeing people that I never see because we're so busy. Like I said, it was nice. And another reminder of who matters and who we can count on.
Where am I going with this? All of my in-laws were invited. Of those that were invited? ZERO came. ZERO. Seriously? Well, Johnny's family on his dad's side had an excuse-- one in in New Hampshire and they did really get snow that blocked her from leaving the house. And his other cousin and his aunt were both in Virginia. Together they chipped in and bought the new stroller we wanted. And the New Hampshire cousin wrote my mom an apologetic email explaining the circumstances.
But the rest of Johnny's family on his mom's side? His mom didn't come. I already know that they (his parents) don't really like me. (I'm too quiet, I don't appreciate their invasive & sometimes personal questioning) They never have, but this kind of drives up the tension for me a bit more. None of his aunts or cousins came either. And I feel like none of them can really blame the weather because it wasn't that bad and there was nothing taken off the registry that we didn't get, so it doesn't seem like anyone had purchased a gift and then didn't make it. Though, yes, I know they don't have to buy off the registry. Anywho. It was just a bit of a kick. I guess the point is that while I didn't need them there to have a good time (it was still fabulous), it kind of felt like it said a lot by them not being there.
I am going to really reserve judgement until Johnny can talk to his mom and see what happened or why she didn't come. I suspect the reasons are that she got the invite late (it went out in the 2nd mailing due to stamps, but the rest of her family got the invites before her and she was upset) and that my mom didn't include her in the process (it was my mom's thing... if this is the reason then she needs to get over it, right?) so it was her way of showing how she felt. But we'll see.
And I have zero pictures so I'm really hoping my mom and sister-in-laws took some good ones!
And since I keep promising pictures here are a few randoms...