When my friend started asking me about labour bag essentials, I honestly had no clue why she was asking. I was not pregnant, and I knew she was not either. I thought I had misunderstood her question, but she just started laughing at my confusion. That is when she told me she was indeed pregnant. She had just found out, and she explained that she was already thinking of everything from morning sickness and cravings to what she would need to take to the hospital when her water broke. She never brought up the hospital bag again, but I did not forget.

I knew I was going to throw her a baby shower. This was her first child, and I know that all of our friends as well as her family would want to celebrate with her. I decided to have the party when she was in her fifth month …