Push presents

September 16, 2009 at 11:49 AM 2 comments

For the “WTF!?  Are you serious?” file, there is a new and growing trend called “push presents” or “birth baubles“.  “What is this,” you might ask?  Well, it is a gift given to women during labor, during the birth of a child, the baby daddy is now supposed to give baby mama a gift.  Far be it from me to deny my significant other with the finer things in life, but do we really need another expectation to spend money?  During birth!?

Hi!  Could I interest you in some earrings?

Hi! Is now a good time to give you some earrings?

I’ve been through the birth of one child and hopefully I will have a chance sometime soon.  Granted, not like my wife has been through the birth of one child, but nonetheless, I have a first-hand observation and experience of the event.  I can’t fathom how anyone would suggest this be the right time to give a gift.

In “A Bundle of Joy Isn’t Enough?” from the New York Times, the article briefly explores this latest Fashion & Style.  Where one woman was given diamond earrings and another a pricey metal sculpture.  Jena Slosburg received the pair of diamond earrings and says “I was on cloud nine.  It was the perfect present to make a frazzled, sleep-deprived, first-time mommy feel absolutely glamorous.”  What, we can’t go through an event that our species has been performing for tens of thousands of years without having to fill it with a bunch of crap?

Every kid begins with Kay?

Every kid begins with Kay?

The birth of a child is an amazing moment.  My male buddies claimed it to be the end of my life as I knew it.  My work colleagues told stories of sleepless nights, vomit, colic, and many other horrors that come with a new human being.  The birth of our son didn’t go smoothly.  There were some complications.  It was hard.  And we knew that going into it.   Never mind that we spent thousands of dollars of our health insurance money to have this child.  We kept the sex of our child a surprise.  So, at the end of the day, we got the best gift we’ve ever known — a beautiful baby boy.  He was healthy, mama was healthy, and we went back to our room to revel in the creation and elation of parenthood.

Despite this article having been written in 2007, I did not hear about it with the birth of our son in 2009.  Even if I had, I don’t know that I would have done it.  We spent enough money.  We walked away with the gift that keeps on giving.  We commemorate the birth with a child.  Not some trinket.  Not some rock, or hunk of metal.  We celebrate the occasion WITH A CHILD!  Didn’t we learn anything from the materialism of the 1980’s?  Didn’t you watch Wall Street?  I spoke with my partner about it and she said “It’s just another excuse to make you feel guilty and sell more stuff.”  Thank you, honey!  I couldn’t have said it better myself.

A Bundle of Joy Isn’t Enough?


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  • 1. Cindy Hanson  |  September 16, 2009 at 9:35 PM

    materialism in the 80’s??? have you walked into a store during ANY holiday? I’m waiting for the day Mattel comes up with a Ramadan Barbi. In a country that those in poverty still live in a higher standard of living than the rest of the world, to be honest, myhusband would get those earrings back in a not so comfortable way. diamonds indeed!

    • 2. Nathan Schmidt  |  September 16, 2009 at 9:47 PM

      Sooo….your answer is we didn’t learn a damn thing from the materialism of the 80s. 🙂 And at least your husband didn’t get you a Ramadan Barbie for a push present, because that’s a lot more uncomfortable than the diamonds going in places it shouldn’t.

      Speaking of holidays, did you buy your yule log this July? Oh you didn’t, well, I’m sure it’ll be available soon.


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