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With any type of event there is always the potential for something to go wrong. Decorations might be misplaced, caterers may not be able to show up at the last minute, and venues may be cancelled - these are only a few of the million little details that can unexpectedly go wrong. Even I have been plagued by little unforeseen mishaps including when my big dopey white and black spotted Labrador Retriever decided to eat half a tier of my wedding cake on the day of the big event. No the dog wasn’t murdered by a tear-stained bride but some last minute planning had to be made and a garden had to be raided for fresh blooms to take up the space vacated by the missing tier.

When you are planning a baby shower, there are several variables that can be very unexpected and may change your party plans completely. Obviously these greatly revolve around the plans of baby, and that is what we are going to look at in this article, what to do when the unexpected happens.

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One of the most important things that I am going to say to you in regards to the unexpected is don’t worry. Things will work out, and there is no reason to be overly stressed if things take an unexpected twist. All it will take is a little extra planning, and you will be back on schedule for hosting an uplifting and fun baby shower.

When baby makes his own plans:

Despite all our best efforts, babies have their own schedule on how things are going to play out in the grand scheme of being born. Some babies stay in much longer than others while some make an unexpected appearance several weeks before the expected delivery date. It is very common for baby showers to be missing the guest of honor simply because baby has arrived early.

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If this happens to you, there are a few things that you can do, but it completely depends upon the health of the baby.

First things first - if the pregnancy has resulted in a pre-term delivery, you should either postpone the shower or turn it into something different. This is a heart wrenching period in the lives of any parent whether it is their first or 23rd baby and the thought of celebrating a life that is clutching at a chance to be, can be more than a parent can stand. Depending on the age of gestation, there is a survival rate of 20-30% for neonate born around 22 to 23 weeks up to a 90% survival rate for neonates born around 28 to 29 weeks (The Management of Preterm Labor, Robert L. Goldenberg, MD, 2002).

If preterm labor occurs in the later weeks of pregnancy, then a baby shower may be suitable, especially if you postpone it by a week or two, or until the baby is about a month or two months old. If the preterm labor occurs in the 22nd or 23rd weeks of pregnancy, then you will need to either cancel the shower or change it significantly.

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Regardless of the gestational date of delivery, you will need to get on the phone and contact guests. Let them know what is happening and how things may be changed. Offer to work as a go between for the parents and concerned friends and family and give updates to your guests about the baby and how the parents are doing. Also find ways to collect letters of support or flowers. This goes above and beyond the call of a hostess, but since you have the numbers handy, it is the least you can do during such a trying period.

If the baby is at 22 weeks gestation or earlier, it is better to cancel the shower until later notice, possibly after the baby has arrived home. If you would like to have a type of shower, ask guests to come and give gentle support to the parents that they care about. Keep it very low key, no presents or games and just the silent support that they need. If the parents are at the hospital, arrange for a group to go down for a few minutes and meet in a family room to offer support. With all the extra prayers, hopefully baby will make it through and you can have not only a baby shower when he or she arrives home, but you can also have a celebration for the strong little soul that has fought the odds and won.

When the Guest of Honor can’t make it:

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When I was pregnant with my second child, I went into pre-term labor at about 32 week’s gestation. Luckily the doctors were able to stop the contractions, but I was also hospitalized for the better part of a week. If my shower had been planned around that time, I would have missed it simply because I was sitting in a hospital bed gazing out at a world passing me by. Even though I was lucky in many ways, many women have and will go through the exact same experience that I did with only one exception, their baby shower does fall in that time.

If this is the case for the baby shower that you are hosting, it can be manageable in many ways. One option is to keep the shower set for the date that you have chosen but let your guests know that the mom will not be attending for medical reasons. At the shower, you can do several things. First, you can have a regular shower and videotape it. All the presents can be sent over to the expectant mother later, or you can invite everyone back for a gift opening brunch after the expectant mom is out of the hospital.

Another option is to arrange for people to go over to the hospital in groups of 2 or 3 to bring their gift for the new mom to open. This can be difficult since they won’t be able to leave the gift at the hospital and they aren’t going to want to travel back to your house to drop off. It is also impossible to do this if the hospital is a fair distance from your house. Anything over a 10 minute drive is going to be too far so I only suggest this option if under certain circumstances; 1. The hospital is close, 2. It doesn’t have strict visitation policies, 3. If the guest are for it, and finally 4. If the mom to be wants guests. If even one of these poses a problem, don’t even suggest it.

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If you are faced with the problem where mom has been put on bed rest, then you can still have a shower like I have outlined above by videotaping the event for the expectant mom. Another alternative is to bring the shower to her. Chances are she can sit on her couch without disobeying the doctor’s orders so she won’t have to miss her shower. One point to mention is that you should try to keep it low key and only play games that guests do while they are sitting. This way she won’t feel like she is missing out if people are jumping around and playing more vigorous games.

Remember that a baby shower can be thrown with the expectant mother missing from the guest list. If you would like a few more ideas, visit our article about throwing an absentee or long distance shower. Don’t forget, just relax and plan things to accommodate those unexpected events that have been thrown into the party planning excitement.


How should we respond when the unexpected happens? ›

Keep Calm and Patience

It is the most essential and beneficial attitude you could keep when you face any unexpected situation in life. No matter how much the big problem is, you should stay calm to manage the things properly.

How do you solve unexpected problems? ›

Fortunately, no matter the scale or nature of the beast, almost any unforeseen challenge can be handled with the following five-step process:
  1. Do a damage report. ...
  2. Control your emotional response. ...
  3. Focus on the long-term goals. ...
  4. Clearly communicate the challenge. ...
  5. Collaborate or settle on a solution.
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What are 5 examples of unexpected events? ›

Unexpected events
  • Death.
  • Divorce.
  • Long-Term disability.
  • Personal injuries.
  • Unemployment.

How do you deal with unexpected news? ›

Dealing with unexpected news in a positive way
  1. Keep calm.
  2. Don't jump to conclusions.
  3. Take time to process the news.
  4. Managing your expectations.
  5. 2020 as an example.
  6. In summary…
Jan 7, 2022

How do you mentally respond to unexpected situations? ›

How to cope with the unexpected?
  1. Acceptance. ...
  2. Acknowledge your feelings. ...
  3. Face what you're most afraid of. ...
  4. Reframe. ...
  5. Do something different or make new choices. ...
  6. Practice compassion and being positive. ...
  7. Counseling can be very helpful during the time.

How do you deal with problems quickly? ›

Principles to Help:
  1. Pay attention to your emotions and how they influence you. ...
  2. Consciously decide how to respond to a conflict situation. ...
  3. Give yourself time to prepare. ...
  4. Listen, Reflect, Inquire. ...
  5. Use “I” messages to express your concerns in a non-confrontational way. ...
  6. Frame the issue in terms of interests.

What is a plan to take alternative action in case of unforeseen circumstances? ›

A contingency plan is a course of action designed to help an organization respond effectively to a significant future incident, event or situation that may or may not happen.

How do you deal with problems without solutions? ›

  1. If you can't solve a problem, look for ways to eliminate it. ...
  2. If you can't eliminate a problem, look for ways to shrink it. ...
  3. See if you can delegate the problem to someone else. ...
  4. Ask yourself what insight would make the problem easier to solve. ...
  5. Question whether you actually need to solve the problem right now.
Jul 22, 2021

What is it called when unexpected things happen? ›

accidental. adventitious. by chance. by-the-way. contingent.

What are the three types of unexpected events? ›

In the workplace and to a similar extent at home or on the road, there are only 3 main sources of unexpected events: either the equipment does something unexpectedly, someone else does something unexpectedly or we do something unexpectedly.

How do you not let the news bother you? ›

Consume News in a Healthier Way
  1. Limit your time engaging with news. ...
  2. Carve out a specific window for it—but never before bed. ...
  3. Choose the least disturbing form of media for you. ...
  4. Subscribe to a curated newsletter or podcast. ...
  5. Have a trusted friend fill you in. ...
  6. Avoid friends or colleagues who are "doomsday" thinkers.
Sep 21, 2022

Why do I panic when something unexpected happens? ›

Our brain is wired to rely on things in our life being predictable. When we can't predict our life and environment because of unforeseen events or unexpected situations, we become incredibly anxious. When unexpected events happen, our brain automatically goes into fight or flight.

What is anxiety about unexpected events? ›

Anticipatory anxiety is excessive worry about a future event. It could be a scheduled event, such as a new job, or a potential threat, such as the loss of a loved one. It occurs with many types of anxiety disorder.

Do unexpected situations make people feel stressed? ›

Stress is our body's response to pressure. Many different situations or life events can cause stress. It is often triggered when we experience something new or unexpected that threatens our sense of self or when we feel we have little control over a situation.

How do you respond to sup in a flirty way? ›

11 Flirty Responses to “What's Up?”
  1. Better now that I'm hearing from you! ...
  2. Feeling pretty beautiful/handsome today, but not as beautiful/handsome as you are!
  3. I'm really busy, but counting down the hours until (insert the date when you'll see them again).
  4. I was just thinking of you and wondering how you look today.
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How to respond to how are you doing tonight? ›

I'm fine, thanks,” is an okay answer.

How do you deal with complex problems? ›

Here are some things you can do to improve your ability to solve complex problems:
  1. Always be learning.
  2. Try to solve problems more quickly.
  3. Ask yourself what needs to happen.
  4. Ask a qualified person for help.
  5. Ask yourself the best thing that can happen.
  6. Consider your current mindset.
Mar 22, 2022

What are the 5 steps that you will do when faced with a difficult problem? ›

Six step guide to help you solve problems
  • Step 1: Identify and define the problem. State the problem as clearly as possible. ...
  • Step 2: Generate possible solutions. ...
  • Step 3: Evaluate alternatives. ...
  • Step 4: Decide on a solution. ...
  • Step 5: Implement the solution. ...
  • Step 6: Evaluate the outcome.

What are the 3 problem solving techniques? ›

Those steps are: Define the problem. List all the possible solutions. Evaluate the options.

What is unforeseen circumstances? ›

DEFINITIONS1. used in official statements for explaining that something unexpected has happened that will prevent an event or situation from continuing normally.

What is unforeseen circumstances law? ›

Unforeseen circumstances means changes in circumstances affecting a species or geographic area covered by a conservation plan or agreement that could not reasonably have been anticipated by plan or agreement developers and the Service at the time of the conservation plan's or agreement's negotiation and development, ...

What are unforeseen circumstances examples? ›

Accidents are usually unforeseen events: no one expects to get in a car or bike accident on a given day. Winning the lottery, since it's so unlikely, would be an unforeseen event. If something was unanticipated or out of the blue, it was unforeseen. Unforeseen events can be good or bad, but they're all surprises.

What is it called when you can't solve a problem? ›

A bottleneck happens when you can't solve a problem because you can't remove a bad thought from your brain.

What is something good that happens unexpectedly? ›

Fortuitous means by chance, like a lucky accident. If you and your best friend's families happen to go on vacation to the same place at the same time, that's a fortuitous coincidence! Something fortuitous is random like an accident, but there's no downside.

What is the feeling caused by something unexpected happening? ›

surprise noun (FEELING)

the feeling caused by something unexpected happening: He looked at her in/with surprise.

What is it called when something happens because of something? ›

Something that happens as a result of something else can be described as consequent. Rapidly melting snow often causes consequent flooding, for example.

How do you deal with unexpected situations interview questions? ›

Use these tips for dealing with the unexpected during an interview.
  1. Just Breathe. ...
  2. Be Yourself. ...
  3. Use Unexpected Interview Questions to Start a Conversation. ...
  4. Take Your Time. ...
  5. Explain Your Thought Process When Answering Unexpected Interview Questions. ...
  6. Pivot When You Don't Have an Answer.

What is an unexpected incident? ›

If an event or someone's behaviour is unexpected, it surprises you because you did not think that it was likely to happen.

What are unexpected events that change relationships? ›

Common examples are migration, an inheritance or business failure that has a big impact on the financial situation or a serious illness or death, perhaps of a child. Whatever the event, the couple needs to adjust to it, and come to terms with their feelings.

Why is it important to be prepared for the unexpected? ›

The fact is, illnesses, accidents, and other unexpected things could happen at any moment, but the more prepared you are for the “what-ifs,” the easier they will be to manage and get through.

Why does it make sense to prepare for an unexpected occurrence? ›

There are real benefits to being prepared:

Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters. Communities, families, and individuals should know what to do in the event of a fire and where to seek shelter during a powerful storm.

What happens to your body when you hear shocking news? ›

Everyone reacts to traumatic events differently. Depending on the circumstances, you may feel completely numb or you may experience panic, anger, or disassociation. You may also experience physical symptoms such as a rapid heartbeat, breathlessness, or tightness in your throat.

What is the bad news syndrome? ›

This negative spiral — lately dubbed “doomscrolling” — can take a toll on mental health. Studies have linked the consumption of bad news to increased distress, anxiety and depression, even when the news in question is relatively mundane.

What do you say to something unexpected? ›

Ways of saying that you are surprised or shocked - thesaurus
  • funnily enough. phrase. ...
  • you don't say. phrase. ...
  • heavens above. phrase. ...
  • Well, I never (did) phrase. ...
  • is that a fact? phrase. ...
  • you would not believe. phrase. ...
  • of all things/people/places. phrase. ...
  • now I've seen everything/it all. phrase.

What does it mean when something unexpected happens? ›

If an event or someone's behaviour is unexpected , it surprises you because you did not think that it was likely to happen .

How do I deal with unexpected events in the classroom? ›

Try to be as honest as you can with your students. If you don't know the answer to a question, tell the student so and promise to check on it. If you are not happy with someone's behavior, talk to the person (privately). If there's a problem about some aspect of the class, talk about it rather than hoping it goes away.

What does it mean when you expect the unexpected? ›

'Expect the unexpected' most closely means accept the fact that there will be surprises along the way and/or things that cannot be controlled. Essentially, don't be surprised by random and/or unusual events that may occur.

What is it called when something good happens unexpectedly? ›

/sɛrɪnˈdɪpɪti/ Other forms: serendipities. If you find good things without looking for them, serendipity — unexpected good luck — has brought them to you. Serendipity does not come from Latin or Greek, but rather was created by a British nobleman in the mid 1700s from an ancient Persian fairy tale.

What do you say when you are shocked? ›

Example – I was taken aback, when I heard about John's death. Example – I am just stunned with her behaviour towards her husband. Example – It's unbelievable that they got married at this age.

What is it called when something happens all of a sudden? ›

Some common synonyms of sudden are abrupt, headlong, impetuous, and precipitate. While all these words mean "showing undue haste or unexpectedness," sudden stresses unexpectedness and sharpness or violence of action.

What is it called when the unexpected happens? ›

out of the blue, unanticipated, unforeseen, unlooked-for. not anticipated. unhoped, unhoped-for, unthought, unthought-of. so unexpected as to have not been imagined.

How do you teach expected vs unexpected behavior? ›

Avoid talking only about unexpected behaviors. Highlight the behaviors that are expected for that situation in an explicit way. For example, “Wow, you figured out that raising your hand is an expected behavior for teacher talk time. That keeps me feeling relaxed while I'm teaching, but what about during recess?”

How do you deal with negativity in the classroom? ›

5 Ways to Deal with Negative Teachers
  1. Address the Behavior with the Teacher. ...
  2. Get Administration Involved. ...
  3. Learn to Properly Express Your Own Feelings. ...
  4. Remove Yourself from the Situation. ...
  5. Don't Let Go of Your Own Positivity.

Why is expecting the unexpected important? ›

Your kids are watching to see how you handle life and how you handle things you didn't see coming. Expecting the unexpected will allow both you and your child to see life with less anxiousness, less fear, and less depression. Because, if you see life as an adventure, your kids will too.

What is an unexpected outcome? ›

If an event or someone's behaviour is unexpected, it surprises you because you did not think that it was likely to happen.

What does it mean to prepare for the unexpected? ›

Living a life that prepares for the unexpected is being realistic about the “What if's” that could be expected on your journey, choosing to be resilient during the difficult times, and always leaning into positivity.


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