This is a fairly minor question in the scheme of things. The other day, I had to buy a card for a male co-worker who is going on paternity leave (first baby for him and his wife). Admittedly, the newsagent I visited didn't have a huge selection of cards, but I didn't feel like any of the cards on offer were really appropriate. For example:
- Baby cards: These cards all seemed to be based on premise that the baby had already arrived (the messages inside were all "Congratulations on the arrival of your new [son/daughter]". As the baby hasn't been born yet, I thought that was a bit premature (no pun intended).
- "Goodbye, we'll miss you!" cards: My co-worker is only taking leave for 6 weeks, so not really suitable.
- "Well done, so proud of you!" cards: It seems a tad strange to congratulate someone for a natural act of reproduction (or maybe that's just my hang-up?).
- "Good Luck!" cards: I came close to buying one of these, but thought it might seem a bit negative/insulting. Eg "Good luck with parenthood... you're going to need it! Hahahaha!".
In the end, I chose a blank card.
But what say you, eHellions? Was there a type of card which would have been more appropriate? I honestly couldn't find any that basically said "Congratulations on being an expectant parent".