Okay people, come to 2010, this is a such thing. I am not crazy (well maybe a little crazy)and I did not make this up (regardless of what my husband and family think). So today I decided to look it up for you guys.
Push Present-a present a new father gives a new mother when she gives birth to their child. In practice the present may be given before or after the birth, or even in the delivery room. The giving of push presents has grown in the United States in recent years.
The History of the Push Present- The tradition of gift-giving to commemorate a birth has long roots in England and India. The term "push present" first appeared in a publication in 1992. In 2005, when the Southeast-United States jewelry chain Mayors marketed diamond earrings with the line "She delivered your first born, now give her twins." Fortunoff, a jewelry and gift chain store, established a push present registry in 2007. There is, however, no evidence that the present was invented by the jewelry industry to sell more goods, and until recently it was passed on largely by word of mouth or peer pressure among both mothers and fathers. According to Linda Murray, the executive editor of BabyCenter.com, "It’s more and more an expectation of moms these days that they deserve something for bearing the burden for nine months, getting sick, ruining their body. The guilt really gets piled on." Other sources trace the development of the present to the increased assertiveness of women, allowing them to ask for a present more directly, or the increased involvement of the men in pregnancy, making them more informed of the pain and difficulties of pregnancy and labor.
Courtesy of Wikipedia :)
(I'm sure it's totally acceptable for parents to give their daughters push presents as well...hint hint Daddy)
So, will Mr. Ehrhardt come through with the push present....we shall see...and btw I'm thinking a diamond pendant necklace would be a fantastic idea.