Family, friends throw surprise drive-by baby shower for nurse in Concord

Baby shower parade for Atrium nurse

CONCORD, N.C. (WBTV) - An emergency room nurse at Atrium Health Cabarrus got a big surprise at her home Saturday afternoon.

Brittany Abernathy is thankful to be able to have time off from work due to her high-risk pregnancy and COVID-19.

Saturday was supposed to be the day of her baby shower, but it was canceled because of coronavirus.

Her best friend decided to surprise her, bringing a socially distanced baby shower to her.

“I didn’t know it would be all this at all,” Abernathy said.

Abernathy had planned to spend her Saturday afternoon with her husband and kids but never expected the parade that happened just outside her doorstep.

Friends and family drove by with pink ribbons hanging from their cars.

They stepped out of their cars only to sign the guest book and to drop off presents.

Love was shared in the form of waves, air hugs, hand-written notes and laughter.

“I saw my dad, we saw friends, aunts and uncles, grandparents, you name it," Abernathy said.

Abernathy’s best friend Stacy Fisher was the mastermind behind it all.

Friends surprise pregnant Cabarrus Co. nurse with drive-by baby shower

The two women are pregnant at the same time.

“Being pregnant also it’s a huge deal," Fisher said. "Your baby shower is something you look forward to.”

Fisher decided to bring the baby shower to Abernathy.

“I really didn’t think we were going to get this many people to show up but I just wanted to make sure she knew she was loved,” Fisher said.

It was not the tea party event she had originally planned.

“It was a really hard secret to keep but thankfully she didn’t ask too many questions,” Fisher said.

The thoughtfulness of a friend was proof that even quarantine cannot cancel love.

“It was probably more meaningful than if we had gone through with our actual plans,” Abernathy said.

Abernathy’s baby daughter is due at the end of June.

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