First of all, if you're expecting---CONGRATULATIONS!

My mom used to always say that "babies give us hope." I didn't completely understand what she meant at the time, but assumed I would someday when I became a mom.

Because #lifehappens, I never had the particular joy of becoming a mother--at least not of a human baby. Even still, I think I know what she meant now.

In the midst of the madness of this world in which we find ourselves, there is much over which to fret and be concerned. However, when it comes to the happy news of a baby on the way--whether within my family or friend group--there's something purely joyful about that.

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If you or someone you love is having a baby, I can imagine the overwhelming excitement of their impending delightful arrival! And now you can focus on gathering all of those adorable baby things and creating the perfect nursery to which you will soon be bring them home.

In the meantime, its time to enjoy the preparation and probably to celebrate with at least one baby shower as friends and family gather together to help you prepare for the new addition to your family. And that begs the question....

Where are some of the best places in, near, or around Tyler in which to hold these baby showers?

Obviously a friend or family member's home is always a potentially lovely choice. At the same time, you may just want to celebrate somewhere else--perhaps in a more public location. That way, you or your family member will have less to clean up.

Plus, baby showers often include more people than they used to--especially since menfolk are much more likely to attend, as well. (Which I love.)

Recently, someone posed the question on a social media local page: "Where are some of the best places to have a baby shower in or near Tyler?"

Here's what they had to say--and please feel free to let us know of more locations you'd recommend in the comments on our Facebook page:

Locals Share 12 of the Best Places for Baby Showers Near Tyler

Planning a baby shower as you prepare for the new addition to your family? Here are some of the places recommended by Tyler residents.

25 Most Popular Girl Baby Names in Texas

These are the 25 most popular names for baby girls in Texas as of 2020.

25 Most Popular Baby Boy names in Texas

These are the 25 most popular baby boy names in Texas as of 2020.

LOOK: The most popular biblical baby names

To determine the most popular biblical baby names, Stacker consulted the name origin site Behind the Name and the Social Security Administration's baby names database then ranked the top 50 names from Behind the Name's Biblical Names origins list of 564 names, based on how many babies had been given these names in 2019. Click through to find out which biblical names have stood the test of time.

KEEP READING: Here are the most popular baby names in every state

Using March 2019 data from the Social Security Administration, Stacker compiled a list of the most popular names in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C., according to their 2018 SSA rankings. The top five boy names and top five girl names are listed for each state, as well as the number of babies born in 2018 with that name. Historically common names like Michael only made the top five in three states, while the less common name Harper ranks in the top five for 22 states.

Curious what names are trending in your home state? Keep reading to see if your name made the top five -- or to find inspiration for naming your baby.