Having a baby is different the second time. Maybe it's the "been there, done that" patience that comes with having been there and done that before.

Having a baby is different the second time. Maybe it's the "been there, done that" patience that comes with having been there and done that before. But maybe the expectant mommy feels a little wistful about the now-missing special attention that accompanied every experience during that first go-around.

Consider, for example, the tradition of baby showers. Tradition dictates that friends and family throw showers for the first pregnancy. But what about subsequent pregnancies? That's where the equally delightful tradition of "sprinkles" comes in.

These are baby showers thrown for the experienced expectant mom. Long a practice in the Southern U.S., sprinkles originally were held when the second baby was a different gender than the firstborn, but they've now become a delightful excuse for friends to simply get together and celebrate the new baby to come.

That's what Cherie Hinson had in mind when she hosted a sprinkle for her friend Alissa Hines this past fall. Hines and her husband Teddy - and their 3-year-old daughter Ellen - were expecting Baby No. 2.

Hinson has good reason to enjoy throwing showers and sprinkles. As owner of Petit Green, a baby boutique in Polaris Fashion Place, she delights in finding luxurious and practical goodies to bequeath on her friends. And she loves the sprinkle concept.

"It's just a casual smaller gathering and it's for everyone, the dads and kids, too," Hinson explained before guests began arriving to her Bexley home for the Sunday afternoon party. "And I know some people are bringing gifts for Ellen, too."

Simple bouquets of yellow roses adorned a few tables, while Hinson and her friends laid out a selection of baked goodies from the German Village bakery Pistacia Vera, and they made their own finger sandwiches of the egg salad, salami and provolone, chicken salad and cucumber varieties.

Game cards with trivia questions about the expectant mom waited for guests. Hinson had selected a few gifts from her store, and - another sprinkle tradition - had asked friends to contribute toward buying one big gift, in this case a Bugaboo Donkey duo stroller that would accommodate Ellen and her new sibling.

"That's instead of everyone bringing something on their own," Hinson said, noting that the tradition springs from not wanting to duplicate supplies a family may still have from the first baby.

The attention was deeply appreciated by the Hines family.

"It's just wonderful to be here with everyone and share the moment," said Alissa Hines, as Hinson's daughter Riley shyly approached her.

"That's a baby in your belly?" she smiled.

"That's right," Hines said. "There really is."