Today I ventured to Babies R Us to add some final things to my registry (like sheets and things that you need to feel first) and to look at cribs, dressers and gliders. What in the world have I gotten myself into???
The place was PACKED. I was initially shocked by the very full parking lot and quickly regretted my decision to plan this outing on a Saturday. (Note to self: Babies R Us is a Monday-Friday establishment from now on.)
The other part of the outing that stressed me out was the complete disorganization of the store. Maybe it's like your first time to a new grocery store where nothing is where you think it should be, but I spent 90% of my time roaming around by myself like a little girl who lost her mom. What I would have paid to have had my mom or a good friend with me who is in possession of a fully functioning brain...this pregnancy brain thing is killing me. It also didn't help that I hadn't eaten anything yet and so my body was screaming for nourishment.
I printed my registry when I got there, so I could look at and feel the items I had chosen, and immediately felt inadequate. Some of the registries people were carrying around were over 10 pages long. Mine was only 3 1/2. My kid is neglected already! A decision has been made in this house though that we will not resign ourselves to living in a toy store just because we have kid; besides, what kid needs that many toys and gadgets anyway? I registered for the items my mommy friends said I absolutely CANNOT live without, and am leaving it at that. Besides, I don't want to be greedy and have a 50 page registry.
Then they handed me the scanner. I registered for both my wedding and baby online and had never felt the power of the scanner before. This thing makes registering much too easy. Now I see how those lists get so long. Impulsive buyer's dream! You see something you even halfway like, scan the sucker and hope someone will buy it for you. After a few minutes, the blood returned to my head, I found the delete button and undid some of my scanning. Here was my thought: sure this is cute but I don't really want it and if someone got me this over something I really wanted I would have to come buy the item I really wanted on my own which would in turn just cost me money and then I would be stuck with this item I didn't really want and would feel a pang of regret and guilt every time I saw it because I would know I didn't really want it and someone wasted their money on it. Did I mention I hadn't eaten yet?
The scanner gets you things like this:
After roaming around for a little bit, hungry, lost, and wanting my mommy, I turned in the scanner before tears started to form (although I'm sure I wouldn't be the first pregnant person to curl up in the fetal position and cry in Babies R Us because she was lost, confused, and overwhelmed) and decided I will drag Steve back tomorrow so I can feel safe and he can make all of the decisions. Guess I will have to make another exception to my Monday-Friday rule.
So my mommy friends who haven't given me their input already, here is my registry....did I forget anything that you really couldn't live without? A follow-up question: is there anything I registered for that you think is a great big waste? I'm not posting my registry because I am fishing for gifts....however, if you would like to make a donation to my child's life, I won't turn anything away. hehe
http://www.babiesrus.com/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=2255957 It's under my name: Kristi Callaway, Houston, TX
A friend is giving me her changing pad and 2 covers for it so I didn't forget those, and another is selling me her breast pump, so I didn't forget that either.
My other dilemma is that I want people to feel free to give me LOTS and LOTS of diapers, but my shower is going to be in Florida and I live in Texas. Does anyone know of a way people could give me a Pampers gift card (do they sell those? They aren't on the website) or diapers of any sort without having to buy me just a Babies R Us gift card? I would hate to have to go all the way over there when I need diapers. All of my other gifts will be shipped here, so I will have to be sure to tip my UPS man.
Now I am watching the Gator game and I may still end up in the fetal position crying if things continue to go this way. Come on boys, I don't necessarily expect a win since our 3rd string quarterback is starting and this is his first time even playing in a college football game, but let's score at least a couple times just for good measure.