Since you all responded to my post so quickly I am going to post again, lest you do think I got kidnapped by a band of WI gypsies. (I think our neighbor is one, he drinks Milwaukee’s Best)
In those comments, dear Jaybird asked if we have bought anything for the baby yet. In short, YES! Purchasing things for our BB has been a bit more difficult that one may imagine. I think there are two reasons for this: (a) I almost have a panic and/or tear attack when I walk into Babies R’ Us and equivalent stores (b) What the heck do you buy for a child who you do not know their gender, age, or size? We have been collecting books for while and have received some gracious gifts in that category from friends & family, including Jaybird & her Canadian. Other than that, I have been to “a few” boutique baby stores and look at the slings, toys, and onesies, but I usually leave empty handed, about to cry, or with something benign and practical like a cloth diaper. Who knew that Bunnyloves & Fuzzibuns could be so anticipated…..I am actually excited to buy diapers, but again I have no idea what my kid will “prefer,” so even my practical options are difficult to select.
So, back to The Purchase, but first a little history. This past Christmas some friends wanted to buy us a jog stroller. The “she” in the couple researched the options and saw how saturated and specialized this market was so instead they gave us a sizable GC to REI. When our dividend came a few months ago, we threw it in the desk draw on top of the GC and sighed that some day we would be able to buy a jog stroller. “Ah, someday we will have a need for that purchase,” we commiserated.
Then, some of our friends, who are also expecting a baby through adoption about the same time we are, bought a jog stroller. It was as if someone told us that now it is OK to start making purchases, so we too went ahead and placed our order for this gracious gift from our dear ad lady & law boy friends. Then, I started looking at cribs, rugs, ergo/sling/carriers – and now I am planning the baby’s room; a loosely based lion theme inspired by this fabric. I have not been back to the mega baby stores to see if my panic and tears have subsided, but I think this purchase may have been the perfect medicine.
On a related note…….we had the strolled shipped to the REI near us and went to pick it up two weeks ago. We bought the pouting poodle, stopped at Target, and then went to pick up our new patio chairs that came in. Sitting in the parking lot of the furniture store we really had to problem solve to fit all of these items in or on our vehicle. Fortunately we are both masters at tetris and bungeed the stroller to the top of the car, slid in two unassembled Adirondack chairs, a 75 pound poodle, 4 grocery bags and we even had room for a large takeout pizza. Can you tell I am resisting the minivan?