Thursday, February 7, 2008

The New Bed/ Rage Against the Registry

So we don't have the nursery ready or a baby registry organized, but we do have a new bed. Esposo was at home for the delivery it was set up when I got home. I'm sorry I didn't give it the fanfare it deserved, or him the praise I think he was expecting. But Tuesday night I was seriously contemplating going to the emergency room because of discomfort. I ended up not going, and the pain hasn't really returned. If the baby had stopped moving or was moving less I would have gone, but neither of those were the case.

It's so wonderful to not fight gravity when I'm getting out of bed in the morning and to wake up with no back and hip pain. My husband's feet no longer hang over the edge, and I can sleep without waking up with him on my back. Now that we have a queen size bed I can't believe we slept in a full for so damned long. Of course the bed takes up mad floor space, but we don't need no stinking floor space- that's why we have a living room!

We've been working on creating the regisrty. This is taking a while because we've decided to do an alternative registry. We're not registering at a particular store because there are items we'd like that you can't get at the chain stores (like GDiapers- do an online search, we think they're great). So it means we do lots of searching and put everything in one place for your convenience. I hope to have it ready by the end of this weekend.

I'm finding it's harder to create this registry than a wedding registry. We're first time parents- what the hell do we know? It's not like we're using this stuff. What do I care? Get the baby what the hell you want, that's my attitude. According to the traditional stores I am supposed to care so I'm the one with the problem. I'm too practical I guess. I'd rather have the child than the stuff I'm supposed to "need" for a little person who won't remember the color of the nursery or the softness of the chariot it travelled in (that's what my husband calls the stroller, which I think is hilarious. It's like Coming to America: "You are the son of king. Why should you not walk on the petals of roses?")

If I can make one suggestion- don't just look at the product descriptions, read the customer reviews- but only the reviews of people who've actually used the products. We laughed at the ones that said "I just put the Snoopy Stroller together for my baby due in July 2008, and we can't wait to use it!" That's not a review sister, that's giddy anticipation, which won't help me in making a decision.

Oh, and tell the father not to feel too bad when he reads product descriptions that render him invisible. We read a description about a baby tub that made bath time enjoyable for mom and baby. My husband said "What, I can't enjoy bath time too?" He's right, and it's too bad fathers (and mothers!) are sent the message that babies are solely a woman's domain.

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