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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Getting registered

We are finally and officially registered! It only took us 6 1/2 months to do it, but we're done. For now anyway. The funny thing was that even though the stores all provided a list of suggested necessities for having at home when the baby arrives, we still felt like we had no idea what we were doing. Although I'm sure that's completely normal for first-time parents, it wasn't terribly encouraging for us as we wandered up and down the aisles and aisles of baby stuff.

To say it was overwhelming would be an understatement. But at least this time we weren't completely unprepared. A few weeks back, we went into Baby Depot in the Burlington Coat factory just to look around. We left there holding our chins in our hands with the shock of how much it was going to cost us to furnish a nursery and provide our baby with everything he "needed." Thankfully, we came to realize very quickly that much of the "necessary" items were more to promote sales than they were actually needed by either the baby or parents. Sure, I would think that having your wipes warmed before you used them on an unsuspecting baby's bottom would be nice, but babies have been having their bottoms wiped for years by cold, straight-out-of-the-container wipes and they're none worse for the wear.

So, after spending several hours walking through Baby Depot and Toys-R-Us, we are pretty much done. I also took a few minutes and ran through the Wal-Mart gift registry, and because I have had so many people tell me they either shop at Target or they have recommended their baby department, I will have to take a little time sometime in the near future and go register there. But, officially, we are registered.

Now we just need to work on finishing up the construction in the basement so we can move our guest room furniture down there and start getting the nursery ready... with Thanksgiving only days away and Christmas hot on it's heels, that leaves us with January before we hit the absolute last-minute panic button. Anyone think we'll be ready? Can you ever really be ready?


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