My head is still spinning.
This is a task we have been avoiding as long as possible. Yesterday all of that avoidance came to an end. A very patient friend who recently had her own baby agreed to meet us at Babies R Us and help us wade through all of the baby-ness. Wow. Not fun. Not fun at all.
The first issue is that I am not a shopper. The activity itself isn’t enjoyable and the accumulation of lots and lots of stuff is anxiety-inducing. The second issue is that it’s hard for me to make decisions when I don’t have the information that I need to make the decision. How you can buy baby paraphernalia when you’ve never actually had a baby, I don’t understand. This shit is expensive and I don’t want to waste money on the wrong pump/stroller/monitor/whatever. My wife has convinced me that we can’t just hang out with Bean for a while until we get a feel for the whole Mom gig before we buy anything. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. This is why it was fabulous that our friend was willing to brave Babies R Us with us. She was almost like a translator and I needed a translator.
The good news is that we’ve got the bones of the registry together (still a few things we need to think about) and I’m alive to tell the tale.