I have had so many generous offers to throw us baby showers that it makes my head spin. I guess I shouldn't really be surprised because A: my family and friends are awesome, and B: people were equally as generous when we got married. I guess I thought that since we're so far from home now, maybe folks wouldn't feel as obligated to throw us a party. I was wrong!
Because of the distance issue, I can't really make a zillion trips home like I want to. And I can't travel too close to my due date because I don't want to deliver this kid on a 747 somewhere over the midwest. It makes flight attendants cranky. And we don't want cranky. My sis is graduating with her Master's degree in early May, and of course I want to be there. That's also getting close to the mark that I've been advised not to be so far from home. So I planned a trip and we are going to have a week of solid partying, both for Peanut and I and for my newly graduated sis. I think I have three showers planned over the course of a few days that week. Whew!
Then it hit me. That's only a month away. I guess I should register for some stuff, huh? Most, if not all, of my showers back home are going to be gift-card showers, since I'll have to fly back with my loot. I know some people will be bummed about that because they think gift cards are lame, and some will be overjoyed that they don't have to hunt through the baby aisles for some musical toy. I happen to think it's great! I always thought that gift cards were a lazy girl's gift, until I got married. Not having to return stuff (or getting stuck with things without receipts), knowing I can assess and then purchase what I actually need, not having to store things for later down the line...it's priceless. Especially the storage thing. I don't have space in this apartment for hang on to things that Peanut will need as a toddler. Gift cards will let us buy what we need as we figure out we need it. So excited!
I was advised by the family matriarchs that I should still create a registry, since some out-of-town folks won't make it to a shower, and some folks might like to buy a gift and have it shipped, or what have you. And I am having one local shower with friends from church. So....I did. Well, I started anyway. I figured I'd start with Target since it's handy to me, nation-wide, and most people have to pop in there once in a while anyway. I did it online so I'd have more time to study on things, and since most items will have to be purchased online if they are gifted I wasn't terribly worried about in-store availability. I clicked through every single item in the Baby Stuff. I almost had a nervous breakdown. So much primary colored plastic musical light-up crap! So overwhelming! I tried to think practically, economically, and rationally. It helps that I didn't know what 3/4 of the stuff was anyway. I think I got all the major basics. I didn't register for any clothes or toys because I figure she'll get that stuff as gifts anyway. We're cloth diapering, so we don't need too much in that direction. I plan to breastfeed, so we don't need 800 bottles. And overall, WE HAVE A SMALL LIVING SPACE AND HOW MUCH CRAP DOES A BABY REALLY NEED??? Holy moly, they'll sell you anything if it has the word "baby" on it, and charge you triple for it. Ridiculous.
Whew. Stepping down from soapbox now. Moral of the story, if you know us, and know how to find us on the registry site, there is now a registry created at Target. Feel free to check it out and let me know what I forgot, or what I was mistakenly lead to believe I need. Thanks.