Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Presents Are FUN!

Considering I am becoming a mom having bypassed the wedding and accompanying bridal shower, I have to say, I am LOVING receiving baby gifts! I have already received gifts from two awesome bloggers. (BTW, you two, thank you notes are coming. I have some in my desk at work and some in my purse. I really don’t have a good excuse, but I will write them and mail them.)

I had a difficult day at work today. We’re working on some things for the big bosses, and whenever we do, my boss gets VERY uptight. I’m uncomfortable and cranky, add my boss’s anxiety to that mix and I get even crankier! So, I’m dragging myself home on my poor, sore feet, and to my delight, find a big box waiting for me in front of my apartment door. Baby girl’s beautiful, fancy, shmancy swing!!! Miss Strawberry Shortcake and I are so lucky and so loved. This past Saturday I got a phone call from a very dear friend saying that she and her daughter were looking at my registry (ummm, actually one of them, I have three, ‘cause I’m just a nut (more on that later)), and wanted to know if it was okay to buy a fancier swing than the one I registered for. How sweet is that!?!? The swing that arrived today is absolutely beautiful! I will leave it in the box for now, so the cats don’t appropriate it. I’m sure there will be a steady stream of visitors coming over to meet my girl when she comes home, I figure I will put one of them to work assembling the swing.

So, here’s the part of the post where I ask the internets for advice and opinions. About all the baby stuff! Most of the big items I'm getting as hand me downs. That truly suits me just fine. I’m so thrilled about finally having the child I’ve wanted … well, FOREVER, that having all brand, spanking, new baby stuff just isn’t important. I registered for the least expensive swing because, as much as I enjoy presents, some friends and family members are struggling in this difficult economy. About my nutty three registries: I first registered at one of the big chains (went to the store with my family, my niece insisted on being in charge of the scanner), but then I was talking to a friend who said I should register with the other big baby chain, because some people prefer to go to the store rather than shopping online, and this chain has more locations. Then, because I really am not a big chain store fan, I registered on Wishpot.com after reading about it on Lori and Chicklet’s All Thumbs Reviews blog. Wishpot is awesome! You download a button to your browser, then you can be on any website (YAY, Etsy!) and just click the button to add items to your list. So tell me dear mom friends, since I’m basically covered for the big stuff, what odds and ends did you find invaluable? Any toy that your baby was particularly captivated by? For instance, my friend who got me the swing said her kids loved the Lamaze mirror. Something I wouldn’t have thought of.

Looking forward to your suggestions!

13 comments:

Kristin said...

I didn't use a sling but I loved (and the kiddos did too) my Baby Bjorn. Also, my kids loved the bouncy seat. Ours had a switch that made it vibrate.

And, finally, check your email.

dreamsofquiet said...

Not a mom, so no gift advice. Just wanted to say I'm so happy for you! :) Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

battynurse said...

No advice but glad your enjoying the baby gifts.

meandbaby said...

I can't offer any suggestions but am so thrilled for you! And I'm picturing your cats playing with that fancy, schmancy swing. I bet that would be quite amusing!

Magpie said...

I loved my Kangaroo Korner fleece pouch/sling, and a Baby Bjorn was hugely helpful.

Lavender Luz said...

I'm so glad you get to be showered in presents, and that you're enjoying WishPot!

Io said...

I have no advice, but I'm glad you're getting to enjoy receiving baby gifts! Wishpot sounds brilliant - I will have to check it out.

Cara said...

I'm still perusing your lists...FUN is right! But, I have to say, and you won't need it for a while, I LOVED the mesh fruit eating thing from The First Years. Invented by a dad, and wonderful for those first food tries.

DEMummie said...

Glad you enjoyed the presents and there are more to come!

Look at Robeez shoes. Fabulous and comfortable. My kids have worn them as slippers since about 6 months and have just now outgrown their largest size. And they have some really cute styles.

You can find them in most baby stores or on Robeez.com.

Enjoy!

IVF 40+ said...

I always buy the kangaroo Korner stuff for my friends when they are having a baby. They are super soft and lovely to look at.

How exciting this all is.
Thanks for you help this week by the way - much needed support!!

HereWeGoAJen said...

I love the baby legs. They come in all kinds of cute colors and are massively handy. They work great for temperature variations and for when crawling starts. You can find them lots of places, but I've been getting most of ours from Etsy.

Beautiful Mess said...

The mirror is great for diaper changes. It always kept Nae entertained. I never used a sling, but a front carrier saved my life! Oh also, those little cloth books that have a different texture for each page! The crinkle page was always a hit!
*HUGS*

Jo said...

OMG, I just checked out wishpot! I LOVE it! Thanks for the tip....obviously I have no good advice to offer yet, and in fact could use some. I get overwhelmed every time I try to narrow down the choices...