Now that I’m officially 34 weeks pregnant, I’ve really started to focus on all the things I still need (and want) to get before our little princess arrives. I set up registries at Target and Babies R Us because both offered a free goody bag (lots of samples and coupons!) and a free gift card for setting one up. Even if no one buys a thing from them, it was worth it for the freebies! I’ve got lists upon lists of things that need to be done, purchased and made along with a stockpile of items that I’ve been purchasing at garage sales, Goodwill, Target and other places.
I was totally surprised when a girlfriend offered to throw me a shower and enlisted the help of another girlfriend. I never expected anything like that but the special people in my life always continue to amaze me. I’m so looking forward to the shower even though I don’t really know too much other than the date, time and location. One of the things the ladies asked for was a list of things I needed so they could help spread the word to guests. Making this list was a huge help for me! I actually made three lists – what I needed, what I wanted and what I’d already purchased. I’ve been updating these lists as I’ve gotten items and it really made me look at what I actually will “need” when this little one comes home from the hospital and what’s just “extra” or could wait a few months to be purchased.
Having never had a baby in the South before, I’m struggling a little bit with what kind of outfits we’ll need so I’ve got a variety at this point. It will probably be warming up at the end of March but we’ll be heading to Michigan in June and it will still be chilly in the evenings so those pants and sweaters will get some use.
Another “must have” item is bottles. I’ve used the Playtex Ventaire bottles for both of my boys so that’s what I’m planning on using this time as well. I like the fact that they help reduce air which means less gas.
We’ve also got to get a new car seat and stroller for this little bug. We’ve long gotten rid of the boy’s seats and the stroller’s nine years old so it’s really time for a new one.
Besides diapers and wipes, those are the basics that I’m focusing on right now. I don’t want to purchase any formula just yet. Both boys had problems with formula and we went through several kinds to find something that worked well for them. Once we’ve found something that works this time, we’ll stock up.
I’m happy to say that Great Grandma’s got our little princess stocked up on bibs and burb cloths so we’re all set with those things! As I mentioned, I’ve also been picking up other things along the way. I’ve got a small stock pile of clothes and managed to happen upon a consignment sale last fall just after I’d found out I was pregnant and got a good deal on a couple of bigger items like a bouncy seat. The rest will all fall into place. The spring consignment sale is coming up at the beginning of March so I’m hoping to find some more great deals there and I’m keeping my eye out for baby stuff at garage sales every week. It’s hard to believe in just two short months our little princess will be here!!