Monday, March 22, 2010

A Little Overwhelmed

So, I thought I was doing a good thing last week by deciding to sit down and make a list of things we will need for this baby. Basically, I was wanting to divide things up into categories - must have's, want's, and don't really need it's. Well, apparently that is easier said than done. Because this hormone-crazed pregnant lady ended up on the verge of a break down.

How do you know what you really need? How do you know what's THE best? And when is it alright not to have the very best? What's a waste of money? And what makes you a horrible parent if you don't have it because you thought it was a waste of money? I could barely function.

I had also just been asked for about the third time in less than a week what the "theme" of my nursery is. I. Have. No. Flippin. Idea. And, at the risk of sounding like a complete moron, I didn't really know that I needed one. Yep, I said it. I just thought I could find things I liked and put them together. Maybe I'm wrong about that, too.

So, I found myself aimlessly clicking through websites getting more and more frustrated by not knowing what I thought I should know. I kept on picturing all of these other pregnant women and young mom's who seem to have it all together, while I clearly don't. They probably had their nursery theme picked out long before they saw the little pick positive appear on the stick.

I'm calmer now, but still a little concerned about how to know what to spend money on and what to skip. I've decided all major nursery decor decisions can wait until after we at least know whether we're having a boy or a girl. That way, I will only have half as many options to decide between. But, basically what I'm saying is, advice is welcomed, encouraged and begged for. I know this is the first of many rants/freak outs I will have. Some founded, many more not. But I guess that just means I'm transforming into a Mom, and if that's the case, I guess I'm okay with it.


  1. I'm really sorry I talked about the baby's room. I like the stroller and infant car seat system that Lauren has. It's called Chicco. That's about all I know. Oh, and don't buy a typical changing table, just get a dresser they can have as they get older. It will save money in the long run. Love you!

  2. You should check out the book Baby Bargains. Its a great resource for new moms and lists the best brands for a bargain, things you need, things you can save on...etc. I'd highly recommend it! Also, I'd recommend emailing a bunch of your mom friends and getting their top picks! Our little one is due in August so I've been doing a lot of the same things!

  3. Advice from my sister:

    Buy furniture that can be converted as your baby grows, specifically the baby bed.

    Decorate the nursery where it can last a few years. You won't have time or patience to redecorate for at least two years.

    She suggested staying away from characters. Go for colors and design versus "Winnie the Poo" or "Mickey Mouse." My sister made the mistake of doing Scooby Doo for the nursery for my nephew right before the movie, Cars came out. My nephew was all about some Cars and never liked Scooby Doo even though his entire room was decked out.

    She also said not to be afraid to buy used stuff. Babies can only use certain items for so long, so nothing gets "wore out."