Last night the Professor and I reviewed our final registry. Even through I’m a little more then halfway into this pregnancy I have still been having a hard time wrapping my brain around the fact that there is a human growing inside of me who will eventually move into our house on a full-time basis. Thankfully something about feeling stronger movement this week and finishing the registry has finally made this baby seem real.
Our registry is pretty basic compared to some thanks to our having no idea where we will be moving, or even if we will be moving (still no offers from the Professor’s interviews), come July. We could be in a tiny apartment in New York, in a small mid-century home in East Bay, in a moderate home in Texas… or still trapped in little Lexington. Who knows?!
Despite protest from some family members, we opted to register on Amazon.com. The price mark ups between Amazon and places like Babies R Us are ridiculous. Amazon also allows us the option to add items from other websites to the registry so we can include links to the Ikea items we would like.
I worked to keep our registry minimal with white, gray, aqua and grass green as the main colors. I kept space constraints in mind as I selected items. We have a small two-drawer dresser I’ll refinish and use as a changing table/diaper storage and an Ikea Expedit bookshelf we’ll use for additional storage. Everything we receive must fit in the Expedit bins. I also tried to find items that were multi-purpose and could be used for an extended period of time.
A few examples of space saving items include an activity gym that can be folded and put away when not in use; a foldable bath tub (which is fabulously modern looking and really appeals to this design snob!); a foldable highchair that straps to a regular chair and later converts to a booster seat; a contraption that you can couple with a newborn car seat to create a swing that rocks and vibrates; a co-sleeper that converts to a small play yard and a basic Ikea Poang rocker that we’ll use outside of the nursery when the rocking days are past.
After consulting with my etiquette-minded friend, I added one Nikon portrait lens to the registry. I know how much our families enjoy the photos I take of our cats – surely they would also enjoy portraits of the Chicken taken with a glorious 50mm prime lens?! I figure it is worth a shot (pun intended) and hope that folks won’t find it too tacky. It’s not like we are asking for a Hawaiian vacation for two – although I certainly would not object to such a gift! 🙂
Then I added a few fun things, because I’m pregnant and allowed to be excited and request things like this:
At what point in your pregnancy did you finish your registry? Did it leave you feeling excited or overwhelmed? Have you seen any awesome cat-themed baby things that we MUST have? 🙂