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Registry – Check

02/21/2013

Belle

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:

Source. Ah! OMG! Is this not the cutest? 

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? 🙂

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  1. Shelley #
    February 21, 2013

    We registered on Amazon too for the exact same reasons! I found the process of creating the registry extremely stressful (how the hell do I know what I need for a baby?!) but once it was done, I was excited. And it’s been even more exciting to watch as things actually get bought for us! You can not only see what’s been bought but who bought it, which is cool.

    PS. Is the tub you’re talking about the Puj tub? I had registered for that originally because I thought it looks sleek and modern and not too bulky but then I read through more of the reviews and it sounds like you need a very specific sized sink for it to work properly and it’s not really so comfy for the babe. I ended up switching to the Blooming Baby Bath which I’m secretly so in love with.

  2. 35life #
    February 21, 2013

    I can’t answer your registry question, but I will say that your baby is going to have the hippest nursery around – big or small, wherever you end up! Love the color choices!

  3. Bethany #
    February 21, 2013

    Belle- I registered on at Babies R’ Us, but on amazon as well. I have a ton of out-of-towners that are receiving invites to my baby shower, and amazon makes it so much easier on everyone! I am still adding to them, and probably will continue to up until the week before my shower! My husband and I went to Babies R’ Us to register in store, and it was a bit overwhelming. Online baby registering is the way to go! I can’t wait to see all the cute kitten/cat stuff you find 🙂

  4. Bette Manning #
    February 21, 2013

    I hope someone gets you that hen/chicken, that is too cute!

  5. February 21, 2013

    Registering was overwhelming for me, but I came around to being excited too, after some time and cute baby things we chose started rolling in. Love your color choices, too. Oh and for adorable nursery friendly cat themed ideas check out Etsy and search for cat, nursery. Sooo many precious ideas!
    It must be nerve wracking not knowing where or in what kind of space you will be when the baby comes! But it sounds like you have a great, flexible plan for any circumstance- and bottom line is- it won’t matter cause all you’ll see is your sweet lil chicken!

    • February 21, 2013

      Oh just one more thing- we got a lot from amazon too, and its been good except definitely more of a pain to return/exchange items than just popping into Baby’s R Us. However, amazon has been great about all of our returns and exchanges (there were many more than I anticipated!) Just something to keep in mind.

  6. tchrgrl05 #
    February 21, 2013

    We loved our amazon registry! The prices are definitely better, especially with amazon prime shipping. Have you looked into amazon mom? There are some good benefits there also. I don’t have any cat themed items for you but I love that chicken!

  7. February 21, 2013

    We’re doing a combo Amazon/Babies R Us registry. We figured the BRU registry would be easier for local family and friends. J’s family is all in the US, so Amazon will definitely be easier for them. I’m still not finished with our registry. I feel overwhelmed and kind of clueless about the whole thing.

    I don’t know of any cute cat nursery stuff, but I think you should get this onesie: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/e74b/ . I’m thinking of getting one for myself. 🙂

  8. Arbrefleur #
    February 21, 2013

    Aw! I love that onesie above! I am gearing up to be loud and proud about our IVF baby (for the first time) and that onesie is supporting the message in the cutest way – oh do get it! 🙂 Here’s my reco for cat themed baby stuff: http://www.amazon.com/Kitty-Rubber-Duckie-Ducky-Favors/dp/B000UHNCAS/ref=sr_1_2?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1361467350&sr=1-2&keywords=cat
    Sorry such a ridiculously long link…I love these and they ALMOST represent all your cats! Congrats on finishing your registry – big exciting step! Awesome.

  9. Magpie #
    February 21, 2013

    My daughter and I (we are 12 weeks apart in our pregnancies) both ended up doing Amazon for our registries, and I agree with what everyone else said-it’s so stressful at first! But I loved that I could add stuff from sites other than Amazon, so that really sold me on their registry program. I think over half of my registry is filled with anime and manga themed onesies ;D Can’t find those at a local store and I need to raise my little otaku up right! I can’t imagine how stressful it would be to not know where you’ll be living by summer. Just being unable to set up my nursery (because the husband is still re-flooring it) is making me go nuts with frustrated nesting instinct!

  10. February 21, 2013

    I just ordered this “I Like Cats” onesie for our baby: http://www.etsy.com/listing/66682090/i-like-cats-onesie?
    It should be here today or tomorrow and I can’t wait to see it!!

  11. jak #
    February 21, 2013

    we’re not doing a registry, but we are going to put a donation box at our boozy couples shower-party for a local childrens’ home. while this sounds “nice” it’s also indicative of a huge problem with procrastination. i figure, it’s going to be summer in the mid-atlantic when the baby is born. he or she will be naked but a diaper until late september, so we can wait and figure out what we need when we need it;)

    using amazon is brilliant for lots of reasons! plus you’re supporting a really cool internet idea (a store that brings individual sellers and a main store together, with super convenient interface). and yeah, it’s definitely cool to put the lens on there. are you shooting with 35mm all the time now? also, have you given any thought to what/whether you will do about video – i was thinking of getting an ipad for my husband to shoot video among other things (like actually keeping track of appts once the baby arrives). wondering if there is a better way to do this. i dont want crazy extensive video, but enough to capture some fun stuff like walking and playing with the dogs, etc.

    i’m excited about what the cats are going to think of chicken!!!

  12. February 21, 2013

    Sounds like you have done a good job on your registry. I too feel that less is more with baby stuff. I really wan to avoid having our small condo cluttered with a bunch of stuff we never use!

  13. February 21, 2013

    Some suggestions:

    If you get the poang, get the poang rocker. We have a basic poang chair and a rocker/glider and let me tell you that the motion of the regular poang chair does NOT work the same as a real rocking chair for soothing babies. Poang does have a rocker version that is the same exact chair but it rocks. HIGHLY recommend it.

    Register for a baby carrier or two or three. They are expensive. I love love love my moby baby carrier. We also have an ergo (very popular in this neighborhood), a bjorn, and a mei tai. I like the moby and the mei tai. There are others, do some research, register. You can always sell them if you don’t like them (or trade them with another mom, which is what I’ve done).

    I highly recommend adding swaddles to your registry, too. We used the Kiddopotamus velcro swaddles (we tried the pretty aiden+anais blankets but they are big and hard to swaddle securely). That is, if you are planning to swaddle, which I also recommend, but that’s a parenting philosophy thing and to each his/her own!

    We never “finished” our registry. I kept adding to it as we needed things, since people didn’t buy us stuff all at once. I wish people had bought us some things before we had the babies, because we ended up buying stuff off of our own registry because we needed it. I put our diapers on there, too, in case anyone wanted to buy us diapers, but nobody did (sadly).

    Also one last thing… if you are particular about baby clothes, put some of those on there too. We got a lot of kind of weird / ugly baby clothes that other people thought were soooo cute. Some of it was hand-me-down but we got a lot of gifts of ugly baby clothes. One of the best parts of early babies is dressing them because , come on, what else do they do besides model and spit up on clothing. So I was sad when my selection was small because people kept buying us some weird stuff I would never have chosen!

  14. Infertility Can Suck It #
    February 22, 2013

    I love the cat items!!! I too have been on the hunt for anything cat related. Sadly, I haven’t seen too much…especially ones that are gender neutral. Unfortunately for our little guy, it’ll have to be DIY 🙂

  15. February 22, 2013

    Those last three items are fab! Can’t believe you found that little chicken. How perfect. 🙂 We started our registry when I was 26-28 weeks and I added to and subtracted things from it for the rest of my pregnancy. Registering at Amazon.com is a great idea I think. I never did because I’m one of those people who like to actually go to the store for browsing and shopping, but you can’t beat the Amazon prices (and really, with all there is to buy, every penny counts!). So happy this little baby is feeling more real to you now!

  16. February 22, 2013

    AHHHHHH a chicken!!!!!

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