Here is the reality. Wedding registry = fun. Baby registry = not so fun.
I wouldn't say Ryan was the most involved person while wedding planning. He really didn't care about invitations, flowers, venue, programs, etc. etc. In fact, he wasn't too excited for wedding registry until he realized we got to pick out a bunch of stuff that we liked and that other people were going to buy for us. He also perked up a bit when he realized that all this shopping was done with a "gun." The man is easy to please.
We approached the baby registry with a new found gusto. Our baby was going to get whatever it needed from all our very generous friends and family. It could have all the new toys, technology, stroller, games, and clothes we could imagine. The problem? We have no idea what a baby actually needs.
Ryan and I walked slowly and carefully through the aisle of Babies R' Us looking and looking at all the stuff. We didn't even talk to each other, we just looked at one another, waiting for the other to have the answer, an idea, a start. Finally, we just started scanning things we thought would be a good idea. A breast pump? I've heard of those- lets get it. Bottles? Pretty sure we need those (at this point, a mom who introduced herself as a "10 day old mom newbie" may have noticed our deer in the headlight faces and directed us to the bottles that were working for her 10 day old son). Finally after an hour, we called it quits and went home. We were quiet on the car ride, probably both wondering how the hell we were going to raise a child when we had no idea what it needed.
When we got home I promptly ate a brownie, and looked at our registry to find we had scanned around 52 different bibs. At least the kid will be protected while it eats.
Since this traumatizing experience, I have consulted some lists, had Kathy do an inventory, and added and subtracted a few items. I feel a little better about our registry list. As my mother likes to point out, I was born while they lived in married student housing, my crib residing in the dining room. I guess our baby will be just fine.
If you would like to take a look at our registries and provide any feedback, I am sure we would be grateful. We are registered at:
Babies R' Us
Pottery Barn Kids
If you want to come over and raise this child, we are taking applications.