This weekend, my wife and I registered for all of the various baby paraphernalia that we'll need to raise a happy, healthy, productive producer of poop and spit-up. Registering for anything, babies, weddings, sweet 16s, whatever, is a very interesting occurrence. Essentially what you are saying is:
"Something special is happening to me. Oh, you're going to buy things for me? Well here, take this list and buy me EXACTLY these things."
As if I wouldn't be appreciative of a ball of yarn and some chopsticks. (Build your own blanket!!) But, I manned up like a little sheep of society and registered. Just like all of my role models say: "Don't hate the player, hate the game....and don't buy me any of those ugly baby clothes with the pictures of bizarre dump trucks on them. (kidding kidding...they're on the registry)"
Registering for the baby was actually both really fun and terrifying at the same time. On the positive side, you get to use a gun...that has lasers(!!) and you get to pretend like you're a gun slinger in some very strange B movie:
Saving the world from high prices
One arched eyebrow at a time
Also, probably one of the most fun things was terrorizing my wife by registering for things that were in no way related to the occasion at hand. For the baby, it was TVs and candy. For our wedding, it was little kid's spider man underwear. Both times, I thought that I was HILARIOUS.
Hello - price cut!
Our friends would be stupid if they DIDN'T buy this for me.
Unfortunately though, after a while, registering for baby things gets a little bit frustrating and a LOT overwhelming. There are just so many things that my little man is going to need! I think that my wife and I were both very overwhelmed at various stages in the process. How many undershirts does he need? What about burp rags? Do we actually need a running stroller and a regular stroller? What about 3 different kinds of teethers? It is enough to make a guys head spin.
I'm going to need to be more hydrated. Not even a drop came out!
The stores that we went to were really good about providing some lists of all of the things that they feel that you'll need. Of course, those lists were overinflated with basically everything in the 4 baby isles. But, even in spite of the huge lists I did find a few things that were not on the list that, as a germophobe, I felt were absolutely necessary.
Babies are dirty. I registered for 3 gallons.
You can dip kids in bleach a-la flee dip, right?
Eventually though, we did figure out everything that we needed...hopefully. After two trips to both of the places we registered at, we both think that we're pretty well covered. If anything I'll use our registry list as a good "things to buy" list once the baby is a bit closer. Until then, I'll continue to freak out just a little bit every time I see anything in the shape of a teething ring.