Thursday, August 18, 2011

      ( 9:16 AM ) teahouse
Alphabet Soup

Now that we're expecting, kind and well-meaning friends are coming out of the woodwork to offer us stuff.

They all say things like, "I'm going to give you my bumbo" or "boppy" or "exersaucer" or "jumpy pumpy lumpy" or "poopy loopy hoopy" or something or another.

Are these all real things? And why the silly names?

We just smile and nod and accept the stuff. They're all some variation of plastic tub looking thing or pillow or cushion. Usually covered in images of ducks or butterflies.

I'm a little scared about this new world we're entering.



Don't get a used poopy loopy hoopy. That's really gross.

It's amazing how quickly you learn about all the stuff... and how quickly you don't need it anymore. Secondhand from friends, craigslist, or consignment stores is generally the way to go.

If you're feeling overwhelmed right now, don't worry. The first time I walked into a Babies 'r' Us when I was pregnant, I actually started crying! I had no idea what anything was or what we needed. But after two kids, here's the wisdom I have to pass on to you: You need diapers, wipes, and diaper cream; a place for the baby to sleep; some clothes for the baby to wear; and one or more methods of transportation for the baby. For everything else, as the baby gets older, you'll say, "Gee, it would be nice to have a place to put down the baby where he can play," and a friend will say, "Oh, you need a play gym. Here, take mine." Or "I wish there were some way for the baby to be propped up," and someone will give you their Bumbo. And a few months later when you no longer need these things, you can give them back or pass them on.

By Blogger CM, at 10:25 AM  

We had 4 pregnancies (and babies) at work and 1 more outside of work in the last 12 months. Being a non-baby owning person myself, I was told to get everyone a BOPPY.


By Blogger Ming the Merciless, at 5:03 PM  

I, like CM, cried in the Babies'R Us when my sister took me there to register. I registered for all kinds of things I had no idea what to do with!!

That said, 2 years in, I know all the boppy, bumbo, poopy loopy stuff but I still can't fold/unfold a bleeping stroller to save my life!!

I (think) I made my blog private. I would love for you to still read. I need an email address to send an invite. If you'd like to, send me a quick email at eclecticblonde72@yahoo.com and I'll put you on the invite list.

By Blogger EB72, at 5:56 PM  

Congrats on the pending new arrival! Can't wait til you start blogging about motherhood. xo

By Blogger Rebecca, at 6:57 PM  

I came here to see if you were pregnant or not, because I know you've wanted one for some time. SOOOO happy for you. What I know about you from reading is that you're going to take this role on with your full heart and do your damnest to make sure you produce an asset to society. So elated for you both.

Long time I know. I've got back to school, getting my master's in Pysch, maybe my PhD we will see if I can hang or not. Life is REALLY good, bought a new house, still married to my amazing husband and my world is just getting sweeter all the time.

Take Care,

By Blogger Jet Pass, at 2:32 PM  

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