I went to a friend's baby shower this afternoon. Even though I sort of knew objectively that babies need lots and lots of stuff, seeing a good portion of it live and in person was a bit overwhelming. And my friend got a LOT of stuff. It's crazy to think about it all. It seems like there shouldn't be more than a handful of basics (crib, highchair, bottles, etc.), but then you see things like baby spa tubs and womb-sounds bears (those things freak me out, by the way, but I've heard moms say they're great). I know that not all of these things are strictly necessities, but I would imagine they make life with a brand new eating-crying-pooping machine a whole lot easier.
All today really did was make me nervous about the impending registry process. I have no idea what a kid needs (beyond the basic crib, highchair, bottles, etc.), and no idea where to begin. I tried, unsuccessfully, to buy a copy of Baby Bargains from ebay, so I would at least have a place to start, but the seller screwed me on that one, and I'm back at square one. I thought about just wandering through Babies R Us, but that place just overwhelms me. I have a hard enough time shopping for other people there; shopping for myself there is going to be insane. I mean, today B and I had a mini-discussion about the kind of bottles we might use (prompted by a free sample bottle I got in the mail), and, in less than five minutes, our conversation had degenerated into a whole lot of blank stares and phrases such as, "Uh, I don't know what kind to get."
Hopefully my wise mommy friends will save me from myself either by giving me a heads up on registering before I go or by ignoring my registry and buying me stuff that I'll actually need and not stuff that I think I'll need. Luckily for me, I still have about two months before my first batch of shower invites will go out, so I have two more months of blissful willful blindness. I'll enjoy it while I can.