"If the God you believe in as an idea doesn’t start showing up in what happens to you in your own life, you have as much cause for concern as if the God you don’t believe in as an idea does start showing up. It is absolutely crucial, therefore, to keep in constant touch with what is going on in your own life’s story and to pay close attention to what is going on in the stories of others’ lives. If God is present anywhere, it is in those stories that God is present. If God is not present in those stories, then they are scarcely worth telling." ~ Frederick Buechner

25 September 2010

Registering is Hard Work

Kudos to my husband, because I know most daddies-to-be aren't out there with us mommies-to-be doing all the shopping and registering for their babies-to-be's needs. Nich was a champ today. He not only came with me to do the baby registries, he also skipped men's group to take me to breakfast before going up to the big annual children's consignment sale at The Dome this morning. What a trooper.

We didn't find as much as we had hoped to at The Dome, but we did end up with a bag of decent cute winter clothes/sleepers for around $2 apiece. We also ended up getting a bouncer that is in really good condition. Hopefully, Baby G will like it, because I've heard some babies love them and others don't.

The closest Babies 'R' Us is in Latham (about an hour away - thank goodness for online shopping these days!), so after we dropped off our purchases at home, we headed down for the afternoon. It was busy, busy, busy in there for a beautiful fall afternoon. The lady who helped us was really nice, and she wasn't at all pushy in trying to convince us that we needed things we didn't. She ran through the ropes with us, handed us the scanner and a list (although we had already brought one), and we were off! After going through about a fourth of the store, we were exhausted! Time for a lunch break! :~)

We went to Red Robin for a lunch date, which was a treat, because there are limited assortment of restaurants in our local area. I got to have my freckled lemonade and Nich got his campfire sauce. :~)

Rejuvenated, we returned to tackle the rest of the store. By the end, we were ready to call it quits. Plus, there was a significant increase of crying babies and impatient parents-to-be in the store, which we took as a sign for us to leave. We did pop by Target (it was right next door), just to add some odds-and-ends to the list (things we thought might be less expensive or more available), but we didn't stay very long, because again, a plethora of unhappy children. As we returned our scanner there and walked out to the parking lot, we heard a little boy INSIDE the store screaming. I looked at Nich and said, "I'm tired and worn out, too. Can I throw a tantrum?" He smiled and said, "Well, my head's already exploded on the inside, so I guess you can have a turn."

All in all, it was a good day. We felt we got something accomplished for Baby G, although it was very strange to come home empty-handed after spending several hours in stores. Even if we don't get the majority of what's on our wish list, we have a shopping list to go off of now. :~)

A question for any cloth diapering mamas out there: What do you do for a diaper pail?

Oh, and by the way, why is it so hard to find a decent compact CD player nowadays? Are they really so archaic now? Geez.

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