Won’t you help us clothe our babies?

19 May

If you glance northeast on this page, you’ll see a link to our registry in the sidebar.  A few people have hit us up for it.  Voila!

If you’ve ever had a baby or gotten married, you know the stress.  It’s a gamble: you want to pick out nice stuff, but you don’t want to go overboard.  You realize you’re 100% at the mercy of the kindness of loved ones, but you hate to impose.  You know that no one is as excited/obsessed/freaked out by the idea of your children as you are, but you’re hoping everyone’s teeny bit excited.  At least excited enough to hook you up.

Of course, my lizard brain invents reasons to feel guilty and even the act of posting a baby registry on our blogs feels, for some reason, like a big imposition on the world, as if everyone’s going to feel obligated or something.  I know, I know.

Carey has fretted a great deal over what to choose.  It’s an odd experience picking a style for three people you’ve never met.  Weird stuff occurs to you, like you’re splitting the atom or something:

“What if we only ever had them in little suits and fedoras?  Gangster babies!”

“We could dress them like old people.  Give them each little cardigans.”

“What about a race car bed instead of a crib?  Doesn’t every little boy want a race car bed?”

“We might want to avoid anything with corporate logos on it.  For, I don’t know, some reason.”

Eventually, you veer everything back toward the sensible because, pete’s sake, what’s the matter with you anyway?

As far as the registry itself goes, the geniuses over at Babyli.st have done the Lord’s work and provided a very cool baby registry service, all for free.  Rather than sending people to Target for this, Babies-R-Us for that, Amazon for whatever, it’s all in one handy, centralized location.  And, as is often the case with registries, sometimes you find the exact same thing at another site or out in the real world.  Easy peasy, you just reserve it and do as thou wilt.  A simple idea that everybody should use.  Good on you, Babyli.st.

Also, admittedly, we still have a handful of items to add, but, with Carey’s shower coming up, we had to post it with most of the items we know we’ll need.

We’ve been truly blessed to have such wonderful, selfless people in our lives who are sympathetic to our situation and have offered help in the form of gifts and time.  We really are thankful for anything and everything, from prayers and well wishes to the triplet cribs you had to pick up that extra paper route to pay for.

Sincerely.  Thanks.

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10 Responses to “Won’t you help us clothe our babies?”

  1. Newlyweds Next Door May 19, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

    Yay for baby gear! I must say that registering for our wedding was one of our favorite things but I can see how registering for trips could be a wee bit overwheleming. I’m gonna go check it out now! 🙂

    • Jeremy May 20, 2011 at 9:14 am #

      Thanks, NND. It is very daunting and I can’t pretend that I had anywhere near as much to do with putting it together as Carey. It’s difficult to know what you’ll need 3 of and what you can get away with having just 1 or 2. In all ways, we’re winging it.

  2. Esther Hanes May 19, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    If you have clothes on that registry, I’d recommend taking them off! We got way more clothes than anything else, and we have way too many now because people will give you clothes no matter what, and they will offer to send hand-me-downs. One thing you don’t need on the registry is definitely clothes! I was hoping for more diapers, but it seems they’re not a very popular gift! 🙂 I took all the clothes off and now people are buying other items we really need like sheets and such.

    • Jeremy May 20, 2011 at 9:16 am #

      You know, that’s probably a good point. A lot of parents advised Carey to register for onesies rather than dress-up sort of baby clothes, as people tend to, like you say, pick out little outfits and steer clear of the practical stuff.

  3. Becky Ferrell May 19, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    I’ve been wanting you to do something like this. I love shopping for babies
    Love, Becky

    • Jeremy May 20, 2011 at 9:17 am #

      Hey, Mrs. Ferrell! It’s great to hear from you. And thank you!

  4. Melanie May 20, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    I have twins and would never have posted a blog post for the world linking a registry asking for people to supply diapers, etc. I just would not feel comfortable doing so… that’s my opinion that I am sure others will disagree with but hey – I am entitled right?

    • Jeremy May 20, 2011 at 9:18 am #

      Clearly.

      • Becky May 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

        I guess Melanie doesn’t realize that you live across the nation from all your family and many dear friends who have been begging for a registry. We all appreciate the time and energy it takes to make so many decisions.

        We love you two, love birds and 3 little bears too.
        mom and Bob

      • Erin May 21, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

        I for one, am trilled about the registry link!
        Melanie–did you have a registry? Did you tell anyone where you registered before your baby shower? I’m not sure what the difference is really…
        Thanks for the post Jer!

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