Wednesday, September 20, 2006

my hips (and my heels!) don't lie

I have to go back in time for a second to comment on the advice! My goodness, people, the advice! I love it! I'm going to print it all out, 3 hole punch it, put it in a binder, and hand it to the salesperson at Oversized Baby Store and tell them to pick all my products for me. Or I might give it all to Josh who will then collate it into a spreadsheet laying out the median responses of all participants, and then maybe make a graph for each product that includes yesses and nos, because that is the type of thing these MBA students like to do. You think I'm joking, but I'm not.

Seriously, though, THANK YOU! I will be going into Oversized Baby Store to begin our registry there and I will most certainly NOT be adding a wipes warmer or a bottle sterilizer to our list. I will also be sitting down tonight and analyzing whether we even have the space for all this junk, because indeed, as a couple of you pointed out, perhaps our 1500 square foot house may be a bit small for the goods. The baby's room is a solid 9 foot by 9 foot, a fact that makes me want to weep a bit as I look through baby magazines and catalogs. Oh the things I could do with a normal sized room that doesn't have 2 windows, a door, a closet and a wall of built in bookshelves.

Since my post asking for all of your suggestions, I failed to mention one of the major milestones of my second trimester a couple of weeks ago- Josh and I met up for a Shakira concert at the Boston Garden! Shakira, I know, but I am not ashamed to admit that I love Shakira's music with a fiery passion. I have been listening to her for years and years and years, having picked up her music on one of my many visits to Buenos Aires in high school and college. I think her music is intertwined in my mind with wonderful outings with cousins and friends, and freedom to explore a city that is foreign but feels like home at the same time.

Attending her concert and hearing the songs I've been singing for years in person was a fabulous gift, and she played all of my favorite songs, even one of those random ones that I simply adore but was never a top hit. Josh and I danced so much standing in our seats and in the aisles that for days afterwards my heels were bruised a dark black and blue. I worried a bit about the baby's hearing since some of her songs are very loud, especially her newest hit with Wyclef Jean, but the baby seemed content to dance along with me via the womb. I've thrown her CD in a few times since then, and baby kicks along with my singing, so either he or she likes the music, or is adamantly asking me to STOP.

But again, thank you for all your tips! I am feeling much more relaxed about the whole registry thing, and I'm confident that I won't start crying when they hand me the clicker!

16 comments:

Maribeth said...

You will have so much fun with the registry and you won't end up getting 900 baby wipe warmers! LOL

jo said...

Oooooo how I adore Shakira, more-so pre-Wyclef Shakira.
I've even spent time studying the lyrics in Spanish so I can at least sing along with the words even thoughI don't know them all. You would think 8 years of Spanish and a cuban stepmother would help me out, but alas NO.
La Tortura with Alajandro sanz.....oh my. You'll see me someday around newton in the big red truck with that blaring away and me trying to be all Castillian/South American on my y's... yo yo no voy

chatty cricket said...

ok, and also? Two words to remember (especially as your shower approaches) are "return" and "exchange." If you don't have room for something, return it! If you get one thing but realize you could have used something different exchange it!

I just went through my own version of hip shaking goodness- planting fall bulbs! I know, without a pubic bone, you say? Yes, separated pubic bone be damned, come this spring, Little Mister, Lady and I will all be enjoying some lovely tulips and hyacinth. Maybe you and the Wee Monkey will come and bring your Shakira and we can sing along and look at my tulips.

Yankee, Transferred said...

You and the baby will enjoy that music for years to come! How you'll enjoy telling her (or him, perchance) the story of when you went to the conference and you danced together!

Jenny said...

Man, you did get some good advice.

I'm totally passing this on to my preggo friend. :)

Songbird said...

I am going to give advice about the heartburn that I don't think I saw below:
Maalox.
My ob recommended it, and it saved me with The Princess (who by the way had a fireplacein', er, beautiful head of hair at birth, so much hair they could SEE.IT.ON.ULTRASOUND.)
Try the Cherry flavor and keep it in the fridge.

Lawmommy said...

Just found your blog from zuska. Love the look (I heart autumn). I have a toddler and my sis is very preggers. I LOVED taking her to BRUs to register because it was soooo much faster the second time around.

Jealous that you've blogging pregnancy -- don't stop. I only began blogging six months ago and have a wonderful record of my son during that time -- the earlier stuff that I thought was *unforgettable* has all started to become a hazy blur...

Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

Just have FUN, that's all we ask. And as Chatty Cricket said, you can return/exchange anything you don't like or need.

ccw said...

chatty cricket is right on the money. Return/exchange is a wonderful thing. Do not take the tags of something unless you are 100% that you will be using it and do not feel bad for returning a gift.

Glad you had fun at the concert!

EmilyRoseJewel said...

It is funny you talked about the wipes warmer, I actually bought one on consignment tonight :) I will use it though. When are you due? I am due with my second baby 3/14/07. This time around I know what I want. I also bought a really nice swing on consignment. It is a Fisher Price, Nature's Touch. I highly recommend it. I got a baby sling this time around too. Make sure and get a bouncy seat, I love mine! A good baby bath, hooded towels, lots of onesies, desitin, and burp clothes, you should be good to go. Congrats!

Kristin said...

That concert sounds like so much fun! Shakira makes excellent dancing music. I usually hear it in the car, and then I do my own particular brand of car-dancing. It's not pretty, but it's fun!

jen said...

"I've thrown her CD in a few times since then, and baby kicks along with my singing, so either he or she likes the music, or is adamantly asking me to STOP."

Is she saying "these feet don't lie"??

Ninotchka said...

Que divertido!

Don't worry about the baby's space, like, AT ALL. I know it's going to be cozy and warm and beautiful and perfect. Have fun getting it ready!

Fuerte abrazo,
Nino

Karyn said...

Girl, you will LOVE registry time.

I wept when they took the clicker away from me, but it was threatening to burst into flames, and they made me give it back.

If you're going where I suspect you're going, there should be a Chili's not too far from there and you can go have lunch afterwards and eat all manner of happy food.

We didn't even have a ROOM for our kids when they were born, they lived in bassinets and had a dresser in OUR room. I assure you - a 9x9 room might SEEM tiny but to me, it is a total gift. Embrace the cozy!

Lawmommy said...

You're a Shakira fan so i thought I'd mention there is a great parody (youtube) video to my hips don't lie at c-o-a-l-m.blogspot.com

Jessica said...

HL - You are so cute!