I am rarely overwhelmed. Or whelmed, which supposedly means overcome and therefore to say overwhelmed is to say overovercome, according to my 12th grade English teacher, who looked like a suitcase.
But then I got pregnant and have to decide what to dress my child in after she is born and I’m feeling a new sort of panic. One would think the husband could help, but this is one area in which my incredible husband actually provides almost zero assistance, since “one of everything!” was his battle cry when we registered at Target last week.
Now, part of this I brought on myself by setting up two registries, but don’t a lot of people do that, without mental strain? Since a lot of things are seasonal or not available online, I can’t log in to each registry, see what I have chosen, and then fill in the gaps accordingly because half the items are cryptically named and have no image online. I do know that the precious Dumbo onesies we chose for the oyster are sold out online and not available in stores, so now I’m concerned that all my daughter will have to wear when she arrives is 14 different pajama sets (I haven’t put any sleep sacks on there–ahh! Ahh??) and a hooded bath towel. Plus tiny boots I picked out for her for the winter months.
Lots of websites and stores offer lists of basic baby necessities that include quantities of things like hats, onesies, long-sleeved onesies, zip onesies, short-sleeved onesies, snap onesies, white onesies, gender-specific onesies, all-weather onesies, onesie sets, and organic dye-free bamboo hand-wash onesies, all of which are considered necessities. Even the simpler lists, the ones that say “6 short-sleeved onesies” and “4 long-sleeved onesies” get inside my head because what if I pick out the basics then add too many onesies of the same kind to the other registry? I put the same little colored toy links on both registries already and I did that on purpose. If people see that I have chosen 1,008 onesies of different sizes and shapes between two registries before the baby is even born and they think I did that on purpose, they’re going to put me on reality TV. Waah.
Then again, what if I end up only choosing the onesies that are seasonal/temporary and then everything is sold out by the time any buying happens? Do I add more than we need and leave room for things to go out of stock?
Yesterday I realized and pointed out to the husband that our daughter has no pants or socks. I feel that both of these articles are vital to the proper dressing and care of a child, but what kind should I even pick for her? Cute tiny jeans, or will those squeeze her belly? What if I pick out a bunch of 3 month-sized stretchy pants and she’s a 12 lb baby, ready to wear 6 month clothing after we bring her home? And do babies need coats?
Maybe I’m over thinking it, but I don’t want people to misconstrue a huge registry as a manic grab for all things baby. As a result, the oyster will probably have small registries consisting of a humidifier shaped like an elephant, tiny boots, and the hooded bath towel. If there’s way to let all registry viewers know that I have no idea what we need and only a few ideas of what we don’t need, that would be ideal and would look something like this:
“Thank you for viewing the little oyster’s registry! She is a girl who will love all bright colors and animals. And books, of course. We’re not sure what she will need for clothing once she’s born, so if you have kids of your own, please use your own experience as a guide. If heartburn indicates a baby with hair, we’ll be delivering a sasquatch in September, so clothes might be optional after all. Again, books are always a good idea. And so is wine. We could all benefit from some of that right about now.”
Sheesh. I like to think I have more control than this.