Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Calling All Mothers

I helped my mom take care of my younger siblings. I used to babysit infants and small children all the time. I used to work with infants and small children in a daycare on a daily basis. I've taught middle and high school students. I have all of this experience and yet I have a sneaking suspicion that it won't be enough.

I have no real experience as a mother - therefore I don't exactly know what I'm getting into. So when the baby comes (via stork):
I know that there will be certain things about motherhood and babies that I have never even considered.

That's just the way it is. I accept that.

And all of that (limited) experience that I have working with kids at school? It means that I come into contact everyday with a lot of screwed up, misbehaving knuckleheads...

What if my child turns out like that?? I can't let that happen. Then another teacher out there will have to deal with them because I screwed up or didn't say no or in someway was inconsistent with discipline or spoiled them rotten... Then all those times I curse a kids' parents in my head will come back to bite me.

Maybe I should just start the scolding now? It's not like baby (turtle?) is going anywhere.

My mother-in-law keeps reminding me that I'm going to have to start putting together a baby registry for the baby shower soon - like in the next month or so kind of soon.

I'm not ready.

I don't know what I need.

There are hundreds of things! Or is that thousands?

Not only that, but I don't even know where I should register!

Target? Bed Bath & Beyond? Babies-R-Us? Oodles of Doodles Baby Outfitters? (Ok, I made that last one up - but I bet it exists!)

Bed Bath & Beyond has a terrific check list of suggested items for new mothers - but some of the stuff on there has got to be bogus and unnecessary...

What the heck is an auto mirror and why are DVDs on the baby checklist? Should babies wait until they are at least 1 or 2 before they start watching tv?

Why do babies have shoes? Do they need shoes? It's not as though they will be walking around? Can't we just put socks on their little feet?Should the baby even have a pacifier? What are the pros and cons? Maybe I should google that... Is it bad that my husband is rubbing off on me and I think these pacifiers are funny? Mostly just the pig snout and the buck teeth... I'm a bad person!
So, I've decided that I don't have to come up with all of this on my own. I'll just ask the ladies out there with experience.

I'm calling all mothers to aid me in developing a list for a registry.

What items would you consider to be essential to motherhood and the fantastically scary world of babies? What things would you, as a mother, never, ever leave home without? What kept you sane at 3 am when your baby needed a quick meal?

I need to know. Help?!


  1. Don't forget that you're not raising the baby alone.

  2. I plan on cheating off of my friend Karla... who did all the research already and it was MONTHS of research. She's like a walking baby encyclopedia. Here's her Babies R Us registry:

  3. also... if you figure out how to make the stork bring you a baby let me know. ;)
    and those pacifiers ROCK!

  4. Thanks! Hey - Babies R Us also has a checklist!

  5. YAY! I can actually help with this post! okay - here goes...
    1. pacifiers do help to soothe baby to sleep after eating, but it's one more thing to have to wean from. this is a completely personal opinion - but i am not a fan of the baby with the pac plugged in while happily playing...not to mention when the baby is no longer a "baby." We use ONE (we only own one!) but don't rely on it.

    2. I believe that you can only buy BB&B baby items on the website. I don't mind that, but sometimes it's easier to get it at the store. I vote Babies R Us and Target?? That's what I did, at least.

    3. I have the same teacher fear. As a teacher, though, I'm sure you constantly self-evaluate your teaching, so more importantly, you will evaluate your parenting. We do this CONSTANTLY. After they are in bed. After a party. Did we handle that effectively? How would we have handled what those parents did with their child? The fact that you are thinking about this already means that you will make an effort to AVOID making the mistakes your students' parents made.

    4. Baby Shoes = Unesseccary (sp? I'm losing my mind) but pretty cute. may solve this dilemma with SHOE SOCKS...Baby socks that look like shoes!

    WOW that was a lot. I get so proud when I know answers!!

  6. Just realized I forgot something....the auto is a mirror that you attach to the top of the backseat that faces the baby. It allows you to look into your rear-view mirror, through the auto mirror, and see the baby. I'm a fan of them!


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