Back In Style- Joss Stone
Today, we were informed by the nurses that we should get the nursery ready for our daughter’s return. Their reasoning behind this was that Gracie was taking the bottles on her own and continued doing so with little effort. She hasn’t accelerated her weight, but has lost five grams. Her heatlh condition has been pretty much on par. Having someone tell you that your daughter may be coming home is a lot like hitting you with a bat. Thoughts and emotions flow through you effortlessly. This was the case with Ashleigh as she panicked over the news. I told her to calm down and recollect herself as we will make sure the finishing touches are put in place.
The nurse from the previous night gave her a bath and parted her hair while giving her a mohawk in the middle. Gracie had a faux hawk like a Jersey Shore character. Being able to style an infant’s hair is so much fun at this age because they arent able to define their individual style as of yet. However embarassing these moments may be for Gracie, they are memorable for us. Right now hairstyling is fun instead of being a daily tedious chore.
At home, the nursery has been completed since New Year’s eve. Right after we were informed of Gracie’s potential arrival, we went to Target and began to shop. At first, Ashleigh was going to purchase things, but I just suggested that we create a registry and let Ashleigh use a scanner gun. As I set things up at the customer service desk, Ashleigh went and looked for items. She grabbed a cart and made her way up to the front where I was. She already had a semi-full cart. It contained outlet covers on clearance. She left the cart and made her way up to me as I approached the customer service desk. The service rep handed me a welcome reusable tote filled with coupons and samples. She then programmed the IR gun and haned it over to us. Ashleigh went to retrieve her cart and it was missing. I was upset over my missing clearance merchandise. We slowly began our creation of a baby registry at Target. Ashleigh had previously researched Target.com products and knew exactly which products she wanted to add to her registry from home.
Ashleigh felt ashamed for wanting to register after the birth of Gracie, because it is usually a social faux pas. However, I insisted that Ashleigh partake in the some of the fun in receiving gifts for Gracie. It was a right of motherhood to experience showers and such from coworkers, family members and friends. Gracie’s progress was a well deserved celebration. When Gracie was first born, Ashleigh was teeter tottering between having and not having registries. I suggested she do it, but I didn’t want to pressure her, because it was the least of our concerns at that exact moment.
I did strongly urge that if she was to have a registry then to make sure that all the products she purchased were multifaceted and durable. I encouraged reading multiple reviews and price comparisons with coupon code usage. I personally think that new parents overextend themselves when buying baby items resulting in dead plastic. Dead plastic refers to infant toys and products which sit and gather dust.
The most highly argued product on the registry was the diaper genie. It is essentially a diaper pail on steroids, because it promises to eliminate smell from soiled diapers. It seemed that after extensively reading reviews from different retailers, people either loved it or hated it. My argument was that it took up unnecessary space while not remaining cost effective against used grocery bags.
Although this isn’t the only disagreement Ashleigh and I had, it will be one of the most memorable ones because Gracie’s soiled diaper will be our registries’ litmus test for our planning efficacy.