Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Shopping and Registering

This past Saturday Ryan and I spent the whole day shopping and registering for P-Nut. It was a pretty surreal experience.

Our first stop, after a lunch of yummy Mexican food to fuel us for the day, was Walmart. We didn't register there for our wedding but now since Ryan is officially part of the Walmart family, we thought it only appropriate. Ryan's larger team at work throws baby showers for everybody and anybody who is having a baby. Since he has started working there in December, we have bought 3 baby gifts (all from Walmart of course!) for three of his coworkers. It is a really nice thing for them to do.

To say we were overwhelmed was an understatement. There are so many varieties of everything, how do you know what to choose? By the end of the day we had decided that it would make so much more sense if baby showers were thrown AFTER the baby is born so you can register for stuff you actually know you will need.

After Walmart we went to the Rhea Lana sale. Have yall heard of that? I had seen flyers around town for years but never paid much attention to it until now. It is a HUGE consignment baby sale that happens 2-3 times a year. You can sell stuff or you can just go buy stuff. Once we started researching it, we found out you could buy anything from baby clothes to nursery furniture. These are pictures taken from the Rhea Lana facebook page of the sale set up before anybody had shopped it. It was crazy!

Ryan and I went with the hopes of finding a dresser, bassinet or rocker for our nursery. We were also going to look for stuff to keep at our parents' houses. My parents were able to go with us and shopped to stock up their house and we bought the stuff below to keep at Ryan's parents' house. We are so lucky that both sets of grandparents are close!

We ended up not getting any of the larger pieces because they were all sold out. And we even got to go in early on a "Expectant Moms" pass. Anybody who was going to be a consignor got to go in before us. They pretty much wiped the place clean. Note for next time, find at least a few things to sell so I can be the first one in. After about 45 minutes we were done. There was a ton of people and it was, again, overwhelming.

My friend Carma, who is due a week after me, wanted to go so I went with her again on Sunday and that was  a better experience. Not as many people so we got to shop around at a more leisurely pace.

We left that sale and headed over to Target to finish up our registering. This was the first time that not knowing the sex of P-Nut has been difficult  These days, everything is color-coded by gender. We could barely find a pacifier or bottle that wasn't blue or pink. If P-Nut is a girl, she will have a lot of blue and green things. Sorry sweetie!

Throughout the day Ryan would not let me shop or register for any clothes. Which makes sense only because of this.

Sheri, Ryan's cousin, dropped off 3 FULL trash bags of girl baby clothes at our house. Baby clothes are tiny so you can only imagine how much was in 3 trash bags. If we have a girl, nobody needs to buy her a single article of clothing. We have enough clothes for everything from NB size to 9 months that she could possibly need. On the other hand, if we have a boy, he might be naked for a few days until we get him some clothes.

Overall we had a fun, exhausting and very enlightening day. We loved picking out things for our little P-Nut but can't wait to see him or her actually use them in....FOUR short months. It will be here before we know it!

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