I truly was not anticipating a shower this time around. I know it's not customary for second or subsequent babies, and we got so much stuff with Vicki that we never ended up using. We had two showers when I was pregnant the first time, and they were both really special. We are still working through some of the stuff I got over two years ago! Things like lotion, bath wash, and diaper cream (which we have never needed because Vicki doesn't really get rashy).
So, I spent several hours on Amazon this morning, trying to think of things we need. I can honestly say I'm really struggling! We still have a crib that we never used the first time. We have a little cradle that Jeff's granddaddy made for him to put in our room. We never used a baby bath - I just got in the bath with Vicki. We have tons of unisex newborn clothes, and then family and friends to supply boy-clothes hand-me-downs forever. We never used a changing table or mat. We still have a monitor and all our bottles and brushes and pacifiers and all that.
The few things I feel like we do actually need are very pricey. A new carseat (we are just getting a convertible this time around - not messing with the bucket since Jeff ran over it on accident), a new high chair (the Tripp Trapp I want is a little exorbitant), and some diapers and covers. I will need a breast pump, I know, but the one I like is $1600 and it makes much more sense to rent it from the hospital for the time I need it! A double stroller would be lovely, but again - costly.
|This Bob Duallie would be sweet - only $471!!|
|The mobile. I love it!|
And then there's the gift my mother-in-law got us the first time around: eight weeks of housekeeping from a professional service. I would trade all the other gifts to get that one again! It was a dream.
I feel like I'm forgetting something vital. And yet - when I think back to what we needed in Vicki's first year, that was it. We have a Moby wrap and an Ergo carrier. She slept in bed with us. She needed just clothing, diapers, love, and closeness to the two of us. And those things will be non-negotiables for any of our children!