Most 1st time moms-to-be that I’ve encountered are giddy about their impending arrival, and all that goes into preparing for baby. From all of the cute baby outfits, decorating the nursery, creating a registry, and scouring the internet for the ‘most adorable’ baby furniture on the market, every moment is filled with loving anticipation!
These days, with the convenience of online registries and my faithful pal Pinterest, ideas are everywhere, and talking to moms who have ‘been there, done that’ there is this mounting pressure to own all kinds of gear, gizmos and gadgets for your baby.
Here’s the deal: I hate it. I hate it all! I don’t like the way it looks, I don’t like the way every single, stinking toy and chair and bouncer makes so much noise. I don’t like that baby stuff comes in either bright vivid primary colours, or pastels in pink and blue. I want to find out who decided that infant furniture should light up and strangle them! I actually think that most baby gear is as close to unicorn vomit, as I’ve ever seen. I mean really… does the set in the picture above really show 2 swings? TWO! Who needs 2?
Don’t get me wrong, I am beyond excited to be pregnant, and look forward to the first moment I get to see my baby boy, and hold him in my arms. I am very excited to be a mommy, and play with my child, dress him, feed him and do everything mothers have been doing with their babies for thousands of years. I’m just not looking forward to ‘the stuff’.
Here’s the other part that gets me, I know that in a moment of, hopefully less hormonal, clarity, I will appreciate the stuff, and value the stuff, because even if that vibrating bouncy chair looks like mythical barf to me, right now, if it makes my baby happy, it’ll make his mommy happy too. So I feel trapped between rejecting everything marketed towards infants, and wanting to have it on hand for those times that baby and mama need a break from each other and can happily play…or sit… in a swing or chair.
I’m looking at having a baby as being a wonderful, special experience that doesn’t need clutter to be happy, healthy, and fulfilling. So that’s why for the next few weeks, I am taking on a home de-clutter challenge. In part I hope this will help make space available for the baby items we end up using a lot, but also to give us a starting point for that ounce of prevention. Making decisions before items come into our home that we just can’t manage to get rid of, will be just one way of keeping the overwhelming amounts of stuff out of our house.
I realize this post seems like more of a rant, or me hating on baby stuff, which is truth. I’d like to keep it a little more positive around here down the road, but I’d like to know if anyone else has dealt with similar emotions before their baby arrived? How did you feel once baby gear made its way into your house?
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