I went to Target yesterday. A friend of mine once banned herself from Target for several months (or perhaps her husband banned her) because, as she said, "Target is a hundred dollar store" -- meaning that even if you think you are stopping in to buy some diapers, you end up spending $100. Yesterday I only spent $42. Still, that is the risk you run stopping at Target.
I keep wanting to buy a few cute little newborn outfits for new baby. So, I went to Target to do something I have never tried to do before -- namely, find some type of neutral boy/girl outfit. I ended up buying this little eight dollar three pack of jammies and I can't even decide if they are neutral. I keep looking at them and thinking, "Would these make a boy look girly? Would these make a girl look like a boy?" But then I calm myself by remembering that my newborns generally like to be so swaddled their first few months that no one ever sees what they are wearing anyway. Also, many is the time that I have been at the grocery store with one of my newborn girls all dressed in pink and probably even with a pink bow glued to their head only to have some well meaning person say, "What a cute little guy he is." Mind you, this doesn't offend me. I never say, "Actually, it's a girl." because that would only make them feel awkward. I just smile and thank them and hope they don't suddenly notice the bow and feel embarrassed. It is tricky to get around though when they ask, "What's his name?" and I have to respond with something like, "Daisy." Anyway, all I'm saying is, it probably doesn't really matter if these cute little jammies look girly or boy-ee enough, I just am wanting to buy a cute outfit and there are definitely cuter options for a child of known gender!
Also, I bought a blow dryer. My last one recently shook violently, spewed a few sparks out in a crazy manner and then quit . . . which, interestingly enough, is just what the Chevette I drove in high school did after a week or two of refusing to go over ten miles per hour. (I try to follow the old adage, "Use it up, wear it out, make it work, blow it up, or do with out"). I bought a super cheap new blow dryer, so we'll see how it goes. How am I supposed to know whether or not $30 is a dreamy dry compared to $9.49?
We bought a few more items which, as I mentioned, totalled $42. Unfortunately that $42 did not include the small pack of Goody elastic hair bands that had managed to hide themselves in our cart -- trying to force me into thievery. I have to say, this happened another time with some other very small item, and these are the times I have been most tempted to steal as it is really just no fun to unload and then reload the four small children you have just buckled all up. But, my husband has made an honest woman out of me and so the elastics were returned (I actually wanted to buy them, but I couldn't bare to stand in line again).
Lastly, our baby doesn't have a name. I know it should be so fun to decide, but it isn't. Nothing is really totally exciting us and I can't even bare to look at names online because you go to a name site and it has like 16 pages of "S" names alone. It is all too daunting. Poor poor little baby. You are all welcome to submit ideas. I probably won't use them, but if I did, perhaps I'd bake you a thank you treat. Still, with all of this trouble, I am not regretting our decision to keep it a surprise this time. I am very excited for delivery day to find out who this little one is, and after waiting this long, I would be so upset if it was accidentally told to me during an ultrasound!