Friday, October 24, 2008

Trip to Target

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!

13 comments:

Joyce said...

Oh boy- I so know what you mean about Target. Way to go for only spending 42 bucks!

The gender neutral clothes are definitely not as fun, but I am glad you got something!! I think it is hilarious when people can't tell that Ruby is a girl even when she is dripping in pink. Most recently, this nice old man came up and said, "My what a big boy he is!!" I couldn't bring myself to tell him she was a girl because I didn't want him to feel bad so I just smiled and nodded. Then he asked, "How much did he weigh at birth?" I quickly tried to figure out how to answer the question without using "she" or "her" but I couldn't. I just didn't want it to be awkward!

I am getting so excited to find out what you are having!! Good luck on choosing a name!

Rhonda said...

umm, so the comment from joyce is really from me. I guess my mom was still signed in on my computer! oops!

Rhonda said...

Oh that is hilarious!! I didn't realize that I made more than one comment as my mom! Now I am trying to think where else I have commented as my mom and not realized it! She will be so confused...BUT I have shown her pictures of your kids and I know that she DOES think your kids are so adorable...and I have sent her over to your blog a few times to check out a funny/cute story. She also thinks Ruby looks a lot like your kids--which is a big compliment to me, because your kids are dang cute!

Perla said...

i was wondering who your new friend joyce was.

i will now make a confessional. rarely do i remember my "most embarrassing moments" but this was quite embarrassing. i was at target the other day and the same dumb thing happened. one thing left in the cart when i unloaded my bags. but what was the one thing? vagisil. suck. i was afraid of having a problem in haiti. i mean what would you do if you did? so i thought i should take some in case me or somebody that i was with did because i mean, really, what would be more miserable? anyway...it really sucked that i had to go back in the store and especially to buy just that. ugh.

Sarah said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who has left Target with a suprise left in my cart, unpaid for. Luckily the guy coming to get the shopping carts walked by and I quickly sent the item with him! Kudos to you for unloading and reloading all the kids!

jami said...

yes, yes ... target is the devil store. jas is actually thankful that the closest target is too far away for me to visit often. :)

i'm so happy you're having a surprise baby! it's so fun that way -- but i could never find anything neutral to buy with my surprise babies so i would end up buying something cute and pink and something fun and blue. probably defeats the purpose of trying to save money - and i'm sure i did it at target. :) oh well ... and, i wish i had a good name to give you as a suggestion but i think naming the little munchkins is the hardest thing! :)

Lover of Sweets said...

I also went to Target yesterday (oh but I don't actually know when you posted that, so...) Anyway, Target, yes I agree with your friend calling it "the hundred dollar store". I actually went there Friday AND Saturday and I spent lots of money both times. Their stuff is just too dang fun!
I bought a pretty good hair dryer at Costco on Friday for $20; it seems to work pretty nicely and has a turbo boost as well as a cool shot.
Blah blah blah. Hey! Aren't we having a baby shower for you? If we're not, we should.

Lover of Sweets said...

Oh, by the way, I've accidentally walked out with unpaid items as well. You can go to customer service, where there is rarely a line to pay for it. It's still a pain, but at least it's not much of a line to wait in.

Mugsy said...

O am just supposed to do my dutie and start buying stuff for you. Or wait maybe that Kathy's duty. At least she is usually the one taking care of everyones needs in that department.

Nancy said...

I'm glad to see so many of you have been in my same circumstance.

P -- whatever, once you are on your 5th kid it is all like "baby shower for you? NO WAY" BUT I still like presents! AND, we are going to plan a killer one for Ashley!! (We need to get on that, Shan!)

Megs, yah, get buyin'

Lastly, it turns out my $9 blow dryer aint as good as a more expensive one .. . why oh why didn't I know about your Costco one sooner, P!!!

BS and the Kids said...

I have done that so many times, and it is so frustrating. I have even had it happen when I get home, and I just have to pay for it the next time I go and the people look like I am crazy. I was trying to think of a few names for your kids, because we all know how much of a help that is...anyway, if it is a girl, I had to think what goes with Goldie, Penny, and Daisy and the only thing I came up with was Ruby. But, you could always try something like Larkin. As for a boy, are you going to keep with the biblical theme? What about something like Sawyer? I always love the suggestions that people give. Like you said, it isn't like you ever use them, it seems to fuel me more into NOT wanting to use them.

Nancy said...

Sar, those were great suggestions. I love the name Ruby, but it is actually the name of a new little niece in the family!

Sawyer is cute. I'll have to see what Mike thinks. I like hearing others ideas!

Melissa, Ryan and Addy said...

Want to hear something that is sad? I often go to Target and don't buy stuff on purpose so that I can go back the next day and have a valid excuse for going back. Quite shameful! Gender neutral clothing is difficult, but you're correct about people not really seeing what the baby is wearing. I guess I'm rude, because I pretty much always correct people when they think Addy is a boy. Even if she wasn't wearing a pink onsie with a bow, in my opinion people should keep their comments gender neutral. i.e. "How old is your baby?"

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