How did things become so complicated? I made the mistake of walking into Babies R Us the other day and was completely overwhelmed. I have always kept things simple but this time I feel a need to more than ever. But I began doubting myself when I saw all the options and choices of just about everything. All the bottles, and different types of pacifiers and carriers and for goodness sake, fancy swaddle blankets! Things to stick the baby in...all these fancy seats and contraptions. I stuck to my guns though and only bought what I came in for....one bottle for emergencies, a simple paci, white light thermal blankets for swaddling (I did purge on those new gauze ones that are nice and big and light for summer), and some good old fashioned A and D ointment. And cloth diapers for burping...the same kind my mom used on all of us. I have a few more essential supplies at home of course but I'm keeping it all to just that...essentials.
Honestly, more than ever, all this fancy stuff I saw, EXPENSIVE stuff...babies just want their mommies, and they want them close and they want to be held and calmed and cuddled every day by their mommies. I'm not dismissing the importance of a good baby swing (a lifesaver sometimes!), or a safe place to set baby because life does go on, but oh my, it seems like all that mother/baby relationship stuff has been replaced just by plain stuff.
Isaac's college shopping trip was fast and easy of course. Like, "How does this blanket look for your bed?" "Good." "This pillow feel good?" "Yup." He could care less about matching things and co-ordinating things and things in general. Maybe not as fun as shopping with a girl, but I have a feeling when I'm doing the same with Abbey and contrasting and comparing options at 12 different stores, I'll appreciate all the nonchalance.