My parents arrived on Sunday for a week-long visit. They brought with them four suitcases, two of which were full of years' worth of collected baby items. Pretty much as soon as we all got home from the airport, my mom and I sat down on the bed in the guest room and sorted through all the clothes that she brought in addition to the ones that I've purchased. And, um, I'm pretty sure that Piglet is almost set, clothes-wise, for the first six months of his life. Which is kind of too bad, because I'm not sure that I'M set, shopping-wise. In fact, yesterday we went to the mall and I bought two more baby items. But they were on sale for super cheap! And they were so cute! And that makes it worth it, right?
It's lovely to have parents visiting. I am not very good at the phone, as in, remembering to call people regularly and have long chatty conversations with them, and being pregnant and exhausted has made me even worse at the phone, so it's nice to have face time to chat and say all the things that it wouldn't occur to me to say over the phone. And being bought dinners out doesn't hurt either. And the huge piles of baby stuff definitely don't hurt either.
Plus, my parents are incredibly generous. They don't just buy us dinners and baby clothes--they are also buying us the glider that we want as a baby gift, and they offered to buy us another piece of nursery furniture as an early Christmas gift. Now we are just torn about what to get--should we invest in a nice dresser/changing table combo and get a cheaper bookshelf? Vice versa? Get both for cheap? Splurge on nicer versions of both?
It's frustrating because this year we have no income, but last year we had income and next year we anticipate having income again, but this is the year we're shopping for the nursery and so we can't just decide that nicer furniture is worth the extra cash because it will last forever and drop the money. But we also don't want to buy cheap crap just because of the bad timing.
So far we've avoided the issue entirely by buying nothing. But, it's less than four months until my due date and that means that at some point soon we are going to need to make some decisions. Dear me. It is amazing how time just absolutely crawled during the first trimester and has been flying ever since. Piglet is definitely reminding me of his presence more and more by kicking harder and harder, too. But I really shouldn't complain because soon enough he'll be making his presence known through ear-splitting screams, and I'll look back fondly on the days when he couldn't make any noise.
Anyway, I seem to have gotten sidetracked. My original point here was that my parents' visit means both good company and incredibly generous gifts, and I love that about them. And I love that very shortly I myself will also get to be a parent and will get to pay forward all this generosity. I am really looking forward to that.
And also to the tiny baby who will wear all the tiny baby clothes that we are busily amassing. I am really looking forward to that, too.
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