The inevitable thought that comes with brewing babies is where and how to obtain all the stuff that comes with a baby. I've been anticipating this since I got married, so, of course, I have over 250 bookmarks on the subject of all this stuff. I've concentrated on what I like and what ideas are new, but now that the time comes to actually use this hoarde of resources, the two key importances for me are: what is the least expensive and what will take up the least room?

Because this thing is a first grandkid for two sets of parents, the first great-grandbaby for one set of grandparents, and the first in our family, it's bound to be spoiled. It already has stuff bought for it--a very round and very large stuffed sheep, cloth for two blankets to be crochet-bordered, and the first set of pregnancy pants and shirt, brand-new from a retail store. I plan to use the generosity that comes only during weddings and babies. Call me an opportunist, call me greedy and conniving, but I intend to use every offer of, "What do you want me to get for you?" to the fullest extent.

After all, a baby needs somewhere to sleep, something to wear, a carseat, a stroller, a changing pad, a sling (or more than one), and diapers. Because kids grown quickly, I'm not going to be too picky on what it wears, and there are so many slings out there, I can provide several sources so whoever wants to can just pick one for me. They're all so pretty, it'd be hard to pick one myself.

I am specific on what I want for a stroller and I don't intend to carry the carseat anywhere, but take me shopping, especially when you're going to pay for whatever we find, and I'm very confident I'll find something that works. When I went shopping for the blanket cloth last week, it was the first time I got excited about the parasite since the initial pregnancy test.


I've been anticipating a growing belly for years as well, and that's meant choosing clothes that look hot on a skinny figure, but will also be long enough or stretchy enough to accommodate that growth. Thus, I don't anticipate having to buy too many new pieces of clothing. Pants will be the hardest thing, and since this thing will be born in Octoberish, it means I won't have to put up with unbearable heat during those last months.

It also means I'll have to have enough winter clothing. Which means buying from the clearance racks right now, so I won't have to pay for the new lines of fall clothing that will be just bulging with newness right when I will. In the next few days, I'll be buying from JC Penney's clearance rack; I'll also be seriously scouring my links in the pregnancy folder to see if there are any great deals on clearance. Feel free to browse yourself, if you want and if you've got the time, and comment with a link to anything that shouts Kate to you.

And if you're not familiar with my very distinct style, you can help me with a specific problem. I've been consistently looking for a dress to get me through those last several months. I want something long, like ankle-length, but I also want that something to have sleeves and a neck that's modest. It's harder than you think; the closest I've come is Shade's half-sleeve dress, which I'm not sure is quite built right for a large, cooking bun, and Shabby Apple's Hideously-Pink dress. Once again, if you find a dress that fits these criteria (long, with sleeves, for a really pregnant girl), please comment here.

Meanwhile, I'm just going to get excited about all the new stuff. Besides, until the kid can make its own decisions, it'll be my accessory. Feel free to be excited with me.
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