12/27/12

Baby's first Christmas... I should have registered

Being a first time mom I had no idea what to expect for my baby's first Christmas. Or should I say, I didn't know what kind of gifts to expect people to give my baby. I was never asked what he wanted or needed in the first place. In the end, I never could have dreamt up the loads of shit and toys my son raked in! I learned from this experience that first time parents should get to register for baby's first Christmas and birthday...actually... maybe the first three Birthdays and Christmases for that matter.



Why do people ask me what I want for Christmas, but don't bother asking about my child?  Is it because he cannot truly want anything at 11-months old, or because it is so much more fun to live vicariously through his eyes? I mean after all, at 11-months old all a baby boy could possibly want is building blocks, talking toys and Tonka trucks.

New parents need things more than the babies need toys. Don't get me wrong, I am super grateful for all of the wonderful gifts Oliver received, but I could have used diapers and gift cards, more than the loads of toys. I know, I sound like a complete shit, and that the givers of the gifts deserve to spoil him to their hearts content.  BUT!  I live on a budget, and see so many gifts of toys and toys and more toys as over kill.

I really am grateful, I cannot say that enough, but would it be presumptuous to register for baby's first (second & third) holidays?  Or at the very least, send out a "baby's wish list"? I would have listed a toy or two in addition to diapers and stroller attachments, and certainly a gift card to our favorite baby store would be on that list too. This list would allow both the baby and the parent(s) to get what they really want and need.

Ok, I am trying to put myself in the shoes of the person receiving that list... and I can see how the wish list might take the fun out of toy shopping.  I also think I should probably delete this post and go back to posting my top post of 2012 to save myself from a "you ungrateful bitch" comment or two... but I have not built up my blog on being nice and politically correct... I know there is another mother (or father) out there sitting on a pile of empty toy boxes in a limited space thinking, "Shit! What am I going to do with all of these toys?  I sure wish someone would have bought us diapers instead..."




Of course my big kid thinks the new toys are great!



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10 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Heh! I am glad I am not the only one thinking about this!!! I wish I could register for all the big holidays and birthdays until they are 5!!! Maybe a new business idea?

Unknown said...

hahahaha! THANK YOU! Do you have any idea how many pairs of pajamas he got? Which would be awesome if he didn't already have a million... Here I am on the last few wipes and diapers, but have a bajillion (yes, that's an official term) toys cluttering up the house. Sigh... and his birthday is in 3 days. I can only imagine how this will go- LOL. Oh well, at least Mom & Dad's gift was practical- Elmo's Potty :)

Quirky Chrissy said...

You CAN register at Toys R Us/Babies R Us for birthdays and Christmas. Just an FYI :) I've been to 1st and 2nd birthdays that did that.

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

I just found out we CAN register for birthdays... Bet your bottom I will be!

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

Bajillion is most def an oficial term! Oh I wish we got wipes and diapers! Elmo's potty would bave been kick ass too.

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

Have I told you lately that I love you? I am totally registering now! xx

Firsttimedad said...

Lame!

Think about what the baby wants G-Dammit! You really think he's gonna have awesome superfunthyme with a box of diapers OR a room full of blocks? Look here in my left hand...here is a diaper...it's what you shit into every few hours. Is this the awesomest present? HELL NO! Well...look in my right hand. I have a flashing phone toy thingo that sings and has a fuzzy mirror on it...OOOhhhhhhh - thanks Daddy...you're ACE!!!

Bloody global warming, gift carding, organic vegetable eating, twattersphere reading, no-caffeine, macbook using NOOBS!

BOLLOCKS!

AussieMummy said...

I completely agree with this! And with Cooper's birthday just around the corner, I'm putting a "no toys, books or clothes" ban on his bday!!
Things I want: swimming lessons at baby swim school, a tricycle, baby sleeping bags, and nappies/wipes are always great. Fingers crossed that people listen!

AussieMummy said...

I completely agree with this! And with Cooper's birthday just around the corner, I'm putting a "no toys, books or clothes" ban on his bday!!
Things I want: swimming lessons at baby swim school, a tricycle, baby sleeping bags, and nappies/wipes are always great. Fingers crossed that people listen!

Kristy J said...

We live overseas and we told all of our relatives to please not buy him toys bc our house is not overflowing with extra space but if they did want to do something for him then put money in the hometown bank account we set up for that specific reason. I know it sounds awful but he doesn't need 4000 annoying toys that I'm going trip over or spend countless hours trying to get the dog drool off of. He can however use that money later down the road..like when he has his hand out awaiting money for college tuition. You're not wrong or ungrateful at all.

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