I had some time in between meetings today, so Gary and I went over to Baby’s R Us to innoculate me from the shock of the multitudinous ways one can spend endless sums on money on baby-related stuff all under one roof. The amazing display of a silly-big number of different feeding bottle options was the first lesson of the day. Next was how very long one has to keep a child in a car seat these days. Up to five years old? Holy mackeral. I had no idea. Then the cost of new matching-set cribs, dressers and changing table stuff. Good Lord. Two hundred and fifty dollars for a plain dresser? Then another couple hundred or so for the crib? I didn’t even look at the changing table. We’re sticking with the plan of buying a used crib and just replacing the mattress new, find a decent used dresser and adapting a table we already have for the changing area.
The other thing that caught me off guard was catching a glimpse of my profile in the store front window as I walked by. Whoa. Look at that belly pooch and big ol’ rack! On a related note, my closet has been gradually emptying of things that just don’t even close to fit anymore and made their way into storage. It’s looking pretty sparse, but I’m hanging in there with the size 8 (I know, eight, so big, oh well) low rise slacks that continue to work fine. I’ve also begun online shopping for actual maternity clothes. I just got my Anne Taylor Loft maternity stuff in today. The tops are cute and have plenty of room to grow and the pants are a touch big, but not so much that I should size down. Last night I found Kiki Fashions Maternity wear and put in a sizable order for short sleeve tops and a couple more pairs of maternity pants. There’s lots of cute stuff and the prices are reasonable, as compared to some of the websites that wanted $70-$80 for a “fashion top” that I would use for a few months of my life ever. I don’t think so. I can use that cash lots of other ways, thank you very much. You know, like on baby stuff, or, God forbid, triathlon gear. Tee hee.