Here are the highlights and some kudos to commenters.
On Saturday mom and I had peanut butter on toast for breakfast (you know, protein for energy) and lots of tea and water for hydration. Mom did a few calisthenics in the living room. We both ended up wearing pink (...?) We left coats in the car to prevent overheatedness. We pushed a cart so we didn't have to carry the purses. Mom wore her new super comfy tennis shoes.
We have a phrase in our family "it's serious time now" which perfectly described Saturday.
We thought it would take 2 hours. It took nearly 4 plus a half hour lunch break. Dad was not thrilled to be left home alone for that long. Jeremy was at work and relieved to not be involved in any way. (Although of course I went online and gave him a tour of some of the things "we" chose later that night.)
Some of my favorite necessities:
1. B.ritax carseat - thank you Korana, Seema, Leah and Ana for comments about B.ritax. It was also well recommended online. We only had to spend 10 minutes or so in that aisle. I registered for the B.ritax Bou.levard Castle.rock. A convertible seat so it doesn't matter what age baby is. It is soft and padded and even reclines. For the price it better be like riding on a cloud in a golden chariot pulled by unicorns.
2. The stroller was a difficult thing. I agree with Leah , Stephanie, Ana and others that the e*rgo is a must. But I thought a stroller for airports/malls is important. Ended up registering for a $20 umbrella stroller. Thank you new blog friend Jill. I think it will work for now and we'll just see about later. Very very tempted by the joggers and B.obs and other strollers that cost more than my first car. Resisted temptation. Had frugal mother along. It was helpful.
3. Inflatable bath tub. Thanks to Ana because I watched you use this several times and it seemed so great. And thanks to Jill again. I actually read Jill's comment after we came home from shopping and I had registered for everything on her list.
4. G.raco Bl.ossom 4 in one highchair. Turns into a booster, a travel seat, and an older toddler chair. Does anyone have one? My only requirement was that this product be very small (like lives in the corner/tiny/invisible highchair small) because our kitchen is the opposite of roomy. You get the picture.
Now for the questionables category:
1.Do you think I really need 7 beautiful soft fluffy blankets for baby? Thanks to Claudia I entered the registry feeling very concerned that I make sure to have enough blankets and whatnot. But she has twins. I'm thinking 7 is a lot for just a singleton baby. Oh but have I mentioned how soft and fluffy they were? My first page of the registry is all blankets...not the practical kind. The floating clouds of marshmallow variety.
2. The Comfy 3 in 1 soft seat potty. It looked cool. Who doesn't want to be comfy on the potty? The alternative was a very chilly Swedish looking minimalist Bj.orn chair. But reviews of my 3 in 1 potty are not great. Apparently the soft seat cannot handle being immersed in water.... ??
3. Play.text bottles with plastic liners. Seems easy for Ethiopia. Sounds expensive and not dishwasher safe for Colorado life. May only be used for travel. We'll see.
4. Things got confusing around health. Ear thermometer was the final choice although I am very tempted by the pacifier thermometer. Nail clippers with a magnifying glass? Teeny tiny blunt scissors. What do you use those for? Teeny weeny baby brushes? It was a lot to take in.
Frivolous stuff that I really liked and almost bought on the spot:
1. BPA Free N.uk Animal Pacifiers. Stage 2 (what does that mean - is it related to age?)
Well, no matter how they function or what size they were. The point is that they looked like little animal mouths with whiskers and noses!
2. A bathtub toy that attaches to the faucet and blows bubbles. This was only one of about 5 bathtub things I HAD to have. What baby wouldn't decide she loves it here with us after being shown the bubbles??!
It was a long day. A complicated day. I think we handled every product in the store. And I didn't register for that many practical things. I think toys, books and blankets are the largest sections on the list. But I feel so much more confident about what we need now. And I can always go back. Things like the exersaucer and stroller can wait. Wipe warmer? I'm not sure. Mom insisted that warm washcloths will save both money and the environment.
There are also still many things I prefer at online stores like this diaper bag which is begging for an Ethiopian flag decal. http://www.pokkadots.com/itemsDetail.cfm/pcid/536/cid/551/item_num/DD-BLK
and this owl (along with a million other things on etsy) that belongs in the baby room:
But I made it through the holiday and that is what counts. Made it and conquered it. AND have not emailed our adoption specialist in almost two weeks for an update. This is record breaking.
Thanks for your fun comments and advice.
For Cathy and Sara - The B.elly B.utton book made me laugh out loud.
And for all of you haters of noisy toys-wow you are so right. I had never thought of it before but played with the toys pretending that they were in my house. Goodnight peace and silence.
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. It's been so much fun meeting new readers/blog friends. Hopefully tomorrow begins THE MONTH. Birthday....Christmas....referral?