Last school year I was one of six women at work who had a baby. I currently have four friends who are pregnant. Apparently I have officially moved out of the life-phase when everyone I knew was getting married and I’ve moved onto knowing tons of people who are procreating. I was thinking about this recently as I start to organize baby stuff to pass onto friends who are about to become parents. Before I had kids I was invited to several baby showers and, of course, I bought gifts. Here are some of the things I bought:
- Books like “The Cat in the Hat”
- Cute newborn onesies
- Stuffed animals
Here are the “baby” gifts I have given to others after having my own kids
- A gift card to a cloth diaper shop
- Lanolin (not glamorous, but I really did give this to someone)
- An Ergo carrier
The difference? Usefulness. Before having kids I did not know about babies at all!! Seriously. I thought you might read something like “The Cat in the Hat” to a five-month old. Which I have since realized does not work since a five-month old’s goal is to get as much random stuff into their mouth as possible. Including nice little paper book pages.
Anyway, after having two kids I still don’t know much about babies in general. But I know my kids. And I know what I used a lot with my babies. Those are the kinds of gifts I want to give. I appreciate that being a parent and gaining a bit of parent knowledge might allow me to help someone else out the way that my parent-friends helped me out when LP was born. Being able to give a useful gift makes me feel a little bit more useful. It also makes me feel a bit more knowledgeable. Which is nice, because so much of parenting makes me feel totally un-knowledgable (i.e. bumbling idiot). So, I’m excited to put some gifts together for my new-parent friends that will, hopefully, be as useful to them as they were to me!
Notes on the Year of Family
Today we ate:
- Breakfast: Blueberry smoothies and toast for Dad and LP. Mom had some peanut butter toast on the go.
- Lunch: Quesadillas for Dad and LP. Mom enjoyed some indian food with a friend
- Dinner: Over several courses we enjoyed carrot ginger soup, foccacia and chocolate chip cookies. A fun Saturday night dinner!
For part II of our groceries (and lunch out for Mom) we spent the following:
- $14.65 for lunch
- $20.11 at Whole Foods
- $55.17 at Trader Joe’s