I got a ball at Target too. You are right, they don't seem that sturdy. But I am not planning to use it past labor so spending a lot of money on one seemed like a waste to me. Mine was $13.99 and came with a pump. I am glad I pumped it up already, though, b/c it took me about 30 min to do it. And the thingy they give you to measure the diameter was way wrong, so use a tape meaure.
Liz-you should check out the TP here. I got some birthing supplies from a mama in exchange for a scrapbooking album I am not going to use in the next 2 yrs anyway. It is great to swap stuff when money is tight. I liked the convenience of our birth kit for Tain's birth, but a lot of the stuff we didn't use. Like you aren't going to get 10 million hats already without an ugly one coming in the kit! And who needs a paper tape measure? Do you know how many chux come in your kit? I just got a package at Target for about $5 and there are 18 in there. Hard for me to imagine using that many, so I could share. I know I had a ton of those left over from Tain's birth. I also have lots of plastic sheeting-we found buying a roll at the hardware store to be more cost effective than buying a slew of shower curtains. There is plenty to share, as well. e-mail me at email@example.com
if you are interested.
As far as registering goes, I wouldn't bother. When we registered for our wedding, we barely got anything from our list. People are going to buy you whatever they want to anyway. Plus I have found that people listen to what you want better when you don't register. It is weird, but so far in my life, true.
And changing tables...we have a contour pad-they come with velcro on the bottom and a strap for baby. I cringed at putting sticky velcro on the top of the beautiful dresser FIL made for ds and since it also had a non-skid bottom, I didn't. I never came close to ds falling off. If you are using a dresser, make the top drawer for diapers and wipes, that way it is never a question if they are handy or not. Ours has three drawers and two on the side-perfect sizes for dipes. We still use it and ds is 2 yo.
Well, we went a-shoppin' today. Got our refund check yesterday afternoon, deposited it this morning and spent it all by this afternoon! :LOL Well, we had a list, so it wasn't that hard. Came in slightly under for our bed (NEW! KING SIZE! DELIVERED ON FRIDAY! VERY VERY EXCITED!!!!!), under for other misc stuff we needed, over for a dresser-those things are pricey! But we had enough left over for the stroller!! A steam cleaner was on our list and I am so excited to not have gross carpet anymore. That is one thing that really sucks about apt living-carpet in every room and low-quality, easily stained carpeting. Yuck. I would love to rip it up, esp. b/c I know there are hardwood floors underneath. But, alas, we rent. A huge chunk goes to fixing our car, which goes to the shop tomorrow morning. We have been waiting for MONTHS to be able to fix it, so that is nice, too. And we still have some left over. I think I will forego the moses basket unless I find one really cheap on consignment or something. That means my list is complete. Still have to rearrange the bedroom and stuff, but at least the buying frenzy is over. I feel really good about the way things have gone. I didn't think our refund would go as far as it did. Thank god we got a big one this year.
It wasn't safe for us to co-sleep when Tain was a newborn. Our mattress is so worn that the sag in the middle was pretty deep. He would roll into me and be unable to move to breathe and the usable space in our bed was more like a twin than a queen. At about 1 1/2 mo, we weren't getting any sleep so dh moved to the couch and Tain moved into the bed. Dh didn't sleep in the bed with us until Tain was about 7 mo old. Then we put our bed on the floor and that combined with Tain being bigger allowed us to cosleep. So I am understandably excited about our new bed situation.
Well, the house is wrecked and I actually have energy and a toddler that needs a nap so I'll talk later. Have a great day, ladies. Belly rubs to everyone!