Waiting till 3rd Trimester to buy/make stuff?
Hmm, for me it's more that I don't feel it's necessary to get a bunch of stuff now. I bought some things at the consignment sale because they were a great deal ($1-2 a piece!) but other than that I'm happy to wait and see what I really need, I don't want to have a pile of stuff laying around not knowing whether it'll actually get used or not.
I admit I have bought a couple of things! Number one was an outfit on Zulily, the price was too good and it was in a style that will accomadate our lotus birth so I of course HAD TO HAVE IT! I also bought some aden& anais swaddling blankets. I won't ask anyone to spend 50$ on blankets and it's also a hard to find style so I wanted to get them NOW. I did go through my DDs clothing bins to find gender neutral stuff. I mainly wanted to see what I had that would work for an LB. I also admit I did through a registry together, mainly I wanted to see what I needed and have it "stored" someplace that I could easily add too. We also have family and friends asking if we have a registry up for Little Man so...I won't buy anymore until early to mid August. I had a small itch that needed to be scratched and I'm good now! I'm also waiting for DD to be potty learned before pulling out my CDs. I just want to relish in some *amount* of time without dealing with diapers, be it a month or a week!
I usually say I'll wait but end up cracking around week 20. I think that shopping (no matter how frivolous) makes having a baby seem more REAL to me. Like it's more than just some nightly wiggles and nasty heartburn, it's for someone. I know it sounds terribly consumerist, but even buying a couple onesies is enough to make the difference from "this fetus" to "my son".
I've bought stuff all throughout in the past, and this time would like to get things made soon or else by early 3rd tri, mainly because I'll be slowing down and limiting projects by about 33-34w. I'd rather just enjoy the summer weather then with my kids and take my days slow. My main goals then will be keeping my main floor and living space straightened (I've been working on that habit) and getting food on the table for dinner.
We needed some warmer 3mo clothes because my 4yo DS's little clothes are a different season, so within a week of finding out gender, I bought several sleepers and should probably take some back as I think I got too many. I'm also trying to finalize fabric for curtains and looking on craigslist for a replacement rocker.
I recall last time, at some point, I got out the newborn and 3mo whites and pulled ones that needed soaking in oxy clean and did that to make sure they came out looking nice and stain free.
i had the best intentions of waiting until the third trimester to start accumulating stuff. i made a pact with my wife, including a week-by-week time frame of when we would accept hand-me-downs, when we would start thrift shopping and garage sale-ing, when we would buy new, when we would buy big stuff like furniture.
then, well, twins happened and all those plans got f-ed. now, we are accumulating at a rapid pace b/c we have no idea how much time we have. if this pregnancy was a six-word story, it would have to be "not quite what i was planning."
bravo to everyone holding out, though!
You mean, you didn't buy a used Jumperoo the very week you found out you were expecting? (To be fair, they only wanted $25 for it! I couldn't pass up that deal.)
I always go crazy. I am pretty much totally set. I bought all the equipment I wanted used as I saw good deals. And I bought lots of newborn clothes at local thrift sales last month. I still need to get my prefolds and covers (was waiting to find out the sex to choose cover colors), and I realized I don't have receiving/swaddling blankets anymore, so I guess I need those still... But that's about it. We even just bought our new, bigger car! LOL!
I think that shopping (no matter how frivolous) makes having a baby seem more REAL to me. Like it's more than just some nightly wiggles and nasty heartburn, it's for someone. I know it sounds terribly consumerist, but even buying a couple onesies is enough to make the difference from "this fetus" to "my son".
I feel the same way, Aidenn! This week, I've been shopping for dressy outfits for the family to wear to a wedding (we are *very* casual at home!) and started to feel bad that the baby wasn't getting anything new! So I bought him a six-pack of cute little socks.
Silly, but it made me feel better.