MIL insists on "the family" throwing me a baby shower. And by the family, I mean all of her sisters in law from FIL's side of the family (he passed away when DH was young). They are all wonderful women, but I see them maybe once a year, if that. I don't feel comfortable having them throw me a shower, because I secretly wonder if its MIL feeling obligated, since she goes to all of their kids' showers, etc etc.
But really, the thing is...I don't need anything! Ok, I *need* a $300+ Peg Perego stoller
but they will not get that for me. There is no babies R Us near them, not even a Target. So I couldn't even register for stuff that I might need. But I just can't think of 15-20 items in the $10-20 price range that we would need!
We have all the sleepers, gowns and rompers we will need in the 0-3 size. Since I am expecting a big baby, I really do not need more. It would be a waste. I am holding off on getting 3-6 mo stuff until we know what the baby is. I will need stuff in that size, no matter what, since ben's stuff is the wrong season. I tried to convince MIL to do an after-baby shower, so we can get clothes for the babe's next size. No go. She insists on a before-baby shower.
What else could they get? Disposable diapers? Don't need those. Don't need any gadgets or bottles or toys. I just hate the idea of all of these people (who are not financially well off, by any means) buying a bunch of...junk for the baby that will take up space and we don't need. I am way, way too practical for that!
I think Walmart is the only place around there. Do they do registries? Gah. I can't even think of 20 items that I would need from walmart.
What I plan to buy before the baby comes...
A bucket car seat
A nice stroller (see above)
A wooden high chair
That's it! All big ticket items or stuff from the internet that they will not buy.
I tried and tried to convince them otherwise. I feel so wasteful and ungrateful. I would love to see these people, if only there was a way to just ask them not to give gifts. Lets just get together and eat! :LOL