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Begin the Buying!

We are a consumer’s nation. I know this, and yet I can’t quite fathom the spending spree that has already begun.

This child will put me in the poor house, won’t it? The more I think about all of the things she’ll need, the more I can’t imagine how we’ll pay for it. Basically we have to provide everything. She comes out naked and hungry, and that about sets the tone from then on. Feed me, clothe me, protect me, entertain me, educate me. Sheez!

On the other hand, at this early stage we can actually decide (somewhat) how my money gets spent. For now we can choose the clothes, the toys, the books, and basically everything else in her world. That won’t last forever.

The first thing we picked out was this whimsical bedding set.  We’re going for a nursery rhyme theme, so it will work perfectly. Best of all it has a cute little humpty dumpty pillow like the one I  had when I was a kid. My mom will tell you that I loved him to death. She even says I thought about taking him to college. I don’t recall that, but hey you never know. I bought the set from BabyEnvy.com because they were the cheapest. They said the shipping time could be 3 weeks, but we ended up getting it in less than 1 week. Being our first baby purchase, we were ecstatic when it came so much earlier than expected. It’s perfect!

We also picked up a used high chair. My wife liked the idea of an old wooden high chair like her mom’s. I didn’t have a preference, so we started scouring the local used baby stores. (Baby stores that sell used goods, not stores that sell used babies). We found one in pretty good shape, and it will look a lot better in our house than some huge plastic monstrosity.

So, so far I’m feeling pretty good about all the purchases. Next up on my list is this little gadget, the iCrib. Might as well instill a love for gadgetry straight from the get-go, right?

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You Say Goodbye, and I Say Hello

What a roller coaster the last few weeks have been. There is a lot to tell, so I’ll start at the beginning.

This past summer my grandmum was diagnosed with terminal cancer. At the time they said she had about 6 months to live. This hit me very hard. My grandmum had a very large part in raising my brother and me. My mom and dad are divorced and Grandmum became our daycare center a lot of the time. We would have picnics underneath the tree in her front yard. Or walk down to the swimming pool and then to the library. Every day with her was a wonderful day. A day filled with fun. She also taught me a lot of useful things like table manners and respect for your elders. She is a huge part of who I have become today.

She died this past Tuesday.

The couple weeks leading up to this past Tuesday have been quite hectic. The last week in September my whole family went to the Outer Banks for a week. It was a great time to reconnect with my family since no one lives particularly close to anyone else. We had a great time eating, drinking, and playing together. It was also a good time to gather strength for the coming hard times.

Toward the end of the week we got a call that Grandmum had taken a turn for the worse. Oddly enough that seemed to fit in with Grandmum’s style. She loved to have things planned well. And what could be easier than to die when everyone was already together and close by? As it turned out she did not meet her end so fortuitously.

Instead CincyMommy and I drove all the way back to Cincinnati to wait for the eventual call to go back. During the week in between I managed to be brought down by a bad case of food poisoning. 5 days of being weak and spending too much time in the bathroom was a great way to come back from a vacation. Thankfully I didn’t have to add a funeral into that mix.

So its been a crazy few weeks. And I don’t know quite how to feel these days. I’m so sad over losing my Grandmum, but I’m so excited about our baby that’s on the way. And at the moment I just can’t seem to get back into “normal” life. I hoping I’ll get there soon.