I made a baby registry and am attempting to add things to it. That sentence feels surreal. There's a lot of thoughts going on in my head here.
One, the website says you have to enter in an "expected arrival date". They say "Expected arrival date is your due date or, for families that are adopting, the date you expect to bring the baby home." First of all, kudos for acknowledging adoption. Thank you. ...But we have no date we expect to bring baby home! And I am not waiting to make a registry until we get matched, because we could get matched just days before baby is born. (More likely it'll be weeks, but who knows.) After talking about it with Hubby, we decided to enter in the absolute latest date they would allow us. So our "expected arrival date" is set for June 11, 2014. Then, if I understand correctly, it stays active for a year after that. So I guess if we don't have our baby by June 11, 2015, I make a new registry. Products will probably have already changed by then anyway.
Two, I feel slightly like a fake; a girl playing house. I'm not pregnant, we're not matched, it hasn't even sunk in yet that we could get a call any day. It feels like someone's going to call me out yet and tell me I'm not a "real" expectant parent so why am I making a registry? And maybe laugh at me to boot.
Three, it is REALLY difficult figuring out what to register for!!! I have this long list I've compiled from Through Clouded Glass's old feature, Moms and Babies, where moms shared some of their must-have products. I've also bookmarked half a dozen must-have lists from various websites and blogs. But I still have only registered for 5 things!! I feel like I don't even have a clue what are the essentials for a newborn. Poor baby. We will take care of you, really.
Four, I feel partially crazy for registering already when it may be years upon years until we get matched. But I want a small surprise baby shower before we are matched, and Hubby knows this, so he says to go ahead and make the registry, and send him wishlists and party ideas, etc, that he can pass on to the women in the family. So I'm doing it. Scary! There may be a shower in a couple months, and then all the gifts will sit for years. Or perhaps we don't even get the shower in time before we're matched and we have to scramble buying stuff! So many unknowns. (We've made it clear we don't want any baby showers during the 3 weeks that the mom can change her mind. After that, though, I want a huge shower with every relative and friend possible!!)
For those of you in the adoption realm, when did you make a registry? Or did you even? How did you figure out what to add to it (if it was your first baby, like me)? Did you buy a lot of things yourself or did you get a lot of things as gifts? Did you wait to buy things until you were matched or even until every thing had gone through, or did you stock up ahead of time? What would you consider the essentials for a newborn (no nursing stuff please)? Any other advice for me and my insecurity? ;) Thank you!