9.10.2008

Out with the old.....?

Hello dear internet. How's it hanging? Me? My belly is expanding and getting comfortable at night is getting harder. Such is life though. Me and the peapie are doing great, otherwise. We went to our first high school football game of the season to watch my nephew, who caught three or four passes and scored two touchdowns (against my high school). He's impossible to talk to now and I'm surprised his helmet came off after the game due to his swelling ego. We sat on the "wrong" side and cheered when the ol Blue and White went down. Some things I never thought I'd be doing (more and more every day, actually).

Anyway, the reason I'm writing is to ask your opinion. Yes, it's true I have a sister, but she graduated high school the year I started kindergarten, so we were really raised as two only children who happen to share a mom. That said, I'm used to my stuff. Sure, I got hand-me-downs, but my mom also had to make/buy a ton of stuff because my sister's just didn't stick around. I did throughly enjoy her Barbie airplane and RV though. Those 70s yellows and oranges ROCKED. Anyway, I like NEW stuff these days- like pull the tags off new. I don't shun used items and in fact welcome them because I'm very thrifty, but there's nothing like knowing something has never been used by anyone else.

Ramble, ramble, point. My soon to be sister-in-law had a baby in June- as in three months ago. It was a boy. She has tons of boy stuff. Do you see where I'm going with this? She just sent me a text message saying she wants to give me her stoller and carseat- which are essentially brand new. And VERY cute (brown with green and blue polka dots). But, I'm kind of wistful at buying my baby's own stroller and carseat. I've never done that before, ya know? And who knows if peapie will have a sibling someday.

So, what I'm asking internet, is am I being petty and selfish? Should I welcome these items with open arms and be grateful that I can save those hundreds of dollars for something else? Or, should I welcome them (because I have the inability to say no) and then go ahead and buy my own anyway?

These are the hard questions, folks. Lemme hear ya.

12 comments:

NicoleC said...

Chances are you'll need. or want, two car seats anyway ( I recommend Britax). Transferring from one car to another is a PITA. A spare stroller probably wouldn't hurt, either.

tiny frog said...

i agree with nicole!

Anonymous said...

Having one for each of your vehicles is a totally luxury that you'll love. I say take it and then register for your own!!
Love,
Amber

NicoleC said...

Oh, and I'm wondering, how does she have a carseat and stroller to give you if her baby is only 3 months? Are they extras?

Liam said...

I understand your feelings...

If you REALLY feel the need to buy all your own crap, then go ahead and do it... tell her you appreciate the thought, but instead of giving them to you, donate them to a women's shelter or something like that...

juliesock said...

I agree. You'll definitely want two car seats. I used nearly brand-new hand-me-down infant car seat from my cousin and then bought my own bigger car seat.

I also can't say no to people trying to help. You can always keep what you want and donate the rest so you don't hurt anyone's feelings. That's what I did.

Sara said...

Honestly, the thought never even crossed my mind that I would need more than one carseat. I'm so stuck on those extra carseat bases that I completely forgot about the possibility of having two carseats. That's why I have a blog, I guess.

Nicole, I haven't "talked" to her, but I can only assume it's because she's getting something bigger.

addiebaby said...

This is tough. If you feel strongly about it, I would explain it to her exactly as you wrote it here. As a new Mom she will TOTALLY understand.

That being said, there is so much other stuff to buy (good golly, it's overwhelming) that by the time you actually start shelling out all of the money for the bedroom set and pack n play and clothes and swings and sleepers, you may welcome a hand me down. In other words, I wouldn't say no just yet.

addiebaby said...

I'm assuming it's a travel system that she's giving you, right? Infant seat and stroller? You definitely DO NOT need two infant seats. Just one infant seat and two bases (one for each car) that the seat snaps into.

PS: Snoogles are AWESOME for supporting your belly at night.

Steph said...

i don't care, i just want to see a cute belly shot! :-)

j/k...i totally relate to the wanting new things, thing. It's not like a desk, or lawnmower, or an extra set of curtains. It's for your little one! I would welcome them as "backups" maybe but would still register for my own...tags and all. Could leave them at your mom's?

Anonymous said...

I haven't said congratulations yet, so let me start there first...Congratulations!!!

I agree on both sides of the suggestions though. I say you could always use backups, or leave them with grandparents so they have a set and still get your own. Cause like you said, you really only get to pick these things out one time :)

We got quite a few duplicates that will be housed at Grandma and Grandpa Wright's! They just don't know yet!

~Becky

Diane Mandy said...

Go ahead and take them. You never know when you could use a spare.