November 8, 2010

Baby Registries and Milk

When it came time to register for our wedding, I did it alone. I had hoped that Mr. H could have been there with me to find the things we wanted and need for our future home. [And to have fun with the awesome scanner that they let you use!] Thinking towards the future though, I just brushed it off thinking that he'd be here when the time came to register for the baby. But yet again, it didn't happen. The baby shower planning urged me to go at it without him.
I registered at Target and later at BabiesRUs. Let me just tell you. When you girls register, don't register exclusively at Target. I, myself, LOVE Target and only wish there was a Super Target nearby. BUT! When it comes to registering for baby, there are other great places to shop.
Now, have you seen the State Farm commercial where the guy drives across the street to save a few cents on gas? Well that's me. I do that. And why wouldn't I? I need to save all the money I can. Those few cents add up fast. So, being little poor me, I have tried hunting down the sales of the week and cheaper clothing stores for baby. So here are some of my findings, which aren't many, and a few ideas at locating good deals...
  • BabiesRUs has a rewards membership that is offered to you for free when you register with them. Once you sign up, they send you coupons that you can only use with your special mommy membership! [We saved more than $10 on our diaper bag!]
  • Check out the 'Target Weekly Ad' on or sign up for email updates and reminders. They often have sales on major baby items. [About two months ago, you could buy a crib and get the changing table for free. Sadly, we were in Juarez during that sale and missed out.]
  • I have come to find out that most stores, like JcPenny, Kohls and Macy's, all sell clothes from Carter's. They have a Carter's outlet store about twenty minutes from here and boy was I happy to find it. This may seem silly but when the clothes at popular stores are priced even a few dollars more than if you were to buy them directly from the originator, you save big bucks. So look for stores like Carter's, especially if you live near an outlet mall. [It made for a pretty fun date! So even if it's far just turn the trip into a date.]
  • Shop online! Some stores now allow you to find things online and have them shipped to the store nearest you with no shipping fees. So many things, especially baby related, aren't sold in stores.
  • IKEA! My favorite store ever! They have baby bedding, baby toys, furniture for baby and much more. If you shop at IKEA, you know that their prices beat any other's by a long shot. So for me to find cute affordable baby stuff at my favorite store, I am happily waiting for our next trip there.
  • Ok this is just a little tip for those who, like me, didn't know where to begin with their registry. REGISTER FOR EVERYTHING! Anything from outlet covers to diapers to toys & books. Have fun with that clicker and scan it all! [Register for loads of diapers & wipes] Stores like Target and BabiesRUs give you a discount on things remaining on your registry after the baby is born. So if you have diapers on there, you can get them with that discount!
Pardon me if this is old news for some of you readers. I just know that I have searched for "new mommy blogs" for advice and info like this and haven't found it. So I've decided to try and help those of you readers who need just as much help as I have.

Now, I have a statement. And a question.
I am getting kind of anxious. I have this sudden urge to clean my car from top to bottom. And then I want to install the car seat. Is it to soon?

Do any of you have food allergies? I think I might have brought this up before but I can't help myself. I am lactose intolerant. Or at least, I used to be. For the past 3 months or so, I have been drinking milk. At the beginning I was surprised that if I had yogurt or even a small glass of milk with my cookie, I wouldn't feel sick. So I started to add it little by little into my week. Every few days I would drink a glass of milk. Now, I don't drink whole milk or even 1% for that matter; I drink skim. I'm not sure what would happen if I drank thicker, creamier milk. I don't think I'll try it though. Now that it's been cooling off at night and into the morning [it's been in the 50s and even the 40s at night] I've been treating myself to some hot chocolate and even some caffeine free spiced chai! The best part? Not getting sick. The worst part? Running out of milk. This has never happened to me before! Praise God [and baby!] that I can enjoy some dairy products. I only hope that this lasts beyond my pregnancy.

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