Expectation vs. Reality: Registering for Baby 101

Aren't we all guilty of getting our hopes up, of having false expectations? I try not to do this too often, I really do know better. Unfortunately, I fell victim to these expectations when it came to registering for our baby boy. 

Here's what I pictured: Cody and I slowly walking, hand-in-hand through the aisles of Babies R Us and Target, big smiles on our faces, laughs abounding. I thought we'd carefully read each box and label, deciding what was best for our unborn child. And when we'd done all of our reading, and our thinking, and our laughing, we'd take that little scanner and scan away at all of those "must have" baby items. 

Here's what REALLY happened: I was wiped as we wondered through the aisles of Babies R Us and Target. My feet hurt and my back hurt, and I must've told Cody that a million times. The aisles were packed (it was a Saturday), so there was no slow walking and I definitely had to squeeze my belly past lots of people. I found myself on the verge of a mental and emotional breakdown as I stared at the 3 million different types of bottles and wondered which attachments I'd need for my pump. Cody tried to be patient with me as he read box after box, bless his heart, but he was tired too (he'd been up all night at the fire station). And to top it all off, I got mad at Cody for not "fulfilling my expectations," and I never once acknowledged the fact that he was there , by my side, being so helpful. 

Pitiful, right? That day was one of those days that I hoped Cody (and everyone else) would remember that I'm just human. A cranky, whiny, pregnant human at that.  

We've since moved on from the great registry debacle. Cody accepted my apologies, what a sweet man he is, and I can now look at our experience with a somewhat "critical" eye. Here are my tips for a successful baby registry trip. 
 
1) Be comfortable. Comfy shoes, comfy clothes, and a full belly will help you persevere through what can be a long day.

2)  Do a little research. I wish I'd spent a little more time reading about different bottles, as well as reading reviews of products online. Sure, every baby is different, but reading those reviews helps you get an idea of what you're scanning. 

3) Lastly, and most importantly, just breathe. Really, it's going to be okay. The aisles might be crowded and you'll probably feel overloaded with information as some point, but it will be okay. If you're uncomfortable and your back aches, it will be okay. If you find yourself completely slammed the week before at work and don't have a chance to do any research, it will be okay. Because whether you freak out or stay calm, whether you register for the perfect stroller or not, that baby will be here soon and they'll be just perfect.