Did you agonize over your baby registry because you wanted the best of the best for your little baby on the greatest monitors, toys, sleep sacks, and teethers? I did too, and now I’m here to tell you today that I’ve been a mom for 10 months and it’s the items that I’ve borrowed from others that have impacted me the most.
It’s incredibly easy for newly pregnant moms to get caught up in the society of baby registries and items galore. (Hello, have you seen all the pretty aisles at Buy Buy Baby?!) I’ll be the first to admit that I loved researching the latest and greatest, but for other reasons I love how many hand-me-down items I have been able to borrow. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and this is just one of the many reasons I’m thankful for my village.
I remember texting my best friend when I was seconds away from crying (partly from hormones and lack of sleep) because I didn’t think he would have any pajamas that were warm enough for the winter. Within hours, she was at my house with a bin. I also didn’t understand the differences between 0-3 months and 3 months until she patiently explained how sizes worked. I shouldn’t have been surprised. The same friend showed up at the hospital with a pumping bra when she found out that I was pumping without one; at the time I didn’t even know what that was! Later on, she saved the day with a manual breast pump when I needed it for flying. As I write this entry, I’m grateful to her for showing me the way through the world of baby gear and for the friends and family who regularly send us their hand me downs.
The bins of clothing are stacked with labels and neatly reflect a letter of the alphabet so that I will know where it needs to go when we’re done, but more than that, who I can be thankful for. I’m thankful that my child has clothing to wear, that his mommy has a friend who will explain the differences between all the sizes, and that she didn’t have to do this alone. I’m thankful for all of it.