Is it weird that, with a moratorium on shopping (for both of us), that my wife and I now justify purchases as being ‘for when we have the baby?’
I think it’s a coping strategy. Things are changing. Like our finances. Like our bodies. After our wedding we both gained a blissful fifteen and… were happy. Sigh.
Now, knowing we have to save and account for upcoming expenses (on top of budgeting for paying to create a life), we have to be more careful. But we are fallible and the temptation of a good deal, combined with the practicality of how it will suit our new life as parents makes some purchases too good to pass up. In each instance, the justification is masterful. Here is where we slip:
Cowhide Rug. For nursery. What/?! “For nursery..?” you ask. Yes, of course. What was once covered in poop, will again battle the drool, spit up and diaper messes of life with a baby. Aside from being playful and durable, cowhides (as tried and tested in the past 4 years with one in our living room) are resistant to stains, slip proof, repel water and (as long as the source is one that doesn’t support inhumane conditions) uses the whole animal. I’m expecting a barrage of comments about bacteria and exposing our kids to strains of animal-borne viruses. Given the research into anti-bacterial chaos, as created by hand-sanitizers, and having survived a childhood of playing in sandboxes and having 5 cats, I’m going to go with a raised eyebrow on that one. Plus, there was a big sale and a half price cow hide is pretty irresistible, unless you already have objections to a proposal as modest as skinning something for your floor covering. (I can feel you cringing). But you just have a look; Google it and there are a bazillion cowhides in nurseries already.
Next, there is the obvious problem (not problem) of expanding waistlines. For this, and my sympathy weight gain, there are super high-waisted jeggings. Especially awesome in pale acid-wash. Especially for ten dollars. Thank you comfortable house pants… which will also look amazing on a plane ride, or when picking up a toddler, or paired with heels and a crop top when we go to Greece this summer. It’s practical, really. Because I can wear them again when it’s my turn to carry.
Lastly, the oft-feared subject of swimsuits. I’m not willing to give up a two piece. So how can I pass on a pair of high-waisted bikini bottoms?! Especially since it’s ‘for the baby’. I abhor people using pets and babies as accessories. But what about using babies as an excuse to purchase actual accessories? So cute. And truly practical, as my new-mommy friend explained to me that her body has morphed and her former swim apparel is no longer her friend; all her former swimsuits have abandoned her, except the high-waisted briefs. They are an investment. Timeless. Even if they’ll never look quite like this: