June 4, 2005

Reader Requests

During the course of the last six or so months, Beth and I have received quite a few emails about baby gifts. While Beth's addressed it, I haven't. Because I'm just lazy sometimes. Or I forgot. Before we proceed, there are some things you should know.

First, Beth and I do pretty well for ourselves. I'm not trying to sound snotty but we make pretty decent money. We have a nice, comfortable house. It might not be the biggest in the neighborhood but its perfect of us. And its home. We drive decent cars, our bills get paid and I'm able to keep a book and CD library that, like our cats, require constant feeding. I guess what I'm trying to say is that we don't need anything.

Second, there are these miraculous inventions we've just started learning about. They're called grandparents. They look somewhat like Beth and I only they've aged a bit. And they seem to be able to dispense baby gifts at will. Its amazing.

We've received some wonderful gifts from a few of you and I can't tell you how much that means to me. Its only fair to let everyone in on it however I ask that you consider the two factors above and consider some of the folks out there who might really need your help more than Beth, the Bean and I.

I've always been a little scared of bringing a child into a world like the one we've got. A world in which it sometimes seems that intolerance, terror, indecision and war are just normal. But you help remind me of the good stuff. I don't know how a world in which perfect strangers open their hearts to a child that hasn't even been born could be a bad place. But then, you're not strangers. You're friends. Its an amazing concept to me and I thank you for reinforcing my sometimes-shaky faith in the goodness of the world and the people in it. I'd like to think that Bean will be the luckiest kid in the world. She's got a heck of a head start. And I'm pretty damn lucky too.

Click for Bean's Registry

Posted by Chris at June 4, 2005 5:17 PM

one thing i found useful when i did a gift registry for Cam was to put in things that i would need in the future... i mean, the kids gonna grow, right?
add in books, toys, winter clothes...

i'm having my mother knit a baby blanket and will donate it to a charity in Bean's name.

Posted by: monique at June 4, 2005 5:29 PM

This is my gift to the three of you -

Never forget that love made her, love will nourish her and love will make her strong. The love given will be given back a million fold, enjoy and treasure each moment... AND get a picture of yourself with that first diaper, it is amazing and there will never be another one like it (you will know exactly what I mean very soon).

Posted by: zeno at June 4, 2005 6:26 PM

Dude, Beth also pointed to a few charities we might consider-- so you may want to point your readers to her site too. :)

Posted by: jen at June 4, 2005 7:10 PM

Too bad they don't make sleep gift-certificates. You know, load it up with a few hours of sleep to use at your liesure... ;-) Now that's the gift that keeps on giving.

Posted by: Ginny at June 4, 2005 9:06 PM

Oh, the shopping for a new baby.

Let's just say that I wish I had the hundreds of dollars I spent on every trinket and gadget that came labeled with an "Educational!" sticker back. We were very well off when my first was born, and I became obsessed with The Right Start. Sigh.

Let's just also say that trying to keep people from lavishing gifts on your wee baby is like trying to hold back the ocean.

Posted by: Jenny at June 4, 2005 9:28 PM

There ya go--sleep gift certificates! Now that's a great idea! Bottle that and you could make enough money to have 10 kids!

Posted by: Retro Girl at June 4, 2005 10:23 PM


Can't help but thinking after reading your post that Beanette is going to get off to one heck of a lucky start simply for the reason she will be born to two of the most conscious, honest and sincere people that I've come accross (in rl and online) in a long time. Seriously dudes, I am so happy for you. Can't wait to meet (read about) the new addition to your family

Have a good Sunday.

Posted by: wn at June 5, 2005 12:04 AM

Just to tell you- I've had one of "those" days. First thing, woke up to some very bad news and then had a very hectic day. At one point I locked my keys in my house even. Tired to the point of tears, I come home and read this post and these comments and now I'm all smilin' and feeling grateful for about a gazillion things. Thanks :-)

Posted by: JuJu's Mom at June 5, 2005 12:53 AM

It's the most wonderful thing when the great people one meets in the blogosphere restore your faith in humanity.

Posted by: DaFFy at June 5, 2005 4:57 AM

Amazon has a pretty good sale on Pampers stuff going on. Buy $79 worth of stuff and they give you a $30 gift cert. I would take advantage if I were you Chris. Because however many daipers and wipes you think will be enough, multiply that by a thousand! You can't imagine how much babies poop. anyway, here's the link:

Posted by: Pinky at June 5, 2005 9:05 AM

That is so unselfish of you to think of others. That is truly wonderful.

Posted by: Lauren at June 5, 2005 9:13 AM

That was a lovely post Chris. I am happy for you and Beth and Bean that you have such supportive grandparents in the picture.

Posted by: supine at June 5, 2005 10:06 AM

It took me about 1 year to realize that Hubby & I didn't need to buy a single thing for Kid, my mom bought her everything. Enjoy it!

Posted by: Indigo at June 5, 2005 10:31 AM