Though I've finished creating registries at both Buy Buy Baby and Babies R Us, my showers are soon, and I've been shopping sales . . . I've been slowly accumulating many things we need for Pequeña without spending a dime. The generosity of my friends and family has been overwhelming throughout my entire pregnancy. It's something I certainly didn't expect.
And -- lately -- it's caused our nursery to go from looking like this:
To looking more like this:
First, those two big wooden things? They are actually a shelving unit to be put in the closet. My parents had them hanging around their house, and they're in excellent condition. We're hoping to pop them into place tonight and start organizing all this stuff!
What else? My friend April, who has two adorable girls of her own, lives around the corner. Last week, she sent us home with a bag of clothes, a bag of shoes . . .
And all kinds of other baby gear to borrow.
My friend Erin (Luke's mom -- featured in the photo shoot on the main page) has given me her unused breast pumps. Yeah. I just typed that sentence. But she had 'em and didn't end up using them -- so we benefit!
Of course, I've already been enjoying the maternity clothes that I'm borrowing from my friend Sarah. The books I've borrowed from Heather and Lindsey. And Lindsey has also let me borrow an adorable snowsuit and some sleep sacks.
My biggest takeaway from all my friends: Not all babies like the same things. One baby might LOVE a swing or sleep sack, for example. And another might absolutely hate these things. And baby stuff is used for such a short period of time, it's still in great condition from family to family. That's why borrowing is such a fantastic thing. Plus, we can't wait to share what we end up gently using. It's all paying it forward, which we love.
What kinds of things did you end up borrowing or inheriting throughout pregnancy? Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.
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