As we accumulate a lot of baby items, I wonder if it’s all necessary. I wonder if I need these name branded sheets from Pottery Barn (but they’re so soft!), or if the changing table has to be from a particular store or made of real wood. Yet, even as I question my materialistic desires, I still move forward and accrue these items and justify to Daniel and myself why we need everything. Further, I look in the nursery, our living room, and garage, and see scattered everywhere everyone’s generosity during this time and it overwhelms me. (Side note: Daniel and I never hosted a big event before, such as a wedding or bridal shower that brought together many people and gifts so this is the first time I/we are experiencing this). So although the showering of gifts makes me feel blessed because we are being provided for, at the same time I go back to my original question of: “Am I being too materialistic?” I always think of women/families in developing countries or even in the US, and their child/ren do not have as much as we have… baby booster seat, diaper pail, changing pad, etc. They seem to make it work, and their children (for the most part) become healthy, contributors to society. With all this said, I’ve embraced the fact that we are blessed, have many loving people in our lives, there are things we want that will make having a baby more convenient and living in comfort, and that I do like name branded things (and that’s okay). The twist I’ve sewn into this though is trying to find an opportunity to pay it forward; give back to another expecting mom that may need some essentials. So that’s what I’ve decided to do; donate extras I have, have ladies at my baby shower create cute onesies, and Daniel and I will contribute additional items. At least this way someone else will benefit from the generosity in our lives.
Does anyone else ponder this question? Do you have other viewpoints I should consider?