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Good grief

So, as any reasonable geek in my situation would do, I've been combing the net for early pregnancy information over the last few days.

What I find horrifying - though I suppose I shouldn't find it surprising - is the sheer amount of Stuff that people are trying to convince me to buy now now NOW. Never mind that I'm not exactly bursting out of my clothes yet, let alone needing to furnish a nursery! Looking ahead and being prepared is all well and good, but these people are trying to get me to start buying baby blankets and stuffed animals as soon as I get that second line on the pee stick. (No, seriously! Never mind that it's about the size of a pea and doesn't even have a heartbeat yet!)

And, of course, it's all masked in the language of "pamper yourself", "you deserve it", "of course you want this, it's okay to indulge". All the modern advertising language that I despise, but have learned to tune out for most things. But as I enter into a new arena of products, the slimy brainwashing hard sell hits me like a mack truck to the forebrain.

Since when, exactly, does pampering myself involve spending money I don't have to spare on stuff I don't yet need?

To whom it may concern - I'm not planning on buying anything for the baby until at least May. Of course I recognize that may change between now and then, but for now at least, leave me alone in my happy little anti-consumerist bubble? Please?


Dec. 28th, 2005 12:33 am (UTC)
Hi! I saw this thread on my friendsfriends list, and I just had to comment. I was appalled by all the commercialism when I was pregnant, too--after all, didn't humans do this for several hundred thousand years without all the heavy equipment? Buying things before the baby is even out of the first trimester seems like tempting fate to me; in fact, Jewish custom doesn't allow baby showers at all for that very reason. So if anybody gives you any grief about not having the nursery ready, tell 'em you're Jewish. ;)

I solicited hand-me-downs from friends and family and made a wish list for the few things I couldn't get that way. If you are breastfeeding and letting the baby share the family bed you can actually get away with having very, very little, especially for the first year or so. Good luck! Trust your instincts and don't let anybody tell you what to do--you're a Thelemite, after all, so that should be easy. ;)


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