Oh, baby showers. Or sprinkles, for those that have that “bonus” baby because they are either forgetful with birth control, just plain crazy, didn’t know they could get pregnant naturally, or *really* don’t want to go back to work. (Kidding! We know that baby was part of your long-term plan to never get old! It’s working!)
So, the little muslin blankets are so sweet and of course we all could really use the obligatory white onesies, crib sheets, bouncy seats, strollers, and breast pads.
But here’s the girlfriend’s guide to what you really, really need. Where to find it is a different story.
1. Spare parts. If evolution was a real thing, women of child-bearing age would grow an extra arm on her dominant side. That way she could mix the bottle, turn off the faucet, and feed the screaming baby at the same time. Or maybe, like the way your hair gets all gorgeous and shiny and your blood volume doubles, the spare arm could just grow in during your first trimester. Then when the baby is potty-trained, the spare arm just falls off – a visible sign for all the mommies at the gym and the playground that you’ve crossed a big, big item off that parenting to-do list.
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