Right off the bat... I KNOW I probably sound like a 32 year old brat, and I know at 33 weeks preggo I am probably more sensitive than ever, but I'm a little annoyed with my mom and my sister right now and need to vent with someone on my side. (no need to rip me to shreds with insults, but if you have any pointers, insight, or understanding than please reply)
My husband and I put together our registry by doing a TON of research, reading reviews, going with recommendations, etc to pick out stuff we would like or need. (It's our first child, and my parents first grandchild.) If people don't buy us things thats fine!..., we'll get it, but we both are pretty anal-retentive when it comes to researching a product before we buy it so it took about 2 months of doing this because we both work before we even stepped foot in babies r us to register.
My irritation comes in where my mom and my sister keep buying stuff for us that is not on our registry!!! It's driving me batty! My parents are retired, and my sister, who is a train-wreck that lives with my parents, keep purchasing things that, yes, we might need, but none of it is from the registry! My sister accidentally spilled the beans about how she saw the cutest bathtub and had to buy it for us. It's so bad, my mother has bought so much clothes that she is now purchasing clothes up to 24 months!!!!
Here is where the problem lies. I can return these items and get the ones I wanted off the registry if I don't like the stuff they purchase, right? WRONG, most of these items were bought between now and about 4 months ago from discount/outlet type websites like hautelook, zulily, etsy, etc. How are people who did go off my registry going to feel when I've got the high chair and bathtub my mom thought was oh-so-adorable, and the one a relative purchased off the registry!
I know you are thinking, well, sell them on ebay then! My husband is military and we may be leaving to go overseas by June 1st. My hubby has to go over first, and I will follow once baby is about 4 months old. I have to pack the house, pack stuff for storage we can't take, sell the house etc. I will have a ton to do without having to worry about having two of everything and one to sell!
Its starting to really drive me nuts!!!!!!! Whew! Ok... I feel better now. I'm grateful for their enthusiasm, but its starting to bum me out...