I am so sick of researching items!
For the past couple weeks I’ve been constantly reading Baby Bargains, checking out reviews online and basically obsessing about finding the perfect baby products, both for our registry and for us to buy ourselves. I’ve also been obsessively researching two big purchases I’ve been putting off for a while now: a new computer and a DSLR camera.
The camera, I feel, is a baby purchase, because though I’ve been wanting one for quite a while now, the desire to take high quality shots to document all the “moments” of our new family life makes me more motivated to pull the trigger. The computer becomes more of a necessity each day as my poor 6-year-old Powerbook gets slower and more frustrating to use. I’m writing this on Peter’s PC because my laptop’s power cord stopped working yesterday and the battery life maxes out at a whopping 15 minutes, so I need to get another cord before I can even open it again. And when time becomes even more of a premium after the baby arrives, I will not be able to afford wasting it waiting for pages to load just to do a simple Google search.
But I digress. Back to the researching. It is consuming me.
Some of it is very fruitful. For example, reading reviews of bouncers has given me a lot more detail about what to expect (or not expect) out of certain models. I learned that even though this one is so super cute, you cannot remove the cloth to clean it, so when it gets soaked in pee from a diaper leak, well, that pee is at the mercy of spot cleaning only. No thanks.
But some of my research is crossing the line and beginning to waste my life away. I actually spent a solid 20 minutes researching teething rings the other day and was disappointed when one of the brands I was eying didn’t have any user reviews online. For a $5 teething ring set! I need to get a grip.
And then there’s the issue of over researching something that is so subjective that you can’t be sure it’s a smart purchase until Baby tries it out. Some kids love certain swings, others couldn’t care less. You don’t know how your child will react until you try it out.
I think at this point I just need to take a break from research and go with my gut based on what I know so far. I can’t imagine it’s worth all the stress and time spent! This probably is a good metaphor for parenting, too. There’s no way I will do everything perfectly, so I’d better get used to doing the best I can and letting go of the things that don’t matter.
[But I will eventually share my heavily researched picks with you in case it helps you out!]