I always joke around that David and I jumped the gun on things and went much faster than anyone else. I mean, we were engaged in 6 months, married 8 months later and had Emmalee 10 months later. I wouldn't change it for the world but now my friends are starting to "catch up". More are getting engaged and even more are pregnant. Honestly, I love it! And since I'm one of the first of our friends to have a baby, they've all asked me what are the "must haves" for their baby registries.
I figure this will help anyone and everyone who needs my advice and feel free to comment with your own recommendations so they can see what others have to say too!
I must preface by saying I am not a normal first time mom. I trust instinct and my mom more than any of the "What to Expect" books. I think dirt is good for kids and falling down helps them learn to get back up. I don't pamper Emmalee because every habit you form is one you have to break. I also refuse to spend ridiculous amounts on things that are "unnecessary" so I skipped out on some things and honestly, I didnt even miss them. So take my list as a very laid back momma and feel free to trust your own gut as well.