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Today, I'm expected to buy a bassinet and/or a stroller/car-seat for my nephew because my brother trusted the pullout method for contraception. FML

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OP here, let me shed a little more light on this situation.

I came into a little money last year as a settlement from a car accident three years before. I've been dodging 'can you loan me' calls from friends and family ever since. I guess this is the one time they think they've got me cornered and can make withdrawals from the Bank of Zebediabolical.

I have no problem with helping out with baby stuff. I'd intended to buy them a truckload of diapers in varying sizes and other stuff like that. But apparently there is a gift registry and most of the other items have been purchased already, leaving me with the bassinet or carseat that attaches to a stroller thingy.

I'd be fine with that too, if they hadn't picked out ones with all the bells and whistles. Rugged and offroad capable, Wifi, dual cupholders, iPod docks, phone rechargers, Bluetooth, climate control, spinnaz on the wheels, etc. Yes, I'm exaggerating but not by much. I told them I'd get them functional gear but not flashy stuff like that.

Apparently that makes me a bad person, and I got a bunch of familial pressure to buy them blinged out baby stuff. I don't like to feel obligated and I've got principles about stuff like that.

Today was the coed shower thing, and they didn't get bling. They got a functional and relatively cheap and well-rated stroller (according to Consumer Reports) and one of those cross-body slings that I see a lot of women at the Farmer's Market carrying their baby's about in. And a fuckton of vouchers for diapers.

They tried to make me feel bad about what I got them, so I left and went out with some friends.

That's my story. Thanks for your support, guys and gals.

#113 - On 07/16/2013 at 11:20pm by Zebediabolical

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Why are you expected to buy all those things for your brother's child? You aren't the parent.

#3 - On 07/16/2013 at 5:43am by Ameel

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