I'm almost 20 weeks along and would like to start buying for my son. I keep eyeing things at the stores that I want to buy but don't want to get incase I get it at a baby shower. I am getting a crib from a cousin-in-law and have eyed a few bigger items I know I won't probably get at the shower and have narrowed down some diaper bags since I'm picky about them. I'm due early May but want to have everything by the end of March. I know two people that had babies 3 and 6 weeks early. I don't want to be empty handed if that happens to me. I like to plan ahead. Around here it snows into April and I don't want to wait till last minute while I'm big trying to walk around on ice. Most of the decent stores (Target and the mall) around are over an hour away. The closest store is Walmart which doesn't carry much. I have bought some fabric to try to make blankets out of since I know I won't get one like it. I will get some stuff online but I like actually seeing it in person to make sure the item is worth buying. I know other first time mothers out there know the feeling when they want to start buying but hold off till the 12 week mark and then wait for the gender before buying. It is a long wait especially when you keep eyeing stuff. I know I can take items back I don't need but with the stores being far away during winter it is hard to tell when I'll get them back. Sorry for such a long post. We will also be getting stuff set up to build a house early spring so I don't want to have to worry about baby items.