This weekend we went to Home Depot three times and Lowes once. That adds up to hours of my life that I will never get back and truck loads of stuff brought back to my house. Yes, we are those people in pro-parking with things so loaded down and strapped in you really wonder what the hell is happening back at their house. Then we fold ourselves into the front seat and head home, hoping nothing flies off the truck bed and wondering why we don’t just bring the trailer every time.
Since we weren’t busy enough with that we thought it would be a good time to wander in to Babies R Us for the first time. Why not?! I have a few items that I have researched and have assumed they are the ones I want (car seat and stroller) but I wanted to actually go in to the store and touch them with my hands first. With summer holiday’s coming up, the sales tend to follow. I don’t want to miss out on the sales because we are too busy with the basement and are then paying full price for the larger, pricey items.
We have a few concerns and desires on our car seat/stroller system. I honestly think baby items differ from family to family based on where you live, what you are using them for and your budget options. Due to the high safety ratings I narrowed the brand down to Chicco. Also, I’m not a big person and wanted a less bulky stroller and lighter car seat which Chicco also offered us some better options for. Thirdly, we wanted a stroller that could easily be gate checked when we traveled. My Husband had a few of his own needs when it came to strollers. We needed one that was more narrow and less cumbersome as my Husband has PTSD issues in crowds and fighting a crowd with a bulky stroller is not fun. Chicco has a lightweight plus stroller that fits all of the must have items for us.
So there we found ourselves in Babies R Us, early on a Sunday morning. I parked myself on a shelf while my Husband took apart a bunch of strollers and car seats and then put them back together. Knowing this is how his brain works, I just let him go. He declared half of the items complete shit and asked why they weren’t built by NASA or the military. Sales people didn’t dare come near us or question him and I promise you he left everything as he found it.
In the end, my internet research was worth it and everyone is happy with the decision. We found our way to the rocking chairs to sit and debate on what was left to purchase on the basement list. Multi-tasking, that is what we are good at. At least we can shut our parents up and say yes, we have looked at baby items! Now to wait for the sales. No one said having a baby was cheap!