no. 661 – One Down, 718 More To Go

I have it from good authority that my last couple of posts are not only just outright gross, I’m giving small children (who really shouldn’t be reading blogs over your shoulder) nightmares. So here’s something to replace the gore.

After hemming and hawing over a stroller and car seat for nearly two months, I finally have committed myself and credit card to purchasing both.

With XBoy we had purchased a travel system, which is another way of saying a heavy, bulky system that will become a real pain in the ass as soon as your child starts getting an attitude and believing anything that can be used to pull themselves up on is not something to passively ride in, or about 9 months old.

However, I found myself easily swayed by the siren of matching fabric, great ratings, and overall sense of progress –  so hey! who can remember anything from the past when one is hopped up on pregnancy hormones (which was given to me as an excuse recently from a kindergarten teacher when I told her I had received nothing with details about XBoy’s graduation, to which in my head I responded, "the baby is no sitting on my brain, but thanks for making it my problem").

Thankfully, the same "authority" complaining about bloody and pulpy fingers, reminded me of those times where I hated my first travel system. I did more research. I received emails from another leading authority and finally, I made a decision. I wanted this car seat; this stroller; and an extra base for the second vehicle.

Whoohoo!

Oh, wait. Hold the Whoohoo.

Babies-R-A Life Sucking Force didn’t have the color of car seat I wanted. Amazon didn’t have it available. Both of these websites claimed the stroller was out of stock, but had the car seat. Target had everything, including an outrageous shipping fee of $50.00 for the three items. I was getting frustrated all over again and about to say "fuck it and duck tape it". This attitude, however, was not going to be very helpful in getting Murdock discharged to home. I’m sure it’s not a written rule, but taping your baby to the roof rack cannot be good. Plus, it’s a bitch trying to remove the adhesive from auto paint.

I went to Baby Trend’s website and the last place I checked, which is the last place I shop unless out of sheer desperation mixed with a sense of mental torture, was WalMart. But lo! They had the car seat in the color I want. They had the stroller. They even had the extra seat base. Even better? While it’s a fact that each of the items was just a couple dollars cheaper at WalMart, the shipping was free if sent to the store.

Done and done.

Now watch them do a major recall on one, if not all of it.

Blah.