So, my only real big baby purchase I have to buy is a new car seat. Why, you might ask, do I need a new car seat when my older one is only about three years old, because, as we all know (or at least my husband does :P), the plastic used for infant carrier car seats doesn't expire for five years...two whole years longer than the lifetime of mine. My answer-we're kinda hard on our car seats, so mine is a little bunged up, a little dingy-looking, and frankly, I'm a little bored with it. Plus, the new car seats they have coming out are just so much cushier! They are not, at least in my opinions, so much cuter...not at all. There's the root of my problem-I'm uber-picky when it comes to patterns and I just don't really like what's available. Pattern-wise, my favorites are Combis. You just can't beat the polka dot shade. Don't ask me why it's the deal-breaker for me...I don't really get it either.
Unfortunately...our double stroller is a Graco, so these won't clip into it. They're also slightly more expensive than the Gracos we've been looking at (like $20), so that's a downside too. I just have to decide if it's worth paying a little extra and trading in the stroller option to get a look I really like.
My other top choice is a Graco, obviously. My problem however, is that I just don't really care for any of the patterns out there (or at least those that are sold separately from the strollers). These are the ones I dislike the least:
too dingy-looking (in case you can't see, the colors used are cream, brown, tan, and a tiny bit of light green)...
too gray (even without the blanket thingy)...
Deco and Milan
So there you have it. Yes, I am well-aware that I am a little psycho when it comes to car seats. I've gotten to the point where I can recognize and name the brand of a car seat I see across a store :P. I'm that much of a nerd.
My Gustav Evacuees
So my sister Liberty and her three boys are staying at my mom's house here in town this week. This is the same sister (for those of you who don't already know) that we went and visited earlier this month. The area she lives in Alabama got hit by Hurricane Gustav, so it was recommended that they evacuate for this week. Luckily their house (and the surrounding area) wasn't hit too hard, so things are okay on that front. Despite the not-so-fun reasons for them coming, we've had a blast with them here. Who doesn't love a spontaneous cross-country visit, right? Unfortunately, I haven't taken a single picture this entire week (I'm a blogging-loser, remember). You'll just have to take my word for it that it's been loads of fun having Liberty, Josiah, Gavin, and Gunnison here.
As if we haven't discussed enough baby stuff already...
I was wondering what ya'll's "favorites" were. What's the baby/toddler stuff you absolutely can't live without (especially if you have more than one kid)? I'm trying to get stuff ready for the baby in these last crazy two months and I'm wondering if there's anything you'd recommend as a must-have. Since I'm asking, one of my must-haves are disposable bibs. I never would've thought to buy them originally (I'm kinda cheap that way), but someone gave me a pack for my shower with Ezra and they've been fabulous to have when I'm out and about. My other favorite is a pouch sling. It would be nice to have with a first baby, but they're complete life-savers when you have more than one. There ya have it...have a fabulous day!