Monday, December 1, 2014

A Stroller, A Quilt, And Some Pregnancy Brain

Monday's are hard, especially after a Holiday weekend.  I don't know why, but I ALWAYS pack my "to-do" list way too tight for a Monday.  First off, I have little motivation on a Monday morning- getting the ball rolling didn't start until noon today (yikes).  In my defense- who would choose the gym and Walmart over online shopping in bed??  Side note: crib bedding> check!

Aaaand that's a roundabout way of saying my Monday "to-do" list turned into online shopping for crib bedding, deciding I wanted to make a quilt for the nursery, then calling each and every woman in my family who has ever made or attempted to make a quilt, and then shopping for fabric.  

Organizing the pantry will have to be next Monday I guess.  (Forbid I do that on a Wednesday!)

If you are just now realizing that I said I wanted to make a quilt, and find yourself confused that those words are all in the same sentence, I don't blame you.  I'm about as domestic as a teenage boy.  The idea of sewing something actually sounds terrible to me.  BUT- I'm gonna give it a fair chance. 

Finished product to be posted later.  (maybe)

I decided I'd try a rag quilt.  Any tips, words of wisdom, cautions, or volunteers to do it for me are welcome ;)

^^ The 5 fabrics I chose ^^

Did I mention that I left my oatmeal cooking on the stove for over an hour this morning??

Pregnancy brain I tell ya.  Don't tell my husband,  he'll be like, "We're lucky the house didn't burn down".  Which is true, actually.  

Last but not least, WE PICKED A STROLLER!!!  I bet that's the most exciting news you've ever heard.  

Here's the story:

Allow me to let you girls in on a secret.  I shouldn't be telling you this because now Braedon will find out and my trick will be ruined.  You see, I knew if I went to Braedon and told him what stroller I wanted, along with the price, he'd be like, "You're crazy, strollers can't be that expensive, I"ll look for one".  And then he'd go on KSL and find us a stroller that I really wouldn't want to put my newborn in.  (This is all husband's right??)  (also, Braedon does love our baby I promise, he's just the more practical of us).  

So...I went to "work".  Yes, I created a spread sheet.  I quickly found out that to get the most "bang for your buck", it made sense to buy a stroller and a carseat from the same brand.  If you get different brands, then you also have to purchase attachments to be able to connect the carseat right into the stroller.  This kind of defeats the point to me seeing as you'd have to first put on the "adapter" and then click in the carseat.  I don't know about you, but I don't want to be fumbling with stroller parts with a fussy baby.  

I researched stroller/ car seat combos (otherwise known as travel systems) and wrote up a paper with reviews, prices, ratings, etc.  I was then able to present my options to my husband.  

Seeing that I had actually done my research, and didn't just pick the stroller/car seat combo that "everyone" was buying, he softened.  

We went to Babies "R" Us, and yes, we test drove each one.  

Initially I thought I was FOR SURE going to want to go with the City Select Baby Jogger (yes, one of the more "popular" and more expensive strollers).  However, when I saw it in person compared to a few other strollers I realized that the bottom compartment did not have much room.  My mind flashed back to this summer when my whole family went to Disneyland.  My sister had her stroller and we all mooched off of her and put our stuff in the bottom bin.  Bottom bin space, I realized, was important to me.  Plus, I felt a little sheepish buying one of the most expensive strollers there.  After all, we do have med school student loans to look forward to...

I was then semi drawn to Graco's version of a travel system.  It was the least expensive, plus it came with cup holders.  I don't know if you've noticed, but cup holders aren't commonly included (stupid).  It had holders for the top- eh hem, a place for my phone and my keys, and a toddler tray included.  However, I hated how it felt when we test drove.  I could feel that it was "cheaper".  

Finally, we asked for some help, (and I'm sure those Babies "R" Us guys work on commission but whatever).  The salesman told us, "STAY AWAY FROM GRACO.  If you want something that will last, DO NOT go with GRACO.  They only have to pass the minimum safety standards anyways".  

Then my cute husband was sold.  He was NOT ok with a "minimum safety standard" stroller/carseat. (awwwww heart eyes)

Soooo.... we ended up deciding on the Britax B-agile and B-safe travel system.  I love that the carseat clicks in and out of the stroller in a jiffy.  PLUS if I end up getting a BOB in the future, the carseat will also fit.  Downsides are that I'll have to purchase the toddler tray and cup holders separately (so lame).  HOWEVER we got a screaming deal on Amazon over the weekend and saved $120!!  

And that's how I won the stroller dilemma ;)

Hope this helps any of you new Mamas out there!  We'll see if I made the right decision once baby comes and I get to test it all out!!