Three big things on my "to do" list: research car seats, research day care, research diaper services. I’m well under way on two of the three. I need to call back the guy from the diaper service – we’ve been playing phone tag, no fault of his. If that’ll work it’ll be great, but I need more information first. I do know that they come out as far as Burlington, and that’s the important first step. Now I need to get the particulars, most specifically price. I like the concept – we’ll see how well it interfaces with my life. Hey, I’ll never know if I don’t try, right?
Day care research isn’t as far along as it should be. I know a bit about certifications, I know what all of the ladies here at the office have said are some of the important things to consider, and I’ve started compiling a list of questions. I also know that three of the women in the department have their children in the same facility. My inclination is to start with them. Minimally I need to call them within the next week and find out if there is a wait list for infant care – that’s a very important question. It’s just very difficult to make these calls. During business hours I’m at work, I work in a cubicle, and so far none of this is public knowledge. Problematic. Hmmm... one of my bosses is out on vacation this week. Perhaps I could use her office...
But the object of the moment is car seats. Infant seats, convertible seats, booster seats, oh my! I only know one thing for certain – I don’t need to think about the booster seat for years. Cross that off the list. The infant seat is optional. It’s a nice idea that it has the removable bucket to tote the deduction hither and yon without having to wake her up; and it’s nice that we could buy a second base for the other car. It’s not so nice that after spending between $100 and $200 on it that we’ll have to spend it again to buy a convertible seat in six to nine months when she outgrows it. Additionally, from what I can find out about the convertible seats, we are definitely going to have to buy two, as it’s the infant seats that have the option for one seat/multiple bases. It’s not an option for only one of us to be responsible for drop off and pick up. Aside from any moral issue of sharing the burden, it would also mean that whoever that is would be completely inflexible in their schedule, which is unacceptable at both work places. I work thirty minutes from home in one direction, he works thirty plus minutes from home in a completely different direction. It’s a two-income, two-car family, which unfortunately seems to mean two car seats. I’d suspected it, but I’d been hopeful. Oh well – what can you do, really? I’m pretty sure that my office will buy one of the convertible seats for me – that’s usually what we do; and my father-in-law might buy us the other one. That leaves us to buy the infant seat if we decide that we want one. That’s manageable. Now there’s just the issue of picking something out. What do you want to bet that we’ll make a decision and then it won’t fit in one car or the other?
In other news, I’ve decided that I’m probably not going to enjoy the third trimester at all. I never really felt better during the second like everything says you’re supposed to, but I’m back to the crippling level of exhaustion. As in completely-nonfunctional-at-work-falling-a
and made them much more granular. That way when I’m too damn exhausted to even try to "clean the living room" I can probably at least start "clear off the end table." My mother claims that I shouldn’t be this tired, but she was last pregnant forty years ago and wasn’t working full time. My doctor isn’t concerned, so I really think this is just one of those "bummer" sorts of things.