Baby Preparations

On Saturday, my mom hosted a baby shower for me. The turnout was great–a wonderful group of close friends and family. We now have so many little girl outfits–I’ve been (happily) doing loads and loads of laundry.

Today, Hayden told me his office gave him a small gift for Harper. He came home with a footed sleeper, a package of onesies, and an amazingly large gift certificate to Babies R Us.

Also today, I went to a “meeting” in the conference room only to be surprised with a baby shower from my coworkers. There were owl decorations, plates of cheese made to resemble an owl (amazing!) and cupcakes that looked like an owl. Along with the food and decorations, there were also presents. More pink clothes, some rattles and teethers, almost everything off our Target registry, and another amazingly large gift certificate to Target.

Hayden and I are so blessed to be surrounded by people who genuinely share in our joy of bringing another little one into the world. I’m humbled and amazed to look around and see all the love. I’ve been with the same office for about three years–and while a few people have come and gone over the years, it is mostly staffed with the same people. During that time my office has celebrated with me when I married Hayden (surprise shower), when I was pregnant with Jacob (surprise shower), and now again when I’m pregnant with Harper. I truly feel like I’m a part of a family there–and that’s rare in this world.

Thank you all for everything–for all the love and support.

…as my dad would say 🙂

I researched the safest place to install an infant car seat using my favorite source: the BabyCenter forums. Luckily for me, there is a forum of certified installers who answer questions about installations. I read through all their recommendations. While reading through them, I realized, technically, I was supposed to install the car seat and then take it in to get checked. I thought I was just going to bring in the seat and the installer would do all the work. I understand why I should do it myself…but it was pretty hard at 35 weeks pregnant! I’ve never even clicked an infant seat into a base before, much less install the base myself.

Bailey isn't sure about this!

Bailey isn't sure either!

So, I drag my pregnant self down to the garage and start to read the directions. According to the BabyCenter folks, I should install the seat in the center of the backseat. My car does have the LATCH system, but the center seat requires the seatbelt. So, I huff and I puff and I get a pretty good install, if I do say so myself!

That's one good lookin' car seat!

Proudly, I drive over to the fire station in Leesburg for my 11:30 appointment. It was raining a little, so I got to drive my car into the bay! Seriously, when he told me to pull around, I was pretty excited! He got in, jiggled the seat a little, then told me the crushing news: because I have a center armrest that folds down, it is safer to have the seat on the “outboard” side of the car. I had read people on BabyCenter debating this issue. On one hand, it makes sense. In an accident, the arm rest could come down and bonk the kid in the head. On the other hand, it would seem that the seat is high enough that the armrest really couldn’t move.

Then I though, GREAT! I was worried about lifting the seat and a kid into the center of the backseat. I thought it might be harder for my short self. I asked him to install it behind the driver. This would be so convenient! Walk up to one side of the car, drop the kid in, get in the car. NOPE. I would have to move my seat up closer to the steering wheel to give the seat enough room to fit. I’m short, but I can’t move my seat any closer.

So, alas, the car seat is now installed behind the passenger. The good thing is that in this position, I can use the LATCH system to install the seat. That’s super easy! The bad news I think I like it better in the center.

So, what do you think? [Hoping my brother-in-law will weigh in here with his fireman’s expertise.] Is it safer in the center with the armrest issue, or is it safer behind the passenger?