Baby Shopping

One of the nicest things about being pregnant with your second child is that you are much more relaxed about everything.  In fact, and I am not exaggerating (much), the only preparation I’ve done so far for this baby’s arrival is popping a pre-natal vitamin every night.  Clean newborn outfits?  Check.  Bassinet?  Check.  Lansinoh?  Car Seat?  Changing Table?  Check.  Check.  Check. 

I admit that while we have approximately 600 size 5 diapers at home we only have one measly Newborn diaper – and that is only because of the generous people at Pampers who presciently (and just a little bit creepily) sent me one just two weeks after I found out I was pregnant.  But you now, now that I’ve been doing this for two years I know that the hospital has diapers in stock and that the nurses will send me home with samples and newborn pjs and those little blue and pink blankets that newborns seem to love.  Also, CVS carries diapers, or so I hear. 

So maybe we’ve kind of been slacking on the whole “preparation” thing.  And by preparation, I mean shopping.  At some point during my first pregnancy, I went from refusing to even set foot inside a Babies-R-Us to full-on Type A organizational freak.  I had lists and lists of things we needed to buy, things I needed to pack for the hospital, things to buy-buy-buy.

For example, here is one of my lists - one that I had labeled my “bare essentials” lists.  (Every item on this list was purchased by my seventh month of pregnancy):

  • Infant Car Seat

  • Stroller Frame

  • Carrier

  • Car Seat Cover

  • Crib

  • Dresser

  • Rug

  • Bassinet/Playard

  • Mattress

  • Crib Sheets

  • Lap Pads

  • Extra Playard Sheets

  • Arm's reach extra mattress*

  • Sleep Aid

  • Mobile

  • 6 Undershirts

  • 4 footed coveralls/sleepers

  • 3 Knit Caps

  • Sleep wear

  • Cloth Diapers

  • Boppy Pillow

  • Nursing Pads

  • Nursing Bras

  • Lanolin Cream

  • Changing Pillow

  • Changing Pad Cover

  • Diapers

  • Cleansing Cloths

  • Desitin

  • Diaper Pail

  • Diaper Pail Refill

  • Sink BathTub

  • Hooded Bath Towel

  • Bouncy Seat

  • Batteries

  • Video Camera

Is there anyone more anal-retentive than a woman pregnant for the first time?

Of course, I do have a list of things that we absolutely must purchase before baby #2 arrives.  Even an experienced mother such as myself can't escape the reality of an expanding family.  And for our family, our list consists of this:

  • A car. 

  • Where we all fit. 

  • Car seats and all.

We're in the market for a car that will fit 2 car seats (and maybe, someday, a third.)  We need seating for at least two people other than my husband and myself.  We do have family and friends that come to visit occasionally.  I don't think they will be happy if I make them jog besides the car as I'm zipping down the Mass Pike.  So for those of you keeping count, that means that we need a 7 passenger car.

If anyone says "minivan" I will start to cry.  I know that it's the sensible choice, but, but - I don't like big cars!  I want a big family, but thinking of trying to parallel park a 200+ inch-long vehicle is making me lose sleep at night.

So far we've driven the Mazda CX-9, the Honda Pilot and the Mountaineer.   All were nice, but I'm torn between the Mazda and the Pilot.  Unfortunately, both of these cars require some creative body movements if someone wants to actually get to the third row.

Next up, a Saturn Outlook and maybe a Toyota Sienna.  (I need a minute here.  I'm considering a Saturn.  And a van.  Because, maybe someday we will need to have a car seat strapped to the third row.  Is that crazy?)  Three years ago I was driving a coupe.  Just take a look at me now!

Does anybody out there drive a 7 or 8 passenger car?  Any recommendations?

UPDATE:  We bought a Pilot.  We love it so far!