Let me start with the infant car seat we currently have. Following the advice of a friend of mine, we got the largest infant seat possible. In fact, we brought back our 32 lb seat for an up to 35 lb seat because she was so adamant that having the largest seat possible to make that 2-year recommendation for rear facing. All well and dandy, as the infant seats are designed to face rear only and the bases are relatively easy to install.
Until you heave said "up to 35 lb" infant carrier into an upside down high chair at a restaurant and it doesn't fit. Until you heave said "up to 35 lb" infant carrier up a flight of stairs, down a flight of stairs, and back into the car, with two heaves to try to get all the way to the middle of the back seat to click the seat back into the base. Ah, and of course, heaving the seat down four narrow steps (ooooh do we have a "charming" old house) to the back door without getting wedged between the walls. Keep in mind, that this little cherub who is happily hanging out in the monster seat weighs 15 lbs.
And then...the kicker....daycare. We started daycare this week, which was awesome after the food poisoning incident. Thank you Universe, fantastic timing! Granted, most people don't have to deal with the special situation
I called S from work with an authoritative statement. "I am not doing that every fucking day". So commences, the search for the perfect convertible seat. I decide that after Baby X's 6-month pediatrician appointment, we're going to go straight to Tar.get, see what they got and just choose one. Tar.get hasn't restocked yet. So, that's a bust. I venture out later to B-R-U and pick up a seat to the tune of $140 (trying to avoid the one I KNOW will work, but costs twice as much), and S starts installing it at 9:00pm. At 9:45pm, he comes downstairs, "Uh, can you take a look at this?". The seat doesn't fit in our To.yota Matr.ix. It won't tighten, not in the center of the seat, not in the passenger side, not with a rolled towel. Into the box it goes.
This morning commenced another nightmare drop off wrangling the infant carrier (sans snap n' go and purse this time, I'm learning!), but still a headache inducing, swearing in front of my baby endeavor as I struggled to get through the security line in some amount of time less than 30 minutes.
We'll be shopping again this weekend. Two more days of sending the carrier through the x-ray machine....
FYI, I found an awesome site (which I should have checked last night!). www.car-seat.org
Happy car seat hunting everyone!