We Still Love the Car!

We still love our Honda Element! Yea! It’s an awesome car, and I can’t wait to bring the baby home in it. 🙂 I am also very relieved to know that we have a family car in general, and one we can hose out to boot.

Other than that, very little new is going on. We’re still unpacking the house, slowly but surely, and getting ready for the baby. Last night was our last childbirth preparation class, so I guess we’re ready to bring home a baby. Yikes! We will continue to review the material while we get the last few pieces in place. I still need to assemble the crib, but hopefully that wont take more than an hour or two. The changing table is at my parents house, and I believe is ready to go. We have a car, a car seat, stroller, and a huge pile of books. The only big thing lacking now is a baby!

Tomorrow evening I’m scheduled to play in an Unhallowed Metropolis game at Endgame. UM is a Victorian Gothic RPG, and it looks really cool. I’m looking forward to playing. It’s been a while.

Zoe is doing very well being in a one parrot house. With the foster birds moving through, I’d forgotten how relaxed and fun to be around she could be. It’s a good lesson learned, because I’m sure Zoe will be feeling overwhelmed once the baby arrives. I am going to have to make extra sure she doesn’t feel forgotten.

Andre is also doing fine. Raelene bought some steps to make it easier for him to jump up into bed, which is pretty much where he sleeps now. It’s cold these days, and I’m sure his old bones appreciate the extra warmth of the covers and humans in the bed.

That’s about it. Happy Wednesday!

We did it!

Wayne and I finally decided which car to buy. It required that we go back to both dealerships and take a closer look at the vehicles we were considering. We even brought the infant car seat with us and tried it out. It turns out that this was time well spent since it helped us clearly decide which car was going to work best for us a family.

As Wayne took a second test drive of the RAV4, this time with me in the back seat (where I’m likely to sit to be near the baby), I realized that I was feeling a bit cramped, claustrophobic, and doubting many of my initial reasons for wanting the RAV4. Of course Wayne was thrilled to hear that I decided we should go with his first choice, and off we went to negotiate on a new Honda Element.

Several hours and lots of dollars later, we drove home with a shiny green Element. We are extremely glad that we did our homework and made use of the Consumer Reports buying guides, since it eliminated much of the annoying haggling and anxiety. We’re also glad that we could do this as a team, which really helped us to stay focused. Buying a car is a really big deal, and we feel we did a terrific job. And even more exciting than a new car is knowing that we will soon be bringing our beautiful baby home from the hospital in it.

Stay tuned for a future blog entry in which we share our thoughts about car dealerships: the good, the bad, and the shocking.

Fridays I’m in Love

Well, truth be told I’m in love with my wife every day. But Friday is no exception. 🙂

Another week is behind us, as are most of our prenatal classes. We are taking an infant CPR class tomorrow, and then we finish up the Baby Care class on Monday, and that’s it. We’ll “officially” be ready to bring home a child.

Yea, right. 🙂

My next big task is getting the house in order. We still have boxes piled up all over the place, which is starting to get old. But now that classes are over, I can start spending more time in the evenings unpacking boxes and moving things around. It shouldn’t take too long to turn the house into a home, it just needs to be done and I need to make it a priority.

Raelene and I are still unsure about what we want to do for a family car. I still like the Honda Element because it has a LOT more cargo room than the RAV4, I fit in it better, I think it drives better, and it’s a lot cheaper. Raelene, on the other hand, doesn’t like the visibility in the Element (it’s a little hard to see out of), is uncomfortable with the fact that the Element doesn’t have a middle seat to strap a car-seat into, and in general prefers Toyota’s to all other cars. It’s a tough one, but given that Raelene will be driving the car more than I will, we’re probably going to be buying a used (and therefore less expensive) RAV4.

And that’s about it, at least for now. Happy Friday!