The BABY Boom!
First things first-- I did not start this! Our morning editor Tanieka is due in June. I'm due in August and the rest of pack--Stacey Skrysak, JC Fultz, Kevin Chierek, and our morning producer Kyle's babies are all due in September. Well we hope Stacey makes it until September. As many of you have mentioned, there is either something in the water or as our General Manager points out, he threw a really fun Christmas Party!! It doesn't make any difference to me it is still a blast.
Our downtime here consists of baby chat. How we feel, how their wives are feeling, what we're having (JC and Ashley are the only couple not finding out the sex of their baby before hand), name ideas, showers, etc. It is very fun. All of my co-workers will be first time parents. Maybe they consider me the old pro? I'm not sure, but I have a fabulously well behaved, beautiful and funny 4 year old so we must have done something right! I can only hope things go as smoothly with Mr.. Peanut as they did with my daughter. Many people stop me when we are out and I love it . Your well wishes for me and all of here at WAND are truly appreciated and well received. I thank you for all your support and prayers!!
Car Seat Madness
Ella is 4 years old. She will be 4 and a half when this baby gets here. We got her car seat new in 2008, the year she was born. If you didn't know--car seats expire. Yes, they do. Check out the link at the end for more information. In short, they last either 5-6 years. Reasons for expiration that are sited include breakdown in plastic, Styrofoam, etc.
Mine should be fine. I should get another year out of it, right? Ella's baby stuff is long since packed, stored, up in the attic or hanging out in storage in the basement. A light went off that I should check the date of manufacture on her car seat--you know--just to be safe. Keep in mind its under a bunch of other baby stuff. I tried to peek under the car seat cover without having an avalanche of all the other stuff. What I saw made me see red. Keep in mind, I do not know for sure what I saw is even what I was looking for--but hormones and all--I am angry. From the quick glance of all the numbers on a sticker it says 05/06. Is Evenflo telling me that the car seat I purchased in 2008 was sitting in a warehouse or on a store shelve for more than 2 years?! How irritating. I could see if the manufacture date was in the beginning of 08, hey I'll even take December of 07. But MAY OF 2006. Come on.
No worries, I will be digging further into this date: #1 to make sure I'm correct And if I am: #2 a strongly worded letter to Evenflo. The car seat and stroller (travel system) was a hefty price, which I may not get use out of. I would expect some sort of discount on the purchase of a new car seat. And lets not forget--I have the bases for both mine and my husbands car for this expensive little infant car seat.
Bottom line. I am a good mom. I understand safety. I'm not going to buy one from a garage sale. But I hope a car seat company can't scam a good mom because it let a car seat sit around for more than 2 years.