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    Cyburbian Tide's avatar
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    Tide Jr. #1 or #1 & #2 on the way

    Though it's not official the morning sickness and presence of two lines on the test confirm it... I will be a dad for the first time by Mid April 2009! I want a blue one my wife wants a pink one, we'll see. I wouldn't say we were actively trying to get pregnant but we weren't not trying either, if that makes sense. I thought it would take a few more months than we planned but heck, I just turned 30 this year and it's about time, considering she wants 4 m !!! I want 2, and I said we have 2 then reevaluate the situation. However, there is the high chance of twins since they run in both sides of the family.

    So, now were talking which furniture stays, which gets sold, which car we replace and when and with what, what stroller, and what colors. Fortunately we already have the names, for the most part.

    For the young parents out there what vehicles have worked well for 1 or 2 car seats?
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    Congrats I am thrilled for both of you
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    Cool your jets

    Not to throw ice on your fire, but...suggest that you wait. The first trimester is something of a crapshoot. (See the M'skis baby pool thread for an excellent example.)

    Don't buy or sell anything for a while. Don't pick out twinstuff. (Think about having to deal with it if, um, life happens.)

    Go ahead and be excited, make plans and schemes on paper, but don't be voting them into approval and spending the budget just yet.

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    Congrats on the expected new member of the family!!
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    Congratulations and best of luck!
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    Congrats and the best well wishes are being sent from the High Plains.
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    Congrats!!!

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    Congratulations.

    Veloise's advice about going slow is well founded. Be happy and start planning, but wait a bit before you do too much. Best wishes.
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    Quote Originally posted by Joe Iliff View post
    Congratulations.

    Veloise's advice about going slow is well founded. Be happy and start planning, but wait a bit before you do too much. Best wishes.
    I'll echo the Debbie Downer comments. As far as selecting a vehicle, its going to depend a little bit on each of ya'll's physical abilities. You will definitely want a four-door vehicle to start with. I suggest you find a friend with a car seat that he/she will let you borrow, and take it with you for test drives to see how well it fits and how difficult it will be to get a kid in & out while it is installed. You should look for car seat anchors, as those make installing/removing the car seat easier. You want an interior that is easy to clean, if possible. Also, gas mileage will take on additional importance as you will be expected to make frequent visits to relatives to show off Tide 2.0 and will later need to take kids to activities (I assume you are in an auto-dependent lifestyle location).

    I have two friends with kids under 2. One drives a brand new Mazda5, which is like a european-style minivan that gets around 27mpg highway. The other drives a Honda Element. I think both are excellent. The Element is especially nice because you can hose down the interior (great for messy kids). Of course, you can get by with any four door car without any trouble. My parents hauled three boys around in a Buick sedan in the early 80s with no trouble at all.

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    Congratulations and welcome to the club...I hope everything goes as well for Mrs. Tide as it has for my wife.

    Mrs. 'toon and I are expecting our first in November....just like you all we did was "pulled the goalie."
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    Quote Originally posted by Tide View post
    For the young parents out there what vehicles have worked well for 1 or 2 car seats?
    In my budget concious opinion, even my little Pontiac Sunfire fit -tightly- THREE car seats. I believe that any car can handle two... except for maybe two-seaters, like smart cars.

    Congrats!!! Kids are a blast!
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    Congrats !

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    Congrats to you and Mrs. Tide.




    Quote Originally posted by Brocktoon View post
    ....just like you all we did was "pulled the goalie."
    I don't care who you are, that's funny right there.

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    Congrats. Papahood is indeed a sweet gig. Take it slow and don't make any big decisions or purchases. Babies take their own sweet time and when they are tiny, don't take much room. Our Accord has served us well from infancy to seven-year-old Tasmanian Devil.

    When I was a baby, my parents had an MG A, and I rode on a board between the seats. That was before car seats and safety belts.
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    The family car when I was growing up was a 1978 Volkswagen Rabbit 2 door. It all comes down to how much stuff Junior really needs to have on a trip out.

    Once again, best of luck and congratulations.
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    Congrats!

    If you'd rather buy more slimline car seats than a car to fit said seats, look into Sunshine Kids Radian 80. They're heavier than others but very slim and work from 5lbs up to 80lbs and do both rear and forward facing so you don't have to buy a different seat at 6 months when the infant seat is outgrown.
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    Quote Originally posted by otterpop View post

    When I was a baby, my parents had an MG A, and I rode on a board between the seats. That was before car seats and safety belts.
    Off-topic:

    Holy crap! I drove a '57 MGA in high school that my dad & I had restored!

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

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    Quick update. Only one Tide Jr. in there. Baby is doing great, mom is at 20 - 21 weeks now but very sick. She gets severe morning (read: all day) sickness and now back pain. We moved on the car situation. Traded in an older car for a 2008 Xterra. They were practically giving them away over the summer when gas hit $4.00, they doubled the manufacturer's cash back so it ended up costing us about $1,500.00 after taxes. Here is a picture of the kid (linked from my wifes website so no hot linking right?) We decided on the name too. Jackson Edward. Enjoy.

    Last edited by Tide; 22 Nov 2008 at 12:07 AM.

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    A belated congrats from south mississippi
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    Congratulations!

    Has your wife tried eating candied ginger to calm her stomach? It worked for me, and I still use it if my stomach bothers me. You can buy it at the grocery's Asian food section.

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    Congratulations to the Tide family!
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    As a father or a two week old all I can say is its a great experience...get in all the dining out and sleep that you can!
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    CONGRATS Tide. It a great thing to be a dad.

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    A big Congrats!! Love the name Jackson, BTW. Let that mommy rest up, and don't forget to pitch in every chance you get once Jackson arrives.

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