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Graco Quattro Tour Travel System in the box.Sherri and I went out to Babies R Us to get the stroller for the new baby this past weekend. Finding the right stroller was not the easiest task. A few months back, while we were registering for baby gifts I went to Consumer Reports’ website solely for the purpose of finding “the right” stroller and car seat. I paid for an annual subscription which ran me about $26. I read a bunch of articles in their baby section, and the article about strollers. The article was good and well written and the rating section was helpful. The problem was that I couldn’t find either of the top two strollers in the “Travel System” section (Safety 1st Acella Alumilite, and Graco GracoRider 7350) anywhere in town or online. I looked at the top stroller in “Traditional” section (Graco Quattro Tour 7111) and we bought the Graco Tour Travel System that we found at Babies R Us.

I was concerned that the Graco Tour Travel System would be too heavy or cumbersome for Sherri to use. She is 5′ tall and, prior to the pregnancy, about a buck soaking wet. Once we got it assembled and figured out how all the levers and switches worked she had no problem folding it up and unfolding it one handed. She was also able to lift it with both hands.

The stroller with the front wheels on but the back wheels still off and the stroller rear end resting on the ground.The instructions came in multiple languages with English and spanish side by side.The assembly was really easy. Once we got it out of the box all we had to do was snap on the front wheels then put in a metal rod on the back axle and snap on the rear wheels. There were plastic portions that snapped on in various places but the instructions were easy to follow. I know, I am a man and I am not supposed to follow instructions but if it makes you feel better I followed the Spanish version just to make it challenging.

Sherri trying to put the baby into the stroller.  She has the baby doll shoved under her left arm like a football.Me holding the stroller over my left folder.  You can see the baby doll in the seat facing down.After we got it together Sherri had to try it out and figure out how to get the baby in and out of the baby seat. She got one of her dolls and tried it out on the doll. I tried it too but I was much better at it.

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We spent some time this weekend picking out paint and getting the baby room set up. I will have those pictures up this evening. I know I was supposed to do it yesterday evening but I was too tired by the time we finished with everything.

We are going to paint the room old style Pooh and we were originally thinking that we would do sunshine yellow walls. But we saw one of those Disney propaganda pamphlets that has examples of a room that was done with a Pooh theme and it was blue and green so we bought a gallon of the blue and two quarts of two different greens and put some paint up to decide on colors. Once we got it on the walls the darker one looked nicer and we actually decided to go with the darker green against our initial inclination. The lighter green looked too much like our kitchen green anyway.

So far we have pulled down all the wallpaper (it was much easier than I thought it would be), removed the door with molding, the window molding and tonight I will remove the baseboard molding. We taped a halfway point on the walls (top is blue bottom is the green) and put down plastic. I am also going to paint the top of one wall the blue tonight. I’m hoping to do half a wall a night so that most of it is done during the week and this weekend it will just be touch up.

The major problem we have run into so far is that the wall with the wallpaper on it has no texture so I bought some texture in a spray can to see if I can duplicate our wall texture myself. If not I am going to call in the guy that patched the wall downstairs after the flood. All that happened about a month after we had the downstairs painted and they had to cut into the wall to see if they could find the broken pipe. The guy that patched it did so well I can’t even tell and I know exactly where it was cut into.

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We had another ultrasound on December 29th and we have posted new photos. I will have another post this evening because we are starting to redo the baby room. Not time right now.

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Sherri and I are pregnant. We are at 18 weeks right now and we had our first “official” ultrasound today so I have scanned the pictures and posted them in my photo gallery.

The only thing more annoying than a a new parent is the new parent that is a geek and posts photos on the Internet. I get to, possibly, annoy millions of people.

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I have changed hosts to host our website. I formerly used VIA.Networks but they were purchased by Clara. So now I have moved to dreamhost. We’ll see how this one works out.

So far I really like their features. I can host up to 3 domains here and up to, about, 15 sub-domains. I get a Linux server with a shell account and some nice one-click software like this nifty little blog, and a wiki.