Sunday, September 2, 2007

9-02 - Baby seat from %#@#

Well....where to begin....

On Wednesday Christy and I will be leaving to start our journey to China to complete our 32 month adoption process. We have not seen any updated pictures or progress reports on Olivia, but we trust she is well. In 8 short (not really that short) days we will be in Wuhan, Hubei to welcome our daughter into our family. Of course, we are getting to China a couple days early to do some sight seeing at the Great Wall and Tianaman(sp?) Square.

The primary reason for this posting is to tell you about my adventure installing the baby seat in my vehicle. Not as easy as one would think. I believe some of the difficulty could be assigned to the fact Christy purchased a seat designed by NASA engineers which will inevitably be used on the space shuttle in the future. This x%#$* seat frustrated me for 30 minutes while attempting to install it. I am not sure if it was the overly large snap that is part of the seat belt OR possibly the fact the anchor slots designed by the NASA engineer are smaller than the opening of a 12 ounce soda can. Of course, not helping the situation, the retention system on the seat belt pulling all the slack up and then not releasing it unless you completely de-lace the belt from the undersized slots. It is no so much that the slots are difficult or the slack keeps getting taken up, it may be the fact the seat is the size of most Lazy Boy recliners. This seat has more pads, cushions and straps than a NFL lineman. The five point harness looks like something out of NASCAR, it even has what appears to be a HAN's device. I am quite certain Ms. Olivia will safe in the cocoon of protection that comes with seat.

This seat is rated up to 65 pounds, so I do not feel that I will be removing it until Olivia graduates grade school. Christy will have to come up with her on device for the Mercedes as the Tahoe has a permanent fixture going forward.


Steve & Jan said...

Marty and Christina,

When you hold Olivia for the first time, you will know in your heart you would have waited twice as long, traveled twice as far, and installed carseats in all the vehicles of all the waiting adoptive Moms in the State of Alabama! It will be an unbelievable feeling and experience!

Can't wait to follow your journey to Olivia! Enjoy every minute (even the difficult and frustrating ones...they make for the best stories)!!


The Blaszczynski Family said...

Marty and Christy, we are so excited for you guys and can't wait to see pictures! We feel your joy and anxiousness as you get ready to leave and hopefully we won't be too far behind.
Vince, Amanda, and Madison Blaszczynski, waiting on Zoey
LID 12-12-07

Lisa said...

Congratulations!!! we have a daughter from Tuanfeng as well. Best wishes, and I hope your daughter brings as much joy into your lives as ours does to ours.

Rita said...

OMGosh... I'm so excited for you! I will be checking in everyday so keep that camera handy- I expect TONS of pics.
And FYI- You can take that "NASA" designed car seat to any Fire Dept. and they will properly install it for free and show you how to do the same all while making you look like a big goof-ball by making it seem like childs play.

Vanessa said...

Marty & Christy,

I am truly happy for you both and know that there is nobody else with bigger hearts that are full of love to share with Ms. Olivia. The journey that has taken you to China today is the start of a new life with so much love that you have never experienced before. The best things in life come to those who wait and I know that this is the best thing to date in both your lives. As this new journey begins know that the love and smiles are going to last you both a lifetime!

Congratulations..I can't wait to see her and yes Marty, she can call me Aunt Nessa :):)...

Love, Vanessa

Anonymous said...

Marty, had you not tried to get in the baby chair while installing it, its a little easier i bet...
Good Visual

Safe Travels!
Anything worth having is worth waiting for and she has waited on you two as well.


Cynthia said...

ROFLMBO........I can tell already this blog will be quite entertaining. I anxiously await more detail of this wonderful blessed event that will forever change your lives both for the positive. Within a couple of years, you will not remember how it was ever without olivia. Wishing you and safe trip and a blessed return.

Dick Spiroff said...

Dick and Caryl Spiroff,

Wish you all the happiness in the world. Your new daughter's name is the same as our grand daughters.

Peter and Pam said...

Note from NASA:
Thank you for the kind words about our deluxe "Child Safety Transportation System". Classes begin in the fall for Seat Installation for Dummies at the Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Pasadena.
Note from us:
We love you and miss you.

The Victory's said...

Marty and Christy,

If you think the car seat is bad just wait until Christmas Eve! You need to invest in a good tool set to put all those presents together! We are so happy for you guys! Send lots of pics!

Tim, Owanna, Matt, and Kristila