Lo and behold, we found exactly what we wanted, almost brand new, with minimal wear and in the color we wanted on Craigslist. A travel system with a stroller, carseat and carseat base that retails for around $350 was listed by a woman outside of Atlanta. She was willing to sell her whole system, with less than 6 months of use under its belt, for $125. On the plus side, she was also willing to meet us halfway between Athens and Atlanta and the carseat doesn't expire until 2017 so we know it'll last as long as we need it and that it meets all current safety regulations!
I love the color and it'll be great for a boy or a girl. Heck, the baby won't care what color it is anyway so we figured we should get something we really liked :) There's a little wear on the front of the stroller but everything seems to work perfectly and the woman we bought it from included both of the manuals as well so if anything confuses us later, we can look it up.
It was definitely weird driving home with a carseat in the back but we did manage to joke that it would be great if the baby was as quiet in the carseat as the imaginary baby was during that ride home :)
When we got home, we laid everything out on the floor so the dogs could check it all out. Buster, the beagle, completely freaked out (which shouldn't surprise you if you know about Buster's quirks but for those of you who may not understand, he really doesn't like it when his surroundings change) and he still hides around the corner anytime the guest bedroom door opens and he catches a glimpse of the stroller. He's such a wimp :) Maverick, the chihuahua, on the other hand was perfectly happy to welcome the stroller to the family. Evidenced by the following:
He walked right over to it, sniffed and jumped up in the seat. Then promptly posed for a photo :) In my biased opinion, cutest. chihuahua. ever.
Anyway, it feels a little weird to already have baby gear in the house but we are really happy we found such a big chunk of necessities for over half the price! We've started to keep a list of all the other items that we run across that we'll need later on down the line and we're having fun picking out a highchair and bottles and all that fun stuff.
We should have our next belly photo up later this week, can't believe we're already past the 10 week mark!
much love, L&N