I had this whole post written about my wishlist of stuff I think I want for Rerun, which really is only three things long, but I had a lot to say about each of those three things, and then I guess my internet connection got funky and blogger ate it and you know I'll never be able to recreate the genius thought and elegant prose that comprised that blog post, so let's just abbreviate here and talk about strollers.
Who thinks I need a double stroller? My (original) plan (way back in 2010 when I was young and unafraid and dreams were made and used and wasted--just call me Fantine but hopefully I don't have to sell my molars) was to invest in our Phil & Ted stroller and then two and a half or three years later, we'd buy the attachment seat for the Phil & Ted stroller.
Now they don't even make the version of the P&T stroller we bought and finding the attachment seat is also not easy--eBay is basically my only option, and I've only found the seat is sold with the stroller. So... what's a girl to do?
Originally, I really liked the idea of having a double stroller that didn't take up more room than a single jogger. BUT I also expected the Baby Ducks to be three years apart, which would mean that we probably wouldn't use a double stroller for very long.
As it is, Zuzu likes to do her share of walking when we go to the neighborhood park, but we use the stroller quite often for longer jaunts away home--to Forest Park, the zoo, the Botanical Gardens, etc. So I think that a double stroller would still be a good investment, especially since the Baby Ducks will be just twenty-five months apart.
So my question is, do I want a side-by-side stroller or a single with the rumble seat attachment? And/or do I want the running board attachment where the older kiddo can stand behind the stroller? (I saw a mom walking with this at the airport and she looked totally awkward).
I am unexpectedly leaning toward the side-by-side seats even though they seem HUGE and I swore I'd never want one. I just feel like the ease of getting the kids in would be simpler and I kind of like the idea of my super well-behaved children sitting side by side and holding hands and sharing snacks and whatnot. (Do not ruin this dream for me! I am CONVINCED this is exactly how it will be all the time. You know, when they aren't BITING each other.) But seriously. The side-by-side feels less complicated and more equitable, as long as it's not too horribly huge.
So if I go with the side-by-side... I'm liking the Baby Jogger City Mini. But I know a lot of people who are really happy with the BOB. Thoughts on this, Interwebz? I'm not a serious runner, but we do a lot of walking around the city so I know I want a jogger. I just want it to not be enormous.
Or should I stick with my somewhat original plan and figure out how to make the P&T work (even though it will basically mean buying another stroller and then keeping the seat and selling the stroller as a single)?
I do like the flexibility of using our P&T as a single stroller when I just have one kiddo with me, so we'll be keeping it even if we get a double stroller. I'm just really not sure what I want! So please feel free to confuse me more. I'll take other suggestions as well (Is Bumbleride really the best? I love our Bumbleride umbrella stroller but haven't tried their joggers and they are pretty spendy).
Other things I think we might need... a video monitor. And...? That's probably it. I mean, I have a longer wishlist, but let's just settle the stroller issue for now, shall we?
Oh, and P.S. I have plenty of time because I won't be buying any double strollers until Rerun is actually here, but of course I'd rather shop online for double strollers than do something that actually needs to be done (grading? what grading?).