Friday, 1 June 2012

I Don't Care What My Car Looks Like, But I Want A Luxury Stroller


Strollers- I’m obsessed. I don’t know what has happened to me. I pretty much spend all day thinking about strollers. Okay, obviously that’s not true. I also think about important things like coffee, youtube, and rubber duckies, but I can’t be serious all the time.

When I was pregnant, I had a very practical outlook towards strollers. I bought the smallest and cheapest stroller I could find that was compatible with my car seat. Simple as that. I thought it was ridiculous when I saw women strutting around with their SUV strollers, and I was shocked and disgusted to learn that there were strollers that cost over $1000. Sigh, I was so innocent and na├»ve then. Now I’ve gone to the dark side, and I’m a full on stroller addict.

Actually, I’m kind of a stroller player.  I walk down the street shamelessly checking them out and fantasizing about them, but I can’t commit. I’ll date a stroller for awhile, reading its reviews, and lovingly stroking its frame in the store, but that’s about as far as it goes. I’m just too afraid of commitment. What if I choose the wrong one and he lets me down? What if he turns out to be unreliable? What if I grow to hate and resent him? What if I fall in love with a better stroller, but now I’m stuck in this lukewarm relationship with a stroller that I should have never bought in the first place? This stroller stuff is stressing me out.

I’ve had a crush on the Bumbleride Indie for awhile. This stroller seems like a great choice- he can handle all kinds of terrain, he only weighs 20 pounds, and he’s HOT! He’s like the George Clooney of strollers. But what if my love for the Indie is based solely on physical attraction, and it’s not really the right stroller for me?

I think my real fear is that once I do finally commit to a stroller, all the fun will be gone. I won’t be able to walk down the street, and think “Oooh, I like that one! Maybe that will be my next stroller!” because once I commit, I’m not going to buy another one. I mean, I’ll dream about it, of course, but I fear my husband is soon going to get jealous of the strollers and stage an intervention.

Maybe I don’t even want a new stroller. Maybe it’s just about the thrill of the chase. So, if you’re out walking, and all of the sudden, you see a crazy lady running towards you, don’t worry. It’s just me, and I’m not chasing you; I’m after your stroller.

22 comments:

  1. Ha! I do that too, even though I loooove - LOVE - my stroller. It's a Jeep (I was surprised they make strollers, too!), and it has tons of storage, a great seat, is easy to collapse, and is indestructable. I've had it almost 11 years, and it's toting around kid #3 like a champ. I go on LOTS of walks so it has around a zilliondy miles on it. Yet I'll still look at others - maybe that one is lighter, or collapses down smaller, or has a higher handles... It's like house hunting - eventually you settle on one, move in and get attached, but it doesn't keep you from going to open houses once in a while. :) Funny post!

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    1. So true. If only stroller appreciated in value the way homes do.

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  2. Funny! I often compare strollers to various cars when I talk with other moms "this brand is like the Mercedes of strollers." I have 3 strollers all under 5 years of age lol. Newly following from the Top Five Laughs blog hop :)

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    1. My current stroller is like a Dodge Neon. It's time for an upgrade!

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  3. that's so funny, my hubs calls me a stroller hoarder. They all are needed for different days.
    Glad to have found you on the blog hop, just started following.
    xoxo

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    1. Ooh, I want to be a stroller hoarder!

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  4. Haha- I could have written this post! You should see my garage- I have fifty million strollers- okay not really- but you get the picture. I love the indie too! Funny post!

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  5. Ughh we spent a fortune on a stroller (Peg) and it was the biggest waste of money ever! The fisher price one I picked up for $60 at the Sears warehouse handles soooo much better.

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    1. You are intensifying my fear of stroller commitment!

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  6. Awesome post. Now that I'm on baby three I got the junkiest strollers around. I'm too beat down by life to care. ;)

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    1. Whereas I'm like a teenager who just got a driver's license, and is obsessed with cars. (Actually, I didn't get a driver's license until I was 25, and I have zero interest in cars, but you get my point.)

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  7. Imagine shopping for a double...I will have to trade in my graco, crappy little stroller and the single BOB for the double stroller of my dreams...or nightmares :)

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    1. Good luck! The Bumbleride Indie has a double version, for what it's worth. And so does the Bob, I think, but I'm sure you're well aware of all this. Happy stroller shopping!

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  8. Hey there from Theta Mom!
    I love this. I have a stroller addiction. I've had, ummm....4 now? Now to count the umbrella version that of course is a "fancy" one. I justify it by finding good deals and usually selling them on Ebay for what I paid for the new one (is that fair?). I really REALLY miss my old Quinny, but we "needed" a double and went for the Britax B-ready so it could covert from a single to a double. It's too big and now I'm lusting after my first choice in double (the City Select). HAHAHAH

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  9. Hey Amber,
    Could you please tell my husband that it is completely reasonable to own 4 strollers? I am still trying to explain to him why I need 2! :)

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    1. LOL well I don't have 4 right now. I think our max at any one time was 3. Full size, jogging, and umbrella. They serve different purposes!

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  10. Hi Laura,
    I ended up going with the Bugaboo Cameleon (http://www.bugaboo.com/377). I really love that stroller because it is pretty light and really easy to maneuver. The down side is the price.

    I am following your blog now...because I like it :-)

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    1. Thanks, Ana! The Cameleon looks like a great stroller, but yes, sigh, the price...

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  11. Ha! This is great! I am so excited to know I'm not the only stroller junkie out there!

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    1. No, you're definitely not the only one. Thanks for the comment.

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  12. What the F is wrong with you?

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