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June 01, 2007

Baby Strollers

Family FotoFun Friday Challenge #33 
Post your pictures on your blog and leave a link and a comment here before 6/8/07.

This week's photo challenge is "Baby Strollers".  Want to play?  Here are the very simple rules.

Stroller_sm Of all of our baby related purchases, I think our strollers have given us the most bang for the buck.  There's not a day that goes by that we don't use the stroller.  Some days, it's hauled in and out of our trunk three or four times! 

Since we use the stroller so much, it stands to reason that some of our most memorable photos include strollers.  When I was preparing this week's FFFF, I dug through the archives and had at least a dozen photos to post but I limited myself to just these three (one of each of our strollers).

The top photo is a sleeping Gwen in our Graco Metrolite stroller.  It was taken in China at the Six Banyon Tree Temple in Guangzhou.  It was my birthday and it was our 6th day with our new daughter.  My birthday hadn't been a cause for celebration for many years.  First of all, it's 9/11.  Next, I'm over 40.  And as lousy luck would have it, I'd spent the prior two birthdays dealing with pregnancy losses (one of them was on my birthday).  So, this birthday in China with Gwen and Andrew was simply beautiful.

Yes, we took a stroller to China.  We also took a baby carrier and both items saw LOTS of use.  It was wicked-hot and as much as Gwenny loved Mommy to hold her, she seemed to greatly appreciate being less hot and sweaty in her stroller when we were outside.   The stroller was cheap so it was easy to buy it for the trip to China and replace it if it didn't survive the trip.  But it survived and performed better than strollers 5 times the price.  There wasn't a reason to replace it until we got Maddy.

In anticipation of Maddy's arrival.  We test drove every tandem/double stroller on the market and ended up with the one that met almost all of our needs (lightweight, large basket underneath, parent drink holders, no 'third' wheel in the center, easy to push with one hand, etc).  As luck would have it, it also ended up being the cheapest double stroller (other than umbrella strollers).  In the middle picture, you see Maddy and Gwen on Maddy's adoption day in our Graco DuoRider stroller.  This was her 2nd day with us and the first smile we captured on film.    Nine months later, we're still using this stroller every day and it's going strong.

Finally, here's our new jog stroller - a BabyTrend Expedition.  It's much easier to push on the streets and sidewalk and the kids love it.  There's even a built in speaker for you to plug your mp3 player/iPod into for the kiddies.  We got this one at Babies-R-Us (cheap) and our only regret is that the front wheel doesn't swivel.   

Family FotoFun Friday Participants
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2. Just Another Family
3. With 6 You Get Eggroll
4. season star
5. Cannon Fishbowl
6. mexican chopsticks
7. Life with Emilia
8. Search and Destroy Twins
9. Our Three Daughters
10. And Miles To Go...
11. Chopsticks & Tabouli
12. Journey to Sarah Lu
13. the monkey king
14. Sophia\'s Journey Continues
15. Just Keep Swimming
16. The Ghelerter Twins
17. Motherhood and Other Ramblings
18. Journey with AnnaClaire
19. Raising Cami Rose
20. Now We Are Six
21. Twochinasistersandabrother
22. Zoe\'s Place
23. Loving Gracie - Paperwork Pregnant No More!
24. From Here to There, the Ladybug and the Dragonfly
25. From Here to the There, the Ladybug and the Dragonfly
26. Our Maddenclan
27. Amy W
28. Our Adoption Trip In China-Qian Mei Jun- Mia Kennedy Gifford
29. She\'s a-DORI-ble!!!
30. Twinchatter

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