On Rage and Jogging Strollers

Thanks to all for your support and validation over the drama with Mr. O’s ‘rents. No, they have not called or written, despite both Mr. O and my reaching out to them over phone and email. It blows my mind, really…

But as I’ve discovered, pregnancy waits for no one. Not funerals, not adult temper tantrums. So we move on.

I’m not really a “stuff” kind of girl in general, but apparently babies are. Though tiny, they come with an entourage of monitors, breast pumps, bassinets and strollers. In an effort to get a lay of the land, Mr. O and I went to a baby mega store. It was purely a fact-finding expedition… that went heinously ary.

I’ve been mostly fixated on the stroller. There are just so many different options, and with them so many different opinions. People seem to be extremely passionate about their strollers too– they either love them or loathe them. I have two primary criteria: I want a stroller I could take for walks/runs in the park, and something that wouldn’t take up a ton of space. I live in a two bedroom apartment in a city– space is limited, and walking is a way of life.

I had done some research, and narrowed down to a few options. On this ill-fated day, I was focusing on the Baby Jogger City GT. From most reviews I’ve read, people really like it. I’ve seen several people in the park jogging with them and had actual humans tell me they loved it for jogging. The odd part is that this is technically not a jogging stroller, according to the manufacturer.

As Mr. O and I were milling around the stroller section, we were approached by a sales associate named David. Note: I hate shopping. In particular, I hate sales associates who talk to me while I’m shopping. I know this is strange, but whatever. It’s my thing.

So David comes up, asks if he can help. I say I’m all set. He lurks around, sees me looking at the Baby Jogger City GT, and inserts himself into a conversation I’m having with Mr. O.

“So what kind of stroller are you looking for?”

[Said while glaring] “We’re looking at something we could take for short walks or runs, and won’t take up a lot of space.”

[Said while pointing to a bank of strollers that are $150-$200 more than what I am looking at.] “Oh, you’re looking at the wrong stroller then. You want to check out those over there, because this is NOT a jogging stroller.”

“We did look at them, but they are too big for our apartment. We can’t get something that bulky.”

“They aren’t as big as you think. You can dismantle them, and put it away really easily.”

“I don’t want to deal with dismantling the stroller every time I bring it inside.”

“But these strollers are made for jogging. The one you’re looking at isn’t.”

“Look, I know you can’t tell me that these are good for running because the manufacturer says this isn’t a jogging stroller. I get that. But I’ve seen people running with this exact stroller…”

[Cutting me off] “Well, I promise you they were regretting every step.”

At this point, a white-hot rage ran through my body. Either I was walking away from this conversation, or I was going to end up arrested for assault. I have never wanted to punch another human being more in my life.

Me in a Baby Stuff Mega Store

Me in a Baby Stuff Mega Store

So I left mid-sentence and refused to go back to the stroller section. Very mature, I know.

After I calmed down a little bit, we went over to the bassinet section. I specifically wanted to check out co-sleepers to see what the hell they are. I’ve heard these can be handy, especially early on. While we’re looking at them, a sales associate comes over and starts talking about the latest and greatest in co-sleeper innovations. The one I’m looking at, it seems, is simply not as convenient for the baby. She recommends this one over here… which is $100 more than the one I’m looking at. Again, I had to back away slowly.

I was so mother-f*cking annoyed with everyone at this point. As if baby stuff isn’t inanely expensive to begin with, every single person in this store was ready to tell that I will regret my life choices if I don’t upgrade. I had to leave the store and spew expletives the entire way home.

One of the delightful side effects of pregnancy for me has been an incredibly short fuse. I’m not really an angry person, and Ithink I do a decent job of keeping fits of rage within legally acceptable ranges. However, in the past few weeks, I have gone from “Zero” to “Flames Shooting from My Eyeballs” in seconds.

For now, I will stay far away from mega stores. I have also enlisted the help of my friends and family for items that they actually used. The goal is safety and sanity, not just spendy.

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33 comments

  1. My Perfect Breakdown · April 7, 2015

    Ha! I say ask your friends and buy online! Avoid the up-selling entirely. Also, when you decide upon a stroller please let me know. I’m not in a rush, and even though I don’t live in an apartment, I want one to run with that is not big bulky. 🙂
    Also, I’m sorry to hear the Mr. O’s parents. It so sad, but as you say, pregnancy does not stop, and your lives have to keep moving forward.

    • thecommonostrich · April 8, 2015

      Believe me– LESSON LEARNED. I’m never setting foot in another one of those places. It’s all online from here on out, especially if I want to avoid a police record.

      I’ll definitely let you know what I end up with. Obviously, I’ll know more when the rubber hits the road– literally!

  2. C.L. · April 7, 2015

    My experience at Buy Buy Baby was like that! I just wanted to be left alone to look at all the stuff and a very chatty salesperson kept popping up to suggest things I didn’t want! And she kept insisting I was going to need a $700 rocker. I kept trying to get away and hide from her.

    • thecommonostrich · April 8, 2015

      Maybe it is part of their training? Badger customers until they physically threaten you!

      I’ve been having flashbacks to when I was planning my wedding. The moment anyone perceived I was shopping for a wedding, they immediately showed me the most expensive thing on the floor. Too bad for them, my mama didn’t raise no fool– NOR WILL I!

      • C.L. · April 8, 2015

        Then they probably need to teach them self defense as well. Pregnant people are known to snap…lol

      • thecommonostrich · April 8, 2015

        HA! I can just see the training videos now…

  3. thebarrenlibrarian · April 7, 2015

    A friend of mine gave me her cosleeper. We don’t really plan on cosleeping, but I’m just not turning anything down. And it could be good for a nap here or there.

    That being said-sales people suck. I feel you on this, big time. I know sucking is part of their job (as in sucking the life out of you), but seriously. They’re awful.

    • thecommonostrich · April 8, 2015

      I’m totally there. I’m taking stuff and will see if I’ll need it later. Worst case, I’ll just pay it forward and give it away to another panicked mom-to-be.

      I almost pity sales people who approach me. I get that this is their job, but a good sales person helps you make a decision– they don’t make their own decision then convince you they are right. BAD SALES PERSON. BAD!

      • thebarrenlibrarian · April 8, 2015

        AND when you say you’re fine and don’t need help yet, they back off. Totally feel you there.

  4. Lulu · April 7, 2015

    I agree with My perfect breakdown. I bet Amazon shopping or even Walmart, BBB probably have free shipping for big stuff than there is not desire to punch people. 😄

    Again, sorry about the in-laws. I’m glad your moving forward, even if they aren’t.

    • thecommonostrich · April 8, 2015

      Oh, yes. I’m all online from this point out. I’m mostly an online shopper anyway (see previous note about hating shopping.) I think I just wanted to get some hands on experience before making a choice. But I just don’t think that store was so interested in my choice– more in what they wanted to sell me.

  5. Molly · April 7, 2015

    I despise store salespeople. If I have to be out in public shopping, I expect to be left the heck alone until I require assistance, at which point I will find my own help so STOP FOLLOWING ME. Gah. I’m angry just thinking about it. Mad props to you for not requiring a security escort, because I probably would have if I were in your shoes. We have relied on similar feedback for our own stroller decision. If I see someone with the stroller we want and it’s not a bad moment, I will pause and ask them very nicely if they like their stroller. Every person I have asked has positively GUSHED about the dang thing. That settled it for us. I pity the Babies R Us fool who tries to talk me out of my stroller.

    • thecommonostrich · April 8, 2015

      I despise terrible store salespeople. There are a few times where I’ve found some to be really helpful, but only if they are listening to what my needs are. This guy (and sadly so many others) was more interested in his own numbers than getting me what I needed. And for the love of Pete– if I blow you off once, why on earth would you physically insert yourself into my conversation? BAH!

      Out of curiosity, what stroller are you looking at? I’m in the market. 🙂

  6. julieann081 · April 7, 2015

    I HATE shopping and I also dislike dealing with sales associates even though I know they’re just doing their jobs. (I’ve also had very helpful people before but that doesn’t seem to change my opinion.) I’m sorry you had such a lousy experience. Dealing with different moods and hormones is tough. I am wishing you all the very best as you continue on this journey and hope that your friends and family will help you out! ❤

    • thecommonostrich · April 8, 2015

      I try so hard to be sympathetic to them, honestly! This is their job, and they are dealing with hormonal pregnant women ALL DAY. Still, I fail to see how this approach helps them or their customers. Especially when they’ve just lost me as a customer for online shopping.

      • julieann081 · April 8, 2015

        Agreed.

  7. InfertileGirl · April 7, 2015

    Ha, this made me chuckle. I’ve had one really helpful sales person whilst looking at strollers (because I am a deer in headlights and overwhelmed by all of the choices) and then several idiotic salespeople who knew as much about strollers as me (read: nothing). It is stressful trying to decide, there are too many “things” out there.

    • thecommonostrich · April 8, 2015

      There are just so many things! And I’m fairly certain that I don’t need 75% of them. I just don’t know what 75% I don’t need. One thing is certain- those winners I met in the store this weekend don’t know either.

  8. Jenny F Scientist · April 8, 2015

    I have a five dollar bassinet from a garage sale. I put it next to the bed and voila! Cosleeper!

    • thecommonostrich · April 8, 2015

      That’s what I’m talking about!

      After my meltdown, my friend mentioned that the pack and play she gave me can double as a bassinet (there is some insert that you put in.) I just need to make sure it fits in the tiny space next to my bed, and I could avoid buying more stuff.

  9. vtr87 · April 8, 2015

    Ohhh I feel your pain on this. I hate pushy sales people! …… confession…. I perfected saying “sorry, no thank you, I’m OK” in Spanish so that when someone approaches me in a store I can pretend I don’t speak English and they’ll leave me alone…. 🙂

  10. lovingthemarriedlife · April 8, 2015

    you need to bring a friend that will be a bodyguard for you every time a sales associate comes up have them be blocked hehe I did that for my sisters it was fun!

    • thecommonostrich · April 8, 2015

      I have totally lined up someone for round two! No way am I going in their without a rational human being at my side.

      • lovingthemarriedlife · April 9, 2015

        perfect then when the salesmen come up your bodygaurd can say sorry mrs. common ostrich is not currently signing autographs and cut them off the looks on peoples faces is priceless and by the time you leave they are the ones leaving going wtf instead of you 🙂 (i have an odd sense of humor)

  11. c. from indeterminatewait · April 8, 2015

    I’m a lot like you, except with less rage control. I have happily told sales associates to get the hell away from me (in a nicer way, but they do get the picture). I have three words for you: Lucie’s List and Amazon. I didn’t set foot in a baby store and am really happy with everything we got. You will be totally fine sans baby mega store. Also, I live in NYC where space is at a premium and, though we went a different route, most of my friends have either the BJ City Mini or the GT and all are happy. Good luck with navigating all the many twisting paths of pregnancy nonsense!

    • thecommonostrich · April 8, 2015

      Lucie’s List? How did I not know about this?! I will now lose the next several hours of my life to this site.

      Out of curiosity, what stroller did you go with?

      • c. from indeterminatewait · April 8, 2015

        I know, right? I stumbled upon it in a haze of baby-crap googling confusion and it made my life instantly better.

        We went with a brand called Mamas & Papas, the Sola2, because a coworker of mine got it and loved it. The selling points for me were a bit less bulk than the City and similarly priced, the fact that the seat lays totally flat so can be used from newborn, and you can flip the seat to face baby towards you or out. Also lightweight, as strollers go, for taking on the subway, if god forbid I ever really have to.

        Isn’t it funny how this *really* boring stuff becomes fascinating when you’re having a baby? And by funny I mean sad.

  12. Awaiting Autumn · April 8, 2015

    I totally have the zero tolerance fuse too! Pushy salespeople who are clearly trying to make commission are annoying. Hope you find a store that gives you genuine service and actually listens to your needs.

    • thecommonostrich · April 8, 2015

      Thanks! I’m not sure I’m going to go into a store every again. You know… because I’d like to get through this pregnancy without mug shots. 😉

  13. bionicbrooklynite · April 9, 2015

    There is no perfect stroller, and worse, you can’t be sure what exactly you need in a stroller until you meet your particular baby. So you make a good guess, and you remember that this situation means there are lots of lightly-used second-hand strollers out there. A real jogging stroller is handy; we got ours for cheap from a stoop sale. It doesn’t fit my needs most of the time — okay, ever, since you know how I feel about running — but it’s good at what it does. It will all work out okay in the end.

    • thecommonostrich · April 10, 2015

      Oh, Jedi Master… I totally agree. I had this epiphany a few days after the Rage Event when I realized I genuinely have no idea what I’m doing. In regards to strollers, but also in regards to general parenting. I have to make the best guess, then move forward.

      And scour Craigslist when I hate the stroller I already own.

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