Ugggh. I am cursed by my researching gene. This happened with strollers and with baby seats and it usually means one thing for us: more money. Grrr.

Elinor is almost four months old. At six months, we will start her on solid foods — which means we probably need some sort of high chair. So I began researching which high chair would work the best. And, of course, I want one that is exorbitantly expensive, and that is primarily because I researched and actually learned about the stupid thing. BUT it meets all of my criteria — quality construction, easy to clean, she can eat at the table, and it can transform into a toddler chair and then into a normal chair (no need to buy a booster seat in between!). I’ve heard about some people using them until they go to college. I LOVE the idea of a high chair that could perform for years and years and years, instead of some schlocky plastic thing that will serve no purpose in five years or less.

It’s this:

That is the same chair, by the way. 🙂

Blah, blah, blah. I cannot justify spending the money, even if the damn chair will last until she’s 20 (or longer — some reviews said that grandparents used the same chair for their kids and grandkids. HOW COOL!).

So I’ve been cruising craigslist and have signed up for all of these baby consignment lollapaloozas in town.

To complicate things even more, the sweet baby set (sold separately, of course) that allows infants to use the chair only works with models made after June 2008. So I email the craigslist people and ask when the chair was made, and by the time I’ve explained why I care and attached screenshots from the manual to explain further, someone else has bought the stupid chair.

And so … more work for me.

From _when Harry Met Sally_:

Harry Burns: There are two kinds of women: high maintenance and low maintenance.
Sally Albright: Which one am I?
Harry Burns: You’re the worst kind; you’re high maintenance but you think you’re low maintenance.
Sally Albright: I don’t see that.
Harry Burns: You don’t see that? Waiter, I’ll begin with a house salad, but I don’t want the regular dressing. I’ll have the balsamic vinegar and oil, but on the side. And then the salmon with the mustard sauce, but I want the mustard sauce on the side. “On the side” is a very big thing for you.
Sally Albright: Well, I just want it the way I want it.
Harry Burns: I know; high maintenance.