It's important to note that Charlotte has spent the last month or so poring over Consumer Reports and other reviews to determine what are the safest, most economical cribs, car seats, and strollers for the little angel. She has also been checking freecycle and craig's list religiously, going to various garage sales, and just in general watching for good deals on other baby trappings. Friends and family members have been offering to send her hand-me-down clothes, and she has been gratefully receiving those as well.
SCENE: This is a phone conversation, so there are two scenes. Charlotte is at her desk at work, and we assume that Eric is also at his desk at work. We begin by focusing in on Charlotte's scene.
The phone rings, Charlotte looks, sees on the caller ID that the call is from someone at Eric's workplace, and picks up the phone
CHARLOTTE (faking exasperation and sassiness): Who is this??? Why do you keep calling this number???
ERIC (laughs): Uh, this is your husband.
CHARLOTTE (giggles, stops the charade): Oh, right. Hey! How's it going?
ERIC: Oh, not too bad. Listen, do we have a Halloween Costume for the baby yet?
CHARLOTTE (a little confused, which is understandable considering that if the baby comes on or around her due date, she will only be 3 weeks old on October 31): Umm, no, I don't believe we do.*
ERIC (happily): Good! I just found the perfect costume for her online. It's a Darth Vader costume. Wouldn't that be great?
CHARLOTTE (partially incredulously, partially delightedly):What? Darth Vader? (giggles) Uh, sure, that would be great. How big is this costume?
ERIC (enthusiastically): Well, it says "infant: six-to-twelve months".
CHARLOTTE (doubtfully): Huh. It might be a little bit big for her this year.
ERIC (a bit crestfallen): Oh, right. (recovering) Oh wait! There's an even cuter Chewbacca costume here, and it's for zero to three months! Actually . . . (pauses as he clicks through to some other screens on his computer) there are a whole bunch of size and costume options here!
Eric e-mails Charlotte the link for these costumes, and they spend a few minutes clicking here and there, looking at other costume options. Eventually they decide that Eric will take on the project of finding a costume for their little girl. They agree on a budget, and as they hang up the phone, Eric is enthusiastically looking through costume options, with visions of baby Star Wars characters dancing through his head.
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Our daughter should be arriving sometime within the next 3-4 months. We don't have any diapers, we don't have a baby monitor, we don't have a car seat, and we have exactly one bottle. Her crib is currently sitting in a box in what will eventually be the nursery, pending the time that we (we meaning Eric primarily) gets around to putting it together. We do have a few things ready for her, but as you can see, we are far from ready for her arrival.
But by darn, if her father has anything to say about it, she will be ready for Halloween!
What a lucky girl!
(Yes, I realize that she is a girl, and that these characters are primarily for boys. I'm okay with that. I used to play "Star Wars" at recess in the second grade, and I wasn't the only girl. Since we couldn't all be Princess Leia, I quite often had to be Chewbacca or R2-D2. I can't see that it messed me up in any way whatsoever. I also realize that our daughter will not look anything like these big chubby adorable babies this Halloween. I'm okay with that as well.)
*Actually, I later realized that we do in fact already have a Halloween costume for the baby. The kind woman who gave me her infant bouncy chair via freecycle also threw in an adorable pumpkin costume, complete with a little orange hat.