As I said earlier, I stripped and washed the car seat cover and padding and then replaced it all over the weekend. Soon all we have to do is put it in the car - but we don't have any instructions so I'll have to do some research. A lot of people have been telling me to just go to a local fire station - but I'd also like to have the instructions available.
I've always hated car seats because the number of buckles and the ferocity in which you have to depress the latches always frustrates me. So I decided to practice a bit once everything was back together and pulled out my Build-a-Bear, Viktor "Batbear" Sampson. He fit perfectly in the seat - though I'm sure he's bigger than Evy will be once she's born. I unbuckled him and rebuckled him a few times and I'm getting the hang of how the buckles best work.
The other thing I have to work on - latch-practicing-wise - is the damn co-sleeper. Its made so that one side can go down (the side that faces the bed - so it's a safer solution to co-sleeping with a child in an adult bed) but I fought with the thing for a good HALF HOUR and couldn't get it to go down in a timely manner. Maybe it just needs to be loosened up - or as I told a friend - I need to build up my finger strength :P