Oh geez, I know what you mean about being carless. My car was in the shop on Monday to fix the brakes and get a tune up. $720 later and the battery just mysteriously died two days after they had it. It was a 5yo battery, so I can't prove that they did anything to it, but I am carless....again (well, I have DH's car, but I hate driving it because it has no radio, and I have to install the carseats again.) They also didn't do the brakes quite right. I couldn't put my finger on what was wrong, but I just wanted them to do it again. Now we're out another $100 for the battery.
That's great that you get to see your brother so often! It was so hard in CA having family live so far away. It has really made me appreciate how nice it is to have them here. After having dates with DH every 3-4 months, we are now getting out on a regular basis and I just can't be more grateful that my parents and ILs are willing to watch and play with the kids. And I just love that they are such a big part of the kids lives. That's something I really wanted when I was little, but my family is spread all over the US.
So I took the kids to Target the other day and Jane fell asleep on the way there. I usually can't transfer her to my Maya, but it was so so easy to wrap her into the mei tai and keep her asleep.
She slept through the whole shopping trip! I can't say enough about this wrap. I even wore Andrew in it for a while the other day, and he is 38lbs. He loved being so squished up next to me.