I finally got on the computer last night and came to post, only to find MDC down.
Farren, so glad for good news!
Misa, we ended up going with the Chicco KeyFit 30. Another good option is the Graco Snugride 35. Those will give you plenty of use and are easy to use and install. I can't cope with cigarette smoke so I would definitely be replacing it, too.
Meta, have you tried soothing herbs like you might use postpartum? Maybe the EMAB mama bottom balm or bath herbs? I hope you find something that helps!
So after spending night before last sure I was in early labor (I mean, if 12 hours of ctxs don't mean anything, what does? ) only to have it fizzle for several hours before starting up again yesterday afternoon, I wake up today sick. Chest congested, stuffy, body aches. UGH! I finally got the point of being okay with everything starting and stopping and piddling on (I mean, these are serious ctxs but I know there are a few more levels up they need to go and they need to come with a lot more frequency, which seems to always be my problem...). I talked to my MW about starting the homeopathic cohoshes today to see if they'd stimulate a normal labor pattern, which she said can take 8-12 hours. No worries - that means we could maybe have a baby tonight or tomorrow (most likely). But what if I'm SICK? I do not want labor to be delayed because there are other things going on in my body. I want to believe that that DOESN'T happen even though I know a lot of people say it does.
I don't even want to call my MW and tell her I'm sick because I'm afraid she'll say that baby won't come until I'm better. I'm taking elderberry and homeopathics and trying to think of what else to take to try to knock this out quickly. Seriously, nothing like being on the verge of labor at 39 weeks and getting bronchitis.