That's it. The German and I cursed.
Germans are pretty superstitious about buying any baby stuff before the baby is actually born. There are no baby showers here and when the New Yorker offered to have one for me, so many Germans were appalled at the idea that we decided to scrap it. Their argument, "What if you get all that stuff and then something happens. Think of how upset you would be to come home and see it all." While I believe this may be a good point, I do think that having a few items of clothing and blankets are needed when the baby comes home from the hospital.
Anyway, because of this the German and I put off ordering our baby furniture as long as possible. (Insert creepy music indicating foreshadowing) In November we decided to go have a look and we picked something out. We ordered a crib, changing table and wardrobe for a very good price from a respectable furniture store that is NO WHERE NEAR the furniture store of which we don't speak (i.e. the saga of the sofa). They told us on Nov. 24 that delivery would take place the middle of January.
The middle of January was last week. No signs of life from the furniture store. I called yesterday to see what was up. The woman said that she would investigate and call me back. 30 minutes later I had the following conversation.
Saleswoman: Yes, your order was due in this week.
Claire: Yes, I know. That is why I called.
Saleswoman: Well, I called the manufacturer and they said that delivery will be delayed by two weeks. But, that is okay for you isn't it?
Claire: Well, my due date is in two weeks.
[dead silence on both sides of the phone; we are both woman and thus know that technically I could actually give birth tomorrow]
Claire: So, where is my child going to sleep?
Saleswoman: If you have the baby in the next two weeks, call us from the hospital and we will deliver a bed and changing table that you can use for free until your order comes in.
Saleswoman: I will call the manufacturer back and try to put some pressure on them.
Claire: Yes, you do that.
When I hung up the phone, I actually laughed. Of course this is going to happen. What I did not expect was the German's reaction. He was livid.
German: GET OUT!!!
He could not believe it. He wants to call this week and see if we can maybe get a free bassinet out of them. I wouldn't hold my breath though.