Original Posting at NewlyParents.com here
About 9 or 10 months ago, we were sitting at home during a pretty significant storm. Several tornadoes touched down in the area and we ended up losing power for a couple of days. This was early in the summer and the temperature was fooling around with 90 degrees.
When the power goes out in the middle of summer there's only one thing to do, head to Wal-Mart and buy every battery powered fan you can get a hold of. Heading to Wal-Mart AFTER the power goes out is like heading to Wal-Mart AFTER a snow/ice storm and trying to buy a ice scrapper or a snow shovel. Everybody else beat you there and the pickin's are slim for some relief. In a related story, this is how I ended up with a child sized plastic snow shovel...I waited too long. Nothing makes you feel like more of a tool than shoveling your driveway with a red children's snow shovel. I might as well have been out there with a spoon.
To our surprise, when we got to Wal-Mart there were plenty of battery powered fans left. We decided to buy four little desktop fans so we could take them with us anywhere in the house. We checked the box and it said, "4 D Batteries, Not Included." I distinctly remember saying, "D Batteries? Man, nothing uses D batteries anymore."
Now that I am becoming a parent, I have realized where all the D batteries went. Every battery powered baby item we have takes D batteries. In the past two days I have used 8 D batteries to power up the Pack N' Play and the Baby Swing. If I added up all the D batteries I've purchased in the past 15 years it wouldn't even add up to 8.
So two things I realized while assembling baby things this weekend. 1) Always have D batteries on hand and 2) Always have a Phillips screwdriver on hand. With baby items there is no such thing as "popping off" the battery cover. Every battery cover has at least 14 screws.
I'm also assuming that when the batteries die one of the 14 screws will strip when I try to take the battery cover off and I won't be able to get the damn thing off. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it though.