I think I'm missing something when it comes to parking lot/baby etiquette. Maybe my readers can help.
Jay and I are not yet part of the minivan set. We drive regular four-door cars, so when we put the baby into the carseat, one of the back doors is necessarily hanging open. If I am parked next to an empty parking spot, I will access the carseat through the door that is on the side of the empty parking spot. This makes sense to me. I have enough room to maneuver the baby and all necessary paraphenalia without having to worry about banging the car next to me.
Without fail, as I am struggling with baby, grocery bags, and a diaper bag, someone will want to park in the spot next to me. This has never happened in a parking lot where all the spots were taken except the one next to me. No, it always happens in parking lots where there are plenty of open spaces. I can only assume that the open space next to me is the most convenient or closest to the store (because God forbid anyone ever have to walk anywhere.)
The sequence of events following the person seeing the open spot is different every time. Today Jay reported that a driver pulled her enormous SUV around the open door of his car and ended up with her vehicle in some jacked-up position. A few weeks ago I actually had a guy inch up closer and closer into the empty parking spot so that he was actually bumping up against my stroller. (I'm so mad at myself that I didn't just leave my cart sitting right in the middle of the spot he was trying to pull into. I actually moved it out of his way! Argh!) I've also just had people sit in the lane of the parking lot and wait for me to finish and close the door, meaning that everyone else behind that person also has to sit and wait.
Am I missing something? Is there something I should be doing differently, or am I just overly-sensitive to everyone else's convenience?