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Fun with Carseats

A few weeks ago, Lily told me she was 40 pounds on the scale at school. I was doubtful, but hopeful. You see, 40 pounds is the magical number where a child is “safe” to ride in a booster carseat instead of a 5-point harness.

Now, I know there are movements out there to keep your child in a 5-point harness for as long as possible and I get that, but at the same time I’m sending my 6 year old on a carseat-free school bus everyday and am expected to keep her in a toddler carseat when she rides in my car. It’s an expensive hypocrisy, but I go through with it “just in case” as I don’t want any regrets if we get in an accident.

Lily got too tall for her convertible carseat earlier this year despite not weighing enough to get out of it, so we invested in a Graco Nautilus with a 5-point harness. It was more than $150 at the time and we cringed when we paid it, but she was under 40 pounds and I’m paranoid about rules. So instead of a $50 booster, we got the ritzy 5-point harness seat.

Meanwhile, Rose is about to outgrow her convertible for height and also does not weigh that magical 40 pounds despite being a tall(?) 4 year old. And Violet has outgrown her infant seat for height (it’s never weight here) and needs to be moved to a convertible NOW, so Rose needs to vacate that seat (and hopefully it’s not “expired”). If I could get someone in a booster seat instead of a Graco Nautilus, I’d be saving myself close to $100. I could give SOMEONE a high-backed booster and switch all the seats around if SOMEONE weighed 40 pounds.

So last week when we had Lily’s annual check-up, I had my fingers crossed that at 6 years old she finally weighed what most 4 year olds weigh. Surely at age 6 and 44 inches tall, she HAD to weigh 40 pounds. Rose, who is two full years younger than her, weighs 35. Come on, Lily, let’s make the scale tip to 40 pounds. Save Mama $100!

Lily didn’t weigh 40 pounds. She weighed 36.8 pounds.

An hour ago, in a fit of paranoia over a cheaper 5-point harness carseat for larger kids, I ordered another expensive Graco Nautilus off Amazon instead of moving Lily to a booster and Rose to Lily’s 6-month-old Nautilus and Violet to Rose’s convertible (if it’s not expired. PLEASE DON’T BE EXPIRED. Or at least be good for another year when I can move HER to a Nautilus. HEY! Maybe someone will be in a booster then!!!).

Carseat rules. I’m too paranoid not to follow them, but man they are a bummer sometimes. Why couldn’t Lily have weighed 3.2 more pounds?!

At this rate Lily will take her driver’s test while sitting in a booster seat.

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Cleaning the Car for a Roadtrip: A Fruitless endeavor

Whenever we travel, I make it a point to clean out our minivan. Our minivan could stand to be cleaned every single day. We often eat snacks or lunch on the run since Lily has daily afternoon preschool and we try to get stuff done or see friends during our limited morning hours. It doesn’t take long for the kids’ snack wrappers, toys, various, receipts, socks, shoes, gloves, clean spare diapers, coupons, crumbs and mail to clutter the whole car. Often when I drop my daughter off at preschool, I’m embarrassed when a teacher comes to pick her up at the car because they can see the horrible mess– a mess that was often made in less than a week.

I worry that family members will judge me when they enter a cluttered car, so I always clean right before we leave. It is all in vain. By the time we finish an 8 hour car ride, the car looks exactly the same as it did before we left. In fact, it’s worse. In addition to snack wrappers and empty juiceboxes, there are Color Wonder Markers, books, DVDs, a fresh coat of dog hair from the traveling dog, new crumbs and discarded stickers all over the place.

So, by the time we get there, it looks like the car hasn’t been cleaned in years. In reality, it was spotless 24 hours before.

Why do I bother? To have less mess when we get there? I don’t know if anyone can see through the debris of our trip to know the difference.

I dream of a day when I have a clean car to present, but the reality is it wasn’t all that neat BEFORE I had kids. I just had less people looking in my car then.

But, because I’ve had to clean up after kids instead of just myself, maybe things really will be neater once the kids stop trashing the place?

A girl can dream. Or, you know, start picking up after herself better.

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Toy WTF: Some Assembly Required

Which item do you think required more brute force, brains and struggle to construct– a 100+ pound propane grill or a toddler coupe?

Kid Toy v. Grown Up Toy

If you answered propane grill, you are dead wrong. Even though the box said the grill could be completed in 50 minutes and it actually took 3 hours to complete, putting it together was actually fairly straight forward. Putting the coupe together, however, was nearly impossible and resulted in my husband and I yelling at each other in our driveway where all the neighbors could see us. We sweated and swore as we tried to get pieces jammed together. They wouldn’t cooperate at all. It took us forever and I’m still not sure if we did it right, but eventually by sheer luck the pieces clicked.

Seriously, toy companies, a propane grill should not be easier to assemble than a toy for a toddler. Is this supposed to be some cruel joke? Get it together!

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All in a day’s work

Even though they are discriminated against by the other toys, dump truck drivers Dan and Larissa take their jobs very seriously. The Little People depend on Dan and Larissa to drive them to various locations throughout the house.

The Little People always stand neatly in the same arrangment in the back of the dump truck, but when they get to their destination, Dan and Larissa kick them out of the dump truck in a hurry.

Perhaps this is payback for being excluded from barn and roof parties?

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