Friday, January 31, 2014

New Challenge - Car Seat

Getting Scott in and out of the car and car seat is a huge challenge for me.  Not impossible though.  My husband's work schedule changed so I now have to pick up my daughter from preschool in the afternoons.  My babysitter leaves at 2pm, so I have to take Scott with me to pick her up at 3pm.  We only live 5 minutes from her school, but I allow myself 15-20 minutes. 

This is how I get Scott in the car:  I bring his stroller into the house, put him into his stroller and wheel him out to the garage.  I open the car door opposite his car seat, I move Kiana's booster seat out of the way, then I sit down on the back seat.  I pull the stroller right up to me, unbuckle him, and lift him into my lap.  Then I swing my legs into the car, scoot over closer to Scott's car seat and lift him into it and buckle him up.  Buckling him isn't very difficult, just takes some time; for the most part he is pretty helpful in putting his arms through the straps.  Getting him out is the reverse process.  This sounds like a fairly straight forward process, but there are days that Scott doesn't want to get into his stroller or his car seat and arches his back in protest.  I am also a mentally anxious person so even before I start I anticipate in my mind that it's going to be one-of-those-day that he doesn't want to get into his seat, and then I stress that I'm going to be late (Which really?  What is the big deal if I am late?).  I just end up putting more pressure on myself, making the process more difficult.  It's do-able and I will do what I need to to make this work, even if it takes me 40 minutes.

Thank goodness one of her teachers walk Kiana out to the car because it would be so difficult for me if I had to repeat the process of getting him in and out in the parking lot at the school. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

New Toys

I think it is time to get Scott a couple of new toys, electronic with lights and sounds (I'm thinking a toy cell phone), just to be given to him to play with during diaper changes.  He is almost impossible for me to change these days.  He just rolls over and crawls away.  But if I give him something he is not allowed to play with that will usually hold his attention for awhile.  He likes his sister's toy camera, my cell phone, and today I discovered that he really likes trying to hook the strap together on the diaper changer pad (he likes trying to hook seat belts, the strap on his high chair). 

Monday, January 20, 2014


Scott received a pair of Crocs shoes as a gift. He is not walking yet, but when he does he will need them for when we are out and about.  He pulled them off of the shelf yesterday and was trying to slip his foot into one while standing up holding onto the shelf,  imitating how his sister or daddy slip into their shoes.  So I sat down and tried to help him.  All I have to say is, is that I am so thankful we don't live in a climate where my children have to wear socks and shoes and layers of gear in the winter, because that would be very difficult for me trying to dress them every day.