I picked up this bad boy at Ikea yesterday for $10 down from $50 as it was an ex display item. I am planning on scrubbing it up a bit, adding a hanging bar and maybe a shelf and voila! Mini human wardrobe.
Oh man. Having a sick child… It actually breaks your heart.
This little fella has a chest infection which today has also developed into conjunctivitis. It’s a killer. Waking ten million times through the night crying because he can’t breathe properly, outrageously clingy during the day, nothing keeping him happy. It hurts. He is losing his little voice and the cries that come out… Oh man. My heart.
I feel helpless.
This sleepy little dude turned 15 months old yesterday and we hit a major milestone - still rear facing.
Extended Rear Facing - why do we do it?
Babies and toddlers have heads that are large in proportion to the rest of their bodies and their neck muscles. In the event of a car accident, they don’t have the strength to keep their head safely in line. Studies have shown that the risk of injury is increased by a whopping five times when forward facing.
There has been no evidence to prove that ERF can lead to broken legs in car accidents but you know what, even if it did - I would choose a son with two broken legs over death.
I have to admit that I lucked out when it comes to this; my kid has absolutely no problems with rear facing and has no fears of the car. I have a giant mirror that attaches to the headrest so I can see him, he can see me but most importantly; he can see himself. He loves this! Hunter loves his dummy and one of the only times he is allowed one is in the car. The great thing about this mirror is that if he happens to lose his dummy, I can grab one from the glove box and if I reach over the top of his seat, he can see me in the mirror and grab the new dummy from me. Beats pulling over and hoping that someone will not be a jerk and let you merge back on the road.
I think what makes me most uncomfortable about this is just how pathetic Australian car seat laws are. By law, you only have to rear face your child until six months, so many parents turn their child around at that age even though it is much safer to have them this way because they do not know any different. The law should be (at the very least) one year old.
I aim to have Hunter rear facing until atleast 18 months but will continue as long as my car seat allows me to! Two years old would be amazing.
Hunter, at fifteen months you are;
Walking with ease, getting much faster with every step, nearly running;
A real parrot, chatting away to me and copying sounds that I make;
In love with music and dancing;
A strong willed, determined little dude.
You love to dance to The Wiggles, you have 11 teeth (with one more on the way), you love to pat your teddy bear and say “awwwh” and I am fairly certain that you think “woof” is a word and an acceptable response to everything.
You push all my buttons, you warm my heart. I just love you, you are the best.