Chris and I made a decision to not get a van or bigger SUV. Itâ€™s just too much of a financial commitment. We werenâ€™t sure if this was going to work or not, but 3 car seats can fit across the back seat of our compact SUV. Our kids are going to have to deal with not having a lot of personal space.
On another note, my mommy nesting instincts are kicking into high gear. Iâ€™m having trouble slowing my brain down with my â€œget ready for babyâ€ task list swarming in my head. Poor Chris. He was so tired, but I made him set up the car seat late at night cuz I really needed to take one more thing off of my checklist. I have a final paper for seminary class due on Sunday (tomorrow). I have a lot of work to do to finish it, but Iâ€™m having trouble focusing to get it done. Would love your prayers!
We’re going to Williamsburg tomorrow for a week. Chris checked into our flights. We have 5 or so hours going to Atlanta, and then we fly into Richmond. Chris just told me that the flight is completely full. He couldn’t even find 3 seats together for our family. Oh my. This could be quite interesting. We were really hoping for an open seat so that we wouldn’t have to hold Caris in our laps the whole time. Now, we’ll just have to see if we can even sit together so that Chris and I can help each other out during the flight. Hmm, 2 children and 2 adults in a 20 square foot area for 5+ hours. The 1 hour car ride after the flights is starting to sound comfy to me. 🙂
I was driving to a nearby park to take Caleb out to play. I knew Caris was tired. From the driverâ€™s seat, I saw her head slumped forward. I thought she was playing, trying to reach a toy in front of her. Then I stopped at a light, Carisâ€™ head fell back, and I saw that she was asleep. But sheâ€™s so big now, she doesnâ€™t fit easily into her head rest/support. We still used it, though, cuz it looks like sheâ€™s comfy in it. But once she pulls her head out of it, itâ€™s hard for her to fit her head back into it. Mommy has now removed the head rest so Carisâ€™ head can flop anywhere it wants.
The AAP doesn’t recommend TV watching for kids until 5 years of age, but you know what? Those “rules” go out the door when you quickly learn that your son sits still for at least 2 minutes when watching TV… just enough time for mommy or daddy to cut his fingernails and toe nails.
Here’s a picture of Caleb in his forward-facing car seat. He loves the view! His index finger in his mouth has been a nearly permanent fixture for at least a week. This boy is drool city. He has all 8 of his incisors, his 2 top canines, and his four 2-year old molars. His bottom 2 incisors are busting their way through the gums. Caleb nearly has 16 of his 20 baby teeth. Go Caleb!
Here’s a fun video of me kicking my beach ball around.
I love to imitate mommy. She butters her bagel. I try to too.
Hold me, hold me. “Bao-bao”
How much can I stuff into my snack cup?
Where’s Caleb? Here I am!
Caleb has heaps of bumps and bruises. He’s discovered this amazing ability to be able to walk one direction while turning his head and looking another direction. Of course, this leads to trouble. He’s run into so many walls and tables. And he likes to try to walk really fast. His knees and shins look like mommy beats him.
So, last week, Chris tells me his head hurts. Why? He closes my trunk SUV door on his head. What?! How did you do that? I’ve never heard of anybody closing a trunk door on their head. I laughed at him. I’ve had this SUV for 7 years, and I’ve NEVER closed the trunk door on my head. Caleb must have gotten his klutziness from his daddy.
Today, we went to the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey circus in Anaheim. It was Chris’ and Caleb’s first time. Caleb had so much fun, but he didn’t nap long on the way to the circus. And, it lasted much longer than we expected. Caleb was ready for a long afternoon nap. So, we were hurrying at the end to get him home. We removed the stroller from the SUV trunk to make room for a quick diaper change. Chris goes to put Caleb in his car seat. I put the stroller back in the trunk and close the door. I had to lean in cuz the stroller was starting to fall out. Whack (really hard)! Whoa. That’s right. I hit myself. No, not just a little hit. I whacked my face hard. My vision went black for a couple of seconds, but not to worry… I didn’t pass out. I made it back to the passenger front seat. Tears were rolling down my face. It was like some uncontrolled reflex since I hit the bridge of my nose so hard. My forehead, nose, & eyes were throbbing. Chris tells me I’m bleeding across my nose and it’s getting swollen. Then, he says, “See, I’m not the only one who can hit my head.” It hurt my nose so bad to laugh. 6 hours later after lots of ice, it feels much better. Just a dull ache. The cut really isn’t bad at all. I wonder if I’ll get a bad bruise across my face. Poopers, we have a wedding next Sunday. And, we’re supposed to have Caleb’s 1 year old family pictures taken. Oh well. It’s pretty funny now. Watch out for those dangerous SUV trunk doors! I guess Caleb may get my klutziness too. Poor Caleb.