Monday, November 24, 2008

The White Flag is Waving!

Photograph taken by Simple Treasures Photography

I have admitted defeat against NaBloPoMo! I gave it all I had, but in between a very active 7 month old, spending quality time with hubs and family, I have to give up :(

I am kind of scatterbrained today, so I thought my post should express that, here are some things:

  • Mr Man is so active I can't even keep track. He crawls and pulls up on everything. Not to mention he is talking and putting everything in his mouth. He is just so fun, but exhausting. Last night I had picked him up so many times (he does weigh 19 lbs) my muscles were burning.

  • Friday we had a great dinner with hubs family. It was his dad's birthday, and we had great conversation, cheap wine, a great dinner and plenty of laughs. So fun!
  • Saturday was another packed day, with my mom getting up to shop at 5:30 AM, then getting breakfast, getting my hair done (it looks totallly FAB!) and having dinner with Hubs parents to end the evening.
  • Sunday was a lazy day of watching football and cleaning.
  • Today, I hope to accomplish more cleaning and baking my pumpkin bread for Thanksgiving gifts for my neighbors.
We also got a bit of a scare on Saturday, when we headed to Babies R Us to grab some odds and ends, when we took a look at the carseats. See, I have been doing research on all the carseats and everyone (I have spoken with) said the Britax was over-rated, and there were always recalls. So I opted to check out the Evenflo's. My hairdresser swares by hers! (and she has 3 kids that have used them - one currently still in it). However, when I started asking the employees about the carseats, they told me the Britax was the best way to go (and of couse they are $329.00 and the Evenflo was only $186.00), so I opted to do a little more research. THEN... the guy tells me that the Chicco carseat I currently have only goes to 20lbs. UM... Mr Mobile is already 19 lbs. So I don't know what to do. I obviously don't have the money for a $329 carseat, not to mention, I don't even know if I want that one.

Then... I realized I have to get a new car to get a new carseat (no I am not kidding.) See, we have a Honda Element that I have been driving. Yes, it fits a lot of stuff, however, the drawback is that it has suicide doors - yes you have to open the front in order for the back to open. Yeah... flipping great for throwing a frisbee through (like they show in the commercial) but really shitty for taking a baby seat (that weighs 25 lbs) in and out of while parked next to a car. Not to mention, the back has stadium seating, which is another great quality when you are all of 5 feet tall. Score! My solution is to park in BFE, next to no cars, all the while praying no one parks next to me, and hoisting my entire body weight to help me move my little man's infant carrier OVER the seat. Phew - my muscles hurt just thinking about it!

Just one more thing to add to my already long list.

Please know that when I say I wouldn't change my life for anything, I truly mean it. But let me tell you, when you have a baby.... GET READY to change everything :D

Anyway, sorry to ramble. Hope you all have a fab Monday! And a thrilling Thanksgiving should I not write again!!

Ciao, Ciao!


Sarah said...

Whewie busy mama! They really did't think of parents when they made your car did they? bummer! Oh and I am parking myself at your blog so I can listen to all of the Christmas music!

The Swallow Family said...

I feel your pain!!! I also drive a Honda Element and now I'm about to have two kids in carseats back there... call me crazy! :)

Jessica said...

yummmm pumpkin bread!

Lindsay said...

Britax are on sale at and not over rated IMO! We have one and did not pay $329.00!
Ugh, all that work in the car would make me car shop :)

HM said...

Oh my gosh he's gorgeous! As for the car seats, it's like anything...there will always be something fancier and better. Honestly as long as it's safe and approved you're probably ok. I think I paid $139 for my sons and it was great and nothing too fancy but comfy.

Katelin said...

aw that picture is adorable, he is just getting so big.

Sweetassbabs said...

Wow that is just crazy about the car and the carseat. I have a chicco too. Mine is rated for 30lbs. I would also get the britax they are the best and I am sure they are worth it. I know that is what I will be getting. I currently have hand me downs that I found out that I can not use cause they are all unsafe now. Bummer. Well I hope you can take a breath and relax soon but being the holidays I know that will probably not happen. Lots of love. Babs

Lisa said...

Just bought Emma's Britax at for 249 (that includes tax and shipping!)... I also bought Grace's there 2 years ago. I couldn't be happier!

Good luck. Watch for the sales.

Kelli said...

Ahhh! My baby is only 3 months old and I ALREADY feel overwhelmed... life is for sure different with a baby around... I'm going to delay crawling at all costs! haha!

And that picture is Darling!!!