Thursday, February 12, 2009
I bought Emily her second car seat today after finding a great deal on a Britax Marathon. Funny thing is, this is the one that we registered for and now it is on clearance for $179 with free shipping! They are $279 full price.
I am so excited. She won't need to use it for another 6 months, but it is worth taking advantage of a great deal. They are the safest car seats on the market in my opinion.
Also, I will be keeping her rear facing for as long as possible. Babies need to stay rear facing until they are a year old AND 20 lbs, but recent studies and the Amerian Academy of Pediatrics now suggest that keeping them rear facing until they are 2 is even safer.
Here is an insert from the Carseat.org website:
Safety experts and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that children remain
rear facing as long as possible and never travel forward facing before they are one year
old and also weigh at least 20 pounds. This reduces their risk of serious neck or spinal
cord injury and lifelong disability. All new convertible seats available today allow
children to remain rear facing until they weigh 30 pounds or more, depending on the
Babies have heavy heads and fragile necks. In a crash, an infant’s soft spinal column can
stretch, leading to spinal cord damage if he is riding facing forward. The baby could die
or be paralyzed permanently. This is true even for babies who have strong neck muscles
and good head control. The neck bones are flexible, and the ligaments are loose to allow
This video was enough for me.
I cannot belive that my sweet little baby is 1/2 a year old already. Time has gone by so fast. She is such a sweet little girl and both DH and I are so blessed to have her in our lives. I thank God everyday for her. She is precious.
We went to the doctor yesterday. She is a whole 13 lbs 1 1/2 oz and is 26 inches long. She is low in percentiles for both height and weight, but she is gaining steady so the doctor is not worried. When she has parents who were barely on the charts themselves, Emily shouldn't expect to be "normal" according to the charts.
Usually DH takes her to the doctor and this was my first time taking her for a well baby visit. We were both fine until it was time for those shots. The nurse stabbed her little legs so fast, it took Emily 5 seconds to realize that she was in pain! She started screaming and I quickly scooped her up in my arms as soon as the nurse was done. It took her a while to calm down. There was no way she was going into her carseat after that! I had to carry her, the diaper bag and the car seat out to the waiting room. She let me put her in the seat shortly after and we were on our way back home. As soon as we were on the road, she was asleep. She slept for 2 hours!
Emily will be crawling shortly, I am sure. She has learned that rolling can get her places. Last night I put her at one end of the living room and about 15 minutes later, she had made her way t0 the other side of the room! She managed to take her socks off and bring a few toys along with her, dispursing them throughout the room.
I loved staying home with her yesterday. It was fun to be able to play with her and just take it easy mid-week. I wish I could do that everyday. Maybe someday soon.