Thursday, February 11, 2010

Car Seat Update

She still hates it.  She still screams until she coughs, chokes, runs out of breath... :(  It is so hard for me to listen to her get so upset, I feel so bad.  I don't know what to do.  I *need to* leave the house at least every other day.  I go a little stir crazy if we stay inside for too long... I didn't leave the house for like three days last week, and it wasn't pretty.  But it's such a mental struggle because, while I feel like I need to leave for my own sanity, I really hate to make her go through the seemingly extreme TORTURE of strapping her in the car seat and driving somewhere.  I feel like I'm being selfish.

Damn this weather - I wish I could just put her in the sling and walk outside.  I would walk everywhere!  Unfortunately I live in a bit of a cultural wasteland (a little too close to suburbia) where the only places that are within walking distance include a liquor store, a bar, and a corner store.  Don't get me wrong, I like having the corner store nearby... very helpful for last minute 'OH CRAP I DON'T HAVE ANY EGGS' emergencies, and I can imagine that we'll walk there with Eliza to get a little treat every once in a while when she's older, but... it's not the same as having a town center nearby - or even just a little area with shops, maybe a coffee shop, a neighborhood cafe... *sigh*.  I'm dreaming.  Living where we live has definitely taught hubby and me what we want out of our next home, where we want to live next.

Anyway, I digress... the car seat.  I guess I just have to accept that I have a baby who dislikes her car seat (unlike EVERY OTHER PARENT I HAVE EVER TALKED TO <-- well, okay, not quite, but still).  I know she has to grow out of this.  She WILL grow out of this.  I'm sure I won't have a 3 year old screaming and crying in the back seat... right?  RIGHT?



Kim D. said...

You have a child that hates to be tied down. The therapist in me is already predicting that she will grow up to be such a free spirt and an amazing artist. And maybe the person who has like 5 different careers in her lifetime. That's awesome :-)

Abby said...

#1. You are not alone (even though it feels like everyone else's kids loved their seats). #2. You will get through this. #3. She will outgrow this (and probably pretty soon). #4. You are not torturing her when you put her in the car seat. You are keeping her safe. You need to go out and *she* needs to go out and be a part of the world. So keep trying, and someday (SOON - fingers-crossed!!) it will get better! Hugs!

B MoM said...

have u tried other carseats? maybe that'll do the trick?

Ash said...

What Abby said! :D

Eliza's Stats

Birth: 8 lbs 5 ozs
Going home: 7 lbs 10 ozs
5 days: 7 lbs 13 ozs
2 months: 12 lbs 6 ozs
4 months: 17 lbs
5 months: 18 lbs 12 ozs
6 months: 20 lbs 13 ozs
9 months: 24 lbs 3 ozs
12 months: 26 lbs 13 ozs
15 months: 28 lbs
18 months: 29 lbs 3 ozs
2 years: 32 lbs
3 years: 34 lbs

Alice's Stats

Birth: 8 lbs 11 oz
2 Months: 13 lbs 10 oz
4 Months: 17 lbs 15 oz
6 Months: 20 lbs 4 oz