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Old 08-13-2018, 03:22 PM   #4826
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Did you switching around 1 year old guys go right from the infant carrier to a front facing seat? Or did you all birth monster babies?
We went from Graco SnugRide 35 infant seats to the Graco Extend2Fit. Can't remember at what age we switched. They stayed rear-facing for about a year, switched them right around 2 years old. My wife was super on board with keeping them rear-facing for as long as possible, but seeing them jammed into the seats with their monster torsos/legs changed her mind.
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Old 08-13-2018, 03:42 PM   #4827
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Terrible driver checking in. We moved kids front facing all before 2. Even worse, we used hand me down carseats for a while.


But rear facing is just one battle. Then it's how long to stay harnessed, then how long to use a full booster, then rear booster.

Right now our son is taking issue with my size-based approach to graduating to booster.

He doesn't understand why he's not following the same timeline as our oldest (who regularly got asked if she was 2-3 years older than she actually is) whereas he is always getting asked if he is a twin to his two year younger sister.
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Old 08-13-2018, 03:58 PM   #4828
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To make us all feel better, at my son's old daycare (in a fairly nice neighborhood) one family would put their 4 kids into the back of a chevy cavalier. The oldest kid was about 4. 3 kids had some kind of vest thing that hooked to the seatbelt somehow. The baby was in a car seat.

That's one baby seat and THREE kids in the back of a 1990s cavalier COUPE.

They eventually got a used minivan. They were weird people. They must have paid $4800/month in daycare with 4 kids. Why one of the parents didn't quit work is beyond me.
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Old 08-13-2018, 04:18 PM   #4829
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Terrible driver checking in. We moved kids front facing all before 2. Even worse, we used hand me down carseats for a while.
Post reported to CPS, scumbag.
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Old 08-13-2018, 04:50 PM   #4830
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To each their own. No one is criticizing anyone for not rear facing.

As long as the impact is only to yourself then feel comfortable with whatever you prefer.

http://thecarseatlady.com/5-times-safer/
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Old 08-13-2018, 04:59 PM   #4831
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I've never really had the chance to say what I've been going through because everything happened so fast. The past 5 months have been a whirlwind and things are finally starting to settle down. My 3 year old son Justin was having stomach pain and he had a fever. Usually this guy is 100mph all day every day, so when he says something is wrong I listen. I took him to his Pediatrician and she immediately suggested he had appendicitis and needs to be taken to the children's hospital. We go over there and they run a slew of tests.... ultrasound, xrays, MRI. Everything came back negative. They said maybe it's his kidneys. Again, negative. Then the bloodwork came back and they told me he had a blood disorder and needed to be admitted. I slept in the hospital with him of course and in the morning I met with a team of doctors. I was told something I never thought I would hear. "Your son has Leukemia."
If you can imagine I was devastated. All of these things run through your head, what caused this? why him? Will he survive? Of course I've never had a reason to research Leukemia so I had no clue what to expect. All I could see was my son in a hospital bed. They kept him sedated with morphine to ease the pain. We were in the hospital for the better part of week. I stayed with him every night. Initially we were in ICU for 3 days but he was moved to a regular room after that and discharged on the 6th day. It's been medications, chemotherapy and support groups ever since. Fast forward to today August 13th, Justin is in remission and doing fine. He's such an amazing kid. He hasn't suffered from any of the common symptoms of chemo. No hair loss, no weight loss, no nerve damage, and no fatigue. I don't think words can describe how I feel about him and what he's had to go through at 3.
Damn man, prayers to you and your son. Sounds like he is a trooper. I will be thinking positive thoughts.
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Old 08-13-2018, 05:22 PM   #4832
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^ yes, that would for sure be a frightening experience!

Turn around time? I think we've done our's around 2. not sure why, i think just because they were crabby sob's we just gave in. Diana will be 2 nov. 15 . she's still fitting pretty rear facing so maybe we'll wait til after 2/
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Old 08-19-2018, 07:09 PM   #4833
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Well....now I feel like an *******. I came here to ask how single parents manage to balance work/life while raising 3 kids (2 that are under 2 yrs old) and how to find reliable and not ****ing drug head daycare/nannies. But damn dude (SupaJus) I feel for you.

I used to think I had it hard, as my son has Downs and spent his first 5 weeks in the NIC-U, but after being a parent for a few years, I find it emotionally difficult to be away from them for any extended periods of time (the Army will do that do you.) Then if I were to find out that he, or any of my children had a serious medical condition....well ****....I don't know how I would handle it.

I agree with BCBlues, it sounds like your tyke is a Trooper...but don't sell yourself short. It sounds like you're a Trooper too. Stay strong brother.
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Old 08-19-2018, 07:17 PM   #4834
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urhh - please don't. Just because someone else has it much tougher than you, doesn't mean that you should not ask for help or feel not great when you don't.

I honestly am not sure what I'd do in your situation either - it's tough enough raising Aarash in a city as a pseudo single parent.
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Old 08-19-2018, 07:22 PM   #4835
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urhh - please don't. Just because someone else has it much tougher than you, doesn't mean that you should not ask for help or feel not great when you don't.

I honestly am not sure what I'd do in your situation either - it's tough enough raising Aarash in a city as a pseudo single parent.
I appreciate the support. It sucks being in a new city, multiple states away from your known support structure and having to get everything done in days, not weeks.

So, I just moved to Wichita yesterday. (Not an exaggeration) and start school tomorrow. (Also not an exaggeration).

Our original plan of, "I'll head to school, settle there and then take the kids in a semester" turned into, "Oh ****! We have to get everything done in days!"

Now that I'm here and found a home, how do I find suitable daycare and reliable nanny/babysitter care for those times daycare/school is closed?

I have a: 1 yr old girl, 2 year old son and 7 yr old son.
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Old 08-20-2018, 12:41 PM   #4836
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I appreciate the support. It sucks being in a new city, multiple states away from your known support structure and having to get everything done in days, not weeks.

So, I just moved to Wichita yesterday. (Not an exaggeration) and start school tomorrow. (Also not an exaggeration).

Our original plan of, "I'll head to school, settle there and then take the kids in a semester" turned into, "Oh ****! We have to get everything done in days!"

Now that I'm here and found a home, how do I find suitable daycare and reliable nanny/babysitter care for those times daycare/school is closed?

I have a: 1 yr old girl, 2 year old son and 7 yr old son.
Talk to the daycare/school. A lot of times the teachers/care-givers have a stash of reliable sitters or they ARE sitters when the school/daycare is closed. My kid's daycare, probably 60% of the staff are sitters when the daycare is closed.
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Old 08-20-2018, 12:56 PM   #4837
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Talk to the daycare/school. A lot of times the teachers/care-givers have a stash of reliable sitters or they ARE sitters when the school/daycare is closed. My kid's daycare, probably 60% of the staff are sitters when the daycare is closed.
Local Karate / Martial Arts places have daycare for kids when school is off (teacher work days for example). There are a few studios in my neighborhood that have stepped and and do aftercare / beforecare for kids. Check it out before you need it, obviously.
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Old 08-20-2018, 01:13 PM   #4838
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They eventually got a used minivan. They were weird people. They must have paid $4800/month in daycare with 4 kids. Why one of the parents didn't quit work is beyond me.
Stay at home and raise 4 kids? Or pay 4,800/m and get to go work and not deal with them 24/7.

Seems like a bargain to me!

I love my daughter, but no way could I do "daddy daycare" and as much as my wife says she wants to as well.. I give her less time to say "F this, you're going to daycare" than I give myself.
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Old 08-20-2018, 01:52 PM   #4839
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My oldest starts kindergarten in a week and I'm already missing her. We've never done daycare for either kids, we just have fun everyday and it'll be sad to be losing one of the group.
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Old 08-20-2018, 02:26 PM   #4840
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Yeah, I can see both sides.. I miss her dearly when she goes back on Mondays. Wife is a "Mrs Hotelpro" so she is usually busy on weekends with work and I have Em all to myself. So we usually have fun together. But obviously there are times I would love to tap out and have mom step in the ring for me..

Emma is 15 months right now. We're in the "Emma, no" phase of life right now. Although I'm trying to not be so "negative". So instead of saying "Emma, no" 300x an hour. I try and explain why you don't play with the toilet water; "this is yucky, we don't play with this water". It usually falls on deaf ears and defiant eyes. She is smart, she knows what "no" means. She just does what she wants anyway.
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Old 08-20-2018, 03:32 PM   #4841
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urhh - please don't. Just because someone else has it much tougher than you, doesn't mean that you should not ask for help or feel not great when you don't.

I honestly am not sure what I'd do in your situation either - it's tough enough raising Aarash in a city as a pseudo single parent.
San Francisco is rough with kids even if you have two fully involved parents.
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Old 08-20-2018, 03:39 PM   #4842
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Aarash is 3, 85%
You people and your tiny kids have it soooooooo easy.

I feel like Dean's somewhat insane growth has slowed down a little since his 4th birthday 6 months ago (where he was actually pulling away significantly from that top 97% percentile line).



We'll see what happens at his 5 year checkup. Right now, he's just under the height of a 50th percentile 7 year old. Oofah.
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Old 08-20-2018, 05:23 PM   #4843
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My oldest starts kindergarten in a week and I'm already missing her. We've never done daycare for either kids, we just have fun everyday and it'll be sad to be losing one of the group.
a few years ago my boy started daycare. well, jumpstart they called it so it was pre-k I guess. picture of him walking up towards the building with his little backpack that was almost bigger than him. a couple tears there- little boy all growing up....little bird was learning to fly.

it gets easier, but still. i have one more that'll soon be off to pre-k activities.
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Yeah, I can see both sides.. I miss her dearly when she goes back on Mondays. Wife is a "Mrs Hotelpro" so she is usually busy on weekends with work and I have Em all to myself. So we usually have fun together. But obviously there are times I would love to tap out and have mom step in the ring for me..

Emma is 15 months right now. We're in the "Emma, no" phase of life right now. Although I'm trying to not be so "negative". So instead of saying "Emma, no" 300x an hour. I try and explain why you don't play with the toilet water; "this is yucky, we don't play with this water". It usually falls on deaf ears and defiant eyes. She is smart, she knows what "no" means. She just does what she wants anyway.
our's in about 18 months and about the same. she just learned lightswitches. on/off/on/off. Diana, no. nooooooooo, no. then she starts a little dance like "this always works"..."diana...there's no lightswitch dance"..why they gotta be so cute?
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our's in about 18 months and about the same. she just learned lightswitches. on/off/on/off. Diana, no. nooooooooo, no. then she starts a little dance like "this always works"..."diana...there's no lightswitch dance"..why they gotta be so cute?

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Old 08-20-2018, 08:36 PM   #4847
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You people and your tiny kids have it soooooooo easy.

I feel like Dean's somewhat insane growth has slowed down a little since his 4th birthday 6 months ago (where he was actually pulling away significantly from that top 97% percentile line).



We'll see what happens at his 5 year checkup. Right now, he's just under the height of a 50th percentile 7 year old. Oofah.
Well, there is a pretty fair chance that Dean will not be 18 feet tall by the time he stops growing....
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In good news Dean could get away with the ridesafer vest.

I wouldn't mind Aarash being slightly taller - he is really putting a toll on my body having to walk bent over or being tugged on all the time.
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Well, there is a pretty fair chance that Dean will not be 18 feet tall by the time he stops growing....
Does that mean there's also a chance he will be, though? HELLO CIRCUS MONEY!

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In good news Dean could get away with the ridesafer vest.
I didn't know those existed. Interesting!
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Old 08-21-2018, 11:24 AM   #4850
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Does that mean there's also a chance he will be, though? HELLO CIRCUS MONEY!


I didn't know those existed. Interesting!
The Ridesafer vest is our over-seas travel car-seat. I really didn't want to haul the kid's 40lbs car-seat to Singapore for the 3-4 times we would be in a cab. We tossed a ride-safer vest into his diaper bag, put it on him when we started flagging down a cab, jumped in, took 5-10 seconds to route the belt through the clips and we were off. Wife and I sat on either side of him so we could make sure he didn't squirm himself sideways or anything, and it was so easy. Not going to use it very often, but we have it for travel.
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