Ellie has decided that in lieu of a treehouse or a playhouse, she would like us to build her a research lab.
One of the things they don’t tell you when you have kids is how much of a pain in the ass car seats are. They’re hard to install, hard to uninstall, the straps and buckles constantly have to be adjusted and untwisted, many babies loathe them to the point of screaming, and they take up a ridiculous amount of real estate. I suspect the SUV manufacturers and the car seat manufacturers are in cahoots, but that’s another post.
After Gwen was born, we bought a pre-owned minivan because we couldn’t physically fit our family in a Nissan Sentra with a forward-facing toddler car seat, a rear-facing infant car seat, and a 6’4″ husband. My knees were crushed against the dash, and Tim couldn’t fit in the passenger seat. Bizarre, because a Sentra isn’t even a small car by most standards, but I digress.
In 2011, we said goodbye to what little cool we’d salvaged as new parents in favor of something practical. Admittedly, it was nice to have the extra space when we needed to haul things, and it made longer family road trips comfortable. Our Honda Odyssey served us well for four years.
Until a few weeks ago, when we realized both kids are in booster seats, and we don’t need a minivan! Why don’t they write about this milestone in the baby books?
There’s a new baby in the family, and its car seats come pre-installed:
Our new Honda Fit hatchback fits us comfortably with room to spare, and it’s a hell of a lot more fun to drive.
(I know it’s hopeless, but I like to think I’ve gained a smidge of my cool back, too.)
Me: Do you know who Chewbacca is?
Ellie: Do you know who Chewbacca is?
Me: No, really, I’m curious.
Ellie: No, really, I’m curious.
Me: Ellie…c’mon, remember how we watched Star Wars yesterday?
Ellie: Ellie…c’mon, remember how we watched Star Wars yesterday?
Me: WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES IN ORDER TO FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION ESTABLISH JUSTICE, ENSURE DOMESTIC TRANQUILLITY, PROVIDE FOR THE COMMON DEFENSE, PROMOTE THE GENERAL WELFARE, AND SECURE THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY TO OURSELVES AND OUR POSTERITY…
In other news, I’m finally putting all that fifth-grade memorization to good use!
Ellie, trying to name all 50 states: “Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, uh…Colorado…Divorce…”
- What is something mom always says to you?
- What makes mom happy?
“Coffee.” (Mom’s note: Accurate.)
- What makes mom sad?
“No coffee.” (Mom’s note: Also accurate.)
- How does your mom make you laugh?
- What was your mom like as a child?
“Me & sissy.”
- How old is your mom?
- How tall is your mom?
“18.5 inches long”
- What is her favorite thing to do?
“Play with me.”
- What does your mom do when you’re not around?
- If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
“I don’t know.”
- What is your mom really good at?
- What is your mom not very good at?
- What does your mom do for her job?
“Team chat!” (Mom’s note: Theme Team, you’ve made an impression!)
- What is your mom’s favorite food?
- What makes you proud of your mom?
- If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
“One of those robot thingees from cartoons.”
- What do you and your mom do together?
- How are you and your mom the same?
“We have the same skin.”
- How are you and your mom different?
- Where is your mom’s favorite place to go?
“Hawaii!” (Mom’s note: Highly accurate.)