a long moment of panic

May 20, 2008

My son came into my bathroom this morning as I was brushing my teeth. He climbed up on the scale because two inches makes a big difference in your ability to see the mirror when you’re three. This was my brand new digital, checked it against the others at the store and the gym to see if it’s accurate, scale. I watched as the numbers flashed.


Thirty three?! point two?! He was only 27 lbs at his check-up in December. I knew he’d been gaining weight quickly, but he was only 30.5 lbs last week. This was barely after breakfast. It wasn’t at the end of the day with a full belly and fully clothed like they tell you to weigh your child to determine if he’s outgrown his carseat. He rides rear facing in a Britax Marathon with a 33 lb rf limit.

I looked down again. 33.2. This could not be happening. I’m not ready to turn him forward facing.

I quickly started considering my options. His Scenera has a 35 lb rf limit, but he’s outgrown it by height. The new Marathons rear face to 35 lbs. They really aren’t any different than the one I have, right? Right?! No good? Okay, new seat. If he’s too tall for the Scenera, the Uptown is probably out. I need something taller. Compass True Fit? A Recaro Convertible? Has anyone actually seen a 35 lb Radian and will it even fit in my car? Oh, the Evenflo Triumph Advance! I wouldn’t even have to order that one. Now how am I going to convince my husband that this is necessary?

Just as I started to formulate my plan, he looked up at me and asked, “Mom? are you ready to go to the library yet?” It was then that I realized that he was already wearing his backpack full of books. Three pounds of books, to be exact.

As the feeling of relief washed over me, I felt myself doing a reality check. Even if he had been 33.2 lbs, it wasn’t the end of the world- or even reason to buy a new seat for those next 2 lbs. Yes, rear face to the limits of the seat, but that doesn’t mean buy a new seat each time a limit is reached or something new hits the market. At age three and a half, we’d far exceeded the minimums of 1 year and 20 lbs. I know that rear facing is safer. We’d all be safer that way, but forward facing at his age isn’t necessarily unsafe. I gave him 2.5 years of increased protection. I armed myself with good information and did the best I could with what I had available. As parents, that’s all we can do.


Thank God for car-seat.org

August 2, 2007

classphoto.jpgIf I had never come across car-seat.org, where would I be now? I’ve been a member of the car-seat.org forums for near on a now and the sheer amount of information I’ve received over that time has been invaluable!

I live in New Zealand, a fair while away from the U.S.A and information on CPS here is just IMPOSSIBLE to find, lacking in consistency and not very expansive. Had I not come across car-seat.org there is so much that I wouldn’t have learnt. Everything I learn, I pass on to others in my country via a CPS website I run for other parents here. With this website, I have reached thousands of parents not only in New Zealand but around the world!

Seeing all the information, knowledge and experience that the Child Passenger Safety Technicians and Instructors passed on to people who were in desperate need of information had me in “awe” of all they seemed to know and I really did and still do, look up to the CPST. They inspired me so much so, that I flew 9hours, 4390 miles all the way to Hawaii just to sit the CPS course! It wasn’t cheap (oh BOY wasn’t it!) but it was definitely well worth it and I don’t regret making the sacrifice to come and sit the CPS course. I am now (so far as I know), the only US certified CPST with a current certification in the whole of Australasia (Australia, New Zealand etc).

And what do you know, lady luck was with me as I had to have had what is quite possibly one of the best and most well respected Child Passenger Safety Instructors, Charles Hirata. Chuck was great! Generous, talkative, informative and a great teacher, he made the learning experience easy and enjoyable and is incredibly experienced. He is an asset to not only Maui, where he lives, not only Hawaii, not only to the U.S.A but now his teaching has reached as far as New Zealand.

Thank God for car-seat.org, where would I be without you guys! I thought I would take the time to write this “blog” to let you all know you’re doing a good job!

Thank You!

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