Emberlyn turned twenty months today.
Excuse me while grieve: IN FOUR MONTHS MY BABY WILL BE TWO. TWO. TWO YEARS OLD. SHE WILL BE TWO WHOLE YEARS OLD.
Okay. Gonna take a second to focus on everything that’s changed in the past month, and also things that continue to further develop:
- It’s finally warm enough to go outside (though it’s not supposed to last). One of our neighbors has these lion statues outside their front door. Em stops on the sidewalk and viciously roars at them.
- She’s going to be a girly girl, I’m calling it now. She loves dressing up, watching others try on clothes, she puts on makeup and looks in the mirror and says, “Oooo!”
- Em has developed this new habit of drinking out of a cup. Just a plain old cup. Not a sippy. Pls stop growing omg.
- She helps me clean and cook. I pull up one of our dining room chairs next to me and she climbs up and helps out. Another thing I can’t handle, she’s getting so big.
- Playing pretend is a favorite past time of hers, whether it is cooking in her pretend kitchen, playing with her cars and trains, with her babies, or shopping cart.
- Coloring/drawing is another favorite. Don’t let her near paper with a pencil/pen or it will be scribbled upon. And stickers. Don’t let her around stickers. She will peel every one off and stick them all over both of you.
- She thinks tooting and burping is hilarious. You’re killing me, kid.
- She loves musicals. She loves music in general, but watching actors perform and sing on stage… She’s incredible. She dances and sings with them. She’s learned some of the moves in her favorites. Honestly the only television I’m alright with her watching for I believe music encourages expansion of the mind. Okay.
- "Boobs" and going outside are tied (I believe) for Em’s most favorite thing in the entire universe.
- She can sign several words, but cannot say much at all. I’m not worried, she’s more than ahead in every other developmental aspect. It’s like she knows she doesn’t need to speak, so she won’t. Stubborn little silly butt.
That’s it for now, peace out girl (or boy) scout.
just saw a guy wearing a nirvana t-shirt lmfao i bet cant even name three noble truths of buddhism
(Source: wars3, via sunflower-mama)
Rear Facing Myths | CarSeat.se
There are quite a few reasons why people don’t keep children rear facing longer. Many parents don’t know how much safer it is but some also rely on myths to turn their child forward facing. A few of the common ones:
• My child’s legs are touching the vehicle seat which is dangerous:Research has show this is not the case. It’s not dangerous to have long legs or let them hang over the edge of the seat. Forward facing children not exempt from lower extremity injuries either. “The lower extremity is among the most frequently injured body regions for children restrained by forward facing child restraint systems (FFCRS), accounting for 28% of their clinically significant injuries, defined as AIS 2 and greater injuries excluding concussions.”.
• All rear facing get car sick: Not true. There are cases with children getting car sick while rear facing but it’s extremely rare.
• My child can’t see out the window while rear facing: Children who have switched from an infant seat can see out the window just fine while rear facing
• Children hate to sit rear facing: Not true. A child who has been sitting forward facing for years and is then turned back around might complain. A child who has been sitting rear facing since the beginning rarely complain.
• I have to turn my child forward facing at 12 months, it’s the law: There are laws saying how long parents must keep children rear facing but none which regulate forward facing. A child should sit rear facing for as long as possible. Those are guidelines which more countries are starting to follow.
• My 14 month old has a strong neck, I can turn her forward facing: Not a good idea. A rear facing child is 500% safer than forward facing. It may seem like the neck is strong but a collision with a child who is forward facing puts tremendous force on the child’s head, neck and spine.
• My seat says I can forward face at 20 lbs. so that’s what I’m going to do: Not a good idea. Research has shown it’s far safer to stay rear facing. Difference in safety are largest during the first 24 months.
• Rear facing children are at increased risk for collision from the rear: Research has shown this is not the case. Collisions from the rear are rare, roughly 5% of accidents, and usually also less severe than frontal impacts. The guideline is that rear facing children are as safe or safer in collisions from the rear.
• Rear facing is a new thing with research just now becoming available: Not true. Sweden have been rear facing children since 1965 and the huge benefits were known early on.
• Rear facing is uncomfortable for my child: Older rear facing children often sit with bent legs which is not uncomfortable. Notice how children sit when they play, almost never with legs straight out. It’s very rare hearing a child complain about leg problems while rear facing.
CAR SEAT SAFETY IS NOT A PERSONAL CHOICE, IT IS A SAFETY CONCERN FOR YOUR CHILD.
I’ve been really down in the dumps lately.
Work just hired in a new full-time and a part-time employee. Before that, they hired in a part-time and three contingent employees. There were, I believe, 5 people on medical leave and they’re all coming back.
Everyone is panicking about their hours being cut, and taking my eight hour shifts. I’m contingent, and they’re all part-time, so I have no say. Now I’m left with the four and five hour shifts.
And it’s so shitty. I only work two days a week, Saturday and Sundays, all I can afford to work, so it is literally cutting my hours in half. I’m so thankful I offered to work a double back in the holidays, otherwise my bank account would be near empty.
I’m so sad. I have bills to pay, a child to feed, and now I’m not going to be able to do either. I was finally making (hardly) more money than I was spending, and was looking into getting a used SUV, maybe even looking into getting a one-bedroom apartment.
And now, I can’t. I have to apply for food stamps, because I buy healthy food, whether it is on sale or not, and it costs me loads of money. Plus my mom won’t buy anything unless it’s on sale, so my family will eat some of the food I buy (luckily none of them eat very healthy, so it’s not much).
Because of all this taking such a toll on me, I’m not doing as well in school as I’d like to. I’m twice as stressed.
I’m just miserable.
don’t insult your kids, it’s damaging and ruins their self esteem
don’t insult your kids, it’s damaging and ruins their self esteem
don’t insult your kids, it’s damaging and ruins their self esteem and makes you a shitty person
I’m a gentle fragile forest creature so don’t ever yell at me you fucking fuck or I’ll eat you.