The thing that really bugs me about this whole rain/snow/sun/hot/cold weather extravaganza we’re having is that we still have three car seats in our car.
That means three five-point harnesses to untangle, struggle to wrap around flailing kid limbs, snap together, and re-snap after complaining and crying. Every time we get in the car.
Add to that the seat belt adjustment step, to accomodate the day’s selection of coat and outdoor-pant combination, and it’s just too much. I know, it seems like one small extra step, but when you multiply it by three, and throw in belts that have been twisted beyond all movement over the winter months, and you have the strap that broke the Mommy’s back.
The law says we can’t move our kids into booster seats until they are 40 pounds, regardless of height or age. At this rate, we’ll still have three car seats when our kids are in their teens.
The Captain, at age 6, is still holding at 36 pounds, despite recent efforts to get him to eat french fries at every opportunity. He’s already too tall for a standard car seat, and now he’s pushing the height limit on the special extra-large-size five-point-harness seat we had to buy him last year (at a cost of approximately his entire university education). By next winter, there is no possible way we will be able to buckle him in with a coat and snowpants on, so it’s BOOSTER OR BUST for him come November.
The Gal, at age 4 1/2 — the age that the government suggests “most children” will have moved to a booster — is still the smallest in her class and only weighs 30 pounds. If she continues on her current growth curve, she might make 40 pounds just in time to hit the age 8 limit, when it’s no longer legally required to have your kid in a seat of any kind.
And Little Miss Sunshine, who we sometimes refer to our “bruiser” because she’s the biggest of our kids, weighs in at 22 pounds at age 21 months. If we were following the law to the letter (AND OF COURSE WE WERE, OFFICER), we’d only just now be turning her around to be forward facing. Which we totally just did YESTERDAY, OFFICER. We’re really hoping she’s into a booster by age 6 — fingers crossed!
Sigh. Yet another reason to hate the snow on the ground (grrrr) and the more snow we’ll be getting today and later this week (GRRRRR). What the hell happened to Spring?