I was recently invited to attend a bloggers’ event where a new car seat was being revealed. I collect car seats like it’s nobody’s business, so I was game! I have had almost every brand of car seat with my first child and with #2 sitting in the NICU awaiting discharge, I was ready to learn all about the latest and greatest Graco has to offer.
So I headed to SouthPark to learn about the SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40. What I learned is that this new seat is the only infant car seat that provides rear-facing protection for babies from birth to 2 years old, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The infant car seat grows with babies from four pounds up to forty pounds, so parents can keep their children rear facing longer, while making sure they stay comfortable as they grow.
Kristi Longley is a Smarty Mom extraordinaire. She is a neighbor and friend and has a contagious energy that draws people to her. She will volunteer for just about anything and can organize an event in her sleep. But what I admire most about her is her optimism, and after learning about Kristi’s story, that is no small feat. But like Kristi says, “I love living in Charlotte, love what I do and regardless of the lows, I’m optimistic about life in general.”
You see Kristi met the love of her life Chris Longley in high school and continued to date him while they were both college students at Clemson University. They moved to Charlotte in 2001 and were married in 2003. Unfortunately Chris was diagnosed with Sarcoma in 2002 and lost his battle with cancer in 2006. At the time, their son Connor was just 3 months old. But even when faced with such heartbreak, Kristi didn’t let it break her. She has a strong faith, strong family support and is in an inspiration to anyone trying to do it as a single parent!
Now let me say that for most of my adult life, I have battled my weight. My friends will all balk and say, you’re not fat, but my clothes size is in the double digits and that can cause issues at times. I can’t pull off certain styles, so I dress to flatter my body type and typically I don’t have many complaints.
That being said, there have been two times in my life, where being a busty size 12 doesn’t work and sends me into near hysterics. The first was wedding dress shopping. Whoever decided that sample dresses should be a 4-10 and that would work for the majority of America was smoking something and if I ever meet them, they had better run! But this topic could be an entire blog and I don’t want to get off point. The wedding dress is obviously water under the bridge and my dress is somewhere in the bottom of a landfill somewhere, but now pregnant for the second time I am reminded how much of the fashion industry is built for my petite sized friends and it makes me so mad.
God made the world with towering trees,
Majestic mountains and restless seas.
Then paused and said, “It needs one more thing…
Someone to laugh and dance and sing.
To walk in the wood and gather flowers…
To commune with nature in quiet hours.”
So God made little girls
With laughing eyes and bouncing curls,
With joyful hearts and infectious smiles,
Enchanting ways and feminine wiles.
And when He’d completed the task He’d begun.
He was pleased and proud of the job He’d done.
For the world, when seen through little girl’s eyes
Greatly resembled Paradise.
Having a toddler rocks my world. I thought I had this parenting thing nailed until I learned what a toddler was. Then I realized I had rocked 0-18 months because I had a good kid, not because of anything I did. So now that I am in the throes of two, here are my top 5 tips for disciplining that tiny monster.
1. Threatening vs. Doing – I know I need to remember to follow through with my threats when my daughter is misbehaving, but nothing makes me lose credibility faster than saying you are going to do something and then not doing it. And since my friends are insisting that three is so much harder than two, I had better set in motion now the idea that I mean business and follow through on things I say.