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Joy in the journey-car seat battles

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I still remember picking out Journey’s car seat from Baby’s R Us before she was born. My wife had done a ton of research and she came to the conclusion the “Chicco Keyfit 30” with the stroller would be the best choice for our family. At the time, my dad had asked me if their was anything he could do to help with the arrival of his grand-daughter. So I told him about wanting to purchase the car seat and stroller, and he gifted us the money for during our baby shower. I was actually afraid of this new piece of equipment. The car seat base is what worried me the most. I was fearful that I would not install it correctly and it wouldn’t work the way it was intended to.
About a month before Journey, was born I went to the local fire department where we were living at the time in Temple, Texas. Most fire stations have at least one firefighter that is trained on how to properly install a car seat. By random chance the day that we went to this particular station there was a local news station there doing a story on car seat safety. The firefighter did a great job on properly teaching me how to install the base of the car seat, and we even made the news in the process. After my wife delivered Journey, the nurses showed me how to secure Journey in her car seat before we left the hospital to start the new chapter in our lives.
My have the car seat experience has progressed. I have seen this little girl sleep hours in her car seat. I have carried my sweet daughter in her car seat from Texas to Oklahoma to Memphis, Tennessee and back. I have installed the base of this car seat in other peoples cars and rental cars, and now I’m at the point were I don’t even give installing it a second thought. There was a time I actually enjoyed running errands while carrying Journey in her car seat; heck I almost treated it as if it were a workout. But now that Journey is 15 months old running errands are harder than ever with my little curious ladybug in tow. It feels like I’m in a car seat battle. Being strapped into a car seat or stroller is the last place Journey wants to be, and she isn’t afraid to give me an earful usually accompanied by an arched back and flailing arms and legs when it’s time to buckle up. According to BabyCenter about 90 percent of all toddlers are walking by now which means Journey would much rather be practicing her footwork than sitting still. For now the car seat and stroller battles will continue, and I will cherish each one knowing that one day she will no longer need them.
Jonathan Oliver is an experienced motivational speaker, life coach, and author. He is the CEO of his company Higher Enlightenment which strives to create a world of truth, love, and faith. He was born and raised in Texas and now lives with his wife and their first child Journey in Owasso, OK. He is a first time stay at home dad. His contact information is onwww.higherenlightenment.comand follow him on facebook


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