Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Cars.com. I was compensated for writing this post, though car seat safety is something that everyone who has a little one needs to take into consideration.
Back in July of 2013, I found myself going from car dealership to car dealership with my mom in search for a new car. The transmission on my old car had gone out and living in a small town with no public transportation, I needed a car in order to get to and from work. This was to be my first real purchase as an adult and I knew that I needed to make a good, well-informed decision because I would hopefully be driving this car far into the future.
I wanted a car that was reliable and that I would feel safe in. Even though children weren’t on the horizon at that moment, I remember saying to my mom that my car needed to be two doors so that I would be able to maneuver a child and the car seat easily. I needed a car that could grow with me as my life continued to grow in different ways.
Fast forward to now. I’m 34 weeks pregnant with my first child with that same car. Even though we’ve chosen our car seat, we have not yet installed it. I know that time is running out. But installing a car seat may be one of the most important things that you have to do when you are having a baby and I want to make sure that I do it correctly. According to facts presented on the CDC website regarding child passenger safety, car seat use reduces the risk for death to infants (aged <1 year) by 71%; and to toddlers (aged 1–4 years) by 54% in passenger vehicles.
We ended up going with the Graco 4ever All-in One Convertible Car Seat because Robb and I wanted a car seat that could grow as our child grows. Cars.com is a great resource on car seat safety and actually goes through many models of vehicles and tests the user-friendliness of installing car seats. They start each Car Seat Check by investigating the car’s Latch system, which is supposed to make it easier to correctly install car seats and then test how each vehicle handles the various sizes of child-safety seats in terms of both space and installation.
They also answered one of my biggest questions – Why Do Car Seats Expire?
Robb and I are making it a priority this upcoming weekend to go ahead and install our car seat into my car. Lil Bean could come at any time and I want to make sure that we are as ready as possible for his arrival. I don’t want us to rush around when it’s time and risk doing something haphazardly.
Eep! 33 Weeks!
I had my 32 week check up last week. My blood pressure measured great, my weight was good (I gained 3 pounds since my last appointment), Lil Bean’s heart-rate was nice and strong, and I’m actually measuring at 33 weeks. Lil Bean seems to be positioned right where he needs to be (for now) which means that what Robb and I have been feeling is likely to have been his butt or thigh. We had been thinking it was his head.
Everything has been going well. There has been some stiffness/aching around my pubic bone but that doesn’t seem to be out of the ordinary. It’s only when I do certain things – stand after sitting in one spot too long, step out of the shower, put on pants, etc. It’s not all the time thankfully. Apparently it’s due to a hormone (called relaxin) causing my pubic bone to loosen to make birth easier.
I thought that I might have been catching a cold – especially with the weather in North Carolina finally turning more fall-like last week – but after my appointment, I seemed to have perked up and feel so much better. Maybe it was just the blahs.
I did have an incident last week where something didn’t sit well with my stomach and I threw up (first time since my first trimester) but I wonder if that had more to do with the mixture of ingredients I ingested (stir-fry and a Yoohoo) and less with my actual pregnancy. I’m starting to master the art of sleeping while sitting up. Sometimes my heartburn is so bad that nothing will help it so I’ve started building myself a little nest of pillows on the couch. It allows me to still remain upright but to lean to my left enough that the back of the couch supports me and I can sleep. It’s pretty comfortable actually.
I spent this past weekend up at the Trav-L-Park Campground in Virginia Beach. My family goes up there on a regular basis but October is really a BIG month up there. My uncle goes all out decorating his campsite. It’s actually pretty neat because the campground has a lot of activities that goes on – such as hayrides, trick-or-treating, etc. I’m excited about taking Lil Bean next year, even if I don’t spend the night because of the dogs.
One of the biggest perks about going to the campground is the food! My mom fixes an amazing clam chowder, so I ate several bowls of it. Lil Bean seemed to enjoy it as well!
I also made it a point to go sit down with our Human Resources department this week to discuss my options for maternity leave. Even though I know that it is very, VERY likely that our plan will change (we based it on Lil Bean arriving right on schedule), it was nice to be able to have at least somewhat of an idea of how my time will work out and when I should plan on returning back to work. I want to make the most of my time with Lil Bean that I can and am planning on taking the full 12 weeks of leave that the FMLA allows (even though about half would be unpaid as I will quickly go through any time I have accumulated).
33 Weeks and 4 days!