As adults we pretty much have grown into whatever size we are going to be. Except when we enjoy a few too many desserts or skip a few too many visits to the gym or runs, we are pretty constant with our sizes. Not so much with our children. Our little guy was not so little when he introduced himself to the world, at 9 pounds 6 ounces and a whopping 20 and a half inches. He did not fit into some of the very nice outfits that were given to us through showers or other means.
That trend has not stopped, he continues to grow like a weed. New Mom carefully folds and puts these outgrown clothes into storage containers that are stored away for the chance that a little brother may someday be there to wear them. And our little guy is fortunate in he has a male cousin just a few months older than him, so we are often blessed with clothes.
Clothes are one thing, and there have been times where I can only recall him getting to wear some things a couple of times before it is time to put them in the storage container. His gear is another thing all together. and by gear I mean bouncers, swings and car seats. We recently had to move him from his first car seat to a stage two (convertible) seat.
After a bit of research and reading of reviews online, we found a seat we both liked. He was ready, as he was outgrowing the car seat he has used since the day we brought him home from the hospital. It was the carrier that came with the travel system we received as a shower gift (stroller, car seat and base). It has been getting harder and harder for New Mom as he gets heavier that seat is harder to cart around. This new seat is really nice and he seems to like it just fine. it is MUCH BIGGER than the first seat. it gives him plenty of protection. the one big drawback is the same many parents can relate to, is if he falls asleep in the car (and most children his age do) you have to take him out of the seat to bring him into the house. I laugh as I write this, remembering the first time we drug him out hen he had fallen asleep and he was super groggy and still very tired. The look on his face was priceless. but he just put his head down on New Mom’s shoulder and was out again in a flash.
As I was removing the old seat and putting the new seat in, I couldn’t help but stop and relive those moments. The day we put him in it for the very first time, the first time I put him in my car, without the base. How much lighter it was when we first had it and how heavy it has gotten over this first year.
I suppose at the end of the day, New Dad can be a big softie.