Monday, September 27, 2010

Carefree Motoring

I've waited almost 19 years for this moment.  More precisely, 18 years, 10 months, and, oh, a couple of days.  You see, our family has reached a special milestone...

No one needs help getting buckled into the car.

Ah, freedom!  No more must I stick my butt out in the rain as I struggle with a car seat strap; no longer am I pinching my fingers between 2 unforgiving car seats while feeling around for a concealed seatbelt.  Instead, like any dependent-free chick half my age, I can toss my purse in the car, climb into the driver's seat, and GO.  Like the wind, baby!


That is, if the wind has a row of self-buckled children sitting behind it, arguing over who gets to eat the loose Smarties someone scavenged off the floor of the car...

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15 comments:

  1. I'm there now too, but I fear I've timed my situation all wrong. My oldest is almost 26 and just got married -- which means soon enough I'll be a grandma struggling with some darned newfangled car seat, won't I? (I hope.) (True story.)

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  2. I can't even begin to tell you how jealous I am.
    Max still has to gain a good 7 pounds before he can ride in a booster seat and use a regular seat belt.
    I do make his siblings buckle him in whenever possible, unfortunately, it's not always possible.

    Congratulations to you and your new care free life!

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  3. I remember clearly the first day in 10 years I left home without a diaper bag.

    Seat belt Day was a close second. Congratulations...I think.

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  4. Oh, the freedom!

    It truly is a joy to just be able to say, "Kennel up, boys!" (That really is what we say to them.)

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  5. LOoooove it! Unhappily, I live in Alaska which requires car seats until the age of 8. I've got one. more. year. *sigh* (Although, all told, still a few years short of your grand total.)

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  6. CONGRATS!! I remember that day in my own life. :)

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  7. Our arguments go between the two olders...who is going to ride in the front seat.
    And although I am nervous about first kiddo learning to drive, sometimes I CANNOT wait not to be the continual taxi...

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  8. I'll get to that point eventually? We still have 4 in carseats, as VA requires booster seats until age 8. Is that in a booster seat all the way through 8 yrs old, or the day they turn 8 they can ride in a regular seatbelt? I'm sure we'll find out eventually...

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  9. Congratulations! That is an amazing accomplishment!! Mine are all able to buckle themselves into their carseats, but two can't unbuckle by themselves... halfway there!

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  10. Isn't that a magical day? It's still not in sight yet for us, for the Baby is a frail thing and needs to be buckled in. By her DAD. I'm not her servant.

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  11. Oh the thrill of no-fuss car loading! Congratulations on reaching this milestone in their development!

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