Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Stupid Idea, Genius Boy!

Daddy, the wonderful man that he is- and I say that sarcastically(today anyway)- has decided to move Little Man's car seat from where I put it behind the passenger seat, to behind the driver's seat. Now, he did this with good intentions, I know. Here is his explanation: "It would be easier for you, since I'm usually the one driving, you can reach back to him if he needs anything. When he is behind you it's not safe for you to turn your whole body around to attend to him if the car is moving."
Seriously, that is a good point. Honestly.
BUT!
When I am alone in the car with him, I like to be able to know that I can turn slightly and see him, or attend to him, which is easier if he's behind the passenger seat. And anyone with children in these car seats knows what a pain in the ass it is to move them around everytime you get in the car. Especially if you're already running late (I always am) and Daddy's papers are scattered in the backseat and you would rather just throw them out than move them over.
Case in point: The other night Little Man was constipated. I had taken Daddy to a friends house who needed help with his car, and I started to drive to my mother's house, a town away. The boy was still behind the passenger seat and I was at least able to reach back and pat his leg and hold his hand (not the safest way to drive, I know, but if you could hear the way the poor boy was crying...) while I got to my mother's house and stuffed him with prunes. Last night my mother needed me to bring her something and I packed the boy up (car seat behind driver's side this time) and headed to her house. He apparently is familiar with Murphy's Law, and starts crying. But he is behind me, and there is no way in hell I could reach back to comfort him, or give him his sippy or pacifier. I was trying to soothe him with words, that went across well, he started kicking my seat and screaming at me. The radio isn't working in my car, so there went the idea of music. He stopped before I got to my mother's, but still. The damn car seat is going back behind the passenger seat before I pick him up from the babysitter TODAY.

4 comments:

supermom said...

I know what you mean. Little One's Dad uses my minivan and he never puts anything back the way I WANT IT!!!

Why oh why, would that man want to make my crazy, insane life even more difficult? I think he likes when I flip out...

Just wanted you to know, I feel your pain!!!!!!!!!

Diana said...

They don't understand our OCD tendencies...
Can I add that the car seat is back behind the passenger side?
Victory!

JayMonster said...

When we had those dasterdly seats, we had her placed IN THE MIDDLE. This way 1. It is simpler from BOTH sides, and 2. In the case of an accident, the child is not up against a door.

Diana said...

I have a four passenger car- you know the old ones that didn't put seatbelts in the center. So my only choices are behind the driver or passenger...if I had a choice I would have a better car to be able to put him in the center...