Saturday, March 12, 2011

I can't believe I finally did it....

I really am not sure if I am ready for this, but I did it.  I let John switch Jayden's carseat to face forward.  YIKES!  I know you say wait.. Jayden is like 2 years old, yes he is 2 years, 9 months, 1 week, and 2 days old right now.  And yes he has been rear facing in the carseat since birth.  Well, that is not completely true.  He has been forward facing since about a year and a half in John's car, but he rides in his car barely once or twice a month.  We use my car for just about everything and he has sat rear facing exclusively in my car since birth. 

How did this happen?  Well, Thursday we received an email that the television we ordered was in, so we had to go pick it up.  John drives a Ford focus car so we had to use my Chevy Tracker to pick it up.  But in order to pick it up then we had to put the seats down, which means take the car seat out.  We drove both vehicles up to pick up the television.  When we got back home I told John he can put Jayden's car seat facing forward when he puts it back in.  It was hard to decide, but he is getting close to the weight limit for rear facing. 

I can tell you that it is very weird to have him facing forward.  Jayden can now see everything I am doing.  I have to rethink when to tell him about things to look at.  Jayden loves buses and I always point them out along with fire trucks and police cars. 

When we were getting ready to leave on Friday morning John told Jayden look you get to look the other way in mommy's car now.  He looked at it and said, "no, I look that way."  John said, "no you get to watch the same way as mommy."  He kind of looked at it for a minute and sat down.  I don't think he knew what to think.  When I picked him up at the end of the day he took a second to look at it again.  Jayden put his feet on the back of the two front seats and asked me, "Can I put my feet here?"  I realized that he has never really had his feet dangle down while in the car.  He didn't know what to do with his feet.  I think that it will take a few days at least for the both of us to get used to it. 

Is it weird that I worry if he is safe?  It seems so weird for him to be facing forward and I kind of feel like he is much less safe.  When did you turn your child?  I know that everyone I know has turned their child around at 1 year old.  Are some of you laughing at me for having him rear facing for so long??  I know when I told one of the girls at work she laughted and said, "um Nancy he's like 10!"  LOL!  Anyway, maybe I shouldn't tell all you that are laughing that he is also still in his crib.  Yup!  Not ready to change that yet.  


  1. I think rear facing is a good idea but I still have switched all my kids at just 1 year old. My hubby likes them forward facing and thinks it's silly to have them rear facing for so long, I don't agree but whatever. He is a Paramedic so I do trust his judgment somewhat:)As for the crib, my first 2 had to leave the crib at about 18 mo to make room for the next kid! My 3rd will hang out in his crib until at least 2 1/2, I think they are so much happier in the crib longer!

  2. I think it's wonderful that you rear-faced so long. Until you mentioned him being so close to the weight limit I was like...why'd you turn him? :-P

    My son is coming up on 14 months and we have not turned him. I'm hoping to keep him rear-facing until at least age 3, but he won't be turned until he reaches the (probably heigh) limits of his carseat.

    And if he's still happy in his crib, who cares!? :-) Good for you, mama.

  3. Kudos to you momma!!! I wish I had known more about extended rear facing when my boys were smaller. You better believe my Addie will be rear facing until she reaches her car seat weight limits. It is just safer! Now that he is almost 3, I am sure he will be safe, but I can understand why you would be nervous:) And as for his crib I say take it while you can! LOL! If he isn't climbing out of it then keep him in there! Less you have to worry about!!!

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  5. Awesome!!! We just turned our 2 year old too.

  6. We turned my DD a few weeks before her 4th bday. She's only 37.5 lb now at 6, but we were expecting my son and can't fit 2 RF in my car.

  7. Wow, you go girl! I was the mom who turned my kids as soon as they hit a year old (except for Brooke, who wasnt at the weight limit until she was somewhere around 18 months old)! However, I hadn't heard about extended rear facing until after Erik was far past a year old and already had been faced forward. I'm still not sure what we'll do with Connor. Time will tell, although I'm sure we'll have him rear facing for a while past a year.