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Baby on Board

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Mmm mmmm mmmm mmmmSo Hank is now over 20 pounds, 30 inches long and too big for his infant car seat. Kind souls lent us two bigger car seats (an Even-Flo obviously named after the Pearl Jam song and a Britax, thank you very very much) and so we installed ‘em in our cars.

The question is, can he be forward-facing or not?

The rulebooks say that if the kid is over 20 pounds, he’s OK for forward-facing, but some spoil-sports like the American Academy of Pediatrics say the kid has to be a year old and 20-22 pounds. The freaks in Sweden often keep their kids rear-facing until 3 or 4 years of age.

As it is now, with Hank rear-facing, his feet are all jammed against the backseat and it just doesn’t seem to be a good fit.

Any advice? Can his little neck take my horrible driving if he is facing forward? Or should I get one of those little “Baby on Board” signs and let that solve all of my problems?

UPDATE – See, this is what I love about the innerwebs: I have a question and expert parents answer it with facts and personal experience.

We now have two car seats that are rear-facing and have them adjusted so that the kid doesn’t look like a contortionist in a wicker basket. We will leave him rear-facing until he is at least 1, and maybe beyond. Thanks guys.

- Zac

Nanny of the Year

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

From the LA Times:

LAPD officials said today reports that a man was roaming around an Encino park asking to purchase babies from nannies was a hoax.

Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Lt. Paul Vernon said that the nanny who originally told police about the man admitted she made the story up in hopes she would no longer have to go to the park with the baby she cared for.

Wait a second. If that was a hoax, then who the hell did I sell my baby to?!

– Matt

Stick with me here…

Saturday, April 21st, 2007

So check out this photo: What do you see?

Not what you think

You see a couple doing the freaky-deaky, right?

…research has shown that young children can’t identify the intimate couple because they don’t have prior memory associated with such a scene.

What they WILL see is the nine dolphins in the picture!

If it’s hard for you to find the dolphins, look at the space between her right arm and her head, the tail is on her neck, follow it up. Look at her left hip, follow the shaded part down, another one, and on his shoulder.

Crazy.

- Zac

Parents of the Year: Celebrity Edition

Friday, April 20th, 2007

In case you haven’t heard it yet, here’s Alec Baldwin leaving his 11-year-old daughter a colorful voicemail:

In Baldwin’s defense, my kid’s only 10-months-old, and I’ve already called him a thoughtless little pig at least a dozen times.

[Via TMZ]

– Matt

7 WHOLE hours?

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

I just read in Parenting Magazine (tagline: “What Matters to Moms”) that modern Dads now spend up to 7 hours a week caring for their children, a statistic which is up dramatically from 1987 when the magazine started.

So let me get this straight: Out of the 112 waking hours in a week, most Dads spend 7 of those hours taking care of their kid(s)?

I spent more than 7 hours today taking care of my kid, and it’s only 3 in the afternoon.

C’mon Dads, get to work.

- Zac

Supply & Demand

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

Funny shirts from Milkdudz that say “Supply” and “Demand” on them.
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(Note: I am only kinda posting this picture because it has boobs in it.)

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- Zac

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