Whewh! I have lots to talk about today. I will go ahead and tell you that this is going to be a LONG post.
First, car seats. Specifically convertible car seats. So, as you all know, up until about a week ago we were still using Morgan Kate's infant carrier. However, we decided it was time for a change. MK was beginning to scream each time we put her in the car seat and there just wasn't enough room. We purchased this car seat.
I was so excited because she seemed to really like it and I was dreaming of the day when she would finally be forward facing. I thought this would happen fairly soon. Like as soon as she gained three pounds. However, after doing some research and reading everyone's comments I realize that maybe that won't be happening anytime. We may actually have another year of rear facing. Matter of fact, according to one article I read (click on link above) if you have already turned your child forward and they are not two years of age, then you need to turn them back around to rear facing. Oh my! Of course I will do whatever needs to be done to ensure that Morgan Kate is safe, but I was so looking forward to turning her car seat around. Oh well.
I know many parents right now that are about to purchase a new car seat and I also know they would love any advice or help on making this decision. If you have recently purchased one or if you just love one in particular will you leave the name of the car seat, why you like it and where you purchased it in the comments section of this post. I will say that we love our new seat. It's really comfy, great neutral colors, converts to a forward facing seat and then a booster and Morgan Kate seems to really like it. However, it is really large and probably wouldn't fit well in a smaller car. It's also more difficult to move from car to car.
On to the second item of discussion.
We had our second speech session today and it was great. I love speech and I love our SLPs (speech language pathologists)! Not only is Morgan Kate learning so much, but I am as well. Today we worked some with the cup. Our SLP showed us three different cups and they are fabulous. Matter of fact, after seeing these cups today and using them I have a whole new thinking about sippy cups. I think sippy cups are silly. Just my opinion. And that opinion could change next week. I also probably feel that way because they aren't working for us.
The first cup we tried was the "Honey Bear Cup". It is shaped just like a honey bear and has a straw. The straw is adjustable, meaning you can make it longer or shorter. Anyway, this was my favorite cup because it worked so well and because it works in two different ways. The child can suck on the straw just like any other straw or the parent can press the honey bear and liquid will come out of the straw into the child's mouth. The sucking on the straw concept won't work for MK right now because she doesn't know how to suck on a straw. However, she loves for you to press the bear and drink that way. Yes, it requires more work on my part, but it's okay - she's actually drinking from something other than her bottle. Oh, and she was super excited and motivated!
I also loved the "recessed lid" cup. It's a cup that has handles and different lids. The lids have different size holes - smaller for slow flow, larger for faster flow. Anyway, you attach the lids which are recessed and the child drinks from this cup much like a regular cup - so it makes for a great transition. Morgan Kate and I both loved this cup. It was a bit messier, but again, it worked. She was drinking from it and didn't have to try so hard.
The third cup was called the "Nosey Cup". It is shaped much like a regular drinking cup, but has a part cut out for your nose. Basically the child can use this cup without tilting their head back. It's designed for children that are a little bit older and more comfortable drinking. It looked really neat and I am sure it would also work, but we didn't try it today.
The two cups we did try worked really well and we were both super excited. Of course you can't buy them at Wal-Mart or Target, but you can order them online. So, I will be doing that a little later tonight. If you are interested in the links for them just let me know.
And on to the last topic. Sorry for such a long post. So much to say and if I don't say it now I just may forget. Ha!
Morgan Kate is going to be a bumblebee for Halloween. She needs a tutu for her costume and I wanted to try and make one rather than buying one. I went to Wal-Mart looking for black tule, but only found pink. I decided to go ahead and purchase the pink just to test my skills. If it worked then I would look for black. Well, it worked and I loved it. I am not a "fru-fru" person at all (remember I wasn't even sure I liked bows), but I just think these little tutus are too cute. After I put the tutu on I realized she needed something on her head. Again, I'm not a "fru-fru" person, but I grabbed some extra tule off the spool, tied it around her head and it worked. Here are some pics from our photo shoot today.