Big Girl

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Over the weekend, we transitioned Nora to her "big girl" car seat.

For the last several weeks, it has become increasingly difficult to lug her infant seat around. Although her pediatrician originally estimated that Nora would hit 17 lbs. around 12 months, I think she's probably already 16+ lbs. now, so apparently she has been doing some catching up lately! We'll find out for sure at her 9-month appointment on Monday.

Regardless, she's big enough now that she likes to be out of the seat when we're out running errands. So, we've been removing her from the car seat and leaving it in the car for a while now, which gets complicated when you only have one car seat and two bases. To resolve this, we decided to take the plunge and buy one of her convertible car seats now.

Doesn't she look like such a big girl now? :( Funny how that happens, even though she technically appears smaller relative to the size of the seat!

I posted a while ago asking for recommendations, and after doing some more research and taking Nora to the store to actually place her in the seats, we decided to go with the Britax Marathon 70. We were originally considering the Roundabout, but felt that the Marathon was a bit more padded and "safe" looking. Plus, we really like that the shoulder straps are adjustable without needing to re-thread them.

We installed the Marathon in my car on Saturday morning, and Michael is keeping the infant seat in his car for now. Assuming we continue liking the Marathon as much as we do now, we'll buy a second one for Michael's car soon.

In other news, Nora seemed to be THISCLOSE to clapping her hands tonight. I was applauding her for something she did, and she got all excited and was moving her arms, and appeared to be trying to put her hands together while doing it. I almost died from the cuteness.

*sniff, sniff* Our girl is growing so fast.

4 comments:

basebell6 June 16, 2011 at 10:21 PM  

awwh, what a big girl!! we switched our son to his "big boy carseat" awhile back to see if that would cause him to cry less in the car (the kid is screaming hysterically ALL THE TIME when buckled in). like the picture you have of nora smiling in the carseat? wouldnt happen for us. the switch did nothing but i do like not having to lug the infant seat in and out! yay for the almost clapping!

Kristin {Sea Cow Circus} June 16, 2011 at 10:39 PM  

We have the same seat and love it :) And clapping happened overnight for my daughter - we had her 9 month well-baby visit and the doctor asked if she was clapping. I said, "Not yet, but she makes this excited hand motion like she's trying, so I think she's close." The next day, she started clapping :) It's so freaking cute. We clap all the time now :)

Anonymous,  June 16, 2011 at 11:27 PM  

Love!

And when Aubrey learned to clap, it was seriously one of the cutest things EVER. :)

~Kristen

Lindsay August 9, 2011 at 4:29 PM  

Hey! What made you go with this one over the Advocate 70 CS? Need to upgrade soon...

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