(She was so little in this picture and this is her bucket seat.
Eight month's later though, she is still facing the same way. Ha!)
I like to think I am pretty laid back mom. I also like to think that I am pretty non judgemental when it comes to choices other moms makes. Although my friends, Kenny and I aren't totally sure where this laid-back attitude came from since I usually am a complete control freak, I am loving being more easy going.
I think it comes from knowing deep down that Elle will be okay in the long run regardless of how long I breastfeed or whether she eats an occasional
But there is one thing that I have a strong opinion about. The one I don't really talk about to other people because the guidelines just changed and there are lots of various opinions that everyone is entitled to have because they deserve to make choices for their children just as much as I deserve to make my decisions.
Rear facing car seat until two. Unless I change my mind which is always possible, (Nothing is ever for sure when you have a child and the second you swear you won't do something you end up eating your words.) I want to keep Elle rear facing until she is two.
The deciding factor for me was watching the videos that show crash tests with car seats rear facing vs. forward facing. I am not going to post one on here because you can google them if you are interested in coming to your own opinions.
Elle is also very small in weight, length and has a large head. Irrational or not, I feel like that head on her little body needs some extra support in a situation like a car accident. I am also not the best of drivers. While I haven't totaled a car (oh my goodness let me knock on some major wood) since I was 19, I have had LOTs of fender benders with stationary objects like poles. Plus, I live in Memphis. I can't trust the other drivers in this city. Ha!
Am I annoyed with the rear facing thing? Yes! Do I wish I could turn her around and be able to see her and hand her things easier? Yes! Is she fussy or throw absolute tantrums in her car seat sometimes? Yes. But for now I am sticking to my guns. This is my one thing that I feel strongly about. So sorry Elle just keep smiling at me in that mirror we have set up for you.
Note: Please know I do not judge you if you don't feel strongly about rear facing. Elle might literally be the only child I know who is still rear facing at her age. Which might make ME the crazy one. I pray this blog post did not come off preachy or holier than thou. I am neither of those things. Just trying to keep things interesting on this old blog and thought maybe someone might have never considered looking into it more.