Long time Beyond the Car Seat readers may not know this, but long time friends and family members of me have always known that my clock runs fast and I do things quickly. Well, I in these last 10 months the little guy has forced me to step back and slow down. As anyone who has ever changed a diaper knows all to well if you try to rush the process the only thing that happens is that it actually takes longer and you end up with poo on your hands. Also, don’t get me started on what happens when you try to leave the house in a hurry. Big mistake, especially in winter. Whether I like it or not, I have to be the one to adjust my timetable. I tried to get LTD to follow my schedule, but he just didn’t understand all the charts and graphs I showed him.
One of my many mottos is, if you’re not early you’re late, LTD makes living up to that motto extremely hard. At the end of the day his safety comes first and you just can’t do things quickly with a baby. For instance, now he can almost reach the car door from his car seat. Unlike a rotisserie chicken when it comes to a baby you can’t just set it and forget it. I have to take my time shutting the car door to make sure I don’t end up in a story he tells his mates to explain why his fingers are all permanently bent sideways. So because I don’t have a choice anyway, I might as well learn some patience and fight the battles I can win.