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Product Review – Organic Slammers

slam While we are almost done the now lengthy process of weaning BB off of baby food, the convenience of packets make it hard. Every parent knows that if you don’t have snacks handy for the little ones things can go south but quick. As with most parent developed products they usually always fit the bill. Organic Slammers pouches come in four flavors: Epic, Awesome, Chillin and Pumped (yes, I know those words aren’t flavors) The translation is Orange-Mango, Super Berries, Banana-Berry, and Tropical Banana Bread. As long time Beyond the Car Seat readers know The Mommy is all organic, but I am about what is easier. Many of the quick kid snacks are not organic so it is nice to have a handy alternative. Unfortunately, when LTD first was introduced to pouch snacks the family took to calling them goo so now when he wants pouches he asks for goo, which is fine as long as no one else hears, but that is not always the case. The Slammers have the added benefit of preparing the boys to feed me when I’m old and (I assume crooked) nursing home bound.

We Survived

LANDINGAABack home after an interesting first airplane trip adventure. The boys were great and handled flying like pros. Of course the trip was not without its drama. On our way to Chicago just when I thought we were almost there the pilot informed us that we had an oxygen leak and would be landing in Cleveland. This intense moment was mitigated by the fact that we landed about 5 minutes after he informed us of before mentioned leak. The whole thing was bizarre as we boarded a new plane with the same crew and finally made it to Chicago only an hour late. First Lieutenant Brett, having a four month old at home, was feeling cool so he let LTD try out the cockpit and touch what seemed like every button. If he let every kid do this it may possibly explain why our plane needed to make an emergency landing. How was the return flight? We will never know as we had to drive back since O’Hare was shut down due to an FAA building fire. All in all under the heading of it could have been worse I think we are ready to fly again by choice.

Up Up & Away

Tomorrow we fly with the boys for the first time. Wish us luck.

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Book Review – Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads

9781596439757When I was a youngster back during the Taft administration you couldn’t throw a rock without hearing about cowboys and Indians. That type of play may have fallen out of fashion, but I still have a fondness for it. Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads puts a modern spin on the cowboy narrative tradition. Bob Shea (with pictures by Lane Smith) crafts a tale in the vain of The Outlaw Josey Whales and Unforgiven. No, that’s not true in fact the Kid Sherfiff makes a point of not using a gun. The Toad Brothers are causing trouble all over town and the Kid Sheriff is convinced that dinosaurs are behind the crimes. I know what you’re thinking, he’s crazy and the book uses the American old west as a metaphor for mental illness, but trust me when I tell you that the Kid Sheriff isn’t crazy and in fact has a plan. In keeping with BTCS tradition, I won’t spoil the ending, but rest assured justice is served.

Car Seat Safety

I missed yesterday’s Child Passenger Safety Twitter chat, but check out Parents Central. Especially in light of recent events concerning kids in cars.

Shut the Front Door

doorsAs long time Beyond the Car Seat readers know all too well, BB is freakishly strong. His bull like strength is displayed mainly on his new favorite task, shutting doors. Whenever we pass through an open door, BB stops and tries to shut it. This new hobby has two central challenges. The first is that I need to constantly make sure his wee fingers are not going to get crushed (as I did to LTD’s digits in the car door the other day) and the second problem occurs when I am trying to hold the door open for someone. When we leave school he turns and pushes the door closed telling gravity to go to hell, but if I’m holding it open for a fellow parent then a battle of wills erupts.Normally, he would win since he is so strong, but I cheat by picking him up, but in the end he can claim victory because when I pick him he screams in my face giving me a headache. At the end of the day, the good news is that I never have to worry about the heating bill since I’ll never have to tell him to shut the door he’s letting the heat out. 

Book Review – Stewie Boomstein Starts School

noomdyrNow that LTD and everyone else has officially started school, I figured it might be time for a better late than never review. We have read LTD a few books over the years about getting ready for school and they have all been fairly straight forward. However, Stewie Boomstein Starts School takes a slightly different tack. Written by Christine Bronstein with illustrations by Karen Young, the story focuses on Stewie, a child with typical 5 year old problems. Stewie is depicted as not only being funny but also as loud and angry. I enjoyed those aggressive character traits as many books deal only with being scared of the first day of school. In this tale, Stewie has a pretty bad first day and his family has to rally around him to figure out a game plan to survive day two. The narrative deals with Stewie being off his routine and not having access to a clear schedule like at home. As usual, it is Beyond the Car Seat policy not to spoil the ending, but I believe you a can guess how the Boomstein family creatively ensures Stewie doesn’t drop out and become just another statistic.

Time Flies

gowToday, I dropped BB off in the big boy room at preschool and wanted to leave quickly to avoid trauma, however, my fears were pointless since he could have cared less that I was leaving him there and was playing well immediately.Even with some of the other kids displaying the tell tale symptoms of separation anxiety (crying very loudly) he remained stoic. Later in the week, LTD has his first day of kindergarten and then we begin the treadmill of bookbags, homework, school lunch, standardize tests and prom. GULP!

Product Review – Deck Wireless Speaker

soldeckAs BB enters the terrible twos we have tried many things to chill him out and have even resorted to LTD singing, which actually works. However, since we don’t love LTD’s singing as much as BB seems to, we have turned to Sol Republic’s DECK wireless speaker. Of course, LTD digs it because it looks like it is from the future, but the wireless feature is a first for us. In the past the small speakers we used in the kids room met a cruel fate at the hands of BB, the destroyer of all things that can be destroyed. The Mommy has been using Heist mode to pair and steal my playlist and replace with hers, let’s just say that BB has been listening to a lot more Adele than before. We mostly use it in the kid’s room, but the speaker features an outdoor boost that we haven’t tried but LTD keeps talking about it since it sounds like turbo boost. Also, BB doesn’t make a lot of conference work calls from home but the DECK does work as a speaker phone. Needless to say we have come a long way from my Mickey Mouse record player.

Gulp

woman-screaming-bwToday is LTD’s last day of Preschool…ever. In a way whenever anyone says the phrase, I can’t believe it, in these situation you wonder if they really mean it because if he is only growing in one direction and is now five the next logical step is kindergarten, so sure I believe it, but man oh man is it weird. The days are long but the weeks fly by. The real adventure begins….