Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Extended Rear Facing

We often get asked why Lennon's car seat is still rear-facing even though she meets the requirements to be forward-facing. Although 1 year old and 20 lbs is the minimum requirement, most car seat technicians are now recommending to wait until the child is at least 2 years old and 30 lbs to turn the seat around. We'll probably turn Lennon around when she's two, maybe earlier, maybe later. I think both of our car seats have a maximum rear-facing weight of 35 lbs, so we have quite a while (she's only 23 lbs). As for now she doesn't seem to mind sitting backwards, so backwards she will remain. Here's some good info on extended-rear-facing.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Lennon Loves the Baby

Since we moved back to Petaluma our computer has been in a non-child-friendly room, so I haven't had many chances to use it for long enough to upload videos or many pictures. We just moved the computer into the room where we spend most of our time, so hopefully I'll get into the habit of posting regularly.

Lennon is wonderful! She has started trying to repeat everything we say and is still learning new signs. Her favorite word right now is "please" (which sounds more like "peash"), because she knows that's how to get whatever she wants. Every time we see a little kid she gets super excited and yells "BABY!", then she tries to hug and kiss the kid.

Whenever I take out the video camera Lennon runs toward me and grabs the screen so she can see herself in it. In this video I flipped the screen around so she could see "the baby" in it while I was taping her. This was a couple of months ago so she wasn't talking as much as she is now, but you can see her sign: mom, sleep, all done, baby, and please.