big girl.

I did it. I clicked, “Proceed to Checkout,” and then continued on and clicked, “Place your order.” Oh my.

Oh. My.

Here’s what happened …

Last Friday afternoon I picked Lily up, loaded her in the car, and we were on our way home. Before we could even get to the top of the street, I hear her car seat thrashing around in the back seat. Yes, she was making it bounce up and down by pushing on the back of the seat with her feet. Not good.

I immediately called my mom, who broke the news to me:  it’s time for a big girl car seat. Oh heavens, I wasn’t prepared for this.

You see, I was under the impression that our little girl would be in her infant car seat until she was 1. Yeah, I win the mom of the year award for not knowing that she goes in a convertible car seat – facing backwards, still – as soon as she’s outgrown the infant car seat. Not at age 1. Uh huh, no gold star for me. I’m an idiot, I guess.

Anyway, I did some research this week, checked out various brands and models, and made my decision. And once the decision was made last night, I placed my order … and it was not easy.

Our little girl isn’t so little anymore. I know it’s a funny time to get one of those feelings, – I mean, over a car seat, for Pete’s sake (Who’s Pete, anyway?) – but it happened. She’s sitting in the cart at the grocery store and eating from a high chair at restaurants. She feeds herself and drinks from a cup without help.

Um, what happened to my baby?

Yes, I know … she’s still a baby. But in a way, she’s not. Yes, she’s still highly dependent on us, but she’s also gaining more and more of her independence every day. I love to watch her learn and grow, but at the same time, it’s rather bittersweet. It’s happy, and it’s sad.

The new car seats are slated to arrive on Monday, and that will likely be another heartbreaking evening as I swap out the bases in both cars for real, no turning back, big girl car seats. Until that moment comes, I’m savoring every minute of her in the infant car seat. I know it’s silly, but I’m hanging on to this thread until the very end.

And the end is very, very near …

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