Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 – Thoughts From a One-Year-Old

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A few nights ago, my mommy took me to this super-fun party where I got to meet lots of people. There were a bunch of other kids there and the other moms kept oohing and aahing over everyone. It was really cool.

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After we got home, Daddy came into the house with this awesome box. He started pulling things out of it and fastening them together. It looked really neat so I wanted to help.

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The next day, my mommy took me out to the car and put me into a brand-new car seat. At first, I was mad, because I don’t usually like to ride in my car seat. But soon, I realized how SOFT and COMFY this one was! There’s even this awesome pillow at the top that keeps my head from going side-to-side.

And the harness was just the right height — Mommy didn’t even need to adjust it! She just pushed this button and the headrest got higher. I didn’t even have to get out of the car seat while she adjusted it!

Pretty soon, though, I got bored. Luckily, Mommy pulled out the iPad and there was this cool little nook at my feet to set it in. I got to watch all my favorite shows.

Oh! And Mommy hung some toys from the handle at the top of the seat — it was so awesome. I got to play with my car and giraffe and it was a lot of fun.

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I’m totally loving my new car seat.

Disclaimer: Mommy said that Graco gave us my cool new car seat in exchange for our honest opinions, or whatever that means. All I know is that it’s awesome. And I’m glad I got to try it out!


The Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40 and the #GracoSafety Event

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Andrew is quickly outgrowing the infant carrier we’ve been using as a car seat, and we’ve been looking around at some different options that would fit our needs.

Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that children stay in a rear-facing car seat until they’re 2 years old and 40 pounds?

Car seats are a hefty investment, and we wanted to be sure that we chose one that would last and keep Andrew comfortable.

So when I was invited to attend a #GracoSafety event, I was excited to learn more about Graco’s latest car seat.

Here’s a little about the Graco SnugRide Click Connect 40:

  • 4 – 40 pound weight limit — a full 2 years
  • Base adjusts with 8 recline positions for most leg room of any rear-facing car seat for baby comfort
  • The Simply Safe Adjust™ harness systems allows parents to adjust the harness and headrest with just one hand to fit their baby’s height as their baby grows, all without having to rethread the harness for extra convenience.
  • Click Connect™ attachment which allows parents to easily transition their babies from the car seat to the stroller through a simple, but secure, one-step “click.”

Staci’s family was so welcoming – and Andrew became an instant celebrity among her daughters. We had some amazing food from Zoës Kitchen in Flower Mound. Zoës’ menu features Mediterranean-inspired comfort food with made-from-scratch recipes using fresh ingredients.

Then we got down to business – testing the car seat.

Some of my favorite features are the Simply Safe Adjust™ harness system (no re-threading the straps! Woohoo!) and the foot shield, which prevents your child from kicking the back of your seat in the car.

I’m excited to share some of our travels with you, featuring the Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 and what Andrew (and I) think about it!

Disclaimer: The Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 – the first and only newborn to two-year infant car seat that actually grows with your baby from four pounds all the way up to 40 pounds. The car seat is designed for a parent on the go. The infant car seat can be easily removed from the base and used as a carrier when the infant is small, providing portability and convenience so you can easily move your infant in and out of the car without disturbing them.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently made the recommendation to keep all children in rear-facing car seats until the age of 2. Graco set out to make this product so parents can keep infants rear facing longer while still keeping them comfortable.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Graco. The opinions and text are all mine.

2012 Hot Holiday Toy List

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Every year, Time to Play Magazine puts together a list of the Most Wanted Toys prior to the holiday season. They test and review thousands of toys, narrowing the list down to those your little ones will be most excited to receive.

The toys are evaluated on three factors: Fun, Repeated Play and Ease of Assembly and Instructions. The list also includes a brief description of each toy, along with the Suggested Age Range. If you click on the toy, you’ll be taken to an info page sharing the price, any battery requirements and locations where the toy can be purchased.

This website has made my holiday shopping SO much easier! I already have a list started for Andrew and each of my nieces and nephews.

I decided to take a look at their list and feature a dozen of the toys that looked the coolest and most exciting for the holidays. Can you believe that Furby is back? And that helicopter is PERFECT for The Nerd. The My Little Pony castle would be an awesome gift for River.

Remember — these toys will sell out fast, so if you haven’t already started your holiday shopping, now’s the time to do so!

Don’t see anything on the list that catches your eye? Time to Play Magazine has a Toy Advisor on their website, where you can find toys based on your child’s gender, age and type of play they enjoy. How cool is that? I know what I’ll be using to find Andrew’s birthday and Christmas presents this year!

Have you started your holiday shopping? What’s on your child’s must-have list this year?


Mommy’s Little Monster

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On our recent trip to Canada, Andrew decided it was time to get in his two bottom teeth.

Yes, you read that right. My son grew TWO teeth while we were in a foreign country.

Since then, he has decided that his new favorite way to play is EATING Mommy’s legs. I like to call him my Little Monster.

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I’m linking up this post with Growing Up Geeky and Chaos & Love for Toddle Along Tuesday!

Click over to see what unconventional toys other babies are playing with.

Thanks for looking!

My Poor Sick Baby

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This is my reality right now: Rocking a fussy, sick baby. Trying to get him comfortable for just long enough so he’ll fall back asleep.

When Andrew was born, I thought his time in the NICU was the worst thing I would have to experience — the separation, not knowing if there would be complications and just living day-to-day.

We were blessed — there were no major complications and Andrew grew and thrived. He came home after only three weeks and has done so well since then.

But the last month, we’ve been battling illness in our little man. And I can honestly say this is the most helpless I’ve ever felt.

It’s nothing too serious, but it seems like as soon as he’s over one sickness, another pops up. Right now, we’re battling a double ear infection, after two bouts of strep throat last month.

Let me tell you, it isn’t fun.

It is so hard seeing my normally happy, giggling little angel with tears streaming down his face because he hurts so bad.

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How do you nurse your babies when they’re sick?


My First Mother's Day


This is what I got for Mother’s Day. And it’s not even from my husband.

He did mail me flowers four days ago, though. Along with a card that said, “Happy mothers day. Love, james and Andrrw” Yeah. Spelled just like that.

But when I woke this morning with the glowing anticipation of my very first Mother’s Day, I was expecting a little more than four-day-old wilted flowers.

I didn’t necessarily need heart-shaped pancakes, jewelry or any such thing. But I did anticipate some gesture from my husband to show that he acknowledged the fact that I carried his son in my womb for seven-and-a-half months, and treasured me for it.

I mean, come on! I grew a HUMAN for Pete’s sake! I deserve something, right!?

You know that guy who dumps you right before Christmas and Valentine’s Day so he doesn’t have to buy you a present? Yeah. I married that guy.

I know I joke about being married to a nerd and all that, but sometimes, it’s just SO FRUSTRATING to be with a man who doesn’t communicate or really even listen. Who is SO SMART he has to argue about everything, even about whether or not he’s arguing with me.

So, as I was wallowing in self pity, thinking how awful it was that my husband didn’t love me enough to give me ANYTHING on the day honoring mothers, I looked down and saw the little angel in my arms.


And I had a whole new perspective.

This. This is what Mother’s Day is about. This little man who has my heart wrapped around his finger.

Him and me. Me and him. That’s all that matters.

I have this beautiful little person in my life.

And THAT, my friends, is the greatest Mother’s Day present of all.



We Start 'Em Young

Last night, Andrew was being particularly fussy. The Nerd was doing his best to satisfy the baby, but nothing seemed to help.

Then, all of a sudden, it was quiet. The Nerd was gone; so was the baby. After a momentary freak-out, I found the pair of them back in the Nerd Cave.

This is what they were doing:

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I guess when all else fails, the answer is gaming.

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