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Hello there!

It’s been a while since I posted here. This is going to be the last post on this particular site, as we have moved to our own, self-hosted domain! I hope I have used the correct terminology – it is all still a bit confusing to me! I am so excited to finally have my own self-hosted site. The blog moved over towards the end of last year, and there have been a couple of posts on the new site since the move. Please feel free to click on the link below, and subscribe to the new site, where all future posts will be from now on!

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See you on the new site!

Megan xxx

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3 years down…forever to go!

I’ve been looking forward to this day ALL month long! My emotions are all over the place, as I think back to this day, three years ago, and relive every moment of it, feel all the emotions again, and experience a love like no other, in that moment when my eyes fell on a sleeping baby boy, who was all mine! I remember every single moment of 25 September 2015. How could I not? It was the day I officially became a mom.

National Chocolate Ice CreamDay!

I keep thinking back to the day we became a Forever Family, and I think of our squishy, chubby, precious little 7 month old baby boy. And I take a look at him today, and see a big boy, full of energy, always jumping or running somewhere, asking questions, talking non-stop and the sass – oh the sass! I was not prepared for it! I can say, based on my recent experience, that threenager is a very real thing!

 

He is like a sponge – absorbing absolutely everything his dad and I say and do. Now more than ever, we need to watch what we say – we’ve learnt that the hard way! We have a little boy looking at us for the best way to navigate this beautiful life we live. What a responsibility! He is looking at us, learning from us and copying us.

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Jason and I count it as an honour to be able to model a God-centered life to our sweet boy, raising him to love Jesus, and pursue a personal relationship with Him. We’ve started to see the fruits of this already. Noah gets excited just driving past our church! And his bedtime prayers – oh my heart! He has a proper conversation with Jesus, telling Him all about his latest imaginary adventure he has been on, thanking Jesus for bringing his dad home safely from work, thanking Jesus for his family and his friends, and sometimes he even thanks Jesus for his toys and his bed! My heart swells with love when I hear him end his prayers with, “I love you Jesus, Amen.”

 

The older Noah gets, the more his personality and nature is coming out, and I can’t help but love him more and more! I love his compassion and sensitivity to those around him. He feels what you feel. He loves so deeply and fiercely. I love that about him!

Looking back over these last three years, I can’t help but feel such gratitude and thankfulness to God for bringing our family together. As I sit here with my son sitting next to me, I am so grateful for the honour and privilege I have of being his Mommy, and raising him to be the very best Noah he can be.

 

When I think of the last three years, I can’t help but think of my husband being the very best dad he can be to our boy. There is something so special about watching the man you love become a father, and love your child so deeply. It’s a beautiful thing to watch, and I get a front row seat to the love and the special bond shared between Noah and Jason. Best seat in the house if you ask me!

Thank you, Lord, for these last 3 years with our sweet boy! I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for our Forever Family!

You can read about the day two became three, our first year as a family of three, and the lessons I learned after being a mommy for two years.

Let’s talk about backless booster seats – #CarseatFullstop

When Noah was just over a year old, we were given a backless booster seat for him to use. We did think he was still a bit small for a seat like that, even though it did say it was suitable for children from 18 months old and he was the right weight, being a big boy. So we put it away, to use one day when he was a little older.

With him turning 3 at the beginning of this year, and being well within the weight recommended on this particular seat, we thought we would use the backless booster seat in my mom-in-laws car, and keep his current car seat in our car. That was until I learnt some things about the backless booster seat – things that made me realise that it is not necessairily an ideal alternative for my child to use in any car.

And here is what I have learned, thanks to initiatives like #CarseatFullstop

Let's talk about backless booster seats

The biggest eye opener for me was that a backless booster seat offers zero side impact protection. Nothing. None at all. Independent crash testing has shown that in a side impact collision, the child’s head hits the car door, and they can slip out of the seatbelt. When I first read this, my blood ran cold. It seems so obvious to me now that I know this, simply because there are no side or back panels supporting my child’s body…just a cushion and a belt.

The booster seat helps to raise your child to the 1.5m height that they need to be, for the belt to be positioned properly around their little bodies. That doesn’t always help to keep their little, developing bodies safe though.

“A child under 1.5m tall isn’t safe in the car’s seatbelt – and it isn’t only height related – you will get a lot of people who will say, ‘Oh, I am 40 but only just 1.5m so I probably also need a booster seat.’ While technically the seatbelt can seriously hurt an adult  who is at or even just above or below 1.5m, the adult body is finished developing – a child’s is not.” Mandy-Lee Miller, Founder and Director #CarseatFullstop

It is also important to note that if your child is short, but heavier than the weight limit of the booster seat, they still need to use a booster seat until they are 1.5m tall, but preferably a full, high back booster seat. This is because their weight is caught by the seatbelt when in a booster seat, and not a harness. So it is important that the belt is positioned properly, with the help of a high back booster seat.

I’m not going to lie, after I found out jut how unsafe backless booster seats actually are, I was ready to throw ours away immediately. But, there is a place for backless booster seats in the South African context.

  • Many older South African children have to use public transport, Uber or some form of school transport. These products will at least protect your child from the seatbelt, so they are safer than nothing at all.

  • If your child is over 125cm AND over 22kg, your centre seat has a full 3-point seatbelt and you have to fit 3 car seats in the back. The centre of the back seat is technically the safest position in the car. The thought behind being able to use a non-car seat in the centre is that having two full car seats on either side will provide some level of side impact protection.

  • If you have just realised your child should be in a booster seat and you need something until you can save enough for a full high back booster seat.

  • If you are traveling within South Africa and are unable to take your proper full-back booster seat.

  • Taken from a post on the #CarseatFullstop website here.

If all you have is a backless booster seat, it is better to use it, than to use nothing at all. While it is not ideal, we will still be using our backless booster seat, FOR NOW, while we look into other, safer options for us to use for our Noah instead.

You are able to purchase BeSafe and Recaro car seats through #CarSeatFullStop, at great prices. So we will be looking into our options through them, and replacing our backless booster seat ASAP.

Education is key. I have been a parent for nearly 3 years, and until now I never knew the dangers of backless booster seats. Now, I know. Now, I can make the necessary changes to keep my child safe.

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“Every child. Every time. No matter what.” #CarseatFullstop

You can find #CarseatFullstop on Facebook and you can visit their website here.