Monthly Archive:: September 2008

Baby on Board

Please welcome back Heather’s dh, Matt, for Guest Wednesday.

Knowing nothing about the technical aspects of car seats makes it difficult to write a blog entry about the technical aspects of car seats.  So, in thinking about a topic for another entry, I came across an obvious choice.  Cows.  But then something happened that gave me a better idea.  The cow thing will just have to wait.

1 AND 20 Will Never Go Away

Here’s a little background on how my Safe Kids coalition runs checkup events.  Because we are so short on trained CPS technician volunteers for our events, we train nursing students during their pediatrics rotation.  Despite being one of the busier coalitions in the country, checking thousands of seats per year through scheduled events and inspection stations, many of our technicians are trained for their jobs and we just don’t see them again; our state has one of the lowest recertification rates in the country.  Training the nurses is a win-win situation really.  We get 8-hour trained people helping us at our events which leaves our core of experienced techs and senior checkers to supervise them and work with families.  The nursing students then take with them knowledge of the importance of properly used and installed child safety seats and boosters and they can educate their patients (and doctors!) when they graduate.  Before we implemented this program, we were seeing wait times at our events of a half hour or more; now our wait times are around 10 minutes.  As parents, we all know how important it is to minimize waiting around in a car seat for a child, especially when the sun is beating down on him through the window and it’s over 100° outside, regardless of whether the air conditioning is on.

Ask Marvin #4

Today, Marvin receives an inquiry from a disgruntled DD, apparently an unhappy benefactor of Marvin’s advice!


“hi2u mr marvin,  im Jenny and im a 11 year old gurl and dood my mom is like, so mean 2 me u just wont beleive it.  its like so not nice its not even funny.  i mean- i was all telling my friends how lucky they are to have nice moms and they totally think my mom is teh worst!  we so send text messages all the time to each other all the time about my mom and how its so unfair to be me and my life is just awful beacuse of her and you cant even imagine how much worse it just got!

ABC Show Finale–The Great Picture Dump

Here are all the pictures you wanted to see!  And in no particular order for more fun, lol.  It’s a huge ABC Show family album, so just browse the pics and enjoy.  Be sure to hover your mouse over them before clicking to see any descriptive text.  There are some special surprises that weren’t talked about in our earlier entries–try to find them :) .

Our timeline of carseats – can you name them all?

Now that DS1 is no longer using a booster seat, I got to thinking about all the different seats that he’s used over the years.  I’ve made a list of the main seats that he rode in, either in my vehicles or DH’s vehicles.   I didn’t bother to include the various spares that were always ready to be called into action at a moment’s notice if needed.