Proper Installation of Convertible Carseat on an Ambulance Cot


Sometimes, it’s the upside of a slow carseat check event – the opportunity to “play” with something new.  On this particular warm, sunny, spring day – parents were obviously busy doing something other than coming to the well-publicized check event.  That left us techs with a little free time.  At one point, some of the fabulous volunteers from the local ambulance corp showed up and the conversation quickly turned to transport of pediatric patients in ambulances.  I think I shocked a few of the local techs when I admitted that I had never actually installed a carseat on an ambulance cot (What? Something involving carseats that Kecia has never done??? Alert the presses! LOL)  Yes, I understand how it’s supposed to be done.  I’ve read the research papers and I’ve seen several presentations on the subject at various CPS conferences over the years but I had never actually done it myself.  Well, wouldn’t you know it – a short time later, an ambulance pulls up.  Yes, boys and girls – it’s play time!  😀


2011 Toyota Sienna Review Part 2–Mommy Fun?


Last Friday I posted the first part of my Sienna review, 2011 Toyota Sienna Review Part 1–Mommy Like?, and it included some of the safety features and kid-specific features that you’ll find on the new Sienna minivan.  Today’s part of the review focuses on the fun stuff!

2011 Toyota Sienna Review Part 1–Mommy Like?


What can I say?  Every now and then here at, we get something really awesome thrown our way.  Well, this wasn’t thrown our way, more driven our way.  Semantics aside, I was the lucky one who got the chance to drive the 2011 Toyota Sienna for a week to see if it’s really all that the commercials make it out to be.  I went in to the week with the attitude that after 10 years of owning 2 different Toyota Siennas (a MY 2000 and a MY 2005), I don’t want another minivan.  I’m done driving a bus.  My Siennas have been great, but I’m over the experience.  How do I feel after driving the new 2011?  Stick around and I’ll let you know.

Guess What I’m Driving!


There was a misunderstanding regarding the start date for the Cybex X-Fix booster giveaway (new start date: May 3!), so we’ll flip this contest a day earlier!  Whew, then I’ll be able to actually start calling it by its name.

So, come one, come all!  I’ve been tweeting about it over the past few days and now it’s your turn to guess what I’m driving.  But you’ve got to hurry because I’m going to post the review on Wednesday.

The first winner to guess correctly will receive a goody box filled with one or more items I collected from my recent trip to Lifesavers in Philadelphia.  Of course, if you were at Lifesavers, you’re not eligible to win, but you can certainly guess.  Have fun guessing!