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1st day kindergartenSending your children off on the first day of Kindergarten is never easy.  I don’t think it matters if it’s your first, fourth, only or last “baby”.  Today was the first day of school in my district and my “baby” was going to Kindergarten.  I worried that he would freak out at the bus stop when it was time to get on.  After all, this was the same child who refused to go to preschool because he wouldn’t leave my side.  The same child who insists on going grocery shopping with me every single time because he’ll “miss me too much” if he stays home with his dad.  But there were no tears today, no last minute frantic hugs – not even a single glance back as he climbed aboard the big yellow bus with his new Met’s backpack and smelling of his father’s cologne (yes, he wanted to wear cologne!).  He was ready. 

Now I sit here in a quiet house with mixed emotions.  This house has been so loud and so crazy all summer long with tons of kids in and out constantly.  I’ve been desperate for some peace and quiet the last few weeks.  I guess it’s true what they say – be careful what you wish for.

I’d like to share an article that was written many years ago by a wonderful journalist and newspaper editor who is sadly no longer with us.  Mike Levine was the kind of talented journalist that other talented journalists aspire to become.  Every year my local daily newspaper runs Mike’s column about the first day of school.  For me, reading his words year after year have become part of the ritual.  Today I’d like to share some of that ritual with all of you.

“Quick, before they leave this morning. Take a good look. Touch their faces, run your hands through their hair.

We got antsy with them last month, but now we want time to stand still. Like falling leaves and chilly mornings, some great force signals us today. We are aware of life passing…. ” http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090902/NEWS/909019984

We Have a Via Winner!


Thank you for all of the fabulous car seat safety tips you gave to enter the Learning Curve First Years Via giveaway!  I’m impressed!  I thought about using Random.org to generate a random number to pick a winner, but instead I decided to startle  my ds by shouting at him to pick a number between 1 and 42 (the number of valid comments we received).  As he was doing his homework this afternoon, I shouted at him to choose a number and write it down on our whiteboard.  Without further ado, here’s the winner:

 Learning Curve The First Years Via winner


Congratulations!  Expect an email shortly 🙂 .

The Viral Video


In an extremely graphic PSA video gone viral out of Wales, Great Britain, teens are shown texting, driving, and crashing.  The results are disastrous and hard to watch, yet they must be seen if you’ve ever been tempted to text while driving.  That such a video can make such an impact around the world in just a few days shows the impact of our technology and yet it’s our technology and the way we use it that’s causing these horrible problems.  According to CNN.com (Deadly Distracted Driving ), a drunk driver is 4 times more likely to crash while a texting driver is 8 times more likely to crash.  Whoa!  You mean that innocent little text I sent to my best friend saying that I’m running late meant that I was 8 times more likely to crash?  You bet.  How many times have you seen a vehicle weaving in and out of a lane, only to come up next to it and find out that the driver is too busy with the cell phone to even notice the light is green?  Personally, I stay far behind those cars.  But sometimes you can’t control your safety.  What if you take public transportation?  What if your bus driver or train operator is texting?

Darren’s niece, Britanny, wrote a guest blog for us last year on the dangers of text messaging while driving, comparing it to drunk driving.  I think it’s an apt comparison and I believe the statistics given to us by CNN.com.  Think about it—unless you’re texting while drunk, at least when you’re drunk you are looking at the road.  Hopefully.

I wonder what outrageously stupid piece of technology will be available next to distract us from driving?

Babies R Us Great Trade In Event and 10% Off Car Seats


Here’s a chance to trade-in your old baby stuff and get a nice discount on new stuff!

Get 20% off NEW Baby Gear or Cribs, when you bring in any used items (exclusions apply) at BabiesRUs.com. Offer good 8.28 to 9.20

Here’s another offer good for car seats:

Save 10% on ALL Car Seats at BabiesRUs.com. Offer good 8.28.09 to 9.17.09