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The above photo was taken this afternoon. We now have the second carseat installed in my car. Just add baby, and stir!

Today was a big day for my auto-mo-biiiile. Todd put in the infant carrier / carseat. It looks so strange to see not one, but TWO, side-by-side in the backseat now! Just two years ago today we were returning from our vacation in Savannah and Hilton Head as a post-miscarriage pick-me-up, and had no idea we were about to conceive our first child. And now.....two sons?!?

And not only did we get the infant seat installed, we also turned big brother-to-be's around to face-forward. I know a lot of parents turn the convertible seats around at one year, but we just weren't ready to do that yet. Ideally I would have liked to have made it a few months longer because of safety articles like this — but at 15 months old (as of this Tuesday), our son is larger than a lot of 2-year olds. He's nearing 30 lbs. and is about 34" tall already! (Go-go Gadget genes!) So needless to say in a backseat as small as the Jetta's, he knew the pretzel-position all too well. His pediatrician assured me at the 15-month mark his neck would be strong enough for forward-facing, so round and round it goes! The smile on his face when he realized he could LOOK AT US was just priceless...

I'm sure someday soon we're going to have to cave and get an SUV again, but I love my Jetta so much. After driving a lemon-Explorer for four years (and going through the whole exploding-tire scandal with it) I'm honestly in no rush until we just can't deal with the space issues any longer.

We also got baby-to-be's first personal item hung in the nursery this weekend (photo 1,
photo 2). When he first comes home, he'll be sleeping in our room in a bassinet — but eventually we'll move baby brother into the nursery and big brother into our current guest room. For photos of the nursery a couple of weeks before we brought big brother home from the hospital, peek here.

And lastly in the baby category, the husband sent me this link a few days ago. It should make for very entertaining reading. Select quotes from the article:

Citing concerns about plastic disposable diapers clogging landfills and the amount of washing and detergents that cloth diapers require, many environmentalists are taking a page from tribal cultures and seeking to eliminate the use of the baby diapers altogether. The green movement is now promoting diaperless babies as a 'retro, cutting-edge, environmentally friendly scheme' to mothers throughout the industrialized world....."The concept is logical and simple: Infants give recognizable signs of imminent peeing and pooping; it's possible to learn your infant's signs; infant pee isn't frightening; and if you train your kid to ignore their outputs, you'll just have to go back and retrain them when traditional potty-training time arrives....."

To quote Eric Theodore Cartman, "Hippies. They're everywhere. They wanna save the earth, but all they do is and smell bad."

Our fun this weekend was attending a Tiger release party at the Apple brick and mortar store in Tampa. You can see a couple of pics at our moblog.

And right now, we're watching this week's 2-hour edition of "Extreme Home Makeover". This one hits close to home...literally. They hadn't even made it to the first commercial break and I was already in tears. The family featured lives in Tampa Bay. And the Radio Shack that Jamie Dolan was shot in was just blocks from the apartment complex we lived at for three years before buying our house. We went there at least on a weekly basis, if not more frequently — not only did it have a brand, spankin' new Tarjhét — but also a new Publix. It just really makes you appreciate how fragile life is!

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