How many fingernails does it take to install a car seat?

I have mentioned before that I am not mechanically inclined at all. When it comes to car seats, toys, play-pens and all of the other things that comes with babies and toddlers I am at a loss on how to put them together or install them. It probably sounds bad but for the most part I leave those things up to husband. He is way better at those things than I am. That is the one thing people don’t warn you about when you are pregnant. I always heard about lack of sleep, privacy and the dirty factor. Never once did someone say “By the way you are going to have to put together and install endless amounts of heavy equipment and toys for the rest of your child’s life.” It took me about four months to realize Avery should have come with batteries. When they sent her home from the hospital they should have said “Here is your baby, sleep sack and complimentary pack of AA batteries.”

My biggest fear is when my car seat is not installed. I have had to install it all by myself once and it was awful. Step-son called one day saying he was sick and needed to be picked up from school. Sounds simple enough; start the car, put toddler in the car and go to the school. I went outside to start the car and the car seat was missing. Crap. What the what was I supposed to do. I had never installed it by myself before. I really had no choice at this point; I had to put the car seat in. After a few choice words under my breath regarding the person who had un-installed it I went to work. After losing about every fingernail I own and having a slight panic attack; the car seat was in. Of course this was all happening while my car was running so I received a heavy dose of exhaust in my face. It’s a good thing I had my sunglasses on otherwise I would have taken a couple fingernails to the eye. Will I ever install the car seat again? I really hope not. Did I mention that the brand of my car seat is Safety First? Obviously not meant for the parent.

One day I decided it was time for the pack and play had to go. It had been a long time since Avery was in there and it was taking up space in the closet. So I jumped on a stuff for sale Facebook page in my area and put some pictures up. In a matter of minutes I had the thing sold. Awesome! Since I am so horrible at putting things together I decided to have husband put it together and leave it that way until the gal came to pick it up. There was one thing I didn’t consider in my master plan. How in the world was I going to take it down to get it in her car. As I struggled and struggled with it the gal actually ended up taking it apart with ease. I am sure she was tired of watching me sweat trying to take the thing apart. I may or may not have thrown a fingernail her way on accident.

On to the toys. Again I usually have husband put toys together. That is until Rapunzel’s Tower entered out world. If you have been reading for a while you know a little about this coveted tower. I looked and looked for this magical tower and then I finally broke down and ordered it. I may lose some followers after this but Avery actually likes Tangled more than Frozen (gasp!) So this tower was on the top of our toy must have list. We waited very patiently for the tower to arrive and one day it came! Luckily Avery was napping so I thought good husband can put it together. I opened the box to find Ariel’s Castle. Dang! After many calls and a confusing UPS drop off experience we finally received Rapunzel’s Tower. This time Avery was awake and she wanted that thing immediately. She pretty much yanked it out of my hands and tried prying it open herself. Then I knew I would have to put the thing together since husband was at work. So I pried it out of her hands and got to work. Luckily it was very easy to put together and I thought I was pretty cool. I was ready to brag to husband about how I put this thing together all by myself when it happened. Avery started pushing buttons and no sound came out. No batteries! I thought it should be easy enough to install batteries. Oh how I was wrong. I proceeded with my screwdriver in hand to the spot where I thought the batteries would go. Try as I might I couldn’t get that battery area open. I even went as far as to send a picture of the tower to a friend to see if she could figure out where the batteries went. She did agree with me that I was trying to put them in the most logical place. I really wanted to show husband I could do this so I went in the toolbox to find more screwdrivers. When I realized I was stripping the area where I thought the batteries should go I stopped. Hanging my head in defeat I waited until husband got home. After explaining my situation to him he looked over the tower. He said he could tell I put it together because the stickers on the tower were not put on perfectly straight. Then I got to reply with it actually did come that way and they must have felt bad for sending the wrong item so they put the stickers on for me. Then husband turned the castle around and installed the batteries lickety-split. Ugh I was trying to put them in the wrong place the whole time!

The moral to this story is I am still not good at installing or putting things together. If you want me to type up a fancy letter or make an awesome casserole I am your gal. If you need someone to build you something I will introduce you to husband. To answer the question of “How many fingernails does it to take to install a car seat?” The answer is every. single. one.

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Blocks are awesome because the little’s have to put them together 🙂
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Toys, Toys, Toys and Shopping

After the big Birthday blowout Avery received a lot of great gifts which left me wondering what in the heck am I going to get her for Christmas?? One thing that is at the top of the list is Rapunzel’s Tower. I have been searching for it for about two months. I know this mystical toy exists because it showed up on my cartwheel for 30% off. So I went to pick it up except they didn’t have any. I thought alright I will try another store and another and then websites. Then my best friend said she would like to get it for her for her Birthday. I was like great! She couldn’t find it either. Ugh this tower is impossible to find!! So the hunt continues. I would like to get Avery some toys that encourage her to speak. Not sure if they make those so if anyone in internet world knows of any drop me a line. Or comment, yeah comment so I get a notification and that always makes me happy 😀

Searching or hunting for toys is a huge challenge to me that I gladly accept. Any present for that matter. The feeling I get when I find the ultimate present is wonderful. Maybe I need to get a hobby but I’m not really good at anything so moving on. Sometimes I fail I think I got someone the best present and then the recipient opens it and I can tell it isn’t their favorite thing in the whole wide world. Does that discourage me? Heck no! That means next year will have to be bigger and better. Have I gotten close to a physical confrontation in a store to get a present? The answer is yes, did I lay a hand on the lady? No I didn’t, would I have? Maybe, maybe not. Online shopping is a much safer choice for me.

Last year I had planned a shopping trip with some of my aunts on opening day of deer season. If you are from Wisconsin or the Midwest you know that deer season is a shoppers paradise. Your significant other is out in the woods freezing their butt off and you are getting ready to hit the stores. I can’t even contain my love of shopping during this wonderful time!! There are craft sales, bake sales, sales at the mall and just sales, sales, sales!! I usually have a route planned so I can hit all of the places I want to go. Since I took a year off when I had my daughter I was soo ready last year. I had a babysitter lined up, a route planned and my tennis shoes on 🙂 But then I woke up on that wonderful morning and I heard a sniffle and then another. Avery was sick. Crap. I couldn’t send her off to the babysitter’s so I had to do my shopping online. I went a little overboard that day. Maybe it was the deals I don’t know but let’s just say my mailman did get some chocolates that Christmas because of all of the packages he had to deliver. I found out rewarding your mailman is a plus. Since the chocolates he would ring my doorbell every time I had a package. Unfortunately he is no longer my mailman because we moved. I do miss him greatly 🙂

Back to the toys. I have been scouring the internet to find some toys for Miss Avery. I really haven’t found anything that jumps out at me and I think where’s my credit card. I am kind of running out of ideas too. There is so many things to choose from. Do they make toys that your toddler can chew on, lick and throw across the room that still work after all of the abuse??  I am also looking for books. She got some great books for her Birthday to add to her collection. She has quite a few books but I think a girl can never really have enough. The only problem with books is that Avery likes to eat them. I have found a lot of cardboard in her mouth and diaper. I would like to get her a book that can be personalized. Maybe with her name incorporated in it or something.

I have never been this stuck before in the gift department. It stinks. Honestly if anyone knows of a great educational toy or a cool book let me know 🙂 Or if anyone wants some suggestions from me I can give you some. I have meticulously picked out most of Avery’s toys so I might be able to help 🙂 Happy Shopping to everyone!! (I know it’s a little early but I like to get a head start)

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Some of Avery’s books 🙂