I’ll never forget the day that we finally got to take our baby home from the hospital. His father and I were petrified of wrecking the car. He was so tiny and fragile. We got him in his first car seat and we were afraid that we hooked it up wrong – and we did. We struggled with getting him in his car seat, because being first time parents, we truly had no idea what we were doing.

Now, my baby is two months shy from turning 9 years old. We recently went to a doctor’s appointment for his yearly physical. As explained in a few prior blogs, he went through one heck of a growth spurt last year. Now he’s at the point that he actually qualifies to sit up front. What? I was expecting this stage at 12! not 9! Where did my baby go???

Last year, I thought it was exciting when he gave up his booster seat. He got to toss it on his 8th birthday which was such a nostalgic moment then. Now, we have officially reached the last stage. Of course, I have mixed feelings about this new step in his life.

The other reason for this decision was because he gets car sickness and migraines daily. Pain reliever medicine doesn’t help much and sunglasses don’t do it either. Sitting up front has improved that tremendously. This made me feel so much better about the transition, because as a mother, I hate seeing him in pain all of the time. Car rides has always been a treacherous event, but now we can go on trips at ease.

The first time he sat up front, he was all smiles. Then, he immediately wanted to mess with the radio. Is that every back seat kid’s dream is to be able to control the radio? His eyes lit up as he finally got to be in control of it. Then, he tried to control the temperature, and that’s where I draw the line. Just for a moment, but then it’s mom’s again.

It saddens me to see my baby growing up so fast, but I am enjoying seeing him becoming this amazing little person. I am truly enjoying this new stage though. Instead of reaching in the back for his tiny hand to calm or to touch his shin to let him know I’m thinking of him, I can just put my arm around him for a half hug now. I love having my little buddy by my side, it truly gives me joy. We are both relishing in this transition together. This is only another way to keep that bond and bring more smiles to his sweet face.

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Written by J. Marie

Founder/Owner, Perfectly Imperfect Parents - Single Mom . Blogger . Photographer . Bar Marketing Manager and Bartender . Artist of Frame Design . Part-Time Student to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

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