By: Jennifer Murray

Moving Forward….

We made the switch to forward facing car seats. I think the little munchkins are pleased with the results….

Isaac: “Mom, I can definitely do my backseat driving better from this position.”

Clark: “Mom, do these windows have UV protection for my pasty white legs?”

Brooks: “Mom, a book about cookies?, this is SWEET!”

Henry: “Mom, was that my duck making that noise or was it a surprise waiting for you? Better roll down the windows!”

15 MONTHS TOMORROW!!!! I feel like my life is in fast “forward”.

29 Responses to “Moving Forward….”

  1. Krystyn
    May 1, 2008 at 6:01 pm #

    Aww…they look so happy.

    Now, future girlfriends can’t look because of the duck comment! I’m sure Henry will pay you back for that!

  2. Williams' bunch
    May 1, 2008 at 6:23 pm #

    I know what you mean…my kids always loved when they could face the front!
    They are so cute.
    I also understand what you mean about feeling like you’re in fast forward…they grow up so fast!

  3. Anonymous
    May 1, 2008 at 6:38 pm #

    Oh my goodness! They look so big sitting forward-facing! Congrats on the step forward! I think of you guys all the time!

    Emily Fay 🙂

  4. The Gerwer Babies
    May 1, 2008 at 7:07 pm #

    WOW!! They look SO grown up!!!!

  5. Suzanne
    May 1, 2008 at 7:08 pm #

    holy COW, jen!!! the little munchkins look like grown men!! sheeeeeesh! so adorable…glad they are forward facing now! have a great weekend! love you!

  6. Milk Mama
    May 1, 2008 at 7:26 pm #

    I turned my daughter around at 16 months. She loved it! Look at your boys! They all have such big smiles on their faces!!! 😀

  7. Anonymous
    May 1, 2008 at 8:23 pm #

    very cute pictures!!!! they are adorable.
    you may want to lower the shoulder straps until they get a little bigger as it appears they are one too high….not to be overstepping bounds, but i know of many injuries from incorrect placement. you could also check with your local fire dept as they do car seat checks. sorry, i just know of too many little ones hurt…pray this doesn’t offend, but just comes across another mom who has learned from mom’s who had injuries and shared with me.
    thanks for sharing your lives. may God continue to richly bless you all!

  8. Following HIM
    May 1, 2008 at 8:34 pm #

    So cute! Can not believe they are already 15mo old! Such sweet boys!
    ~Elyse~

  9. debi9kids
    May 1, 2008 at 9:39 pm #

    We just switched E & W forward last month and they were so happy too! It’s amazing how you don’t realize what they miss out on until you turn them around & suddenly they can see everything (including momma & dadda!)
    They look so cute & always so happy!
    How is Brooks doing with his breathing lately?

  10. Ashhog
    May 1, 2008 at 9:42 pm #

    congrats on facing forward-what a big step!

  11. Barbara Manatee
    May 1, 2008 at 9:54 pm #

    it is great to be able to look back and see their smiling faces! Glad they like their new seats!

  12. Stephanie
    May 1, 2008 at 10:00 pm #

    Oh my..they look so big now! I bet they are enjoying that! They are so dang cute!

  13. Stacey
    May 1, 2008 at 10:01 pm #

    Jen I can’t wait to turn around. We were 15mo on the 4/26 but we still don’t weight enough:( Nate is close but the girls are only 16 and 17 pounds. We have our new seats just wating. Congrats they look like such big boys being able to see everything. I love watching your kidos since we are so close in age.

  14. Anonymous
    May 1, 2008 at 10:49 pm #

    15 months old already! WOW!! Time seems to fly by. They’re such cute babies.

    Mommy of five

  15. Tony & Jaimie
    May 2, 2008 at 12:23 am #

    I totally understand the FF thing. Ever since Claire started walking…she becomes more and more independant. I’m so not ready for that. On a lighter note. I absolutely love each and every smile in the pics. They do look like they are enjoying the new view!

  16. Jake and Taryn
    May 2, 2008 at 10:09 am #

    They are getting so big!!…and look adorable as always! What a joy! 🙂

  17. Anonymous
    May 2, 2008 at 1:03 pm #

    Please don’t be offended, but I wanted to second the carseat comment about the positioning of the shoulder straps. It looks like they should be lowered a notch. They should rest right at or slightly below the shoulders. I only say this because I’ve unfortunatetly been in an automobile accident with my son when he was 19 months old. We were hit hard from behind, and it totaled our vehicle. While we were both okay, I witnessed the effects on his carseat as a result of the hit. Even though his carseat was fastened securely to the seat, it still moved forward a couple of inches from the impact.

  18. Emily
    May 2, 2008 at 2:27 pm #

    It’s so great to see them so overjoyed!

    I thought I’d pass along this link since a couple of people have already commented on the straps. This should clarify the correct position for forward facing carseats. It’s at or slightly above for forward facing. For rear facing it’s slightly below. Towards the bottom is all the information.

    http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cps/newtips/pages/Tip2.htm

  19. Karen
    May 2, 2008 at 2:54 pm #

    I was going to say the same, forward facing at or just above and for rear, at or below. Thanks for posting that link:)

    They look so big and happy in their seats:)

  20. a portland granny
    May 2, 2008 at 3:18 pm #

    Those are four of the cutest little kids I’ve ever seen. I love their smiles! Are you sure that all four aren’t identical??? I just think they are looking more alike all the time–at least in these pictures.

    You are so blessed! But I know you already know that!

    Keep having fun with those sweet boys!

    Joan

  21. Lex
    May 2, 2008 at 8:14 pm #

    What cuties! They all look so happy!

    Unfortunately, I have to be the downer on this thread and bring your attention to the fact that rear-facing is much safer than forward-facing. The recommendation is to keep babies and toddlers rear-facing until they outgrow the rear-facing limits of their car seats. Just like you chose to continue your pregnancy for as long as possible (past the minimum gestation for viability), it makes sense to keep kids rear-facing for as long as possible (past the minimum requirements for forward-facing). As you well know, minimum does not always equal ideal.

    I believe that the latest statistic is that rear-facing babies and toddlers are 530% less likely to be killed or seriously injured in a crash. That is HUGE. For more information, look here: http://www.car-safety.org/rearface.html

    Of course, all parents have to make the choice based on individual circumstances and what they believe is best for their child(ren). I just wanted to make sure that you are making an informed choice. I know that I was totally clueless about this when I first made the decision to turn my twins forward-facing (also at 15 months). When I later learned how much safer rear-facing was, I flipped them back around. They were able to remain rear-facing until shortly after their third birthday (when they hit the maximum weight for rear-facing in their seats).

    Peace,

    Lex

  22. Anonymous
    May 2, 2008 at 8:18 pm #

    Ah, what darling boys! There sweet faces and giant grins just makes me smile. I am amazed at how similar they all look!

    I’ve followed your blog since before they were born and I can’t believe they are already 15 months old. My baby is turning two in a few weeks. Time sure does fly!

    Melissa 🙂
    http://www.withasmile.wordpress.com

  23. Anonymous
    May 2, 2008 at 8:31 pm #

    I just have to agree with the comment about keeping the boys rear facing. I turned my son around at about 14 months and then read about how it is so much safer to leave them rear facing as long as possible. I turned him back around the next day.

    They are adorable and I enjoy reading your blog.

  24. Tripletblessed
    May 2, 2008 at 10:32 pm #

    Aww they look so happy!

  25. Anonymous
    May 3, 2008 at 12:17 pm #

    Oh, by the way, I love the fact that the boys are reading some wonderful children’s books. You know the kindergarten teacher in me noticed that right away! Read on, boys! Your momma is doing a great job filling your library with wonderful books! Bravo!!

    M.Hines

  26. The McNulty Family
    May 3, 2008 at 3:39 pm #

    OMGosh!!! I LOVE THESE PICS. They look so happy. I remember when we made the switch.. it’s so nice for them to face forward. I can’t believe they are 15 months.. were does the time go Jen????

    Love you guys!
    Gen

  27. 4funboys
    May 4, 2008 at 12:45 am #

    ahhhhhh…

    I just found your blog.

    I had 4 boys in 4 years…

    Trying to do it all at 1 time would have it’s advantages… and disadvantages.

    What a sweet group!

  28. The cutest twins
    May 6, 2008 at 12:06 pm #

    Cute boys! they look so happy; they get to see the world ! God bless.

  29. Anonymous
    May 6, 2008 at 12:35 pm #

    maybe i’m really off base saying anything at all, but i’ve been thinking about it for a couple of days. i bet that alot of you read confessions of a cf husband. nate just posted something last night about how discouraging it is to share your personal life with the blogosphere only to be corrected. is this really necessary? i’m sure they have plenty of friends/relatives/random passers by ready and willing to offe advice, both wanted and otherwise, IRL.

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