If you've ever had to go through the hell of trying to buckle a car seat in, you'll understand everything I'm about to say. Bending over the car's interior with my full backside catching the wind is about as fun as solving a Rubik's Cube blindfolded. Being the safety-conscious mom that I am, getting that buckle into its impossibly hidden slot is nothing short of a miracle. Of some things every mom is thinking when trying to buckle her kid into their damn car seat, I have a feeling every swear word in the book tops the list.
While my oldest has long since been out of her booster, my 5-year-old son still needs a car seat. I hate nearly everything about the big, bulky thing, except that it reminds me he's not too big not to need me just yet. Seeing him in it, with his little feet dangling in front of him, takes me back to the day when, not so long ago, we drove him home from the hospital in the rear-facing car seat.
I could almost cry thinking of how quickly the time has flown by, and yet, the moment I'm fighting to get him buckled into that damn thing, nostalgia escapes me and all I can think is how I can't wait to rip the car seat from it's latches and set it afire. Drastic? Maybe. Here's some other things moms like me think when trying to buckle her kid in the damn car seat. The struggle is so, so real.