Category Archives: Baby gear

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Inside… with a twist

Today I’m participating in the WordPress weekly photo challenge and this week’s theme is “inside”. I wasn’t sure I would participate when I first saw the theme on Friday morning but after what happened to us on Friday afternoon, I figured I had a good opportunity to feature something a little different.

I’m not a superstitious person and Friday the 13th doesn’t bother me, especially since nothing significantly bad usually happens on those days. Well, that was until Friday, September 13, 2013, when I drove to the store with my kids in the back of the car. As I was patiently waiting at a red light, I suddenly heard a very loud bang and my whole body jumped, and the car with it. It took me a couple of seconds to realize what had happened. A car had just crashed into mine.

I didn’t hit anyone in front of me because I was the first one in line, but my car was pushed into the sidewalk crossing area. Fortunately, it never got to the intersecting street, which is the busiest street in town. I quickly looked back at my kids and asked if they were OK. They had no idea what had just happened and didn’t seem to have suffered any injuries. I got out of my car if check the damage and I saw another car into my own, sitting sideways between two lanes, with a very apologetic driver. I have no idea what he did to make this happen (besides not stop) but I’m glad everyone is OK. Well, except for my car, which is a mess.

Know that the worst day to be in an accident is a Friday afternoon because nothing happens over the weekend, especially when you have to deal with someone else’s insurance company. So this week I’ll be spending my time figuring out when I can have someone evaluate the damage, taking my car to the repair shop and getting a rental car until it’s fixed. Never a dull moment.

This is what the outside of my car looks like, after I duct taped the bumper back in place. If you think it doesn’t look bad, take a good look at the back wheel and you’ll realize it’s crooked as the other car hit the whole left rear. The wheel and the tire are damaged, the suspension is broken, the back panel is all bent. The backlight is broken, the trunk is crooked, and everything under the bumper is dented. The bumper itself is the least of my worries. I just hope the frame of the car is OK.

My broken Ford Fusion

My broken Ford Fusion

And this is what the inside of my car looks like. Perfectly safe. Thank you to the Ford Motor Company for making safe cars. I love my Ford Fusion and the car not even being three years old, this breaks my heart. And thank you to Britax for making some of the safest child restraint seats.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Inside my car

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Inside my car

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Blue

Living in San Diego, CA, I get to enjoy beautiful blue skies the majority of the year. I’m not sure what makes the sky so blue here, but I’m guessing it has to do with our latitude and the ways the sun rays light up the sky. It really does help when taking photos of various subjects, and using the blue sky as a nice, contrasted background.

I took this photo in our backyard a few weeks ago, after what will probably be our last rain for the next six months.

Wordpress weekly photo challenge: Blue

WordPress weekly photo challenge: Blue

I also can’t help thinking about my boys when I hear the word blue. My whole world is blue because of them. They avoid the aisles of girl toys, calling them “the pink aisles”. They both have beautiful blue eyes and look great with blue tops, so I buy a lot of those. We also have a blue couch at our house, courtesy of IKEA. With a removable cover you can throw in the washer, this is one of the best furniture investments I’ve made with two kids. Here’s my four-year old when he was just a baby, sitting on the blue couch in his blue footsy pajamas, with his beautiful blue eyes (which you really can’t see well on this picture). 

My baby boy sitting on the blue couch

And here’s a photo of his brother when he wasn’t even two years old, sitting on our blue couch in my blue T-shirt, using my Boppy pillow and a burpcloth to breastfeed his lovey. How cute is that? I also have a photo of him using my breastpump but you’ll have to wait for the color “yellow” to be the theme of the photo challenge!

My son breastfeeding his lovey with the Boppy pillow

A special Mother’s Day story

This past Thursday afternoon, I received a strange email message that got my attention immediately. It came from my Every Day I See A Cow blog, mentioning a post I wrote last Thanksgiving where I featured cow hand puppets from IKEA. But it wasn’t about a cow.

The email sender was a mom located in Nova Scotia, Canada, almost 4000 miles away from San Diego, where I live. As I read her message, I quickly realized it was a cry for help. Earlier during the day, her two-year old daughter lost her lovey. Her ONLY lovey. Yep, no backup. Gasp!

So this desperate mom browsed the web for hours looking for a new lovey, which happens to be a lamb hand puppet from IKEA, just like the ones featured next to the cow on my Thanksgiving cow blog post. Of course, luck would have it that IKEA recently stopped selling these hand puppets. Apparently they’re not a hot item on the resale market either. At least, not on the day this lamb puppet disappeared.

As you can imagine, this tragic and sudden loss didn’t go well for her daughter, who kept crying and asking for her lamby. As she couldn’t find another one to buy anywhere, this poor mom became frustrated until she saw my blog post and emailed me, asking me if by any chance I would have an IKEA lamb hand puppet. Hmm, I replied, attaching the photo below, like… this one?

IKEA lamb hand puppet

IKEA lamb hand puppet

I actually bought several hand puppets at IKEA a few years ago. I think they were only $1.99 each at the time and very entertaining for the kids. I think I have a frog, a chicken, a zebra, and of course, a lamb. My kids still like to play with these puppets once in a while but I figured they could manage with one less.

So I got this mom’s address and on Friday morning I went to the post office to send our lamb to greener pastures. I’m pretty sure Nova Scotia has much greener pastures to offer than San Diego. And the best thing about all this is, in about a week a little girl will be happily reunited with “her” lamb lovey. Someone should tell her it just went on a vacation for a week or so…

This experience tells me that as moms, we need to stick together. Maybe one day another mom will be the one helping me out when I need it. But if there’s one single piece of advice I can offer new moms, it’s to get several copies of your baby’s lovey. That’s what I did with my two kids and even though we haven’t lost any so far, I don’t regret the additional purchases. 

By the way, if your child ever lost his or her lovey, I’d love to hear your story. How far did you go to replace it?

Happy Mother’s Day, everyone!

phil&teds USA recalls metoo clip-on chairs, finally

Stop using dangerous phil&teds metoo clip-on chairs

Stop using dangerous phil&teds metoo clip-on chairs

Well, it took three months for phil&teds USA to get on board with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and admit their product is unsafe, but they finally did it!

On May 15, 2011, the US CPSC urged phil&teds USA to recall their metoo clip-on chairs because of fall and amputation hazards, but the company refused to do so, only addressing the issue by making a “repair” kit available the US CPSC deemed unacceptable.  Yesterday phil&teds USA admitted the product is unsafe and consumers should be allowed to return it for a refund.

It had to take all 19 reports of the chairs falling from tables, including five reports with injuries, for the company to react. Two reports of injuries involved children’s fingers being severely pinched, lacerated, crushed or amputated. The three other reports involved bruising after a chair detached suddenly and a child struck the table or floor.

This really makes you wonder whose best interest phil&teds USA has in mind – their consumers or their corporate greed… A flagrant example of a company who makes baby and children’s products but doesn’t believe in safety first, even when they screw up. Knowing how they address safety issues, I wouldn’t recommend this brand of products to any parent, especially when you realize how expensive most of their products are. Shame on you, phil&teds USA.

Visit the US CPSC website for the complete announcement of the phil&teds USA recall and pass it along to your friends, for their children’s safety.