Back in the good 'ol days, my mom would pop 2 of the legs out from under my "carbed" in order to level the device, make sure I was good and cozy before sitting down in the driver's seat and off we went. That was how they did things before the days of 5-point harnesses, airbags that sensed the weight of the passenger and LATCH restraint systems.
Now, as our state is on the brim of putting a new law into effect regarding kids and booster seats, I am finding myself torn and confused as to how to keep my children safe in the car.
Part of my problem is that my younger son is physically bigger than his older brother. It's been that way since birth. And although they've seem to struck a deal between themselves (McRae promises not to call Wyatt "fat" and Wyatt promises not to call McRae "shrimp", though neither boy is either one of those things) this new law is threatening the very core of their brotherly relationship.
Wyatt may not need a booster seat.
McRae most definitely does.
According to the information I have, children must meet 2 of the 3 requirements to be "off the hook" when it comes to needing a booster seat in our state.
Those requirements are 1) child must be 8 years old, 2) child must weigh at least 80lbs, and 3) child must be 4 feet 9 inches tall.
McRae is 10-years-old. That's it.
Wyatt meets all requirements. No question about it.
Now, where did I put my 10-year-old? I need to feed him cream puffs, put a little meat on his bones so that his poor little ego will survive this new booster seat law.