Thank you for those who have contributed to our donations – MinuteGamer is going to be moving to a new space in a week or two. It’s still up in the air whether we’re going to stay with WordPress or going off to Joomla, but we’re definitely moving to our own domain and hosting. Yippee! I can’t wait. (Actually, with the amount of work involved … I can. 😉 )

Also, you might notice if you’re a regular that we haven’t had too many updates lately – Curtis is teething pretty badly with his molars, and he’s been having a fever every couple of days and of course, he needs mommy’s attention. So that’s where my attention is, where it’s truly important. Everything else aside, the baby is still #1!

He’s also just had his first birthday a week ago, so my little guy is now official the big ONE. With our blog money (yes, it’s our blog money – most of it gets spent on the baby, and the rest to games and hosting) plus some extras from my dad and my aunt, we got him the best car seat we can find and a V-Smile Baby system. The constant sound of “Orange! Orange! Orange!” is annoying to say the least, but he seems to love it.

During our visit to Babies R’ Us for the car seat, the one thing I really noticed is the ignorance of safety standards. Car Seats for toddlers allow you to turn the baby front-facing at 1 year old or about 20 lbs. Ideally, for maximum safety, we’re not going to turn Curtis around until he’s 35 lbs. Rear-facing is the safest position to travel for adults or children, but it’s especially important in kids since their heads are very heavy. In a head-on collision with another car, the head could snap forward and the neck could break easily.

The Babies R’ Us employees kept mentioning that there will be “no room for his legs” soon enough and that the recommendation is to turn them forward at 20 lbs. I asked them this: if you’re in a car accident with your child, which would you rather him break? His neck or his legs?

Here’s a YouTube video demonstrating car seat safety.