#1 See the photo below???? That's a photo I took from my bed. That dark room right across the hall with the cat prevention gate, that's Lucy's room.
Now look at the photo below .... right down there, that's the baby monitor. I still use it. The base is in Lucy's room (you know the room right across the hall) and the receiver is on my dresser. I still don't know if I hear Lucy in the morning from the doorway (right across the hall) or through the monitor. I tried turning it off and had a mini anxiety attack. So I keep it on. I'm sort of weird.
I still use a 5 point harness carseat for my 4 1/2 year old. We'll probably use it until she's 12 and can ride in the front seat. The thought of putting her in a booster type seat just makes my heart race. I can see her sliding the belt under her arm and then us getting rear ended .... I can see her falling asleep and having the belt misalligned. I get afraid almost every time we are in the car together that something bad is going to happen. I worry all the time. I constantly have to check myself on judging other people for being less then completely anal retentive when it comes to car seat safety. I hate letting Lucy ride in other people's cars. I myself survived riding in the front seat, in the driver's lap for my entire childhood. I believe I started using seatbelts consistently when I was 16.
Most of the time I still cut Lucy's grapes in half. To better preserve the freshness of the grapes I do send whole grapes in Lucy's school lunch bag. I worry on grape day that she'll act crazy when she puts a grape in her mouth and choke.