In a few days I will be going away to Vancouver Island for almost a week with my two nine month old twin children.  Thinking about this trip, I am mentally packing in my mind and have decided that I need to bring so many things.  I even considered packing the baby bathtub. Of course I won’t as there won’t be room, but the thought did cross my mind.  It makes me wonder how my parents managed when they carted myself and my brother around on safaris in East Africa when I was a child.  At the time we traveled in a car with the roof rack stuffed with supplies.  I sat in a makeshift bassinet/seat in the back with a straw hat on my head.  With today’s creature comforts there is a tendency to not want to be inconvenienced by travel.  Of course with baby twins travel is always a bit of a production. This is the case if you are traveling down the road or around the world.   It will be interesting to see what happens when my ideals hit the road.

Speaking of the actual traveling, we are in a bit of a tizzy because the car seat that we inherited turned out to be one that was recalled three years ago.  We found out after my brother had made a special trip to the downtown to help us install this larger baby seat. So off we went to our local baby store site, researching car seats on Amazon until we were cross eyed.  This experience is a wake up call that when you are accepting second hand baby items, it is always a good idea to check if there was a safety recall for said item.  I mentioned this to a friend who was also given a car seat recently.  There is a good chance that her seat was one that was recalled as well! (I’m keeping my fingers crossed for her as she is traveling overseas this weekend and will need the seat as soon as she returns in two months.)

As I said in a previous “dish” – Recalls. As a parent the word sends a shiver up my spine.

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