Tomorrow is Maddux’s first birthday. This is a huge deal, right? I’ve been feeling particularly emotional, sentimental, and somewhat crazy over it lately. I just can’t believe it’s really happening! Tomorrow, I will wake up to a todder. I really don’t want the next year to fly by as quickly as his first did. I need to savor every moment!
Recently, I was asked if I would spread the word about the Subaru Forester “Life in the Backseat” stories. While I’m being compensated for this post, I actually think it’s such a cute idea and novel way to promote the Forester.
Earlier this month, I posted about life being one long, awesome road trip. I mentioned that you decide when to stop and enjoy the view. Subaru has taken that idea one step further and explained that a lot of life’s best moments actually take place IN the car. When you stop and think about that, you realize it’s completely true.
The backseat is where songs are sung, where games are played, and where some amazing naps have taken place. Your children spend a lot of time in the backseat. They essentially grow up back there.
I have vivid memories of days spent in the backseat as a child. I learned how to braid on a My Little Pony. I kicked some serious butt at that cow counting game, whatever it was called. I created some pretty sweet artwork, told plenty of juicy secrets to my Barbies, and spilled a lot of sticky drinks.
Now that I have my own backseat and my very own baby to put in it, new memories are being made. Some are fun. Look how cute he was before his car ride home from the hospital!
Some are not-so-fun. 😉 When Maddux was about three months old, we were on the way home from Hilton Head Island when all hell broke loose. By “all hell”, I mean full-on high-pitched, nightmare-inducing, screaming hell. Here he is before the panic set in:
I would have done anything to help that boy calm down. Actually, I did do pretty much anything. I couldn’t have made more hideous faces or crazy sounds if I had tried. My repertoire of ridiculousness does have its limits, okay? I handed him literally every single baby-safe item in the car. Nothing. No relief from the constant wailing. It was definitely a “I’m so mad I can’t even stand you right now” kind of cry, not the “Mom, I really need something” kind. We knew that stopping wouldn’t help. It would just make it worse in the end. I don’t think I could have handled worse.
Finally, Ryne had the brilliant idea of rolling every single window down. Apparently, that was all it took to cheer Maddux up. Who would’ve thunk, right? I had to spend the rest of the drive like this:
I know. It took me about 5 days to get all of the tangles out of my hair. I also don’t look great in hats. But I would’ve shaved my head bald to cheer my sweet little baby up. It’s crazy how much you can love someone who has only ever really yelled at you, isn’t it? 😉
Looking back, that will always be a great back seat living memory for me. It’s wild how some frustrating times end up being the funniest and most endearing little memories. I’ll never forget that road trip and I’ll never lose that feeling of wanting Maddux to be happy. I’d do anything for that boy! I’m already looking forward to a life full of back seat moments with my family.
That’s just one of my back seat living stories. There are plenty of others you can hear about on Twitter by following the hashtag #SubaruBackseat, watching the videos posted on their YouTube page, or by reading about them on other blogs. The #SubaruBackseat stories are full of funny, sweet, and totally unexpected moments. Check some out for yourself! One of my favorites is this little gem right here:
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Subaru. The opinions and text are all mine.