Etienne demonstrated his skill at hooking the seat belt all by himself. My life just got a little easier; only 1/4 of the entourage needs to be buckled in! Seemed like a momentous occasion except I should have known that it was too good to be true. Can we say "freedom?" AGH!!!! Etienne can not, can not, I repeat, keep his hands off the seat belt. Driving with him has now become a game of which sibling is in charge of regulating how far out he has stretched the belt, if he is sitting sideways/hanging off the side/completely tangled within the belt; or if the boy has just stretched it so far it doesn't function. What do I do besides scold?
When Blake was 2, he wasn't easy. There was a stretch where a friend actually used duct tape on his car seat during a road trip so that we could avoid constantly re-hooking him in. I have done a little searching and there are car seats for very large kids but they are super-duper expensive because they are designed for children with physical disabilities.
If you see a black minivan with some Will Smith blaring pulled over on the side of the road with a blonde woman pulling her hair out, please don't honk. Just keep moving.