I've been having some bittersweet feelings and thoughts tonight. You see, we received a Kaboost today. It's a very clever booster that goes under a chair to boost the chair up so a child can sit in the chair and still reach the table. I'll be posting a review of the Kaboost after we've had a chance to use it for a week or so.
But in the meantime, it's already had a major impact on our household. Tonight at dinner, Alex sat in the Kaboost. Which meant Tyler moved out of his highchair and into the Fisher-Price Healthy Care Booster Seat. The booster seat has been Alex's setup at the dining table for over a year now. Tyler's been pointing to it vigorously and indicating that he'd rather sit in it for the last few days, but I didn't realize the impact that the move was going to have on me.
For one thing, I no longer have to wash the high chair trays. We have three removable trays, plus the big tray that attaches to the chair. Since we've had the high chair for over 2 1/2 years now, the big tray has been washed hundreds of times and the springs in the latches rusted and broke several months ago. I'm thrilled that I longer have to fight to secure it in place. And not having the three removable trays in my dishwasher will mean I can put more in the dishwasher. Not to mention the space we'll gain when we get rid of the high chair.
Seeing both of our kids seated at the table, Marc and I shared some "Wow, they're growing up so fast" moments tonight. Tyler ate his food off of a plate, not a tray. And he was right there at the table, instead of a little removed in the high chair.
I know I can't fight the changes and I don't really want to. But I do wish I could bottle their cuteness and innocence and preserve at least a little bit of it forever.