They Didn’t Warn Me About This

I’ll admit, gleefully, that this post is a joy for me to write. There are so many things that I worried about, so many things that I wasn’t sure would ever happen. But I digress. . .

It all started when I turned Charlie’s car seat around. Seems harmless, right? He’d met the weight requirement a while ago, and I thought his neck strength was ready, so about a month ago I went ahead and turned his car seat to the forward-facing position.

The thing is. . . now he can see me. Sounds good, right? Well, not so much.

Despite having visual impairments and severe brain damage, Charlie quickly figured out that Mommy has control over what songs play on the radio. When we make our 45 minute trek across the lake, I plug my iPod in and jam to whatever I feel like it.

But times, they are a’changin.’


Charlie has no patience for Sarah Bareilles, anything country, or Billy Joel. He lurves Leona Lewis, Gavin DeGraw, the Black Eyed Peas, Britney, and Lady Gaga. Anybody else know that Britney’s middle name was Jean?

The other day I had to listen to Poker Face twice on the ride home. Also, he seemed to find Blame it on the Alcohol quite entertaining. For the record, I hate that song and wouldn’t purposely listen to the entire thing without coercion. Also, for the record, I’ve had to employ a lot of my own discipline techniques as we navigate the scenario where my not-even-two-year-old thinks he should have say on what plays on the radio.

So, apparently it isn’t enough that I didn’t sleep through the night for almost a year or that I have a four inch scar as a result of his birth. No, Charlie will not rest til he’s King of the Radio.

So, damn, that was quick, and also, That’s My Boy because I don’t think there’s anything more normal than driving your mother crazy.

That’s my boy!

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  1. Small Town Girl says:

    There’s something about Poker Face and little kids…you’re not the first person whose kid I’ve heard loves that song.

  2. Christine says:

    Sounds like Charlie is doing what he should be: driving mom a little crazy. Glad he seems to be doing well. I hope the balance issue works out.

  3. Ahhh, we have a music man as well. . .as soon as we get in the car he says “I need my music!” Can’t just ride along and listen to the wind blog–we have to have the radio blaring!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Charlie doesn’t like Billy Joel? Uh oh, Charlie’s got problems already.

  5. Gina (Mannyed) says:

    Wow, I think I didn’t have control of the radio until my first car! GO CHARLIE! : )

  6. caryanne says:

    Thanks for the warning! Daniel finally reached the weight limit and we’ll be turning the boys around soon.

    Love it that Charlie knows what he likes and doesn’t like. Too cute!

  7. Nadine Hightower says:

    My girls were raised on Rock…ZZTop and Van Halen. And under the impression that Country caused me to vomit.

  8. Good for Charlie!!!!! Bennett leaves me alone mostly in the vehicle but is an absolute dictator on the computer.

  9. Charlie’s playlist sounds like Caleigh’s. Lady Gaga and Britney seem to be her favorites. It’s fine….until you hear them 600 times a day!!

    She smiles and giggles to the songs and that makes me happy. Oh well.

  10. jennifer_jj says:

    Just wait till he tells you how to drive:)