I always thought that those carriers were for parents (or Dads!) to wear their darling baby around when it was time to go to a festival, flea market, or some other type of outdoor activity that involves a lot of walking.
However, I have quickly learned that its for indoor use too!
I love, love, LOVE holding my baby. In fact, I have mastered doing many things one-handed. Things that I never thought I'd need to master (i.e. using the toilet...lol) but when the other option is a screaming baby - you learn fast!
So, for the times that baby is fussy and just needs to be near me but I have to get stuff done VOILA! The carrier! He can be close to me, I dont have to put him down, but I have 2 hands!
The Scenario: I'm standing in the middle of the kitchen with the baby in my arms. The baby needs a poopy diaper change. Since I'm in the kitchen I notice that I still have all of tonights dinner dishes sitting in the sink.
Mr. E walks in and I ask him if he wants to play "Lets Make a Deal". So, he asks what I mean.
I explain - You choose your fate - dirty diaper or dishes.
Well then, that must mean that little baby your holding belongs to me. In that case stop telling me HOW to take care of him. If I ASK for help, tips, advice etc, please feel free to take advantage of the opportunity. But otherwise, shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
So Mr. E had a few errands to run - all which included stopping by different family members homes. He decided he wanted to take the baby with him, so I could just relax at home, alone for a little while.
My first reaction? "Um, you're taking the baby? And leaving me here, by myself?"(uh, how dare he take his OWN son with him!) The thought of me being here, sans baby, was too outrageous for me to comprehend. But, I slowly got the baby ready for a short outing with Daddy.
Well, they have only been gone for about 15 minutes. Have I relaxed yet? NOPE! I have washed dishes, straightened up the bedroom, pre-made a few bottles...
What SHOULD I do?? Lay my exhausted self down and try to catch a few zzzz's while they're gone.
It's just so weird not having him after every move I've made these last 2 1/2 weeks revolve around him - that right now I can even go use the bathroom without making "arrangements" for his safety... Oh well, It will take some time but for now I'm having some mommy-baby withdrawl!
So, Mr. E has been away on business since Sunday...I have been lucky enough to have LOTS of family help all week. I had my sister stay over, my mother, my father came and my mother-in-law helped too. I was never without help, or the offer of help from everyone in both families.
However, last night I decided I wanted to have a few hours to myself (well, to ourselves- me and Baby E). I took a few hours, watched some TV, listened to music with the baby etc... Then I realized "Hmm...I can probably do the overnight by myself"
So, I tried it. (It helped knowing that there are a LOT of family members within 10 minutes of my apartment in case I really needed some support)...
Well, WE survived! Baby E had a pretty good night. He was awake a lot - so Mommy is VERY TIRED today but he was awake and NOT screaming - so it was a bargain I was willing to make. I figured I could happily (sort of) sacrifice the sleep in return for the blood curdling screams that stabs at every mothers heart at 3 a.m.
So-- it was my first attempt at having the baby by myself for an extended period of time - and we both made it through without any catastrophes, doctors visits or crying phone calls begging for help.
In fact, I never felt like I couldn't do it on my own... :) Of course, I'm not suggesting Mr. E take a vacation any time soon -- but it was just nice to know I did it by myself!
I can NOT tell you how many times I have been peed on. I try to be ready for it by arming myself against the baby boy diaper change pee - but I constantly find myself right in the line of fire. Even when I think "oh I'm going to undress him for a bath" I find myself fighting the pee!
Only a mommy would find it as funny as I do, and not get grossed out by the number of times I've found myself soaked in pee. :)
I was just sitting back and thinking (yes, Baby was sleeping so I actually had a moment to do so!) that on this date last year, October 9, 2007 I was not even pregnant yet. I wasn't even married yet! It's amazing. I have had the absolute most wonderful year of my life. A wedding in November, positive pregnancy test in February and fabulous baby boy in October.
Just made me smile to realize how blessed I've been.
Its 4:30 a.m. I just woke up from taking my turn sleeping while Mr E took care of the baby. I have fed him, changed his diaper and outfit and put him in the cradle. Hopefully he'll go back to sleep, but the past few nights between the hours of 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. prove to be the baby's fussiest time... So I thought these lyrics may help paint the picture of how I feel.
I'm so tired, I haven't slept a wink, I'm so tired, my mind is on the blink. I wonder should I get up and fix myself a drink. No, no, no. I'm so tired I don't know what to do. I'm so tired my mind is set on you. I wonder should I call you but I know what you'd do. You'd say I'm putting you on. But it's no joke, it's doing me harm. You know I can't sleep, I can't stop my brain You know it's three weeks, I'm going insane. You know I'd give you everything I've got For a little peace of mind. I'm so tired, I'm feeling so upset Although I'm so tired I'll have another cigarette And curse Sir Walter Raleigh. He was such a stupid git.You'd say I'm putting you onBut it's no joke, it's doing me harmYou know I can't sleep, I can't stop my brainYou know it's three weeks, I'm going insaneYou know I'd give you everything I've gotFor a little peace of mindI'd give you everything I've gotFor a little peace of mindI'd give you everything I've gotFor a little peace of mind..........