Sunday, April 8, 2012
the First of Three.
The first of the three sets of grandparents have come and gone. Alice loved having Grandma Julie and Zayde Aharon here to help take care of her. And, frankly... so did her mom. It was so nice to have an extra set of hands to hold Alice while I showered. Or while I napped. Or while I ate my breakfast/lunch/dinner. We will definitely miss having them here.
So today we all took a walk around a lake near our apartment. It wasn't especially warm out (about 48F) so we bundled Alice up and loaded her into the stroller. As we were walking out the door I realized I didn't bring anything to change her diaper should she need it but I thought Hey, we won't be gone that long and off we went. Big mistake. About halfway into our walk, Alice started to wail. We had gotten to the point in our walk were I could take a shortcut and head home, so I did while the rest of the group headed on to finish the walk around the lake. After Alice spit her pacifier out for the twentieth time, I realized that we weren't going to make it home without some sort of immediate intervention and frankly, my heart was breaking hearing her cry so maybe the intervention was more for my sanity than for hers. So I sat down on a park bench, stripped off my shirt enough to allow Alice to eat and grabbed her flailing body out of the stroller. And she was soaking wet. Like through the diaper, through her pants and through her blanket soaking wet. Okay. Obviously the quick breast feeding alone was not going to stop her crying. As I sat there feeding her, our apartment seemed ridiculously far away and I couldn't imagine how I was going to get home quickly enough to get her properly changed and fed. So I finished up the quick feeding, plugged the pacifier back into her mouth and put her in the stroller. And she immediately started to wail. Like uncontrollably. Like I have never heard her cry like that before. And it totally broke my heart!! So I grabbed her out, wrapped her tightly in the extra blanket I brought and carried her with one arm while I pushed the stroller with the other. Luckily this worked and she fell asleep in my arms as I walked. And by the time I got home, both of my arms were dead asleep from carrying her but it was worth it as she didn't make another peep the rest of the way.
I guess I need to be a little more prepared next time. But hey, now breast feeding in public seems like no big deal!
Please tell me you've done something silly like this before and not taken an important thing that your kid ended up needing like a goddamn diaper?! Seems pretty basic. Have baby. Take diaper. Duh. Both Lee and I felt horrible having put her through that. Lesson learned!