Feather Art. Back Bay Fens.
Alice has stolen a bit of my stroller confidence. Lately, she has been having major meltdowns every time I put her in the stroller. Not right away, though. About 15 or so minutes into a walk or run. Like red in the face. Screaming. Total freak out. She isn't hungry. She doesn't have a dirty diaper. She isn't being pinched or squeezed by the harness. Trust me. I've checked. She's just tired. So tired. And she loves to fight sleep. For some reason Alice is no longer lulled to sleep by the gentle jostle of the stroller like she used to be. What gives? Why is it that babies can't just go the eff to sleep?! Why must they kick and scream into napping?! I don't get it.
And, the thing is, it isn't just the stroller that she fights. Oh no. It's the car seat, too. It's like she's decided that she is just going to wail when we strap her into anything. So I am sure you can imagine just how fun it is driving in the car with this kid when she's tired. Good times.
On Friday I was determined to go for a walk with Alice in the stroller. She must learn to like riding in that thing! As usual, she lasted about 15 minutes and then we neared nap time. And then squirming started, followed quickly by grunts and a scrunched up and red-turning face. I knew the wailing wasn't far off so I attempted to placate her with her pacifier. She promptly spit it out.
And then she screeeeeeeeeeamed. The serenity of the Back Bay Fens was now filled with Alice's angry and tired cry.
I stopped at a park bench and got right in her face and shushed her and talked her down. I jostled the pacifier and rocked the stroller. It didn't help. She continued to wail, her tired little eyes heavy with sleep. She wasn't giving in easily. But neither was I.
I was going to win this battle. Alice doesn't yet realize just how stubborn her mom is.
I persevered and continued to shush and rock and pacify her until she finally gave in and fell asleep. All while in the stroller. I won.
Don't get me wrong. I hate to hear her cry like that. But I was right there the entire time. My face right next to hers. My hands wrapped around her little shoulders, cuddling her as best I could. All of her needs were met except for one. She just needed sleep.
She slept for the remainder of our walk. I was then able to enjoy the quiet and snap a few photos. But you better believe I was quick to take a picture and then get moving again as you never know when the lack of stroller movement could awaken a peacefully sleeping baby.
Snapshots of a Walk. Back Bay Fens.
Any tips for getting Alice to like riding in the car seat and stroller around nap time? I am a master at putting Alice to sleep when we're at home. But out and about in the stroller is a different story. When Alice is tired, I've realized that she needs to be totally shut down from a stimulation perspective... so putting a blanket over the stroller usually helps in stopping her from wildly looking around and not napping.