Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Thanks anyway

So I'm out at the grocery store with M and K. Since K's bright-eyed and the trip will be short, I pop her in the Baby Bjorn. It's not that I don't like the Bjorn; it's just that I find the sling so much more soothing for both her and I, but if she's gonna be awake, I figure she ought to get to look around. I know, all you veteran sling-wearers out there are about to tell me that I can have her sitting up and looking out in the sling. That would require me to look up how to situate her so that she doesn't fall out while doing so. And that would require free time and a good memory (do it now, my conscience is telling me, but I'm finally writing on my blog, so there).

Okay, back to the Bjorn. One of the main reasons why I don't find it soothing is that K has a nasty habit of chewing on carrier's top. I try to lift her up, stand up straighter, and even pull her head back, but she knows it's there and she knows she likes to chew. The girl insists.

As I'm loading my groceries into the van, K still in the Bjorn, a woman walks up to me and begins gushing. I smile, tell her a little about K's current stats, and let the fawning ensue.

"She's so cute!"
"Thank you."
"What a precious little face!"
"I know, aren't they so cute at this age?"
"And she's chewing on the top of that thing!"
"Yeah, she does that a lot."

Then, with a pause and an I-gonna-let-you-in-on-a-little-secret smile,

"You know that's not good for her, right? Chewing on that plastic?"

No kidding? They're not supposed to chew on it? But I've been using it as an apparatus for delivering medicines and liquor, along with the general supplementation of her diet. What a total and complete shock. I'm so lucky to have run into someone who could clear up that gross misconception. How could such a lousy mother have managed to have any child make it past infancy!

I didn't say this, of course. I muttered a contrite, "I know," and slunk away with my tail between my legs. Later, though, the guilt broke away and I reminded myself that every mom has her limits, that no mom can (or should) please everyone. It's tough enough just to make it through the day, which I do, happily.

And besides, it's not plastic. It's fabric. Oh wait, I thought I was letting it go...


Heather said...

Things I let Lucy suck on/chew on/play with that I shouldn't:
Keys. Mmmm, keys that have been everywhere, including inside the ignition! High-chemical solvents! Yum!
Plastic bags. Yes, even though it says "this is not a toy". My compromise is I don't leave her _alone_ with the plastic bag.
My shoes. Gross.
Leaves/sand/grass/other foreign matter. This girl puts everything in her mouth (though it has gotten better. If we leave the house, foreign matter _is_ going to go in her mouth. It's just going to happen.
Paper. I try to keep it to a dull roar. The good things is that I'm sure paper has a lot of fiber. That hs to be good for her, right?

Melissa said...

Mmm, keys. My kids have all had their own keys, since there's no keeping those out of their mouths.

It's hard to learn new sling positions on your own, by the way-- much easier if someone shows you. And forward-facing in a pouch can be tricky before they're sitting on their own, anyway. But if you can't wait for someone to demonstrate, the zolowear dvd is really really good, and it might even be online.