Too soon.
April 16, 2010

It was rather windy here the other day, so I decided that Charlotte might appreciate having a walk in the stroller instead of being worn in a carrier.  I put a warmer in the bottom by her feet, stuffed in a blanket, and we were off.

We rarely use the stroller, but it was a nice change of pace.  Even though I made a point to stop and point things out at her level, however, by the time we rolled up the driveway I was itching to have her in my arms.  I missed her.

So I picked her up and kissed her head and nuzzled her neck and cherished the feel of holding my baby, holding her against my body, against my heart.  And I wondered: what will I do when my sweet Charlotte is too big for me to carry?  What will I do when she is too heavy for my arms and my back?

A couple hours later I had my answer.  What will I do when my daughter is all grown up?  I will use the bathroom in peace and solitude, THAT’S WHAT.

*** The winner of this week’s giveaway (Are You Eating Something Red? by Ryan Sias) is Kimberly.  Congratulations, Kimberly!


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  1. By C @ Kid Things on April 16, 2010

    My oldest is 6 and he still doesn’t let me use the bathroom in peace. I’m beginning to think there’s never going to be such a thing, ever, again.

  2. By Cambria Copeland on April 16, 2010

    Hadley has to join me to…  She sits on her potty with her pants on.  When I flush she says “bye bye, potty.“ Then when I wash my hands, she has to do hers too. The best is when she gets her bathtub toy boats out of the tub and gives them to me whilst I’m sitting on the pot.  Because boats are important when you are using the toilet!  It’s adorable, but sometimes (a lot of times) I wish I could have a bit of privacy.

  3. By Carrie @ OhBabyO! on April 16, 2010

    We used the stroller the other day and I can totally relate to how you felt while using yours.  So strange!  I actually felt rather anxious having him so far away from my body while out in the world.

  4. By Kimberly O'Rosky on April 16, 2010

    Oh the things to look forward too :)
    My vote has been cast for the day!!
    WooHoo on the book - so excited!

  5. By on April 16, 2010

    I remember this from when I was a little little kid-being told, I can’t carry you, too big. It made me really sad, but we still had other ways of being close. I especially remember the evening ritual of sitting on my mom’s lap after dinner each night. It’s definitely a tradition I’ll carry on when I have kids, though I probably won’t carry on my dad’s after dinner ritual of emptying the change out of his pockets and having the kids fight for it. Haha. Enjoy your little lovey.

  6. By on April 16, 2010

    Awwwwww….

  7. By Cynthia A on April 16, 2010

    Soo sweet, I never want to stop holding Bailey either!

  8. By Krista on April 17, 2010

    Oh yes,  I am patiently waiting for the day that I can pee without playing peek-a-boo.

  9. By Tabitha (From Single to Married) on April 18, 2010

    Oh - love the stroller!  I was so sure I wouldn’t use it that I kept it in its box until one unfortunate incident.  We had headed up to Georgetown hospital to meet with another lactation consultant.  It had been all of maybe nine days since giving birth and I figured I’d be fine carrying the baby in the car seat.  Let me stop right here and remind you that my baby weighed over 10 lbs at birth and the car seat alone has to be 15-20 pounds.  Needless to say, we couldn’t find a parking space nearby and we had to walk for what seemed like miles, all the while with me lugging that car seat.  I could barely move by the time we got there. 

    You better believe I broke out and started using our stroller right after that and I’ve loved it!  I still like wearing him too, but the stroller has been great for shopping trips and walks around the neighborhood.  (side note: I wore him for one of our walks around the neighborhood and by the time I got back, we were both drenched in sweat.  I’ve stuck with the stroller ever since.)


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