We had been hoping for a Bjorn carrier for NikkiZ for awhile, but it really was the lowest on our list of needs because they’re some damn expensive. My brother and his girlfriend gave us some Target bucks so we opted to get a generic and cheaper version of the Bjorn carrier. And I decided to break it in yesterday.
I took NikkiZ to the Target shopping center near my house. I put her in the carrier which she HATED. Well, she hated the process because no matter how much money you pay for the damn thing, it’s still a backpack that holds a baby and can NOT be an easy thing to get into. I got her in it and covered her up with a blanket for the walk to the first store. She fell asleep on the walk and slept in that carrier for almost THREE FREAKIN HOURS. Do you know what that means? It means I got a CRAP LOAD of Christmas shopping done. I kept thinking, “She’s going to wake up any minute now and want OUT of this thing.”
But did she? No! Because she loves Christmas and just the act of shopping lulls her to sleep!
Or something like that.
The thing is though, with those carriers, is you have to keep bouncing. Well, I don’t know if you HAVE to, but you are afraid if you stop, the baby will wake up. So, I was doing this Bounce Walk thing while pushing my buggy through Ross. At one point, someone walked past me to look at something in the aisle I was on. Then, they turned to me, smiled and jumped a little bit saying, “Oh! A baby! How cute!”
Evidently? The carrier does not make it obvious it is holding a baby. As the day went on I had several of the same reactions when people got close to me. Which means for the three hours of shopping, people were seeing my Bounce Walk and thinking one of several things:
(1) She walks funny. Does she need to pee? Why doesn’t she just go to the bathroom?
(2) She seems jolly. I wonder what she’s on? And would she share?
(3) Dude. Stay far away from that lady, she KRAZEE.
Did they notice the backpack thingy on my chest? Then possibly they’re thinking:
(4) Dude. She MAGNA-KRAZEE – not only does she dance while she walks, but she doesnt even know how to carry a BACKpack. It goes on your BACK, lady. Hence the name. Jeez.
So – next time you see a lady Bounce Walking at the store? Don’t write her off as psycho immediately. See if she’s carrying a baby, and if she is? Slip her some cash. She probably needs it. Especially if she’s me.