Tuesday, 02 March 2010
Yesterday, I decided to give my teenage sister break from her 16 month-old baby Ana. Being that my sister was very sick I decided to head out real quick and be back before the baby had woke up. But before I could put on my pants the baby was already up, and I decided to take her with me.
I realized how hard it was to actually get her dressed.. It took me about twenty minutes more than the time I take to dress myself. What made it even more hard and took even longer was chasing her to get her dressed. Whenever she heard me say "come here Ana" she just took off running and laughing at the same time. I almost got stressed at that very moment, but I kept telling myself you can do it. And I did.
The next part was pushing her in her stroller while I was walking to cash something I got in the mail a few days ago. I had to pick her stroller up because there was still snow on the sidewalk from the snow storm we had two days in a row last Thursday and Friday, and as much as I tried to push through it, it still wouldn‘t move through it. So, I took her and walked in the street constantly turning around looking out for moving cars.
After I cashed my check I thought it wouldn’t be so bad to get a few things for the house while I was out. The whole time while I was in the store I was trying to figure out how to carry some of the items without stuffing the bottom of her carriage, and without people thinking I was stealing. I did manage to get a few items just by holding some of them and pushing the stroller with my other hand. And it was bad enough that when I did get outside the store the bags ripped and everything fell out.
I then decided that I was going to take the bus instead of walking back home. I don’t have a car or any other way to get around besides taking public transportation. In New York City, public transportation can be very hard on you especially if you have a baby in a stroller. They always order you to take your baby out regardless if you can or cannot. Believe me, my sister goes through it too since she takes her baby to school with her. And she always has a hard time with the bus drivers. But there are bus drivers that you do meet that don’t mind and who would help you on and off the bus with your bags, stroller, etc…
It was easy getting on the bus with Ana, but when the bus came to my stop it was even hard to get off because there was a mountain of snow right in front of me. One of the passengers was actually nice enough to help me off the bus and through the mountain of snow.
When I got home I hugged my sister, and told her I took a walk in her shoes and realized it wasn’t as easy as I thought. I went through the whole day taking care of my niece and I realized how hard it really was. I babysit her all the time but those four or five hours is nothing compared to a full day of caring for a baby. It was very challenging.
What's the most challenging aspect of having a baby?