August 24, 2008 § Leave a Comment
Last week, I walked up a steep hill in town on our way to playgroup. I’ve made the hike before, but not recently. In other words, not this pregnant. I had hiked up to the same place a while ago pushing bilingual baby in the stroller and wrote about it, if you remember. Now, as pregnant as I am, I just can’t push the stroller along and still have energy to make it up the hill. So, last week I decided that I would wear our toddler in a Mei Tai on my back and carry the bags with the potty, the diaper and the food for the morning.
It actually proved to be quite comfortable. (Mind you, this is no easy hill.) I knew I needed to walk the hardest part first which is why I chose to go this particular way. The other ways would have me walking a flat part first, then a monster hill, and finishing with another flat part. I embarked on my hike, bilingual baby on my back, relaxed as ever. I took it slow, which is what you should do, and made it all the way up without wishing for the stroller.
Once I got there, I was talking to some of the other moms saying that it’s so much easier to wear bilingual baby on my back, even uphill, because everything I’m carrying is close to my center. Not so with the stroller, which I’ll gladly push around town- a flat surface. I do get a lot of looks just walking around this pregnant. The dropped jaws are from me, this pregnant, walking around with a toddler on my back- cos they aren’t looking at my face. I hardly think I look that big but then again I’ve been around me for a lot longer that the woman in the parking lot of the co-op (yup, you didn’t turn away quick enough).
On a completely different note, I found this post by Michelle at Organically Inclined an interesting read and I wanted to share it with you. She talks about the social life of her homeschooled kids. Sociality is so misunderstood when talking about homeschooling and I wish it weren’t the biggest fear when talking about homeschooling/unschooling. Read her post.