We decided to go to a local farmers/food market early this morning to buy some local produce instead of always doing our groceries at the supermarket. It was a beautiful Sydney day and it was a good opportunity to take Jayden for another little adventure.
CLEVER IDEA OF THE DAY # 1: I put on a pair of jeans and a casual shirt as I thought it may still be a bit cool being so early in the morning… well I thought WRONG.
Once we arrived, the heat came on pretty quickly. I was starting to regret my choice of clothing this morning and combined with the fact that I was carrying Jayden in a BabyBjorn meant that my back and chest were feeling extra hot. Poor Jayden’s face was red from both the heat of the sun and my chest. To make matters worse, I decided in my infinite wisdom to wear a shirt (wardrobe FAIL!). The buttons running down the middle of my shirt must have made it extra uncomfortable for my little boy… I’m such a rookie dad, an absolute novice… I had imprinted (or maybe I should say branded as it was quite hot) the shape of one of my buttons onto the middle of his forehead! Poor kid :(
As soon as I noticed this I felt ever so bad! What should I do? I should do what every good father would do… FIX IT! Make it comfortable for your child!
I decided to ensure his forehead didn’t rest against my chest (therefore my row of bulging buttons). But how would I do this? It’s a BabyBjorn, that’s how they’re designed for newborns!
CLEVER IDEA OF THE DAY # 2: Oh I know, I will lean forward a bit so that his head will fall back into the BabyBjorn head support and that way my blasted buttons wouldn’t hurt him! What a great solution to the problem! I’m awesome! Well… temporarily awesome… Why? Because leaning forward was okay when I was standing still, a little awkward, but it was nothing I couldn’t handle. Walking whilst leaning forward with a baby strapped to your chest is not exactly something I have ever done. It’s incredibly hard and it’s uncomfortable… I was dripping with sweat and my back was killing me! It didn’t stop me though, I was determined to keep Jayden as comfortable as I could despite what harm it was doing to me. I must have looked so strange. Passers by must have thought I was either really weird or a sweaty hunchback or both. I would have deservedly been crowned the King of Fools!
Lucky for me we had bought most of the fruit and veg and we were leaving soon. We were actually having a great time at the markets up until I noticed Jayden’s indented forehead. Here are some of the snaps from the morning before I became Quasimodo daddy :)
How did Jayden’s toes sneak into that shot?
The Little Burrow’s yummy cookies & museli… “eat me”?… gladly :)
OBVIOUS TIP OF THE DAY: If you’re using a BabyBjorn or any other baby carrier, do yourself, your back and your dignity a favour and do not wear anything with buttons. A t-shirt would’ve been great! In short, dress appropriately!
Have you ever had any clever parenting ideas go terribly wrong? I’d love to hear about them if you don’t mind sharing them with me to make me feel a little less foolish :)