February 2013 Moms

Some people are actually really nice (long, but good)

Yesterday, I was having a stressful day. In a rush to get back to DD before she started crying I put yogurt in my oatmeal instead of milk. My diaper service didn't bring any diapers because DH (doing his best) filled the card out wrong (the service sucks anyway and we're building up our own stash so we can stop the service). I stepped in cat vomit on my way out the door. I had an almost argument with DH ( we haven't had a real argument in I don't remember how long). And my boiling diapers (which I had to wait for before I could do laundry) were steaming up an already warm apartment.

I go to walmart to return and then buy a few things. I go to Burlington and buy myself a new hat to cheer myself up. I grab a sandwich and have a quick picnic in the park with DD. Then we are off to the laundromat.

We had a lot of laundry to do. We took up a whole row of (8) washers! DD was talkative and playful at first but a couple of minutes before it was time to move everything to the dryers she began to get tired. I transferred my cranky baby to her ergo and let her suck my thumb til she fell asleep and I could concentrate on laundry.

Just as I was getting to my first load of wet prefolds to transfer to the dryer, some guy offered his dryer that still had ten minutes on it! Thanks, guy! I put the most quarters in my diaper loads of course.

I start the dryers, sit down and read for a bit. Pretty soon DD wakes up and cries and I get her out of the ergo and nurse her.  Then the diaper service calls ans as soon as I answer my phone DD wails. I pop my boob back in her mouth and finish my call.

The laundry is done and DD isn't. I wait as long as I can but I am taking up 8 washers so I pop her off the boob and get to folding.This older man comes up to me and says, "I just got my hearing aide recently and That's the first time in 15 years I've heard a baby cry! It was beautiful. It brought me back to when my sons were little. Sorry to interrupt your day."

Well, I wasn't sorry and I told him that that was wonderful news and thanked him. I went back to hanging/folding. DD's happy at first but pretty soon she is crying again and I am nursing her in the ergo with one hand and folding clothes with the other.

Its four PM. I call DH to see if he is getting off of work and can he help? He's off but has a massage appointment (I can't hate, his back is effed after he was hit by a car while walking his bike home four years ago). At this point I feel like I've always been at the laundromat.

Finally she falls asleep again and I put her in the carseat so I can really fold and get out. For a while she is happy and talking softly to the cow and pig stuffed chimes hanging from her carseat. Then she gets tired again and wants to be held.

I start holding her for one minute and then folding for one minute. I do this off and on thing for ten or fifteen minutes and I am all folded. Then this lovely woman comes over and offers to help. Bless her!

She says her baby is 18 and has a golf date so she has all the time in the world. I thank her profusely as she packs up and loads my car while I hold my baby. 

That was not the end to my day (it was a long one yesterday) but that's the end of my long story about my stressful day that was interrupted by three truly helpful people!

Anyone else run into any strangers who appreciate your status as a new mother (or just having a new baby)?

 

Baby Birthday Ticker Ticker

Re: Some people are actually really nice (long, but good)

  • I was at a restaurant on Mday with my mom, my sisters and DS in his carseat. An older gentlemen walked up to me and said "well, I know for sure you're a mom. Happy Mother's Day!". It was so nice to hear it from a total stranger.

    On a side note, not to sound rude, but old people LOVE babies. They're so genuine when they ask me about DS. It's sweet.

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic
  • image kbates85:
    I was at a restaurant on Mday with my mom, my sisters and DS in his carseat. An older gentlemen walked up to me and said "well, I know for sure you're a mom. Happy Mother's Day!". It was so nice to hear it from a total stranger. On a side note, not to sound rude, but old people LOVE babies. They're so genuine when they ask me about DS. It's sweet.

    I agree! I never realised how much old people love babies, it warms my heart when they come over to look at DS and a smile comes over their face.

    OP you had a crazy busy day and I'm so glad that you had interactions with these people!  It makes the insanity of the day easier to handle =)

  • Oh, the old man's comment made me tear up. That  is awesome.

    I've just been surprised at how many grocery store attendants offer to take my groceries out these days. Didn't happen when I was pregnant, but maybe they just want more time to admire the baby now ;) 

    Pregnancy Ticker
  • Drea926Drea926
    2500 Comments 250 Answers 500 Love Its Third Anniversary
    member
    I agree - old people are super cute! :P My first outing with DS (other than a doctor's appointment) was to Target at 5 weeks and this older gentleman goes, "Oooh! That's a brand new one!" So adorable!

    image

    View Full Size Image    View Full Size Image



  • OP you are amazing! We have a washer and dryer here and I still can't manage to do laundry or fold it consistently.
    A sweet old lady helped me at lunch the other day. I went in carrying both car seats because I couldn't get inside with the double stroller. I ordered a coffee and sandwich and tried to make my way to the patio. I knew this would be a struggle but before I even attempted it this old woman came over and said she would carry a car seat out for me. So helpful!
  • The elderly man's comment totally made me cry...and gave me some perspective - DS is having a fussy day and I'm exhausted, but now I realize how lucky I am to be a mom and a wife and have a beautiful, healthy son!

    I had a similar crazy day on Wednesday trying to get LO's passport. It was made so much better by all the helpful, caring people I cam across on my way - the adult man with Down Syndrome opening doors for me at the coffee shop, the government worker patiently helping my figure out passport documentation...it'd always good to remember that amidst all the crazy tragedies that have been occurring lately, that there are so many amazing people in our world! 

     Also, you are super mom! I cloth diaper and I couldn't imagine doing it without having an in home washer/dryer - go you!!

      

    <a href="http://www.thebump.com/?utm_source=ticker&utm_medium=HTML&utm_campaign=tickers" title="Getting Pregnant"><img src="http://global.thebump.com/tickers/tt183980.aspx" alt=" Baby Birthday Ticker Ticker" border="0"  /></a>
Sign In or Register to comment.
Choose Another Board
Search Boards