Baby carrier fans here!
I’ve always been a baby carrier fan. Though I loved strollers and their ease, there really weren’t strollers that fit three kids- all different ages- well. I wasn’t a carrier snob either- I’ve used them all and liked them all. As long as I could have my coffee in one hand and parent with the other- I was happy. I never imagined how incredibly important a simple carrier would become.
I was pregnant with my third child- my other two were three and not even two. I was excited and loving having this new life in me. My daughter and son were so excited to meet their baby brother, and life was quite literally everything I thought it would be.
One day I was just being Mom and making dinner for the kids when I got a phone call from my family back in New York. My Mom had been admitted to the hospital for a severe headache- they did an ultrasound and found a mass in her brain. Surgery was going to be the next day and we didn’t know at all what was ahead. Almost as instantly as I got the call, I packed up the kids and we flew overnight to my Mom. At the time I didn’t need a carrier, nor could I use one because of my growing belly. After surgery we got the news nobody wanted- it was cancer and it was the horrible no good kind- she was given just months to live.
Being pregnant I knew I would eventually have to fly home and stay there. My only hope at all the time was that Mom would make it long enough to meet baby. As luck would have it, there was a trial drug that she qualified for and it completely got rid of her tumor something that had never ben done before. She was a medical miracle!!
Once she was given the all clear, I flew home and planned the birth of our third baby. My Mom was even able to to come and be there for his birth. Everything seemed to be going fine until we got bad news again- there was a new growth.
This time I had a newborn, a two year old, and a four year old. There was no way I could fly or travel with all of them without a carrier. I was weak, and tired and sore from labor and we had to get home so Mom could get her treatment.
I spent the following six months taking care of my three kids- and my mother. I didn’t expect it but she needed the kids and I and we weren’t about to leave her. I was in charge of all insurance phone calls, all appointment scheduling, all the physical aspects of helping Mom when the meds made her sick and so much more.
Without my carrier- there is not way I could have taken care of children and Mom. No way. I know that sounds extreme but it’s absolutely true. That carrier held baby while Mom had radiation, chemo, and while I changed the diapers of my two oldest kids. I cooked meals, picked up medicine, and cried while carrying baby. I paced the hospital floors, punched walls, doubted my abilities, cleaned houses, traveled all over the country chasing trials, and even gardened while carrying baby. There is no way anything else could have given me that strength or freedom, and no way I could have have properly cared for Mom without baby right there. I found it fitting that my baby and Mom ended up being twins.
My Mom is still fighting, and baby is now crawling and about to walk. I won’t need the carrier forever, but for now I’m thanking my lucky stars that it’s available and here. It truly is my nanny in fabric lol. So get a carrier and get use to it- you never know how very needed it might be someday!!!