Today I overheard someone commenting to their friend that they’d never seen someone carrying a child of Amy’s age in a carrier before and wondered why on earth you would . . . I didn’t hear the rest of the conversation as the line I was waiting in moved on, however it got me to thinking . . .
Dear Curious (let’s assume you’re Curious and not Judgmental),
I believe you were questioning the need for my 18 month old daughter to be carried to school on my back today so I thought I’d give you a few reasons . . .
1. On the way to school this morning the wheel fell off Amy’s trike. By pure chance the mother of another child in Chloe’s class happened to be walking past and very kindly offered to walk the big two to school for me with her daughter meaning I could limp the trike home without too much drama. The trike needed a new piece fitting by my husband so wasn’t ready to be used again at lunch time.
2. Her pushchair was in the car which was parked right down the street, the sling happened to be in the cupboard and when I’m trying to make sure I get to school on time I’m all about convenience.
3. Although Amy does enjoy walking, at 18 months the school run is just a bit too far for her to manage there and back – besides which she doesn’t exactly rush and I don’t think Chloe would have taken to kindly to being the last child sat on the carpet while her little sister dilly dallied along inspecting the pavement, a cat or whatever else caught her attention along the way.
4. Carrying my 18 month old child on my back does mean I burn considerably more calories than pushing her pram and that’s always a bonus in my book.
5. Sometimes a pram just isn’t practical. Wearing Amy on my back means we can go to places that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to – for example walking on uneven paths, places with lots of stairs or even somewhere really busy where a pushchair might be in the way. It also means that I know she can’t wander off if I’m trying to sort something out with the bigger two.
6. She likes it. I don’t think I really need to explain this reason but I will. Whilst up on my back she can see all sorts of things which aren’t normally in her line of view. She spends lots of time peeping over my shoulder and giggling. She’s clearly comfortable up there and has been known to pop her head on my shoulder and fall asleep.
7. I like it. Again not something I should have to explain but I will. Mostly Amy now sits in a forward facing pushchair and I miss being able to see her face and chat to her. Whilst carrying her I’m able to talk to her more easily about what we’re doing – particularly if she’s in a front carry position. If she’s on my back she can hear my voice easily and responds or laughs. We are close and it’s lovely.
So actually the reason I carry my little girl on my back is that I love it and she loves it. And until she doesn’t I shall carry on thanks.