For those that don't know me well or maybe just don't know THIS- up until recently I've been more than a little freaked out about young kids (playing with them, holding them, or just being in the same vicinity). To begin to remedy this I've spent over a year volunteering with the 2 year olds at church. I now feel pretty comfortable with the terrible 2's but any younger still freaks me out.
I have some ideas about this. They are two-fold:
- I've had zero experience. Unless you count a few moments of awkwardly holding a baby while praying it doesn't start crying.
- The Fear - I've always been afraid they'll sense my fear and start crying, or worse, I'll drop them creating long term damage (you always
heartell jokes about this, but I secretly believe them - there's always a small amount of truth in everything right? so you know it's really happened)
Enter my lovely helper Tiffany. After I declined her invitation to play with BriLane (and by play I mean throw her three feet in the air repeatedly, completely losing
contact control, has she not read #2 above?!) she decided I should have four interactions with BriLane before bedtime last night.
- I started by pushing her on the swing while we were at the park. She laughed, I nervously smiled.
- Next I held her and we played on the couch. I tried to start her geometry education, she chewed on each of the shapes I presented. Not so bad though, no crying or loss of limb.
- Then we cruised around in her toy jeep trying to distract her before dinner. She was getting fussy and tired. I couldn't get her to stop crying, but we made the loop of the house anyway.
- Finally came the real test. After dinner I was charged with diaper change, BATH TIME (baby in water, are you kidding me?!), putting on the pjs, feeding and putting her down. I have to say this was my favorite part. She fussed through the bath, but once I got her out to dry off, she plopped her head down on my shoulder and there was some definite bonding. The feeding was a breeze, she practically became comatose mid suck.
Two year olds..........check. One year olds.............check.