Dear Fellow Shoppers of the World,
Like a new puppy, I realize you have an undeniable impulse to want to “peek” into my stroller and make gushy baby noises at my little one. I also realize she is pretty damn cute, just like her Momma, and that’s not just me being biased. But please, for the love of god, be considerate!
DO NOT stick your head into my car seat carrier to get a better look at my baby without asking for permission. That’s not only rude you have NO idea how my little one will react. Recently this happened to me not once, not twice, but three times in a 2 hour shopping period. One person even had the audacity to say to me; “She’s so sweet! Usually babies cry when you stick your head in to get a better look and she doesn’t recognize you.”
Seriously? Do you even hear yourself? If you think there is even the slightest chance this exhausted Momma will have to deal with a screaming baby from you actions here’s a tip; MAYBE. YOU. SHOULDN’T.
DO NOT touch my baby. I’m not even sure why I need this has to be said. No, I’m not a germ-phobic, in fact I think germs are good for babies but I don’t know you, I have never met you, and I don’t feel the need to unnecessarily expose my baby to whatever fun-filled viruses you may or may not have. And don’t tell me you washed your hands in the bathroom already after the fact. I don’t know when you went to the restroom and I wasn’t there holding your hand. So don’t try to hold my baby.
DO NOT refer to my baby as “Little Guy”. She is dressed in pink, has a pink car seat carrier, is wearing a pink bow with a pink pacifier in her mouth with a pink doll next to her face. Think before you speak and recognize the PINK.
And why? Why would you see a sleeping baby and STILL try to talk to her? Do you know how long it took me to get her to sleep so I can shop? Give me your phone number so I can call you at 2AM and see how cheery you would be by waking up to the sounds of me saying “Well hello there sunshine! Goochy Goochy Goo! I see you!”
More importantly, be respectful. Understand the mother of an infant is exhausted. She probably doesn’t even remember what it feels like to get 4 consecutive hours of sleep. Going shopping is hard enough and she is probably racing against two clocks- a “Feed Me” clock and a “Pump the Jugs!” clock. And as much as I would love to stand here and listen about your kids when they were born, your newest grand children, and about your labor, be respectful of our time. New Mommas are finding a balance for getting stuff done and taking care of our little ones. We don’t mean to be rude we are just on a mission and you are not a part of that plan.
So next time you see a hurried, exhausted Momma trying to open a door with one hand and wheel in an over packed stroller in the other…just help us thru the door, smile, and say no more. On behalf of new Momma’s everywhere we appreciate your attention and immediate consideration.
First Time EXHAUSTED Momma