Being a first time mom comes with a plethora of unique challenges, whether its adjusting to weird sleep patterns, learning to breastfeed, or getting the baby to stop crying - it isn't always rainbows and butterflies. And while I recognize all first time moms, and even moms of multiple kids have these issues, being a mommy in a wheelchair obviously brings some additional hurdles. I have had to learn to maneuvering my wheelchair with a sleeping baby in my lap using one hand at a time to zigzag my way from place to place, getting in and out of my wheelchair in a timely fashion to meet baby's needs (a little flustering as baby cries), and many other day-to-day tasks. I don't tell you this to toot my horn, but as any mother will tell you, these challenges are dwarfed in comparison to the moments of joy that come our ways. So while being a mommy in a wheelchair brings some unique hurdles, it also has certain perks. One of those is always having a carriage for baby in any location, it's called: me. Whenever we go shopping and I don't want to unbuckle and buckle his carseat or set up his stroller, [as long as he is awake] we can sit him on Mommy's lap as we glide along in my magic moving chair, strapped to me using his 'Peanutshell' ($46 on Amazon), shopping bag, diaper bag and purse on the back, and off we go.
Initially, we didn't know how I would travel with Boston from place to place if I had to both hold him and wheel us. I wanted something that would help get us quickly from room to room (not tons of straps or wrap stuff because I'm not that patient or talented). We searched the internet for different options and found a device, the Peanutshell, which is essentially a baby sling (just in case you're in the market, you have an opinion for it here - it has served us well with adjustable straps, pockets for binky and small things, and is a sturdy product).
|Sound asleep in the Peanutshell|
|Fascinated with different colors and things|
I know Boston won't stay this little forever, so these extra moments I get from being in a wheelchair make the challenge more worth it because I get to cuddle with my boy a bit longer. I'm grateful for these little blessings that bring so much joy. For all mommies out there who maybe feeling kind of stressed from their circumstance, I hope you find little joys like these to be grateful for, too.