Friday, May 14, 2010
If I Wait Too Long: Papa's Story
Yesterday afternoon was quite hectic, and not having a car made it more so. Philly Car Share is a savior, but it requires more steps than getting into my own car. We have to walk to the car. Then I have to install the car seat base before getting Anjali settled in. And reverse the process for the way home. These few extra steps may not seem like a lot, but it adds time. Add to that that Anjali is not a fan of being in the car, and I feel terrible because she's in the backseat all alone. She cries for sure, although if the ride is long enough--at least 10-15 minutes - she falls asleep. However, she awakens shortly thereafter when she has to be transferred out of the car.
Yesterday, our car excursion took a bit over 2 hours. I fed her right before we left ,but she tends to eat every 2 hours, o she was so distraught at the end of the car ride. She calmed during the walk home but was wailing as we neared the house. This was gut wrenching because I couldn't get home any quicker.
She was so upset and I couldn't get her calm enough that I could spoon feed her. Eventually I got her a little calm and she took some milk. this was frustrating because she was hungry, but wastoo worked up to eat. This is what happens if I wait too long. I even attempted a bottle, because although she was taking some from the spoon, it was clear she needed to suck! I put milk on the outside of the nipple, as a friend suggested, and she did take that for a minute...but I wasn't set up for bottle feeding and the top was leaking and making a mess. At that point, though, she was calm enough and gulped down the rest of the milk from the spoon. Minus some usual dribblage, she ate about 2 ounces. That's pretty hefty for a non-mama feeding!
Even after that though, she still was looking to suck. She sucked on my nose, but I thought it might not be the most hygienic. Then I tried showing her Sofie, a rubber giraffe teether which she has been really taking to and reaching for and grabbing. Indeed, Sofie did the trick and she loved having Sofie's head in her mouth! I don't ever want to wait too long to feed my sweet Anjali...but if I am ever in a bind, I know who to turn to.