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Losing that Excess Baby Weight, Finally!

By Glinda


Becoming a new mother means, among other things, that you suddenly become more laden with gear than a burro going down the Grand Canyon. A simple trip becomes something that must be planned and prepped for like a weeklong vacation.

Eventually you become used to carting around large diaper bags, backpacks, breastpumpers, sippy cups, bottles, bibs, you name it. For a little while, I had to use a checklist to make sure that I didn’t forget anything, because forgetting something means that somebody is going to be unhappy. And if that somebody is unhappy, then everybody is unhappy.

When your child gets older, you can dispense with the diaper bag, and instead utilize a large purse stocked with emergency supplies. Some wipes, an “in case” pull-up, snacks, and some extra toys for a long wait at a restaurant. Which doesn’t seem like a whole lot, but which require a fairly good-sized bag.

But Glinda says, it is time to stop the madness!

Now that my child is soon to turn six, I am reclaiming small purses and their rightful place on my sloped shoulders.

No more huge totes that weigh enough to cause one side of the body to be lower than the other. No longer will I have to secure my purse its own seat in the car. Now my husband might actually be able to walk right next to me on the other side since there won’t be a luggage-sized piece of leather in the way. Or maybe even (gasp!) hold hands!

And listen, shoulder bags are back in, so the timing is perfect!

5 Responses to “Losing that Excess Baby Weight, Finally!”

  1. Maternal Mirth Says:

    I have a 3 YO and 16 month old and am DREAMING of the days when I don’t even have to remember a sippie-cup for dining out.

  2. raincoaster Says:

    Dear God, we must be psychic twins! I was thinking about posting something on this today, tied in with the minivan controversy. Some of the mounds of stuff that comes out of parental vehicles reminds me of clown car routines.

  3. Eilish Says:

    My sister in law had a great idea for this and taught my niece to carry a little backpack (little mind you, this was for a two year old) with a spare diaper a little baggie of wipes, a book and a toy. This was her backpack, hanging next to mommy’s purse and she carried it anytime they went out. I thought that was a great idea and it worked well for my niece.

  4. class-factotum Says:

    OK, OK. I don’t have kids. Start bitch slapping me. But I swear that I don’t remember my mother, who had three kids under the age of five and a husband away at war, loading up the pack mule to take us with her to the grocery store.

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