Sanna's Bag

“I never seem to have what I need when I need it. I’m going to make a belt-bag that’s bigger on the inside than on the outside, and just carry everything with me.”

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Angels all around us

Yeserday a young(!) couple came in with their infant daughter. First the father took his placement tests, and the mother sat in our waiting area and got the baby settled down for a nap. Then, when the father had finished his tests, Mom went in to take hers. Dad woke the baby up, and played with her a bit. After a while the baby started to fuss. He gave her a pacifier and bounced her, but she still kept fussing, louder and louder. Embarassed, he took her and all her gear out into the hall. She kept getting louder and louder in spite of everything he did and you could hear that her screams were angry. I was helping another older woman and we exchanged wry smiles at the fury in that little voice, and then we heard him say, in intense frustration,."Would you just shut up?!" Like a shot, we both flew out the door to offer grandmotherly assistance, and from down the hall came two more women and a young man, all prepared to Save That Baby! "She's probably pretty warm. That little snowsuit is a really good one," said the young man, evidently a daddy himself. "She sounds hungry," opined one of the women. "Do you have a bottle for her? We can warm it in the staff microwave." Another woman had the tyke in her arms and was walking her around, distracting her with the bright picture on the wall. Divested of snowsuit and with warm bottle in mouth, the infant twinkled at all of us, and the young father had a few more options in his child-care arsenal.

Now I, fercrysakes, am no expert on infant care, but I could not stand by and let that young man get angry at his baby. I was just suprised and delighted that so many other people felt the same way. There may be more help available to us than we know how to ask for.


  • At 12:39 PM , Blogger Rose Lefebvre said...

    I am happy to hear how people stepped in! Shaken baby syndrome happens with anger or frustration. I definitely would have been taking the baby and cuddling it to make it calm. A little crying never bothered me. Everyone needs a cry now and then! I have had many children in my life, only one mine by adoption, and enjoyed them all! Having been a child care worker, preschool teacher, babysitter, mother, aunt, and now a "Nana" Rose, I have had a lot of experience!! LOL

  • At 1:10 PM , Anonymous LindaG said...

    "There may be more help available to us than we know how to ask for." What deep and true words!

  • At 4:23 PM , Blogger Wannietta said...

    I've raised two babies (who had their challenges) and could never understand getting upset and especially angry at a baby!! Now, getting angry with teenagers ... totally different kettle of fish there!! LOL

  • At 5:37 AM , Blogger KnitTech said...

    Angels are everywhere.

  • At 7:00 PM , Blogger Tiggywinkle Knits said...

    Like the song says, "You don't always get what you want, but sometimes you get what you need." Glad so many people were there to give that baby and that new daddy what they both needed.

    Happy holidays, sweetie! We really do need to get together soon!

  • At 5:05 PM , Blogger Willow said...

    Thank you thank you thank you for jumping to the assistance of that young father. Hopefully he'll not get so frustrated again.

  • At 5:46 PM , Blogger Amy Lane said...

    *whew* And it's good for young parents to see that there are always options to being angry!


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