Today, I took apart my baby’s Lovin‘ Hug Swing by Graco. You can use the swing up until 30 lbs and Put Pie has at least 9lbs to go, but she’s made it loud and clear that she no longer enjoys the ride. No big deal, I went and bought a big plastic tub to put the swing in and store. It was easier to take apart than it was to put together. Except that I started getting all teary when I was putting the swing in the coffin-like box. This swing has been so good to me. Really, I had to take a moment and thank the swing for holding my baby and soothing her and helping her sleep.
When I got the swing, I was at my wits’ end. My baby was tiny and I could not put her down without her crying. She is my first child and letting her cry just wasn’t an option. Daddy had a very bad cold and couldn’t help out. I was taking care of him and her, going crazy and shaking from exhaustion. Someone suggested I get the swing and I immediately got in the car with Put Pie and went to buy it. I didn’t care how much it cost and usually I’m pretty frugal.
When I got home, Put Pie took one of her very short power naps and I put the swing together as quickly as I could. She woke up and I put her in it. She only stayed in it for about 20 minutes that day, but I thought the swing was worth every penny. That was 20 minutes I wouldn’t have had otherwise. Later she spent hours in it playing and sleeping.
Today, as I put the swing away, I just felt grateful that someone made something that helped me through those challenging early moments of motherhood. I know it’s just a swing, but I don’t know what I would have done without it.
Thank you Lovin‘ Hug for being Mami’s little helper.