(Note: This happened a couple of weeks ago, but I didn’t have the post finished and then it was Wesley’s birthday and my family was in town, and then my in-laws, and I am just now getting around to posting it.)
My first official day of being a stay-at-home-mom, and I go and lose our baby carrier.
Okay, that’s not totally true. Daniel and I both remembered using it on the 19th when we went to IKEA and Target. Beyond that… it was a mystery. I discovered its absence two days later when I was all ready to go on an afternoon walk. I searched the apartment, even went out to the car and looked in the trunk, nothing. No idea where it went. I couldn’t even remember when I last saw it. I had a vague memory of remarking that we had accidentally shut the straps in the car door, and I believe I said this in the Target parking lot, but beyond that I wasn’t sure.
I called Target and the lady had no idea what I was talking about.
Me: Yes, I’m calling about something that may have been lost in your parking lot?
Target: Oh, yes?
Me: It’s an Ergo brand baby carrier. It’s bright green, with black straps?
Target: Oh, like a carseat?
Me: No… um, it’s… you can carry your baby in it? It’s got buckles, and–
Target: OH! Like one of those shopping cart covers.
Me: No. Um… It’s like… OH! It is like a Baby Bjorn.
Target: Ahh. I will go look.
Target: Nope. Not here.
Me: Ah, shoot. Nobody turned one in? Okay. Thank you for checking.
I tried to call IKEA too, but their phone system was a maze of not-quite-accurate options and then they put me on hold forever and I finally gave up.
The next day, after sending a panicked email to Jem about Plan B Babywearing Options, I decided to give Target another call just in case I got someone that had a better idea what I was talking about and would know what to look for.
To my complete surprise, the girl confirmed that yes, they did have my carrier and I could pick it up anytime. HURRAY!
Once Daniel got home from work, we drove back out there to pick it up. I was so relieved! I can’t even explain it. Without it, I had felt like a prisoner in my own home! I had never realized how much I depended on my baby carrier until it was gone.