At infant CPR class, I found out that I haven't been worrying enough.
I've already mentioned that one of the things that surprised me about new motherhood was that I felt like it was impossible to keep my baby safe. That feeling has never quite gone away, and as such, when my daughter turned four months old in November and the doctor said we could start trying to feed her solids, I was like, "Solid food? Hello, choking risk!" I told my fiancé, Mike, that I didn't want to start Hazel on real food until after we'd all taken infant CPR classes. "All" meaning me, Mike and our babysitter. (If I could have forced my neighbors to take them too, I would have, but that seemed like a bit too much to ask.)
So a couple of weeks ago we headed out for infant CPR classes, which included general baby safety instructions, and we brought Hazel along for the show. That's where I learned that not only do I have to worry about the fact that my baby might start choking on food during breakfast or stop breathing for no reason in the middle of the night, but there are a slew of other safety issues that I should have been obsessing over, too. As I sat at a desk with a Resusci Baby lying lifeless in front of me, I realized that, in fact, I haven't been worrying enough. Two examples:
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