07 November 2012

Baby it's Cold Outside

This morning Natalie and I went to the park and then walked to meet a friend of mine for coffee.

My friend and I are both poor, so instead of heading to a cafe we hit up 711 for a cup of their finest.

The weather is getting pretty chilly as winter is fast approaching. Temperatures are in the 40's and the wind makes it feel even colder.

I figure since I get cold being outside, Natalie might too, so I put some layers, a hat, jacket, wrapped a blanket around her legs and since I couldn't find her mittens I put socks on her hands.

A little much, I know. She's a baby and probably doesn't even know what being cold means.

Anyway, my friend and I got to the store, grabbed our coffee and proceeded to check out. The woman working the register was fairly old and somewhat hard to understand with her foreign accent.

She said something about it being cold out and I agreed. Then she mentioned something about keeping Natalie's blanket on her. I told the woman she was bundled up well.

Perhaps curious as to what my idea of "bundled" meant, she then asked me to turn Natalie towards her so she could see her. I did.

After visually examining her, the lady goes on about the weather being cold and keeping her warm.

 I've never heard of such an insane logic but didn't question the woman. I just thanked her for the coffee and left.

 I was planning on stripping Natalie down to just her diaper on the walk home, you know, for fun but listened to this crazy woman's advice instead. Who am I to question the senile?

When I got home I decided to do a Google search to see if there's any data to backup this theory that babies should stay warm when it's cold outside, and it turns out they should! Holy shit, who woulda thought?

So thank you, lady in 711, for your very sound guidance. I would be lost without you and my baby might get sick had you not told me to keep her clothes on her.

What's the most annoying advice you've ever heard? 

12 Thoughts :

marie November 7, 2012 at 4:17 PM  

Awwww, I think however annoying it's kind of nice that she was concerned about Natalie.

I could go on and on about annoying advice, the most annoying being when someone doesn't take mine!

I was living with my in-laws for 3 months while our house was finished being built and they insisted that Emry, at 2yrs & 4 months was totally ready to be potty trained. Nightmare, especially while trying to nurse and take care of Lila. It took months and was SOOOOOOOOO frustrating.

When Lila was 2 & 9 months we asked her one day if she wanted to use the potty and that was that.

A few months make all the difference, at least for me.

Sean Marie November 7, 2012 at 4:26 PM  

I agree, it was nice of her to show concern. I know she meant well and wasn't trying to be annoying, it just irritates me when people state the very obvious to me when it comes to parenting. I'm not saying I'm an expert but it's like they think I have no idea what the basic human needs are even.

Shannon November 7, 2012 at 7:57 PM  

I can't think of any annoying advice, but I remember taking Taylor to a restaurant when she was four months old. She was packed up in her car seat and the waitress asked me if I needed to see a children's menu.

Yes, my toothless four month old needs to chomp on a hotdog and fries. Doh.

Sarah November 7, 2012 at 8:20 PM  

OMG. Ridiculous. I personally haven't had any horror stories like most women have! Good story though.... some people just don't know when to shut the trap!

Marjorie November 7, 2012 at 8:43 PM  

bahaha! i get a lot of annoying stuff like that from my MIL. for instance, she's always telling me to take our kids to the docs for every little thing. now our health insurance sucks and you literally have to pay completely out of pocket, so we think long and hard about any trip to the doctors. she forced us this summer to take christopher to urgent care for a fever. almost $300 for the doctor to tell us "it's viral and there's nothing you can do." thought my head was going to explode when i heard that!

Organized Chaos November 8, 2012 at 5:15 AM  

I hear a lot of silly advice from all sorts of people but I normally just shrug it off and think to myself 'well yea that was common sense!' hehe I'm more bio-tchy when it comes to people insisting I do things a certain way that may or may not be the way I want to do them when it is a matter of complete OPINION!! You know like the whole 'a child must be in bed by 8 pm' or 'my children were never allowed to do that' type of CRAP!

Jazz November 8, 2012 at 6:13 AM  

Haha this made me laugh! Some people are just bat shit crazy.
NOt exactly advice, more of a statement, but when I was about 14 me and my friend were buying doughnuts, and some old man came up to us and said "you'll get fat girls", did some creepy ass snigger, then walked off. What the hell?

Stephanie November 8, 2012 at 8:57 AM  

Haha, what in the world?! I honestly haven't gotten too much crazy advice, which is probably a good thing, b/c I don't know if I would have been as nice as you.

elise November 8, 2012 at 11:37 AM  

new[est] follower. loving this post and loving your blog! can't wait to keep following along! she is adorable!

stop by sometime!

Krista November 8, 2012 at 12:14 PM  

I don't know what it is about old people and giving their 2 cents about keeping your baby warm but I had the same thing happen, except it wasn't even cold outside. I had been at a park with Farrah when she was about 6 months old and she started to overheat so I took off her socks. We stopped at the post office on the way home and she still didn't have her socks on and a lady in line behind me told me she should have socks on to keep her warm. I promptly informed her we were just at a park and she started to get warm so I took them off. Instead of just dropping it, she turned to everyone in line and announced that my baby didn't have socks on (in 75 degree weather) and asked if they all agreed that I should put socks on her. I was about 5 seconds away from punching an old lady.

Krista November 8, 2012 at 12:36 PM  

Ha! Love your sarcasm :) My MIL is quite a bit older, she had my Hubsy at 45! So she's a bit old school. Not that it was advice per-say but I remember her astonishment at my strapless wedding gown and asked me if that was allowed in the church. I just smile when she says things like this because I know she was raised in a different time but you'd have thought I was walking down the aisle in lingerie or something :)

Sean Marie November 8, 2012 at 12:37 PM  

Ha! Oh my, your story definitely takes the cake. What a nutso. It's so annoying when people tell you how to parent, especially when you're doing the right thing.