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How many calories pushing a baby.........?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

We had a substitute instructor at our River Fitness class. She must have been afraid she wasn't going to work us hard enough. Whew! She whipped us into a lather (in water...that's NOT easy to do!). Then upstairs to lift some weights, floor exercises, the track. But...man, I'm tuckered out already. And that baby is crying, crying, crying. I overheard mom say she couldn't stay long enough to make child care worth the $$. I can't lift weights with a baby crying!

So I strolled over and said, "Could I do something for your baby so you could exercise?" (I'm NOT a grandma, it's been 27 years since I had a baby...what the heck could I do?!! But I thought it was worth a try). She said, "Would you like to push her around the track?" SURE! 28 times around the track, in fact. (that's only 2 miles...it's a small track)

We live in a rural community where people feel safe handing their child off to a strange (and I do mean STRANGE), unknown woman to push around the track in a ...what do they call these things now? Baby carriage? Nah?? Probably an Infant Transport Vehicle....ITV. lol While I was reflecting on my own "young mother of a fussy baby" days, a frantic thought passed my mind. That mother might leave and go to another state while I was pushing the ITV! There were days (months? years?) when I would have, given the chance. "I don't know how to fix a little girl's hair...what if she never comes back for her baby!!!!"

So I walked very quickly (racing the guy across the track even tho he didn't know it) and the baby fell asleep. And I walked 2 more miles than I'd planned. I can't find "Pushing ITV super-fast" on the fitness tracker though! And I forgot to turn on my heart rate monitor. Oh well, the baby (whoever she is) quit crying and my heart starting pounding. Win/Win! Ya gotta love a small town!
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    You saved the sanity of a young mom, and possibly saved the baby from harm, if memory serves me correctly. I remember thinking as I paced the floor after many a sleepless night with my first baby, "Ah, this is why there is child abuse."

    I didn't abuse my child, but the impulse to do something, anything, to get him to stop crying after every attempt at comforting him failed was VERY strong. It was something I couldn't fathom before that point. I gave thanks to God for my support systems and felt myself flooded with shame for even thinking such a thing, but I understood for the first time how it could happen.

    I'm guessing that exercise is one of the ways that mother stays sane. You gave her the chance to do what she needed to do for herself so that she can do what she needs to do for her baby. Bless you!
    3376 days ago
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    A good deed and exercise out of it! Can't beat that! emoticon
    3378 days ago
    Pushing ITV super-fast emoticon I love your blogs!!!
    ....you must create your own fitness button for this one! LOL!!
    3379 days ago
    That was a good deed! Honestly, I don't think I'd have done it and where I live even an offer would be looked at with suspicion. You're good people who deserves to have worked off at least 1000 calories!
    3380 days ago
    emoticon What an angel you were and my guess is that mom went home so thankful and refreshed! emoticon on being a super special woman!!
    3380 days ago
    I'm going to agree with the 'priceless' assessment there! What a great thing to do, even IF there was a chance you'd get stuck with the squawling baby!
    3380 days ago
  • TERESA159
    The STRANGE lady at the gym saves the day! I bet everyone else there was silently kissing your feet. You did the right thing. I would have been rude and snide and said nasty, yet true things to the mom. Like, "It really bothers EVERYONE to have to listen to a crying baby while we struggle with weights." Duh! I cannot believe the gym manager allows that. Maybe if everyone complained, they'd do something.

    And keep up those good workouts! You must be getting strong and lean!
    3380 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/22/2011 9:43:05 AM
    Nancy, you are priceless! What a wonderful way to exercise and help someone else at the same time!
    3381 days ago
    You are a good person.
    What a gift you gave that young mom.
    3381 days ago
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