February 16, 2010

I Brought My Baby To Blissdom

photo by Moosh In Indy

I used childcare as much as possible during Blissdom so that I could speak at my workshop & session as well as be able to attend other [writing] panels, a concert, & keynotes. It worked out so well, beyond my attachment-parenting-imagination.

(And if you know me, you know I just recently started putting her in the church nursery. She's 17 months old. It took baby steps.)

Ivy did great!

And so did I. The sitters were in a room directly above where all the sessions were, so it was close by and I could check in with her via Twitter (@EventSitters) as they'd DM me how she was doing. I loved this.


The final keynote on Saturday started late, and I knew I had to pick Ivy up by 6:30. My friend Jennifer (MckMama) hadn't even started speaking yet and I had to sneak out from my front row seat to get my Ivy girl.

I really wanted to be in there for the keynote, so I brought Ivy in and took a seat on the floor in the back. She nursed to sleep immediately.

And this was one of my favorite moments in all of Blissdom.


photo by Moosh In Indy

I'm thankful Casey was aiming her camera at us,

and that I could be holding Ivy while Jennifer told the story of her son Stellan,

and I was back there to see the hugs and tears (shed several of my own) when the video of us all holding messages for Anissa was played,

and it all felt like home again.


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You might note that my experience at last year's BlogHer e.g. I Brought My Baby To BlogHer Part 2 is significantly different than bringing Ivy to Blissdom, but much of that is due to my own choices. Maybe I'll write about it in more depth at a later time, but, I did not put Ivy in childcare at BlogHer, and I wasn't as discerning about the parties I attended.

It (last year's BlogHer with a baby) was a learning adventure that I feel paved a smooth path for how I navigated Blissdom and many other events and situations from then on.

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I'm working my way backwards as I recap Blissdom:


Blissdom, backwards. With a baby on my back.
That tonight's gonna be a good night.
(and more to come.)

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23 comments:

  1. You did wonderfully balancing baby + Blissdom... incredibly inspiring! :)

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  2. Seeing YOU, nursing HER, listening to ME talk about HIM. Powerful.

    And the shoes. Don't forget the shoes.

    Love ya!

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  3. It's so great to read this post. Such a different tone from last summer. I'm glad you and Ivy had a wonderful time!

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  4. Sigh - "feels like home" - I so totally get that even though I wasn't even there. What is it about the universal womanhood that we can all relate to on such an intimate level.

    I'm so glad Casey snapped you too!

    Thanks for sharing.

    ~Lisa-Jo

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  5. You and Ivy did so well, I'm SO HAPPY this all worked out for you. I didn't know you made it back into the keynote, that's wonderful!

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  6. What a beautiful pic! Proud of you for trying childcare. That was a big step for you!!!

    It's so funny w/ my older ones I'm like take them, keep them (j/j)! But with the baby I hold on a little longer and I don't let hardly anyone watch him. Maybe because he's the baby and I want to keep him little for a little while longer and if I let him go he'll grow up too fast like the other ones did.

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  7. Blissdom wouldn't have been the same without Ivy. Watching her jam at Karaoke was one of the highlights of my weekend!

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  8. What a sweet picture of the two of you:)

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  9. What a beautiful picture. You're making me want to bring my boys to BlogHer now! But really... I'm probably NOT going to bring them! They are more than a handful! Although, seeing as I'm the most attached parent EVER, I'm only going for 2 nights max. I hope you come... would love to meet you! And it must have been amazing to hear Jennifer speaking about Stellan. What a miracle he is!

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  10. It is an interesting point of view. I want to attend BlogHer this year - for goodness sake it is only four hours from my house. But what about my girls? I never leave them with anyone!! Not a relative, not friends, how could I possibly leave them in childcare at an event with people I do not know? I'm not criticizing mind you I'm just coming to the point where I realize excatly how much of my life is wrapped up in the fact that I never leave them. I just don't know.

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  11. I love that they DMd you! I need to get Luke's sitter on Twitter. ;)
    I'm so thankful that you were able to find the perfect balance between being a mom and a conference attendee.

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  12. Awe, I love that photo-too sweet! And I am glad you had such a great time! I really hope I get to meet up with you at a conference one of these days!

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  13. I have your conference baby-toting posts to thank for how well Olive and I did at BlissDom, our first conference together.

    I nursed Olive, three months old, right at the table during the keynote. A table of strangers, I should mention. No one threw anything at me and they even handed me tissues during MckMama's video.

    I'll write about my experience eventually, including the choices I made in order to make it work, but prepare yourself for lots of references to you.

    I learned from watching you, Stephanie. I learned from watching you. (totally lame drugs ad reference) Thank you.

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  14. I love this. And I'm so happy it went so well for you.

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  15. i'm so glad you all had a great time and balanced it all. love that babysitters were on twitter. awesome.

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  16. Love the boots and that Ivy is barefoot.

    Nell

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  17. So happy that your experience was good. And the babysitters were on Twitter? Really? I need to get my babysitter on Twitter.

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  18. I'm so happy for you that you got to enjoy Blissdom so much! And that is *awesome* that the sitters would DM you about her. I've never even thought of that, but it's such a great idea!

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  19. I'm a pastor and usually attend a few conferences and retreats a year. I've had a baby or toddler with me at almost all of them. Some with childcare, some without. I completely agree with you that a lot of it has to do with the decisions you make about schedule, childcare etc. I take a lot of pride in how I balance the two. Most look at me like I'm crazy...but it works for me, and my children, and that's what matters.

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  20. You did a great job and made it look easy! I might be in that same place next year! We'll see. So glad to hear the sitters were so on top of things! I know that was reassuring. :)

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  21. I think it takes one conference, a learning experience, to make the second (and subsequent) conferences work. I had a hell of a time at Type-A with Baby Dude. Mishelle was my ROCK, though. She talked me down from the ledge many-a-time, and after having had that learning experience, I expect it'll be better wherever else I go next.

    Just like Megan, and you, and everyone else, I nursed openly, strangers about, and no one cared (I mean, I wasn't exactly broadcasting the breasticles in action, mind you). It actually soothes your soul just a little having at least one tiny person with you when the rest are at home and you're missing them.

    Wonderful job, wonderful pics, wonderful person, with whom I can't wait to squish. Consider this your forewarning. It's on, sister.

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  22. Beautiful pictures. I'm so glad Casey was there to capture that moment. You look so...you...with Ivy nursing there on your lap.

    P.S. Don't you sometimes wish that a photographer could just follow you around and capture everyday moments on-camera? I do...well, except the parts when my hair is crazy and my dishes are overflowing in the sink. Actually, I take that back. I think I want pictures of that too...

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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