photo by Moosh In IndyI 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 IndyI'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.
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.
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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