Brimfield

Who in their right mind would attempt the Brimfield Antique Show with a baby on board?  Ummm…that would be me.

When I received an invitation from the staff of Yankee Magazine to meet them at Brimfield, I couldn’t resist.  I figured that with some planning, a MacGyver-style bag full of baby supplies, and a good attitude…we could handle it!  And I suppose we did handle it…but not quite as planned.

I have learned that the trick to day-tripping with a baby, is to leave at morning nap time.  That way, baby naps during the drive, and upon arriving, wakes up refreshed and ready to hit the ground running. 

Yesterday, my plan worked perfectly…however, the drive to Brimfield is a mere hour, and my little guy needs a two-hour nap in the morning, no question about it.  I paid dearly for this lost hour.

He was charming for the first hour- smiling up at everyone from his stroller, cooing away, taking in the hustle and bustle of the antique show.  But as soon as we hit hour number two, it was a steady decline.  I fed him, held him, rocked him, bundled him in the stroller…but to no avail.  He wouldn’t stop wailing.

I could tell by his droopy little eyelids that he was exhausted, but he just wouldn’t nap in his stroller.  And so, after many, many attempts to get him asleep, I finally gave up and made for the car.  Would you believe, the second the car came into sight, he fell asleep…seriously….we were about five feet from the car when he finally nodded off.  I was so exhausted by this point, that there was no turning back.  I transferred him into his carseat, and headed for home.

So was it worth it?  Absolutely.  I was reading Aura’s post yesterday on continuing to pursue your passions once you have a baby, and I couldn’t agree more.  I was thrilled to meet the wonderful ladies of Yankee Magazine (and they were so understanding of the situation, even helping to try and rock him to sleep!), and we had a ball perusing the wares for sale, and snapping picture here and there.  It was a great afternoon…not ideal mind you, not quite as planned…but great, nonetheless. 

And to all of those sour-faced people who shot me “evil looks” while I pushed my crying baby through Brimfield, accusing me, with their eyes, of being an outrageous mother for taking my baby to such a place, let me tell you something: Yes, my baby might be crying, but I assure you that he is warm, dry, well-fed and incredibly loved.  I am not a “bad mother” for taking him along on my adventures.  In fact, just the opposite.  My son will grow up realizing that I am a person, with passions, dreams, and goals.  One day, I will share with him all of the adventures that he took with me as a baby, and I think that it will make him proud.  He is the biggest piece of my life, but not the only piece. Together, we will continue to explore, and even though we may hit some bumps in the road…it will be well worth it.

Your thoughts on “Brimfield

  1. i couldn't agree with you more. my own mother has this belief that “you get your life back when they grow up”. i've never agreed with this. i think it teaches our children to be demanding and self-centered. mother's should always be allowed to pursue their passions–it makes us better mother's!

  2. Hooray to you…my kiddies are now 11, 9 and 5, but we went everywhere when they were babies, living in Boston where everyday is an adventure definitely helped!

  3. Oh, girl. Each and every photo here is stunning.
    And Yes! to taking your baby out on adventures. It's fun, an adventure in and of itself 🙂
    Give those peeps an extra big smile without explanation! Whoever met a baby that didn't cry or fuss once in a while? It's life, it happens.
    xo

  4. I wholeheartedly agree and think it's excellent that you braved it and went out. I've found with my four very attached to momma boys that a sling or baby carrier of some kind is so helpful when they're little. If my little ones are all snug against me, they are quite happy to join me on my adventures. Now it's just the older, curious ones that I have to worry about. 🙂

  5. Oh my, I'm dying over these photos! I especially love the wooden crates. We don't have good antique shows anywhere around here. Did you come home with anything?
    And have you ever worn your little one? Elodie never sleeps better than when she's being worn. There are so many beautiful slings and carriers out there, now.
    Good for you for taking him along 🙂

  6. Really well said. As a nanny, Ive experienced so many moms freaking out about doing things “because of the baby”. I dont have kids yet but Ive always known that I want to share my interests and hobbies with them. Its inspiring for the mom and baby and to do adventures together. Thanks for giving a great perspective and I always love reading your blog!
    Emily

  7. i'm so proud of you. SUCH a daunting place! perhaps we meet there next time 'round w/o babies! : ) it WILL happen! i'm so happy you DID it and it sounds like you had some lovely people who understood & tried to help you out as much as possible. 🙂
    way to go mama! little v maybe just doesn't like shopping 😉 he's a little man after all!
    ps: got 2 copies of MoNE at my local book shop. everyone was raving about it 🙂
    xoxoxo lots of love and rest today.
    pps: i'm too daunted by brimfield in general, so i'm extra impressed that you went!

  8. So lovely to find your beautiful blog. I was directed here from Geninne's e-mail today. I am from New England so your links are perfect. I was at Brimfield's yesterday to visit a few friends. I can see by your photos you found one of them, Melissa, from Nesting on Main in Concord, Ma.

    Can't wait to browse your blog. Your photography is amazing.
    karen

  9. i'm so proud of you. SUCH a daunting place! perhaps we meet there next time 'round w/o babies! : ) it WILL happen! i'm so happy you DID it and it sounds like you had some lovely people who understood & tried to help you out as much as possible. 🙂
    way to go mama! little v maybe just doesn't like shopping 😉 he's a little man after all!
    ps: got 2 copies of MoNE at my local book shop. everyone was raving about it 🙂
    xoxoxo lots of love and rest today.
    pps: i'm too daunted by brimfield in general, so i'm extra impressed that you went!

  10. kudos to you for taking little V on your adventures with you!! 🙂 i think it's awesome! i fear not being able to continue on with my 'pre-baby life' once we decided to have children [if we ever decide to], but it comforts me to read the stories of those who just keep moving forward. your blog and aura's blog have been great sources of inspiration for this fellow creative soul who is just making her way through this journey called life! 🙂
    and those baskets full of paper goods?! swoon!!
    *

  11. I doubt that they were judging your mothering skills. Some people just can't stand the sound of a baby wailing. Not that dirty looks are in any way ok. They're downright monstrous and rude, but I can't believe even one person would question your judgement for bringing a babe to Brimfield. Parents are supposed to share the world with their kids.

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