I went to the Melbourne “Special Edition” Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Expo on the weekend, down at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Having scoured the preview list of stall-holders, I knew exactly what I was looking for: teething jewelery!
I’d seen my friend at church sporting a funky string of these colourful, over-sized silicone beads and decided I simply *must* have one. After all, Amelia is that stage in life where anything within reach is fair game for her little grabbing, pulling mitts, and this of course includes any necklaces I might dare to wear. What better solution than something she can grab and chew on (providing her plenty of entertainment) without worrying about her breaking it? The groovy colours are just a bonus!
Another thought popped into my head when I was sealing the deal (did you know vendors can now use a phone app to “swipe” your credit card?) – it would be great for when I’m out and about without Amelia. This probably sounds crazy, but I want other mums – you know, those random ones you see down the shops – to know, I’m one of you! OK, I think I am crazy. But I can’t shake it! And I like to think that wearing my bub-friendly bling acts as some unspoken code, alerting the parenting world to my mum-status.
Perhaps it’s because parenting is such a monumentally self-consuming journey that even the most basic bond, initiated by mere visual recognition, between parents – even those who are complete strangers – is enough to generate a little encouragement. It’s like being part of a prestigious club, filled with secrets to life that only members can know, whose emblem is a vomit stain on one’s shirt, whose mascot is the child-wrangling, house-keeping, job-working, sleep-deprived, under-appreciated though much-loved mum or dad.
Or something like that. All I know is, I need more of these necklaces. Have you seen how many groovy colours and designs are out there?!