Disclaimer: I received an Ergo 360 as part of my swag when I attended the SITS Girls Baby Bloggy Boot Camp this weekend. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.
I stared at the elevator door, willing it to magically open, yet afraid to walk through those doors regardless.
I was alone with Lil’ Wonder yesterday morning after a great weekend at the San Diego Baby Bloggy Boot Camp and the Women Get Social conferences.
I was tired- I had spent much of all of my time dragging around my 17-pound baby in various ways and entertaining him while trying to pay attention to speakers. Going to bed hours after he did and getting up before him to shower.
Not to mention feeding him in the middle of the night.
But, the car had to be loaded so we could go home.
See, the beach condo I stayed at has shopping carts lovingly taken from grocery stores and used as delivery devices for loads of luggage. I could do the entire load of bags with one cart and be gone in ten minutes so I had strapped Lil’ Wonder in a carrier to come with me on my short errand.
One of the perks for the Baby Bloggy Boot Camp was a chance to take home an Ergobaby 360. It was designed to carry a baby four ways- front and back carries facing the parent, a hip carry, and a ergonomic front carry position facing outward.
Nothing happened when I pushed the familiar ‘down’ button. No creaky noises, the weird loud sound of an elevator that is definitely close to the beach. No perky ding sound as it reached the first floor of rentals and definitely no button lighting up.
Lil’ Wonder was also staring at the beaten doors, waiting for something to happen.
So, instead we walked down the outdoor staircase and used the key to get into the lobby.
Nope, elevator didn’t come there either.
It was broken.
I had, um, a lot of luggage to take down by myself.
I didn’t know anyone staying there that weekend and wasn’t about to take out the pack and play and leave Lil’ Wonder screaming (he’s a mama’s boy) while I ran up and down stairs loading the car.
So I threw on my backpack diaper bag over my shoulders, picked up two more and walked out the door.
Down the stairs carefully, seeing swaying fronds as I watched my steps down.
Opened the two doors with the key and somehow shuffled the car key into my hand to open the trunk and toss bags in.
Birds chirped somewhere in the garage. They’d built a nest in there once and I went often enough that year to peek at tiny heads screaming for breakfast before they flew away.
Open the stair door with the key, back upstairs, in the front door. Luckily it was right by the stairwell.
Cursed the broken elevator as I heard other people voicing their dismay upstairs.
Two more times I did this, loaded up as safely as I could, gingerly stepping down the pebbled stairs gripping the handrail and finally, loaded up the car.
The last time, I finally walked over to see if the Buccaneer Beach Cafe was open (it wasn’t) so I could finally get the hazelnut latte I’d dreamed of for two days.
And we stood and watched the crashing waves let out the last of their storm energy before heading home.
I’d had the carrier for about 36 hours and had enlisted help at the conference from Ergo owners getting it on right so I could wear Lil’ Wonder to sleep Saturday afternoon, letting a friend try it on and others check it out.
I’ve never owned an Ergo before but really love this carrier already, and was so glad I’d figured how to get it on before the elevator died.
Do you or did you wear your babies? What carrier did you use?
NOTE: This sucker is so new mine came without a box, so more details on the Ergo 360 will come later!