Nick: Can you believe that TOMORROW we’ll know if we’re having a boy or girl?
Me: Truly, it’s unreal.
Nick: (staring at the ceiling in thought) Oh! I thought of something else that we might want to buy.
Me: In addition to the gazillion things – like a crib, stroller, rocker, bottles, diapers…
Nick: (turns to me with big, convincing eyes) No, I’m serious. I think we should probably buy one of those baby holder things.
Me: The one where the kid is strapped on to the parent, like in the front?
Nick: Yeah! Do you think we should get one of those?
Me: (quietly thinking) I don’t know. Do you want the front one or the back one?
Nick: (surprised) There’s more than one?
Me: Yes…I’ve seen the front one, where the kid is just dangling there and there’s the one on the back, kinda like a backpack. I’ve seen more men with the backpack version. It kinda looks like hiking gear, except for equipment, there’s a baby back there. I think men use it when running errands, like to the post office or something so their hands are free.
Nick: (perpetually skeptical) I don’t know about that back one. Do you think it’s safe?
Me: Probably about as safe as having your baby dangling in front of you without actually holding on it.
Nick: I just like the idea of always SEEING the baby. Like, what if I’m carrying the baby on my back and all of a sudden I think, ‘mhm, it’s kinda light back there,’ and then I check and the baby is gone? Or I reach behind me for something and then find someone trying to take the baby off my back?!
Me: (decidedly)The front carrier it is.