|At only a few months old, 1 Up baby enjoys his first Dragon*Con|
Dragon*Con is a huge event with some 50,000+ geeks and nerds in attendance with events taking place in 5 different hotels in a 2 block radius in downtown Atlanta. With that many people in so few hotels it is very crowded and pushing a stroller in those crowds would have been challenging and I guarantee I would have hit people and people would have tripped over the stroller. The crowds could also have been frightening for a little baby in a low stroller where he can’t see anything but strangers. But with baby F snuggled up on mom or dad’s chest he was in his happy place and nothing bothered him.
|Supernan needed a little nap|
|Dr. Who in the Tardis|
|F leans to see the Rainbow Brite gang|
It’s a 4 day event and baby F barely cried. He nursed, napped, and snuggled through panels, lectures, book readings, shows, and concerts. Because he was being worn it was easy to read his cues and meet his needs while participating in Con events. I think it actually helped us hit a groove with baby F.
We have now been to Dragon*Con 3 times with F, who is now 2. Wearing has made it, if not possible, then certainly more practical. The second time, when he was 15 months he needed his happy place on Mommy or Daddy’s back even more than the first year to cope with the crowds and new situations because since he was older he noticed the different situations a lot more than he did at 3 months. He’s pretty outgoing but anyone can get overwhelmed. This year we were sadly unable to get a room in one of the main hotels (they sold out in the first 10 minutes) and had to stay in one that was several blocks away which would have made going back to the room for nap time hard and meant we had to miss things. We would have done it if F had needed us to but since we had a carrier he just snuggled, sometimes nursed, to sleep in the carrier each day at about lunch time. It was really cool to have him up on my back this year as we walked around and he could see all of the people in costumes. It
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