Some new parents manage to not alter their lives that much when they have a new baby, and I've gotta say, I'm impressed with these people. I remember seeing a baby that couldn't have been older than 3 months on a flight to Italy once, and I thought: That's bad ass. I hoped to become that kind of mom after having a child of my own, taking my kid with me wherever, but alas, that did not happen. In my daughter's 9 months of life, we've managed to take two trips via plane to see family, and let me tell you, they were pretty stressful. And other than that, save for the occasional date, most nights my husband and I are at home on the couch while our daughter sleeps upstairs. It's just how it is now.
Other moms? They bring their infants everywhere -- restaurants, shopping trips, work -- and I think that's awesome. I wish I was un-frazzled enough to do that. But one place an infant shouldn't be is out at a rave -- even if the mom is breastfeeding.
Sarah-Jane Hulme, 41, took her 4-month-old son Django to a rave. The Sun published a photo of Hulme dancing in a crowd while holding her son at an "ear-splitting drum and bass gig." Her baby was wearing a pair of noise-protecting headphones, but still -- I'm not so sure this is the best place for an infant.
Apparently, police at the event stopped the music at 12:30 a.m. and asked Hulme to come forward (a DJ was heard saying, "That's some irresponsible shit"). Hulme left the concert without talking to police, but told The Sun: "I breastfeed him so he has to be with me. In France or Spain, parents are encouraged to take their kids to music festivals. My daughter Kerry was performing with her band in her home town for the first time and I wanted to be there. What’s wrong with that?" She also mentioned that it was the third concert he'd been, too.
I think it's great that Hulme is breastfeeding her son, and that she's with him all the time, and that she's obviously one those moms who takes her baby everywhere, but I don't know -- a loud rave filled with wasted people at 12:30 at night? Doesn't seem like an appropriate place for a baby. Music aside, what if some drunk idiot fell on her, or a fight broke out, as they're wont to do at raves?
Like I said, I admire women who bring their kids with them most places. But even if I was one of those women, I don't think I'd take my child to a rave. A mellow, outdoor concert in the evening, sure. But not a rave.
Would you bring your kid to a rave? What's the craziest place you've ever seen a baby?
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