A month or so prior to the 2005 Bonnaroo my wife found out she was pregnant. She was bloated, sick, couldn't partake of any libations or whatnot and generally had a somewhat rough time. Thankfully we are local and had some good friends to help us out. We could shower, go home and eat and sleep and all that. It really helped.
Therefore in 2006 we had a 5 month old. We had a baby sitter for part of the time, but not all. Again being local really helped as we could just go back to the house if things got bad. This time, however, my wife had a staff infection (from baby scratches) a day or so before, incurring a trip to the hospital on thursday morning.
anyhow, the whole reason for me posting in this thread is an excuse to show you pictures of the great time we had, and the baby. we were very careful with her, nursed her, gave her plenty of water, and did our best to stay out of the heat, change her etc. even with all this some of the pictures look brazenly irresponsible. for every other kind word we received from strangers we got dirty looks and confrontations from non-parenting types.
i generally just got in their faces and told them to back off
@ beck - probably the hottest/most crowded/worst time having the baby. we bailed out shortly after this due to the heat. she will just pass out anywhere, she is certainly still alive
ahh the baby backpack. the funny thing is i would see candi party kids with stuffed animals and whatnot and mine was really real and for a baby. she used to love it in this thing and it made moving around bonnaroo fairly easy.
turkey basters / medicine droppers are good for getting thirsty babies to drink. we got this sweet 4x4 8 wheel stroller for $5 at the local goodwill
joel (aka teine) has done an excellent gene simmons photoshop of this pic. if you ask him he may post it.
you of course have to set up barricades and keep careful watch so that meandering hippyDrunksEtc dont step on the baby. i only had to yell at a few people who would not pay attention.
"DON'T STEP ON THA BABY!!" - that usually woke them right up.
When my daughter was a baby, we took her to all kinds of concerts and festivals and it is hard work to be in charge of a baby but it still fun. We even camped out at some smaller festivals when she was tiny - that was not fun and I wouldn't advise it unless you have an RV. She also would pass out anywhere which was really cool It's nice to have a baby that is used to any kind of environment and can adjust. I really think it makes them more well rounded human beings in the long run.
thanks so much guys! im just now getting back to this thread. i wish i would have had more practical advice and better storytelling, but i'll just let the pictures do the talking.
not going to track down all the quotes but lets see: -i would not recommend having kids at camping festivals. a little too much extra responsibility. again, if we did not live so close by it would have been way more difficult. -she is a cutie. the cheeks, the furrowed brow. and yes, she has my lips -its not like i posted any questionable photos, but thanks for adding to the general sense of paranoia. you mess with my baby, you mess with my shotgun. i didnt see what the `inappropriate content` was, but i will find out. -joel roxors the teetee photochop!!
I think she is beautiful and - since you are local - and could run home if need be - I think it is great that you brought her - when my - now 2 year old - was only 3 months old - we were road trippin with her - her first concert was Bela Fleck Acoustic Trio at the Ryman in Nashville - at the tender age of 3 months old