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Babies and Weddings and Chaos

Fern with my brother and sister-in-law at their wedding this past weekend.

This past weekend my brother-in-law got married. Everything was beautiful and wonderful and romantic as weddings often are. But the one thing that was different about this wedding?

It was the first family wedding we’ve taken Fern to, which means it’s also the first family gathering where many of our friends and relatives were able to see her for the first time. As you can imagine, mild chaos ensued. Cute baby + giant group of people = instant mob.

I sometimes get mild anxiety attacks in social situations that are overwhelming and this was definitely one of them. Fern seemed ok with it all, being passed from person to person and being bombarded by strangers, but apparently I’m not nearly so well-adjusted. There were times when I didn’t even know where she was, because one person who was holding her had given her to someone else who had walked off – super stressful.

At one point I just had to walk away and go sit in my car with her for a bit because it was all just too intense for me.  After awhile I was OK, but I was most definitely overwhelmed. At least I’ll know what to expect with the next wedding we go to.

Have any of you ever experienced an overwhelming social situation like this with your baby? Did you freak out like I did?

Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook, or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble. More Babbling…

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