Meteorologist Presents The Weather With One-Year-Old Son In Tow
A meteorologist in the United States presented the weather with her 21-month-old son on her back.
Susie Martin, a weather broadcaster in Minnesota, addressed the camera with her son's tiny feet in red-and-black strapped socks peaking out from either side.
"It is international baby wearing week so I thought I'd bring in out my handy assistant today," she said, turning sideways to show her sleeping son before getting on with the job.
Martin later told Good Morning America that she wanted to celebrate the baby-wearing gear that allowed her to be a mum and do her job.
"I wanted to promote this wonderful tool that's helped me as a mum and the bonding experience between mother and son," she said.
"I suppose it's a way for the baby to be comforted. It was nice for me personally because I could multitask while comforting my child."
Martin said she was "thrilled" at the response to her presenting the weather with her son, writing on the Praedictix's website that she was "truly stunned at all the attention" it had gotten.
"From your comments, I can see that it brought smiles to many people's faces," she said, adding that "babywearing has been a passion of mine since my son came into my world."
In fact, it's not the first time Martin has brought her son to work. She did the same thing last year, when her son was just a few months old.
"That video was so well received that when IBW came around this year, I figured, why not do it again?" she wrote in a blog on Praedictix's website.
"I’m fortunate to work for a company that has been very supportive of me–not just as an employee, but as a mother."
Her son, although almost two years old, is the "size of a three-year-old and weighs almost 30 lbs (13.6kg)," she said.
She'd wrapped him a "double hammock", a sling designed for bigger kids that she'd borrowed from a friend.
The product requires a bit of practice to get right, but the benefits of babywearing, according to International Babywearing Week, include happier, healthier babies and comfort and convenience to parents.
"It's definitely not for beginners, [but] if you want to learn how to wrap, YouTube is your friend," she said.
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