Well, graffiti park is better than no park! I was asking around on a FB group for the base we're moving to and apparently the area DH wants to live is known for it's lack of playgrounds. I told DH he needs to be open to other areas because I don't want to have to get in a car and drive 10-15 minutes just for a playground.
Today I wore Aiden to go check the mail (it's on the other side of the complex) and wash dishes. He didn't have a great seat, so I got him down after that intending to practice more but he ran. :roll: I got him on my back again later on - one leg was great and thte other one definitely not at all! But I kept him up because I needed to finish cooking dinner. He cried, whined, and pulled my hair. It was wonderful. NOT. But at least I knew where he was and he was out of trouble.
Today, I was truly grateful for BWing. I babysat for a friend last night and had to carry both Teagan and my wee charge into daycare. Thank goodness for my Ergo. I got lots of comments from other parents as I walked in. Mostly, "Way to go!" and "You need a carrier for the front" and "Hey, wait, they ARE twins?" (Its funny because they've been mistaken for twins on numerous occasions)
There are several parks nearby that are nice but "nearby" doesn't really translate to "within easy walking distance." We've walked to one a few times and almost always come back in the dark. It would be easier if we were home during regular playground hours. Oh well, Teagan gets plenty of playground time at school and when she goes with daddy after school.
I love that using the Ergo turned you into super mommy.
Yeah, there's a REALLY nice brand new playground at a beautiful park a little over a mile away, but it's not a very walkable mile (a big portion is sketchy railroad/industrial area, no sidewalks) so we drive to that one too. And neither of them have baby swings. Oh well--within a ten minute drive we have one million park choices...sometimes I just don't want to have to deal with the car! Hope you can find a place with something walkable, Jackie...
Erin: WTG babywearing at school! Too funny.
Today I wore Aiden a lot. He took his only nap of the day on my back. He fell asleep so quickly that my "quick trip" into Target to pick up clearance boxers for DH (I totally got 4 pairs for $1.44! :lol:) turned into 90 minutes of me walking up and down every aisle. I just couldn't bring myself to disrupt him. lol. Wore him again at Aldi and the commissary. And to cook lunch. Thankfully DH got home right before dinner, so I didn't have to wear for that too. I kinda need my space right now.
Whew, I bet! I wore Addy to Target yesterday too--bought her a "big girl" car seat (the kind that converts up to booster eventually) since the cover on her old one was literally falling apart to the point that she was sitting back there picking out the stuffing and handing it to me :eyeroll: DESIGN FAIL.
Then I wore her all around the park (the nice, big central park) because she had been begging to go see the ducks for a couple of days, and I wanted a little exercise anyway.
Aaaah! Addy's in a "big birl" car seat! How have they grown so fast? I swear they were NBs like yesterday.
P.S. Almost witnessed a baby girl fight over Aiden this morning. I guess Aiden was really impressed by Teagan's outfit and ran up to her pointing and smiling. Good thing Addy was in the corner playing and didn't see it! When she noticed he'd run away, Addy started yelling for him ;). She's got the lock down on that boy!
What did I tell you? We are in TROUBLE.
Yeah, I went ahead and got her a Graco Nautilus 3-in-1 because I just can't justify buying another baby seat at this point on our tight budget, and she is way over the height and weight limits for safety on the new one anyway. I'm still keeping her rear-facing in the truck, especially since there's no buffer at all with her in the front (only) seat in there, but in the center seat of the Jetta, I'm OK with forward-facing. She's gigantic now anyway.
Aaaaaand back on topic, I just wore her to an appointment at the ENT! Worked so much better than the stroller--there was a lot of up/down and moving around to be done, and the Ergo was perfect for it. I heart TW in my Ergo so much. I even started keeping one diaper and a baggie of wipes in the pocket as a permanent emergency diaper bag, and what do you know--it worked
No BWing here today. I feel like crap and luckily the weather is as bad as I feel so DH was sent home after only 7 hours (usually he's gone 12-14 hours)!
But I did write a blog post about BWing tonight. http://seamonsterfamily.blogspot.com/2012/02/why-i-dont-post-more-photos-on-my.html
And Erin that's a VERY funny story! Had me totally laughing!!!!
Leigh, I love hearing how BWing is going so well for you right now. AS much as we want our kids to explore the world around them, there's still a place for snuggles and wearing.
AS much as we want our kids to explore the world around them, there's still a place for snuggles and wearing.
Absolutely! Your blog post was spot on...I ended up wearing Addy in the Maya hip carry last night because she was just being so clingy, and DH was getting stressed out in the kitchen, and I just couldn't help him and deal with her at the same time. So up she went, and she was actually happy in there for about half an hour...long enough to get what we needed to done! Some of that time I was sitting down, and she was still happy. Just needed some mommy time, I guess...and wearing her was the perfect compromise!
Feel better soon!!
I've been lurking
But now I can chime in! My little Oakley was born just over 2 weeks ago and I'm just in love--with him and with my Moby! I had only ever had a baby bjorn and a homemade "hotsling" style sling with my older kids and neither of them were very comfortable. I wore Oakley on a 1 mile walk to and from school to pick the kids up last week--my first real outing to try to get some exercise on--and through target on a no-school day where I was trying to wrangle the other 3. It was great, and so comfy! And last night, I wore him part of the time at the swimming pool while supervising dd at a birthday swimming party--but it got too warm for both of us very quickly in the very warm indoor pool area, so I pulled him out. And around the house--I've worn him at least a part of every day since he was a few days old because he is happiest when held and I can get something done.
From what I've read on here, I have a feeling I'll love the moby for this newborn state and then need something else for when he is bigger. But for now, the moby is a lifesaver!
That's great! Congratulations on the successful BW and on your new little love
Congrats Holly!!! The Moby is a great winter carrier. I'm glad to hear that BWing is working out really well this time around!
As I mentioned in the winter BWing thread, today we did the grab baby and run inside the store, and then put him in the carrier. Today's goal was to make DH buy clothes.
I haven't used my wrap in a few days. I think that's what I'm going to do right now before DS needs to go to bed.
Wore Adair to the zoo yesterday (awesome) and for a quick run to the store today. She thought we were going to the playground for some reason, and was pretty mad to realize we were at Ross! So I wore her so I could keep her happier and more contained than the cart, considering she was crying and screaming "Wheeee!! WHEEEEE!!!" (which is what she calls playgrounds. Much like she calls almost all animals exclusively by the sounds they make, except ducks.) After that, I took pity and we stopped for a quick play in the park before the big grocery shop.
I'm realizing I haven't worn DD all week! I was on a work Conference Mon-Thurs and then just played with her and DS all weekend so didn't BW! We did go to the Children's Museum Saturday but she was so excited to run around and DH was with us so he chased DS and I chased DD for the most part so they could both play the entire time! It was a blast! We did a lot of snuggling today so didn't think of BWing but def. have to BW Monday or Tuesday!
I chucked DS up on my bad when he was whinging and I needed to cook tea and wash up. He calmed down and asked to get down and happily played after about 10-15 mins up there
No BWing yesterday. My DH came home super early due to bad weather, so I didn't have to wear when there's 2 more hands around to do DS's bidding.
I did however wear off and on all morning! I pretied a FCC (front cross carry) with my woven wrap. I popped DS in so I could get cloth diaper laundry started and dishes in the sink. Then I popped him out and put him in the car. Back in the FCC while I paid for our last weeks of rental furniture (almost moving time again! Yay!), again off and on at the BFing playgroup on base, and again for me to pick up butter at the commissary. Not brave enough to do back wrapping in public, but this was a nice front carry that allowed me to wear him without having to take the carrier on an off. Glad to have finally used my wrap out in public.
Wendy, that's great that BWing calmed him down. Also glad to hear that you're still attempting back carries!!!
Mel, I've decided toddler wearing comes and goes in waves. Sometimes there will be several days when it's just not needed, but other days there's no way to even survive without BWing!
Leigh, your story had me laughing! I'm sure that'll be my DS in a few months.
I'll have to take a picture at some stage of my dodgy tie to enable a back carry with the super short straps.
Ooo! Please share.
Totally agreed! I haven't worn her since Sunday, because it just hasn't come up. I did start to but then decided to use the stroller when we ran to the store again yesterday, because she was begging for a snack and I didn't really relish the idea of O's and raisins being dumped down my back (she's in an anti-container phase, or maybe just a mess-making phase, but...no eating in the Ergo!)
ha ha ha! Yeah I've had a whole sippy full of COLD water dripped down my back once and do NOT allow food or drink in the O&A anymore! I really did mean to wear DD today, but she just didn't need it. Very happy to play and have fun. Plus we didn't leave the house.
DS has done snacks while being worn, mostly things like banana though
I will give her snacks in the Ergo again when she stops thinking that dumping/smearing food everywhere is the most awesome activity ever. It's a phase she's been in the past few weeks--she used to eat very nicely out of bowls, but lately she takes one bite and then dumps it all over her tray/table/lap. Even things like soup and cereal with milk. It's really annoying. I was really glad I chose to put her in the stroller on Monday, because sure enough about five minutes in she dumped the baggie all over her lap and the floor. And shook it to make sure everything came out. And then cried for more to eat. EYE ROLL CITY. I don't let her eat in the car anymore either.
I do let her have her water bottle anywhere, but it's pretty leakproof
OMG! DD gets banana everywhere every time she eats it! That is the LAST food she gets when I don't want a mess!!! LOL!
I wore DD today while making dinner & putting away stuff around the house.
I once gave DS strips of bell pepper while he was on my back (I was cooking dinner). When I unwrapped him a strip fell out. As the night wore on though, small chunks of bell pepper kept falling out of my shirt. It was a little weird. I don't feel him anymore, though I will give him a sippy!
I wore DS for most of today (in my elephant B'roo), but I was running around trying to get everything on my list in one day (which took 5 stores *sigh*). Found out yesterday that we're moving in 2 weeks. *gulp* I'm thinking there will be a lot of BWing as I pack up the apartment!
Oh man--good luck moving! That's FAST!
I wore DD tonight at the grocery store and again to help DH with dinner because she kept demanding to be picked up...funniest part is, while she was back there, I gave her a strip of bell pepper! What timing She ate a little bit and then dropped it on the floor, though, so I think I'm safe.
That's too funny about the bell pepper!
Well, we knew we were moving already (this is just a temp stop during the middle of our real, big move), but I thought I had 3-4 weeks left here. Suddenly I've got to be ready to drive across country in 13 days. And DH won't be any help at all until the last 2 days since he'll still be flying!
Gosh, I would never give Teagan food while BWing. It would be in my hair lickety-split! Teagan has lots of things she likes to do with food. Eating it falls pretty low on the list. I haven't BW in a few days. I was going to when we took our jaunt around the neighborhood this evening with the dogs but I thought she might like to walk so I left it. I wound up carrying her up on my shoulders most of the way. I guess it wasn't a walking day. Over the weekend, she walked all the way from a nearby arroyo back to the house. It's a good 0.3 miles! Crazy! It took awhile but she really wanted to do it all by herself.
That's too funny about the bell pepper! Well, we knew we were moving already (this is just a temp stop during the middle of our real, big move), but I thought I had 3-4 weeks left here. Suddenly I've got to be ready to drive across country in 13 days. And DH won't be any help at all until the last 2 days since he'll still be flying!
You have another move after this one?! I thought this one was the big one and then you were done for awhile. Yikes woman!
Erin, you should know these things. j/k. We're just in WF, TX for training. Then it's to NC for 9 months of training. And then we don't know after that. As of right now we're going to ask to stay in NC, but we could end up in England or Idaho instead. *sigh*
Or ... Tucson?! Ugh, I thought you were going to be in NC for a while. Like, a while by normal person standards not military standards.
C'mon 9 months is a super long time. If all goes exactly as DH hopes we could be there for a total of 7 years. But we're a long way off from knowing if that'll ever happen. In the military that's called homesteading. It's almost unheard of. At this point I'd be happy to stay in one place that isn't on the border of Mexico for longer than 18 months.
Boy, I thought I'd moved around a lot in my life, but this makes me tired just thinking about it! Thank goodness for BW with all that packing and unpacking you have to do...
Wore DD a lot this afternoon--we had more time than usual, so we stopped by the zoo for 45 minutes before they closed, and then went to the playground. By the time I was hiking back to the car with her, she had started biting the back neckline of my shirt, and me with it! Geez...hope THAT doesn't become a "thing".
Otherwise it was great. I think my favorite part of BW when out and about with a toddler is being able to have NOTHING to push/carry/pull/watch other than the baby. I keep one diaper and a ziplock of wipes in the Ergo pocket, and threw my zoo membership card, car key, and phone in with it. And GO!
Sounds like a good day (minus the biting lol)!
I tried to wear Aiden in a ring sling for snuggles and nursing earlier, but he fought me. Once down he wanted to go back up of course. Repeat this about 500 times and you have our day. I threw him on my back while cooking dinner for one final ride in my SV B'roo that I'm selling.
This evening DH took Aiden to Home Depot with him (needed stuff to rig his car window up - in DH's words the car is "ghetto nice"). DH asked for me to hand him HIS Ergo(!) right before he walked out the door "because that's so much easier than a stroller." :mrgreen:
And yes, my husband's training has meant a lot of moving.
this evening dh took aiden to home depot with him (needed stuff to rig his car window up - in dh's words the car is "ghetto nice"). Dh asked for me to hand him his ergo(!) right before he walked out the door "because that's so much easier than a stroller." :mrgreen:
i love this!
I totally burst into laughter ruining the sweet moment cause it really is out of character for DH. He doesn't mind wearing, but putting DS on his back by himself in a parking lot makes him nervous still (my stories haven't helped, which reminds me that I have a new one to add). Even funnier is that our BOB stroller stays in the back of my car 24/7, or else I'd totally forget to bring it to Stroller Strides.
I finally remembered to get my ring sling out and see how DD reacted to it, to judge using it for our traveling back to the States. I wore her just to one store, but she was quite happy in there the whole time, didn't try to get out, etc. Only thing was, we went to a cafe afterward, and I was having some really weird pains through my left side, which is the side I was carrying her on. Don't know if it was ligament pains brought on by the carry or what... in any case, the ring sling will make it easier for us in the airport, and to sleep on the plane and stuff, so I'm pretty sure it's what I'll use. It worked well today (minus the pain!)!
I had to wear Ronin while out last night. He needed a change (of course it was a super gross poopy nappy rather than just an easy wet one) and the place we were at didn't have a baby room or change table so I had to change him on the bit of bench beside the sink. While I was trying to clean up he kept running away out of the toilets so I popped him in the ring sling to finish cleaning up
Mara, I'd keep practicing short trips with it. I wonder if the pain is from you not being used to the ring sling now so maybe you were leaning in some way due to it.
Wendy, I like how kids choose when we're out of the house to poop. Aiden did that to me today, thankfully I was able to use the car trunk to change him! lol. Glad to hear that BWing helped out in that situation!
I wore DS to the commissary and BX today.
I think his excess of poop yesterday was because he ate a chilli on Thursday night, apprently spicy is good for him, straight chilli not so much.
Uh, yeah, I have a poop MACHINE...we change her in the trunk so much that now whenever I open it she starts pointing and yelling "POO POO!" :eyeroll:
I wore her to run in to Walgreen's today, but that was it.
Glad the ring sling looks like it'll work for you, Mara!
Too funny Leigh!
I practiced with BWCC with my wrap tonight. Not so great. Still hate the carry. It took me forever to get him up too because I forgot how to do it. :roll:
I then realized it was time to start cooking dinner, so I changed him over to a double hammock as I made hamburgers and homemade chips. More comfortable, but not all that great. Not the worst wrapping day ever, but not the best by far.
I put Ronin in my bubbalugga ring sling to go up to do groceries. It was my favourite when he was a newborn and has been shoved in a corner since because it's just not easy to adjust like most ring slings, but I am trying it and going to try and love it for him because it's a bit flashier (red and black batik style) rather than my boring tan coloured other ring sling.
I just googled that RS. It's a closed tail! Interesting. I've never tried a closed tail sling. How do you tighten and adjust the rails of that one?
With great difficulty. I may not be using it right but I just pull until it's tight, but it is hard because it is pretty thick in the tail and the rings are really small. It brings the material from the sling in though which acording to the instuctions on their page looks wrong. It was the second carrier I bought before I knew much about baby wearing, the first was a crotch dangler (before I knew they weren't good) which was never really comfortable to wear.
If I can find my camera I will get a picture of the bubbalugga and how I wear it.. I loved it when Ronin was a newborn, it wasn't hands free but had enough material to use as a cover when he was feeding of sleeping when we were out.
Did some looking into closed tail slings. Apparently people like them because of the lack of big tail, but many who wear a lot don't like them as much because you can tighten each strand (let alone the two rails) independently. You don't see very many of them in the US. They do exist, but there are tons more open tail sling companies.
SO MUCH BW today...omg it was a lifesaver...spent the day helping DH set up for his art show (his kids' art show--he's a teacher) and then attended it, which was actually really fun because it was at this open-air market place with live music and food and kids running everywhere...but I had to wear Addy a lot to be able to deal with being there all day! She did nap in a corner in the pack n play for part of the setup time, and run around a bunch during the show, but there was plenty of Ergo time mixed in. Then we had a drink at the bar there to celebrate the end of the HUGE ordeal, and I tried to get her to sleep in the Ergo but she was so pumped up on excitement and horchata (sweet rice milk) that she never fell asleep, even though it was way past her bedtime. I spent the entire two glasses of wine partially leaned forward to give her a comfy, tempting head surface, and bouncing, but...no. At least she stayed happy and quiet, though! She was a trooper today.
And bonus: I got SEVERAL comments of "Yay, Ergo!" and "Oh, I've been there so many times..." when I was trying to get her to sleep
Leigh - PooPoo! Addy is seriously the funniest baby I know.
Jackie- Your BWing knowledge astounds me.
Wendy- I had to google the bubbalugga too. I think I remember seeing a pic of you wearing Ronin in it at the beach?
So, funny story that involves BWing. I took T to the Farmer's Market today as we do most Saturdays only I took her by myself because DH is studying for his comprehensive exams. After we stocked up on eggs, pierogies, and a croissant, we stopped in at the train museum that's right next to the market. Teagan was playing with the little toy trains with two other little kids. I chatted with the two kids' Dads while I tried to keep Teagan from bogarting the trains (she's become a bit of a toy hog lately :rolleyes:). When I tired of watching Teagan throw little wooden trees around, we left but Teagan insisted we stop by the Thomas the Tank Engine on display outside. Since she'd been shocked by this display in the past (like electrical shock, yeah, safe, huh?) I threw her up in the Ergo. One of the Dad's was out there and started chatting with me again and as I was leaving he asked, "So, are you available to go out, like, socially?" Uuuuuh. What? I was totally caught off guard so I just said "No" awkwardly and walked away quickly. Seriously? What about the lady with the toddler on her back screams date material? To make matters even more bizarre, the guy was like 45. Creeper!! Do I seriously look old enough to be datable for a 45 year old? Or was he just that creepy? I mean, he would be a great date ... for my MOM! At least he was a good looking 45 year old. Maybe I should track him down and give him my Mom's number.