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:Happy Birthday SoulJourney!!! :

The big 3-3 today!!!
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OH, Happy Birthday SoulJourney! I hope it's a fantabulous day for you!



DH took a picture of Rowan today and she looks SO grown-up in it! I actually got teary-eyed looking at it. My little baby, not so much a baby anymore.
post #283 of 307
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Spughy, I'm having those moments all the time now. Your link didn't work, by the by.
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Try it again? It works fine for me. Here it is again: http://gallery.fishbc.com/gallery/vi...739&id=pic_008

The site may have been down momentarily.

DiD - love the pic of Suriya in the Ergo! What a cute little pudgy face!
post #286 of 307
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Yep, it worked. God, she is sooo beautiful Sarah! I mean, she always has been, but gets more beautiful all the time. DiD, Suriya is getting so big too! She's such a cutie pie! I am so jealous of your gifted Ergo. I didn't get the one that I wanted on the TP, so I'm thinking of just making one of these instead.
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Yep, it worked. God, she is sooo beautiful Sarah! I mean, she always has been, but gets more beautiful all the time. DiD, Suriya is getting so big too! She's such a cutie pie! I am so jealous of your gifted Ergo. I didn't get the one that I wanted on the TP, so I'm thinking of just making one of these instead.
Thanks Amy! I think she's beautiful too but I'm also quite hopelessly biased, y'know?

But if you want a back carrier, why don't you just use one of your lovely slings? I'm all about the back carry in the sling now. I've no idea why more people don't do this. It takes some tinkering but the end result is a comfortable carry for you & DD and no extra equipment! I updated my siggie a while ago to show a pic of me & Rowan enjoying our sling (it happened to be the Maya wrap that day, not our super-cool john deere sling, but we do use that one too - the smaller one).

The trick is to put the sling on with the rings about halfway down your back. Settle your little darling on your hip with your hand under her bum, inside the sling. Reach around and pull straight up on the tail until the sling is almost supporting your DC. If the rings are now on your shoulder or anywhere on the chest side of your shoulder (ie not still on your back) you'll want to slide the sling around a little more so the rings are still on your back, just below your shoulder. (This is why you keep your hand under your DC's bum.) Next, remove your hand from the sling, place the arm beside your DC in front of your DC, with your hand under her/his bum on the outside of the sling, and using that arm, slide your DC around onto your back while you snug up the tail of the sling with your other hand.

The rings at this point should be above your breast. The sling fabric should fan out OVER your other breast, be fully supporting your DC from bum to high mid-back, and come over your shoulder. You'll find you don't want to fan out the fabric on your shoulder too much since it'll give your DC more support the higher up it goes on your arm.

That's as clearly as I can explain it! It's taken us some time to REALLY perfect it but it's great! Even with my back being all gibbled I have no problem walking for quite a distance with DD like this.
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Sarah, that was my first thought upon seeing those pictures, too--Rowan IS gorgeous. Is she a serious baby? In a lot of your pictures she looks on the serious side. I think Woody is. He certainly has many silly and chatty moments, but overall he is a pretty quiet and serious guy. And thanks so much for posting those directions for the ring sling back carry; since seeing your signature picture with that carry, I've been meaning to ask you how you pull it off!

Amy, I made my own mei tai. It was a very simple project, and it was really fun choosing the fabric and making my own little modifications and stuff. It's still my favorite carrier for "long" distances (not hikes or anything, just walks around the neighborhood or window shopping, etc.). I used this pattern, but obviously with cuter fabric!

Welcome back, Melanie! What a splendid day--running, farmers market, friends, cobbler! I don't know why I don't run in the mornings anymore; it always makes my days go better. I hate getting up one second earlier than my body wants to, though, and that's usually about 8:30 and exactly two minutes before Woody!

Carolyn, congratulations!!!

And SoulJourney, beautiful mama, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

DiD, your girlie is so sweet! Does your son like to carry her in the Ergo? My students always wanted to carry Woody in the Maya Wrap. They would put it on and then kind of mimic me, saying the things I said to Woody and stuff. It was funny to see how much they identified me with my carrier!

Barcelona, I grew up in Maitland, and that's where my family still is. I love college park--my favorite little bead store is there, and turns out that five years before my husband and I met (500 miles from Orlando), he spent a summer living with his sister in college park, just five minutes from where I lived.
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Have y'all seen this new website?

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(As if I need another web thing to join, but ...) It looks so cool!

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Gabriel is always asking to carry Suriya or Winter in one of my carriers. He also has worn them in the Mei Tai and the Kozy a time or two. Cute!
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I hate to be the nay-sayer, but I love love love my Ergo in a way that I've never loved my Mai Tai. The Ergo is so unbelievably comfortable, and feels so secure to me, since it buckles instead of being tied. Plus, I always got overheated with a MT, because off all the fabric around me. I find the Ergo much cooler - especially for hiking in the summer, which we do a lot of.

This morning Ellie slept late, and when I finally went to wake her up I found a deer tick on her neck. So, after mad research about Lyme Disease I decided to forgo tick testing and just keep a very close eye on her for the next few weeks. And not tell my in-laws about it, because they'd absolutely freak that we weren't having her tested and/or treating just in case. Then, this afternoon my Papa passed away. Its really not been a great day.
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I hate to be the nay-sayer, but I love love love my Ergo in a way that I've never loved my Mai Tai. The Ergo is so unbelievably comfortable, and feels so secure to me, since it buckles instead of being tied. Plus, I always got overheated with a MT, because off all the fabric around me. I find the Ergo much cooler - especially for hiking in the summer, which we do a lot of.

This morning Ellie slept late, and when I finally went to wake her up I found a deer tick on her neck. So, after mad research about Lyme Disease I decided to forgo tick testing and just keep a very close eye on her for the next few weeks. And not tell my in-laws about it, because they'd absolutely freak that we weren't having her tested and/or treating just in case. Then, this afternoon my Papa passed away. Its really not been a great day.

Q of C-- Condolences on the loss of your Papa.
I'm sure Ellie is going to be fine.
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FWIW, I agree with Q of C about the Mei-Tai vs. Ergo, at least after about 12 months/20 lbs or so the Kozy carrier (a mei-tei type carrier) was pretty uncomfortable--for me the straps were digging into my shoulders and hurting my neck and shoulders, or it would hurt my lower back if it was looser/lower--I just couldn't get her adjusted well without something hurting me anymore, after being thrilled with the Kozy from about 4 months when I got it until then. I like my ergo much more now that she's heavier/taller/wigglier. Amy--you are welcome to borrow my Kozy to try it out if you want, that way you can see how it works for you before you go the the time/expense/effort of making one.


Here--today has sort of been *one of those days.* Two small highlights--the 1st evening that DH has been gone out of town, after returning home post-dinner and the store,I had to run into the house and to the bathroom with Ella because I was on the verge of major poo-continence, meanwhile the dogs were barking because they also had to go, so I let them out into the backyard after making sure the gate was closed and then ran to the bathroom. I came out to let them back inside, and apparently they had jumped the back fence and were lost for about 15-20 minutes. Enough to engender a panicked search for them in very pajama-like clothing in the pelting rain, and a call to the next-door neighbors to see if they had spotted them. (They hadn't, but came out to help me look.) In the midst of my panic when I discovered that they were gone and was running back into the house to get Ella to take her to look for them, she took the opportunity to expand her vocabulary, and repeated a word that rhymes with "duck." But that word unfortunately does not begin with the letter, "D". Anyway, I forgot about that and drove around looking with them and trying to imagine them coming back safe and sound. Eventually I got back to the house and as I was pulling up and talking with the neighbors, they (the dogs, not the neighbors!) came running up to my car, apparently happy to be found. But I was really really scared that they'd get hit by a car, or just that they'd get lost because they don't really know this area yet.

Besides that, Ella pulled down a piece of mexican pottery that shattered on the floor earlier today. Didn't get around to cleaning that up yet even--I was going to when we got home, but once I got her happily settled in the jumperoo watching signing time (which is the only place I can put her for a few moments where she will be happily occupied and can't injure herself and/or destroy property), I went to bring in the things I'd bought at the store. I'd gotten a 6 pack of coke (I know, I know) and two of the cans fell loose from the plastic ring-thing that holds the 6pack together (or is supposed to, anyway) and one of the cans exploded all over me, the sunroom, the door, the steps, the floormat, etc. So I had to clean that up. Which required a couple of trips to the garage to find the mop, the bucket, etc. Finally I got that cleaned up, but by then Ella was crying from the jumperoo "nite-nites, nite-nites, Mommy, Daddy!" It was so sad. And then I had to take a shower, so I took her in with me. She was none too thrilled about it, but finally I got her to bed.

Oy! : I hope I survive till DH gets back Sunday night!!!
post #294 of 307
happy birthday souljourney!!!! hope you had a glorious day.

q of c, sending healing loving thoughts to your and your family's way, as you say goodbye to your papa.

kavita...hang in there mama! it can be so overwhelming with no break or help from DH. whenever i've experienced it, i feel that way, and things like you described seem always to happen, right?

rowan, sarah is gorgeous!

helen, thanks for the food suggestions. rice sounds good. i am feeling significantly better today.

honeytree, i know maitland very well. my grandparents live there! if your'e gonna be there at thanksgiving, by chance, perhaps we can meet up. (we'll be there). finley is also a pretty serious guy, though with plenty of silly and chatty moments. he and woody would surely get along. and i know the bead store well. used to go all the time.

DiD, yay ergo! suriya is so sweet.

and i'm another who loves the ergo. it's so comfy. i do love the look of other carriers, though, and am often tempted to try one...(and i do have a ring carrier that i use occassionally), but ultimately, finley is so big, i think the ergo is the way to go for me for now.

off to watch a movie with DH!
post #295 of 307
I am totally loving my Ergo more than my Hotsling, Mei Tai, Kozy and Moby-style wrap. I haven't tried Winter in the Ergo yet but I am so much more comfortable carrying Suriya in it. Winter's so big and walking so much I don't carry him that often anymore unless he falls asleep in the car.
Speaking of sleep...
post #296 of 307
Still loving my wilkinet, but I'm tempted to try the ring sling on my back more. I am investing in a new sling for the new babe though- I think I'm planning on a wrap of some description. A february babe is just going to hit the point of wanting to be forward-facing when the warm weather comes, and wrapped in two layers of needlecord plus some padding, that's a very sweaty baby...
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QoC - Sending peaceful thoughts to your family during this time. I am sorry for your loss. And healthy vibes to Ella (FWIW, I had plenty of ticks as a kid, and never got sick from any of them).

Kavita, sounds like a really rough night, Mama. I'm glad you found the doggies (or, they found you) before anything bad happened. That must have been really scary. I hope the rest of DH's away time is less dramatic.

Thanks for all of your feedback about the Ergo. I think that that's what I need to go with; I had been thinking that the mei tai-style carriers wouldn't be comfortable after a time. I really need the structure of padded straps and a supportive waist-belt. Now I just need to save up enough money to get one! Oh, Spuhy, as for carrying her on my back with a sling....honestly, I'm just getting kind of sick of my sling and sick of having to maneuver over/around my huge boobs all the time!!

So Brynn seems to have poison ivy on her hands from our hike last weekend in Indy. I noticed it on Monday, but didn't realize until last night that that's why she's been sleeping so restlessly all week. I brought her into bed with me at around 11:00 and she was rubbing her palms together all night, obviously really uncomfortable. I put some hydrocortisone on her palms at around 5:00am, which seemed to helped, but I think I will give her some benadryl tonight at bedtime. At least it's not spreading, though.
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nak...

i've been thinking about this pattern. I loved my wrap, but find it too difficult for the constant in and out, up and down of toddlerdom. And I suck at getting her on my back in a wrap. But the frankencozy wrap meets mei tai might work well for us. But I so rarely wear her for long periods of time, and have such limited time to sew lately that it may just have to wait for a future babe...

Kavita~ good luck with the rest of your time alone. What an evening!

QofC~ Sending my best wishes to you and your family.
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QoC, I'm so sorry for your family's loss. Woody got bit by a tick once, too, and it was scary. But we just watched and waited, too, and of course it turned out to be nothing.

Good God, Kavita! That was a horrible day. I can totally relate to the dogs' inordinate ability to escalate an already trying situation--mine thwarted two nap attempts today (which I desperately needed) with near constant barking, and I was visualizing them happily living in someone else's house!

I took two new pictures today, and thought I'd share since we were talking about back carries. But Sarah, last night I tried the back carry with the Maya Wrap and really liked it! It did take a sec to get it adjusted so the bottom rail wasn't pinching Woody's legs, but once I figured that out it was secure and comfortable for our walk.

OK, one more picture: this one is from this weekend at my mom's house. Woody's favorite game, before he ventured off the steps, was to throw the floaties and make me swim after them and toss them back to him. (And the picture just looks a little blue--the pool was actually quite warm!)
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Helen~ My DH has taken up knitting. I am holding myself back in hopes of finishing some of the massive backlog of sewing projects, both real and imagined. But the blacksheep gathering almost converted me to taking up knitting again. That and watching my DH click needles while sitting on the couch, as I hunch over the sewing machine in the corner :

Teresa~ Woody is beautiful (and so are you!). He looks like he's having sooo much fun in the pool. We run with Neela, since we have an early morning nurse-a-thon, and I'd have to get up at about 4 am to acutally escape without her protesting. She does pretty well in the jogging stroller, though has a 40 minute maximum on a good day (including dried fruit bribes). I feel so much better with regular morning runs, and have finally built back some of muscle that I used to have pre-baby.

spughy~ Rowan does look so grown up! And it looks like she's grown a lot of hair recently, too
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