I was kneeling on the floor so he wasn't hurt at all, it was just a few inches but still. : She was appalled of course. I'm sure her estimation of me as a parent has just plummeted.
But me, I get back up on that horse you know, I'm not easily dissuaded. So last night after she brings him back, I wrap him back up on my back to do dishes after dinner. All good, all good.
This morning I've got big plans: laundry. So I spend an HOUR, yes a friggin HOUR trying to get him wrapped. I'm all over mamatoto.org and everything and I could NOT get the hang of it. He's hating every minute of it - especially when I almost drop him (real drop this time, from a standing position!) and caught him by grabbing him by one arm...
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Bad bad bad bad bad babywearing mama.
At this point I almost gave up and got very depressed. I sat on the couch and watched all the mamas walking up and down Roosevelt with their toddler in strollers and thought "they look happy enough..." But then I remembered what a hellish ordeal laundry has become lately so I gave it One More Try.
And it worked! Happy happy boy bouncing on my back. Threw the laundry and the detergent in the cart and rolled off to the laundromat and Oh My God...
Laundry has NEVER been so pleasant. Even when he was a little 7 lb newborn it was not this easy! I felt like a normal person with two arms and two legs as I cheefully tossed my laundry into the washer, transferred it to the dryer, and even folded it. Yes, you heard me, I actually FOLDED my laundry. And the whole time T-Bone was hanging out on my bag, almost weightless, watching the traffic go by. He was so content I actually READ A BOOK.
So the moral of the story is:
If you, like me, have been putting off trying a wrap, put it off no longer! Fear not the wrap! With a little practice and perserverance it will change your life. My only regret is that I didn't try it sooner. I was just way too intimidated, it looked so difficult and complicated. But it would have been so much easier to learn with a lighter and more cooperative baby instead of this very large and willful toddler. So start now mamas!
I have spent longer than I should on sites like mamatoto and I'm dying to get some cloth so I can start practicing with bags of flour! The hands-free nursing newborn carry on mamatoto just enthralls me and I can't wait to try it (alas, I'll have to wait another 7 months).
Anyhoo, thanks for renewing my excitement and confidence!
Hands free is wonderful....although when your newborn sleeps and you can't sit down, being on your feet can get a little tiring....
But I am inspired to practice! I also just got some cool cotton gauze on sale to do the DIY version of a summer wrap a la mamatoto....so I have to learn how to wear my baby in the stuff!
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Thanks so much for sharing your story! I too was so intimidated by wraps when I first began -- I remember saying, over and over, "I'm just a ring-sling girl." :LOL But now I'll never go back!!!
Good for you for hanging in there! Hurray!
Whose husband is willing to fight her for the right to become the international spokesperson for the wrap.
geez, must be late, I'm getting silly.
But seriously, am having major wrap issues, too ... am having major problems getting the hang of baby-on-the-back. Major issue seems to be getting the fabric spread over her back and not just bunched up under the arm.
Will there be another demo anytime soon, do you know?
I have a lovely brand new Didymos (a Christmas present) staring me in the face. I put in on the kitchen table (complete with 40-page long instruction book) to inspire me to action but can't seem to get past the box opening part.
My KKAFP is just way to easy but a) fleece and D.C. summers don't mix and b) my baby is 16+ lbs. at only 2 months and it's doing a number on my back.
Quirky, I think I'm at least going to try to make the Baby Wearing workshop tomorrow.
Originally Posted by merpk
g'a'mama, . am having major problems getting the hang of baby-on-the-back. Major issue seems to be getting the fabric spread over her back and not just bunched up under the arm.
In the last week I've used my wrap at the beach (by myself, with toddler and infant!) and with a back carry at Home Depot buying all my spring flowers. I wraps!!!!
In the meantime, have you looked at the www.mamatoto.org videos? I have found them very helpful, altho I have had to watch them over and over and over. But there is no substitute for seeing it in person, so I hope you can make it to one of the meetings.