I’ve taught her well

Ani told me that she is going to birth her babies at home, nurse them whenever they want and let them self-wean, co-sleep until they are three and then they can stay in her room but not in her bed, and homeschool them. Sounds like she will be a wonderful mother.

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Got our Ergo!

Our Ergo arrived yesterday. Fritz got very excited when he saw me put it on. He’s been happily getting in the one I borrowed from my friend quite regularly over the last few days. I put him on my back while I worked on dinner. It’s quite fun wearing him to do things.

Got our Ergo!

And for fun the big two got to try it out, too.

Got our Ergo! Got our Ergo!

No more gymnastics

Today was the first day of the first regular 8 week session at the gym where my big kids take gymnastics. Ani had already decided that this would be her last 8 weeks. She starts Irish dancing in about 3 weeks. Cameron wasn’t liking gymnastics much anymore because this summer was absolutely awful. The teams were training so it was chaotic in the gym and kids who had never taken lessons before filled up the classes, but, even worse, since the teams got first dibs on the equipment, the kids barely got to do much more than some floor exercises and the trampoline for an hour a week all summer long.

Cameron had said he’d like to take golf lessons and then swimming lessons and then martial arts lessons (in that order) but I wanted him to have a regular class before he really decided to stop gymnastics. I had forgotten just how natural Cameron is on the equipment. He went right back to nice vaults and perfect rolls on the bar. But after class was over he said he was sure he wanted to stop after the session is over. He is finished with gymnastics lessons. I think the terrible classes over the summer killed his enjoyment. So I guess it’s on to golf!

Wearing the Baby

I like the idea of babywearing, but I’ve never been able to much or past a certain size. Mostly I’ve used slings and baby carriers for when we are out and very little at home. I have found it to be cumbersome to do anything around the house with a kid attached.

Before I had Ani I got a Nojo sling. I hated it and rarely used it. When she was a few months old I got a Maya Wrap and liked that much better. Still, even though she was small, my shoulder would ache after not all that much time with her in it. I used the Maya Wrap with Cameron sometimes. He didn’t care much for being in the sling. He liked his space. Ani was in the sling more after Cameron was born than Cameron was in the sling. She has always liked to be right up against other people.

I used the Maya Wrap a little with Fritz. When he was a few weeks old I got a Peanut Shell. We both found it to be very comfortable and used it until he was three or four months old. Then a friend sent me a Moby Wrap. We loved it. It was comfortable and I didn’t find it hard to use once I figured out how to wrap it around me. Once Fritz got to be over about 16 or 17 pounds, though, I found it wasn’t so great to use anymore. He was heavy enough that the fabric would stretch and he’d get lower and lower and I’d get more and more uncomfortable and my shoulders would hurt. So he hasn’t been in a sling or wrap since he was about 9 months old.

Yesterday my friend Megan and I went to the DC Baby Carrier Expo. We took Fritz with us. I borrowed her Ergo to try out. Fritz seemed comfortable and I was comfortable, too. I had no back or shoulder pain even after carrying him in it for a few hours. When we got home I put him in it on my back (which he thought was downright hilarious) and cleaned and vacuumed the living and dining rooms. It was amazing. I was able to do housework and still have him attached and I had no pain from it.

So I ordered an Ergo for myself from Abby’s Lane. I am getting a blue one with seersucker lining (I love seersucker so that makes me very happy). Knowing how fast Abby’s Lane ships and how close they are to me I should have my Ergo in a couple or three days. I am looking forward to being able to actually wear my kid while doing stuff at home like I’ve always wanted to. It’ll also be very useful on vacation this fall in Williamsburg and at the Renaissance Fair, places where strollers just aren’t so easy to deal with.