Finding a Baby Carrier

As a first-time mom, figuring out what exactly you need for a baby is tough.  Sure, there are all sorts of guides out there (I liked Lucie’s List for any of you that might be reading that are currently pregnant) and you can always ask friends for opinions, but so much of it is dependent on personal preference.  I registered for a bunch of Avent bottles based on a friend’s recommendation.  Alexander hated them.  Now we use Dr. Browns.

I knew that I wanted some sort of baby carrier.  Based on my limited internet research, I ended up registering for both the Moby Wrap and the Ergo.  My rationale for registering for two different types was that the Moby would be better to wear around the house, while the Ergo would be more for adventures outside.

I got the Moby as a gift.  It sat in Alexander’s room for a while waiting for him to get big enough to use it.  When he was about 7.5 lbs, I decided to give it a whirl.  For those that aren’t familiar, the Moby is literally a long piece of fabric.  I’d heard a lot of good things about it and figured how hard could it be?  Umm, very hard.  After watching numerous Youtube videos, I kind of figured it out, but I never felt like I was doing it right.

Moby

I’m pretty sure I had it on correctly, but he never felt secure to me.  I watched more videos, posted questions on Facebook and even went to a babywearing group meeting to try to figure it out.  But after a while, I realized, it just wasn’t for me.

A friend of mine lent me a Maya Ring Sling.  This definitely felt more secure than the Moby but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to buy one for myself.  (I don’t think I have him in there correctly in that picture, btw.)

Ring sling

I figured that I’d just buy an Ergo but then another friend let me try her Beco Gemini and I really liked it.  It’s a structured carrier like the Ergo, but unlike the Ergo, you don’t need an infant insert for smaller babies.  Babies can also face forward.

Beco gemini

It’s not cheap (but neither is the Ergo) but I think it’s worth it.  Babywearing makes things so much easier.  Now I can take Alexander with me when I walk Murphy.  (I couldn’t with the stroller because Murphy pulls hard.)  I can take him to Kroger or Target without lugging the car seat into the store.  Basically, I can have full use of my hands again.

For those of you who have absolutely no interest in babywearing or are wondering why I’d post so many unflattering, makeup-less selfies, umm, here’s a picture of some peppers.  And a PSA not to use green peppers when making a roasted red pepper soup.

Peppers

Monkey Wrench

Just when I feel like I have somewhat of a handle on this mothering thing, I get thrown a monkey wrench.  And that monkey wrench is called work.  I go back to work next Monday and I’m feeling completely overwhelmed by the thought of it.

I took 12 weeks leave, which is more than most people at my office do.  But somehow, it flew by.  My baby went from this:

Alex newborn

to this:

Alex 10mo

He’s still the size of a newborn (albeit a very large one) but almost double his birth weight.

I remember when I was nervous about changing his diaper.  About driving him in the car.  About taking him out into the world.  Now those things are nothing to me, but work, work is something entirely different.

Before I had a baby, I always said that I didn’t want to be a stay at home mom.  And I still don’t.  That hasn’t changed. As much as I may complain about it (I’m only human, and a whiny human at that), I actually like working.  The overwhelming feelings that I’m having don’t really have to do with not being with my baby all day.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, I will miss him, but I don’t feel guilty about it the way I think some mothers do.

It’s more a question of how am I going to fit everything in?  Take everything I tried to do on maternity leave and throw in an extra 8 hours of trying to do my job and trying to do it well and, how can I do it all?

Take Alexander to daycare, go to work, pick up Alexander from daycare, work out, cook and eat healthy meals, spend time with Alexander, spend time with Jason, spend time with Alexander and Jason together, give Murphy some attention, make sure the house doesn’t look like a cyclone has run through it and have a little time for myself.

How does that work?  Honestly, you tell me because I cannot figure it out.

The Weekend in Photos

Also known as  “I haven’t updated the blog in a while but typing with one hand is hard.”

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I found him!  Where’s my prize?

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Grandma came to visit.

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Smiley baby!  He started smiling like a week ago. And this is my mother’s phone with 159 pictures.  My phone has like 2500 photos on it.  2499 of which are Alexander.  I’m only slightly exaggerating.

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Someone has his eyes on my food.  Someone would be disappointed if he ate solid food because it was bland.

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California roll with a side of baby.

And now it’s almost Monday and it’s my last week before I go back to work.  Gulp.

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