2014 in review

December 29, 2014

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,700 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

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Everyday Babywearing Challenge – Day 9

July 21, 2014

Today was the final day of the #onlyneedone challenge. The short cross carry with ring finish served us well again today. The cashier at the restaurant we ate lunch at asked about my wrap because she’s expecting. There was a line, so I gave her a short answer, then later went back and gave her information about the “Everyday Babywearing” group on Facebook. What’s funny is that when she first saw me and asked, I had the wrap on without the baby. Hubby had carried him in from the car. She still knew what it was.

This challenge showed my that even though it’s not the nicest wrap, a simple DIY wrap of medium length can serve well for most situations. I wasn’t home much so didn’t get to practice back carries much, but I know they’re doable. The wrap I used for the challenge cost me about $20 in materials, plus an optional ring for about $5. It took a couple of hours labor to measure, wash, iron, cut and hem it. The real woven wraps that are made specifically for carrying babies are smoother and prettier, but also cost at least four times as much, but one simple one can get the job done.

When the DIY version will function well enough, do you still seek out the nicer professional version?

Everyday Babywearing Challenge – Day 8

July 20, 2014

Today I saw another woman wearing her baby in a wrap. I was wearing Baby C in a short cross carry with a ring finish. We exchanged smiles from across the waiting area. Iwas in line so couldn’t go talk to her. Later I was in a public restroom changing his diaper and a woman from Africa struck up a conversation with me about how women in her country wear their babies, but on their backs. She thought the front carry looked interesting and comfortable as well. I left the restroom smiling so much that Hubby was curious of the reason.

Are there any topics that you will approach and talk to strangers about?

Focused on Success 30 Day Challenge – Reflections, Everyday Babywearing Challenge – Day 7

July 20, 2014

The “Focused on Success” challenge has ended. I’ll take my measurements tomorrow, but I’m not too worried about what they say. The challenge has helped me to be more aware of my food choices, water intake, and activity level. It has also encouraged me to make better choices when eating, stay on top of hydration, and to be more intentionally active. It was a good experience. I hope to continue being aware of these things going forward.

What helps you stick to good habits you’re trying to instill into daily life?

I wore Baby C in a short cross carry with ring finish most of the day. While I was out today I met and ended up waiting with a woman who has a baby just a couple of weeks older than Baby C. She didn’t have him wrapped, but she seemed familiar with the concept because she told her baby, “Doesn’t he look snuggly in his wrap?” We were both working on solving a problem so didn’t get to chat, but the babies were having fun together. It was cute. Her baby is in about the third percentile, and my chunk is around the eighty-fifth percentile, so there was a huge size difference. Her mother was there and apparently owns a bed and breakfast in the same town that Hubby and I met in. I can’t remember the name, so I’ll have to try searching for it and see if it jumps out at me.

Do you strike up conversations with strangers when you’re stuck waiting?

Focused on Success 30 Day Challenge – Day 33, Everyday Babywearing Challenge – Day 6

July 18, 2014

I was moderately active today, but wouldn’t call it exercise. I ate somewhat well. We had a delayed start to the day, so breakfast was really brunch. I had a diner salad and fries. A little bit later I had the leftover pizza. Dinner was Indian food with friends. I had the last of my coconut ice cream for desert. I drank around four bottles today.

What do you like to eat with friends?

I wore Baby C in a strap carry for a short nap this morning. While we were visiting friends I wore him in a short cross carry with a slip knot. One of the friends was actually familiar with the practice of South American baby wearing in woven wraps.

Who wants to get me a genuine woven wrap?

Focused on Success 30 Day Challenge – Day 32, Everyday Babywearing Challenge – Day 5

July 17, 2014

I was visiting for most of today, but still ate relatively well. Breakfast was my usual. Lunch was diner fries and such. Dinner was an awesome fresh salad, quinoa, zucchini, beet salad, and fresh fruit from a friend’s CSA share. Part two of dinner was pizza. Desert was coconut ice cream. A snack was an avocado. I was moderately active today, but didn’t do any outright exercises. I only drank about three bottles of water.

Do you participate in community supported agriculture?

As for baby wearing.. My wrap stayed in my bag today. He napped while we drove, and people we visited held him most of the day. It felt weird to not get my snuggles.

What things do you miss if you don’t do them everyday?

Focused on Success 30 Day Challenge – Day 31, Everyday Babywearing Challenge – Day 4

July 16, 2014

I goofed. The “Focused on Success”challenge is a month long, not 30 days. Today I ate well. I had my regular cereal for breakfast. Lunch was sushi and a gluten free vegan pizza. Dinner was quinoa pasta with a homemade sauce. A snack was an Italian ice, and desert was some gluten free vegan coconut cookie dough ice cream and fresh cherries. I had four or five bottles of water. I didn’t do my stretches, but we went on a family walk that’s longer than my usual walk by about four times. I have blisters on my feet.

What your of shoes are most comfortable for you to walk in?

I wore Baby C at the grocery store in a short cross carry tied at the shoulder with a slip knot. Later when we walked, first Hubby, then my father in law, carried him in the mei tai. Hubby wore him on his front, then his father wore the baby on his back. He fell asleep on Grandpa’s back! I also wore him in a ruck tied in front for his morning nap.

Who else will wear your baby?

(I also goofed on this one. It was supposed to start Monday, but I started Sunday. I’ll continue through Monday anyway. #onlyneedone carrier!)

Focused on Success 30 Day Challenge – Day 30, Everyday Babywearing Challenge – Day 3

July 15, 2014

Despite being on the road today, I did alright with food. Breakfast was a variety of fresh fruit and pumpkin seeds. Lunch was a salad and French fries. Dinner was lentil tacos. I didn’t exercise, but drank around five bottles.

Are you able to forgive yourself for relaxing about food while on the road? The key is to make it an exception, and not let it totally derail your efforts.

I was in the car most of the day, so really only carried Baby C a little bit. Since he was napping in the car we didn’t have any wrap naps, and we stuck to short cross carry with a ring finish. It isn’t exciting, but works well!

Does anyone else feel naked when they don’t have baby in their arms or a carrier?

Focused on Success 30 Day Challenge – Day 29, Everyday Babywearing Challenge – Day 2

July 14, 2014

Breakfast today was a handful of granola before heading out the door. Lunch was an iceberg lettuce salad, pumpkin seeds, and skittles. Dinner was a Subway salad and Wendy’s fries. I didn’t do my stretches but did a good amount of walking. I managed to drink about four bottles worth, and since most of my food was mostly water I’m good there.

We were touring a property and had a casual meeting, so I wore Baby C in short cross carry with a ring finish again. It helped keep him secure while riding a side by side as well.

Focused on Success 30 Day Challenge – Day 28, Everyday Babywearing Challenge – Day 1

July 13, 2014

Today I agree a lot of processed food, including some with ingredients I’m sensitive to. I found a commercially available bagel that I can eat. It’s not the same, but isn’t bad. It’s made by “omgrusureitsglutenfree.” Lunch was carrot dogs, marinated mushrooms, potato salad, fruit salad, veggie salad, and strawberry shortcake. Dinner sort of blended into lunch since it was a family gathering. I didn’t exercise, but I think I drank enough water.

Am I the only one that ends up at gatherings that are all afternoon buffets?

Today was the first day of the #onlyneedone baby carrier challenge, hosted by the Everyday Babywearing group on Facebook. I’ve committed to using a DIY woven wrap (hemmed osnaburg fabric that it about 27″ x 135″.) It works for a few carries, though I’m not comfortable with more than a couple. Today we used the short cross carry with ring finish. I also showed the same to our cousin, and may be helping her get one to use for her toddler. I used a medium aluminum sling ring from slingrings.com

Have you used a similar carrier?