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See past entry here if you have no idea what I’m talking about:
Wow. All I can say is thank you so much to everybody involved in promoting babywearing everywhere. I hope to get way better at getting the important messages across. To calm down and get a more concise language for the real messages I think people need to hear loud and clear. It was all there this time, but needs more practice. What does proper positioning look like? Reducing crying statistics. Maybe a developmental statistic next time. I’m trying no to pick apart my language and tone of voice, but it’s hard since all of my international friends/cohorts are poking fun at my midwestern accent!
Thanks for following along with us as we approach our year anniversary of blogging. It has been quite the ride, and I promise you all, we have more big plans for 2011!
Getting your children dressed in the morning and out the door is a major challenge.
On Thanksgiving we visit both sets of grandparents. We are so grateful to have them both so close. First, Kyles family, for the afternoon. Football, fun, and an amazing turkey dinner at halftime.
I am so grateful for all of the fun family closeness that we had this year at Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing our journey everyone! Being a family is the most amazing journey I’ve yet been on. Blogging about family life, I hope, is helping me to find more blessings in my life, and in the world.
I LOVE my job. I don’t think I could say that enough. Friday I saw a client at The Little Seedling, and finally matched her happily, after much experimenting, with a Boba Carrier. Pictures are trapped on my phone for now, but I will add them for sure!
Monday I drove down to a repeat client with a sweet little preemie boy, who is mastering wrapping.
(see past entry here: http://closeathandbaby.wordpress.com/2010/10/29/exclusive-girasol-geek-out/ )
This mamma-baby pair is dealing with a lot of challenges, and skating through it beautifully. Learning to nurse, wear, and just get through the day is a big challenge for a new mom-baby pair. No matter how many children you have, each one is totally different.
This little guy has a condition called Torticollis. A condition which is totally correctable through chiropractics and cranial sacral work, but it can cause some bumps in the road as a baby gets started in life. Essentially the infant prefers to lean its head to one side creating spine positioning problems, nursing problems, among other things. If not treated this condition manifests later as Colic, fussy-ness, sleep issues, having a preference for one breast, or inability to nurse well because of being uncomfortable in the held position, and later on: learning disabilities, and verbal apraxia, among other things.
This little one most likely has Torticollis from lying in the womb a certain way to accomadate his living conditions (such a smart little guy). Some babies get it from having cord around their neck, and vaginally born babies (not this guy) can get it on their trip through the birth canal. One side effect is that proper positoning in a carrier is uncomfortable for this kind of baby, and his body seeks out the position it is used to assuming.
Chiropractics sets it right (or cranial sacral) and I expect this guy to be comfy in the proper position in no time. He has the most dedicated mamma. (in a beautiful silk indio)
Update on those 2 in a few weeks!
After this meeting came another fabulous Thai lunch (see previous entry) with my sweet friend and my sweet goddaughter.
I am food shopping a lot and getting ready for Thanksgiving in a flurry now. I am excited for my cousin to come to town, and sad that my sister will not make it this year. Ann Arbor Babywearers later today is going to be so exciting! Because I missed last week, I feel like it’s been forever since I saw my posse! Pictures to come, you can all be sure!
Friday night both of our children went to Dommy’s house in Howell, and spent the night. Kyle and I went to dinner and Harry Potter 7. We had such an amazing time together just the two of us, and knowing that the kids were happy and having fun was a big part of it. The movie was wonderful, and I told Kyle the second half (yet to be released) all the way home. We have only one or two more nights like these before the new baby joins our circle, and I must say I am looking forward to them very much. Almost as much as our third child, almost here.
The kids came home in the middle of dinner, and we all had a beautiful evening in our home. Sunday was fun and full of working on my office/studio downstairs. I really hope to make a piece of jewelry again before the baby is born.
Considering my last posts, none of this should be surprising I guess. I was taking it easy at home last week with some contractions and lots of baby activity on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday last week, I guess this mama is a bit over stretched physically, and the little one demands I slow down. Thursday and Friday I felt much better, and Saturday I have been back to normal.
More frequent entries, I promise! Plus, I’m so excited to see if we got on tv!!!
I have been all jazzed up since Friday’s fun day in Davidson.
After Davidson, Lauren and I picked up her daughter at school and came back to my house, where Mazzy wore her sister Finn for the first time!
It really feels great to keep working. Business for Close at Hand Babywearing Service is really picking up.
Saturday’s client was an older first time mom, with a chunky baby and a bad back. I totally had my camera, but didn’t take many pictures. She stressed simple, and had been struggling with a Moby Wrap and a Balboa Sling, which she had been making work for her for these 5 months. I brought a variety of wraps, but mostly carriers, and I predicted with her lower back pain, and wearing style, that she would choose the Napsack Mei Tai. The hourglass shaped straps provide optimal upper back weight distribution. We had fun taking her sweet boy in and out of every carrier that I brought, he was happy in all of them, chewing away on all the straps. This mamma was so devoted to finding something to work for her and her baby, and really taught me alot about how complex even some babywearing concepts that have become wrote memory to me, are really a matter of practice, and the “want” or “need” too. She did check the Napsack out of the library, and the Olives and Applesauce carrier to compare to it, for good measure. I really hope one starts to clearly give her success, they were anxious to be close, and he was a big 5 month old.
Around the house, Simone is the most worn baby by far. Sarah’s Girasol Spring is here (her very first woven wrap) and they are doing amazing!!!
I swear I took it easy on Sunday though. This baby in my belly is starting to demand it!
Over all, this could be a really amazing thing for Close at Hand Babywearing Service, and for Babywearing in General! Thanks again to the Davidson St. John’s church mothers group for having me out, and for promoting babywearing as safe and normal and wonderful!!! I will link to the News story if it ever airs. Wouldn’t that be amazing?