Fleeting Toddler Moments

This is my 4th installment of Babywearing Stories 365. Each installment features a babywearer in 1 photograph and their answers to 5 questions. My goal is to normalize, promote and celebrate daily Babywearing, moving beyond *what* we use to carry our babies and shifting focus back on *why* and *where* we carry. I hope to share the stories of moms, dads, and babywearing caregivers all over the world. Enjoy!

Babywearing Stories – 4/365

Who:
My two year old daughter Margot and me (Sarah). We were on the beach with my husband, 5 year old daughter, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, 6 month old niece, and 3 year old niece.

Where:
We were at the beach on a chillier March morning in southwestern Florida.

What:
I am using a wrap conversion ring sling. The wrap is an older version of Storchenwiege Inka and it was converted by Sleeping Baby Productions.

When:
March 13, 2013 at about 10 am

Why:
Margot’s second birthday had been the day before. We had a wonderful time celebrating with extended family but the kids had gotten to bed much, much later than usual! That combined with the fact that it was day 5 of our trip resulted in a tired and cranky newly two-year-old. I put her in the sling to get both her and our gear from the car to the beach (as I always do) but when we got there she did not want to get down. Instead she was very content to snuggle in and watch the beach activity. I was happy to oblige since I know how fleeting these toddler snuggle moments are becoming. I have worn her since birth and it has been invaluable as both an utilitarian tool and an important part of our relationship. I know our wearing days are winding down, however. After about 30 minutes she was ready to join the fun and had a great morning running around on the sand with her sister, cousins, parents, and grandparents. Like every moment with my children, it seemed to pass so very quickly. I’m just glad my father-in-law was nearby to snap a couple of pictures and capture this memory.

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