This is my 20th 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 Story 20/365
My husband and I are first-time parents to our baby girl. We had been interested in babywearing since before she arrived. After she made her entrance into the world, we decided that her newborn fussiness would likely be calmed by some carrying – but didn’t know where to start. We tried several different carriers, but didn’t settle on one that we all liked – until our kindhearted neighbors gave us a carrier. In this photo are the three of us, and it’s being taken by my mother in law.
We are on our first family vacation in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Our family (my in-laws) has a little log cabin there. It’s always been a special place for us – we vacation in New Hampshire every year, especially in the winter and summer. His family has been visiting the White Mountains since he was a baby, and his mother was even born there! When my husband and I met, one of the first places we vacationed together was New Hampshire. So, it holds a special place in our hearts.
We decided to take a little snowy hike through the woods as a family. So, we popped our daughter in the Bjorn and we were off! She loved it! Her big blue eyes took in the frosty landscape and we crunched our way through the knee-deep snow, while we let our two silly Dachshunds lead the way. Only fifteen minutes into our hike and she was napping – that’s the beauty of babywearing: the rhythmic motion of mom’s body lulls the baby to sleep (most of the time!)
The afternoon of Sunday, March 3, 2013. Not sure what time it was, as we tend to lose track of that sort of thing on vacation!
We decided to wear our daughter out on this hike because we wanted to be together as a family. Naturally, pushing a stroller through the woods is ridiculous, and carrying her in our arms would have made the hike a little dangerous. We could have left her at the cabin with her grandparents, but felt that little moments together like this one are the stuff of memories – we simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity. And, we couldn’t have done it without babywearing!