Monday, March 29, 2010
When Eleanore was born, we didn't have a clue. About anything. We had no idea which baby thing was better than which, they were all equally confusing, and they all cost money that we didn't have. I lived in the dark, when it came to the internet, not having a computer, or any kind of connection with any other new mothers. In a way, having just moved across country and throwing myself blindfolded into a new military lifestyle, I was living under a rock.
We've been through several baby carriers. The first few we had gotten from the Airman's Attic (a goodwill style place here on base, for enlisted members of the military and their wives/husbands, to donate items to, and sort of "shop" from, at no cost). It was cheaply made, but it was better than nothing. It didn't work for us, and at our first chance to trade it in for a better one, we did just that. Well, what we thought was a better one, wasn't. Two baby carrier FAILS. Nothing was working. They both had hurt my shoulders and back, and neither felt sturdy enough for me to really even take my hands off of the babe while wearing her.
When Charlie was born, we got a ring sling. For the life of me though, I just couldn't get it to work. One time Charlie even fell out of it, right into my arms, thank God, but after that I folded it up and set it aside for good. Next, we got a Baby Bjorn. We thought that maybe if we bought an expensive carrier from Target, with hard earned money, that it would work better. And it did, work better than the previous ones we had gotten for free, that is, but it still didn't work well.
Now, being well into my 2nd trimester with my third child, I have had enough. I got online, finally, and recently came to the conclusion that we were getting an ERGO. Not only am I getting it for the new baby, but, I'm having a heck of a hard time carrying around my 30 pound one year old. The ERGO is good for a child up to 40 pounds (and has been tested up to 90, I read). Yes, its time.
After a struggle of getting the ERGObaby adjusted and fitted properly, it was like a dream come true. I tried to wear the waist strap both ways, below and above my growing belly. Fastening it below my bump caused me pain, and didn't feel supportive enough. Securing it above, felt right. This is how I'll wear it, as long as I comfortably can.
Charlie wasn't so sure about it at first, being used to either riding on my hip or in the stroller (the ERGO has the option for a hip carry, but being pregnant, there was no way I could pull it off when I tried), but after our first 3 mile walk- he was sold. We've been going out every night, and every adventure, he gets more and more excited. His big sister loves it, because its almost as if Charlie isn't there at all, he keeps so quiet. I love it, because not only am I getting out and getting miles and miles of fresh air, but I've got a happy 3 year old by my side, a happy 1 year old on my back, a happy bean in my belly, and that makes me happy.