Thursday, October 09, 2014

International Babywearing Week

This is AWESOME! And I didn't even know about it until this year! International Babywearing Week!

I am a big fan of babywearing, although my journey to comfortable, workable babywearing was a slow one. With Jack and Tom I tried a variety of strap and buckle slings and they never really suited us. I gave up with them and thought that babywearing was for other people.

Then when I had Georgie my step-mum gave me a Moby cloth wrap sling that she had found at a car boot sale. It came with a book of instructions for how to tie the sling and how to fit baby in safely and comfortably. I gave it a try.

Georgie loved it.

I loved it.

I was totally sold!

So from then on when ever I went shopping, or on the school run with the older boys, or to visit friends, or anything.... I popped Georgie in the Moby Wrap. He was comfortable, warm, close to my heart and his much loved boobies (I breastfeed), he could see the world around him, and was a very very happy baby!

When I found out I was expecting Freddie I made a point of looking for more slings. Babies puke, sometimes their nappies leak (especially cloth ones in my experience) so having just one sling wasn't ideal. I love my Moby but with 4 kids I have to take money into account - excuse the pun. I found a reputable seller of slings at affordable prices and ordered myself a couple in nice colours.

Now I wear Freddie almost every day! He's in the sling for the school and nursery runs 5 days a week, I wear him when I walk into town 2-3 times a week for a spot of shopping and coffee with friends. It's nice for him - he hates the pram, much preferring to be upright and see the world - and it's easier for me. I don't have to try to squeeze a pram through narrow shopping aisles or over crowded school corridors, or worry about where I'm going to find room to park it when I get to the coffee shop. It makes breastfeeding so much easier too because I can always use a fold of fabric to cover an otherwise exposed boob without having to cover the whole of my baby. I have both my hands free to do other things - like hold the hands of my next two youngest children. And there is the added bonus of the positive effect on my health and fitness by walking all over the place carrying him - without putting my back or my hips out.

Personally I cannot recommend babywearing enough. I wish I had discovered cloth wrap slings sooner, like with my first baby. I still have a pram/push chair and I'm not against them in any way. Certainly when Freddie is bigger (and heavier and longer making babywearing less practical for me and uncomfortable for him) I will use it more, but for now while he is a small, snuggly, breastfeeding wee baba we are babywearing all the way!



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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Another post men should not read (you have been warned)

I know now for a fact that we will not be planning any more kids. This is it. We have the four children we'd always said we wanted. I'm 35 now and I always said I wanted to be done having babies by the time I was 35. We cannot afford more kids, there is no more room in our house for more kids. WE. ARE. DONE.

So now I need to make sure it stays that way...

This week I underwent one of the least pleasant experiences of my adult life! I rate it as less pleasant that getting a sweep to induce labour, less comfortable that a smear test, and less dignified than just about any other medical procedure I have ever endured... I had a mirena coil fitted.

Two ladies performed the fitting (one was training), while a third "chatted" with me to help take my mind off the fact that someone had jacked open my private parts and seemed to be peering up them while supporting a head torch and wielding odd looking medical apparatus. The phrase "you might feel some slight discomfort" was used right before I almost bit through my own lip trying not to swear and threaten physical violence...! The water colour painting of a beach scene blu-taced to the ceiling tile above my head was less of a distraction that you might have imagined at that point.

Oh... and can I suggest that you DON'T Google Image Search mirena coil fitting.

Needless to say it not something I am looking to repeat any time soon. Sure, they last for 5 years, but you know, the whole experience has just convinced me further that my best option - once Freddie has stopped breastfeeding - is to go and get my tubes tided. That's something they can do while I'm knocked out!



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Monday, October 06, 2014

Beaver's Trip to Lancaster Fire Station

This week Jack and his friends at Beaver's went to visit the local Fire Station.

I dropped Jack off at the Scout Hut with his buddies at 5:30 where they all got handed visi-vests to wear, and they all walked down to the fire station together. We parents were to collect them from the station at 7pm.

When I picked Jack and two of his friends up at the end they were all so thrilled and hyped up that it took the whole walk back to the car to get them to talk one at a time and tell me what they had been doing while they were there! The gist of it was they got a tour of the station, shown the fire engines, and then they got to use the fire hoses! This was by far the most exciting thing of the whole visit... apparently they had to blast cut-outs of firemen with water and knock them off traffic cones!

Sounds awesome!

Kind of makes me wish I was a Beaver ;-)



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