Christina is one of our contest winners for a babywearing photo session, in exchange for sharing a babywearing story with our readers. What follows is Christina’s story. Thank you!
It took me 8 months to start wearing my baby! Eight months is a long time to fiddle with bulky strollers and heavy car seats. Are those made out of lead?!
I’m 31 years old and my daughter, Paige, is thirteen months old. She was a tiny baby. Tiny. I brought her home at 5 lbs and 4 oz. The baby carriers I found were recommend for babies at least 7-8 lbs minimum. I was a proud and happy mama. I loved to carry Paige in my arms. That’s until baby grew and I was visiting a chiropractor on nearly a weekly basis!
Besides the issue of my daughter’s small size, my own size was an obstacle to babyearing. I am a small-framed woman. Carriers I bought online were just too big for me.
Months and months went by as Paige grew. I was having a difficult time getting things done at home. Paige didn’t nap during the day. All she wanted was to be held and nursed.
I also was not getting out of the house during the day. I didn’t want to mess with the heavy car seat and stroller. It gave me so much anxiety! One day, I remember going to a shopping center, parking in front of the store, and staring at the front door. The thought of taking her out and dealing with the stroller, then having her cry because I wasn’t holding her, made me drive away. I cried the whole way home.
I avoided so many outings. It was depressing. I felt like I couldn’t protect her if she was in the stroller or car seat. Strangers love to touch babies’ hands, feet, and faces! I felt as if she was exposed. I couldn’t whip around fast enough to act as goalie.
One day I had had enough. I decided to give this babywearing thing another shot. She was going on 8 months old at that time! Something had to give. I went to a local baby boutique, and asked to try on baby carriers. I wanted no frills, just simplicity and back support! I tried one on that I loved, and bought it!
Since that day I have enjoyed many carefree outings to the grocery store, mall, shopping centers, and more. Even the rodeo! She feels so safe with me. In a way, it almost feels like I am pregnant again – where I held her safe in my belly.
Paige loves it when I wear her. She doesn’t cry (like she did in the stroller) and I can have security and piece of mind… the price of a carrier is a small price to pay for all of that!
I’m so glad that I gave this venture another shot. Better late than never!
CC: Fill in the blank: Motherhood is ___________________.
Christina: Losing your mind, but finding your soul at the same time.
CC: How has being a mother changed you?
Christina: It’s made me want to be a better person for my daughter to look up to.
CC: What is something your children have taught you?
Christina: She has taught me what unconditional love is, and to take joy in everyday things.
CC: What do your kids do that makes you laugh?
Christina: She makes the silliest faces and loves to mimic me.
CC: What is one piece of advice on motherhood that has helped you?
Christina: That I am my daughter’s advocate; that I truly know her and her needs the best.