Friday, October 15, 2010

I am 1 in 4

Today is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance day.

This is for Riley Jae, Angel and all the babies who still live in their Mommy's hearts. No matter how early a baby is lost, it is still a is still a loss and a mommy's heart still grieves.

I really don't have the strength to write about this today, but it does mean a lot to me. Here are some good reads:

And while you're reading stuff I give you, click on over and check out the latest giveaway @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys! Why not leave Yanet a sunny note while you're there?!
- Posted from my iPad

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Quality Time

There are a lot of things that I have seen differently since Noah started working out of town. One of those things is time. When we don't get quantity, I demand QUALITY! I'm not talking about running all over the place spending money on fairs and festivals, I mean "real" family time. All that seemingly mundane stuff that I took for granted before. Seeing my husband holding our little baby or rolling around in the grass with the big boy tickling and laughing, coming home on a weeknight to find dinner almost ready. (REAL dinner, not toddler food!) These are things I would expect out of my day-to-day and I don't get them. So, when I do, I bask in the light of their smiles while my eyes fill up with tears hoping and praying that SOMETHING will happen soon and that this will all be just normal stuff again.

Here's to normal, unposed, unscheduled, unscripted, QUALITY time!

(photo credit: Garth Brackbill)

- Posted from my iPad

Tuesday, October 05, 2010


So, i started just like a lot of people do.....with a Baby Bjorn. I carried Alistair in that thing ALL THE TIME and it took me quite a while to figure out that what I was doing had a name! Babywearing! I just liked to have him close to me and have my hands free to do things. I began to learn more and I now have several different carriers. (I still use the Bjorn from time to time, but I'm partial to my ring sling for Ronan right now). I am SURE that Alistair benefitted from it A LOT and now, so is Ronan!

I love wearing my children! I believe it has helped us bond, helped facilitate breastfeeding, it has helped them feel more secure and has contributed to their social, emotional and cognitive development. (may I add here: both of boys have preferred to be worn than sat in a bucket seat or laid on the floor staring at the ceiling......wouldn't you?)

I could keep going and get into the long, wordy story of my journey to babywearing, but I will spare you that. (most of you who know me personally, know I can get wordy!) What I DO want to say here is this:

Amidst all the baby carrier recalls, there has been a lot of debate over babywearing being safe. I'm here to tell you it is perfectly safe. Human mothers have been doing it since there were humans and there is a great organization with a great mission. The Baby Carrier Industry Alliance. Click here for their website. You can click here to learn more about their position and mission. And here for their Facebook fan page.

And while you're at it, click on over and visit Steph at Adventures in Babywearing!

Wearing Alistair at the Virginia Beach Memory Walk
(3 weeks old)

Noah wears Alistair, too! (5 months old)

Alistair on a hike in PA in the mei tai (7 months old)

Wearing Alistair while cleaning the yard (9 months old)

Alistair in the mei tai.
"Celebration in the Oaks" @ New Orleans City Park
(15 months old)

Alistair hiking ALL over Lake Lure, NC in the mei tai!
(2 years old!)

Close enough to kiss!
Ronan in the wrap @ 2 months

Ronan asleep in the ring sling
(3 months old)

Friday, October 01, 2010

Together....That's How it *Should Be

Because everytime we hear "Stuck Like Glue" By Sugarland,
Alistair says, "Mommy, we're stuck like glue" because we are!

Because I choose to wear my baby, keep him close, nurture him and
give him every opportunity for discovery and LOVE.

Because Alistair has a thing about lining things up.

Alistair and "B."
Because he sees Mommy do it all the time.

*Because he only gets 2 days a week with Daddy.

Ok, I cheated a little bit. That second picture was not taken specifically for the YouCapture assignment. I had Noah take it for a post I'm drafting on my journey to babywearing, but, as the photo was taken, I was actually thinking about the word "togetherness." Crazy, huh?

This post is linked to this week's YouCature @


*Daddy works out-of-town M-F every week. We miss him A LOT!