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Ruck It!

Woven wraps can be down right intimidating! I was 7 months pregnant with my second child when I got my first wrap. It was a Wrapsody Bali Breeze and I had no clue how to use it plus I had this huge pregnant belly and a toddler with zero interest in being worn. It was gorgeous though and all I knew was, I wasn’t giving up.

I decided I would spend the rest of my pregnancy practicing wrapping so I could get the hang of it before my youngest daughter arrived. Lucky for me I got the opportunity to take a babywearing class provided by Babywearing Institute when my daughter was just 2 months old! I received tons of knowledge on front carries and I felt very confident wearing my newborn, however, I didn’t have the same confidence when it came to back carries. My little squish and I were traveling alone and she was too young to be worn on my back at the time so I didn’t get the same practice as some of my other new mom friends with bigger kids. Not to worry, they had weighed dolls so I wasn’t completely left out. They just weren’t the same as a real baby.

Once I got home my focus was front carries. I wanted to practice as much as possible until I mastered the basics of the woven wrap. After my daughter turned 4 months old I started to experiment with back carries. Most back carries if not all are based off the rucksack so it’s a great launching point when starting out. Little did I know about how difficult and frustrating wrapping a baby on my back would be. I had a leg straightener on my hands so getting her to bend her knees and keep her spread, squat position in the wrap was a major challenge! I wasn’t sure what to do except practice and take breaks. it wasn’t until Harper was a little over 5 months old before she was content being on my back and seeing the world as I see it. Even though she may have been ready to backpack, it didn’t take away the fact that she liked to straighten her legs. I talked to some friends from my babywearing class and read a ton of Facebook posts from moms discussing the same exact thing. A solution that seemed to work for us was tucking the bottom rail of the wrap in my kid’s pants. Sounds weird I know but it works and it allows me to interact with my toddler and get stuff done around the house that I wouldn’t have been able to easily do if she was on my front. Also, working with one tail at a time seemed to make a difference. I’m short and with that comes short arms. Bringing the tails behind my back and under my baby’s bum one at a time allowed me to reach for the tail with the other hand.

As I said earlier, woven wraps can be very intimidating but don’t let that scare you away. They are amazing once you get the hang of it and with a little practice you will become a pro. If I can do it, anyone can do it! Happy babywearing!

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Liebster Award

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My mornings usually start out very typical and usually very early. I get out of bed, drink my coffee and hopefully get some work done before the kids are up for the day. This morning, however, was different. I opened my email and noticed a fellow mom blogger nominated me for the Liebster Award. I was so excited because this isn’t something that happens everyday. Thank you so much Lina! You really made my day!

 If you are not aware, a Liebster Award is a way of getting other bloggers known, shared and generally getting the word out about them, if they have under 500 followers.

– A few simple rules apply –

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you

2. Answer the 11 questions given to you

3. Nominate 11 other followers with less than 500 followers

4. Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer

5.Tag your nominees & post a comment on their blog to let them know you nominated them

The Questions I Received

1. Why did you start blogging?

I started my blog because I wanted to share what I have learned about babywearing over the past two years.

2. Who inspires you the most and why?

My daughter, Avery inspires me more and more everyday. She is the reason I started my business and she reminds me what it’s like to be a kid. As a toddler she is learning so much and is so amazed by life it’s hard not to let that rub off on me too.

3. What was your favorite book as a child?

Seven Froggies Went to School by Kate Duke. I know it by heart and read it to my kids now that I’m a mom.

4. List three things from your bucket list.

Become a contestant on Survivor, visit New Zealand and skydive.

5. What is your favorite recipe/meal?

Spaghetti. It’s simple yet amazing!

6. What is your dream vacation?

My husband and I plan to visit our honeymoon spot in St. Lucia every ten years. It was Heaven on Earth and I can’t wait to go back!

7. If you could meet any celebrity, who would it be?

Jeff Probst. he seems so down to Earth and I would love to pick his brain.

8. You decide to write a book. What is it about?

probably something parenting related.

9. What is your favorite hobby?

Sewing is very therapeutic. I’m not the best and still have a long way to go but I still love doing it!

10. What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment so far?

Graduating from college with my accounting degree.

11. What was your favorite toy when you were a child?

Polly Pocket was always a big hit in our house.

– The Followers I Nominated –

 Lina- The Adventures of Mom-Mom

Tamsin- The Fit & Fluffy Mama

Jen- Good Families Do…

Mama The Geek

Flee- MacGyvering Motherhood

Alice- Alice & Amelia

Kelsey- Young Momma

InBabyAttachMode

Jerrica- Life with Tryson

A Bee and a Bloom

My Questions for You

1. Are you an only child or do you have siblings?

2. What is your guilty pleasure?

3. What is your all time favorite movie?

4. Who inspired you to start blogging?

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

6. What is your biggest pet peeve?

7. Favorite genre of music?

8. Favorite flower?

9. What is your most treasured childhood memory?

10. If you could meet any celebrity in the world who would it be?

11. Are you crafty?