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Housekeeping

Hey you! Yes, you! The reader(s) who are subscribed to this blog via RSS or email! Listen up… I’ve got some news for you.

And other times has recently undergone a make over. You all should click over to my home page and check out the new design. Josh is still doing a bit of customization, and I’m working on updating a few of the static pages, but for all intents and purpose, we’re a-go!

Also, you may remember seeing an Amazon banner on my old site. There’s a similar banner here, and it signifies the fact that I’m an Amazon Associate. That means that if you click on that banner (or any Amazon link in any of my posts) and go on to purchase something, I earn a (small) percentage of the purchase price. Additionally, you might not have noticed (but you should!) that there’s an ERGO Baby Carrier banner hanging out with the Amazon banner in this blog’s right hand column. I’ve recently hooked up with ERGO and have become an associate for them, as well. I have to tell you, I’m super excited to advertise for this company. I don’t know how I would have survived without my ERGO carrier. Heck! At nearly 3 years old, Jude still fits in in comfortably and utilizes it whenever we’re out an about and he needs a rest. If you want to read about my experience with my ERGO, read this post. Then, after you read it, go ahead and buy one for yourself. It’s the most useful piece of baby gear Josh and I own. I promise it won’t disappoint!

Keep your eyes peeled for more frequent and consistent posting, friends. I’m hopping back on the wagon.

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It Used to Be a Five-Minute Walk

A few months ago, walking to one of the nearby L stations would have taken five minutes, top. A trip to the library, maybe fifteen. Now these trips take a lot longer.

Jude used to ride on my belly or my back in our Ergo Baby Carrier. Now, most of the time, he prefers to walk. This new bit of independence has done more than drive me batty (because, honestly, walking to the L should not take as long as it does some days); it has left me utterly speechless.

Have you ever seen the world through the eyes of a toddler? I have, and those eyes see everything: There’s a squirrel, and another and another. Now they’re chasing each other. What do you think they’re doing? Looking for something to eat? Look! There’s a bunch of birds. And yes, there’s a leaf and there’s a leaf, and well, Jude-there are lots of leaves on the ground. Ahhh! a stick! Right! We can pretend to play the drums using large twigs as drums sticks. And then there are rocks… there are lots of rocks on the ground. Flowers, they smell good, and green leafy plants? Right, might as well smell them too. And, “Mama! Cars! Cars! Cars!” Oh yes, that’s a man, uh huh, and a baby, and right, a girl. And there are some more rocks. Oh! A dog. TWO dogs! Wow! There’s a door and a window and yes, Jude, the bricks feel rough. Trees! Yes, I see the trees! Uh huh, there’s an airplane in the sky, and yes, Monkey, I see the cars.

This happens day after day, walk after walk. And, you might not believe me, but I find Jude’s exploration and his commentary exhilarating! Before these shared walks, I hadn’t “stopped to smell the roses.” Ever. I didn’t notice the antics of the neighborhood squirrels or birds, and I paid no attention to the butterflies. Now when we walk, well, I allow a lot more time for each errand–that’s a given, but I also slow down. Jude and I have long, thoughtful conversations. He and I… we enjoy living.

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Letter to Jude: Month 22

Dear Jude,

Tick, tick, tick… Do you hear that ticking sound, Monkey? That’s the sound of the minutes ticking by until your second birthday. With less than two months to go, I’ve found myself being especially reflective of all that you’re doing these days. I love watching you grow up!, but at the same time, I worry that our snuggle sessions are on the decline.

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This past month, you began asserting your autonomy in ways you hadn’t before. It’s no secret that you love to WALK! RUN! JUMP! CLIMB! But now, you love to do these thing en route to whatever our destination may be. In other words, Mama’s having an increasingly harder time getting you to willingly ride in the Ergo these days. Nearly every morning, you say, “Outside?” and when I reply, “Yes, in just a bit,” you then ask, “Hands?” because you want to hold my hand and walk… not ride on my back or belly. Lucky for us, it’s usually not a big deal if we turn a 15-minute walk to the library into a 40-minute one. You like to stop and feel each tree we pass. You dislike walking on the sidewalk and prefer to walk in the grass whenever possible. Sometimes I really have to work to usher you across the street because you’re so interested in what’s going on around you that you forget to walk. I love watching you learn.

Speaking of walks to the library, this past month you’ve really enjoyed reading The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, and Charlie Cook’s Favorite Book, all by Julia Donaldson. We’ve been going to the library at least once each week, and you’ve started picking out your own books. I don’t think you have much of a system, but I like checking out the books you pull off the shelves and flip through on your own.

We had a few warm days last month, and we took advantage of them as best we could. One Tuesday afternoon, we made the trek down to our old stomping grounds and spent a few hours at Oz Park with your girlfriend and her mom. You two had a great time digging in the empty flower beds and getting dirty. We’ve taken a lot of walks around our neighborhood. On any given day we might hit the library, the fruit market, the grocery store, one of our local cafes, or of course, the playground! You like riding in the carts at the grocery store and sharing a bagel with me at the cafe. You don’t slow down, at all, when you’re at the playground. At the end of the day, you’re tired, but honestly, I’m tired-er! Keeping up with you is tough.

On the days we’re stuck inside, you like to color at your new table and play with your new wooden kitchen. You cook pretend meals for us (and the cats, and your stuffed animals), and throw everything in the (play) sink when you’re done. You’ve also taken to RUNNING laps around the house. You’re really fun to watch.

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Again, this past month I listened and watched as your vocabulary grew. You’ve started requesting “a-pasta” at regular intervals and ask for your “cheese” in a “cup” on a daily basis. On our walks you point out every “car(s),” “bus,” and “choo-choo” we see. You (occasionally) tell us when you need to use the potty, and you tell me when you want to “wash”–that is, take a bath.

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So now, Jude, we’ve got two countdowns to concern ourselves with: the countdown to nice weather and the countdown to your second birthday. I’m anxious for the first event to occur but am hoping the second takes it’s time. I love you, Love Bug, and I’m looking forward to our next month together!

Love,
mama

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Guilty

Yesterday I clung to the 59-degree’d weather harder than all those Chicagoans I wrote about on Wednesday. Hypocrite, I know. Guilty as charged.

Josh left for a weekend retreat yesterday evening, and being that he is going to be gone all weekend, he took the day off from the office. We decided to go to Charmer’s Cafe for breakfast–a newly begun weekly tradition that usually occurs on Saturday mornings. After hopping online to check the weather (hello 43 degrees at 8am!), we got ready to make the two block walk to the closest of our favorite local coffeehouses.

I buckled my Ergo carrier firmly around my waste and turned to the boy and let him know that we were going outside and it was time to ride on mama’s back. He looked me square in the eyes and said, “No.” Okay then… well…”Do you want to try walking, Monkey?” His reply, “Yeah!” And off we went.

Is it odd that Jude is 21 months old and that yesterday was the first time he has ever walked to somewhere in his life? He runs around outside all the time, but normally, I wear him to wherever it is we’re going, and then I get him down and let him do his thing. Anyway. Yesterday was the day. He walked the two blocks to and from Charmers; later in the day he walked one block to and from the local fruit market; and even later in the day he walked about three blocks to our local chain grocery store with me (I wore him on the way home… he was wicked tired). So, all in all, he walked about eight-tenths of a mile yesterday. Hasn’t anyone ever told this kid about starting out slow?

As we walked to breakfast, Jude holding my left hand and Josh’s right, I really had to work at holding back the tears. Lame, right? I just can’t believe how much he has grown up since last spring…hell, I can’t believe how much he has grown up since last week! This time last year he was crawling and cruising…not even walking yet. Yesterday, he had command of his mobility (well, except when he tripped over his feet at the cafe and went face first into a table…he didn’t have much command of himself at all at that point). He walked along, wearing his navy hoodie and his Cubs hat, stopping occasionally to point out a tree or a car or some grass, and he was a real little boy. Not (entirely) a baby anymore, but a true toddler with autonomy…

And it made this mama’s heart break–just a little.

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Product Review: Ergo Baby Carrier

I have been wanting to review the ERGO baby carrier for some time now. After Wednesday’s 3.5-hour stint around Chicago, I was moved to make it the focus of today’s writing.

Our good friend Helen turned us on the ERGO before Jude was born. She and her husband love to hike, and when their sweet daughter was born, they needed something comfortable and durable to carry her around in on their trips.

I’ve been carrying Jude in his ERGO since he was about two months old. I would have liked to have used it earlier, but the truth is, I was quite lazy for those first two months post partum. I instantly loved this carrier. It was easy to get Jude into (on my front), it supported his head (though I supported his head manually in those early months as well), it was comfortable, and it felt sturdy.

At some point in Jude’s early life, I decided to give the back carry a try. I watched the instruction video online, and it looked easy enough. Well, it may be that this mama is the least coordinated of the bunch, but thank God I was trying to get Jude on while hovering over our bed. If I hadn’t been… well, I think he might have gotten a concussion. Head injury aside, once I actually got Jude into the back carry (try number 4, in case you’re wondering), I again found the ERGO to be really, really comfortable. All of the straps are really easy to adjust, and because of the carrier’s design, it’s easy to get your little one close to your body, which makes balancing the extra weigh quite simple.

Just about 2 months ago, I discovered that the ERGO baby carrier could also be used to support a hip carry! Wow. What can’t you do with this thing? It took me watching the online video a few times to get the straps configured properly, but once I did, it was easy to get Jude into and comfortable to wear. Noticing a trend?

Wednesday afternoon, at around 3pm, Josh, Jude, and I left our house and headed downtown. I had been wearing Jude in a framed backpack carrier for quite a few months now, but that day opted to wear him in the ERGO We had quite a few stops to make. We walked a bunch, rode a few buses, and took one trip on the L. We arrived home at around 6:30pm, and for the first time in a long time, my back wasn’t killing me. My legs hurt, but I think that’s reasonable considering all the moving I did with an extra 24 pounds (give or take) strapped to my front side. Don’t get me wrong, I really like our framed back pack. It allows Jude to sit up high on my back and get a really good view of what’s going on. It’s fairly comfortable and does a decent job of distributing its/his weight. I like it, I’ll continue to use it, but it really, really hurts my back. I don’t know why it is… perhaps because it’s design doesn’t allow me to get Jude close enough to my body. I really have to work to stabilize and balance myself when I have Jude on my back in it. With the ERGO baby carrier I barely notice that Jude’s there (except for when he pinches my arms. Then I notice him.).

The ERGO Baby Carrier has a seat belt clip with a safety catch that hooks around your waist and a chest strap that fastens around your chest or across your upper back, depending on what carry you’re using. Both belts, along with the shoulder straps, are easily adjustable. The shoulder straps are nicely padded and don’t slip when adjusted properly. Last I checked, the ERGO was available in a number of different colors. Ours is green and black, and you can see all of the color options and purchase ERGO baby carriers here.

So, if you’re looking for a versatile, comfortable, durable baby carrier, I would suggest you check into getting an ERGO baby carrier It’s a great way to wear your baby whether you’re on a 10-mile hike or simply unloading the dishwasher!

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