It took approximately one day after arriving home from the hospital to realize that our baby was the kind of baby that you carry and you don't put down. I don't know why, but I had these visions that my newborn would like to spend time in a swing, or the cute little fisher price vibrating seat we got for her. Although I'm typing this and realizing how ridiculous that sounds. What type of baby doesn't like to be carried? What type of baby likes to be far away from their mother? It makes complete sense to me that a baby, especially when brand-new, would prefer to be in their mother's (or father's) arms. And that's just how June sees the world; let's hang out together - all day, everyday.
At first I'll admit, I was exhausted. It's a tough transition to go from being an independent person, to having a living, tiny, very fragile human being dependent on you. But there's this magical thing about being a mother and about being around your newborn - the more time you spend together, the less time you want to spend apart. June has put this spell over me and now I'm at a point where things are just better and more "right" in the world when I"m holding her close. She'll fall asleep on my chest in the rocking chair and I'd rather keep rocking then look for the pack-and-play that's set up in the corner of the TV room. Enter babywearing. Because, really, a mama can't just sit and watch Netflix all day (well she could but the numb bum will get ch'ya after a few days).
Before June was born I had purchased a Solly Baby wrap. I just loved the look of those newborns all snuggled in there, nice and warm. When I pulled the wrap out of the package I had severe doubts that I'd be able to put it on and successfully transfer her into the folds. I mean, it's essentially just a really long piece of stretchy fabric and the idea that you have to wrap it just so, is a bit intimidating. But I watched the video Elle (founder of Solly Baby) put together about a hundred times and finally worked up the courage to take my fussy, back-arched baby, and finagle her in there. I'm proud to say after about 2 attempts, she was safely tucked in. About 5 minutes later she was sleeping. MAJOR SUCCESS!
And that's been our first foray into the Babywearing world. And life has gotten so much easier. June is less fussy in the evenings (and throughout the day) - and it could be a coincidence because she's a bit older, but according to the research, babies who benefit from being worn during the day, are apparently less fussy at night. Something about having trust, comfort and their needs actualized. Go figure.
Anyway, not for everyone I assume, but for us it's working. And we're gonna keep going with what's working at this point.