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Walks with Littler J

My littlest one likes to move.

His dad and I have already learned to leave his feet and one arm out of his swaddle. If we don’t, he flails at the cloth until he’s freed himself.

swaddle free foot

I’d wonder where he gets it from, but I’m a mover, too. I like to move constantly while awake, which is challenging when I’ve been instructed to rest a lot and drive not at all.

I can’t drive, or walk too fast, but slow walks are another matter. I’m still in the want-baby-close-at-all-times phase of new motherhood, which means even a stroller’s length feels like way too much distance between me and Littler J.

That’s where this carrier comes in.


Somehow, this one constraining device soothes Littler J, so that he melts into me instead of resisting. I’m able to walk a little. Better still, I’m able to feel the rise and fall of my baby’s chest as I move. That rhythm reassures me he’s fine.

And when I stop walking, I’m momentarily OK with stillness, for this is what I see.

lj being carried

  1. April 14, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    My husband and I still use our Ergo carrier every day, often hours of the day, to hold our 7.5-month-old. It’s our lifeline, and it feels so nice to have her close. I love the feeling of her head slowly sink against my chest as she drifts off to sleep.
    Your “Littler” one looks so tiny in it!

  2. April 14, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    The Queen, as you know, uses carriers all the time. They are essential for getting things done around the house, traveling, going on walks, etc…, so on and so forth. We’ve upgraded our ergo for a kinderpack (though, she still uses the mei tai and ring sling from time to time too.)
    Littler-J is adorable!!

    (Completely unrelated – but one of the non-bloggers from the get together in long beach is now blogging, thought I’d pass along her link in case you were interested in following along on her fledgling writing journey: http://dreamfollowerjm.blogspot.com/)

  3. April 14, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    You both look so content, so perfectly attuned. I am sitting and smiling, can’t help myself. The foot!! I love the little foot.

  4. April 14, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    What a precious face! It’s nice that you’re getting out and about. I like to be on the move, too. Littler J’s foot is just kissable! 🙂 Take care, dear! 🙂

  5. April 14, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Holy cow! So tiny! So insanely cute!

  6. April 14, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Awww. Gorgeous.

  7. April 14, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhh. I’m dying just looking at the pictures. Congratulations. So special.

  8. April 14, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Your words and photos are bring to me beautiful thoughts. I just have to tell which phrases in particular make me melt:
    he melts into me instead of resisting
    momentarily OK with stillness, for this is what I see

    Thank you for sharing!

  9. April 14, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    My husband is a giant – and would cook with our son swaddled in one of those. I was always so nervous – but when you stand a million feet above the stove – well, it worked for him!
    You are on such an amazing journey! A journey of new – everything! I look forward to reading about each new part of this amazing time of your life!

  10. April 14, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    I love those baby carriers. We had moby wraps when the twins were littler, and they seemed so happy and soothed in there.

  11. April 15, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Beautiful momma and baby!

  12. April 16, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    I still love walking with Peeper in the carrier, even if she’s getting heavy these days! There’s nothing like snuggling with your little one and holding her or him close.

  13. April 16, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Belated congratulations to all!

  14. April 17, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    I remember when my children were that small (barely). They are 7 and 11 now (maybe there’s still time to get them to like Slurpees *wink wink*). Be prepared– people love babies when they are this little, but once they get past 2 or 3, the adoration starts to level off.

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