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    Holiday Retrospections

    Holiday Retrospections

    Hello Monday my old friend….

    Poor Monday, always gets a bad rep, it happens to be one of my favorite days of the week. The weekend’s over and I toss the two big kids out the door to the school bus. And Hubs is not home to comment on the one thing I did not clean. Amazing how that happens right? 95% of the house can be clean but its that 5% he comments on, never the 95% clean part. Well, I’m lying there’s no way 95% of my house is ever clean, unless it's up for sale. I digress … I can hardly wait to enjoy time with my toddler, right after I clean a space to do so.

    Kitchen wreck

    The state of things after the weekend. Doesn’t everyone eat their Pops with red wine?

    We survived the holidays around here, I don’t know that I’d go as far as to say we enjoyed them. that comes later when the kids are bigger and I can actually breathe instead of chasing them around. Holiday’s {sigh} I remember when I use to look forward to all the things they involved. Now I’m trying to strategically pump while doing my makeup and hoping the backup, of the back up sitter, does not cancel. [Mini rant: For the love of all things good, do not say you’ll babysit and then flake the day before. I’m looking at you youth of America. There is nothing worse than having to play rock, paper, scissors to decide which adult gets to attend an event because the sitter flaked.]

    Makeup and pumping

    This is totally what cosmetics ads should look like, super glam huh?

    So from a four-time mom, how to survive the holidays. Yes, I understand the December ones are over, but there are more to come. I’m in the mood for retrospection, which often brings things to mind I wish I would have done. Time to start planning for fun things like Valentine’s, Spring Break and Easter.

    Keep things simple! I do not cook on Christmas, we brunch all day long. I plan out the food and assemble the day before and just set it out the day of. Things that need refrigeration I leave out for an hour and then put back in the fridge until the next snacking session a few hours later. And I switch up the menu yearly by changing out one thing from the year before. This year we did tea sandwiches (butter bread and they won’t get soggy if made the day before). Last year was a variety of dips, but they are out due to Bitties dairy allergy.

    Brunch

    Set toddler expectations beforehand and stick to them. They don’t care you forgot just that one more stop that needs to be made. They are over it and want to watch Elmo and eat peanut butter directly out of the jar.

    Kids crying in carts

    Enlist help to watch said toddlers while prepping. It doesn’t matter if you are making yourself a plate or setting out a plate of glam cookies, find a set of hands to keep the little ones occupied.

    Kid colored on tummy

    Streamline bathing. I might have taken this one a little far, desperate times call for desperate measures. In case you're wondering, in a pinch the toy sink does indeed hold a 10lb baby while your rinse your hair.

    Baby in a toy sink

    Don’t be afraid to ask if a worn little can come with you to an adult event (if the host says no don’t badger them though). But it’s hard to truly enjoy yourself while out if you're worried about whether they are eating or not at home. Loud parties are just like white noise to babies, they will pass right out. And an additional bonus, you have the perfect excuse to step away from a crowded room and recharge for a few minutes.

    Nursing at the office party

    I’m always finding ways to make the following year less hectic, it's a system I’ll never stop modifying. Take joy in the small victories. Accept the family photo that features a child crying. Commit to less events. Unfollow Pinterest for the entire month leading up to a big event in your life. All those super fancy photos are by a paid designer anyways. Be in the moment. Perfect is overrated.

    Until next time ...

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    Meet Priyanka Chirag Berry

    Meet Priyanka Chirag Berry


    Priyanka in pink wrapPriyanka in red wrapPriyanka in grey stretchy wrap
    Priyanka is mom to toddler Ira and hails from the Cincinnati area. She is better known as the face of The Babywearing Berries. Priyanka has been wearing Ira since she was 3 days old. Priyanka describes it as,

    “I loved babywearing from the first time, Ira slept so peacefully and I was hands free.”

    Babywearing quickly became part of their normal routine. Priyanka loved wearing Ira and Ira loved to be carried close to her mom. Babywearing enabled Priyanka the freedom to do normal household chores and more. She’s even walked a marathon with Ira in a carrier!

    When asked how babywearing makes her feel Priyanka says,

    “It gives me the patience to be a better parent.”

    She describes an onbuhimo as perfect for quick-ups while on the go and shares the following words of wisdom for caregivers new to babywearing;

    “Try it a few times before giving it up.”

    We are so excited and honored that Priyanka has joined the 2Lambie Lambassador team and cannot wait to see where future adventures take her!

    Priyanka in blue wrap

    Priyanka in baby carrierPrPriyanka in 2Lambie onbuhimo

     

    Meet Erin McGill!

    Meet Erin McGill!

    Erin in 2Lambie

    Erin is a busy mom of three on the go that hails from Canada. Erin started babywearing after the birth of her first child, Asher. Her first carrier was a sling made from “potato sack” material gifted from her sister. It was love at first wear for both Mom and Asher! He loved being worn and was really happy being snuggled-up with Mom. Erin was able to use babywearing to help Asher with his colic and to travel between home and work.

    Erin’s love for wearing continued with her daughter Freya. Life with two was becoming increasingly busy, being able to do hands on activities with both kids and get them from place to place, babywearing was essential. Wearing Freya was the only way Erin was able to get the grocery shopping done.  

    With the addition of her third child, Jocelyn, Erin now uses babywearing even more. She’s able to bundle up Jocelyn and walk the big two kids to school. One of Erin’s most memorable babywearing moments is:

    “wearing my toddler while walking the kids to school in the winter. I gear up with a babywearing sweater with a babywearing jacket on top. I put a balaclava and winter booties on my toddler. I remember one particularly icy day last year when I had to bring out the spikes for my boots. People really stare a lot when you babywear outdoors in the Canadian winter!”

    Erin in Coat

    Erin shares the following words of wisdom for persons new to babywearing:

    "Try not to get overwhelmed by the options and technicalities of wearing. Seek out a babywearing group local to you and try out several different types of carriers. Have someone help you learn how to use them. Remember it's really just about the closeness with your baby and your ability to keep them happy and comfortable. Everything else will follow in time."

    Erin’s favorite or should we say favourite tip for onbuhimo’s is:

    "Have your child stand on a bed or sofa. Adjust the onbuhimo on them and then put it on like a backpack. Then adjust and tighten from there. That's a really easy way for beginners to get their onbuhimo on."

    Erin in wrap

    Erin moved into woven wraps with Joss and onto buckle carriers when Joss was large enough. When she heard about buckle onbuhimos and knew right away it was a carrier she needed to try. Erin always hated the muffin top from waisted carriers and also loved the idea of a carrier that allowed for her toddler to be higher on her back so she could see the world with her. The onbu (high back) carry kept Joss much happier! Erin’s favorite carrier is a 2Lambie made with a handwoven wrap. It incorporates everything she loves about babywearing and she feels like it will be perfect cherry on top of her wonderful babywearing journey. The cherished moments of your babywearing days will last a lifetime of both you and your tots.

    We here at 2Lambie love having Erin as part of our team! Her positive attitude and love of babywearing are downright contagious. Please join us is welcoming Erin as one of our new Lambassadors!

    Erin in 2Lambie