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Monday
Jul282014

Parenting Free & In the Moment With Two Kids

Moms are inherently good jugglers. But I assumed keeping things in the air would become a smidge (or a lot!) more challenging with the addition of a new baby. It had been four years since we balanced car seats, strollers, diaper bags, shopping bags, and purses…. And this time around, we’d have to throw an almost five-year-old’s snacks, toys, backpack, T-ball gear, and whatever else he “needed” into the mix.

Yikes.

I envisioned myself a Sherpa schlepping our entire nursery and playroom around town, pushing one and pulling another. This thought made climbing Mt. Everest sound more appealing. I’m not kidding. I get stressed when I’m burdened with too much stuff. It feels distracting (I’ll call it mobile + mental clutter), and I want to be light and free so I’m focusing on what matters in the moment.

This feeling of presence is even more important to me as I carve out time with both my boys. With their age difference, I want them to feel equally connected to an experience, each other, and me.  A stroller system and all that extra baby paraphernalia would make this hard. My oldest son might be edged out by the buggy. My baby might miss opportunities to see new things when in constant recline. And crowded places would simply be off limits for us.

The Ergobaby Carrier allows me to be close to both boys, while giving us mobility and flexibility to enjoy our everyday adventures. I can hold my toddler’s hand, chat with each of them about what we’re doing, and share a sweet ice pop between us. I love that it makes bonding easy and comfortable — the ergonomic design is a must for the baby and me. He isn’t dangling by the crotch and instead gets to enjoy the ride from a comfortable seated position (better for his hips and growth, of course). And his weight is evenly distributed across my body, so I’m not saddled with achy shoulders or lower back pains (better for my energy and well being, of course). 

Because Ergobaby has been part of our family since 2009, it’s exciting to see how the line has grown. We started with the Original in black, but now it comes in array of colors to suit your style and climate. I chose a natural-colored cotton for our hot LA summer, so the baby and I feel cooler when we’re out and about. Thankfully, though, it exhibits the same great versatility and can be worn in three positions. Or you can opt for the newest Ergobaby Four Position 360, which allows your little dude or dudette to enjoy a forward-facing seat as soon as they’re stable enough around 6 months of age. 

I don’t know what I’d do without our Ergobaby because the carrier makes it easy to parent freely with my attention focused on my babies, and their attention focused on the people and world around them.

Thanks to Ergobaby for sponsoring this post and supporting the work of Salt & Nectar (and babywearing parents everywhere). While we were compensated for this opportunity, all opinions are 100% our own.

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Friday
Jul252014

The Everyday

~ Sarah Stewart Holland

Friday
Jul182014

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Wednesday
Jul162014

She Let Go

She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.

She let go of the fear.

She let go of the judgments.

She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.

She let go of the committee of indecision within her.

She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons.

Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.

She didn’t ask anyone for advice.

She didn’t read a book on how to let go.

She didn’t search the scriptures.

She just let go.

She let go of all of the memories that held her back.

She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.

She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.

She didn’t promise to let go.

She didn’t journal about it.

She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer.

She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.

She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.

She just let go.

She didn’t analyze whether she should let go.

She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.

She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.

She didn’t call the prayer line.

She didn’t utter one word.

She just let go.

No one was around when it happened.

There was no applause or congratulations.

No one thanked her or praised her.

No one noticed a thing.

Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.

There was no effort.

There was no struggle.

It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.

It was what it was, and it is just that.

In the space of letting go, she let it all be.

A small smile came over her face.

A light breeze blew through her. And the sun and the moon shone forevermore…

~ Rev. Safire Rose

Friday
Jul112014

The Everyday

~ Sarah Stewart Holland