Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Ring sling.

This ring sling - yes, the one I made when I was pregnant and just hated, because the topstitching was messy and almost busted my machine - has turned out to be super useful. Yeah, okay, I cringe when people inspect it too closely, but it is super washable, it packs down tiny and can be folded into a diaper bag, it's endlessly adjustable, and most importantly, Maggie likes being carried in it.

I guess it just goes to show: Sometimes it's all about the professional finishings and sometimes, it's just not.

I used it all the time during Maggie's newborn phase in a basic snuggle hold. I still use that hold a lot, but Maggie's getting bigger now and one of the great things about a ring sling is its versatility. So I decided it was time to learn some new tricks. (Where does one learn these ring sling tricks? YouTube, of course! I love the modern world.)

Maggie is really loving this new hold, which is aptly titled the "kangaroo hold," because it allows her to look around and check everyone out.

Ring sling
My little "Joey" (oh wait, I already have one of those!)

Maggie is getting to be such a roly-poly baby! Her little rolls and bracelets just kill me. She weighs almost 13 pounds now!

It's hard to believe, but she'll be three months old next week.

Ring sling
Do you see my other Joey?

I start back at work on Monday. I'm sure going to miss hanging out with my kids all day, every day. Maternity leave has been lovely. I wish I could stay home longer, but alas, the mortgage does not pay itself. Ms. Margaret will be staying home with Joe and Steve while I return to paid work.

Yesterday I left Steve with both kids and did a little retail therapy in an effort to psych myself up for my return to the office. I'm still a few (cough cough) pounds above my prepregnancy weight. I had hoped to sew myself a few things (and I still hope to!) but realistically, I need some clothes that fit my current shape and make me feel good right now.  There is a reason that most of the photos of me that I've posted on this blog have been in this same dress - it's one of the four or five things I am wearing right now!

The good news was that I found a bunch of cute tops at H&M and didn't break the bank. Yay!

The not so good news is that Maggie cried the whole time I was gone and refused to take a bottle of expressed breast milk. Noooooo!

This girl loves her mama, and her mama sure loves her. It was hard leaving Joe at this age to return to work, so I know it will be a big adjustment for both of us, but I also know better the second time that it will all sort itself out. Maggie will learn to take the bottle, and she'll have all kinds of fun with her dad and her brother. And I'll settle back into work shortly. It will all be okay.


I better go enjoy my last few days of leave!


  1. Yes, it will all be okay. I'm sure that little bundle of sweet squooshiness will have her dad and brother wrapped around her finger in no time :)

  2. The thing I miss most about Rowan's babyhood is carrying him in a sling. You two look lovely. Best wishes for your return to work!

  3. So glad you are using your sling!
    And, yes, Miss M will have daddy and big brother doing exactly what she wants! I hope Monday goes well for all of

  4. Look how big she is! (and I shall forever refer to your children as "girl Joey" and "boy Joey" now)
    We had the same bottle issue with C. It stressed me out to no end since we didn't have any issue with the bottle with my older one but in the end it all worked out. Yes, she was pissed for a couple feedings and yes, she still prefers the boob to the bottle, but she's eating just fine from the bottle now...and Maggie will too!!
    Enjoy your last little bit at home. Savor every minute of those two little cuties!

  5. Yay for the ring sling. Maggie looks so cute in it and I'm sure the top stitching looks fine to everyone else. Boo for having to return to work so soon. As you say, I am sure you will adjust better this time. I'm still a few pounds above my pre-pregnancy weight and Rowan is 2 in January so I think you're doing brilliantly.

  6. Ah man, that's so hard! But you're right, one of the great things about having more parenting experiences is the confidence you have that all will be well. I love that!

    If the ring sling ends up being too hard on your back as she gets bigger, I have loved this mei tai that I made when E was a babe. I wore it all over Ethiopia and then a ton when we brought E home. She lived in it for a month or so. And I've used it so much with Iris, too. All the time. It's my baby carrier of choice. I even prefer it to my Ergo - hand down!

    Good luck with your transition back to work.

  7. she's so sweet and all pudgy baby cute :)

  8. Aww honey, you're such a strong mama! I'd never be able to do it, and I'm kinda glad that I could never earn a much as tim. My not-mum work was only ever being a waitress and a barista.

    Also I think I need one of those ring slings. the one I made is CRAP and I hate it and it's the wrong length -_-

  9. Awe, I hope this week has brought a smooth transition for you and the family. I remember when I went back to work after V was born, she didn't want to have anything to do with a bottle...but as you said...she got used to it...and the new routine...possibly more quickly than I. And, yay for cute inexpensive tops too!! And, before i go I just wanted to thank you for your always sweet comments on my blog...seriously, they make me smile every time :) thanks for that.


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