Wear All The Babies
I think most people are aware of babywearing and the amazing benefits it offers for your baby. Upright carrying also aids in the intellectual, physical, and emotional development of your baby when compared to laying in a car seat or stroller.
One topic I don't hear talked about very often is what babywearing can provide the mother.
No one ever mentioned to me that I might feel like I lost my pregnancy after my baby was born.
Maybe it's because a lot of the women in my circles don't actually really like being pregnant. I LOVED being pregnant. I have never felt more connected to my being, my soul, my baby. Sure I was getting towards feeling like a hippo, the only thing that fit me were pajamas and skirts, I had acid reflux to the point I'm pretty sure it burned my throat. But I LOVED being pregnant. I am so excited to be again someday.
I could not have been more elated to hold my daughter in my arms. She is one of the happiest babies you will ever meet. So smiley, so full of life and joy. She's been that way since day one. Even with her in my arms, I missed her. I missed her kicks, I missed her hiccups, I missed feeling centered around her. I longed for her.
This isn't to compare to an actual loss, by any means. I had a healthy baby and I felt this way. My heart absolutely breaks for those that not only loose their pregnancy, but their baby as well.
When I first wrapped my daughter in her coral colored Solly Baby Wrap, three days after her birth, I felt complete again. I could feel her heartbeat, her breathing. I put my hands on this little baby lump and felt centered and whole.
I am convinced wearing my baby helped me avoid postpartum depression. It allowed me to be connected to her, but have my independence. It allowed me to keep her close, but be able to move. As much as I am extension of her, she is an extension of me and during those early weeks I especially needed her with me.
She turned a year old recently and I am still wearing her and plan on continuing to wear her as long as she'll let me.