By Cheryl Bac
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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl... (More)
About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons including Chicago and Boston. Exercise is an integral part of my life. I hope to one day go back to long distance running and tackle the New York City Marathon. Right now I run after my one year old son. Although I am a stay-at-home mom, we are rarely "at home." My mom also stayed at home with my brother and me. She warned me that, although rewarding, it can be isolating. So, with her help, I learned the importance of getting out into the community and meeting other mothers. On the rare occasion when I am at home and have a hand or two free, I squeeze in time to scrapbook. As a new mom, many challenges are thrown my way. I hope my opinions, triumphs, and struggles help experienced parents reminisce, new parents cope, and parents-to-be get an honest glimpse of what the first years of motherhood can entail. (Hide)
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When I was pregnant with our firstborn I was nervous about babywearing. I was lost as to what carrier to buy and how to ensure that it was safe. It wasn't until our son was 3 month old that I finally found a carrier that worked very well for me. And I have been wearing my kids in that carrier ever since.
Our baby carrier has become one of the most essential baby items I own. As long as I leave home with diapers and my carrier, we can usually get by.
Wearing baby helped me more smoothly transition from being pregnant to having a newborn to having an alert and curious baby. During "the fourth trimester," baby could have lots of physical contact with me while I had my hands free to tend to my other kids, clean, eat, read, etc.
I'm spending a bit less time babywearing now as our youngest is more and more interested in exploring the world around her and watching her siblings run around and play. And even with a very comfortable carrier, my back is enjoying the much needed break. I am looking forward to scheduling a relaxing massage after 5 months full of babywearing.