Cloth Diapering Resources

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Parents choose to use cloth diapers for many reasons. Cloth diapers are better for the environment and better for baby’s sensitive skin. Some people choose cloth diapers because of the way they look– there are some adorable cloth diapers out there. The biggest reason we chose cloth diapers is because of how much money is saved compared to using disposable diapers. If you are wondering where to start with cloth diapers, these resources will get you on track.

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Cloth Diapering Resources

Facebook Most cities have local groups for parents who use cloth diapers. These groups are a great way to buy and sell diapers as well as ask questions specific to your area. I am in this group for the Spokane area and this group for the Seattle area.
Introduction to Cloth Diapering class at Mother’s Haven in CDA, Idaho
Store with cloth diapering classes
Dirty Diaper Laundry This blog focuses on cloth diapering and features video reviews.
Reviews
The Real Diaper Association organizes local advocates and activists for cloth diapers.
GroVia This website covers the basics of choosing cloth diapers, washing cloth diapers, and the differences between the various types of diapers.
Cloth for Every Bum Their mission is to give free diapers to low income families and teach them how to use them.

 

How postpartum doulas help new moms

how postpartum doulas help new moms

Last week, I had a guest post from Katie of Milk and Nectar share about being a birth doula. Now I would like to share about postpartum doulas and what they do.  After birth, mothers need to be supported and have time for rest so that they can focus on taking care of their newborn.

How Postpartum Doulas Help New Moms

how postpartum doulas help new moms

The transition to motherhood is hard and sometimes lonely. I want to be there to help. I believe that some postpartum depression can be prevented if women had more support and less pressure as new moms.

Postpartum is not easy. New babies are great but this is also the biggest change a woman goes through. Not to mention the pressures and expectations from people around her. Hormones and emotions play a big role during this time.

Support is so important during the postpartum period. The right kind of support is even better. A lot of people want to help new moms but they don’t know how. Meals are always appreciated but new moms need space and privacy. I had plenty of support after the birth of my son but my biggest regret is having my mom and husband there at the same time. I would have received another week of help if my husband would have taken the next week off.

As a postpartum doula, I want to encourage the bond between parents and their baby. If the family has other children, I will help the whole family by offering suggestions for sibling adjustment.

The role of a postpartum doula is to take care of new moms so that they can focus on their new baby. Sometimes this includes encouraging the dad in his new role and giving both parents confidence in caring for the baby. This should be a time of relaxation and bonding not stress.

As a postpartum doula, here are some of the ways I will support the mom: When I arrive, I will make sure she is comfortable in all aspects (breastfeeding, body, boundaries, feels supported emotionally) and I will ask her what she needs most at the time. That could be rest, help with breastfeeding, food, water, a chance to take a shower… etc.

I encourage moms to limit visitors because they can be emotionally exhausting. The most important thing with visitors is that the mom knows her limits and communicates what she needs with others (i.e. privacy so that she can breastfeed). Visitors can be difficult in the beginning because being a new mom can be overwhelming and exhausting.

My presence as a postpartum doula will allow and encourage the mom to stay in bed. I will bring her food and drinks and make sure that she has all of her supplies (nipple salve, diapers, etc)  close to her. In the first couple of weeks moms do need fresh air and sunlight but they should not feel obligated to run errands (except appointments). I can go grocery shopping and/ or order food for the mom.

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To be honest, after having my son I was not very good at resting but if I would have had a postpartum doula during the day taking care of me, it would have been easier. Rest and spending time in bed may sound boring but if you find things that are relaxing and nourish your soul, rest can be relaxing and beneficial to your ability to care for your new baby.

I want to be available for emotional support and encouragement, answering questions and helping the mom find resources that will help her become the best version of themselves.

The biggest way that postpartum doulas support families is by offering practical household help including laundry, tidying, meal prep and sibling care.

Postpartum doulas help make the transition to motherhood easier. After meeting immediate needs, I will ask how I can help smooth out the next couple of days or couple of weeks. Sometimes postpartum doulas only come once for a few hours and sometimes they come repeatedly. The role of a postpartum doula is to meet the needs of the families she is working with and that looks different for everybody.

We help parents come up with solutions to any problems they may be having. I can help moms with babywearing and breastfeeding. I do have some experience with elimination communication so if a family is interested in EC, I would love to support them.

A lot of the information in this post is inspired by Bear Mama Medicine’s guide for a healing postpartum.

If you are interested in hiring a postpartum doula to help you transition to motherhood, check out my postpartum services or doula resources.

If you were to have a postpartum doula, what would you most like them to do for you?

How a nightly blessing can benefit your family

Alysa from Alysalovely.com is sharing about a special nighttime routine that her family does with her daughter. This blessing has many benefits for babies and families with children of all ages. Our family has had similar traditions but I love how Alysa and her husband incorporated this blessing into their daughter’s bedtime routine.

How a nightly blessing can benefit your family

How a nightly blessing can benefit your family

When my daughter was born, we received a book from one of our friends called The Family Blessing by Rolf Garborg.  In The Family Blessing, Garborg describes the benefits of saying a blessing over your children every night before bed.  We received the book when our daughter was less than a month old, and I devoured it. I couldn’t wait to get started!

A few months later, when we were actually giving her a specific bedtime, we decided to add a blessing to her bedtime routine.  At four months old, her routine was looking like a diaper change, a massage, putting on pajamas, then a story, breastfeeding her on both sides (if she took it), her blessing and then bed.  The nightly blessing we read to her is the same one they use in the book:

May the Lord bless you and keep you
May the Lord shine his face on you and be gracious to you;
May the Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace.

We then add “in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.”  Tell her we love her, and put her in her crib.  

Putting a baby to sleep in her crib in her own room by herself isn’t easy when she’s not used to it.  The first few nights were pretty hard.  There were even nights where she recognized the words we were saying to her, and got upset as we were saying her blessing because she knew that the next thing to happen was going to be putting her in her bed.  Luckily, that didn’t last very long.

We have been saying her nightly blessing to her for over a year now, and I have to say that it is one of the most valuable things that we do for our daughter.  Here is why this nightly tradition has come to be so important to me:

It gives the very end of the bedtime routine a sense of calm
After my daughter got over the feeling of betrayal when we’d get to the blessing just before putting her in her crib, I believe that it has become something that calms her down for bedtime.  More often than not, when we put her down, she rolls into a comfortable position and goes right to sleep.  It’s a great part of her bedtime routine because it helps create a real sense of calm in the room, which is perfect for someone who is right about to sleep.

It reminds her of the love of her Father in heaven
Above all, these are God’s promises to us, which is what makes this particular Bible verse so perfect for our nightly blessing.  We want our daughter to grow up knowing exactly how loved she is, both by us and by God.

It reminds us of God’s grace, especially when we’ve all had a bad day
Parenting is really hard, and sometimes we finish the day thinking back on the things we wish we didn’t do, or the things we wish we hadn’t said.  It’s so easy to get caught up in all of that and go to bed upset.  Doing a blessing like this one also tells us that there is the grace of God, and whatever we did that we felt was wrong is forgiven. May the Lord be gracious to you.  It helps remind all of us of God’s grace for her, and for us.

It’s something we can do as a family
At this point in time, my husband and I do bedtimes together.  Well, to be more specific, he does most of bedtime, and then I nurse her and he does the blessing.  We’re all together for when I nurse her and when we do the blessing and put her to bed.  It has come to mean a lot to me that I get to be part of the blessing as well.  I love that we can spend that time together every night as a family.

It’s something that is just for our daughter
Part of the blessing is inserting our daughter’s name into the verse.  This way, we are speaking the blessing directly to her as well as over her.  We want her to know that this is something we’re doing just for her.  We hope that as she gets older, she’ll be able to go to sleep knowing God’s love, his graciousness, and his peace.

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How a doula can help you at your birth

What is a doula?
Soon, I am going to be writing explaining the role of a postpartum doula since that is what I am working towards. First, I have a guest post by Katie of Milk and Nectar. Doulas are so important. We had a doula for the birth of my son and I couldn’t imagine doing it without a birth doula present. If you are pregnant, be sure to read this to find out how a doula can help you at your birth.

How a doula can help you at your birth

What is a doula?

Hi, my name is Katie and I am a doula! I love all things pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding; after my own birth experience, and attending the birth of my best friend’s daughter, I decided that I wanted to be around birth all of the time. I love being a doula because I thoroughly enjoy walking with women and their families through pregnancy, labor and the birth of their sweet babies. I’ve always been someone who is a nurturer and as a birth doula, I get to take care of and provide comfort and support during one of the most transformative times in a woman’s life.

So what is a doula?
The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.

How are you different from a midwife, doctor or labor & delivery nurse? 

Each of the people mentioned above is a key player on your birth team. Your midwife or doctor will provide clinical support to you throughout pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. Usually, midwives and OBs differ in their approach to pregnancy, labor & birth (but that’s another topic). If you’re giving birth in a hospital, you’ll have a labor and delivery nurse who’ll care for you and your baby during labor. As a doula, I’m trained to provide non-medical physical, emotional and informational support to you and your partner. I do not perform clinical tasks such as taking your blood pressure, checking fetal heart tones, checking for cervical dilation, making diagnoses, or prescribing treatments. This is part of the care you’ll receive from your OB or midwife and/ or a labor and delivery nurse.

My spouse or partner really wants to be the one to help me while I’m in labor, would having you as my doula take that role? away from them? 
This is probably one of the most common questions I get, and dads really are concerned about being replaced! Don’t worry, dads! You matter and I am NOT your competition! Laboring and giving birth is a process unlike any other you will experience.  While you and your partner can read, take classes, talk to others and prepare in various ways for the birth of your child (and all of these are GREAT), there is no guarantee that when labor day arrives, that your partner will know how to best support all of the needs you have. During labor, women are not always able to communicate exactly what they need when it comes to physical support. As a doula, I’m trained to look for signals from a woman as to what might work best for her, and am conscious of the normal flow of labor. Often, we’re able to think ahead and be ready for what a woman might experience. This isn’t to say that there aren’t partners who rise to the occasion – dads rule! However, often times, partners don’t know how they’ll be once things are actually in motion. A partner isn’t always prepared for the intensity the woman experiences and isn’t sure how to handle seeing their loved one going through this process.  Having a doula can help to ease the unknowns! 
In addition to supporting you, I’m there for your partner. My main focus is you, since you’ll likely need the majority of my attention, but I am also there for your partner and strive to support them the best I can. This can range from talking them through what’s happening during labor, to suggesting ways they can help provide physical comfort for you, to staying with you so that they can get something to eat, rest or get some fresh air. I’m not meant to take over the unique role of your partner! Instead, I help them support you (the woman they love) at a level they are comfortable with.
When it comes to possible interventions, I can talk openly with you both and help you understand why something is being suggested. I can’t speak for you, but I can help you be informed and feel confident in making any decisions needed. 
  

Why should I consider a doula for my upcoming birth?
There are many reasons to consider having a doula to support you at your upcoming birth, and after! Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily. Studies have also found that women who had continuous support from a doula has a shorter labor by about forty minutes, and their babies were less likely to have lower Apgar scores. These findings all suggest that the presence of continuous support by your side during labor and delivery, and immediately postpartum, help your transition into motherhood easier and more pleasant ( as well as less stressful and possibly safer!)


I hope that this post will answer most of your questions about who doulas are and what they do – and maybe even encourage you to seek one out for your next pregnancy! If you have any more questions, or are interested in finding a doula in your area – feel free to email me at milkandnectar@gmail.com! I would love to help you understand more and find someone truly awesome for your support!


Stay sweet,

 

 

The Motherhood Journey has compiled a list of resources to help you find a doula in your area.

Doula resources

doula resources

Birth doulas and postpartum doulas play such an important role in helping moms during the journey of pregnancy, birth and postpartum. I had a birth doula present when giving birth to my son and I can’t imagine doing it without her calm and steady support. Our wonderful midwives sent a postpartum doula to spend some time with us the first night after my son was born. These experiences and my passion to help women has led me on this journey to becoming a postpartum doula. Check out my postpartum services here.

Doula Resources

doula resources

DONA International find a doula near you

DoulaMatch.net find a doula near you
NAPS (Northwest Association for Postpartum Support) find a postpartum doula in the Puget Sound Region

Bloom Spokane find a birth doula or postpartum doula in the Spokane area

Brittany Furgason at Knit Together Births, Birth doula in Tacoma, WA

Xylina Weaver at Spokane Birth Support, birth and postpartum doula in Spokane, WA

Tammy Huguein at Tiny Toes Birth ServicesPostpartum doula in Spokane, WA

Courageous Beginnings Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum Services at C.A.R.E Alliance NW in Spokane, WA

Helen Martin at Born Ready LLC, postpartum doula in the Seattle area (I interviewed Helen for this post about elimination communication).

Courtney Pegram at Small Beginnings Photography and Birth Services, birth doula in the Spokane area (Courtney took these photos.)

Morgan Brooks birth and bereavement doula in Spokane, WA

Esther Edith doula and photographer in Spokane, WA

Over the Moon Birthing in Spokane

Natalie Bee Photography birth doula, postpartum doula

Simple mom style #Spring30for30

#Spring30for30 challenge

 

I’m a woman and mother who is hardly ever satisfied with her body. I feel like my body is constantly changing (partially due to motherhood) and I feel like nothing looks good on me. I want to only have clothes in my closet that help me feel good in my body. I want to be confident about the clothes that I wear and the way they look on me.

Simple Mom Style: #Spring30for30 Challenge

#Spring30for30 challenge

I am so excited for the month of April. I am choosing to only wear 30 items of clothing for the whole month (not including workout clothes, shoes, and accessories). This challenge is called Spring 30for30 and is hosted by Shawna from Simple On Purpose (I discovered her blog through this challenge and I love it) and Raj from Pink Chai. Several mom bloggers are taking part in this challenge.

The challenge begins April 1st and goes through the whole month.

Why I am doing this?

I am doing the #Spring30for30 challenge for several reasons.

The first and most important reason is the reason listed above. I want to fine tune my wardrobe to only clothes that help me feel confident about my body. I don’t want to spend time feeling conscious about my clothing not being flattering.

Second, I’m trying to be minimalistic but I have so many clothes and I only wear a small portion of them. I wear the same outfits a lot (I actually don’t mind this) and I am looking forward to being challenged to wear a different combo for a whole month. This will show me how well (or not well) my clothes actually go together.

Third, I need to make more room in my closet. I have very little space and I am currently sharing it with my toddler. Going through my clothes to choose 30 things to wear for a month gave me the opportunity to get rid of clothes that I haven’t worn in awhile and have no desire to wear again. I ended up with a garbage bag full of clothes to donate!

What do I hope to get out of this?

Besides gaining confidence and having less stress about clothes, I’m hoping this challenge will help me be more creative with my accessories. Especially since I recently became a Compassionate Entrepreneur with Trades of Hope, I want to be a pro at accessorizing to best showcase the beautiful fair trade items I am selling.

What are the 30 items I have chosen?

I recently went out and bought a couple pairs of jeans from Value Village (a thrift store) along with a gold t shirt and a black t shirt. Having 3 of my 30 items be jeans is kinda crazy for me since I have been more into skirts and dresses the last few years. I feel like my style is always changing but I have gotten more into fashion in the past year, so maybe my style is changing for the better.

I have chosen lots of t shirts. These are not boring t shirts but flattering (not tight in the tummy) with interesting cuts. Other shirts include some dressy shirts that I wear on a regular basis. I usually wear nice clothes even though I don’t leave the house most of the time but I also have those days of wearing workout clothes all day.

My other choices include:

  • 2 dresses– one striped and one black and a shirt dress.
  • 3 cardigans– a simple black cardigan, an ivory cardigan and my favorite: a long mustard yellow and gold cardigan with pockets, I wear this with almost everything
  • Four skirts– two pencil skirts and two maxi skirts (one solid black and the other patterned)
  • Two pairs of leggings (both patterned… to go with some of my longer shirts)
  • One pair of leather legging pants

Each day I am going to post a photo to Instagram using the hashtag #spring30for30 (see feed below)

Here’s a list of all the bloggers taking part in this challenge:

Kayla at The Accidental Nomad Life
Shawna at Simple On Purpose
Louise at Talk Nerdy to Me
Jenny at Ruminating Mommy
Hanna at Honey and Huckleberries
Shannon at Adventurous Mama
Roya at Bitsy Ideas
Emily at From Designer to Diapers
Krystal Leigh at The Valley Mom
Raj at Pink Chai

You can join us by using the hashtag #Spring30for30 on Instagram.

Tell me, what is your mom style?

Bravery: From Fear to Mother Pursuing Her Dreams

Bravery: from fear to mother pursuing her dreams

Our lives are filled with opportunities to be brave and to be the person God created us to be. To be honest, I have lived so much of my life in fear. It is so tempting to hold back and to barely live in a world that is full of negativity and discouragement.

I have done many brave things in my life but the bravest thing I have done is become a mom. Motherhood has challenged and grown me more than anything else. I have learned how to love in a way that I didn’t even know was possible. I have more love for my son than I thought could fit in my heart.

This week I wrote a guest post for Whatsoever is Lovely Living. Read the rest here.

Bravery: from fear to mother pursuing her dreams

How to create a quiet time basket for a toddler

how to create a quiet time easter basket for a toddler

Toddlers love to mimic their parents and if your toddler is like mine, he is constantly getting into your stuff. He loves to “color” with my highlighters. Keeping him occupied while I get work done or read my Bible is important so that we can have some quiet time together. It’s not always easy but I want to have an environment that encourages him to be independent. Creating this quiet time basket for my 21 month old will help me do that.

How to create a quiet time basket for a toddler

how to create a quiet time easter basket for a toddler

I am planning on giving this basket to Hezekiah on Easter. It will be so nice to have a basket that we can keep Hezekiah’s coloring supplies and Bible books in. He loves joining me when I do my devotions and I think including him in this time is a good habit to start now. He mostly colors but sometimes he looks at his Bible (he got several for Christmas last year). This will be a basket of age appropriate items for quiet time. Each year I can update it according to age or to replace the used items.

Here are some of the things I am putting in the basket (everything came from the thrift store or Dollar Tree):

  • A clipboard from the thrift store. This is a great surface for kids to use for coloring, drawing etc.
  • Writing and drawing utensils such as crayons. We need some that are big enough for my 21 month old to use easily and won’t break right away. Mama Natural recommends some natural beeswax crayons (see link below).
  • Coloring book. I am hoping to find a Bible theme or at least something that he will like more than my Care Bear coloring book.
  • Blank notepad or sketchpad.
  • Stickers. Toddlers love stickers. He can use this to decorate his clipboard, coloring book or a random cardboard box. Stickers are great fine motor practice.
  • Bible books. The dollar store usually has some small Bible themed books.
  • other quiet activities can be added as well

Check out Mama Natural’s Easter basket ideas.

how to create a quiet time basket for a toddler

 

 

 

What do you use to keep your toddler occupied while you get work done?

What I am most looking forward to with baby #2 Guest post

What I'm excited about baby #2

Lisa from Naptime Chai is featured today writing about her excitement for the arrival of her second child. Soon she will have a newborn and toddler to care for. I’m excited for her get to watch her toddler become a sibling and for her whole family to fall in love with this new baby.

What I am most looking forward to with baby #2

What I'm excited about baby #2

Originally, I thought I wanted kids that were close in age. 18 months apart, to be exact. I had it all planned out, as people often do before they actually become parents.

Actually, I thought I would have kids close in age even after Clara was born… but that changed as soon as she became mobile. Then I realized that having two toddlers sounded really, really awful.

And right when I had this realization is when I got pregnant for the second time. God has quite the sense of humor!

So, now I’m expecting kids 21 months apart and, if I’m being honest, I’ve managed to live in a steady state of denial so far. I did the same with my first baby, though, so baby #2 shouldn’t take it personally. I’m trying my hardest to enjoy pregnancy and to not think too far into the future, since I have absolutely no idea what we’ve gotten ourselves into and trying to envision what life might be like will only bring unrealistic expectations. At least that’s my view on it.

But, even though it wasn’t necessarily in my plans to have two babies so close together, I couldn’t be more excited about our expanding family, and I say that with my whole heart. As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I knew that God’s plan was bigger than my own, and I felt an instant sense of peace. I can handle this, because it’s His will for me and our family.

Here’s what I’m most excited for this time around:

– Clara becoming a big sister. Clara is obsessed with babies. She cannot handle a baby being in the room if she’s not within inches of him/her. She carries her baby dolls around everywhere and continuously tells me that they need to eat or have a diaper change. (It’s very frustrating that I need to change her doll’s diaper more than hers, but such is life.) I actually don’t know where she got this nurturing instinct, but it is so sweet and I cannot wait to see her in action. Although, I know it’s going to be exhausting because she is very bossy when it comes to how to care for a baby!

– Finding out whether Baby Beni is a boy or a girl. We don’t know the gender, and I’m excited for the big moment!

– Experiencing labor and delivery. Weird that I’m excited for this, right?! We had a terrible time at Clara’s birth, and I’m hoping Baby Beni’s birth is a redemptive story, of sorts. I would love to have a natural birth experience, but I’m open-minded that anything can happen.

– Watching my husband (Tim) with two babies. I am fortunate enough to be married to a man who loves babies. He was so excited to become a dad the first time and he’s extra-excited this time, now that he knows what to expect! I know that our marriage is going to go through some rough patches in the adjustment, but I have no doubt that he will be the most devoted dad to our two little ones.

– Snuggling a newborn. I’m one of those women who love newborns. I love everything about them. I loved Clara’s entire newborn stage. I realize it’s going to be a different experience now that I won’t be able to lounge around all day with a newborn (it turns out that toddlers have a lot of demands), but I’m so excited to snuggle a little body to sleep.

– Introducing another baby to our family and friends. It’s always so special to see my loved ones instantly fall in love with a new little person. It makes my heart melt just thinking about it. Isn’t it awesome how we all have such an infinite capacity of love, and meeting a new person just creates more room in our heart?

– Beginning a new chapter. I fully embrace life changes and transitions, and my life has been full of them lately! in 2012 I got engaged and married and moved to a new apartment, in 2013 I got a new job and got pregnant, in 2014 I had a baby, in 2015 we moved across the country, and in 2016 we’re having another baby! I’m ready for this new chapter to begin, and to see where we’ll go from here.

Even though this baby isn’t coming at my most ideal time, and I’m a little worried about my ability to handle a newborn and a toddler and eventually two toddlers, I’m also excited for everything that is to come. Our friends who have kids with similar age differences have admitted that the first few months are hard, but that it does get a lot easier. And then way further down the line, everyone has said that it’s really nice when the kids start playing together. It is my biggest hope that our family only grows closer with this new person in it.

Do you have kids that are close in age?! I would love to connect with you at my blog or through social media!

 

Lisa Benroeck bio photoLisa is a lifestyle blogger at ‘Naptime Chai’, where she writes about embracing life and its simple moments from one naptime to the next! She loves writing about a little bit of everything, but the topics closest to her heart are marriage, pregnancy, and motherhood. Through her writing, she hopes to encourage other women and mothers in whatever stage of life they’re in. She resides in the PNW with her laid-back husband, a very-fast-moving toddler, a high-strung dog, and the soon-to-be newest member of the family who is due to arrive in April!

You can connect with Lisa via her blog, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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Babywearing photos for lending library

babywearing photo by Courtney Pegram

Babywearing has been an important part of my parenting and since I don’t have a car it has been a necessity. My son has always loved to be held and when he was a newborn the only way I could eat lunch was by having him in the Ergo.

I was so excited for this opportunity to get some photos wearing Hezekiah before he gets too big to wear (he turns two in 3 months). The babywearing group in Spokane is starting a lending library and Courtney Pegram, a birth doula and photograhper at Small Beginnings Photography and Birth Services, volunteered to take photos as a fundraiser.

The lending library will give moms and dads the opportunity to try different kinds of carriers. The cost of a year’s membership is a lot less than most baby carriers. This lending library will give parents the opportunity to borrow wraps and carriers that they would not be able to afford and find the carrier that works best for them. I am looking forward to becoming a member of this

babywearing photo by Courtney Pegram

My little boy can be so serious sometimes (like during this photoshoot) but at home he is crazy silly. I love him so much. In the photo below, I was bouncing Hezekiah trying to get him to smile. It wasn’t a success and he looks grumpy like he does in so many other photos.

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Babywearing meetings are a great way to make friends and get help with babywearing. In these photos, I am wearing an Indajani handwoven wrap that I got for my birthday last summer. I haven’t had much luck getting Hezekiah on my back on my own so just a few minutes before this photo was taken, one of the volunteer leaders of the group helped him get him on my back. I was so grateful for the help.

babywearing photo by Courtney Pegram

I’m so thankful for the babywearing groups that I have been a part of and am looking forward to helping new moms learn how to wear their babies when I help moms as a postpartum doula.