Monday, 25 April 2011

Cabin fever...no more


In five days, Alice will be one month old! Over the past few weeks, we went for a few short walks with the stroller but I had a difficult time navigating the "engine" at the coffee shop, the local public market and...in our building!!! So I had great expectations for the CuddlyWrap baby carrier that we received as a gift.

As a new mom, I had 3 nervous breakdowns: one when my breasts tripled in size in a few hours (!) and twice when I tried to figure out how to use the baby carrier. People told me that I have to be patient and that in about a week I will master it like a pro. However, you probably know that a new mom doesn't have much patience and that a week seems like an eternity when you really (REALLY) want to go outside like a "normal" person!

So a few days ago, after the second attempt at using the carrier, I found myself lying down on the bathroom floor, crying for an hour, looking at my reflexion on our stainless steel garbage bin. I was a complete mess but, strangely enough, it felt kinda good.

And today, rejoice, I felt independent again! We got an Ergo baby and it was wonderful!!! Alice slept peacefully wrapped like a little burrito and my cabin fever is officially gone :)

8 comments:

Danielle said...

This all sounds so familiar - seven years ago for me, but those early weeks were so interminable. I thought I would never be able to go out of the house - a little trip to the supermarket was something to be joyful about, and my first breastfeed in public - I felt like I could walk on water. It does eventually become "second nature" - as close as you might be able to get, anyway. Just enjoy, they are tiny babies for such a short time, you'll wonder where it went in a few weeks. Danielle x

oneeyedrabbit said...

Yay! You got an ergo baby carrier!!! I know it's hard at first to figure it out but after you keep using it, you'll know how to get your baby in it in a cinch!

Little Gray Pixel said...

The CuddlyWrap seems a lot like the Moby wrap. If that's the case, I too had a hard time getting it to work for my baby girl when she was about a month old. Give it a few more weeks, when she's less fragile and a little bigger, and you'll start to love that thing!

oscarlucinda said...

Sweet picture of your little one looking very peaceful and content in the Ergo.

Love your honesty about the tricky things involved in looking after a new baby. I can imagine how wrapping a child might seem like it requires expert origami skills...

I'm 17 weeks pregnant and am devouring books and blogs on the subject - thanks for a great read. I'll be back!

Alyce said...

Yay! So happy you are out and about. I imagine that really makes a different. love the skull and cross bones; epic.

kate / tinywarbler said...

you look so happy! i love it.
i imagine that the wraps are quite confusing early on, glad you got a carrier that works for you and you and alice are enjoying the outdoors!

Liz Rose said...

*mrrrrrpp*
is the sound of me stealing your adorbs hair cut!

renae said...

We're looking at getting an Ergo for our bub but have read mixed reviews for the newborn insert - how are you finding it? Weren't sure whether we should get the insert or buy a sling instead and use the ergo when he's a bit older...