"I’m a full time mom and full time engineer in the steel industry. I’m a Volunteer Babywearing Educator with BWI South Chicagoland and the Director of 321 Carry, a non profit whose mission is to donate carriers to caregivers of babies and children with special needs. My hobbies include knitting, weaving, photography, gardening, and raising chickens."
"I have two children, Henry, who is three, and Copley, who is one and has Down syndrome. My boys are a different as night and day, but they are a perfect complement to each other, and perfectly balance our family. Motherhood is an interesting topic, it is as different as each mother herself. Our goals and values are different, and because of that there can be a tendency to band together with like minded mothers and strike out against those with differing philosophies, but that’s not really my style. I think we are all amazing; we are all hard working, tireless fighters. My choices are not a reflection of your choices, and I do not feel threatened when your choices are different than mine. This is a challenge we can all overcome- to learn to support each other, and cast aside the judgment and infighting. As women, we have enough of that to deal with without turning on each other."
"I was older when I had my children, so I went into this knowing my body would be changed on the other side. I work in a predominantly male dominated industry, and have a very strong and confident character. My confidence comes from my strength, my abilities, and my character- not from the size or shape of my body. I struggled with infertility and a pregnancy disease called Hyperemesis Gravidarum- to have made it through 2 pregnancies with 2 healthy children is something I never take for granted, and I’m extremely proud of what my body has built. Every extra pound, stretch mark, and wrinkle is worth it."
"I was introduced to wearing by a well known VBE, Meredith Sinclair, on an internet forum for pregnant women. Living in the city at the time the idea of babywearing instead of using a stroller made sense, though I was sure I could never manage one of those simple pieces of cloth. I’d registered for a narrow based forward facing carrier, but on the advice of a good friend got an Ergo instead. I also grabbed a ring sling on a whim and hoped for the best. I joined TBW and learned how to use not only the Ergo and the ring sling, but fell madly in love with wrapping and SPOCs. The gentle introduction, encouragement, and guidance I received as a new wearer is what eventually led me to become a VBE myself."
"I was involved with the BWI affiliation of our local babywearing group, it has been an amazing experience for me, and I take my job of introducing wearing to new parents and caregivers very seriously."
"The principles of attachment parenting can get blurred online, so I think a good discussion of AP starts with a discussion of the principles of AP.
Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting
Feed with Love and Respect
Respond with Sensitivity
Use Nurturing Touch
Ensure Safe Sleep, Physically and Emotionally
Provide Consistent Loving Care
Practice Positive Discipline
Strive for Balance in Your Personal and Family Life.
AP is not babywearing, cloth diapering, anti-vaxing, and homeschooling. AP is a parenting philosophy, and all aspects of this philosophy work for our family. Our goal is to raise confident independent children and to get them there with love, support, and compassion."
"There is nothing more beautiful to me than watching my children learn, understand, and begin to make choices. Watching your child’s personality emerge is paradigm changing. When they say, do, or ask something that you didn’t teach them, that spark of original thought or creativity is invigorating."
10. And finally, what has babywearing meant to you? Does babywearing make you feel beautiful?
"Babywearing is as integral a part of motherhood to me as changing diapers. It has brought immeasurable joy to my life. The practice of babywearing is beautiful, stylish, and fun."
*Thank you so much Andrea for sharing a bit of your story with Poe. To hear more from Andrea, we highly encourage you to check out her fantastic blog entitled, The Maiden Metallurgist. Also, if you would like to learn more about 3.21 Carry or how to donate, please visit there website.