[gray in his boots, wrap carrier stretched across the floor]
We got to the babywearing info meeting and pretty much instantly the sight of babies and Moms all sitting in a circle on the floor sent Ivy into a frenzy.
She had an audience! She was the star! She began galloping around the circle, pummeling bouncy balls at peoples' heads, and practically body-slammed a 6 month old. (Sadly, none of that previous sentence is an exaggeration. It is all true.)
I literally grabbed her by the back of her dress and tried to sit her in my lap, enticing her to nurse but would you believe it this was the one time ever in the history of ever she didn't want to breastfeed?
So, into the mei tai she went. She wasn't happy about it, but I couldn't restrain her any longer. It was that or leave.
I'm glad I stayed.
Most times I use the sling for comfort or to keep my child close while I tend to other things, or for safety and travel, or to nurse on the go, or to get her to nap, but I'm finding more and more with Ivy now two years old, it is also to restrain her at times I am unable to do otherwise.
Like I said- we were in what probably would have turned into an out of control tantrum moment (in front of a huge group of Moms I'd never met before, of course) and my instinct was to pack up all our things and RUN FOR THE DOOR! But- I tied her up, and soon(ly) she was calm(er) and in several minutes she was asleep.
I was able to visit a bit, take a couple photos here and there, and honestly, have a breather. I love my children, you know that, but sometimes it's such a relief when they are still and sleeping. And tied up.
(You know what I mean.)
Viva la babywearing!