Saturday, June 21, 2008

Someone Has Discovered Pockets

Why do little boys have so many pockets in their pants? I guess we need to start inspecting them for crayons before doing the laundry.

Sample result.

And this is how our dryer looks. From the evidence, Q-ster must have squirreled away green, orange, and purple crayons and two rocks. I suppose it was bound to happen at some point.

In other news, I tucked the micro dude in the sling, walked down the block for a neighborhood ladies gathering, and it worked well enough to call the sling experiment a success!

I've heard from a few of you who are also thinking about using a baby sling, so here are my thoughts.

1) Yes, I think it's a tool worth having. It's nice to have both hands free, even for a short while.

2) Possibly helpful hint: Even if the baby is somewhat fussy during the insertion process, keep trying. Once you have him in the sling, you can cuddle and soothe him.

3) Downside: I haven't used the sling for longer than 40 minutes so far, because even though I'm not holding the baby in my arms, my back still gets tired after that amount of time. We'll see if I work up to longer periods, but I know I wouldn't be able to keep the baby in the sling for multiple hours immediately.

Hope you're having a nice weekend! It's mighty hot around here.


Mamacita Tina said...

I know what you mean about those pockets! I haven't experienced crayons yet, but sand and tissues. Fun stuff to clean.

I never did use a sling, only a front carrier. My back would hurt after a while too. You have to think it would since all that baby weight is pulling you forward.

YF said...

oooh no! well, you can have a similar experience with me doing my own laundry - sad but true.

Suburban Turmoil said...

Congrats on your sling success! I tried using a Mayan sling and it was too complicated for me to figure out. And I literally tried for HOURS. Part of my frustration was that the instructions were ONLY on DVD. I didn't want to watch the DVD every single time I tried to thread the sling...

Damselfly said...

Fly doesn't have an interest in pockets even though I have shown him you can put things in them.

But your clothes and dryer, oh no!

Mayberry said...

I found so many pebbles in my washing machine this weekend ... then was amazed to find even more in the dryer. Better than crayons, I guess!

Christina said...

Ack! I hate crayons in the dryer. Such a mess to clean up.

Glad you're liking the sling! I think the pouch carriers strain the back more than other types, but others love them. The best for easing back pain for me was the mai tai or the Maya wrap.

Of course, simply wearing it more helps with the pain, as you build up muscles you're not used to using. :)

kittenpie said...

With us, it's rocks in the pockets.

And I may be emailing you for sling tips some day!

wayabetty said...

What is it with boys and their "squirreling" away things. yup, I found a few rocks, Legos, half-eaten gum (that was the worse!) in the wash. Oh, that was from the hubbie's.

Magpie said...

Just this week, I did a load of wash with a blue pen. Joy. And the worst part is that I know it was my pen in my pocket - because my husband only uses black pens, and the kid doesn't get pens at all. Random blue spots everywhere.

I feel your pain.