Hello! I’m Chrissie Riese. A 27 year old working mom to McKenzie, 16mo, and wife to Kyle. We PCS’ed here about 4 years ago from Charleston, SC; but, we’re originally from Shepherdstown, WV.
We spent the rest of my maternity leave cuddled together in our Moby. Don’t worry, Daddy got in on the baby cuddles too. Our lives were forever changed. I could give my baby a safe, secure environment to explore her world while I still had the use of both hands. I found that I could prevent or significantly decrease crying time; and a happier baby meant happier parents. As a side effect, my parenting stress and anxiety significantly decreased. There’s just something calming about holding a little person close. It’s 16 months later and I’ve never looked back on the decision to wear my child.
Comfort finally meets convenience. Seriously, you must try one of these. My #2 is a DRS2S (double rezobo shoulder to shoulder), because nothing beats wrap cuddles. I love how secure the carry feels and the multiple seats make life very hard for my seat-popper. And finally, my #3 is a good ‘ole ring sling. It’s great for quick trips and nursing in those early days. Looking back, from a little nursling in a ring sling to back carriers with a toddler we’ve had many babywearing successes and struggles.
I always end up getting covered in crumbs, drool, spit-up, pee (yep, it’s happened)- really any combination of bodily fluids or food. The struggle is real, but it comes with the territory. I’ve learned just to carry an extra shirt, just in case. The bigger struggle for me was my love-hate relationship with wovens. I wanted so desperately to love them, but I hated them. Despised even. But for some reason, I kept coming back to meetings and trying them. I learned new tricks and eventually, something clicked and I became a wrapper. My first carries were a FWCC, r-ruck, and Robin’s hip. Looking back, I can’t believe how far we’ve come.
The beauty of babywearing is that it’s dynamic; find the babywearing love and challenge yourself. Try a new carry or carrier, get involved with our chapter by volunteering. There are always new things to experience. There’s something for everyone, don’t give up. Keep trying until you find what works. It’s worth it.