May was Marvelous for Babywearing International of Hampton Roads!
The best part about coming to the same meeting each month is seeing the same families and the same faces every month. As we learn to wear our babies together we also watch them grow together. For those of us who are passionate about babywearing, we consider it a milestone when a newborn is big enough to fit in their SSC without an insert, when a caregiver can wear baby safely on their back, or when a toddler can finally play on the floor with the other big kids. For a volunteer, these are some of the reasons that keep me excited for meetings. This month at our Virginia Beach meeting, we added three new members to our community and we had 10 first time attendees. I hope you will visit us again in the upcoming months so we can see which babywearing milestones you will hit next.
~Virginia Beach Area Representatives, Donna C and Concha M
This month we held our meeting at a new location – Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital. We hope this gives babywearers from Williamsburg and the surrounding areas an opportunity to attend a meeting. We will be alternating between this location and Tidewater Physical Therapy until we can settle on a permanent location. It was a very busy meeting and we had quite a few newborns and parents-to-be. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we were a bit short staffed. Currently, we have a few members interested becoming VBEs and we hope to resolve that soon. We also welcome more volunteers.
Speaking of VBEs, please join us in wishing VBE Heather Lowery well as she moves to Washington State. Heather has been our resident twin/tandem wearing specialist. She will be sorely missed, but we wish her the best.
~Peninsula Area Representatives, Christine M and Anne D
Western Branch had a fun time this month! We had a small group, but SO MUCH learning!! This month, we helped a member nail her first tandem carry. We also saw many newborns and the theme of the night was buckle carriers–almost everyone had one! We can’t wait to see everyone next month. The Western Branch evening meeting is still in search of area representatives, so if you would like to do this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org! This meeting does not have a lending library yet, but will once we have area reps. See you in June!
~Acting Western Branch Area Representatives, Brittany M and Dana K
The carrier of the month again seemed to be the ring sling and tons of people got great SSC tips from Suzanne, but we had quite a few people interested in branching out into woven wraps as well! Attendance was up from the previous month, and we had six new members sign up before and during the meeting, eager to use our awesome lending library. Five members attended for the first time and four of them became members that day. A few people expressed interest in becoming CSVs and becoming part of the team, which is always exciting (more helping hands, new friends to be made!) See everybody on June 17th at the usual place (Indian River Public Library).
~Southside Area Reps, Cathy V and Dani D
We had an amazing members only event this month! Kit from The Carrying On Project came to teach a babywearing self-defense course! Babywearers from all over Hampton Roads descended upon Diego Bispo Academy to learn various techniques to make sure we knew how to defend ourselves in case of an emergency while wearing. We learned how to disarm, kick away, and block attackers! It was an incredibly fun time and we cannot wait until the next members only event! Be sure to check out Diego Bispo Academy and The Carrying On Project. We thank them so much for donating their time and space to Babywearing International of Hampton Roads!!
See you all in June!