A few days ago I entered Britney's MeeUp giveaway and mentioned that I wore Joshua a lot last year. Ever since I said it, I've been wondering how often I talked about it on the blog. This is the only picture I ever posted of wearing Joshua. Because he was so special I wore him in a sling and then tied a sarong around his head. At first I could fit him inside the sling, but as his encephalocele grew, I had to change the way I carried him to accommodate for his cele.
But the truth is that I wore him constantly from the beginning of February. As soon as we started having his cele wrapped by Heather, I took him everywhere. Up to that point I was afraid to pick him up much, for fear he'd get an infection from too much handling, or that his cele would break if we weren't careful enough. It was so exciting to carry him with me. And babywearing was the only way I could do anything. He wasn't your average baby - I couldn't carry him with one hand (I learned to by the end, but it took a while). Babywearing was perfect. And that way I knew he was safe. Safe from curious fingers and pesky flies - safe in my arms.
I'm planning to wear this baby heaps. And I'm planning to actually get stuff done this time around. With Oceana I was tied down a) because I didn't know that a baby crying wasn't the end of the world b) because I didn't know how to carry her in a baby carrier without killing my bad shoulders/back. No tying me down this time! :) Just thought you might appreciate a reminder about my 'Shua.
Oh, and a year ago today we were in Rotorua at the work retreat. It was a fantastic time - our only trip away with Joshua. Definitely something I won't forget.