Baby Wearing World Record 2013

My wife and I haven’t been parents long, and we may not know what all the correct choices are, or what’s best for our child all the time, but we do know one thing.  Baby Wearing has been immensely helpful to both us and our daughter, and has caused our bond as parent and child to be stronger.  Not only is baby wearing convenient when out and about or running errands, it’s a lot less cumbersome than hauling around a stroller and all the necessary equipment for transporting a baby when you’re out and about.  Another added benefit to baby wearing is that your arms don’t get tired, like they would if you were holding your child in your arms, and you have both arms free to use for whatever else you may need to carry.

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We had originally looked at attending MommyCon in Los Angeles, just because it looked like it would be a cool event where we could learn a lot about parenting, but unfortunately, it wasn’t in the cards for us to pay to go.  While researching MommyCon and seeing what it was all about, we came across the Baby Wearing World Record event that was set to take place just before MommyCon, and best of all, it was FREE to register.  So of course, we jumped on that chance, and registered.  We just kept thinking about how cool it would be to be a part of the largest, record breaking group of baby wearers.  Shortly after we registered, my wife was talking to her friend Amanda, fellow mom, and baby wearer, as well as the writer of the awesome Mommy Mandy blog.  Amanda mentioned that she had been talking to Lillebaby carriers about being on “Team Lillebaby” for the event, and she pulled some strings for us, and got us in touch with the crew from Lillebaby so we could get setup to be on their team.  So, Thanks Amanda for the awesome opportunity.  If you’d like to take a look at my thoughts on the Lillebaby Complete Carrier, check it out here!

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With all of that being said, let’s talk a little bit about the Baby Wearing World Record.  With our Lillebaby Complete Carrier in hand, my wife and I drove from our house to the Los Angeles Convention Center, which was about a 2 hour drive.  Once we got there, and figured out where to park, we went and got in line for registration of the baby wearing world record.  My wife had originally registered both her and me for this event, but when we got up there, they said that since we only have 1 child, that only 1 parent would be able to participate.  Since Paige can’t seem to be away from mom for more than a minute at a time, we decided that she would take part in the event, and I would stay in the observation area and take pictures.  As we got there, the first thing we did was find where the crew from Lillebaby Carriers was hanging out, and checked in with them.  We were handed a goody bag from Lillebaby with all sorts of fun stuff in it.  After that, we wandered over to a table with poster board and markers, and ran into Emily Knight from Our Knight LIfe, a fellow blogger who was instrumental in putting together Team Lillebaby.  Thank you Emily for helping with this event, and putting the team together!   We hung out for a good hour or so, before the festivities began.  We spent the majority of the time running around chasing Paige up and down the stage stairs.  Then, just before the event, the organizers of the event got on stage, gave away some swag.  The founders of both Beco baby carriers, and Ergo baby carriers stepped up to the stage to say a few words.

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The time came for the world record to start.  There must have been over 1000 families with babies there participating.  I don’t have an exact number yet on the amount of people that participated, but I’m pretty certain, if there was a record for baby wearing, we smashed it out of the park at this event!  All of the participants got together, and walked down a hallway, and through the convention hall where Mommycon was being held.  All in all, the baby wearing world record was successful, and it got a lot of like minded parents together for a great cause.  I can’t wait to hear what the final numbers were for the event, and hopefully they do it again next year to try and break the record once again!

 

EDIT:  Just minutes after I published this blog post, I found out from fellow blogger MommyMandy, we had a total of 1003 baby wearers at the event!!!!!!!!  Way to go!

 

 

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Hurricane Paige!

As a new dad, I am learning a lot on a daily basis.  I’m learning what my daughter’s facial expressions mean, what her noises mean, and what her cries mean.  I am also learning that no matter how hard my beautiful wife TRIES to clean things up around the house every day, at some point, hurricane Paige is destined to land right smack in the middle of the living room.  Why do I call it hurricane Paige?  I think the below pictures will suffice:

 

Hurricane Paige!

 

 

It doesn’t seem to matter how many times she pulls all the movies off of the DVD rack, or how many times she throws all of her toys out of her toy basket, Paige never gets tired of this act.  She is starting to learn how to put things back where she found them, but getting her to put ALL of them back is not proving to be as easy as it sounds.  I’d venture to guess that my wife has the luxury of picking up all the DVD’s and all of her toys multiple times throughout the day.

There was once a `A“1`1“1`1`111111111111111111111111“~!!!QZA@er bxtrrrrrrrrrrv tgh vb x zb …. OOOPS.. That was Paige, sitting on my lap, while I was trying to blog.  (Reminder to self: Blogging with a child on your lap, who is very interested in technical gizmos.. Not a good idea.)

 

Anyway, as I was saying..

There was once a time, when my wife and I were just talking about having a baby, long before Paige was born, when we both thought it would be a good idea for me to be a stay at home Dad.  I will say this, with quite a bit of certainty, as much as I LOVE spending time with Paige, and I love to play with her when I get home from work, I cannot imagine how difficult it is to be a stay at home parent.  Kids are crazy and rambunctious, but we love our own more than we can ever express.  As difficult as it can be to keep up with a kid who’s almost 1, I will say, I cherish every moment I get to spend with her and my wife, even if a lot of that time is spent picking up toys, or games or DVD’s, or making sure she’s staying out of trouble, and not putting her fingers in light sockets.

 

Until Next Time,

Scott