Mama Nicholes has Picks – And Here They Are!!!

So, I figured, since I kind of qualify as a mommy blog (wait do I?) I would do some mommy blogging. In the last several weeks, I have been asked about things that I used for my children while raising them. While I am in no way a guru of all things children, I think that I have pretty well rounded kids and the choices that I make fit well for us.

For today’s picks, I’m going to go with baby carriers that I used for the ladybug and places that I shop at currently for the Cellist. Indulge me won’t you?

Baby Carriers:

While I tried to do a version of babywearing when the cellist was an infant, I found that I didn’t like the bulky style of the carriers that were out at that time. Remember now, it was ten years ago, and I was just a mere 20 years of age. I wasn’t as much of a researcher as I am now, and I didn’t have many mommy friends to turn to. Skip ahead eight years, and there’s a myriad of websites, stores, and moms that I can turn to for babywearing advice.

One thing that I really loved was the Mei Tei. It’s a soft structured carrier (SCC) that is flat and doesn’t take up a lot of storage space when put away. You can wear the baby on your back, front, or side, and most are large enough even for dad to wear the baby comfortably. What I loved the most was that they didn’t put any type of horrible weight strain on my back, legs, or hips. Here’s a couple of  pictures of me using my mei tei:

Hip Carry
Back Carry
This particular Mei Tei is from Cat Bird Baby however, I purchased it in a brick and mortar store here in Chicago called, Be By Baby. It’s one of my most favorite stores to go to, because it really supports natural and attachment parenting. Makes me feel like I can really stand firm on my choices as a mother in the city. 
Another carrier that I also purchased, from the same store listed above, was a Wrap N Wear . It’s basically a large piece of fabric similar to the Moby Wrap. I like it because it is a linen blend and does not stretch when worn over long periods of time. Unfortunately, I can’t find the pictures that I KNOW that I have of me wearing the ladybug, but once I do, they’ll be inserted into the post. 
Hopefully, this portion will help someone when they are looking for carriers for their children and maybe enlighten those who never thought about it before. Another GREAT resource for information was The Babywearer Website . I was able to ask questions and see ways to wear the ladybug. The moms there are fantastic when it comes to wearing, however – lots of them can be very granola living – meaning they LOVE natural parenting. I take what I need, and leave the rest to the professionals. LOL! 
Now, on to my big boy. The Cellist. Lately, it’s been hard finding clothing for him because he is so short, but so MUSCULAR. At 4′ 6″ he weighs a 112 pounds and wears a size 16 in pants. Yeah, I’m raising a football player – who doesn’t like football. Go figure. 🙂 
Lately, we have been dealing with JCPenney and Sears when it comes to his pants because they carry things that still are appropriate for kids and the sales between the both of them are MAGNIFICENT! Especially JCPenney. The Cellist is basically in a jeans and regular shirt phase of life. No fancy clothes for him lately – although when he was younger he absolutely loved dressing up for church and family outings. No such luck anymore. The last time he REALLY dressed up for me was Easter of LAST YEAR! And that was a simple outfit of slacks, shirt and vest. That’s it. 
If there are any other parents out there with a child who is about the size of the Cellist – want to share some tips? 

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    November 5, 2010 at 3:15 am

    I've been having trouble finding pants for my son lately too. Everything is sooo long in the legs. With style changing as it does, baggy jeans don't seem to be the style with the kids so allowing him to wear them with a baggy look is out.

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    N. Nicholes
    November 5, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Yeah,the Cellist seems to prefer wide legged jeans to those baggy ones. I also have to contend with the kind of large backside that he inherited from Papa Nicholes' genetic makeup.

    I often get frustrated because the clothing that he can fit tends to be a little bit too – what is the word – advertisement heavy. It's one of those things that bother me.

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    Unplanned Cooking
    November 6, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    I find it so hard to find clothes for our son, too. He's not the size of yours, but doesn't like seams. Too bad there aren't more companies you can special order from :).

    Following from Blog Frog

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    November 6, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    lol We just use and wear what people give us! 🙂 With 4 kids ya just can't be too picky.

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    N. Nicholes
    November 7, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    @Unplanned Cooking – That's the thing. I remember being the Cellists age and getting what my parents gave me. Now our kids actually have a bit of a say in what they like and feel comfortable in. And it is also kind of hard when they are in uniforms and the sizes that you need get snatched up with a quickness. I'm going to need someone to have an online store for stocky boys soon too!

    @Esther – We would do that, but the Cellist happens to be the oldest out of my circle of friends. That's on me for starting so early!

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