I live in Idaho. Idaho is cool. I wear my babies. Babywearing is cool. And the babywearing community is cool. I make a baby carrier. And people who make baby carriers are cool. So I'm cool. But that's not where I'm going with this. I just wanted to be cool for that nano-second it took you to read that sentence.
Where I am going with this is that Idaho is cool because it has cool people here. Cool people who lived here before I did. Cool people like Kimber. I think if you look up the definition of cool in the dictionary, it would have Kimber's mug there as an illustration. She's that cool.
Kimber makes a baby carrier. She's made a baby carrier for a while, actually. And she does pretty well with them. But I had never tried her carrier. I'd met one, but never tried it. When I met her she basically handed me one and told me I ought to try it. And I handed her my Goose and told her to try it. A good trade, really. And then I called her and told her it was lovely. Because it was. So a plan was hatched.
This week I picked up my Ball Baby mei tai. It's rad (Kimber's word). Check it out. I sewed a tie-dye star in the denim panel. And ta-da! I finally have my very own tie-dye carrier.
Now for the ultimate test.
The nap test.
The nap test has two parts.
A) Is the baby comfortable enough to fall asleep?
B) Is mama comfortable enough to wear the baby through the nap--sometimes an hour or more?
If you are reading this, well, you are reading this. I think you are a cool cat.
I must say, the babywearing business is possibly the best, most fun business to be in. You don't see posts like this in the mortgage business.
Oh, and for anyone who does anything with babies, Kimber and I have been thrown together on the committee that is planning the 2010 International Babywearing Conference in Rigby, Idaho. It's going to be a great party! (And hopefully the website will be up soon!)
After four kids, ten moves and nearly two decades, we are still blissfully in love (most of the time) and I found myself back in the state I was born and raised in. It has definitely been a journey. In fact, on our 18th anniversary we pulled the last of our stuff up over the pass and into Montana, leaving our surprise love, Idaho, behind. But Montana is a great place. The last best place according to some. And we fully intend to explore as much of it as we can! Join us on our continued adventure through life, love and other stuff that comes with it.