“Oooh…….buh……buh…ah, oh….wow” Little hands squeezing my shoulders, an excited bounce on my back and a little hand shoots out past my ear pointing, “Bird!”
Its moments like these that I experienced today that remind me how lucky I am as both a mother and a babywearer. The joy of sharing a new experience with a toddler who is learning and growing more each day is amazing in itself, but to do it while wearing him makes it just a little magical.
A simple walk through the local wildlife park, part bush-walk part attractions becomes so much more than a simple day out.
Its a chance to bond and chat – well he chats away in his unique and special toddler language; part words part babble; and I talk to him about what I am seeing and doing. He bops me on the head and pumps me on the shoulders to go faster, I catch his hat as it blows off in the breeze and perform a contortionist act to get it back on his head and then give up and stuff it in my pocket. We are close, we are connected, we are communicating in our own way and enjoying the time spent together.
As the walk goes on, the chatter from behind my ear slows and I start to feel little hands gently stroking the nape of my neck and lightly tugging on my hair. The excited shrieks and exclaimed words cease and are replaced by a soft sigh and a sleepy snuffle. I feel the weight on my back change as sleep takes hold and he rests his cheek on my shoulder and snores softly in my ear.
This shared experience is why toddler wearing is such an important part of my parenting, the interaction, the physical connection, looking at the environment around us from the same angle but with different eyes, its something unique to babywearing.
And those sweet sleepy sighs.
I cherish each and every toddler wearing moment, time is moving so quickly that these days will be over sooner than I want them to be, but the memories will last a lifetime.