I know what those of you not bitten with the wearing bug are thinking "How many carriers does one person need" (well, how many shoes does one person need... take that!)
For the record I'm not that stashified (trust me, I know people with stashes that make mine look redundant [one being one whom I shall refer to as my Wrap Goddess Friend or WGF for short]):
Natural Mother Productions Mei Tai (Yoga Monkeys, custom), SBP Ring Sling (brown linen, custom), Néobulle Wrap (Simon 5.2m), Medley Wrap (Rio 5m) & rolz&Sassy Ring Sling (Oh and the totally awesome chair [but in PINK] came from CSNStores.com - wicked awesome!)
Now, to some this may seem like a lot. Why on earth do I need two rings slings and two woven wraps? Well, (back to the shoes), why does one need more then one pair of shoes? It's nice to have different lengths (hello kitten heel versus stiletto). It's nice to have a carrier that is dressier (sneakers versus pumps). And it's just nice to have an array of fabrics and colours (seriously, they're like Pringles... once you pop you can't stop!)
I don't think I've gotten S convinced that I need just one more... but if he needs any ideas for a birthday, Mother's Day, Anniversary present... *ahem, wink, wink*
Now, I'm sure some of you are thinking 'What in tarnation! She straps her kids to her... what a hippie!!', actually... it is for my sanity. O is a Clingy-McClingster... he likes to be held. Now I could lay him down and make him 'suck it up' and deal with it (which would result in massive amounts of screaming, which would in turn result in massive amounts of gas, which would result in massive amounts of screaming... I'm sure you get my point). I also have a wild, active and inquisitive 2.5 year old... so it's nice to be able to attend to the Clingster's needs AND colour, play, etc with my other Teeny Tyrant.
I will say that I get a certain kick out of confusing the hell out of people when we're in public... most people are quite receptive, 'Oh he certainly looks snuggly... ', but occasionally I hear super original bits like 'woah, did you know you have a third boob?' (that's right ladies & gentlebeans... I am tri-boobed, thanks for publicly pointing it out!) or 'uhhhh, is that a baby?' (nope, it's a doll... I like to bring my dolls everywhere with me... because I'm just crazy like that).
Side note - I hope everyone finds this posting as ridiculously awesome
I can totally talk about babywearing & carriers until the cows come home, so feel free to comment on this and keep the carrier chatter going (or check out TBW).