Sakura Bloom Sling Diaries: Connection

Parker loves to be a free man.  The more room to wander, the happier he is.  When he nurses, while we sleep, when I wear him, those are our chances to just be still, to reconnect, to hold him like he's still the little person I had July of 2011 (but he always will be, won't he?).  But I love watching him go, too.  It's as though you can literally see the baby shedding right off of him in layers as he picks up speed, opens his toothy (ten teeth now!) smile, and runs.  How I wish I could put those layers back on sometimes.  But this age, well, it's such a fun one too.  

(And hooold up.  Would you just look at his face in the second picture?!)

When the weather isn't so nice, it's hard for this boy to get his chance to roam.  He needs it.  And, since 'tis the season for well, shopping, I let him stretch his legs at the mall.  He had the hugest smile on his face the entire time.  I foresee many a mall trip in the dead of winter.  

The escalator.  That was a new discovery and a fun one to be sure.  Stairs!  That move!?  He was delighted.  We took it a few times with him secured to me snugly in the sling.  And then, he got to discover it on his own, two feet planted firmly.  Each day brings something new for Parker.  What a world it is for a baby.  

This is my second entry in the Sakura Bloom Sling Diaries.


  1. I've never tried a sling. Thanks for sharing. Love your skirt too, btw!

  2. Gosh, Parker's so cute. I love that toddler age, where kids start really moving on their own, and you can see them learn new things.
    And you're right, the second picture of Parker's face is so cute. I love the last one too, with him standing on the escalator.

  3. 1. i love these pictures
    2. never cut this little man's hair
    3. you two have the same little smirk

  4. Parker exploring is the cutest thing ever. And Ahn is right- you guys do have the same smirk.

  5. do you think i could fit in that thing and you could carry me around in it?

    Agree with Ahn, you two do have the same little smirk.

  6. Oh Gosh that pic where he is looking over his shoulder (3rd pic) I love it!

  7. I love this. When I get pregnant, the Sakura Bloom Sling is the first thing going on my registry!

  8. such a sweet series, that sling diaries!
    and parker. he's just so dang cute! xx

  9. There was a time when Phin was about Parker's age where we went up and down the escalator ten or fifteen times in a row at Barnes and Noble because he was so amazed by it. It was magical.

    Then there was another time, let's call it last Tuesday, that Phin ran/scrambled up the down escalator through people's legs while I chased (well, attempted to chase) because apparently we didn't play with the trains long enough. The same trains we have at home. That time was.... less magical. Coincidentally, that was the same day he told Jared, "We don't say f*ck daddy. That's a bad word. Mommy is so, soooo sorry."

    Kind of wish I had one of those handy dandy slings that day.

    I love Parker's hair! Don't cut it, it'll age him three years. He is still so cute and little.

  10. It really is such a special age. Off to explore the world..with Mumma right behind. So lovely you can still hold him near. I've just found your beautiful blog and I'm off to make a cup of tea and have a lovely potter around. Hope your day is a lovely one
    Steph :)

  11. I love that you still wear him. My babe never cared for the sling, I was so sad about that.

  12. i cannot handle his smile in the second pic!! oh my word, the sweetest. and you're one good lookin mama (:

  13. Love your blog! Parker is sooo cute. Please let me know what little black flats are you wearing. I would like to know. Thanks.

  14. @mellyb, never cutting it!! :) and... that sounds like a trying day. sorry mama :(

    @donna martin, old navy actually!


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