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THE SLING DIARIES: CONNECTION

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Connection

Manhattan to Brooklyn to Queens to the Bronx, downtown to midtown to uptown to the park, the past to the present to our future dreams, head to shoulders to knees to toes.. the connections in her life run deep.  Born in a tenement apartment in New York City, she had no family close except for her Mama and Papa- well her Mama and her Papa and eight million others.  From our dear friends who watch her grow and guide her along the way, to our neighbors whom we greet in the hall and bake cookies for at the holidays, to the train conductor who drives her around on the subway, to the deli guy who makes her bagel with cream cheese, this is her village. 

She rides along, wrapped up like a gift on my hip, as we walk over the Brooklyn Bridge.  She eagerly waves and says "Hieeeeey!" to passing pedestrians and bicyclists. In the middle of the bridge, a man with a scarf around his head sells water and soda from a cooler, blasting smooth jazz from a boombox. Biet begins to dance enthusiastically and sing along.  She reaches out her small hand to touch every single brick and bar along the way, pausing for a moment each time to take in the texture. I want to tell her about how the brave workers used their own hands to lay these pieces of rock and metal when they built this bridge over a century ago. I want to tell her about the millions and millions of New Yorkers before her who have walked this same path over the East River.  I want to tell her about how something as magnificent as The Brooklyn Bridge was at one time just somebody's crazy dream to connect Brooklyn and Manhattan, until it became real.  I want to tell her that she too can make all of her dreams, no matter how wild they might be, come true just the same. 

But instead we walk, and marvel, and breathe the fresh air.  We stop to nurse on a bench and a woman pushing a baby carriage nearly walks past us.  Then she pauses and hesitantly walks back to the bench.  She sits next to us and lifts her four month old son out of the carriage, putting him to her chest to nurse as well. She tells us that she wasn't sure if she should feed him out in the open on the bridge, but then she saw Biet sucking away and felt at ease.  And I think of how we inspired that woman and her little babe. 

Moments and connections, just like this one, are woven together to become the raw fabric of our city life.  I know that Biet will melt a million hearts and inspire a million smiles and build countless lifelong connections throughout her childhood here.  We stop in the center of the bridge and turn back to admire the skyline.  She drapes her arm over my shoulder and I am consumed with the love of the most primal connection of all, that of a mother and a child. She is my everything.

I point my finger towards the buildings rising against the blue sky and I tell her, "Baby girl, do you see that over there? That is yours. All yours."  And it is.  It is all of ours. 


This post is the second installment of the Sakura Bloom Sling Diaries. You can see all previous entries here.  I am wearing the Essential Silk Sling in Midnight Pebble


35 COMMENTS:

  1. Such beautiful words! And those images of you and your beautiful babe and your belly are simply stunning! What a delightful day you had. And so lovely that your feeding inspired another Mumma to feed her baby out and about. Well done you! Wishing you a magnificent Wednesday.
    Steph :) x
    thisbrownwren.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Steph! I love always seeing your sweet comments on my posts!
      Its funny how comfortable you get over time nursing in public. I was so shy about it at first, but now I'll feed my babe anywhere. I hope my modesty doesn't go completely out the window when I am tandem nursing two!
      :)

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  2. Rest assured your words and Biet's smile are already inspiring a girl all the way in Australia. Have a great a week!

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    1. You're so sweet! Thank you for reading all the way from Australia!

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  3. slings are so awesome! i always used them when i was babysitting my little bud and had to push the stroller of his little sister

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    1. I am loving the sling! It takes so much weight off of your arms and back!
      I am even looking to get Biet a little baby doll with a sling so that she can still feel included when I am carrying the new baby boy.

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  4. Beautiful. The words, the pictures, everything. You are such a soulful blogger/writer!

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    1. This comment means so much to me Lauren, thank you!

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  5. How do you manage carrying Biet?! My daughter is 20 lbs and I struggle just holding her in my arms yet alone putting her in a sling. Please share your secret ; )

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    1. It takes me awhile to get the sling on and adjusted, but once she is in I find it so much easier than carrying her with my arms. I wrap her really tight up high above my bump, so she is not squeezing around my belly, and I pull the sling fabric up under her bottom all the way up to her bent knees to create a little seat. Then the sling pretty much holds all of her weight instead of my hips.
      I found the Sakura Bloom instructional videos really helpful!

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  6. This is beautiful. We live in Boston and, having grown up in the country, I always struggle against city life. I flea to our community garden or the mountains of New Hampshire whenever I can, but your love of the city and the power that you see there for your little one is inspiring me... perhaps lunch in town and a trip to the museum tomorrow.

    xo Lilly

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    1. Go for it Mama Smith!
      I also have an affinity for the country, but feel a deep connection to city life. I have always felt this way. The city gets such a bad rap, but I find true beauty in all of the dirt and the bustle and the chaos. To each her own, I guess.
      Its funny because reading your blog always makes me want to run off upstate and learn to live off the land. Your love of nature shines through so bright!

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  7. I was on the Brooklyn bridge the day your family was taking these photos, i did watch for a second as you all smiled together! I was too shy to say hello, but felt lucky to have seen you all! it was a lovely day and the photos really show that, lovely!

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    1. Naomi! I wish you had come to say Hi! You are the first person to ever recognize me from this blog- I feel so special! I would have loved to chat and introduce you to Biet!

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  8. This was a beautiful post to read today. I've never walked over the Brooklyn Bridge ever and I live in Queens. I always tell myself one day and I think this post has convinced me that that one day should be closer than I think. :)

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    1. The Brooklyn Bridge is great because you start on one side down by the majestic bustling city hall, and end up in Brooklyn by the carousel and the Brooklyn ice cream factory. Its really picturesque! The only thing is that some of the walkways on the bridge are really old and therefore really narrow, so it can get crowded! But its worth it! All of the bridges have their own personality and are great to walk over- do them all!

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