While Katja was in the NICU, the nurses could not keep her wrapped. They would swaddle her tightly and, within five minutes, her arms would be free. We tried to put her into a Miracle Blanket and she got her feet loose and screamed loudly about not being able to free her arms. When I tuck her in for bed, I swaddle her and then tuck another blanket around her to hold her a little more securely. I can tell when she is waking up because she makes funny little grunting sounds. She never starts yelling for food/attention/a diaper change until after she has her arms free, and she grunts as she works at it.
She does, however, like being held, and if she has gas, sometimes the only way to help is to hold her closely. This limits my ability to do things like feed the dog, wash dishes, or type, since all of those work much better with two hands. One handed typing, for me, tends to be somewhat along the lines of e. e. cummings because capital letters are just too difficult. This irritates me slightly, as I much prefer to use correct capitalization.
Some friends of mine from work gave us a gift certificate to the baby store with the backwards R in its name, so I stopped in after work today and picked up a Moby wrap. I can now hold Katja in her preferred position (close to my chest) and I still have hands free to keep up with the rest of life a little bit more. While I certainly enjoy sitting on the couch with a baby in my arms, I also feel as if I should be keeping up on other things, too, and now I have that option.
There will still be significant amounts of time spent curled up on the couch, don’t get me wrong. It’s just nice to have options, and she seems completely happy in the wrap, as evidenced by the fact that she is quite soundly asleep in the wrap, head on my chest, as I merrily type away.
Sometimes the little things can make a huge difference.