In Dakar, the Senegalese call anyone with white skin 'toubabs'. (pronounced like two-bubs). Last week Yvonne and Monique told me it was time to 'get rid of that toubab thing'. They were talking about the Baby Bjorn that I use, a front backpack style baby carrier.
So, after going to the market and picking out fabric, Yvonne and Monique helped me get the boys on my back African style. According to them, they say carrying babies this way makes for a stronger spine, better head control, and has babies sitting up and walking faster than any other baby. Hmmmmmm, not sure if I believe that. But one thing that is for sure, is that Laird and Dylan LOVED being carried this way. I think it's because the way their bodies fit in the fabric is reminiscent of the way they were in the womb; it brings them comfort, the constant motion of mama moving around is relaxing, and it makes them feel safe.
But don't tell Yvonne and Monique that.
And then someone came home from work and wanted to try it too. Yvonne and I have never laughed so hard.