This may come as a big surprise to you all, but...I'm kind of an emotional person.
But what can I say? I love traditions. I love meaningful things. I love "things" or mementos or treasures or articles of clothing that have a story tied to them. (Remember the Traveling Maternity Shirt?)
"Who/what is Fiona?" you say?
Let me start at the beginning.
Back when I found out I was pregnant, I hesitantly joined The Bump, one of many choices for pregnancy websites. I found my Birth Month message board (June 2013) and kind of held it at arms length for a while. However, sharing a pregnancy with strangers who will delight in your ever-growing bump with you and get SUPER excited about milestones (V-day, etc.) when everyone in your life who isn't pregnant just kind of smiles and nods....it was nice to have that group.
Late in the pregnancy, a smaller group of us formed a Facebook group (I'd tell you our name, but then I'd have to kill you. The first rule about the June 2013 Moms Group is that you don't talk about the June 2013 Moms Group) and quickly began to get close to each other. We anxiously awaited each June baby (some decided to make early appearances!), and we were there for each other literally 24/7 (you'd probably not be surprised to hear that there were some middle-of-the-night WHY IS MY BABY STILL CRYING?! type posts) during those bleary-eyed newborn stages. We celebrated each milestone and, just recently, we celebrated and cried nostalgic tears with each other as we cheered each baby's first birthday and each Mama's first Birth Day celebration.
These women are amazing.
Now, back to Fiona.
As you may remember, I got pretty into babywearing, thanks in large part to these amazing women (I bought my first wrap from one of them, and have borrowed many more from others).
One of the traveling wraps was Fiona. Fiona is a woven wrap made by Pavo Textiles, and it's a fuchsia Etini. One of the June mamas sent Fiona traveling in order to break her in ("breaking in" means making the wrap softer and more easily wrapped with than it is brand new in the bag). MANY June mamas were on the list to play with Fiona for a week. I lucked out and got her just in time for Christmas:
I absolutely loved seeing Fiona's travels...knowing that this one wrap was carrying all of these babies. That women I had grown to love and trust were wrapping their cranky, sleepy, teething, clingy, lovey-dovey babies with the same wrap.
I mean seriously, though, isn't that kind of a beautiful thing??
Anyway, when Fiona returned home, she was offered for sale (with what we call "buyback dibs") by the owner. We all knew we wanted to keep Fiona in the "family." LONG STORY SHORT (too late), the owner and I spoke and she offered to split the wrap with me, and have two ring slings made by a professional converter.
Well...my half arrived today.
As soon as I put Z (cranky, clingy and feverish as he gets over an ear infection) in the sling, he rested his head on my chest and sighed. I got huge tears in my eyes and was barely able to snap this picture before I got ugly-cry-face going.
It's not just that it's a wrap. A beautiful one, at that. It's also that this wrap has carried many of the 2013 Junebugs. It's been lovingly re-folded and packed and shipped all over the U.S.
And...if I'm being honest...it's also that the owner was willing to do this for me on a payment schedule that works for us. I'm lucky to have one wrap at all, and it just isn't prudent for us to spend money on more when my beautiful Indio is so versatile for us.
...but she knew how much Fiona means to me. She knows I'm one of the sappiest people ever, and her generosity, patience and kindness make me get all teary all over again.
I don't have many and will probably never have a large wrap stash. But the ones I have are definitely perma-stash. They will be in my home long after my baby (babies, possibly...some day) is past the wrapping years. Because they mean a lot to me, and they carry stories as well as babies.
Welcome home, Fiona. We'll do you proud.