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…Slings to Pants and Babies to Men

Today I took the first two slings that I made nearly 10 years ago and I turned them into ‘lounge’ pants for my two oldest sons. I now have a collection of slings, and I haven’t used these for at least two babies. And we totally fit the stereotype of always doing our homeschool in pajamas. And my boys are rough and quickly get holes in all their pants….

So I took a ring sling that James mostly used with Aslan I and made a pair of pants for Aslan out of the fabric. I never could quite get the hang of wearing a ring sling of this style.


Aslan, 6 days old


Aslan, 2 weeks old, with James.

I took my first favorite sling, just a 15 foot long piece of fabric tied around me, which I’d used for Aslan, Shiloh, and Liesel, and I made a pair of pants for Shiloh. Now I use a Moby, which I prefer because of the stretchiness and the tapered ends. I still have enough fabric left to make a nice receiving blanket for Boots (the name we’ve given to our baby still in utero).


Aslan, 1 month old, and me.


Aslan, about a month old, and me.


Shiloh, 1 1/2 weeks old in the sling, Aslan 13 months old, and me.


Liesel, 3 weeks old. I ate Chinese take out at home with my husband for our 4th anniversary because she would cry if I tried to put her down. I had to pick rice out of her hair when I was done!


Shiloh and Liesel on top of the sling.

Working with that fabric brought back so many memories of when my big kids were babies! It used to be that I would cling to things to remind me of times in the past. I still do that to some extent, but I’ve been getting better. I’ve been decluttering my house and getting rid of a lot of stuff because we need to live in and enjoy our limited space! “People are more important than things,” I tell myself. It feels good have less stuff weighing me down… though I still have a long way to go. I’m happy to be re-purposing my old slings for a new stage in our life, that of having boys growing into men and needing lots of clothes in the process!

Here are my goofy young warriors now:

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Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21

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