I finnished my sling!! Before I actually put Ezekiel in it, I wore it around with a bag of potatoes and a bag of rice to get used to the way it feels. Let me just tell you.....
Zeke LOVES this thing!!
I'm happy with the way it turned out, especially for my first try. I ordered 5 more sets of rings because I know about a katrillion pregnant people who will be wanting baby gifts, and I want a second.. third.... fourth one for myself. I think I will have to order more rings.
This one is made of two layers of plain old cotton. It is in theory reversable, although I think I prefer the brown being on the outside (except the brown tends to gather lint). I made it 30" wide by 2.5 yards long, which was the largest size according to the directions. I think for the next one I will make it 26" wide, as the pleated area is so large it either inhibits the use of my left arm or cuts into my neck, depending on how it's worn. I am happy with the length, though-- I like the long tail. I think I will also make future slings with just one layer of heavier material instead of two layers of medium weight material-- this one is a little bulky (although it's getting broken in).
Ezekiel does not want to be put down. He wants to be in this thing all the time-- I'm wearing him right now as I type! And he's sleeping! We tend to get a little sweaty in the sling, so he's just in his diaper. I'm a little worried that he will sleep all day and then be up all night- as it is, he likes to be awake from about 3-5am. I'm glad he's so happy in this thing, because (at least the last few days) he seems to be kind of a fussy baby. He's rarely content to just hang out with himself. Now he can hang out with me! We're totally portable! Well, within the 25 feet of his oxygen tube, that is. :) Here is an awesome website about baby wearing!
Alright he's getting hungry- bye!