Last night Steve and I met up with his cousin who was passing through town on business. We had amazing Indian food, conversation, and laughter and she very generously gifted us with the carrier she used with her own two babes. It's a Bloo Kangaroo and so far (without actually using it yet) I love it. My belly fits nicely where the baby will eventually go. Steve likes that it has buckles, which appeal to the engineer side of his brain. Slings make him a little nervous. They're too simple.
I'm very taken with the prospect of babywearing. It sounds very practical but also incredibly gentle and nurturing. I don't have any memories of being carried myself, although I do know that my mom had a baby backpack type carrier around when I was little. One of those numbers with the rigid metal frame. I think it was gray. I'm very fortunate in that I have access to a local babywearing support group, which is good because I'm nervous about getting the hang of it. There are so many different carriers out there...I'm really interested to hear some perspectives on what worked well for others.