MovNat and Nutritious Movement with a Crawling Baby

Last January, I did a two week MovNat challenge on instagram with my then 9-month-old. Each day I filmed myself doing the assigned movements, with the added challenge of carrying and/or caring for my baby.

I came across MovNat through my favourite biomechanist, Katie Bowman, whose message is that we don’t get enough “movement nutrients” in our modern lifestyle and our bodies and minds are suffering for it in all kinds of fascinating ways.

MovNat is one system designed to help restore our ability to do functional movement. I felt pretty beat up after having a baby, and in need of some restorative movement. What’s more natural and functional than carrying a baby?

Katie Bowman has shared a few things about natural movement for (and with) babies, including a couple videos of her own kids (1, 2, 3), and a talk on Paleo Parenting that persuaded me to carry my baby in arms as much as possible.

For example, while doing a MovNat challenge.

Anyway. I really like how these videos turned out. Enjoy!

New nephew!

My mother-in-law, Darlene, and I drove down to visit the mystery Rizzo-Lester baby in Glendale yesterday. Darlene brought food to feed the new Ma & Pa, who had just got back from the hospital the day before. We spent the visit listening to the story of his birth and admiring him and the new parents. It was such an honour. His name is Julian and he was five days old.

Julian Ely & Julian Darlene & Julian Christina and Julian Julian and I


Quilt for a mystery baby

I just finished a quilt for my second niece or nephew, who is in the late stages of gestation as we speak. We drove down to Pasadena for the baby shower over the weekend.

After the shower we picked avocados and meyer lemons from the our hostess’ backyard trees and did some weeding in Ely and Christina’s backyard. It was nice to get our hands in some lush biomass for a change.