International Babywearing Conference: Des Moines, Iowa, 2018

This year, the Babywearing Conference was in Des Moines. Once Robert had gotten over his shock that I was, in fact, planning on dragging the entire family to Iowa, he got into the spirit of it and we had a great three-day weekend hanging out with friends from Oregon, California, Kansas, Missouri, Maryland, Illinois, and New York. Downtown Des Moines had some surprisngly delicious and funky restaurants (not pictured here, but very notable, is Tacopocalypse, with its Korean fried chicken burrito and scrambled egg, chorizo, and tater tot burrito topped with sausage gravy), and between outings to the Science Center and a pioneer-era restoration town, interspersed with some babywearing sessions and some good long swims in the hotel pool, we all had a great time. The only negative was having to say goodbye--Samantha took it especially hard, as she'd really enjoyed playing with Elise and Maddie in particular.


Comfort Inn hotel breakfasts:


Iowa Science Center:


Outdoor pianos:


Splashing in the fountain in downtown Des Moines:


Zombie Burger one night (peach milkshakes with cake crumbs and graham cracker crumbs, fruity pebbles milkshakes with marshmallow sauce, all-you-can-eat pickles for Marcus (until they cut him off...), poutine, and a burger with chicken-fried bacon, fried cheese curds, fried pickles and ranch dressing!):


Hurt's Donuts one day:


Living History Farms:



Dean of Juggling juggling show:


Playgrounds of Iowa:


Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge:


Mahalo Mini Donuts and Coffee (Robert got a blend of banana, peanut butter, and chocolate coffee):


Pappajohn Sculpture Park:


At Fong's Pizza for lunch--mozzarella sticks in egg roll wrappers, and pizza with cream cheese, crab sticks, scallions, and sweet chili sauce ("Crab Rangoon Pizza")

Wrap scrap crafting:


At the conference itself:

(photo credit Libby and Adam)




Earlier conferences: DC 2012, Atlanta 2016


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