Success! I am wearing the baby and he is SLEEPING. I had to get a baby k’tan in the next size up (they say it’s sized for you, but I don’t think they’re taking giant mutant babies into account), and the first time we tried it even in that size, he started screaming. This morning I gave it a try after he’d been sleeping on my shoulder for about 15 minutes, and after a little fussing, he settled back down. The only thing I can’t get him to do, though, is turn his head to the side. He’s in the hug position, so he’s centered in front of me, facing me, with his head in the middle of my chest. And since he won’t turn his head, he basically has his nose smashed into my sternum. Not the greatest for sleeping, but he’s managing it. Hopefully one successful nap will get him used to the feeling and we’ll be able to use it more often, sleeping and awake. So far, I’ve been able to pour myself coffee, get the creamer out of and back into the fridge, and sit down at the table with my laptop. I did have to get help from John to get a mug – the shoulders of this thing are pinning my arms to my sides a bit, and I can’t reach above my head. Still, having both hands available is pretty great.
On the other hand, it’s kind of like being pregnant again, except the baby weighs twice as much and he has a tendency to cry.