Future Mama has a fascinating conversation going on over at her blog. It all started when she visited MommyBee (whose blog I will be stopping by from now on) and heard the term ‘crunchy’. Future Mama started thinking to herself, “Will I be a crunchy mom?” All of her readers left great comments about where they are on the spectrum of crunchiness (from crunchy to chewy to soggy to completely liquefied). It was a great conversation where people shared information without judging each other. It got me to thinking? What kind of mom am I?
I am a chewy mom all the way. I would love to be more crunchy, but my lifestyle (and mindset) doesn’t really permit it. Let’s explore the different aspects of ‘crunchiness’.
Birth – I wanted to have a natural birth both times. I came closest with Jade. I labored without drugs until I was 8cm and then I just didn’t think I had it in me to continue. I wish I had better support because I’m sure I could have done it if I had the right encouragement. With O, I wanted to try again for natural birth. I labored at home until the contractions were two minutes apart for 90 minutes. Then we drove the thirty miles to my hospital. Can you imagine my dismay when I arrived at the hospital and found out that I was only 4cm dilated!!!! I thought for sure that I was ready to push. Epidural, please….now!
Breastfeeding – I nursed Jade until she was 11 months. She bit me one night and I didn’t offer the breast again. She didn’t ask for it anymore, so there you have it. O, is still going strong, three times (or more) per day at 15 months. *sigh*. I will probably let him go until this summer unless he weans himself first.
Co-Sleeping – Jade was in her bed at 4 months and sleeping through the night. 6 nights of crying it out and not one more peep between the hours of 8pm and 6am from her. O on the other hand slept in our bed until he was a year and still gets in our bed after his midnight feedings most nights. Naps in his crib, though.
Diapers – Disposable. With O, I did explore Natural Infant Hygiene and I LOVED it. However, it only worked during those first few weeks when we stayed really close to home. Once we were started getting out of the house and running a bunch of errands it was really, really, REALLY difficult to maintain. I remember one day holding O outside of the car in a mostly deserted parking lot saying, “Ssssss. Pee-pee. Pee-pee. Sssssss.” Yeah….not fun. Had to let that go.
Food – I followed the Super Baby Food book almost to the letter for Jade. I did supplement my efforts with Earth’s Best (before it was purchased by Heinz…ugh). I used it as more of a guideline with O and supplemented with Happy Baby.
Vaccines – With Jade, I was hesitant, but not informed enough to make a decision. I shared my thoughts with my Ped, but allowed her to convince me. I followed the schedule with the sole exception being the MMR and the chicken pox vaccine. With O, I did my research and put my foot down. He only received the vaccines that I wanted him to have.
Let’s see…..I don’t recycle, I plan to homeschool, I shop at consignment stores/sales AND at online (gap, children’s place, etc), I don’t have a garden and sometimes I eat at Chick Fil A.
See, I’m totally chewy. How about you?