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Jun 20, 2011 - 6 comments

It is so strange how things change from prepregnancy, during pregnancy and after delivery. Before and even during pregnancy I was very much go with the flow (as I am now) but thought it was strange when people breastfed past one year, wasn't committed to breastfeeding (whatever happened happened), all sorts of things.

Now I'm a babywearer (love my Moby wrap), exclusively breastfeed and am very passionate about the cause, was confident I would be having a medicated delivery but when the epidural failed I was amazed that I was able to do it all on my own drug free not even moaning or screaming. The pain was not bad at all and I was happy and talking through the whole thing. Now I prefer to use organic products on my child, we co sleep (never thought that would happen), I'm making all of Ellie's baby food...  All sorts of things I never thought that I either could do or would do. It's truly amazing how things change once baby is here.

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by Clysta, Jun 20, 2011
I know what you mean. I think people would call us "crunchy", lol.

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by adgal, Jun 20, 2011
Lol...crunchy..that's funny.

You know, it is interesting how things are never quite what we imagined.  All the things you are doing?  That is exactly what I thought I would be doing.  Had it all planned.  Cloth diapers, home made baby food, breastfeed minimum a year..oh, and never ever allow my child to so much as see a tv set until he was 3 (I read some article that said how it can damage them or something).  I was also going to have an unmedicated natural delivery.

My reality?  You are my hero!!!!  I just couldn't do all that..oh and I tried. First I had to have an emergency c section as my little man's heart rate was dropping and he was in trouble.  I wound up having to give up nursing when I was diagnosed with an extreme anxiety disorder 5 months post partum.  The meds I had to take to feel anywhere near normal just weren't good for him.  Cloth diapers?  That lasted exactly 3 diaper changes.  Home made baby food?  I just couldn't seem to get in a routine that allowed me time.  I did about 1/2 and 1/2 instead of all as planned.  And TV?  Yep, I admit it.  I let him watch cartoons while I get ready for work in the morning.

Sigh...I have come to the conclusion that I was a far better parent before I actually became  

I think what you are doing is fantastic.  It is truly amazing how parenthood changes us. And no matter what the circumstances or what we choose to do or not do...we sure all love those little bundles.  I have some regrets I guess, and I really do mean it when I say I admire all that you are doing.  Good for you!!  

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by SunWorshiper_26, Jun 21, 2011
Clysta lol yeah I think we are "crunchy" haha :)

Adgal, you are so sweet thank you. I swore up and down that I would be drugged as much as possible during labor lol. Still not into the cloth diapers but only because I HATE doing laundry lol but I really did consider it!  I'm hoping that homemade baby food works out but if not it's ok. But hey your little one is doing just fine, in the big picture it doesn't matter if we use cloth diapers or we let our kid watch tv because they are loved and love is more powerful than anything else :)

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by rbohl01, Jun 21, 2011
I know exactly what you mean about being more natural with things. My favorite thing is cloth diapering. I, like you hate doing laundry but surprisingly I love washing all of Lyla's diapers. They are super cute and I love stuffing them after they dry. Me and my daughter Paige rotate them in the laundry basket so her favorites are on top =) Although I am not breastfeeding I do plan on making Lyla's food when it is time for her to have it. THe food I have bought for her is all organic stuff. I am also a baby wearer =) I love my babyhawk sooooo much!!! Having a baby has definitely changed me and my outlook on things.
Definitely loving it <3

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by Clysta, Jun 21, 2011
I never thought I would be doing the things I am now. All my ideas were "alien" to my family. We followed the typical set of ideas growing up. Formula/bottle feeding, buying pre-made baby food, baby sleeps in crib alone, etc. My family thinks I'm crazy, but supports almost everything I do.

I co-sleep (and she's almost 10 months old. I love sleeping with her!!!) I EBF for 8 months, until I was forced to stop, I am a babywearer, I followed baby lead weaning and she eats all tables solids that we give her (does this count as making her food since I cook it? lol), but I couldn't do cloth diapering. I really wanted to, but none of my family supported it and said they would never change Kylie. I'm also looking into home schooling her vs public schooling. I also didn't have a natural birth, though I was signed up to do it. The pain was just too much for me.

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by SunWorshiper_26, Jun 21, 2011
Clysta I've hearts a lot of people doing home schooling recently. We are planning on private Jewish school. I wouldhome school but I want her to learn Hebrew and I don't know it. Plus if I go back to work things would be easier I could probably pull in at least $100,000 a year which would be nice. But until she is in school full time I won't be working full time. I don't want her to have to have a babysitter (not that they are bador I look down on that, I babysat for years!).

My mom cloth diapered and I thought she was crazy but I totally get it now. I don't cloth diaper because I cannot do laundry thanks to my fractured spine.

Yes Clysta I think table food counts :) I'm considering baby led weaning as well though recently she showed interest in eating cake ha fat chance Ellie!

Rb that's awesome you and your daughter do it together, so sweet!!!!

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