My new “normal” or Why I’m a hippie to my parents

Because:

  • Attachment Parenting: The baby-wearing and whatnot was totally contrary to everything they’ve known. At some point in Olive’s early months, I heard various things from different family members from You’ll spoil her from carrying her all the time to You’ll never get her to sleep in her own bed. When I first read info on AP, I’ll admit was was skeptical. But seeing as how I didn’t really have a frame of reference, I gave it a shot. Then I immersed myself in it. And I loved it. Probably the reason why no one in my house is locked in a loony bin.
  • (Somewhat) extended breastfeeding: Olive and I did this for fifteen months. Strange to many at the time, glad to see it starting to normalize somewhat. She’s happy, healthy and independent. That’s what boobs are for, right?
  • Cloth diapering: addictive. Got the day care on board. Has helped significantly with potty training. Washing them wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.
  • Organic gardening: Because this shit is expensive at the store. And, we’ll have healthy eats all the time! Not to mention, instant science and social lessons for the wee ones.
  • Herbal remedies: It’s how I grew up. Sure science has helped with medication. But, if natural is better, why not? Got the sniffles? Eat some garlic. Got an ear ache? Warm up some garlic in olive oil. Boom. This coming from parents who forget that my grandparents would take me to a Curandera.
  • Delivering in a birth center: Been there, done that at the hospital. Hated being trapped in bed because of the medication that was likely not necessary.

    is there a baby in there?

    We had no issues, other than her taking her sweet time. Oh, and having to stay an extra 3 days because the on-call Pedi would see us LAST, yeah. That’s another reason I don’t want that again. I’m looking forward to the San Antonio BC experience.

  • My politics: I’m a bleeding-heart liberal.
  • My lack of religion: A non-issue, but perplexing to them nonetheless. Baptism? Nope.
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    Today is 31-Weeks – Nine Weeks Til Tater Arrives. More or less. YOInkS!

    I’ve found that I haven’t obsessed as much with getting her room ready. I hear that happens with Second Baby. Just need some curtains and a place to sit. Olive’s room is finally shaping up. Picked up some color-coordinated prints for both, and that’s made a huge difference.

    Now, if the last few curtains can get hung and last few boxes unpacked…Oh, and if the Keebler Elves could come and cook/clean everyday. Kthanx.

    22 thoughts on “My new “normal” or Why I’m a hippie to my parents

    1. Ha! My mother used to call me “earth mother” behind my back because I did all of these things and more. And I’m so glad I did (especially Attachment Parenting, in general)–I have two loving, secure, healthy teenagers now!
      #SITSblogging
      By the way, your link isn’t right on the page I have from SITS Comment Love, so you might want to let them know!

      • Thank you! Being the first in my circle to have a baby and experience these things has been tough. Thankfully, the internet has helped forge great connections and teach me a few things!

    2. Well, you are a mama after my own heart! I too am one of those “modern hippies” with the attachment parenting, cloth diapers, breastfeeding and all. The only thing I don’t do is garden because I just don’t have the aptitude for it. I try every year. I do. And every single year I’ve failed. Last year, none of my seeds even made it past seedlings. :(

      • Don’t give up! There are so many variables (location, water, soil). It takes practice. I basically interrogated people at local nurseries and worked through trial and error. Working on a garden post right noW

    3. I’m pretty much a hippie too. And organic gardening is no joke. I get a little better each year… I did cloth diapers, loved wearing my baby. Breastfeeding… well, that was a different story. I am envious of those who could do it – I just don’t produce much and it was not a pleasant situation. But I did pump for a year with my 2nd and almost that long with my 3rd.

      • We each do what we can for our kids, right? I try not to beat myself up about it when I don’t feel “successful”, but I’m reminded by others that we define our success. Being happy and healthy is what counts. :-)

    4. How amazing that you got your daycare on board with your diapers! That is no small thing. I love my cloth and extended breastfeeding, as well as a few other things you mentioned. Some say that makes me a hippie, but I think I’m just willing to think outside the box a little bit, and I definitely have a strong frugal streak.

      • Thank you!
        Fortunately, one of the head teachers was much older, so she understood the benefits/frugality of cloth and BF. It’s the little things that feel so supportive sometimes.

    5. My views are almost identical to yours- my family thinks I’m crazy. Luckily my husband is always supportive. I just always listened to my instincts with both my kids and it seemed so much more relaxed and less stressful than what I saw other moms going through. <3

      #SITSBlogging

    6. I can totally relate. I am all of those things too but my mom was a hippie so she gets and encourages me. Just keep on keepin’ on! I think you’re doing everything right ;)

    7. For a moment there I thought I was reading a snippet about myself… a lot of similar life stuff going on there. I feel like a lot of people see me as some “hippie” or whatever, but I’ve just decided to embrace it and keep doing what I want to do. We all have our own way. Glad to know I’m not the only one out there that lives in a similar way.

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