Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A different post

The kids are fine and doing nothing different so I thought maybe a different kind of post was in order today.  Let's talk about parenting.  Parenting by far is one of the hardest jobs you will ever come across.  Every decision we make for or with our kids has an impact on their lives.  From breastfeeding/formula feeding, cloth diapers/disposable diapers, to vaccinate or not, to circumcise or not, to co-sleep or not, to let them cry it out or not, everything we do from day 1 of their little lives has an impact.  Now everyone has their own personal opinions on all the things I mentioned above, and that's ok, that is exactly what makes the world go round.  All I ask of every parent in this world is to take the time and make an effort to know exactly why you are making the decision you are.  Hopefully you'll have a better answer then because so and so did it and their kid is fine. :-)

My parenting: When I had Jaylin I was 19 years old.  I co-slept a little for the first month or so, did not breastfeed, and didn't sleep train til close to 9 months and it was 1 night.  She was fully vaccinated from day 1, and I honestly never read a book about parenting in my life.  I was 28 when I had Marcus.  Lots of time, maturing and growing up had taken place between kid 1 and kid 2.  I am a completely different mother now then I was even 3 years ago.  I have made it my mission in life to be educated about things like vaccines, and food preservatives.  I guess it helps that M is an extremely "difficult different" child then Jay was.  Different in a good way of course.  M was breastfeed for about 7 weeks, co-slept for a good while, I wear him even now at 30lbs, and I would love to have some cloth diapers, but being as he is over 2 it would be stupid to buy some now.  When you know better, hopefully you do better.  More then likely a 3rd child is not in the cards for myself and I'm at peace with that.  However if I do have a 3rd child I can tell you a few things right now.  I will have a med free natural labor (maybe even at home), that child will not be circumcised or vaccinated (at least for a long time if at all) I will make it a goal to make sure that child is breastfeed for at least a year, and I will for sure be purchasing some cute little cloth diapers.  In fact I have a friend who was a store selling cloth diapers, slings, and much more.  If you don't know about Cloth and Carry check it out here.  


  1. It's really interesting to read your blog! I'm sure I'll learn a lot for when the time comes that I'm a parent :)

  2. So true! My first son received all of his vax's until around 6 months and I started doing research. Attachment Parenting was all new to me but luckily was what I did naturally. I was lucky to have connections to other mommas online where I learned about proper babywearing, nursing, Extended rear facing, cloth diapering, etc, etc!

    I second the "Cloth and Carry" as a great store!
    Neysa (Anchors) Mason's mommy

  3. Holy crap people actually read my blog!!! LOL Thanks so much ladies! Lisa - you will be an awesome mommy and your time is coming soon. ;-)