|Evey’s first cloth diaper. She’s about a week old.|
I don’t even know how it happened, I’m not overly earthy crunchy myself.
Each decision I have made in parenting has been for my own benefit. I breast feed, because it’s free, also because I think it’s good for her, It’s always ready, and I have no shortage of milk. I still feed on demand (no schedule) because it works best for us, I don’t work so I don’t need to plan feedings, I sometimes try to time them if we have plans, but really she eats what she wants, when she wants.
It also conveniently soothes her, if she gets upset I can nurse her and she calms down and either naps or eats till she is so full and happy she doesn’t remember why she was mad.
I cloth diaper because I was cloth diapered, and because they are so cute nowadays. And washing poop in my washer doesn’t gross me out. Also we have had 2 small diaper rashes in Evey’s 7 months, I think this is due to cloth diapering. I still use paper diapers when I leave the house sometimes, and when we travel, because I don’t want to be driving around with a bunch of pissy diapers in my purse/diaper bag.
I baby wear because I can burn extra calories walking while wearing her. Also she really likes it, I can nurse in it by throwing a blanket over the carrier and no one knows, I fed her numerous times at the folk festival last weekend and I really think no one had any idea.
The co sleeping started as a solution to a sleep strike when Evey was about 4 months old, and it just stuck. I still try to put her to bed in her own bed most nights, but she is almost always in my bed by midnight.
We also practice Baby Led Weaning, a little. We are currently living by the motto
“Food before one is just for fun”
mostly because I think baby food is gross, I don’t want to feed her something I wouldn’t even touch. But I know she’s not ready for mac and cheese and hot dogs, so when we have baby friendly veggies she gets some, I don’t think she has had a real solid food in over a week. So she is still primarily breast fed.
I’m just doing what feels right for me. I don’t plan on breastfeeding forever, I do vaccinate, She will not sleep with me forever.
I also don’t judge, I think if you formula feed that’s fine, if you don’t vaccinate or you delay I don’t judge, sleep training is fine if it works for you. I think as a mom as long as you are doing what you feel right in your heart, and you are doing your best, you are being a great mom.
Go link up to the Mommy Mondays, I gotta run, my baby is crying and it’s her bed time.