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The Day I Doubted My Blog

The Day I Doubted My Blog

DayIDoubtedMyBlog

The Day I Doubted My Blog

A few days ago I found this great blog post by Heather Reese on her blog It’s a Lovely Life called 5 Ways We Can All Stop Those Unhelpful Mom Debates Right Now. I loved it! I can relate in being judged and have felt I may have been judgmental in my own ways during the last 5 years of being a mom. I would like to let others know my opinion, not force my own upon anyone!

I started thinking about how my blog might come across. The title alone is enough to make me nervous now regarding this.  I would hate for anyone to think I am judging just by seeing it. The way God intended is referencing the way I believe He intended humanity to live. Meaning as natural as possible in day-to-day life. That He created women’s bodies to have children. That He created everything we need to live and survive already in natural forms to find here on our planet. And so many other aspects. And that is just the start…my About page plainly states it, but I will state it again: This is an informational blog to be used as a resource for others who are interested or have questions about natural living—basically, it is our experiences and “results” from our choice to live as naturally as possible.

To be clear, we understand that not everyone will agree and that these lifestyle choices are not always a viable option. There is a time and place for intervention, hospitals, doctors, western medicine and all that territory. I believe God gave us all those too. They are not to be disclaimed. They are just not our first choice. If we can find a natural way to do it (i.e. homeopathic, herbal, holistic, etc.) we will try that route first.

Here is a list of many things we have had the privilege to have done or be a part of regarding natural living.

Pregnancies, Birth and Children: prenatal care with a midwife through a birthing center for all pregnancies; midwife assisted home births, all water births; prenatal and pediatric chiropractic; breastfeeding; baby-wearing; cloth diapering (only our youngest); amber teething necklaces.

Health, Supplements and Medical: essential oils; herbal teas; herbal tinctures; natural antibiotics (colloidal silver, coconut oil, honey, etc.); natural healing and immunity support and function from food (lemons, herbs, garlic, apple cider vinegar, cranberries; oat, fennugreek, nuts and so on for lactation); homeopathic first aids; homemade tooth powder; homemade yogurt (pro-biotic digestion).

Other aspects that I have blogged about are resources that I also want to share my experiences with and include: Travel; sleep and co-sleep; getting involved in local activities (libraries and fall festivals); and I will hopefully soon post some blogs about our new adventures in Homeschooling….stay tuned!

My Resources and Networking page also has about six different links to people, places or products that I have had the privilege of interacting with. Check them out, too.

What about you? Had any experiences with judgmental people? Or any experience with natural living? I would love to hear any thoughts!

Success!

Success!

So we started implementing our plan for Kaelan to sleep in his crib.  It has gone well.  We put him through his bedtime ritual of bath, breastfeed and burp.  Then we sing to him and put him in his crib for the night.  He seems to go to sleep just fine!  Most of the time this is before Miranda goes to bed for the night as well.  We start him before or by the time she begins eating her dinner.  She then does her ritual as well; bath, breastfeed and down in the crib with a song.  They have practiced going to sleep at the same time as well.  In fact, she seemed to go to sleep before him on that occasion.

Now he sleeps from about 6 pm to about 3 am.  He is then fed again and I just tried last night putting him in the crib again.  It took a bit of time for him to sleep again, but he did.  He’s been waking up in the mornings some time between 5:30 and 6 am.  So–so far so good!!! 🙂

The Little Co-Sleeper

The Little Co-Sleeper

Our son, Kaelan, is now 4 months old.  He has slept with us in our bed since he was born.  We had done the exact same thing with his older sister, Miranda, from the time she was born until she was 4 months old.  Then we began to train her to sleep in her crib through the night.  Starting her there in the evenings after her bedtime ritual and bringing her in with us when we would settle for the night was the beginning.  Gradually she went to one feeding a night and I would breastfeed her in the night and return her to her crib.  Went ok and had a bit of a trial with letting her “cry herself to sleep” (only because we had a hard time not going in to her).  But eventually it smoothed into a great arrangement.  Now she has no problems with going down for naps or the night.  Unless she’s overtired which is another subject altogether.

Enter the scene comes Kaelan.  They will have to share a room and we already have his crib placed and ready.  Now will come the tricky part of them learning to sleep in the same room.  It was no problem when Miranda was alone to rise in the night to deal with her.  The issue will be when he starts staying through the night, will she wake up and be unable to return to sleep when we deal with her younger brother?  Will she sleep like a rock and not even stir?  Will she demand to be breastfed as well and keep her brother awake if we refuse her?  We have come up with a starting strategy: start him sleeping in our own room after his bedtime ritual and then breastfeed him when we go to sleep (which is when he wants to feed again anyway).  Then place him his crib for the night.  When he cries in the night for a feeding, we will oblige.  My husband will soothe and deal with big sister while I will breastfeed and change little brother’s diaper.  Hopefully we will be able to send them both back to sleep without any problems….we shall see and I will keep you all updated!