Feb 25, 2013

Five Things I wish I knew About Parenting Before Becoming a Mother

Here are the 5 things I wish I knew about parenting before becoming a mother, but we learn from experience right?

1. Birth Doesn't Always go as Planned. I had a pretty distinct idea of what the birth experience would be like and what I wanted to happen during labor and delivery with my son, but not everything went as planned. I can't complain too much, because things certainly could have been worse and my son and I are were both healthy.

2. Breastfeeding is Harder than it Looks. I wouldn't do anything differently with breastfeeding looking back because my goal was to breastfeed exclusively until around 2 years of age and I accomplished that. I am very pleased with myself that I did not give up when it was the easy solution. It's harder than I thought it would be. I thought everything would come naturally and there would be no problems, but I wasn't prepared for biting and the challenge of getting my son to sleep through the night without nursing so I could finally get some sleep.

3. You Won't Have all the Answers and You're not Alone. I thought if I read enough books about infant and toddler development, I would be prepared for what I would have to deal with as it came, but I quickly learned that all babies and toddlers have unique personalities and develop at different rates. Some of the things I read really didn't work for us and there's been plenty of times where I've thought, "I don't know what to do.", but I've also realized we learn a lot as we go through experience and other parents don't have all the answers either.

4. The "text book" baby/toddler/kid might not be your kid. I did a lot of reading before and after my son was born and I've realized there's no one size fits all solution for most challenges parents face. Some things suggested went against my parenting views and others my son just wasn't going for.

5. Everyone has Something to Say on What you do as a Parent. It's one of the most annoying things I think parents face is the "I know everything" attitude from other parents, even strangers, even people with no children! It seems like everyone has something to say about what you're doing. For instance, if you breastfeed your child past 1, you're sick and you'll breastfeed them until they are 10 (I've been told this). Then there's someone there to tell you that if you encourage weaning instead of letting your child completely self wean, you are a bad mother and your breastfeeding efforts aren't good enough (I've heard this too). You just can't win when it comes to pleasing everyone else.

What do you wish you knew about parenting before becoming a parent?

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May 16, 2012

Wood N' Expressions Wooden Block Stacker {Giveaway Winner}

The winner of the customized wooden block stacker from Wood n' Expressions and the boo boo bags made by me is

Nikki M. 
(who has been notified by email and has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen)


Thank you to everyone who entered. Be sure to check out my current giveaways for your chance to win. 

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WAHM Wednesday: Red Letter Ink Plus a Giveaway!

I would like to introduce you to a work at home mom business, Red Letter Ink run by stay at home mom, Aimee Libby. Aimee has always had a passion for art, using her creativity while helping out in her community. She majored in graphic design and left her in-house corporate graphic designer job after the birth of her second child when her oldest daughter was diagnosed with a neurological disorder. Luckily, Aimee was able to work as a freelance graphic designer while juggling family life and weekly doctor's appointments.

Aimee had always dreamed of creating artwork grounded in scripture and she was able to make that dream a reality when she created her second business, Red Letter Ink. She began selling her prints on Etsy after talking to a friend who was already selling on Etsy who helped her get started.

Here are some examples of Aimee's work.

Be sure to check out all of the great prints that Aimee creates at Red Letter Ink and connect with Aimee on Facebook and Twitter.

Plus Aimee has generously offered Naturally Healthy Parenting readers the chance to win the 8x10 print from her shop, Red Letter Ink, of their choosing. The winner will be able to choose a print that does not require customization. Open to U.S. residents 18+. The giveaway ends June 5th, 2012. Enter on the rafflecopter form below. Thanks for entering and good luck.
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May 10, 2012

Premastication: Bird Feeding Baby?

I recently caught part of an interview with Alicia Silverstone defending a video she posted on YouTube of her bird feeding her baby. Premastication or bird feeding is, as I'm sure you have already guessed, the act of chewing up food and then feeding it to your baby either by dropping it directly in their mouths or with your fingers.

Apparently the video received a lot of attention and a lot of negative feed back. I guess I'm a little surprised that it was made into such a big controversy. I have never fed my son my chewed up food, but I guess I didn't think it was that uncommon or really that big of a deal.

I understand it seeming unsanitary because of the bacteria in a person's mouth, but Alicia Silverstone is a nursing mother so one would assume that her baby has already been exposed to those germs and protected because of the antibodies in breast milk so I doubt it is going to make this child sick or cause any harm.

I do wonder though, if this is the primary way of feeding a baby for some parents, would it have an effect on the development of skills that children learn while learning to self feed?

Then, of course, there's just the thought that you can offer soft foods or make your own purees rather than chew up food for your baby.

But I also wonder, are children who are fed this way more open to trying new foods and more interested in the foods because of the very direct involvement of a parent in the process?

It seems like there may be both pros and cons for premastication or bird feeding and I'm sure there are a lot of people who do this at least some of the time. 

What are your thoughts on bird feeding with Infants?

May 9, 2012

Carry Me Please Free Event for Bloggers

Bloggers sign up for this free event. Sign ups close May 10th. This event will run from May 12 - May 26th.  Prize will be the winners choice of an Ergo or Pikkolo Baby Carrier. 

Bloggers receive one free link (Pinterest, RSS, Facebook, Twitter) and the event is completely free. You just have to post about sign ups and post the HTML for the post when the giveaway goes live. 

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