So, here I am, 2.5 months later, finally sitting down to write this little blog about why I have yet again disappeared from the Feel Good Foodies scene.
I promise this reason is the best one yet.
First and foremost, I need to say a massive THANK YOU!!!!! To everybody who has sent us love and support over the past few months. It was definitely felt and appreciated!
My dear baby Arlo Jade came out of womb world on Jan. 3rd after a very interesting and ridiculous labour. I am going to leave it at interesting and ridiculous to spare every one the details.
Arlo is an amazing baby. He’s beyond beautiful, easy, even tempered, and just loves to cuddle. And I’d like to take at least a little bit of credit for that!
Here are some of the basics of my current reality:
1) Trying to stick with being a foodie and eco-conscious, cloth diapering was high up on my list of importance. It is definitely a little bit of an adventure and commitment. The idea of cloth diapering is to save money, and save on landfill space. And I even managed to buy some diapers second hand to save even more money. SCORE!
Arlo was definitely too small for them at first, and would pee out of it every single time. So I kept him in an awesome biodegradable non-GMO corn made brand of diapers called Naty. They were great. But he’s grown into his diapers now, and I have to admit, I throroughly enjoy cloth diapering. It just feels right! And nothing is gross when it’s your own babe.
2) We tend to push our babies away from us. Strollers, cribs, separate rooms, swinging chairs, and all the other paraphernalia that means we don’t have to have our babes “be a burden”. In our fast paced busy world, it’s almost like we don’t have the time or patience to be parents anymore.
Baby wearing is wonderful. It’s definitely something we’ve gotten away from as a culture. It involves either a wrap or a sling, and you literally tie your babe to you. It keeps them close at all times, and if you have a little one like my Arlo who likes to be moving ALL THE TIME, then they are soothed by your movements. Also, once they can hold their own heads up, it’s HANDS FREE! There are SO many benefits of baby wearing, and you can see more of them here.
3) Co-sleeping is the same. It’s become so taboo in our culture with no thanks to those who have been irresponsible (going to bed with their baby under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, or who have pets with no regard for babe). But the fact of the matter is that cultures where co-sleeping is the norm, have a WAY less rate of SIDS than we do. Not to mention creating a greater bond, helping babe’s body learn temperature regulation, and having smoother breathing patterns. PLUS, as an added bonus, you don’t have to get out of bed for night feeds! To read more about the benefits of co-sleeping, you can check this page out.
There is so much more I feel like I could talk about here. We have been through so much already in these two short months, but I think it might be saved for future blogs and talks. Pre and post-natal care will definitely be added to my list of “specialties”. You can always send any questions to me or book a consult if you need help with your care before, during or after pregnancy. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 705-255-1091
It’s a beyond-words experience full of love, difficulties, adventure, and wonder. And I really can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us!
Stay loving, friends!
Jaime (and the FGF team)