Thursday, April 19, 2012

Parental Intentions

That's my mom and me at my bachelorette party!
Yup, I wanted her there!
Yup, naive young lads were fooled by her appearance.
Yup, she stayed out as late as I did.
Yup, she saw my ride a mechanic bull and pole dance.

I like mommy blogs.  I love eco-friendly mommy blogs.  I am not a mommy... yet.

I have a running list of things I intend to do during my pregnancy and parenting time.  I know that kind of thought isn't supposed to kick in until I see a little plus sign on a white stick and start reading What To Expect When You're Expecting, but what's the harm in doing some of that planning now?  I'm just being efficient.

It seems that my "5 Things/Ways To..." posts are a hit with you beautiful people, so today I'm sharing 5 of my parental intentions.

Have a natural birth.  

As much as I love the thought of going to a birth center, I'll probably give birth in a hospital.  However, I'd like to complete Bradley Method or Hypnobabies classes beforehand.  I intend to have a natural birth, but I reserve the right to change my mind.  I'm hopeful that I'll have the determination that my mom did.  She gave birth naturally three times(round of applause)  It was her first gift to each of us kids!

Use cloth diapers. 

Yup.  I said it.  I want to cloth diaper my kid.  Lucky for me, I have friends who have successfully used cloth diapers for well over the first year.  Not only did they feel relieved about the money they saved, but they also felt so much better about all of the waste they didn't add to landfills.  I want both of those things!  A little extra effort goes a long way!  Save money, help the environment, avoid chemicals!  I've heard the good, the bad, and the ugly, but I still think it's worth it to try.  And I don't know if you've heard, but cloth diapers have advanced far past the old days of rags and safety pins.  Enter: bumGenuis (among many other great product lines!)  Yes, Mr. TBS has already been warned!  He is either on-board or humoring me.  I don't know for sure yet.

Breast feed.  (No photo required!)

I know it's not for everyone, and I know it can be difficult, but by golly.  I'm going to try!

Make homemade baby food.

Source: Mommy Mosh Posh

My cousin did this, and I've planned on getting a Baby Bullet and doing the same for my kid ever since!  And since I'm a vegetarian, some people have already asked if I plan on raising a vegetarian or vegan child.  In a word, yes.  I think Caitlin explains it best HERE.

Use baby sign language.

Did you see my post about American Sign Language last month?  I professed my love for the language and my fascination of deaf culture.  Not only do I want to learn ASL, I intend to use baby sign language.  I've heard nothing but positive things from people I've talked to!

I intend to do so much.  It may not all be possible, but this is the time when I can dream that it will all come true.  Any helpful advice mommy friends?


Jasmine said...

I love this, so cute!

I enjoy the "no picture required" remark re: breastfeeding haha!

I'm also going to teach my child sign language :) I think it's such a great idea! This is the child I probably won't be having for at least another 10 years but you know, be prepared!

I like your thinking :) X

Unknown said...

I love the idea of teaching sign language to my babies as well. My friends have done it and it is really amazing! :-)

Kara Renee said...

My sister's pregnant right now and you just described her perfectly on all 5. I love the idea of baby sign language so much! I've always been fascinated by sign language and would love any way to communicate with my baby. :)

Michelle @ The Vintage Apple said...

Loved this post!!! So neat to see how future mommies are planning! I don't know if I could do cloth diapers, but I could certainly give it a try! I am for sure going to breast feed though...that is, if I am able to!

You are going to be a wonderful mommy one day!!!! xoxoxo

Katie Price said...

One of my best friends is deaf and she taught her son sign language from early on. It always amuses me when he comes up & signs at her! She doesn't use sign language thanks to hearing aids, but I love this special relationship between them. I was really confused the first time I saw him sign "thank you" when she said, "what do you say?" after I had handed him something.

p.s. Have you ever heard of "orgasmic birth"? Um, yeah. I was recently introduced to this idea.. maybe it's for you?!

Emily @ Emmy June said...

This could totally be my list. My sister used Hypnobabies and she is saving it for me (by my request!)

And my mom did 3 natural births too.

Heather @ Simple Wives said...

I've always thought Baby sign language is amazing!

Jess said...

WELL this post doesn't really apply to me AT ALL :)
BUT I do have to say that your mom is so gorgeous....and I love that she was at your bachelorette party!

Your mom & Toy would get along great ;)

LOVE YOU...and I miss that weird? I feel kind of disconnected from the world this week haha!


Nicole @ the style hatch said...

Your my kind of mommy! I do/did all of the above so if you ever have any questions, let me know! They say that labor is hereditary. So if your mom had easy labors, then you probably will too!

deertale said...

Lindsay! I'm obsessed with mommy blogs too! I don't know why but pregnancy birthing being a mom, it all fascinates me and I'm not a mom or expecting! But when we are we'll be so very prepared! Glad to know I'm not the only one with babies always on the brain!

Becky Borgman said...

First of all, you and your mom are beautiful! Second of all, I agree with everything you said and have thought about all that as well! Here is hoping we can do it!

Unknown said...

love that pic of you and your mother!

you will be an awesome mom one day!

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

It's so sweet that you're thinking ahead like that! I'm preggers with number two and wish I could do all of that. Haha! :)

Marissa said...

OKAY - LOVE this post! As an (older) mommy, but still young at heart, I can relate to all of this. I made my own baby food for Lennox & it was one of the best decisions I ever made. She was born almost 2 months early & is now a healthy beaming pre-teen who is taller than her mom & extremely athletic. I know in my heart that making her own food contributed to this. Now, as far as natural birth - I'm right there with you. However, my baby only weighed 3 pounds. Most babies average 8-10, but I know you can do it! I'm so glad you wrote about this!

Sam said...

Yay! So glad to hear that I inspired you to make your own baby food! It's so much fun to do and very rewarding! I had an all natural birth in the hospital too. Just keep in mind it is mind over matter. Also, be prepared to here nurses constantly asking/reminding you that you can have an epidural. Be strong and pretend like they don't exist because hospitals usually would rather you have an epidural. Lastly, look up G Diapers. I've become obsessed and plan on using them for my next baby! :) as you can see...I'm just a little obssessed with mommy talk too!

Sam said...

*hear not here. Can't believe I did that!!

Natalie | Mrs. Janney | said...

I want to do all of these except for number 4. My best friend had a baby a little under 2 years ago and there really aren't preservatives in baby food. Plus, I will be working full-time and know that I won't be able to keep on top of making their baby food. :)

But I REALLY want a Bradley birth. And I really think I want to cloth diaper. Diapers take FOREVER to degrade in landfills.

I am going to breastfeed as long as I can during the first year, but I have heard it is close to impossible for people with thyroid cancer because the increased thyroid meds dry up the milk supply.

That's my overshare. :) Great post!

Meg O. said...

I can't say that I had a natural birth (wouldn't that be INTERESTING to have a 'natural' c-section?) or that I cloth diaper (I probably would if I was a stay at home mom, but it makes things more difficult by working) but I can tell you that I have successfully breastfed my child for four months (and counting)! Please read "Breastfeeding Made Simple" when it comes time to start educating yourself about breastfeeding. It really helped me feel empowered. I think I am actually going to do a post on this soon because it's one thing that I can say I have done REALLY right. It is tough to keep up when you have a career, but you have to be persistent. You were made to do it!!! :)

Michelle said...

Love this!! I've been thinking a lot about this stuff too. To be honest, I don't think I could ever do a natural birth. I have zero pain tollerance, and as much as I hate the thought of all those drugs, I just don't physically handle pain well. BUT I've planned on cloth diapering, breastfeeding, and most definitely making my own baby food :)

Angie said...

I'm 6 months pregnant & I gave birth naturally twice. This time, I want drugs!!!!

Gesci said...

*love this!* If I was baby havin' I'd be right there with you, on all of these! I'm a huge cloth diaper advocate, and anytime one of my reproductively-inclined friends mentions them I know exactly what baby present they're getting! My mom actually sews them now, using some of the better brands my sister bought for her two as models. Same sister also just blended up whatever she and her husband were eating (although not spicy/oil/etc., obviously) for her two babies, and it was so easy. Just be careful on the plastics- you can get cleaned glass baby food jars from someone who pays for them, or small jam jars. YAY for future baby TBS!

Kimberly Erskine said...

We basically have identical lists, although I had never heard of using ASL for baby communication. That sounds really interesting. I'm not sure if my husband is ready for all that I have in store for our future babies but I know I'm excited.